Only the SNP can address Scotland's needs

Today we have seen a budget which has failed once again to address the real needs of the people of Scotland.

Since 2009/10 the UK Government has cut Scotland’s budget by a staggering £3.5 billion in real terms. Today’s budget will see another £12 billion of cumulative cuts in real terms coming to Scotland over the next five years.

Outgoing Lib Dem appeals to David Cameron for help

The Liberal Democrats reached a new low today in Prime Minister’s Questions as outgoing MP Malcolm Bruce appealed to David Cameron to help the Liberal Democrats hold on to his seat - which is currently being contested by Alex Salmond. 

Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP said:

Osborne's austerity fails to deliver for Scotland

 

Commenting on Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s final budget before the general election, Stewart Hosie MP, SNP Depute Leader and Treasury spokesperson said:

 

‘’This budget fails once again to address the real needs of the people of Scotland – Osborne has blown his last chance.

 

New figures show NHS staff numbers at record high

The SNP is today welcoming new figures showing that NHS staff numbers in Scotland are continuing to grow and stand at a record high – as Scottish Government investment in the health service continues to pay off.

Figures on public sector employment published today show that NHS staff numbers have increased by 1.5 per cent over the past year – and now stand at 160,500.

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Poll shows people back SNP to keep Tories out

A new poll showing that people in Scotland back the SNP rather than Labour to keep the Tories out of government has been welcomed today.

SNP comment on ‘shameful practices’ at Dungavel

 

Commenting on a report in today’s The National newspaper that dozens of migrants have been on hunger strike for over a week at Dungavel Immigration Detention Centre, SNP MSP Sandra White said:

European Parliament asked to investigate Coburn

The European Parliament has been asked to investigate the conduct of UKIP MEP David Coburn after he made Islamophobic remarks, comparing SNP MSP Humza Yousaf to convicted terrorist Abu Hamza.

SNP call for support on plan to help low earners

The SNP is today calling for cross-party support for Nicola Sturgeon’s plans to significantly increase the work allowance and help low-earners – and has urged the UK Government to ensure the measure is announced in this week’s budget.

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Labour rule out coalition that no one proposed

Ed Miliband has ruled out a formal coalition with the SNP – a coalition that no one was proposing.

Formal coalition with seats in the UK government has never been the preference of the SNP. Our priority instead is to stand up for Scotland's interests, and advance progressive politics across the UK.;

Miliband rules out coalition no-one was proposing

 

Commenting on the speech by Labour leader Ed Miliband in Leeds, in which he only rules out a formal coalition with the Scottish National Party, SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: