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Tenth Annual Jimmy Reid Lecture

The text of the First Minister’s lecture can be read here.

This event programme is available here:

The Foundation is delighted to announce that its 2023 annual lecture will be given by the First Minister of Scotland, Humza Yousaf MSP, on Thursday, 26 October 2023. The lecture will be held in the Banqueting Hall at the City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow, at 7 pm.

First Minister Humza Yousaf said:

“I have the great honour of representing Govan in our Scottish Parliament, the home of the iconic Jimmy Reid. The actions of Jimmy Reid stand as an enduring example of how trade unions empower people; of how they provide a voice for those who might otherwise go unheard. I look forward to discussing his legacy, and how his philosophy of human-centred economics inspires leaders towards purposeful economic growth now more than ever.” 

The Director of the Jimmy Reid Foundation, Dave Watson, said:

“We are delighted that the First Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP will be giving the tenth annual Jimmy Reid Foundation Lecture. The lecture is one of the ways the Foundation remembers ‘The Rat Race is for Rats’: Jimmy Reid’s famous rectorial address at the University of Glasgow on 28 April 1972. It has been an opportunity for leading figures from politics, trade unions and civic society to address, in more depth than other formats, the big challenges facing contemporary Scotland.” 

Humza Yousaf was appointed First Minister in March 2023. He was born in Glasgow and educated at Hutchesons’ Grammar School and the University of Glasgow, graduating with a degree in Politics.

He was elected as an MSP for the Glasgow region in May 2011 and to the constituency of Glasgow Pollok since 2016. He has held several ministerial positions in the Scottish Government since 2012 and joined the cabinet in June 2018 as Cabinet Secretary for Justice. He was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care in May 2021.

The lecture will be a physical event, staged in the Banqueting Hall at the City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow, at 7 pm. Humza Yousaf will deliver the lecture, followed by a Q&A session, with proceedings closing at 8.30 pm.


Low income – £6. Waged – £10. Solidarity rate – £20

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