Salmond auction raises £42,100 for charities

Gifts and memorabilia received by former First Minister Alex Salmond have raised more than £42,000 for charity in an auction this afternoon.

More than three hundred lots, donated by Mr Salmond, were auctioned by Anita Manning of Great Western Auctions in Glasgow in aid of St Jerome’s orphanage, Clic Sargent, and the Scottish Youth Theatre.

Speaking after of the sale, Mr Salmond said:

Poll shows scale of the problems facing Labour

The scale of the problems facing Labour’s new leadership team has been made clear today as a new opinion poll gave the SNP a record lead.

The contest was sparked after Johann Lamont stood down, revealing that Labour in Scotland is treated like a ‘branch office’ by the party’s Westminster bosses.

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FM congratulates Murphy and Dugdale on election

Scottish National Party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon offered her congratulations to Jim Murphy on his election as leader of Labour in Scotland, and Kezia Dugdale on her election as deputy leader.

Ms Sturgeon said:

Robertson announced as election campaign director

Scottish National Party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the SNP's Campaign Director for next year's General Election will be the party's Westminster Group Leader Angus Robertson MP; and that the new Depute Leader of the SNP, Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie, will be responsible for producing the manifesto.

SNP hail by-election gain from Labour

The SNP is welcoming a double by-election victory today – as the party gained a seat from Labour in the Elgin City North ward, after winning in South Kintyre with a record 35 per cent swing as the Tory vote collapsed.

SNP welcome “overwhelming” by-election victory


The SNP has today welcomed an “overwhelming” by-election victory in South Kintyre where John Armour was returned as SNP councillor with over 62% of the first preference votes - representing a 35 per cent swing from the Tories to the SNP.

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Human trafficking bill will be major step forward

The introduction of a bill to strengthen the law on human trafficking has been welcomed today as a major step forward for victims of exploitation.

The bill introduced by the Scottish Government today will mean that for the first time there is specific legislation in Scotland to address the issue of human trafficking and exploitation through slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.

Council Tax freeze maintained for another year


The SNP has today welcomed the local government finance settlement package which allows local authorities to commit to another year of the Council Tax freeze.

'Devastating' MOD rescue centre closure announced

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has described as ‘devastating’ the Ministry of Defence (MOD) announcement that it is to close the UK Aeronautical Rescue and Coordination Centre (ARCC) at Kinloss Barracks in Moray.

The life-saving services are to be transferred to Fareham, between Portsmouth and Southampton.

Labour and Tories "Two sides of the same coin"


The SNP has today said Labour and The Tories are ‘two sides of the same coin’ following reports about Ed Miliband’s plans to cut public services for years to come if he becomes the next Prime Minister.