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SNP wants Scotland's economy to grow, says Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the government's legislative programme is focused on making the country's economy grow.

She told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "The Scottish government and the SNP want to see the economy growing - I don't want to see the kind of welfare cuts we are currently seeing from Westminster to penalise the poorest people in our society."

Ms sturgeon was speaking the day after First minister Alex Salmond announced plans for 15 new bills in the 2012/13 parliamentary session.

  • 05 Sep 2012