Dismay at UK Gov rejection of LGBTI rights envoy

The SNP has today voiced disappointment at the UK Government’s rejection of the creation of a special Foreign Office envoy to promote the rights of LGBTI people throughout the world.

75% of Labour candidates against Trident renewal


A survey conducted by CND in the New Statesman magazine shows that 75 per cent of Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidates across the UK for the May General Election are opposed to renewing Trident.


NHS staff numbers grow to record high under SNP

The SNP is today welcoming the Scottish Government’s commitment to continuing to improve NHS performance as the first weekly waiting time figures for Accident & Emergency are published – as well as new statistics showing that the number of NHS staff has risen to a record high.

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Transmission charges warning must be heeded

Warnings from a senior power industry figure over the damage that current transmission charging policy is doing to Scotland must be heeded by Westminster the SNP has said today.

Westminster sanctions hitting lone parents hardest

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament’s Stage Three debate on the Welfare Funds Bill, the SNP is highlighting new evidence of the impact of welfare cuts and sanctions on lone parents – and is reiterating its call for a full investigation into reports that DWP staff are pressured into applying sanctions.

Murphy's 'shameless hypocrisy' on tuition fees

Students in Scotland won’t be fooled by Jim Murphy’s ‘shameless hypocrisy’ on tuition fees, the SNP is saying today – after the Labour leader’s latest announcement highlighted his own record in backing fees south of the border.

FM opens Ochil & South Perthshire campaign hub

Scottish National Party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is opening the Ochil and South Perthshire campaign hub in Alloa this evening with SNP candidate Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh. Picture and interview opportunities are available.

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Lab MP says party should consider Tory coalition

Yet another senior Labour figure has advocated the party continuing to work with the Tories after the next election – as Labour MP Gisela Stuart urged the party not to rule out a “grand coalition” with the Tories.

SNP eyes more power for Scotland

THIS Friday marked my 100th day in office as First Minister. Despite seven years serving as deputy to Alex Salmond, the job is throwing up new tests and challenges all the time, but it is an enormous privilege and honour. And the challenges are ones I relish, with my sights now fixed on the next hundred days and far beyond.