Committee seeks answers on islands grid connection

The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee has today written to Dermot Nolan, CEO of Ofgem, calling on him to address concerns of residents of the Outer Hebrides that potential renewables projects in the area are being undermined by ongoing delays to the delivery of national grid infrastructure to the islands.

More experts back devolution of energy policy

Further expert backing for the devolution of energy policy has been welcomed by the SNP –and adds to the emerging consensus amongst energy experts that Scotland’s oil revenues should be in Scotland’s hands.

Positive poll snapshot as new FM takes office

The SNP is today highlighting a new analysis of the last five UK YouGov poll samples for Scotland which shows support continuing to grow as Nicola Sturgeon takes over as Scotland’s First Minister.

Experts call for devolution of immigration powers

Further weight has been added to calls for the devolution powers over immigration today – after UK immigration policy was branded as “not fit for Scotland’s future” in a letter to the Smith Commission by a range of industry bodies.

SNP urge vote to save the ' Vow'


Scotland's new FM showcases Scottish talent

Nicola Sturgeon is once again showcasing Scottish design talent as she becomes First Minster today.

The newly elected First Minister wore a dress made by independent women’s wear fashion label and boutique Totty Rocks. Based in Bruntsfield in Edinburgh, Totty Rocks is owned by Lynsey Blackburn and Holly Mitchell – both graduates of Edinburgh College of Art.

Sturgeon: A First Minister for all of Scotland

Please find below Nicola Sturgeon’s speech after being elected by the Scottish Parliament as its nominee for First Minister:

Presiding Officer, I thank you for your kind words.

Earnings figures show Scotland can make progress

New figures showing Scotland has recorded the largest rise in median weekly earnings across the UK has underlined the need for Scotland to gain the responsibilities needed to make progress in addressing the gender pay gap.

UK-wide figures show that while there has been a small decrease in the gap between what men and women are paid, it continues to remain far too high at 9.4 per cent.

Economist highlights "greater appetite" for powers

The SNP is today welcoming further support for the devolution of more powers - from a leading UK economist.

In a written submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee, written in a personal capacity, University of Glasgow Principal Professor Anton Muscatelli said voters in Scotland now have “a greater appetite for additional devolution”.