Billy Bragg support for a Yes vote welcomed


Rock legend Billy Bragg’s online comments in support of a Yes vote have today been welcomed by SNP MP Pete Wishart.

Following David Cameron’s bumbling intervention yesterday, Billy Bragg tweeted:

“Alex Salmond is right ‘Cameron doesn't speak for England, he speaks for a Westminster elite’ Go for it, Scotland #Indy”

Lib Dem and Tory no show at foodbanks debate

An SNP MSP has written to Lib Dem and Tory whips in the Scottish Parliament demanding answers following the failure of MSPs from either party to turn up to a Members’ Debate on the rising use of foodbanks.

Tory MP torpedoes Cameron referendum speech

Commenting on the article in today's Daily Telegraph by Tory MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell - in which he says on the day of David Cameron's big speech on the independence referendum: "I’m not sure how I would vote in the Scottish referendum if I lived in Scotland" - SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson MP said:

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Funding boost shows protecting NHS is top priority

The announcement of a real terms increase in funding for Scotland’s territorial health boards has been hailed as further demonstration of the priority that the SNP Government is putting on protecting the NHS.

It was announced today that territorial health boards would benefit from a 3.1% increase in funding – an increase of £248 million for 2014/15.

PM says he will “fight” but still dodges debate

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech at the Olympic Park in London today, First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“This speech was a threadbare defence of the case for Westminster Tories retaining their undemocratic control over Scotland, which betrays the utter weakness of the Prime Minister’s case.

Tax-payers £1 bn worse off: Royal Mail undersold

Tax-payers are over £1 billion worse off as a result of the UK government's decision to sell-off Royal Mail below City banks' estimates, it has emerged.

A range of investment banks valued Royal Mail last spring at up to £1.5bn more than it was eventually sold for, according to data obtained under a freedom of information request.

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Warning to the No camp -stop talking Scotland down


Speaking today SNP Treasury Spokesman, Stewart Hosie MP , criticised the constant attacks on Scotland’s ability to prosper as an Independent country.

He said,

“The No campaign must stop their scaremongering.

Labour hypocrisy exposed on road equivalent tariff


The SNP has today highlighted Labour’s hypocrisy on the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) after a senior Labour MSP referred to the policy which provides valuable help to Scotland’s island communities as “a cynical bribe”.

Parliament backs funding for Council Tax freeze

Funding to continue the Council Tax freeze across Scotland and to deliver other key local services has been backed by the Scottish Parliament today with the passing of the Local Government finance settlement.