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Salmond addresses public meeting in Hawick high school Credit: ITV News Border

Scotland's First Minister says farmers and fishermen would get better funding from the European Union if the country votes for independence.

Alex Salmond was speaking in Hawick as part of the Scottish Cabinet summer tour.

Ministers met at Borders College this morning and a question and answer session is currently taking place in Hawick High School.

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First Minister: "I'm looking forward to a stimulating discussion with the people of Hawick"

Speaking ahead of the Hawick visit, First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“The event at Melrose was extremely successful, and I hope that this year’s visit to Hawick can emulate that success by taking cabinet directly to the people and ensuring they get a chance to discuss the issues they care about directly with my team of ministers.

“This year, we are taking the Cabinet to the four corners of Scotland, and although the first event location – Shetland – was about as far from Hawick as it is possible to get in Scotland, people’s priorities remain the same, and I expect the same level of engagement from Borders’ folk on issues such as jobs, health care, law and order and agriculture.

“I hope to see as many people as possible at our public discussion event at Hawick High School on Wednesday.

"Unsurprisingly, the opportunity to buttonhole ministers on a range of issues has proved extremely popular at past events and I am looking forward to another stimulating discussion with the people of Hawick.”

– First Minister Alex Salmond

Scottish Cabinet visits Scottish Borders

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is visiting the Scottish Borders with his Cabinet.

Mr Salmond will firstly visit Barrie Knitwear in Hawick, where he will tour the facility, meet staff and learn about the traditional Borders industry.

The cashmere manufacturers were bought over by Chanel last year.

He will then travel to Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick, where he will visit the bust of local rugby legend Bill McLaren.

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First Minister announces Borders visit

Scotland's First Minister has announced his cabinet will be visiting the Borders this summer.

Alex Salmond, alongside other Scottish ministers, will visit Hawick between the 20th and 21st of August.

They will take part in a range of activities, visits and open question and answer sessions with members of the public.

His summer cabinet has visited Stranraer, Dumfries and Melrsoe over the past few years.

“For the past five years, the Scottish Government has taken its summer cabinet programme to every corner of Scotland, with meetings in such diverse locations as Renfrew, Melrose, Dundee and Skye.

“The summer recess gives us an incredibly important opportunity to get out and meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and communities and hear their views on a range of issues.

"I know all of the cabinet are all looking forward to another exciting and valuable round of visits during this year’s programme.

"This year we will be visiting Shetland, Hawick, Campbeltown and Fraserburgh where we will be talking and listening to local people in every corner of the country about the things that matter to them.

“I am determined that we continue to work with the people of Scotland to give them the stronger economy, fairer society and brighter future we all deserve. These summer cabinets are an important part of helping to build that future and I hope as many people as possible will join us during this exciting programme.”

– First Minister Alex Salmond

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