Saturday, 16 May 2009
'Only the SNP speak for Scotland in Brussels'
"The SNP is the only party offering a strong voice for Scotland in Europe.
"We have no doubt that together, Scotland's got what it takes to recover strongly from this recession. The SNP is working hard on recovery with an Economic Recovery Plan in place to protect Scottish jobs.
"We are accelerating European funding, with £70 million of regional development funding just announced, supporting 8,000 Scottish jobs. And we will use a further £190 million of European funding to do even more to protect jobs and help communities.
"The SNP is Scotland's Party and we will give Scotland the strongest voice in Europe. SNP MEPs will work alongside the Scottish Government, to identify and take forward opportunities for Scots in education, innovation and industries of the future, including renewable energy.
"A vote for the SNP is a vote for this better future and in these elections, it will also send a powerful message to the government in London.
"We can make clear to the UK government that they must not cut £500 million from the money we are investing in recovery and put at risk 9000 jobs. Instead they can make the savings by scrapping the £100 billion Trident replacement and £5 billion ID cards. That is the clear and crucial choice on June 4th."
First Minister Alex Salmond
"A recent YouGov poll shows people believe the SNP cares most about Scottish success and they know we will always stand up for Scottish jobs and communities in Europe.
"Our commitment is clear - as part of a strong SNP team we will work flat out to protect jobs.
"SNP MEPs provide the strongest voice for your concerns in Europe and the more SNP MEPs we return to the European Parliament the louder this voice will be.
"Together, we've got what it takes to succeed in Europe."
SNP President and European candidate Ian Hudghton MEP
SNP MEP PLEDGE
Your vote in these elections is important. As Scotland’s MEPs, the SNP team will be working hard for the people of Scotland. That means:
Protecting Scottish jobs
In this time of recession it is more important than ever to have MEPs from Scotland working in Europe to protect and create jobs for communities across Scotland.
Focused on recovery
Our efforts will be focused on promoting Scottish economic recovery. We will help to identify and develop opportunities for Scottish businesses and Scotland’s economy, especially in the industries of the future like renewables and life sciences.
Opportunities for education and skills
Europe offers many opportunities for Scots young and old and SNP MEPs will work hard to maximise these opportunities for study, for investment in research and skills and for employment across the EU.
Standing up for Rural communities
SNP MEPs provide a strong voice for our fishing and agriculture industries in Europe. We will make the needs of our rural communities a priority.
Working in partnership
At this time it is important for all nations and all Scottish politicians to be working in
partnership for economic growth. The SNP team will play a constructive role for Scotland in Europe.
Scotland’s rightful place in Europe
We will continue to argue that the Scottish Government should speak for Scotland and represent Scottish interests in the EU.
Supporting the Scottish Government
We will be strong partners for the Scottish Government in Europe helping them win the best deal for our nation.
Together, we’ve got what it takes
The SNP has total confidence in Scotland¹s ability to weather the economic downturn and recover strongly. As Scotland¹s MEPs we will take this message to the heart of the EU.
A strong voice for Scotland in Europe
The more SNP MEPs elected the stronger Scotland’s voice will be in Europe – and it will be strongest of all with independence.
We will always put the interests of the people of Scotland first.