Too many people suffer the heartache of losing loved ones to cancer. Everyone will have their own personal stories to tell – stories of courageous fights against the disease, but sadly stories of friends and family taken before their time too. We’ve travelled a great distance over the last ten years, with cancer mortality in Scotland down by 11 per cent. But more needs to be done.
Like many children who grow up in some of our poorer communities, I don’t really recall university being an option that was promoted widely as being available or indeed, expected of me. But I was encouraged to get on, to work hard and to aspire to be the best I could be. So getting to university was a big thing for me and my family.
Today Nicola Sturgeon gave her address to the SNP Spring Conference – our biggest ever pre-election conference.
The speech was packed with announcements. Here’s what you need to know.
Today the Scottish Government published Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland – or ‘GERS’ for short – for the year 2014-15. GERS is produced annually and provides estimates of total public spending in Scotland, as well as tax receipts for the previous five years.
Here’s what you need to know.
Scotland’s oil and gas industry has generated well over £300 billion for Treasury coffers and it employs over 375,000 people from across the UK. It is an important industry for the north east of Scotland and the national economy, and one that has benefited UK government expenditure for very many years.
On International Women’s Day, it is important to reflect how far we have come as a society in terms of gender equality over the past century. But we must also recognise just how far we still have to travel.
The SNP is committed to supporting rural communities across Scotland. Here’s just some of the action we’re taking.
Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. International Women's Day is a global occasion which gives us the opportunity to highlight progress towards gender equality - but it also helps us shine a light on the areas where progress is still too slow and gives us a platform to support continued action where inequality remains.
The bravery, loyalty and professionalism of our former service men and women deserves our full care and support.
Too many of our ex-service personnel contracted asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, during their service – as have those who worked in shipyards and other industries that made use of asbestos.