Standing up for Scotland’s rural communities

Scotland’s communities have distinct needs – but all deserve the same opportunity to thrive.

In government the SNP has taken strong action to support the needs of rural Scotland. If re-elected an SNP Scottish Government will continue to be a champion for all of Scotland’s communities.


Land reform - the next steps

When the Scottish Parliament passed the Land Reform Act earlier this year I made it clear that I did not see this as the end of the road. As Nicola Sturgeon announced today, the next step in Scotland’s land reform journey will be to improve transparency on land ownership.


Nicola Sturgeon & John Swinney's tax returns

Nicola Sturgeon has today published her tax return for 2014/15 and committed to publishing her tax return annually, when it is submitted, for as long as she is First Minister. The tax return shows:


Ensuring equal access to university for all young people

I was the first in my family to go to university. Growing up in a working class community, this wasn’t something that was very common but was made possible by my mother’s high ambitions for her children and the influence of inspirational teachers.


Getting Edinburgh pupils back to school

With the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh due to safety concerns, all SNP candidates in Edinburgh will work to represent the interest of pupils and parents - and get them the answers they deserve.


Scotland: open for business

In government, we have a strong track record in making sure Scotland is an attractive place for businesses to invest and grow - but we want to do more.

We’ve already put in place the most competitive business tax environment in the UK, with the number of registered business in Scotland at a record-high, and Scotland is consistently ranked in the top two regions outside of London for foreign direct investment.



Standing up for Scotland is what we do

This is a great day for Lanarkshire.

Steel in Scotland – and in the UK – has a future. But it needs the right support from politicians. Not for the first time, the Tories at Westminster seem content to abandon an iconic industry to its fate – but the SNP’s approach in Scotland could not have been more different.


Scrapping tuition fees and prescription charges: two of my proudest achievements of the SNP Government

The election campaign is now in full swing, and already clear dividing lines are emerging between the main political parties.

I’ve being out speaking to people in towns and cities all across Scotland - and of course I am spending a lot of time on the doorsteps of Glasgow Southside.


Mhairi’s Campaign Diary – Dumfriesshire

Campaigning in Dumfriesshire with our candidate Joan McAlpine was the next stop on my campaign trail.

The first visit of the day was to Doonhamers Boxing Club where Joan and I met some of its users. We got the chance to hear about the club and catch up with the Scottish welterweight title holder, Dennis Broadhurst, and his coach, Anne Armstrong.

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