Delivering the very best mental health services

This week Nicola Sturgeon announced her new ministerial team and I am proud to have been appointed Minister for Mental Health.

This appointment makes Scotland the first and only country in the UK with a ministerial post dedicated wholly to mental health. This shows the importance this SNP government places on improving mental health services.


Scotland’s new ministerial team: our top ten facts

Today Nicola Sturgeon announced the new Scottish Government ministerial team. Here are the top ten things you need to know.


The SNP’s Alternative Queen’s Speech

Ahead of the State Opening of the UK Parliament, the SNP has set out our progressive alternative to a ‘business as usual’ continuation of the Tory government’s failed austerity project.

At a time when the UK Government should be doing everything it can to reverse the fortunes of the UK's flailing economy, it is instead consumed with bitter infighting and divisions within the Tory party over Europe.


10 things Ruth Davidson would rather you didn’t know

Ruth Davidson spent the election campaign desperately downplaying her party affiliation. She hid the Tory label and David Cameron was even barred from the campaign trail! The Tories think that they can continue to deflect and divert from their party’s record. But they’re wrong.

Here are just some of the things Ruth Davidson would rather you didn’t know.


We will work harder than ever to deliver for all the people and communities of Scotland

The first 100 days of the re-elected SNP Government will see us working harder than ever to deliver for all the people and communities of Scotland.

I have already stated that my pledge to close the attainment gap in education – to ensure equal chances for all children, regardless of their background – will be the defining mission of this, the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament and the third term of an SNP Government.


10 ways we’re helping Scotland’s families

From expanding free childcare to protecting low income households from increases in the cost of living, here are just 10 ways we’re helping Scotland’s families.


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.

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