Only Yes vote gives Scotland jobs powers - Salmond

Commenting on the day that over 100 more leading Scottish entrepreneurs added their voices to business backing for a Yes vote in next week’s referendum, First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“Job creation is at the heart of our vision for an independent Scotland.

Oil expert predicts 99 new oil discoveries

SNP Energy Spokesperson, Fergus Ewing, has welcomed a new paper by one of the world’s leading oil economists – Professor Alex Kemp of the University of Aberdeen – where he sets out that his detailed modelling on North Sea oil and gas predicts 99 new oil discoveries over the next thirty years which will be commercially viable – as well as a further 57 which will be unecon

Salmond hosts Europe's biggest Facebook Q&A

First Minister Alex Salmond tonight hosted Europe’s largest ever Facebook Q & A session.
The online session took place on the First Minister’s own Facebook page and followed the screening of a unique 30 minute broadcast interview by television presenter John Nicolson.

Opportunities of Yes for young people highlighted

The SNP’s Michael Russell used a visit to a business in Glasgow today to highlight the opportunities of a Yes vote for young people – which will allow us to invest Scotland’s immense wealth into creating more and better opportunities for jobs and apprenticeships.

Westminster's most distrusted politicians ever

Commenting on the extraordinary development of David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg abandoning Prime Minister's Questions and coming to Scotland tomorrow in a last minute panicked reaction to Yes surging in the polls, First Minister Alex Salmond said:

STUC criticise No parties' plans

The SNP has today highlighted the criticism of the No parties' empty promises on devolution from the head of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, Grahame Smith, who has branded their claims a "political fix constructed in Westminster".

Commenting on the powers, Mr Smith, whose organisation has remained neutral in the referendum debate, said:

Heavyweight backing for independent Scotland in EU

First Minister Alex Salmond today welcomed the comments of a former president of the European Parliament endorsing the Scottish Government’s position on an independent Scotland’s continued membership of the European Union.

Oil boss backs North Sea ‘game changer’

Fergus Ewing MSP, who is Scotland’s Energy Minister, has welcomed comments from the former President of the Wood Group in the Americas, Derek Blackwood, who has highlighted the potential for Scotland of developing offshore unconventional oil and gas as set out in a new report by the business organisation N-56 - which shows that there are at least 21 billion barrels of unconventional

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MP pay rise highlights Westminster not working

The SNP is today highlighting the need to protect the NHS from Westminster cuts – as news that MPs are to be awarded a pay rise brings further confirmation that Westminster is not working for Scotland.

Bank of Scotland reports shows economic strengths

The latest Bank of Scotland PMI report confirms the strength of Scotland’s economy –and highlights the opportunity to use our wealth to invest in public services and job creation, the SNP’s John Swinney said today.