John Ross Scott joins the SNP

The SNP has welcomed John Ross Scott - the former leader of Scottish Borders Council – who has joined the SNP today.

Mr Scott lives and works in Orkney; previously he was a councillor in the Borders for 23 years, latterly he was a Lib Dem councillor for Hawick on Borders Regional Council and Scottish Borders Council where he was Council Leader.

John Ross Scott said:

Murphy must clarify Trident renewal stance


The SNP has branded the UK government’s obsession with Trident as an ‘obscenity’ and pressed Jim Murphy to clarify his position on Tory plans to spend £100 billion on replacing Trident.

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Record year for renewables as green energy soars

The SNP is today welcoming new figures showing the growing strength of Scotland’s renewable energy sector – as statistics published today highlighted a 21 per cent leap in the amount of electricity generated from renewables.

Scotland has 'world class' higher education sector

The SNP it today welcoming a new expert report which has found that Scotland’s higher education system is “world-class” – and that the impact of the research of Scotland’s higher education institutions is performing higher than the UK average.

Nicola Sturgeon comments on Peshawar attack

Commenting on the sad news that two nephews of SNP Councillor Jahangir Hanif have both lost a son in yesterday's attack in Peshawar, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

Bedroom Tax vote shows Scots need welfare powers


The SNP is today reiterating its call for the full devolution of the welfare system to Scotland – after the House of Commons voted to uphold the unfair Bedroom Tax.


Senior Tory says party could block more powers

Westminster’s commitment to delivering additional powers for Scotland has been called into question again today – after a senior Tory said that his party’s MPs would refuse to implement any new powers for Scotland

Murphy must clarify stance on Trident renewal

Jim Murphy is facing calls to clarify his stance on Trident renewal and make clear whether he is still in favour of replacing the weapons system at the cost of £100 billion.

SNP Depute Leader Stewart Hosie has written to Mr Murphy calling on him to square his stated aim of tackling poverty and inequality with his track record of voting in favour of replacing Trident.

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SNP welcomes record level of female employment


The SNP has today welcomed new figures that show female employment at its highest level on record and youth unemployment at its lowest level in the last five years, alongside a fall in the overall Scottish unemployment rate.