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Starmer and Swinney to work together on ‘common ground’

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer has met First Minister John Swinney for the first time since Labour’s landslide election win.

Speaking after their meeting, the prime minister said his new government “got a clear mandate for change” in the election, and one thing that needed “reset” was the relationship between the Scottish and UK government.

“We are of a joint view that we can work constructively together,” he said.

The new PM is touring the United Kingdom, and will next visit Wales and Northern Ireland before meeting mayors in England.

Mr Swinney said the pair had agreed to improving the relationship between their governments, which had been “very poor” under the last Conservative administration.

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has welcomed Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer’s meeting with First Minister John Swinney and called for a similar pro-active partnership with Scottish businesses.

SCC Chief Executive Dr Liz Cameron CBE said: “Scotland faces many challenges, not least in our oil and gas sector as we transition to Net Zero and we urgently need detailed plans and action to protect and invest in the thousands of jobs that rely on a thriving North East economy.

“That means the new UK government working together with Holyrood to deliver policies and support the business and energy sector.

“Today’s meeting is a positive step in that direction and one we welcome.”

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