Day Two at #SNP19

The second day of the SNP’s Autumn Conference got underway in Aberdeen today.

The session opened with an address by Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. Cunningham highlighted Scotland’s world-leading role on tackling climate change, and praised Nicola Sturgeon for declaring – before any other government in the world – that there is a global climate emergency.

Read Roseanna Cunningham’s full speech to conference here.

The address was followed by a number of resolutions, on a Scottish energy development agency, an important ban on trophies from trophy hunting of endangered and vulnerable species, racism and unconscious bias towards BAME citizens, a Scots Language Board, and plastic pollution.

As news broke of the sentencing of 9 Catalan politicians, Nicola Sturgeon released a statement expressing solidarity and calling for change in Spain.

The afternoon began with an address from Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP, who said that Scotland could no longer afford to be part of the Union, and spoke about the damage Brexit is already doing to Scotland’s future prospects.

Read Derek Mackay’s full speech to conference here.

Afternoon resolutions included those on a New Zealand wellbeing budget, developing maritime trade, state pensions in an independent Scotland, protecting our human rights, and an emergency motion on the situation in Catalonia.

Day two came to a close with an address by Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP, who spoke about the need for Scotland to distance itself from the wreckless Tory Government at Westminster and become an independent country.

Read John Swinney’s full speech to conference here.