An end to the abhorrent practice of Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation is an unacceptable and illegal practice. It is a form of violence against women that violates human right and has no place in Scotland - or anywhere else.



100 years on, the fight for true equality for all continues

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the UK Parliament passing the Representation of the People Act, which first gave women the right to vote.



Gender equality still has a long way to go

Tomorrow marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed women, and all men, to vote for the first time. This anniversary is something we should celebrate but it also gives us the opportunity to look at gender equality more widely.



The Tories have let down rural Scotland

Following last year’s General Election, Scottish Tories were quick to proclaim that they would “champion the Scottish national interest” at Westminster. The reality has been very different.



Fact check: the Labour record on publicly-run public services

When it comes to private sector involvement in public services, Labour are big on rhetoric. But their record in government tells a different story.



Our action to support nurses

Nurses are the superheroes of our healthcare system. They are there for us when we’re at our most vulnerable, are entrusted to care for our loved ones and even help us bring our children into the world.



The most radical policy platform since devolution

Last September, the SNP government unveiled a legislative programme for the year ahead which was widely hailed as the most radical policy platform for Scotland since the start of the devolution era.



The Scottish budget: what you need to know

The Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, has set out the Scottish Government’s budget plans for the year ahead.



Derek Mackay speech on the Scottish budget

Below is Derek Mackay’s speech in the Stage 1 debate of the Scottish budget 2018-19. Check against delivery.


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