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Scottish and UK governments should have "needle sharp" focus on economic recovery – Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey



Both of Scotland’s governments should have a “needle sharp” focus on economic recovery.

That was the message today from Ed Davey, the recently elected Liberal Democrat Party leader on his first visit to Scotland.

Davey said: “The virus crisis has put businesses and families under acute pressure and with the prospect of a second wave it’s not clear when that is going to ease up.

“Both of Scotland’s governments must have a needle sharp focus on recovery.

“I’ve been travelling across the country listening to the challenges people have faced during covid and talking about the most important issues to them – health, education and the economy.

“People aren’t talking about constitutional bickerings every day, they’re talking about how to get normal life back on track.

“Communities the length and breadth of Scotland can’t afford for SNP ministers to be distracted by independence.

“People need to trust that tackling the pandemic and putting the country back together is their singular focus.”

Davey was speaking during a visit to Fife Zoo in Cupar as part of his “listening tour” in which he aims to engage with voters across the United Kingdom.

Davey, who defeated Layla Moran to become the Lib Dem leader last month, travelled up to Scotlad to meet zoo workers and take part in a socially-distanced canvassing session.

Speaking ahead of the trip, Sir Ed had said: “Liberal Democrats need to listen and learn which is why I am engaging with businesses and workers away from the media so that I can fully understand what their priorities are.

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“I will be mucking in to live life in their shoes for the day.

“This country has faced many challenges in recent years from the recession to the pandemic to constitutional change.

“People’s aspirations have not dimmed and it is up to politicians to help people fulfil them.”



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