Glasgow is renowned worldwide as a welcoming and friendly city. Our people, locations and connections make our city a wonderful place to relax and enjoy life. In culture, sport, entertainment and business Glasgow is Scotland's international star attraction.
- Work constructively with partners in local and national government
- Review Glasgow's twinning arrangements
- Put the positive case for Glasgow and Scotland's future
Co-operation with Councils and Public Bodies
As Scotland's largest city, Glasgow has a pivotal role to play in national public life. We would work constructively to rebuild Glasgow's reputation with partner councils and public agencies at home and further afield. As Scotland's largest authority by spend, coupled with Scotland's largest population, Glasgow has a responsibility to lead, but also to listen. Lessons can be learned – and shared – for the benefit of Glaswegians and the SNP will lead that process.
Co-operation with Government
The Scottish Government, since 2007, has backed Glasgow to the hilt: from Kinship Care to the new Southern General Hospital, from Fastlink to financial support for the Subway renovation. The Scottish Government's Scottish Futures Trust will deliver more new primary schools for Glasgow, while the new Airdrie-Bathgate rail link, M74 and M80 ensure our city is better connected to the rest of Scotland than ever before. And the Scottish Government support for the Commonwealth Games will ensure an outstanding event in 2014.
The Scottish Government is investing more than £3billion in Glasgow's infrastructure, an investment in a successful future for our city and its people. We will strengthen the relationship between Glasgow and the Scottish Government, as we believe that the best way to stand up for Glasgow is to work with Government.
We will also ensure that Glasgow's Single Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Government will reflect the priorities of the Council and our local communities. By working with our partners in Government, we can ensure the very best future for our city.
Glasgow holds memberships of a wide range of International organisations, many of which provide opportunities to share good practice and learn from the experiences of other cities around the world. We will review Glasgow's international links to ensure our city is linked to those organisations best placed to improve our city.
The city has twinning arrangements with a number of cities across the world, from Turin to Dalian and Bethlehem, from Havana to Rostov-on-Don and Nuremburg. We will review these arrangements and publish the findings.
Choosing Scotland's future
Glasgow is at the SNP's heart. The SNP was founded in Glasgow in 1934 and some of our most important electoral breakthroughs happened here.
Last year the people of Glasgow made history by giving the SNP a majority of Holyrood seats and the largest share of the vote across the city.
Glasgow, as so often in the past, has a key role to play in the debate on Scotland's future. We will ensure that Glasgow's people are provided with the most open and transparent platform for debate on the next steps for our city and our country.
We believe that Glasgow would have a more prosperous, successful and exciting future as the leading city in an independent Scotland. Glasgow's position in the world would benefit from Scotland becoming an independent country, able to make decisions on our own terms and interact with other nations on an equal basis.
We hope to persuade a majority of Glaswegians of that case. But it is up to the people to decide in a referendum. That is the fair and democratic way.