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Disappointment as childcare used as independence sweetener

March 25, 2013 9:26 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on Alex Salmond's speech at the SNP conference inWillie RennieWillie Rennie Inverness, where he said "a transformational shift towards childcare should be one of the first tasks of an independent Scotland", Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"The First Minister's decision to put childcare into his list of independence promises for tomorrow is not the outcome 50,000 two year olds who will grow up in Scotland between now and the referendum deserve. I'm disappointed that our reasonable and costed plans to deliver free nursery care for forty percent of two year olds is now being used as a sweetener in the independence referendum.

"However I'm sure that parents, mothers in particular, will be even more disappointed. I want to build a stronger economy in a fairer society which enables every person to get on in life. It could not be clearer, or more saddening, that the First Minister is now confusing our nation's ambition with his obsession for independence."