SNP Conference 2017: Sturgeon mocks Brexit repeal bill & demands Scottish independence

Posted on Oct 10 2017 - 3:19pm by admin

Sturgeon began by paying tribute to Gordon Wilson, the former SNP leader who died this year.

She told the packed conference hall that her three year tenure as the Scottish First Minister can be described in any ways, but “dull isn’t one of them”.

Paying tribute to the SNP MPs who lost their seats in June, including Angus Robertson who introduced her.

She says that with the party polling higher than at the same point after its victories in 2007 and 2011, it is clear that the people of Scotland trust the SNP.

It didn’t take long for the SNP to take a swipe at her chief rival Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservatives leader.

She said Ms Davidson should “find some backbone and kick the racists and the bigots out of her party”.

Despite losing 21 seats to rival parties at the election in June, Ms Sturgeon also laid into Scottish Labour and accused them of having their annual leadership contest.

Amid huge concerns over Scotland’s education system, Ms Sturgeon claims the SNP is showing the way for the rest of the UK as she promised to freeze tuition fees at zero.

She told the conference: “Last week, Theresa May said she would freeze tuition fees in England.

“She said they won’t rise above £9,250.

“Well, I can announce today that we will match that commitment.

“We will also freeze tuition fees.

“But we will freeze them at zero.”

In another bid to woo younger voters, Ms Sturgeon announced that young care leavers, or caregivers, will be exempt from council tax – something she boasts is only offered in Scotland.

She said: “Last year, I set out plans for a fundamental review of the care system.

“We want it to have love at its heart.

“We are also delivering practical help to level the playing field for care leavers – like full grants and guaranteed places for those with the grades to go to university.

“We want to make life a little bit easier for those leaving care.

“So I can announce today a further step.

“We will change the law so that all young care leavers are exempt from paying council tax.”

The biggest round of applause came as Ms Sturgeon announced that she plans to set up a not-for-profit energy company, as she vows that Scotland will become a leader in green energy.

She also announced that she will open the world’s largest floating wind farm next week.

She said: “We will end the need for new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032 – 8 years ahead of the rest of the UK.

“An ambitious target, but one we know can be met.

“In 2007, we pledged that by 2020, 50 per cent of the electricity we consume would come from renewable sources.

“Last year, ahead of schedule, we achieved 54 per cent.

“That’s great for our environment.

“And the lesson for our economy is this – by leading the way in using new technology, we send a message to the world that Scotland is the best place to develop it.

“Already, we are home to the largest tidal power array in the world.

“And next week, we will celebrate a new global first.

“I will officially open the world’s largest floating wind farm, situated right here in Scotland, off the coast at Peterhead.”

Sturgeon confirms that if the Tory government calls on EU nationals to pay a fee to stay in the UK, the Scottish government will pay it for public sector workers.

And she claims Scotland should take control of immigration policy.

She said: “An immigration policy designed to appease UKIP must go.

“A Scottish policy that meets Scotland’s needs and lives up to Scotland’s values must take its place.

“It is time to give control of immigration policy to our own Scottish Parliament.”

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