Salmond’s team coming to Kirkcaldy

First Minister Alex Salmond
First Minister Alex Salmond

THE Scottish Government’s Cabinet team will come to Kirkcaldy in August as part of their summer tour.

The town will play host to a meeting of Alex Salmond’s new ministerial team, along with other events, on Tuesday, August 23.

The visit will no doubt be a significant one for the SNP, after Kirkcaldy’s David Torrance gave the party it’s overall majority in the Scottish Parliament when he was voted MSP at last month’s elections.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: “I am delighted that Cabinet will be meeting in Kirkcaldy for the first time ever.

“This is the fourth year in a row that the Scottish Government has undertaken a Summer Cabinet programme, visiting communities across Scotland.

“The chance to discuss issues of local and national interest is something that’s been enthusiastically and positively embraced by all the communities we’ve visited in previous years.

“Previously, over 3,300 people have participated in events around the country and in 2011 we want to directly engage with the public in their own communities, to hear their views and answer their questions.

“I would encourage readers of the Fife Free Press with an interest in Scotland’s vision and future to join with us on August 23 as we discuss Scotland’s future.”

The full programme is set to be announced closer to the date, but in addition to the formal cabinet meeting, ministers will host a public meeting looking at how public services are delivered and can be improved.

There will also be a reception to mark Active Scotland, highlighting the country’s attraction for active holidays and celebrating the efforts of youth groups and schools involved in promoting sporting events in the run-up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.