First Min­is­ter’s mes­sage of hope as thou­sands march for Yes

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Ni­cola Stur­geon says the SNP is giv­ing peo­ple hope for a bet­ter fu­ture while the party’s ri­vals dis­in­te­grate over Brexit. The First Min­is­ter was speak­ing ahead of the party’s au­tumn con­fer­ence in Glas­gow to­day. Ms Stur­geon said the three-day event will fo­cus on do­mes­tic mat­ters such as im­prov­ing the NHS and boost­ing wages. She added: “At this most cru­cial time in the UK’s ne­go­ti­a­tions on its fu­ture re­la­tions with the EU, Labour and the Tories have fallen apart into bit­ter fac­tion-fight­ing. “The peo­ple of Scot­land de­serve bet­ter than the de­spair, in­com­pe­tence and chaos of West­min­ster – and the SNP is of­fer­ing a clear mes­sage of hope. “In govern­ment, we’re build­ing a fairer and more pros­per­ous Scot­land – pro­tect­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety, mak­ing the tax sys­tem fairer and in­vest­ing in our NHS and other vi­tal pub­lic ser­vices. Yes­ter­day, tens of thou­sands of proin­de­pen­dence sup­port­ers marched through the streets of Ed­in­burgh be­fore ral­ly­ing near the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment. Or­gan­is­ers claimed the num­bers were ap­proach­ing 100,000 but po­lice es­ti­mated the num­ber to be closer to 20,000. At the SNP con­fer­ence to­day, Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Humza Yousaf will an­nounce a ded­i­cated task force to im­prove vic­tims’ ex­pe­ri­ences of the jus­tice sys­tem. The task­force will hear ev­i­dence di­rectly from vic­tims on their ex­pe­ri­ences of the jus­tice sys­tem. Mr Yousaf said: “I have made clear my de­ter­mi­na­tion to de­velop a truly vic­tim-cen­tred ap­proach which will de­mand co­or­di­nated ac­tion by jus­tice sys­tem part­ners and vic­tim sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions. “This task force will ac­cel­er­ate progress by keep­ing up mo­men­tum and en­sur­ing ac­count­abil­ity, fo­cus­ing on the im­prove­ments that mat­ter most to vic­tims and work­ing to­gether to break down bar­ri­ers to change.”

Thou­sands march through Ed­in­burgh

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