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07/10/13 14:12

Media Briefing - Monday 7 October 2013

Media Briefing by a Scottish Government Spokesperson - Monday 7 October 2013

The Scottish Government Spokesperson (SGS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is launching the Home Energy Campaign.

Transport Minister Keith Brown is in South Queensferry launching Transport Scotland’s winter campaign. The Minister is visiting new state of the art facilities to see preparatory work being undertaken by transport companies to mitigate the effects of possible bad weather and keep Scotland moving during the winter months.

Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, is speaking at the UNISON Scotland Nursing and Midwifery conference in Glasgow.

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, is participating in an event to mark the first Glasgow 2014 volunteers being chosen.

Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, is visiting Cardonald College in Glasgow and the Crichton Campus in Dumfries.

The SGS then ran through key events for the rest of the week.

Asked for a response to criticism in one newspaper this morning relating to the First Minister and the purchase of a pair of tartan trousers at the expense of the taxpayer, the SGS issued a line to journalists pointing out that the First Minister had reimbursed the Scottish Government in full for the purchase.

In relation to breaking news that Michael Moore had been sacked as Secretary of State for Scotland, the SGS said that a statement would be issuing from the SNP rather than the Scottish Government on this issue, most likely in the name of Nicola Sturgeon. The SGS also pointed journalists to comments on twitter this morning by Ms Sturgeon in which she had wished Mr Moore ‘all the best’ for the future, saying that he had been a ‘tough opponent’.