MSP comments on Ferguson Shipbuilders announcement

Responding to the announcement that Ferguson Shipbuilders, the last shipbuilders on the Lower Clyde has gone into receivership, MSP for West of Scotland Stuart McMillan said:

“This is terrible news for Ferguson Shipbuilders and all the workers who face an uncertain future.

Survey shows need to protect concessionary travel

The publication of research on public attitudes to the concessionary bus pass has underlined why the vital policy must be protected from Johann Lamont’s Cuts Commission.

Westminster's 'gung-ho' fracking plans condemned

The Scottish Government’s considered and cautious approach to fracking proposals has been welcomed again today - after an objection was raised to Westminster’s ‘gung-ho’ plans to remove the right of householders in Scotland to object to drilling beneath their homes.  

Neil to give statement on protecting NHS next week

Health Secretary Alex Neil has today (Thursday) announced that, subject to parliamentary business – he will give a statement on the threat to Scotland’s NHS from a No vote next week.

The announcement follows a request from Labour MSP Malcolm Chisholm in during Oral Questions this morning.

Commenting, Mr Neil said:

Poll of women voters shows double-digit SNP lead

A poll of female voters for the Daily Record has given the SNP a substantial lead in voting intentions for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

Sir Donald Mackay: Yes means "stronger" economy


The SNP has today highlighted comments from one of Scotland’s most respected economists who has confirmed he will be voting Yes in the referendum, and that Scotland’s economy will be “stronger” with independence.

Sir Donald Mackay backs economic case for Yes

First Minister Alex Salmond has welcomed new analysis of Scotland’s oil and gas reserves by Professor Sir Donald Mackay - former chairman of Scottish Enterprise and former Economic Adviser to the Secretary of State for Scotland – who sets out why the UK Government’s Office of Budget Responsibility is “precisely wrong” and “hopelessly at sea”.

SNP condemn Labour "disgrace" on welfare vote


The SNP has condemned Labour MSPs for failing to vote against Tory welfare cuts at the Scottish Parliament today.

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Finance Secretary welcomes Carney comments


Finance Secretary John Swinney has today welcomed comments from the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney in relation to the banks preparations for the referendum.

Giving his regular inflation report and asked about the prospect of Scotland voting for independence the Governor said;