Thousands of children paying price of sanctions

Figures showing that thousands of children in Scotland are paying the price for benefit sanctions have been branded ‘grossly unfair’ today.

An FoI lodged by Church Action on Poverty found that 3,600 households with dependent children in Scotland were affected by sanctions between June 2012 and May 2013, with at least 6,460 children affected.

Campaign conference biggest ever

The Scottish National Party go into our campaign conference in Glasgow next weekend with the strongest pre-election support in our history, the largest amount of doorstep activity ever undertaken by party activists - and the conference itself will be by far our biggest yet.

SNP comments on Smith Commission report

Commenting on the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (House of Commons) report on the implementation of the Smith Commission, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP said:

Tories try to bury bad news on Budget day

The SNP has highlighted new UK Government figures demonstrating the ‘abject failure’ of the Universal Credit – and has accused the DWP of attempting to ‘bury bad news’ on Budget day.

SNP comment on election programmes statement

Commenting on today's announcement by broadcasters for a series of leaders' General Election programmes, Scottish National Party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

MoD questions to answer on capability gap

Commenting on today’s reports that an alleged Russian submarine was possibly operating in UK territorial waters off the Western Isles, SNP Westminster Leader and Defence Spokesperson Angus Robertson said:

Lib Dems embroiled in new dodgy donor scandal

The Scottish Lib Dem conference has been derailed today by the revelation that a senior Lib Dem peer has resigned after having accepted a potentially illegal donation to the party through a ‘proxy’ donor - which it has been reported was intended to secure access to Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.

Davey makes North Sea admission

The SNP is today highlighting an ‘overdue admission’ from the UK Government’s Energy Secretary Ed Davey that his government got their figures wrong on the North Sea oil industry.

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Rennie buries head in sand over unpaid debt

Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has come under renewed pressure to ensure his party pays back the reported £800,000 it owes to Police Scotland – after claiming in a media interview today that they owed no such debt.

SNP welcome Fatal Accident Inquiry Bill


The SNP has today welcomed a Bill strengthening the Fatal Accident Inquiry Process in Scotland which sets out set out practical measures for a system which is effective, efficient and fair.