Depute First Minister receives a warm ’Wellcome

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with supporters during her visit to Motherwell

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with supporters during her visit to Motherwell

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A packed GLO Centre welcomed depute First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to Motherwell on Monday as she addressed a public meeting .

The meeting was hosted by Yes Motherwell and Wishaw to enable undecided local voters to hear the case for a Yes vote.

Ms Sturgeon set out how the powers of independence could benefit people in Motherwell and communities across the country.

She said: “Scotland is a very wealthy country – richer per head that France, Japan and the UK as a whole – but too many people don’t feel the benefits of it.

“In places like Motherwell and across the country, too many people live in poverty – and with Westminster’s cuts agenda continuing to bite the situation is only going to get worse.

“Communities in Motherwell, Wishaw and the surrounding areas have been abandoned by Westminster in the past – for people across Scotland the closure of Ravenscraig was perhaps the saddest symbol of the Tory destruction of Scotland’s industries.

“But with the full powers of independence we can take action to reindustrialise Scotland – creating new and better jobs and revitalising the communities which have been long abandoned by Westminster.”

Ms Sturgeon was joined on stage by Central Scotland list MSP Clare Adamson.

She said: “Monday’s event was a great opportunity for local people to hear about how independence can make Scotland a wealthier, more socially just nation – and how a Yes vote will benefit people in Motherwell and across the country.”

Prior to the meeting Ms Sturgeon joined local activists in campaigning on Merry Street and then paid a visit to the Railway Tavern.