Unemployment below 150,000 - first time since 2009

The publication of new figures showing that unemployment in Scotland has fallen to below 150,000 for the first time since 2009 has been hailed today.

The latest Labour Market Statistics from the ONS show that employment in Scotland reached a record high of 2,625,000 between October and December 2014 while the level of unemployment fell by 15,000 to 149,000.

Murphy must apologise for outrageous NHS claims

Health Secretary Shona Robison has today (Tuesday) called on Jim Murphy to return to the hospital which he visited yesterday and apologise to staff after his party were “caught red-handed fiddling waiting times figures”.

SNP calls for urgent review of electricity supply

Following news that Longannet Power Station may close earlier than planned partly due to the high cost of transmission charges, the SNP is calling for an urgent review of electricity supply to keep the lights on across the UK.

Call for investigation into Murphy donations

The SNP is today calling for the Electoral Commission to investigate the eligibility of a donor to the Scottish Labour Party, following questions over tax avoidance.

SNP comments on Miliband speech

Commenting on Ed Miliband’s speech today, SNP Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said:
 
“If Labour were serious about economic recovery they would support the SNP’s alternative to austerity- rather than hitting the most vulnerable people in society the hardest with cuts to public spending.
 

Moves to replace nuclear weapons "utterly wrong"

Replacing Trident with a nuclear deterrent dropped from the air would be "utterly wrong" and the plan "misses the point entirely" the SNP has said today.

Westminster failing to listen on Universal Credit

As the rollout of Universal Credit begins at 150 jobcentres across the UK, the Westminster Government has been accused of a complete failure to listen.

Numerous welfare organisations have called for the rollout of Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments to be halted until plans to devolve some welfare powers to Scotland are carried out.

SNP will support equality to "lock out austerity"

Addressing a forum of the Scottish National Party's General Election candidates in Perth this afternoon, SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledged that a group of SNP MPs holding the balance of power will support moves to "lock austerity out of Westminster" - by requiring Westminster Budgets and welfare policy to meet the more robust standards of equality assessment as applies in the S

Scottish MPs warn Miliband to stay away

Claims in the Sunday Telegraph that Labour MPs have warned Ed Miliband to stay away from Scotland are a clear sign of a party in deep trouble.

One Scottish Labour MP is quoted saying "does Ed Miliband bring me votes? Absolutely not. If Ed wanted to campaign in my seat would I agree? I'm not sure... You wouldn't want him out campaigning in a shopping mall".