Cabinet hits town

Photographer-Ian Georgeson-07921 567360'First Minister Alex Salmond unveils The Scottish Government's new Cabinet team at Bute House, Edinburgh.'L-R Back Row Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, John Swinney, Richard Lochhead, Middle Row Alex Neil, Bruce Crawford, Fiona Hyslop, Front Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond
Photographer-Ian Georgeson-07921 567360'First Minister Alex Salmond unveils The Scottish Government's new Cabinet team at Bute House, Edinburgh.'L-R Back Row Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, John Swinney, Richard Lochhead, Middle Row Alex Neil, Bruce Crawford, Fiona Hyslop, Front Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond
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Have your say

THE public will have the chance to quiz senior government ministers when they come to town next week.

The Scottish Cabinet will be meeting in Kirkcaldy for the first time on Tuesday as part of their summer cabinet programme.

As well as a meeting of cabinet members, which will be chaired by Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister, in Alex Salmond’s absence, the politicians will also be taking part in a question and answer session with the public in Adam Smith Theatre from 3.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Two weeks ago, the Deputy First Minister invited Press readers to attend the event for their chance to debate Scotland’s public services and the vision for the nation’s future.

And there is still time for those interested in attending to reserve their place, an opportunity David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP would encourage the community not to miss.

He told the Press: “At the end of the day, this is the first time they have ever come to Kirkcaldy.

“It’s great for the town and it’s great for the people of Kirkcaldy to be able to air their views so I would definitely encourage them to come along to the event.

“I think it’s a really good day for Kirkcaldy as a whole and I’m pleased the Scottish Cabinet have decided to come here.

Local democracy

“It helps local democracy if people are willing to air their views and I think this is the best opportunity the people of Kirkcaldy will get to do that.

“The Cabinet has never been to Kirkcaldy before.”

The day’s programme of events in the Lang Toun will begin with the official cabinet meeting, before a reception is held as part of the ‘Year of Active Scotland’, recognising the efforts of Fifers in helping deliver the government’s objectives to get more people involved in sport and physical activity in the run up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.

The reception will be followed by the question and answer session.

This is the fourth year in which the Cabinet have met in different towns and cities around Scotland, with more than 3300 people taking part in the events.

The annual ‘Summer Tour’ is designed to offer communities the chance to discuss issues of local and national interest with the ministers.

The Cabinet team have already met in Fort William and Stranraer this summer, and their last meeting of the tour will be in Elgin next month.

There are still spaces available for members of the public to attend Tuesday’s question and answer session, which looks likely to be one of the best attended events during the summer programme’s four-year history.

Anyone wishing to attend should register their interest online at https://web.questback.com/scottishgovernment/summercabinetkirkcaldy/ or call (0131) 244 2952.