Last of the Westland Whigs

In the late 17th century, the 'Westland Whigs' were the radical descendants of earlier Covenanters who had defied the absolutist rule of Stuart kings in south west Scotland.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Alex Salmond supports Crichton Campaign

SNP Press Release

Salmond in Plea to Keep Glasgow Uni in Dumfries
westminster - 2007-01-24

SNP Leader Alex Salmond MP today (Wednesday) called for the University of Glasgow to re-consider their plans to withdraw from the Crichton Campus and urges the Scottish Funding Council to increase support for the University of Glasgow’s presence in Dumfries.

The University of Glasgow has confirmed it is considering quitting the Crichton campus in Dumfries.

Mr. Salmond said:

“The University of Glasgow’s presence in the Crichton Campus is crucial for the development of Dumfries and Galloway and for South West Scotland as a whole. It is renowned for its high quality of research and teaching, producing some of Scotland’s most talented individuals.

“There is a strong need for investment in Universities in order to boost the Scottish economy and harvest talented Scots to compete at an international level for generations to come.

“The loss of such a high standard of academic talent and research will have a disastrous effect on the progress that has already been made in improving the local economy and social development of South West Scotland.

“The Funding council should look at the overall ambit of social and economic factors and I urge them to re-consider the direction to which they are going.”


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