Superfast broadband rolled out in islands

The SNP has welcomed the announcement that Lerwick will be the first island community to benefit from superfast broadband through the £410m Digital Scotland Partnership.

The scheme will be rolled out in the Shetland Islands ahead of schedule – meaning that services will be brought to Lerwick this year.

Student warning shows Westminster can't be trusted

Warnings from Professor Anton Muscatelli that Westminster’s approach to immigration is harming Scotland’s economy shows why Westminster cannot be trusted to look after Scotland’s needs.

Reports in today’s Herald (Thursday) make clear that Professor Muscatelli believes the message Westminster is giving to potential students is “don't come here, we're closed for business, closed for education.”

Report shows growing strength of Scottish economy

The SNP has welcomed a new report which shows the strength of Scotland’s economy – with increases in investment, economic activity and business optimism confirmed.

Western Isles poll shows majority for Yes

As the Scottish Cabinet gathers in Stornoway today the SNP is welcoming a poll which shows growing support for Yes in the Western Isles.

Employment at historic high in Scotland

The SNP is today welcoming new figures showing employment in Scotland at its highest level since records began.

400% rise in foodbank use in last year

Figures from the Trussell Trust showing that the number of people using their foodbanks has increased by 400% in Scotland have been described as a demonstration of the grim reality of Westminster’s cuts.

The figures show that in 2012/13 Scottish foodbanks provided help to 14,318 people, but in 2013/14 that figure had increased by 400% to 71,428.

No camp briefs against itself as splits deepen

The splits in the No campaign grew deeper today as Labour figures briefed against their Tory allies.

As reported in today’s Herald, Labour sources have criticised the intervention by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond as being “unhelpful” and too negative. 

Hammond must apologise for broken defence promises

Commenting ahead of Westminster Defence Secretary Philip Hammond’s speech in Glasgow, SNP Westminster leader and Defence Spokesperson Angus Robertson MP said:

SNP welcome 'record year' for regional airports

The SNP is today welcoming new figures showing growing passenger numbers at airports in the Highlands and Islands.

The figures from Highlands and Islands Airports Limited show that 11 airports in the Highlands and Islands handled 1,367,342 passengers in the last year – 70,000 more than the previous 12 months.

Commenting, Highlands and Islands MSP Mike Mackenzie said: