Twitter Time: Younger Scots get the chance to grill 1st Minister Alex Salmond using social media

THE Very first Minister spent thirty minutes on the ‘Tweet Up’; with youngsters as he visited Younger Scot’s HQ in Edinburgh and the broad range of topics integrated exact same-intercourse marriage, price of car insurance and climate change.

Young voters got a possibility to grill Alex Salmond on Twitter yesterday.

The Initial Minister spent 30 minutes answering concerns on topics ranging from the expense of car insurance to same-sex marriage in the course of a check out to Youthful Scot’s HQ in Edinburgh.

His “Tweet Up” was organised to aid launch the charity’s Truth About Youth pledge, which asks Scots to demonstrate support for young men and women and celebrate the constructive perform they do in their communities.

Salmond mentioned the campaign was “a true possibility to acknowledge the vital contribution our younger men and women make in society”.

He extra: “Today’s Tweet Up has been a actually fascinating possibility to speak to them directly, answering their appropriate and pertinent inquiries.”

The wide selection of problems raised in the Q&A session also included climate modify, how to support rural communities and how to increase cancer awareness in schools.

Clydebank University social care pupil and Reality About Youth panel member Vanessa Black, 24, mentioned: “It’s been amazing to have the Very first Minister here with us nowadays as this truly helps increase the profile of the Reality About Youth pledge.

“I employed to be in a care residence and, from personal expertise, numerous people think of young folks residing in care as lazy and anti-social.

“That’s not the situation and it is why I come to feel so established to be a portion of this campaign to assist bring positive change.”

Younger Scot chief executive Louise Macdonald explained: “Our project has shown unfavorable perceptions of younger men and women nevertheless persist in communities across the nation.

“By demanding people opinions, we can make a big variation.

“When Reality About Youth 1st launched in Glasgow, 86 per cent of men and women engaged explained their
perceptions of youthful men and women had changed as a outcome.”

Twitter Q&A

@Liam_Beattie : In light of the same-sex marriage bill passing, what much more can be done to tackle bullying younger LGBT Scots proceed to face?

FM: Education and encouragement but debate about single-intercourse marriage has aided. Interesting how view has swung.

@LauraAJ88 : Do you think it’s fair that young individuals have to spend much more car insurance?

FM: It ain’t honest, way to tackle it is graduated driving college, which will carry premiums down.

@BarrheadHighSch : What is your trus2rthy view on young men and women in Scotland?

FM: Youthful people are wonderful, trick is to get more folks to realise.

@rach_murph : How can an 18-yr-outdated with a family be anticipated to survive on £5.03 an hour when the residing wage is £7.65?

FM: Great question. We’ve introduced residing wage in the public sector in Scotland and are spreading it into the personal sector.

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