Responding to today's Queen's Speech, the Scottish Greens said its focus on tougher measures on immigration was a distraction from the Coalition's failure to strengthen the economy and reduce poverty.

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

"The UK Coalition is dancing to a reactionary tune on immigration. They want to distract voters from their failure on the economy and their assault on the poor and the vulnerable.

“The priorities of Westminster seem a world away from the interests of most Scots. This speech signals the need to convince more Scots of the benefits of taking control of our own affairs.

“Scotland, with all its skills and resources, could truly strengthen its economy and improve standards of living. The Coalition’s failure to prioritise jobs in green industries shows they are stuck in the past.”