Nicola Sturgeon's speech: getting on with the job

Today Nicola Sturgeon delivered a speech on Scotland’s future, and launched the first phase of the SNP’s new independence initiative.  

Here are the key points from the speech.


Delivering our commitment to Scotland's islands

This summer I’ve had the privilege of meeting island communities across Scotland. Having met communities in Na h-Eileanan Siar, Orkney, Shetland and islands in the Inner Hebrides too, I’ve seen and heard of the opportunities and challenges of island life.

The SNP has placed the needs and aspirations of our islands communities at the very centre of our empowerment agenda. But we want to go even further.

While in Stornoway I was immensely proud to announce that I will bring forward an Islands Bill within the first year of the new parliamentary term. The Bill is just one part of our government's commitment to ensuring that more local decisions are made by those most affected by them - the people who live there.

While in Skye and Rassay I announced that a new Islands Strategic Group will be set up, which will bring together all six local authorities with responsibility for Scotland’s 93 inhabited island communities. The group will shape the Islands Bill, and develop a National Islands Plan too.

I now look forward to working with communities over the next year to develop the Bill - and look forward to more constructive conversations in the future.

Humza Yousaf MSP is Minister for Transport and the Islands



Your re-elected SNP government: the first 100 days

It has been 100 days since Nicola Sturgeon was sworn in as First Minister following her re-election. 


From launching Scotland's labour market strategy to taking action to secure Scotland's continued place in Europe, here's what your re-elected SNP government has done in the last 100 days. 


Scotland’s finances: economic recovery in the EU or economic retreat with Brexit

Today the Scottish Government published Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland – or ‘GERS’ for short – for the year 2015-16. GERS is produced annually and provides estimates of total public spending in Scotland, as well as tax receipts for the previous five years.

Here’s what you need to know.



Remembering Srebrenica

This weekend I have been in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where I visited the site of the 1995 genocide at Srebrenica.


The Tories want to scrap the Human Rights Act. Here's what you need to know.

The Tory government plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. And Theresa May has pledged to take the UK out of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) altogether, if she wins the next General Election.

We believe the protection of human rights – here and across the world – is a fundamentally good thing and will oppose Tory plans to scrap the Act and withdraw from the European Convention.

Here’s what you need to know about human rights in the UK. 


EU funding in limbo: what the Tories aren’t telling you

The UK government has announced limited measures to plug the gap in EU funding left in the wake of Brexit.

The Brexit campaign’s claims about the £350 million the UK would claw back from the EU each week to spend on the NHS have been exposed for the lies they were – with the Treasury announcement falling short of the required amount to protect even existing funding.


Delivering a healthier Scotland

Our NHS is our most cherished institution and for as long as the SNP is in government we will work to protect and improve it.

There is no doubt that in doing so we will face big challenges over the next few years. People are living longer and our NHS is treating more patients than ever before.


Our action to protect Scotland’s economy post-Brexit

The SNP Scottish government has announced a package of measures to stimulate Scotland’s economy following the result of the EU referendum.

Action includes bringing forward government spending on infrastructure and providing fresh support for businesses.

Here’s what you need to know.


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