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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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SENIOR Scottish Government ministers will visit Kirkcaldy at the end of the month as part of the Cabinet’s summer tour.

The politicians are scheduled to come to the Lang Toun on Tuesday, August 30 and this week Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister, invited our readers to join them for a question and answer session.

Discussions at the session in the Adam Smith Theatre will focus on public service improvement and delivery, including the vision for the nation’s future.

Speaking exclusively to the Press, Ms Sturgeon said she was ‘delighted’ the Cabinet is meeting in Kirkcaldy for the first time.

She said: “Kirkcaldy is focusing on the future. It’s already been successful in securing £2m through the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund to deliver a second phase of refurbishment to the High Street.

Future vision

“Work on that has started, and we now want to make the most of this chance to discuss our future vision for Fife and the rest of Scotland with local people.”

The Deputy First Minister said she is looking forward to the Q&A session.

“The chance to ‘buttonhole’ members of the Cabinet is, unsurprisingly, something that’s been enthusiastically and positively embraced by all the communities we’ve visited in previous years,” she said.

“This summer, we are building on the success of the past by taking the Government to communities across the country and encouraging debate on the future of public services and the future of the country as a whole.

Reception

“I’d very much like readers of the Fife Free Press to join with us as we discuss the way forward.”

Over the last four years of the summer cabinet programme, over 3300 people have participated in events around the country.

During the visit there will also be a Year of Active Scotland reception recognising the efforts of Fifers in helping deliver the objectives in the run-up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.