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This election is our chance to unite and put Scotland first

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Labour and the Tories are both fighting for the same status quo. They’ve let us down before and they will again. Only the SNP will head to Westminster to fight for Scotland’s interests.

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John Swinney’s opening statement at the Scottish Leaders’ TV Debate

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Read John Swinney’s full opening statement to the STV leaders’ debate Monday 3rd June

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John Swinney’s speech to the SNP’s campaign gathering 2024

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John Swinney launches the SNP’s general election campaign in Glasgow – read the full speech here.

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This election is a turning point: only the SNP will stand up for Scotland

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After 14 years of crippling Tory austerity, for Scotland, the only way is up. Join us on that journey as we deliver the change Scotland deserves.

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John Swinney’s address to Scotland ahead of the 2024 election

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Read John Swinney’s speech as he kicks off the SNP’s 2024 campaign to stay strong for Scotland and unite for a better future.

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John Swinney’s speech to Parliament on his priorities for Scotland

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Read John Swinney’s speech to the Scottish Parliament, outlining his priorities for the modern, diverse country we will build together.

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Now is the time to unite – to build a better Scotland

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Only by compromising and working together can we deliver the modern, dynamic and diverse Scotland that we all want to see.

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Eradicating child poverty in Scotland my top priority as First Minister

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If Scotland unites together, we can make child poverty a thing of the past.

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Shortcuts and impatience will not win independence

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I have believed in, and campaigned for, independence for all my adult life. Only the hard work of the SNP will deliver it.

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John Swinney’s first speech as Scotland’s First Minister

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Read John Swinney’s address to the Scottish Parliament upon accepting its nomination to be First Minister.

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SNP Leadership 2024: John Swinney’s acceptance speech in full

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Read the full acceptance speech from John Swinney, the new leader of the SNP.

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Scotland has the choice of two different futures

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John Swinney on how the case for independence simply gets stronger the more we see of the catastrophic governance from Westminster.

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A laptop or tablet for every school child: John Swinney’s pledge to #SNP21

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John Swinney announces that every school child in Scotland will be given a brand new computer device under a re-elected SNP government.

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Hunger doesn’t take a holiday – and neither can our support

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I believe it is our duty to ensure all children start the school day with full stomachs, feeling settled and ready to learn, no matter their start in life.

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John Swinney’s address to #SNP20 conference

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Faith in Scotland’s future, faith in placing that future in our own hands. That has been at the heart of our party’s purpose since the day it was founded. Now, it is at the heart of our nation.

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John Swinney announces plans for school to return full-time in August if virus suppressed

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John Swinney announces that if we can further suppress the coronavirus, the Scottish Government believes that we can prepare for children to be able to return to school full time in August.

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Covid-19: John Swinney’s Ministerial Statement on Education

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Education Secretary and Deputy First Minister John Swinney has updated Parliament on the closure of schools and nurseries in response to Coronavirus/Covid-19.

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John Swinney’s address to #SNP19

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When the history books come to be written, I believe these days will be seen as the moment Scotland took control of its own path.

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Ours is a movement whose time has come

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Keep marching, keep knocking doors and keep believing, because we are so very close to making our dream of a fairer and more prosperous independent country a reality.

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John Swinney’s address to conference

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“Our role is to provide the people of Scotland with an ambitious vision – brimming with hope – of what our country can be”.
Read John Swinney’s full speech here.

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Education Secretary John Swinney’s speech to SNP Conference

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Read Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney MSP’s speech to SNP Conference.

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As schools go back, education reform work continues

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This government’s number one priority remains education. My focus for the new term will be improving attainment and ensuring excellence and equity for all, as it has been since I took up post.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney’s address to SNP conference

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Read Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney’s address to the SNP conference in Aberdeen.

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The most radical policy platform since devolution

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John Swinney: A new poll shows that people continue to put their trust in the SNP. Our success is perhaps in no small measure due to the actions we’re taking to improve the lives of everyone in Scotland.

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Power for the people

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney writes about our publicly-owned energy company plans and renewables diversification in the North East of Scotland.

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John Swinney’s speech at the SNP conference

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Read John Swinney’s speech at the SNP’s 2017 National Conference in Glasgow.