Prime Minister (Meetings)

Part of First Minister's Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:10 pm on 27th March 2003.

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Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour 3:10 pm, 27th March 2003

It is a pleasure to know that one of only three examples that Mr Swinney quotes—the other two are inaccurate—is an example from six years ago. It was included in a document, which I believe was issued prior to the 1997 general election.

Only one significant promise has been broken in the past 12 months by a politician in Scotland and that was the promise to talk about independence that the leader of the Scottish National Party made last May. We have not heard the word "independence" since—entire party political broadcasts do not even mention the concept, never mind use the word. When we get to the election campaign, we will talk about independence, but we will also talk about education, health, transport, crime and job creation. Those are the priorities for the people of Scotland, which is exactly why they will back us to return after 1 May.