Helping the homeless people on our streets and helping those who are suffering unimaginable tragedies in their home countries are not mutually exclusive. It is not a choice between one or the other.
It is with great sadness that I move this motion.
The terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night have caused shock and grief around the world. Today, we mourn the innocent victims – at least 129 of them - who lost their lives. We hope for the recovery of all of those who were injured. And we send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to all of those affected.
Our thoughts, prayers and solidarity are with the people of Paris and France after this unspeakably awful and deeply shocking event. This year France has had to bear more than any country should be expected to and the Scottish Government stands ready to help in any way we can.
On 19 November 2014 I was privileged to stand up in the Scottish Parliament and accept the nomination to become First Minister of Scotland.
At that time, I said my intention was to be a First Minister for all of Scotland – regardless of politics or point of view – and to work tirelessly to build a more prosperous, fairer and better society.
SNP representatives in both the Scottish and Westminster Parliaments are standing up for the fundamental rights of workers and voicing our strong opposition to the draconian Trade Union Bill.
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The debate this week over tax credits has thrown light onto the challenges and opportunities that come with the new powers proposed by the Smith Commission.
Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has welcomed a U-turn by the UK Government which will allow the Scottish Parliament to introduce new social security benefits. Writing in a national newspaper today, Mr Neil promised to keep the pressure on Chancellor George Osborne to scrap his damaging tax credit cut plans:
Today the SNP at Westminster and Holyrood are taking strong action to protect households in Scotland from Tory tax credit cuts. The SNP have repeatedly spoken out against these damaging cuts, which will see low income households with children in Scotland losing around £3,000 per year when the cuts are fully implemented.