Report finds oil and gas worth £35bn annually

The SNP is today welcoming a new report which finds oil and gas is worth £35bn to the economy.

The report, carried out by Ernst and Young and commissioned by industry body Oil and Gas UK, found more than 3000 companies were directly involved in the industry and the number of people employed by UK firms grew by more than 20,000 in the four years to 2012.

Experts condemn Westminster's welfare cuts

Westminster’s welfare reform agenda has faced criticism today from a series of experts – highlighting the opportunity for Scotland to take a different direction after a Yes vote.

'Crack cocaine of gambling’ needs regulated now


Stuart McMillan is calling on the UK Government to take immediate action to combat the suffering caused by fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), often described as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’.

SNP welcome progress in A9 dualling project

The SNP has welcomed today’s announcement that the first of three contracts for the design of the dualling of the A9 has been awarded – a significant milestone in the SNP Government’s commitment to the project.

The contract has been awarded to CH2MHill/Fairhurst to design a 26-mile upgrade to the road between Glengarry and Dalraddy.

No camp NHS hypocrisy highlights need for Yes


The SNP has today highlighted the difference in how the NHS is run north and south of the border following a damning critique of privatisation of services in England in today’s Guardian.

Lowest paid families set to gain from Yes vote

Ahead of a debate in the Scottish Parliament, the SNP is today (Wednesday) pointing out the benefits of a Yes vote for hardworking families across Scotland.

Expert highlights opportunity to tackle poverty

The SNP has welcomed an intervention in the referendum debate highlighting Scotland’s potential to tackle poverty –as more evidence of the devastating impact of Westminster’s welfare reforms was revealed in a new report. 

Paterson must explain Westminster's CAP failures

Ahead of his appearance before the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee today, the UK Government’s Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has faced calls to explain why Westminster’s failures have led to Scotland’s farmers losing out on vital EU funding.

SNP comments on Gordon Brown speech

Commenting on Gordon Brown’s speech today on pensions, Scottish National Party Work and Pensions spokesperson Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said:

“The claims Gordon Brown is making on pensions are simply ludicrous. 

Poll shows SNP support up on 2011 landslide

A new poll has shown the SNP maintaining a strong lead as Scotland’s most popular party – with support for the party on the constituency vote increasing since the landslide victory in 2011.

The Survation poll published in today’s Courier shows the SNP vote standing at 46% on the constituency vote – up on the 2011 figure of 45.4% and 14 points ahead of Labour.

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