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Sturgeon prepares to outline Scottish Government's priorities

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking at an event in Stirling Credit: PA

Scotland's First Minister is about to set out her government's priorities for the coming year.

Visiting the site of a new school building in Edinburgh this morning, Nicola Sturgeon said education and the economy would be top of her agenda.

She's also expected to confirm her pledge to deliver superfast broadband to all Scottish properties by 2020.

Her opponents are warning against further moves towards a second independence referendum and calling for her to 'get on with the day job' of running the country:

Well the economy and education will be at the heart of the programme for government. We need to boost the economy in wake of the Brexit vote. Education is the defining mission of the government I lead. I'm her in Boroughmuir high school one of 29 new schools that will open of the course of next year. That's the biggest number of any year of the programme so far.

– Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister


NFU President visits Cumbria to tackle farming uncertainty

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The President of the NFU will arrive in Cumbria later today, to talk to farmers about the uncertainty surrounding their farm payments after Brexit.

Meurig Raymond will be meeting NFU members in Kendal and Penrith,

Since leaving the UK voted to leave the EU in June, there's been warnings that some Cumbrian farmers could leave the industry if the government doesn't commit soon to matching EU subsidies.

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