Smith plans would grow appetite for independence

According to a poll by Ipsos MORI for STV “voters are not won over by the [Smith Commission] proposals” - with more than twice as many people saying the proposals make them more likely to vote Yes than No.

SNP comment on TV debates- welcome development

Commenting on reports that the Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon - along with Green Party and Plaid Cymru leaders - will be included in televised election leaders debates, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP said:
 

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Campaigners brand command paper a lost opportunity

The Westminster Government’s command paper on the Smith Commission proposals has received a frosty response from campaign groups amid warnings that recommendations have been watered down.

SNP has more than double Labour Holyrood backing

A new Ipsos MORI poll for STV has put support for the SNP at more than double that of the Labour Party for the 2016 Holyrood election, in both constituency and regional votes.

Carmichael admits impact of English NHS budget

The SNP is this morning highlighting comments from the Scottish Secretary acknowledging that the NHS budget in England has an impact on Scotland.

Westminster must stop ignoring oil & gas needs

SNP Depute Leader Stewart Hosie has attacked the Westminster Government’s delay and prevarication on cutting oil taxes after Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael revealed on BBC Radio Scotland this morning that there would be no action at Westminster before March’s budget, and that he didn’t think an earlier cut would make a significant difference – despite urgent calls for action from the indus

Business groups call for increased powers

Ahead of the publication of Smith Commission draft clauses today (Thursday), business organisations have called for Scotland to gain increased job-creating powers that will help to support the Scottish economy.

Labour inaction on oil industry unacceptable

The SNP is today calling on Labour to state exactly what action they would take to protect the oil industry – following the Shadow Chancellor’s failure to outline a plan.

Reports today that Ed Balls “refused to be drawn on the specifics” of their policy on a visit to Aberdeen yesterday highlight Labour’s complete failure to act on this issue.

SNP welcome lead in Westminster voting intentions

 

The SNP has today welcomed a new poll by Ipsos MORI for STV which shows that the SNP has a 28-point lead over Labour in Westminster voting intentions. 

SNP: MPs will vote to protect Scotland's NHS

Scottish National Party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today (Wednesday) said that SNP MPs elected at May's General Election would be prepared vote for a Bill at Westminster to restore England's National Health Service, in order to protect the Scottish budget - on which Scotland's NHS depends - from the effect of the erosion of public expenditure that English health priva