NHS funding to rise by £288m to highest ever level

The Scottish Government’s commitment to the NHS and creating a fairer, more prosperous Scotland has been welcomed today – after John Swinney’s draft budget pledged a further £288m increase in the NHS budget as well as a number of measures to mitigate the impact of Westminster’s unfair welfare cuts.

SNP MSP leads debate calling for votes at sixteen

SNP MSP Christina McKelvie has today led a debate in the Scottish Parliament calling for the right to vote in all elections to be extended to 16 and 17 year olds – and paid tribute to the role Scotland’s young people played in the referendum campaign.

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Dramatic rise in North American tourists

Figures showing a dramatic rise in visits to Scotland from North American tourists have been welcomed as a significant boost in a year of major events for Scotland.

Visits to Scotland from North American tourists increased by 32 per cent in the year to June 2014, from 385,000 to 510,000 - contributing to an 18 per cent growth in spending by tourists from North America.

Rennie must accept Lib Dems £800,000 Police bill


The SNP has pressed Willie Rennie to accept the fact that the Lib Dems must pay their debts and sort out the party’s £800,000 unpaid policing bill for last year’s party conference in Glasgow and not default on the bill.

Hinkley will be "massive cost to taxpayers"

Commenting on the news a new £16bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point is to go ahead, SNP Energy spokesperson Mike Weir MP said:

“The UK is about to build its first nuclear power plant in almost 20 years, at a massive cost to taxpayers.

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New deal for railways great news for passengers

Transport Minister Keith Brown has today announced a new deal for Scotland’s railways, with a new franchise agreement that will see reduced fares and better working conditions for staff.

MSP seeks answers on radioactive waste incident

Caithness, Sutherland and Ross MSP Rob Gibson has called for answers after a fire on board a ship carrying radioactive material sparked an evacuation of an oil platform last night.

A fire on board the MV Parida which was transporting a cargo of radioactive concrete waste from Scrabster harbour caused an evacuation of the Beatrice platform until the ship could be brought under tow.

Westminster bows to pressure to debate more powers


The Scottish National Party has welcomed the news Westminster has bowed to pressure and plans to fully debate more powers for Scotland following a letter from Pete Wishart MP to the Speaker.

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Support for patients with rare conditions hailed

The announcement of a £40 million New Medicines Fund that expands upon and replaces the Rare Conditions Medicines Fund has been welcomed today as good news for patients.

The new fund will help health boards in Scotland fund the cost of providing new medicines for people with rare or terminal conditions, doubling the level of funding that was previously available.

SNP welcome leading academic comments


The SNP is today welcoming comments by a politics expert form Glasgow University highlighting the growing level of support for the SNP in Scotland.