Balls highlights need for SNP votes on NHS England


The SNP has today highlighted comments by Ed Balls which reinforce the reason why SNP MPs will vote on the NHS in England and matters south of the border that have a direct impact on Scotland.

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Voter registration raised - 800,000 could drop off


SNP MSP Rob Gibson has written to the Electoral Commission to raise concerns over voter registration.

£414 million investment in concessionary travel

Plans to invest more than £400 million over the next two years to secure the future of concessionary travel have been hailed as fantastic news for Scotland’s older people.

SNP call on Lab & Lib Dems to back welfare powers

The SNP is today inviting Labour and the Lib Dems to join calls for the Westminster government’s proposals on welfare to be strengthened.

First Minister welcomes TV debates re-think

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed the news that broadcasters will now be extending an invitation to the SNP Leader - along with Green Party and Plaid Cymru leaders – to be included in televised leaders debates ahead of the general election.
Commenting, SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon said:

Sturgeon welcomes support for Chilcot call

Following SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's initiative last weekend in writing to opposition party leaders in Scotland calling for a cross-party consensus that the Chilcot Report into the Iraq War should be published before May's General Election, she has revealed that replies have been received from Tory leader Ruth Davidson and Green co-convener Patrick Harvie supporting

SNP by-election victory in Labour heartland


The SNP has today celebrated a by-election victory in Kirkcaldy East, a council ward within former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Westminster constituency. At the council elections in 2012, the SNP took the third seat in the multi-member ward, whereas in the by-election the SNP came first.

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Cameron must take immediate action on North Sea

Commenting on David Cameron’s refusal to make immediate tax changes to help the North Sea oil industry and protect jobs, SNP MSP Mark McDonald said:

Commenting, SNP MSP Mark McDonald said:

“This laid back attitude from David Cameron will be little comfort to thousands of workers in the North East who need and deserve immediate action from the UK Government.

Smith plans would grow appetite for independence

According to a poll by Ipsos MORI for STV “voters are not won over by the [Smith Commission] proposals” - with more than twice as many people saying the proposals make them more likely to vote Yes than No.