Alexander confirms Westminster commitment to cuts

Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander’s admission today that he is committed to an additional “tens of billions of pounds” of further cuts after the next election has increased the pressure on his party to detail where the impact of their cuts will fall – and shows why full control over the economy should be transferred to Scotland.

UK under pressure on nuclear weapons

 

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Statistics show progress on tackling gender gap

Evidence in the latest employment statistics showing that Scotland is outperforming the rest of the UK when it comes to reducing the gap between male and female employment is a welcome sign of progress.

Parliament hears evidence on minimum wage call

Calls for responsibility for setting the minimum wage to be devolved to Scotland grew today as the Scottish Parliament took evidence backing the move.

Giving evidence to the Welfare Reform Committee, Professor David Bell stated “I don’t have any problem with setting a Minimum Wage differently, in different parts of the UK indeed and therefore it seems to me quite appropriate for Scotland.”

Osborne plans further cuts of £30bn

The news that George Osborne is drawing up a hitlist of £30bn of further cuts shows what the Tories have in store for Scotland after the next election - and demonstrates why control over the economy and spending should be in Scotland's hands rather than Westminster's.

Westminster shambles on European Arrest Warrant

 

Commenting on the shambolic scenes in the House of Commons today when the Westminster Government reneged on a commitment to have a vote on opting in to the European Arrest Warrant - because it was alarmed by the prospect of a Tory backbench rebellion on the matter - Pete Wishart MP, SNP Home Affairs spokesperson said:  

 

Sturgeon calls for devolution of minimum wage

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is today urging the Westminster parties to back proposals to devolve powers over the minimum wage to Scotland as a key measure in tacking poverty.

EU talks snub makes mockery of pledges to Scotland

Please find below the text of a letter from First Minister Alex Salmond to Prime Minister David Cameron, issued late yesterday evening, on the UK Government confirming its refusal to allow Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead to lead negotiations on behalf of the Scottish fishing industry at key talks today at an EU fisheries council meeting in Brussels.

 

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Labour poll woes continue no matter who leads them

Labour’s disastrous poll ratings in Scotland would continue no matter who their leader is, new polling analysis has shown – confirming that the party will continue to pay the price for standing shoulder to shoulder with the Tories in the No campaign even if Ed Miliband is forced out.

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