Before Douglas’ speech to Scottish Conservative Conference, Craig Hoy MSP introduced some of the excellent Scottish Conservative and Unionist council candidates hoping to be elected on May 5.
They represent Scotland’s real alternative – standing up for their communities against SNP cuts to public services, reversing years of decline under the nationalists, and offering positive policies on justice, education, health and our economy.
The Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack, told conference about the UK Government’s work to deliver billions of pounds of investment in our communities – through the largest block grant since devolution, levelling-up funds, and the North Sea Transition Deal, and other initiatives.
UK energy minister Greg Hands made the case for domestic oil and gas as we transition to net zero. Mr Hands argued for a diverse energy sector in Scotland comprised of hydrocarbons, renewables and new nuclear – guaranteeing our energy security against the influence of Vladimir Putin.
And UK Secretary of state for education, Nadim Zahawi, spoke of the success of the academy schools model in England, with families of schools delivering top-quality education for young people of every background.
Yet another positive policy announcement was made at conference today, with plans for a Local Care Service.
This will protect local communities from being starved of future social care provision – while the SNP fixate on a centralisation agenda.