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New Poll: First Minister Highest Approval Of Any Leader

Davidson In Negative Figures & Far Less Popular Than Germany’s Angela Merkel

The First Minister is the only domestic politician with a positive approval rating in Scotland, according to a new poll by Lord Ashcroft.

The Scottish sample of 906 found that 53% of Scots viewed Nicola Sturgeon’s performance above the rating of 50 out of 100, giving the SNP leader an +11% net approval rating.

In contrast 54% placed Ruth Davidson below 50 out of 100 with 58% having a similar view of Theresa May’s performance. Germany”s Chancellor Angela Merkel also proved more popular with better results than any UK Tory as well as having positive ratings.

Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:BtEmnHCIYAA_Ifo

“This is an encouraging poll, that once again shows that people trust the strong leadership of Nicola Sturgeon – while all of the most senior Tories remain deeply unpopular in Scotland.

“Embarrassingly they also find themselves trailing behind a politician that isn’t even from the UK.

“People are now seeing the real Ruth Davidson who has completely sold out over our single market membership, despite saying it was her ‘overriding priority’. It’s no surprise that an outright majority of people in Scotland disapprove of born-again Brexiteer Ruth Davidson’s job performance – and the news is no better for senior Westminster Tories who are overwhelmingly viewed negatively.

“By unilaterally deciding to tear Scotland out of the single market, the Tories have put their own narrow party political interests ahead of the interests of the country.

“It’s vital that the people of Scotland are given a choice between a damaging hard Brexit and becoming an independent country. Something the Tories would deny them as the act like they can treat Scotland as they wish and get away with it.”

Results Were As Follows: –
On a scale from 0 to 100, how do you rate the performance of the following politicians, where zero means ‘terrible’ and 100 means ‘excellent’? If you have not heard of them or have no opinion, please say so. [Results for Scotland]

 

 

Above

50/100

Below

50/100

Not heard of /

no opinion

RATIO:

Below-Above

Nicola Sturgeon

53%

42% 4%

+11%

Angela Merkel

45%

38% 17%

+7%

Ruth Davidson

33%

54% 13%

-21%

Theresa May

35%

58% 6%

-23%

David Davis

14%

51% 34%

-37%

Kezia Dugdale

20%

61% 18%

-41%

Tim Farron

12%

54% 33%

-42%

Philip Hammond

17%

61% 22%

-44%

Jeremy Corbyn

20%

71% 8%

-51%

Boris Johnson

20%

72% 9%

-52%

Paul Nuttall

7%

63% 31%

-56%

Donald Trump

15%

80% 6%

-65%

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, Says Scotland Must Have Choice Over Future

BySaElpIUAAx-qtHard Brexit Means Option Of Independence Must Be Offered

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has said that it is absolutely correct and appropriate for the people of Scotland to be offered a choice, once the options become clear, between a Tory hard Brexit and becoming an independent country, after the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed plans to seek parliamentary approval to begin discussions with the UK government to bring forward an independence vote.

 

Ahead of the UK government’s triggering of Article 50 and the beginning of the process of leaving the EU, the First Minister said that the Westminster government has been guilty of complete intransigence in the face of Scottish Government attempts to find a compromise – and has continually acted against the best interests of Scotland, not least by ruling out membership of the single market without consulting the Scottish Government.
 

George Serious Paisley Town HallGeorge Adam, has said that it has become clear that the UK government has no intention of respecting Scotland’s 62% vote to remain in the EU and Renfrewshire’s 64% vote to remain in the EU.

Commenting, George Adam, said:

 

“Throughout the entire Brexit process to date, the Scottish Government has been consistent in its pursuit of a compromise with the UK government, putting forward substantial proposals for Scotland to remain in the single market – yet the UK government has rejected these and is pursuing an ever harder line.

 

“It is within this context, with the UK government intent on pursuing a damaging hard Brexit and set to trigger Article 50 without communicating with the devolved governments, that it has become ever clearer that the people of Scotland must be offered a choice over our future.

 

deputy-first-minister2 (1)“The SNP will always stand up for Scotland’s interests and we are intent on protecting Scotland’s place in the single market. The people of Scotland deserve to choose,  once the terms of Brexit are clear and before it is too late to decide our own path, honouring the manifesto pledge that we were elected on last year.


“Scotland now stands at a crossroads, and we cannot drift along for two years hoping for the best.  We face the real prospect of right-wing Tory governments until at least 2030 and being dragged out of the EU and Single Market with all the damage to our economy and society that will cause.” 

 

Scotland Must Choose Its Own Future If All Attempts To Compromise Rejected

Yesterday The Prime Minister made it clear the UK is heading for an economically disastrous hard Brexit.

Nearly seven months since the referendum – the Scottish Government is still the only administration to publish a detailed plan on how to deal with Brexit and the economic, social, democratic and cultural risks associated with it.

Scotland voted overwhelming to remain in the EU and the Scottish Government is doing all it can to make sure the Tories cannot ignore and act against Scotland’s interests.

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Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said:

 

“Theresa May today confirmed that she plans to take the UK towards an economically dangerous hard Brexit. The Prime Minister has chosen to pander to the obsessions of the hard-right of her Tory party, rather than act in the best interests of the country.

 

“Today’s speech made it clear she’s looking at  replacing our membership of the single market with a low wage, de-regulated economy that would see a race to the bottom – leaving everyone worse off as a result.

 

“If the Tories get away with dragging Scotland out of the EU and the Single Market they’ll think they can get away with anything.

 

“The Scottish Government has published compromise proposals that will keep Scotland in the Single Market and the Tories at Westminster must now show they are taking these plans seriously.

 

“The  Tory government must not be able to take Scotland out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a better future.”

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Nicola Sturgeon Announcement – Good News for Paisley.

Nicola Sturgeon announced her Programme for Government today with education and attainment right at its heart.  The statement made at the parliament today looks beyond this year to the long term.  The statement included information on some of the limited powers the Scottish Parliament will receive including small areas of welfare.

 

George with Nicola Sturgeon.

George with Nicola Sturgeon.

During her announcement the First Minister stated:

 

‘We will continue to invest in skills. We will spend £16 million this year to support the implementation of our youth employment strategy. Priorities include better careers advice in schools, higher quality work placements, a closer relationship between schools and business and an expansion of foundation apprenticeships.

 

We will also continue to increase the overall number of apprenticeships from 25,000 to 30,000 a year by 2020.’

 

Speaking on the details provided by the First Minister, George Adam, Paisley’s MSP said:

 

‘Looking to the future and ensuring we have the skills to make Scotland the country we want it to be is obviously the First Minister’s priority.

 

The reduction in Air Passenger Duty will help Paisley and every business that uses Glasgow Airport.

 

We have been given extra powers from Westminster but they are carefully limited.

 

We will abolish the bedroom tax;  We will invest more that £100 million to mitigate the cuts coming from Westminster, hitting those most in need including those that receive Working Tax Credit.

 

More importantly we will be investing in the younger generation.

 

Two year olds from families with low incomes will receive 600 hours of childcare.

 

The Attainment Fund will provide £100 million to reduce the educational differences between children from different backgrounds.

 

These are measures about investment for our future, not short term fixes.  Equality and Fairness is at the heart of everything the SNP stands for and I’m sure that the announcement made today will go far in ensuring it is delivered.’

George and the Deputy First Minister visit Accord Hospice

George and Nicola visit Accord Hospice.

George and Nicola visit Accord Hospice.

George and Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Minister visited Accord Hospice today to congratulate all the staff on the 30th anniversary of the hospice.