Fall in religiously aggravated offending welcomed

The SNP has welcomed the reduction in religiously aggravated offending as confirmed by today’s hate crime statistics.

Hate Crime in Scotland 2013-14 was published today and shows that religiously aggravated offending in Scotland has reduced by 17 per cent – but shows a rise in some categories of offences.

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Carmichael admits no guarantee on more powers

Commenting on Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael’s admission that there are no extra powers guaranteed to come to Scotland in the event of a No vote in September, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

DWP threats to shut down Trussell Trust condemned

The UK Government’s attitude towards foodbanks has been called into question again today after it emerged that a senior aide to Iain Duncan Smith threatened to shut down foodbank charity the Trussell Trust for being critical of the government.

Tory MSP defence of UK fishery failings criticised

Tory MSP Jamie McGrigor is facing calls to explain his intervention in the Scottish Parliament today – which sought to justify Scotland’s fishing communities receiving a raw deal from the UK’s share of the EU Fisheries Fund.

Passport fiasco hits Scots

The Home Secretary has been unable to assure Scots waiting for new passports that they will be able to receive them in time.

Scottish National Party Home Affairs spokesperson Pete Wishart MP raised the issue with Theresa May in the House of Commons today as the Home Office has warned of delays to new passport applications.

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In-out referendum threat

A former Tory minister is in pole position to bring forward legislation which could see an in-out EU referendum take place by the end of 2017.

Yes vote closer than ever as support grows

The SNP is today welcoming a new polling which finds support for Yes continuing to grow – as the SNP remains Scotland’s most popular party 18 points ahead of Labour.

Westminster will cost us £2,000 each - next year

 

Commenting on the Queen's Speech debate at Westminster as MPs scrutinise the coalition's legislative programme for the

remaining year of this parliament - before the 2015 General Election - SNP Treasury Spokesman Stewart Hosie MP said:

 

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Lib Dem failings show No not serious on devolution

The No parties commitment to devolution has been called into question today after Danny Alexander, was unable to explain his Government’s failure to devolve Air Passenger Duty – and instead made the bizarre suggestion that the way to attract tourists to the Highlands was to allow speeding on the A9.

SNP highlights Iraq calamity

 

Scottish National Party Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP has highlighted the emerging crisis in Iraq and condemned the Prime Minister for refusing to clarify his position on the Iraq War in the House of Commons today.