The First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon called for a shift away from austerity and a move towards major investment in jobs and public services in a speech at the University of Sheffield last night (7 November 2016).
Ms Sturgeon addressed a sold-out audience of 1,200 at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) annual lecture on “Scotland and the UK: economic policy after the EU referendum”
In her address, the First Minister praised the work of the Alcohol Research Group at the University’s Sheffield School of Health and Related Research, whose study on minimum unit pricing of alcohol underpins an Act of Parliament passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2012.
She said: “That legislation has faced significant court challenges, but we may now be getting towards a position where we can implement it. If that is the case, then work done here in Sheffield will contribute to saving dozens of lives in Scotland every year.
“The Public Health School is a good example of the excellence of this University’s work.”