Firefighters union makes cash donation to SNP

SCOTTISH Nationalists today welcomed donations from the Fire Brigades Union to several SNP candidates in next month’s Holyrood and council elections. It is the first time the party has had support of this kind from any trade union.

Justice spokesman Kenny MacAskill, who is fighting Edinburgh East & Musselburgh and is top of the Lothians list, has been given £500 and West Lothian council group leader Peter Johnston £250. The FBU, which disaffiliated from the Labour Party in 2004, said it had made a number of donations to candidates from a range of parties who had been helpful to it in the past or had given commitments for future action.

Meanwhile, First Minister Jack McConnell was today due to address the Scottish Trades Union Congress. Yesterday, the STUC’s general council agreed by just one vote to back Labour in the May 3 elections. SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon, also visiting the STUC, attacked Labour’s use of private finance initiatives for public projects.


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