Friday, 29 January 2016 17:02

A record to be proud of

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I pledged when I became First Minister that I would put education right at the heart of my government’s priorities. This week I was in Ayr to visit the site of the new Queen Margaret Academy, one of 19 new schools to receive funding from the Schools for the Future Programme.

The SNP has now delivered 607 school building projects since 2007. That means nearly one in four of all Scottish schools have benefitted. Our record of delivery on this front has been quite remarkable, and something we should all be proud of.

On Thursday we announced £379 million of investment in the North-east. In light of the economic challenges facing the region, this additional Scottish Government funding will be used for key infrastructure projects. Of course this is on top of the Scottish Government investment already underway locally including the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.
I’ll be in Aberdeen for meetings with the oil and gas industry on Monday, and I plan to announce further government support for the sector.
Before that though I’ll be speaking at the SNP’s first ever disabled members conference on Saturday. We’ve an ever growing number of groups within the SNP. Why not sign up to one of them on our website . Whether it’s women, young people, pensioners, business or one of the many others available, it’ll keep you informed about what’s happening in government as well as key SNP events.
In closing, I do hope you all stayed safe in Storm Gertrude. The winds are due to ease over today just in time for the weekend.
So with only 96 days left until polling day, good luck and thank you to all the volunteers who will be out campaigning again tomorrow and Sunday.