Nicola Sturgeon Election 2017


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Nicola Sturgeon

Live coverage of the speech by SNP leader and Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon, marking ten years of the SNP being in government in Scotland.


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Hello, everybody. It is fantastic to be here in Queensferry today. Today

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is a very special day for the SNP. Exactly ten years ago today, the

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first-ever SNP Government took office in Scotland. And over these

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past ten years, we have worked each and every day to make Scotland a

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better country and we have made real progress to be proud of. Today, our

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NHS budget is at record levels. It is ?3 billion higher today than it

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was when we took office. Today, there are 12,000 more people working

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in our NHS and we abolished prescription charges, removing the

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tax on ill-health. APPLAUSE

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We have done what previous administrations failed to do,

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integrate health and social care and today, our Accident Emergency

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departments across our country are the best performing anywhere in the

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United Kingdom. On education, we have extended free childcare from

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12.5 hours per week to 16 hours a week and over the next few years, we

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will extend it further to 30 hours a week. In our schools, we see record

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exam passes by our young people and now we are investing in a new pupil

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equity fund to drive up standards in our schools even further. And I am

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proud to say that we have kept university tuition free of tuition

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fees. Today, in Scotland, just as it was when I was so fortunate enough

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as a young person to go to university, your ability to go to

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university is based on your ability to learn, not on your ability to pay

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and the SNP will always keep university access free of tuition

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fees. We have maintained the number of

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police officers on our streets and as a result, we now see crime act at

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42 year low. We have restored Council house building and built

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more than 60,000 affordable homes across our country. We have

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protected people from Tory policies like the Bedroom Tax. We set up a

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Scottish welfare fund to protect people from the worst impacts of

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Tory cuts to social security. We said world leading climate change

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targets and we have met them six years ahead of schedule. We gave

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votes to 16 and 17-year-olds for the Scottish parliament and Council

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elections. In so many ways, we have made so much progress to be proud

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of. Now, I know we're not perfect. We haven't got everything right and

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there is so much more work still to do, work to grow our economy, to get

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more people into employment and drive up standards in our schools

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even further. But we can be proud in Scotland that when it comes to

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progressive policies, we are leading the UK. Labour launched its own

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manifesto this morning and many of the policies in Labour's manifesto

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will seem very familiar in Scotland. Free tuition, an end to the Bedroom

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Tax, climate change targets, getting rid of NHS parking charges. They

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seem familiar policies in Scotland for a very good reason. The SNP

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Government has already delivered all of them in Scotland.

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And even the Tories, who spent the past ten years criticising council

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house building and criticising free prescriptions, have now changed

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their tune, albeit belatedly and with not very much credibility. So

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we are making progress and we are leading the UK in progressive

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policies. My message today is this - we must resolve to keep Scotland

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moving forward and in this election, it is vital that we elect strong SNP

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MPs who will stand up for Scotland and protect Scotland's interests at

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Westminster. We know the biggest risk to Scotland in the years ahead

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is an increasingly hardline Tory Government, intent on more

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just on Brexit but the most extreme just on Brexit but the most extreme

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form of Brexit possible. So we need to make sure that after this

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election is, Scotland's voice is heard loudly and clearly. It is more

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important than it has ever been before. And's voice to be heard, for

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MPs from Scotland to stand up for Scotland and protect our interest.

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So the message is clear, Tory MPs will be rubber-stamped for whatever

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Theresa May wants to do. SNP MPs will be there to stand up for

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Scotland and protect our interests. The SNP is stronger than Scotland.

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We always have been and we always will be. Let's get out there and win

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this election the Scotland. CHEERING

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I think professional sport is looking strong in Newport at the

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moment and I wondered if you would join me in paying tribute to all of

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those

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