Ahead of Saturday's Radical Independence Conference, Green MSP Patrick Harvie says Scotland’s radical voices have a crucial role to play in attracting voters to the independence cause.

Mr Harvie says the wide-ranging conference is further proof that those who claim Scotland is “on pause” are out of touch with the breadth and depth of thinking that has been provoked by the referendum.

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

"This conference brings together many of the most passionate campaigners for social progress in Scotland. They will be crucial in the referendum because they bring the transformational ideas our society so urgently needs, which can give the idea of independence real purpose for voters yet to be convinced.

"The referendum isn’t just about making decisions in Edinburgh instead of London, it’s about changing society for the better. The RIC conference will be addressing the key questions – what kind of country do we want Scotland to be, and what policies are really going to make our society fair, sustainable and democratic.

"Far from Scotland being on pause when it comes to new ideas, this conference will be bubbling over with creativity and determination to challenge status quo thinking, whether that comes from Westminster or the Scottish Government. With just a few days to go until the white paper, this gathering will show Scottish Ministers the demand for an open minded approach to designing a new country."

The programme for the conference is here