Emergency debate on EVEL

Welcoming the emergency three-hour debate in the House of Commons on English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) granted by the Speaker for Tuesday morning - requested by Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael, which required the support of 40 MPs and was backed by the SNP group - SNP Shadow Leader of the House Pete Wishart MP said:

We must cut extremism off at the source

Please find below an article for publication by Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, SNP MP for Ochil & South Perthshire, SNP Deputy Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and SNP Spokesperson on Trade and Investment

Osborne must call a halt to tax credit cuts

The SNP is today highlighting research showing the dangers proposed Tory cuts to tax credits pose to families in Scotland.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland has calculated that nearly half - 49.1 per cent - of all families in Scotland currently use working tax credits, helping them to buy food, clothes and other essentials.

Sturgeon welcomes IPSO verdict on Telegraph

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has today published its adjudication on the Daily Telegraph’s story regarding the First Minister’s meeting with the French Ambassador. The adjudication has upheld a complaint on behalf of the First Minister and has found that the Telegraph had breached Clause 1 (accuracy) of the Editor’s Code of Practice.

'Outstanding' new figures show renewables strength

The SNP is today welcoming further ‘outstanding’ figures showing the strength of Scotland’s renewable energy sector – and repeated calls for this progress not to be put at risk by the ‘reckless’ actions of the Tories in government.

Royal Navy ships remain in port more than ever

Figures released following a Parliamentary Question confirm that the Royal Navy are using 31% less fuel in 2014 than was the case in 2010.

Commenting, Dunfermline and West Fife SNP MP, Douglas Chapman said:

“A 31% reduction in fuel usage over the past four years, suggests a considerable downturn in Royal Navy activity. 

UK Gov urged to allow changes to mobile contracts

Newly elected Highland SNP MP Drew Hendry is leading the fight for a fairer deal for mobile phone users who suffer from a lack of coverage. Currently, those who sign up to a mobile phone contract are stuck in that contract for the duration of the term (usually 18-24 months), even when they have poor or no-signal at all.

Lords amendments to Bill 'add insult to injury'

Commenting on news that the Scotland Bill will face amendments in the House of Lords, while the UK Government ignored amendments supported by 58 of Scotland’s 59 MPs, SNP spokesperson on the House of Lords Kirsty Blackman said:

Robison - SNP will defend free prescriptions

This week the Conservatives, backed by their proponents in the black top press, called for a tax of £2.5 million on asthma sufferers.

Ludicrous as this sounds that would be the outcome of their demands to bring back the tax on ill-health that is prescription charges. 

Swinney - Ideological Tory cuts must stop

Ahead of next week’s UK Budget, there is much to be positive about in the economic outlook for Scotland. Last year our economy grew at its fastest rate since 2006.  The number of people in employment increased by 53,000 over the past year, and we continue to have the highest employment rate of any UK nation.