Sturgeon attacks UK spending cuts

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has used a speech in Edinburgh to attack the “scale and speed” of spending cuts planned by the UK government.

Speaking ahead of the Queen’s Speech, the SNP leader also reiterated her party’s support for Britain’s continued membership of the European Union.

She made the speech on a visit to Heart of Midlothian FC’s Tynecastle Stadium.

She was joined by the Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney.

The pair also unveiled the Scottish Business Pledge which aims to promote “fairness, equality and sustainable economic growth”.

‘Slow recovery’

An “alternative to austerity” was the centrepiece of the Scottish National Party’s successful general election campaign.

In her first major economic speech since the election, Ms Sturgeon argued that the prime minister cannot ignore the democratic will of the Scottish people.

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