New Treasury Minister wants to slash Scots budget

The Scottish National party today said that the price of a No vote in September would be massive cuts to Scotland's budget, as it emerged that the new Treasury Secretary is in favour of swingeing cuts to the Scottish budget.

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Hammond promotion puts UK step closer to EU exit



Commenting on Philip Hammond’s move to Foreign Secretary in David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle, First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“Philip Hammond’s promotion to Foreign Secretary has put one hand on the exit door leading the UK out of the European Union.

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Only independence can unlock rural potential

Addressing an audience in Wick this evening at the Scottish Cabinet's latest Public Engagement Event, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will say that only the powers of independence can unlock Scotland's immense resources to create thousands of jobs in rural Scotland.

Charles Clarke warns Tories will win in 2015

The growing risk of Scotland being subject to more Tory government in the event of a No vote has been highlighted again today – after former Labour Home Secretary Charles Clarke warned that a Tory majority is the most likely outcome of the 2015 election.

Only independence can bring stability to North Sea


Commenting on the news that the UK Treasury is to launch a review of the tax regimes in the North Sea for oil and gas production industry, Stewart Hosie MP – SNP Treasury spokesperson - said:  


PMI report shows welcome economic acceleration

Reports of accelerating growth in Scotland’s economy have been welcomed today as a demonstration of increasing strength in Scotland’s private sector.

The Bank of Scotland’s latest monthly Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) found that Scotland’s service and production sectors both grew at their fastest pace since March, in the latest of series of positive signs for Scotland’s economy.

Reports-Was public money used to cover No bungle?


Commenting on reports that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander had to pulp UK Government funded pamphlets urging a No vote in the referendum because of an entirely avoidable mistake - and at a cost to the taxpayer of £250,000 - SNP Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said: 


Reshuffle distracts from DWP in 'utter shambles'


The Scottish National Party has said the UK government must not get distracted by a potential Cabinet reshuffle on Monday and focus on the “utter shambles” at the Department of Work and Pensions.

Westminster lack of transparency on HMRC closures

SNP MSP Margaret Burgess has demanded transparency as HMRC’s consultation on planned office closures is kept away from public scrutiny.

HMRC has begun consulting on the closure of offices in Glenrothes and Irvine, as part of moves to close twelve offices across the UK in the latest round of cuts to staff and facilities.