Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen
My colleague Dan Sabbagh has posted this on the NEC meeting.
Am hearing NEC has broken for a break. Big disagreements over the proposed statement of clarification. Now being redrafted. We may be a while…
In Edinburgh Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, has been announcing her government programme for the next year. I have not seen a text yet, but here are some highlights from Twitter.
The SNP has tweeted some hightlights on a thread starting here.
FM: The #ScotPfG: “…ensures that we remain focused on delivering for today and investing for tomorrow.”
Nicola Sturgeon says her govt “will always make positive case for immigration” – ScotGov will meet settled status fees for EU citizens working in public services. Also tabling Electoral Franchise Bill to ensure EU citizens living in Scotland can vote in Holyrood & council elex pic.twitter.com/JxOG4UVG86
A new headteachers charter to be published which will put heads “much more in control of important decisions on curriculum, staffing and budgets that are fundamental to performance of their schools” @NicolaSturgeon Much more in control. Significant?
Further work on Scottish Social Security Agency also announced by @NicolaSturgeon – first payments of new Carers’ Allowance Supplement begin next week, those of new Best Start Grant before Christmas (6 months ahead of schedule) and new Young Carer Grant next Autumn
“Liaise with key stakeholders this year before formally consulting next year” on a publicly owned not-for-profit energy company @NicolaSturgeon Announced with much fanfare at @theSNP conference but some way away, clearly.
FM announces justice reforms to protect victims – support service to help families bereaved by murder, £2m funding to support for victims of rape & sexual assault (inc £1.5m to rape crisis centres), consultation on new protective orders to bar domestic abusers from victims’ homes pic.twitter.com/7JYqSrkYh3
Nicola Sturgeon also signals changes to “modernise and improve” hate crime laws, extension of presumption against short sentences from 3 to 12 months, new legislation for drug-driving limits (covering 17 drug types), and consultation on reforms to defamation law
Last bit of #pfg speech perhaps the most significant – health. @NicolaSturgeon acknowledges that rising demand putting “significant pressure” on waiting times, and “current performance is not good enough”. Health Sec to publish waiting times improvement plan later this month