Alex Salmond plan to spend £4m on grassroots


ALEX Salmond joined young footballers yesterday as he promised to spend £4million on the grassroots game if he is re-elected as First Minister on May 5.

He was speaking at the Glennifer Thistle club, in Paisley, funded with £50,000 clawed back from Scottish criminals. The SNP leader pledged to continue the Cashback for Communities scheme to see 20 new 3G pitches created across the country.

However, Labour said it was an “own goal” as the SNP’s Renfrewshire Council has cut facilities and increased fees for children’s football classes.

However, Mr Salmond had the last laugh when bookmakers said the SNP were poised to become the election favourites.

At one point yesterday, Ladbrokes even had to suspend betting on a Nationalist victory following Labour’s disastrous start to the campaign.

Alex Donohue, of Ladbrokes, said: “Should trade continue like this it’s only a matter of time before the SNP become the favourites for the election.”

William Hill has also shortened the SNP’s odds to be voted back into government. Spokesman Graham Sharpe said: “Labour looked past the post just a couple of weeks ago when they were red-hot favourites, but their odds have lengthened rapidly in the face of serious support for the SNP.”

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Published with thanks to the Sunday Express Scotland