Nicola Sturgeon speaks to Galloway Gazette readers

The Scottish Cabinet will be in Dumfries on Friday at Easterbrook Hall
The Scottish Cabinet will be in Dumfries on Friday at Easterbrook Hall

Ahead of the Scottish Cabinet meeting in Dumfries on Friday, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Since becoming First Minister, I’ve made it clear that I want the Scottish Government to be the most open and accessible that the country has ever seen, and that means being open and listening to the needs of all of Scotland.

And that’s why I’m delighted to bring the Cabinet to Dumfries - to engage with people and hear their views, questions and concerns on the issues facing you both at a local and national level.

Our strongest focus is on growing our economy, protecting public services, tackling inequality and empowering our communities. But we must be united in the business of making Scotland a better place to live and work. Together we can build a fairer and more prosperous country.

“But I realise that the key to achieving these goals is the work that goes on at a local level. It’s the organisations, firms and charities in places like Dumfries that will put into practice the things we see as the steps to success.

There will also undoubtedly be local issues which you feel need to be raised and brought to the attention of the Scottish Government, and I welcome this opportunity to directly engage with you and hear about what’s going on in Dumfries and Galloway.

So, I would invite anyone in Dumfries or the surrounding area to take this opportunity, come to Easterbrook Hall, engage with myself and the Scottish Government and help us build a modern and confident Scotland, fit for purpose and fit for all her people.”