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.

Lib Dems sell out last remaining principle

The Lib Dems have sold out their last remaining principle, an SNP MSP has said today – after senior party figures made clear that they were ready to abandon their opposition to an in/out referendum on the EU as the price of continuing their alliance with the Tories.

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UK Government puts 260 Longannet jobs at risk

The UK Government must agree to urgent talks with the Scottish Government on the future of the Longannet power station, the SNP has said today – after Scottish Power confirmed that Westminster’s transmission charging regime is putting the future of the plant and its 260 jobs at risk.

Tory benefits freeze hits 600,000 working families

The impact of George Osborne’s plans to freeze working age benefits for two years would hit 600,000 working families and one million children, new analysis has shown – confirming exactly why decisions over welfare should be made in Scotland.

Majority back 16 and 17 year olds future voting


The SNP is today welcoming news revealing that the majority of people back 16 and 17 year olds being given the vote in future elections.

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Moves to scrap poll tax debt hailed

A leading campaign group for electoral reform has hailed the Scottish Government’s moves to scrap Poll Tax debt as “the right thing to do”.