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The SNP’s record on education: a decade of decline

New figures make for worrying reading

By Willie Rennie  

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon ©Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA Images

In the run-up to the Scottish Parliament elections in May, during a speech at Wester Hailes Education centre in Edinburgh, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke of her priorities if the Scottish people were to give her party another mandate to govern.

Rather than banging the drum for a bitter and divisive second independence referendum, she was reasonable. “My priority for my time as First Minister—and let me be clear I want…

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