Crime Writing Festival

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Harrogate in Yorkshire for the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival.   The First Minister appeared ‘in conversation’ with legendary Scottish crime writer Val McDermid. They discussed all things crime writing, as well as Val’s approach to writing a new novel and the importance of everyone reading fiction.   We’re… Read more »

FM visits Turning Point Scotland

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Turning Point Scotland in Glasgow to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Founded in 1999, Turning Point Scotland provide social care services to adults with complex and challenging support needs. Service provision covers areas including drug and alcohol dependency, housing support, mental health and learning disabilities.   @scotparl is 20 years old… Read more »

Expansion of free personal care

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Health Secretary Jeane Freeman visited the Capability Scotland Edinburgh Hub this morning ahead of the extension of free personal care to people of all ages who are assessed as requiring it. The expansion of free personal care – which was previously only available to those aged over 65 – comes… Read more »

Scottish Apprenticeship Week

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This week saw ministers from across the Scottish Government taking part in Scottish Apprenticeship Week.     Fair Work Secretary Derek Mackay announced on Sunday 3rd March that that the target for Graduate Apprenticeships in 2019/20 has been increased to 1,300.   Supporting sectors that have a need for highly skilled jobs, such as civil… Read more »

Wigtown Book Festival

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon helped get the 20th annual Wigtown Book Festival underway with a talk about her lifelong love of books. The discussion, hosted by author Damian Barr, explored the works that have shaped her and from which she has learned the most.     Thank you to the wonderful @WigtownBookFest for allowing me to… Read more »

Barclays jobs announcement

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined Barclays Chief Operating Officer Paul Compton as the company announced plans for a new campus in Glasgow and up to 2,500 new jobs.   .@Barclays are opening a new hub in Glasgow which will create up to 2,500 new jobs 📈 pic.twitter.com/6WNmdGQ61D — Scottish Government (@scotgov) July 23, 2018  … Read more »

Meeting with the Crozier family

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The First Minister yesterday met the family of Emma Crozier, one of the victims of the Dunblane tragedy, to hear about their recent trip to Florida where they met with survivors and families of the victims of the Parkland school shooting. Jack, Ellie and Alison Crozier came to parliament to discuss their support for Parkland families,… Read more »