Hun­dreds quiz the cab­i­net min­is­ters

The Galloway News - - INTIMATIONS -

The Scot­tish Cab­i­net ar­rived in the re­gion on Mon­day for its first meet­ing of 2015 out­side Ed­in­burgh.

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon told a 400-strong crowd at a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion in the Easter­brook Hall, in Dum­fries, that she was de­lighted to be in the area.

She added: “I said I would bring my cab­i­net to Dum­fries – and tonight is an ex­am­ple of a politi­cian keep­ing her prom­ise.”

She was speak­ing at the event after a busy day for SNP min­is­ters who had vis­ited var­i­ous sites to ex­plore trans­port and hous­ing is­sues in the area.

Peo­ple packed the hall to take the op­por­tu­nity to fire ques­tions di­rectly at the cab­i­net.

Ms Stur­geon told the crowd that the main pur­pose of the event was to lis­ten to the peo­ple. She said: “Ask any­thing you want; that’s why we’re here.”

And the ques­tions came thick and fast, cov­er­ing is­sues from frack­ing to wind­farms, flood de­fence schemes to ru­ral hous­ing and broad­band to health.

Min­is­ters also took time af­ter­wards to meet peo­ple who didn’t have time to put their ques­tions to them dur­ing the ses­sion.

From now on, meet­ings of the cab­i­net will reg­u­larly be held in towns and ci­ties across the coun­try.

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