Scotland politics

Scottish National Party conference: News in brief

Here is a selection of news in brief from the SNP conference, meeting in Glasgow.

Salmond joins campaign on lowering vote age

SNP leader Alex Salmond has joined a coalition of youth organisations seeking cross-party support for proposals to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote.

Young Scots for Independence, the National Union of Students, Scottish Youth Parliament and the Federation of Student Nationalists are behind the campaign

Mr Salmond said: "This is a welcome campaign that demonstrates the growing need for all parties to give their support for young adults having the vote - not just in the referendum but in all elections.

"The Scottish government have already acted within our powers to do so by extending votes to 16 and 17 year olds on the electoral register in the 2010 health board election pilots.

Motion passed to remove Trident

SNP conference delegates have passed a motion committing the party to the removal of the Trident nuclear weapons system under an independent Scotland.

Following the unanimous vote, Bill Kidd, SNP MSP for Glasgow Anniesland, said: "A key advantage of independence is that it is the only constitutional option which gives Scotland the powers to have Trident removed from Scottish waters, and we believe that the Westminster government will wish to act on this and withdraw Trident as quickly as possible in these welcome circumstances."

Party pledge over living wage

Every SNP council would deliver a living wage for all employees, the party's Glasgow conference has been told.

The SNP's business convener and manager of the SNP's local government campaign Derek Mackay said: "The SNP has delivered a living wage for all employees in the Scottish government and in the NHS.

"We believe it is right that that commitment is spread to all those working in local government serving our communities."

SNP vote for 'climate justice 2012'

The SNP Conference has voted in support of Alex Salmond's call for world leaders to make 2012 a year of climate justice.

Rob Gibson, SNP MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, said: "Today the SNP reaffirmed its commitment to supporting those living in the world's developing countries cope with the effects of climate change.

"These are often the countries most affected by the devastating impact of changes in the world's climate.

"The SNP firmly believe we have a responsibility to help those who are least equipped to dealing with this change."

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