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Humza Yousaf promise to the Highlands: 'Eradicate poverty'

By Gregor White

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Humza Yousaf made promises on poverty. Picture: James Mackenzie
Humza Yousaf made promises on poverty. Picture: James Mackenzie

The new leader of the SNP now has to deliver on what he promised.

Having been elected as the leader of the SNP Humza Yousaf can now expect to be held to the promises he made during his campaign for the top job.

Among those is the vow he made to the Highlands during the Inverness Courier Leadership debate held earlier this month.

Along with rivals Kate Forbes and Ash Regan, during the debate he was given one minute to tell Highlanders what they could expect from him.

He said then that he hoped "eradication of poverty" would be central for whoever becomes next First Minister.

"Poverty is the common thread of every inequality," he said. "We see health inequality, education inequality."

And he added: "Continuing a progressive agenda, using progressive taxation to invest in public services to eradicate poverty, is going to be my number one priority.

"I want to see that investment in the Highlands talked about – poverty reduction, housing and infrastructure – and talking about the issues that matter."

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