A strong voice for Scot­land pledge

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Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter, Ni­cola Stur­geon, has said that Scot­land’s voice needs to be heard in West­min­ster and that SNP MPs will“do what is right for the peo­ple of Scot­land”.

The First Min­is­ter was speak­ing dur­ing a visit to Blair­gowrie on Mon­day this week ahead of the party’s man­i­festo launch.

She said:“I am proud of our record in gov­ern­ment af­ter ten years.

“In this elec­tion one of the big is­sues that we will be fo­cussing on is the grow­ing gap be­tween the rich and the poor.

“We see in­equal­ity ris­ing across the UK and need to set out a path that tack­les that.

“In ed­u­ca­tion we have a new frame­work in place that will put £120 mil­lion di­rectly in to the hands of head teach­ers.

“We will re­spect the dig­nity of old peo­ple who have worked so hard all their lives.

“In terms of nurses pay, the pay gap across the UK has grown for a number of years as aus­ter­ity has bit­ten.”

Re­fer­ring to ques­tions put to the First Min­is­ter on a tele­vi­sion elec­tion de­bate at the week­end, she added:“Nurses are ab­so­lutely right to make their voices heard and raise is­sues that are one of the most im­por­tant in this cam­paign.

“The fact is that as a re­sult of our poli­cies newly-qual­i­fied nurses are paid more than their coun­ter­parts in Eng­land.”

She went on:“Our man­i­festo will un­der­line the key is­sues of this cam­paign.

“Do vot­ers want Tory MPs who are just a rub­ber stamp for Teresa May or SNP MPs who will do what is right for the peo­ple of Scot­land and pro­vide a strong voice of op­po­si­tion to the Tories and make sure Scot­land’s voice is heard?

“We want the strong­est pos­si­ble voice for Scot­land and we are lead­ing the way in the UK for fair and pro­gres­sive poli­cies.

“We want to pro­tect jobs in Scot­land against an ex­treme Brexit and to make Scot­land’s voice heard in the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

“At the heart of our cam­paign is the sim­ple mes­sage that we need voices in West­min­ster that will stand up for Scot­land.”

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