Scotland most highly educated country in Europe

The SNP has welcomed new ONS figures showing that Scotland is the most highly educated country in Europe – and among the best-educated in the world.

A new regional compendium by the ONS has found that more than two-fifths of people in Scotland aged between 25 and 64 are educated to tertiary level – the highest level in Europe and one of the highest in the world.

First Minister comments on Barack Obama’s remarks


Commenting on President Barack Obama’s remarks today ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum, First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“As President Obama rightly observes, the decision on Scotland’s future is up to the people of Scotland.

SNP continue to lead Holyrood voting intentions

The SNP continues to hold a substantial nine point lead in the latest Scottish Parliament poll published today, more than seven years after taking office.

The Ipsos MORI poll found that amongst those certain to vote, 39% would back the SNP at the next Scottish Parliament election, 30% would back Labour, 14% would back the Tories and 5% would back the LibDems.

Independent inquiry into Edinburgh trams fiasco

The announcement at First Minister’s Questions today that a judge-led non-statutory inquiry into the Edinburgh trams fiasco will be set up has been welcomed as an essential way of ensuring that lessons are learnt for future projects.

Treasury "patronising" Scots on Buzzfeed list

Commenting on the UK Treasury’s use of the website Buzzfeed -on which the UK government uses discredited figures to suggest Scots could spend any additional money on fish and chips and pies-  SNP Treasury Spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said:


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UK mismanagement of oil highlights need for Yes

Following on from a new survey showing that oil and gas companies are unfazed by the prospect of independence, the SNP has reiterated its commitment to providing a stable fiscal regime for the industry – in stark contrast to Westminster’s mismanagement.

Leaked speech reveals Cable admission



A leaked copy of Vince Cable’s expected speech in Glasgow tomorrow contains the admission that the dominance of London in the UK economy harms the rest of the country – and confirms the economic case for a Yes vote.

Golden opportunity missed in Queen's speech


In the last Queen’s Speech before the referendum, the SNP has highlighted that none of the proposals put forward by the anti-independence

SNP welcome plans for a fairer welfare system

The SNP has welcomed today’s publication of the Expert Working Group on Welfare –which sets out a number of positive recommendations to improve the welfare system and tackle low pay after a Yes vote.

Property market growth undermines No camp claims

The publication of figures showing strong growth in Scotland’s property sector has again shown that claims from the No campaign that holding Scotland’s referendum would create economic uncertainty were baseless.