WITH the election over, the focus will rightly shift to the development of a programme by a new government.
The interests of the poorest and most vulnerable in society must be at the forefront of decisions made by MSPs at Holyrood over the next four years, a leading Church of Scotland figure said today.
Reverend Ian Galloway, convenor of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland, paid tribute this morning to the winners and losers of the Scottish Elections as the shape of the new Parliament becomes clearer but reminded those taking their seats at Holyrood of the importance of the task before them.
Mr Galloway said: “We wish well all who are preparing to take up the challenges that face our MSPs in the months and years ahead, and thank those who will not return for a new term.
“But it is crucial that the interests of those in our society who are the poorest and most vulnerable are given real priority as choices are made about how best to use our scarce resources.
“Parliament has an opportunity to show that deeply held principles of social justice are a mark of the character of the Scottish people in facing the difficult times we are in. While an election rightly has winners and losers, we remain together in the need to build a Scotland everyone can be proud of.”
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