This is a great day for Lanarkshire.
Steel in Scotland – and in the UK – has a future. But it needs the right support from politicians. Not for the first time, the Tories at Westminster seem content to abandon an iconic industry to its fate – but the SNP’s approach in Scotland could not have been more different.
Scrapping tuition fees and prescription charges: two of my proudest achievements of the SNP Government
The election campaign is now in full swing, and already clear dividing lines are emerging between the main political parties.
I’ve being out speaking to people in towns and cities all across Scotland - and of course I am spending a lot of time on the doorsteps of Glasgow Southside.
Campaigning in Dumfriesshire with our candidate Joan McAlpine was the next stop on my campaign trail.
The first visit of the day was to Doonhamers Boxing Club where Joan and I met some of its users. We got the chance to hear about the club and catch up with the Scottish welterweight title holder, Dennis Broadhurst, and his coach, Anne Armstrong.
The top priority of voters is making sure that our NHS fit for the future - and it will be our top priority too.
The NHS is our most cherished public service. In government we have a record of achievement to be proud of. Patients are now getting some of the best and fastest treatment of anywhere in the UK, with a record NHS budget and more staff than ever before. But there is much more to do.
Getting the Northern and Western Isles connected to the UK grid is absolutely crucial to their economic future, and for some time the Scottish and UK Governments have been working jointly to make this happen.
The SNP government is proud to champion all our island communities. As Scotland’s Minister for the Islands – the first ever – I’ve worked closely with island authorities to give them a stronger voice, and more control over local decisions. But we want to go much further.
Kicking off the first of two days of campaigning in the Northern Isles, Nicola Sturgeon has today launched the SNP’s manifesto for the Islands.
Mental illness is one of the most important public health issues in Scotland today, with around one in three people affected by mental health issues in a given year. That’s why, in government, the SNP has made improving mental health services a priority.
Today marks the close of nominations for the Scottish Parliament elections. With the SNP campaign across the country stepping up a gear I am immensely proud of the team of candidates who will represent our party.
April 1st marks the day that many policy changes come into force, as a result of the Scottish budget passed by the SNP Government and the UK budget passed by the Tories. It also marks the day that tax hikes proposed by Labour and the Tories would have come into effect - but were blocked by the SNP.