SNP welcome BBC Poll
Monday, 11 April 2011 14:36
Policies for government reflect priorities of people
Welcoming the BBC poll of issues published today, Scottish National Party Depute Leader and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
"This is an excellent poll, confirming that the SNP's policies for a re-elected government are the priorities of the people.
"The SNP Government have cut cancer waiting times - one of Labour's biggest failures in office. Within 18 months of taking office, we met the cancer waiting times target which the previous administration failed even to come close to, we have met it consistently since, and made it tougher along the way.
"Our manifesto will commit to further progress on shorter waiting times, and crucially our £30m Detect Cancer Early initiative will aim to increase the number of cancers diagnosed at an early stage by 25 per cent.
"The poll also supports SNP policy on a range of issues - including the 1,000 extra police we have delivered, our commitment to free education, the record 25,000 Modern Apprenticeship places we have put in place this year, the Council Tax freeze, the abolition of prescription charges, energy, and minimum pricing.
"Significantly, it finds higher support for the Scottish Government's tough justice measures than Labour's unworkable policy - reflecting the fact that SNP policies, including the 1,000 extra police, have cut crime to a 32-year low.
"It is also excellent that the poll finds support for the right of the people to choose Scotland's future during the term of the new parliament - coming on the heels of another survey showing that support for independence is neck-and-neck with the inadequate powers of the Scotland Bill, and double the backing for the status quo. Securing control over
the vast resources of Scotland is the key to realising Scotland’s full potential as a nation, economy and society."