Let’s get to work

This morning Nicola Sturgeon held the first press conference of the new parliamentary term at Bute House, in which she set out initial priorities for an SNP government.

Here’s what you need to know:


The positive case for Europe and a new hope

Yesterday was Europe Day – the annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. We marked 66 years since the Schuman Declaration, which set out the beginnings of the European Union.

What progress we have seen - the development of a community of 28 nations and a single market of 500 million people.


In this parliament let’s secure the best possible future for our young people

Today Scotland’s new MSPs begin arriving at Holyrood to get ready for the next five years.

There is something very invigorating about the start of the new parliamentary term - as new MSPs find their feet alongside old hands, everyone wants to repay the trust voters have just placed in them by making a positive impact.

The election campaign over the last six weeks brought out a lot of clear differences between the parties - but it also brought out many areas of common ground.


#SP16 in numbers

The SNP has won an historic third term in the Scottish Parliament with 63 MSPs, over a million votes in Scotland’s constituencies – a first – and the highest share of the constituency vote ever achieved.


Keep Scotland moving forward - cast both votes SNP today

This is the most important Holyrood election since we regained our national Parliament in 1999.

We will soon have new tax and welfare powers. And it is crucial that we have a government that is capable of using those powers properly.

And, I firmly believe, only the SNP has the policies, the experience and the vision to use those powers to take Scotland forward.


Championing Scotland’s businesses

I am delighted to introduce you to the first issue of our new magazine dedicated to business life in Scotland today.

SNP Insight will keep you informed each quarter about all aspects of Scotland’s vibrant business sector and how the SNP is working with the business community to build a brighter future for everyone.


If you want a government that’s committed to our precious NHS, make it both votes SNP

On Thursday, the people of Scotland go to the polls to elect the government for the next five years.

It’s been an immense privilege to serve as MSP for Glasgow Southside and as Scotland’s First Minister, and I hope that the people of Glasgow – and Scotland – allow me to continue after the election.


Only the SNP is ambitious for the NHS in Aberdeen and the North East

As First Minister, I am extremely proud of the SNP’s record in delivering for the North East of Scotland – not least on healthcare, which we have absolutely transformed since we came to power in 2007.


SNP manifesto: what we’ll do for Scotland’s BME communities

We value Scotland’s minority ethnic communities and the huge contribution they make to our society, culture and economy.

We want tolerance, respect and inclusion to be the hallmarks of modern, fairer Scotland – and have set out a number of steps to achieve this for all black and minority ethnic (BME) people in Scotland.

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