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SNP’s £500k a day on NHS agency staff

9 Feb 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP is spending nearly £500k per day on agency staff in the Scottish NHS, it has been revealed. The figure emerged following a parliamentary question by shadow health secretary Miles Briggs, and shows more than £171 million was paid … Continue reading


Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP speaking during First Minister's Questions held in the Scottish parliament, Edinburgh today. 09 June 2016. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Sturgeon must change the law to strengthen policing

8 Feb 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to change the law to ensure future heads of a vital policing body are appointed by parliament. The demand comes after the resignation of Scotland’s top policeman Phil Gormley sealed a chaotic few months for … Continue reading


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Scottish Conservatives call for minister to explain himself to the Scottish Parliament

8 Feb 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Conservatives are calling for the parliamentary business minister, Joe Fitzpatrick to return to Holyrood and explain his previous answers on freedom of information requests, as evidence suggests he may have misled the Scottish Parliament. In June 2017 Mr … Continue reading


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Gap widens between rich and poor student applications to university

5 Feb 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Figures published by UCAS today show that Scottish applications to university are flatlining. The report, analysing full-time undergraduate numbers, also shows that the gap in applications to university between students from rich and poor backgrounds is increasing, that the number of … Continue reading


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Swinney must provide answers to witness tampering allegations, say Scottish Conservatives

5 Feb 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Conservatives are seeking clarification from education secretary John Swinney on allegations his government proactively lobbied witnesses due to give evidence to a Holyrood committee. The Education and Skills Committee was taking evidence from organisations regarding the controversial Named Persons scheme in October 2017. Freedom of Information responses show that the Scottish Government … Continue reading


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‘Rudderless’ Scottish Enterprise could be without chief for a year

4 Feb 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Scotland’s main enterprise body could be without a chief executive for a full year, it has been revealed. Former boss of Scottish Enterprise Lena Wilson confirmed her departure in July last year. However, in a statement to Holyrood, economy secretary … Continue reading


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Plans to create environmental court to help communities and the countryside

4 Feb 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Scotland should create an environmental court, which would allow communities to contest government decisions on major windfarm applications and quickly resolve issues like pollution of rivers and the wider countryside. The policy commitment from the Scottish Conservatives would also see … Continue reading


Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP speaking during First Minister's Questions held in the Scottish parliament, Edinburgh today. 09 June 2016. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Now SNP-Green alliance plots council tax raid

1 Feb 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Nicola Sturgeon has refused to rule out the prospect of future tax hikes – this time in the form of a Green-inspired council tax raid. At First Minister’s Questions today, Ruth Davidson asked whether or not such increases were on … Continue reading