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Hung Parliament 'Would Benefit Scotland'

Magazine article Public Finance

Hung Parliament 'Would Benefit Scotland'

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A hung Parliament would offer Scotland better opportunities and protect public services, the Scottish National Party has claimed.

First Minister Alex Salmond said the presence of more nationalist MPs in what he described as a 'balanced' Parliament at Westminster would allow Scotland to extract concessions and save it from the brunt of spending cuts.

Launching the party's election manifesto in Glasgow on April 20, he said the prospect of a balanced Parliament had become increasingly likely and was a 'welcome' development

'It is with a balanced Parliament that Scotland's greatest opportunity exists. The more SNP MPs, the stronger Scotland's hand will be,' he said.

The SNP leader outlined policies that guarantee the protection of frontline services such as free personal care for elderly people, concessionary travel and the Scottish Government's £1.25bn investment in new schools.

The party also pledged to press for a new phase of capital spending aimed at creating 5,000 new jobs this year. It would demand the scrapping of Trident nuclear missiles and a halt to their replacement.

Salmond said: 4We will offer an alternative to the London parties' agenda- an alternative that sees spending cut on die things that don't matter at all/

Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray accused the SNP of 'saying nothing new on most issues that matter" and of failing to deal with the economic crisis. …

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