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Nicola Sturgeon sets out government priorities

Scotland's new First Minister unveiled plans for radical land reform as she set out her government's priorities today. Nicola Sturgeon says she wants to scrap tax breaks for shooting and stalking estates

She's also announced plans to look at alternatives to the council tax, which has been frozen in Scotland for seven years. Kathryn Samson reports.


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'We want to put people at the heart of our plans'

Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to put people at the centre of her plans for the next year of government. Credit: PA

Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to put people at the centre of her plans for the next year of government. The First Minister will announce the Scottish Government's legislative programme for 2014/15 at Holyrood today.

The new programme will focus on helping to create "a society based on prosperity, participation and fairness", she said.

The proposals are also expected to include ways that people can become more involved in the decisions that affect their lives.

Speaking ahead of the statement, the First Minister said: "People across Scotland have been engaged, inspired and empowered by politics like never before."

"We know that most people had a view on what they wanted for their country during the referendum - and we still want to know what you want for your country now. That's why today I will set out how this Government will do things differently and how we want to put people at the heart of our plans.

That means, where we can, we will listen to the people and take decisions after hearing what they have to say.

We want this to be the most open and accessible government that Scotland has ever had. We want everyone's help to make Scotland a better country - and we want to hear your ideas."

– First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

After her statement to Parliament, Ms Sturgeon will this evening take part in a Facebook Q&A with members of the public.

Sturgeon vows to put people at the centre of plans

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon holds a guitar during a visit to The Kabin community learning centre in Loanhead, Scotland. Credit: PA

Scotland's new First Minister says she's put people at the centre of her plans for the next year of government.

Nicola Sturgeon visited a community centre this morning (26th November) ahead of setting out her priorities to MSPs this afternoon. Opponents say the referendum has left Scotland "on pause" and action is needed to tackle inequality.


MPs bid for Scottish Labour hotseat

The MP bidding to become the new leader of Scottish Labour says the Scottish Parliament should get full control over income tax.

Jim Murphy is seen as the frontrunner in the race to replace Johann Lamont, who resigned last month.

All three candidates were making their pitch to voters in the South of Scotland last night at a hustings in Dumfries. Kathryn Samson was there.

MacAskill should "hang his head in shame"

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has slammed Kenny MacAskill's time as Scottish Justice Secretary. Mr MacAskill has been replaced by Michael Matheson as part of Nicola Sturgeon's Cabinet reshuffle.

The former Justice Secretary was heavily involved in the Lockerbie bombing case and was also involved in amalgamating all Scottish police forces.

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