Sturgeon: We will argue for a fair deal for police

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon earlier today gave a speech to the Scottish Police Federation conference at Turnberry.

During the speech, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

"Westminster austerity has not delivered economically and it is causing damage to our communities.

SNP MPs to call for fair emergency services deal

As the First Minister prepares to take part in a Scottish Police Federation debate today, the Justice Secretary will outline how SNP MPs will campaign for fair treatment of Scotland’s police, fire and court services.

Balls must own up on cuts plans - Swinney


Commenting on Ed Balls’s visit to Scotland, the SNP’s Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary John Swinney challenged the Shadow Chancellor on claims from Gordon Brown that any additional funding would be available in the current financial year as he said it was purely a smokescreen to hide Labour’s commitment to cuts. 

Mr Swinney said:

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Poll shows major swing from Labour to SNP

The SNP is today welcoming the results of a new opinion poll for ITV News showing strong backing for the party in Labour-held seats across Scotland – but is taking nothing for granted and continuing to work hard for every vote.

SNP MPs can end Westminster austerity - Hosie

SNP Depute Leader Stewart Hosie will hit the campaign trail in Kirkcaldy today – and will spell out how a strong team of SNP MPs would put an end to Westminster’s austerity cuts.

Meeting SNP supporters and local people, Mr Hosie will set out the SNP’s plans for a modest real terms increase in public spending – allowing real investment in vital public services like the NHS.

SNP warn Labour will not end austerity on its own

The SNP has today warned that Labour will not end austerity if left to its own devices as John McDonnell threatened to vote against Labour plans.

Senior Labour politician John McDonnell used an interview with the New Statesman to promise that he would vote against any budget or spending review that includes cuts and suggest ‘a bloc of 30-40 left MPs’ could do likewise.

Poll shows majority want support for renewables

A poll for Scottish Renewables showing that 79 per cent of people in Scotland want the next Westminster Government to develop policies that support renewable energy has been welcomed today.

Labour peer : deal with SNP 'pragmatic politics'


The SNP is welcoming comments from senior Labour peer Baroness Margaret Prosser saying that a deal with the SNP following the election is how ' pragmatic politics works'.


A9 speed cameras success welcomed


The SNP has today welcomed new research showing average speed cameras on the A9 are improving driver behaviour and cutting speed on the main road into the Highlands.

The survey results, on the front page of today’s Press and Journal have revealed a reduction in road rage incidents and fewer dangerous overtaking manoeuvres on the Inverness-Perth route.

Voting SNP gives real power to people of Scotland

Scottish National Party Leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hit the campaign trail in Glasgow East today – setting out the case that a vote for the SNP is a vote to deliver a powerful voice for Scotland at Westminster.