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I went to Castlebank Park in Lanark, in my role as Cabinet Secretary for Local Government, to launch the report of the Local Governance Review.

There were a wide range of views expressed across the consultation, and this report provides an analysis of the responses received from a variety of public sector organisations, whom we asked to suggest alternative arrangements for public service governance.

You can read the report here:


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Farmers in Clydesdale have been badly let down by the Tories and food producers are suffering from ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

The failure of the UK government to pass on money from the EU owed to Scotland underlines the danger of a Tory power-grab after Brexit.

Scottish farmers receive £580 million annually through the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The EU provided an uplift in funding as farmers and crofters in Scotland receive less per hectare than the EU average – but the Tories failed to pass the uplift on in full, short-changing Scotland by £160 million.

The UK government plans a power grab over agriculture – despite the Leave campaign promising that powers in devolved areas would automatically come to the Scottish Parliament after Brexit – raising fears of a repeated snub to Scottish farmers.

The National Farmers Union, Scotland (NFUS) have supported the Scottish Government’s position that all decisions affecting farming and food production in Scotland should be taken in Scotland.

Brexit is an enormous threat to Clydesdale’s farmers, who are deeply concerned over export markets, and the future of farm support – and we heard some of that concern at my recent public meeting at the Mart with Rural Secretary, Fergus Ewing.

The Tories simply can’t be trusted after their brazen cash-grab of EU money from the pockets of Scottish farmers.

Scottish farmers have now endured three years of uncertainty about access to European markets for our beef, lamb and other produce.

On top of that, there is now the risk of our domestic market being flooded with food imports that don’t meet any of our high welfare and safety standards.

The European election is a chance to send a message to the Tories that Clydesdale doesn’t want Brexit. A vote for the SNP is a vote to make clear Scotland says No to Brexit and to protect Scottish farming.



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I joined South Lanarkshire Provost Ian McAllan at Douglas yesterday, to lay a wreath at the annual Cameronian Scottish Rifles Commemorative Service Conventicle.
The 1st Battalion The Cameronians was disbanded in Douglas on May 14 1968, almost three hundred years after it had been raised there and the service of the Cameronians in conflicts throughout the world is still remembered with pride.


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SNP candidate for the European Parliament elections, Aileen McLeod, was in Lanark this week with Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Fergus Ewing, MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell, MP for Lanark & Hamilton East Angela Crawley, and Councillors Julia Marrs and Ian McAllan.

Aileen McLeod, who lives in Lanark, has been selected to stand as one of the SNP's six candidates for the EU elections on May 23rd.

“I’m privileged to be standing in the European elections for the SNP to protect Scotland’s place in Europe," she said. "It’s vital that people send a clear message that Brexit is not in Scotland’s name. I’d urge people to vote SNP in these elections because a vote for the SNP is a vote to protect Scotland’s place in Europe”.

MSP Aileen Campbell said: "The European elections are massively important, because they allow us to do two things. Firstly, we can use this opportunity to express Scotland’s opposition to Brexit in clear and unambiguous terms by voting for the SNP.

"Secondly, we can continue with the national debate on how Scotland can have a better future and can avoid ever again being dragged into this type of mess against our will.

"Scotland’s not for Brexit, Scotland’s for Europe. If you want to keep Scotland in Europe, vote SNP"





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Scotland will stop contributing to climate change within a generation under new, tougher, climate change proposals.
The planet faces a global climate emergency and a new carbon neutral target is being set in a move to safeguard it for future generations.
Amendments to the Climate Change Bill have been lodged to set a legally binding target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest, with Scotland becoming carbon neutral by 2040.
The existing targets proposed in the Bill were already world-leading.
In response to calls from young people, scientists and businesses across the country, Scottish Ministers have adopted the advice of independent experts, the UK Climate Change Committee.
This means that in addition to the net-zero target for 2045, Scotland will reduce emissions by 70% by 2030 and 90% by 2040 – the most ambitious statutory targets in the world for these years.
The Committee’s recommended targets for Scotland are contingent on the UK adopting a net-zero greenhouse gas emission target for 2050.



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