Westminster must stop ignoring oil & gas needs

SNP Depute Leader Stewart Hosie has attacked the Westminster Government’s delay and prevarication on cutting oil taxes after Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael revealed on BBC Radio Scotland this morning that there would be no action at Westminster before March’s budget, and that he didn’t think an earlier cut would make a significant difference – despite urgent calls for action from the indus

Business groups call for increased powers

Ahead of the publication of Smith Commission draft clauses today (Thursday), business organisations have called for Scotland to gain increased job-creating powers that will help to support the Scottish economy.

Labour inaction on oil industry unacceptable

The SNP is today calling on Labour to state exactly what action they would take to protect the oil industry – following the Shadow Chancellor’s failure to outline a plan.

Reports today that Ed Balls “refused to be drawn on the specifics” of their policy on a visit to Aberdeen yesterday highlight Labour’s complete failure to act on this issue.

SNP welcome lead in Westminster voting intentions


The SNP has today welcomed a new poll by Ipsos MORI for STV which shows that the SNP has a 28-point lead over Labour in Westminster voting intentions. 

SNP: MPs will vote to protect Scotland's NHS

Scottish National Party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today (Wednesday) said that SNP MPs elected at May's General Election would be prepared vote for a Bill at Westminster to restore England's National Health Service, in order to protect the Scottish budget - on which Scotland's NHS depends - from the effect of the erosion of public expenditure that English health priva

Employment in Scotland grows to record high

New figures showing employment in Scotland growing to a record high are testament to the Scottish Government’s use of current devolved powers to invest in jobs and infrastructure – and show why full economic powers should be in Scotland’s hands rather than Westminster’s.

New poll shows people trust SNP with our NHS

The Scottish National Party published a new poll finding conducted by Survation, and commissioned by the SNP, which asked which party people in Scotland most trust with the National Health Service - and found that people trust the SNP over Labour by a factor of over two-to-one.

The poll question and findings are:

Calls for urgent action on oil and gas jobs

Following today’s debate in Westminster Hall on North Sea Oil and Gas industry employment, SNP energy spokesperson Mike Weir MP said:

SNP demands answers on civil service

The Scottish National Party has demanded answers on civil service impartiality from the UK’s top mandarin, following an extraordinary admission from the most senior civil servant at the Treasury about his and his department’s stance on the Scottish independence referendum.

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