SNP lead over Labour grows to 16 points

The Scottish National Party welcomed the party ratings in today's Survation/Daily Record poll, which shows a strong lead for the SNP in Scottish Parliament, European and Westminster election voting intentions.

SNP Business Convener Derek Mackay MSP said:

UK Gov tuition fee policy continues to unravel

The SNP has today (Thursday) challenged Johann Lamont’s Cuts Commission to rule out  reintroducing tuition fees in Scotland, after a damning report into the effects of Westminster’s policy in England.

Prominent Polish actor backs Scottish independence

Polish Actor and the Chief Executive of an international agency for performing arts in Edinburgh, Tomek Borkowy, voiced his support for a Yes vote and is encouraging Poles to engage in the independence debate.

Attempts to freeze Scotland out of investigation

The SNP are today asking Westminster what it has to hide on new nuclear following attempts to freeze Scotland out of a European Commission investigation into a new nuclear power plant. The move illustrates concern that the European Commission will find against them.

New Tory minister said devolution is 'vandalism'

 

 

Following the resignation of the Culture Secretary Maria Miller after another Tory expenses scandal, her replacement in the job has been named as Sajid Javid, who had previously been a member of George Osborne’s Treasury team at the centre of Westminster’s austerity agenda.

 

Rest of UK needs Scotland's huge energy resources

Responding to a speech on energy policy by UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey, Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing warned that the UK’s energy supply crunch will drive up bills, and said that Mr Davey should not turn his back on Scotland’s huge energy resources if he wants to avoid being seen as the Minister who caused blackouts.

Expert says Yes offers chance to tackle inequality

A Yes vote represents the best chance to tackle health inequality in Scotland, a public health expert has said.

Speaking at the ‘Aye Write!’ book festival Phil Hanlon, professor of public health at the University of Glasgow said that the status quo offers no way to reduce levels of inequality – and warned that the situation could indeed get worse.

Investors downgrade UK energy investment

As UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey arrives in Edinburgh today (Wednesday), the SNP is highlighting a new report which finds that UK energy policy uncertainty has driven the UK to the top of table for political risk on energy.  

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People do not believe Labour's more powers - poll

 

Commenting on the results of a Panelbase poll commissioned by the blog Wings Over Scotland, which finds that only 16 per cent of people in Scotland believe that Labour's watered down more powers proposals would be implemented in the event of a No vote - with more than twice as many, 32 per cent, believing that they would not be implemented - James Dornan MSP said:

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Commission criticism shows Westminster failure

As the Westminster Government faces criticism from the EU Commission for its failure on youth unemployment, the SNP has condemned the anti-EU posturing that is denying young people in Scotland access to EU funding to create jobs and training opportunities for young people.