Teries invited to quiz First Minister at public discussion

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FIRST Minister Alex Salmond is looking forward to being grilled by the Hawick public on Wednesday.

Mr Salmond is bringing his ministers to town for the first time next week as part of the summer cabinet programme.

A public discussion event is being held in the high school, where a number of issues will be on the agenda, including independence and the government’s vision for Scotland, as well as jobs, health care, law and order and agriculture.

And there will be a chance for locals to put their concerns to the country’s top politicians – something Mr Salmond is relishing.

He told the Hawick News this week: “I hope to see as many people as possible at our public discussion event. Unsurprisingly, the opportunity to buttonhole ministers on a range of issues has proved extremely popular at past events and I am looking forward to another stimulating discussion with the people of Hawick.”

It is the second time the cabinet has come to the Borders, having previously visited Melrose in 2009.

Wednesday’s discussion will take place between 12.30pm to 2.15pm.

Light refreshments will be available and, as well as the formal Q&A session, Ministers will be happy to chat informally to audience members over tea and coffee at the end of the event.

Attendance is free but spaces are limited, so the Scottish Government have asked that those who wish to attend register by calling 0131 244 2262 or emailing visitsandevents@scotland.gsi.gov.uk