First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's UNICEF speech in China

Below is the speech given by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Beijing at a joint Scottish Government/UNICEF event hosted by the Chinese Peoples Association for Friendship of Foreign Countries.



Gender wage gap figures make for shocking reading as women must wait two more centuries for equality

All companies, charities and public sector bodies with more than 250 employees were required to publish the difference in the hourly rate paid to men and women last week. Some of publications have made for shocking reading.



Meet the SNP MPs and MSPs that worked in our health service

Our National Health Service is our most cherished institution. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the hardworking men and women who deliver world-class health care day in and day out.



11 by-elections, thousands of doors knocked and friends for life: Margaret Ferrier on campaigning over the past year

Margaret Ferrier has campaigned in 11 different local by-elections in ten short months. Prior to that she was the MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West and previously worked for a manufacturing construction company.


Margaret spoke to us about her busy year campaigning.



5 Tory policies that Ruth Davidson knows are hurting Scotland but still supports

At the general election last year, Ruth Davidson told the people of ­Scotland that her new band of 13 Tory MPs would “forcefully” argue for Scotland’s interests in ­Westminster – but nothing could be further from the truth.



Councils should remove ‘No Ball Games’ signs and let children play

SNP MSP Ruth Maguire writes about the campaign to remove ‘No Ball Games’ signs and let children play.



5 reasons why Labour should back employment law devolution

There’s a lot we agree on with other parties when it comes to workers rights. But many of the powers we need to make a difference are reserved to the UK parliament.



Our new Income Supplement will help reduce unacceptable levels of poverty

There can be no greater responsibility for any government than ensuring that all young people get the best possible start in life.



Tories think they can do anything they want with Scotland and get away with it

During a meeting in Whitehall last week, a senior Home Office official actually said: “We look upon Scotland as the ultimate laboratory.” It’s absolutely gob-smacking.


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