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George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Scotland Welcomes its New First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland today welcomes its new First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon as Alex Salmond stands down after seven and a half years at the helm of the country. Emotional scenes in the Scottish Parliament yesterday seen Mr Salmond applauded in the chamber and cheered as he left the parliament for one last time as First Minister. With Nicola Sturgeon becoming the first female to lead the SNP, she now becomes the first female to the lead the Scottish Government.

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Speaking on the significant day in the history of the Scottish Parliament, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, commented, “It’s a sad day to no longer see Alex as First Minister of Scotland. Many of the 16 and 17 year olds voting in the election might not fully remember Scotland without him as First Minister. However, in his place steps one of the best politicians of her generation, Nicola Sturgeon.

‘I have known Nicola since our teenage years, spent in the Young Scottish Nationalists, now the Young Scots for Independence. Even in those early days, you could just tell she was going to go far. A more committed person to social justice and equality you will not meet. As the most prominent politician in the Yes campaign, she took us within inches of securing a Yes vote.

‘Now as leader of our great nation, could she be the one to deliver a Yes vote in the future, should the public demand another vote? We have all watched Nicola over the past seven and a half years in her role as Deputy First Minister. The team of Alex and Nicola has seen off 3 Labour leaders, 2 Tory leaders and 3 leaders of the Lib Dems. Her longevity at the forefront of Scottish politics in this day and age shows how capable she has been at doing her job effectively. I feel this is evidence enough to point to the fact that she will go on to be a great First Minister of our country.”

George Condemns 11% Pay Rise

George Adam MSP

George Adam MSP

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has joined First Minister Alex Salmond in condemning reports that MPs are to receive an 11% pay rise following the 2015 General Election. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) who set MPs pay is expected to declare the rise in basic salaries to £74,000. As a result, MSP salaries would also rise as they are set at 87.5% of MP salaries.

Speaking on the reports, George said, “To quote the First Minister, this is ludicrous. In last week’s Autumn statement, George Osborne announced that there would be a cap on the amount paid in benefits each year. This does not take into account the amount of people needing benefits due to ill health, just simply we’re only spending this amount and if any more is needed, too bad. This is at the same time as reports are coming out that MPs are about to receive a 11% pay increase. What has George Osborne done to deserve a pay rise? What has your mum, dad or friend done to deserve having their benefits capped when their condition has not improved or even gotten worse?

‘Thankfully, the First Minister has come out stating his opposition to this, commenting that it is ludicrous to suggest parliamentarians should be given anything beyond the norms, especially in a time when public sector workers are having to deal with much lower pay increases. It is also very positive to see that the Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick has released information stating how the Scottish Parliament is to break the link between MSP and MP salaries, putting future increases in MSPs pay on equal footing with those in the public sector in Scotland.

‘At a time when public sector workers are receiving a 1% pay rise, should Westminster millionaires be receiving 11%? A poll of MPs published last January showed that more than two thirds thought they were underpaid, while further research showed that on average, Tories thought they should be paid £96,740 a year, £20,000 more than the proposed increase. I think this shows just how out of touch Westminster really is.”