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Tory MSP completes gruelling Ironman challenge

21 Jul 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

Scottish Conservative MSP John Lamont yesterday completed the world famous Ironman challenge in 12hrs and 47 minutes. During the 10th Anniversary of the UK wide event, held across Bolton and Lancashire, the Conservative MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire battled … Continue reading


Margaret Mitchell MSP

Number of criminal cases diverted from prosecution jumps by almost 75%

18 Jul 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

The number of criminal cases diverted from prosecution to social work departments has jumped by almost 75%, figures have shown. The statistics released by the Scottish Government show that since the SNP came to power in 2007, the number of … Continue reading


Murdo Fraser MSP

New investment means Scotland can take advantage of shale gas revolution

17 Jul 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

The UK Government’s decision today to guarantee a £230million loan to help Grangemouth Petrochemical plant take advantage of shale gas will protect hundreds of jobs in Scotland. The plant has signed a contract with German-based TGE Gas Engineering, and construction … Continue reading


Alex Johnstone MSP

Construction sector suffers successive quarterly decline

16 Jul 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

Figures released today show Scotland’s construction sector has seen a successive quarterly fall in output. During quarter one of 2014, output fell by one per cent, which follows a drop during the last quarter of 2013 at the same rate. … Continue reading


Alex Fergusson MSP

Rural Scotland report slammed as work of fiction

14 Jul 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

A new report from the Scottish Government outlining why rural communities would benefit from independence has been branded a work of fiction by the Scottish Conservatives. Scotland’s future: Connecting Rural Scotland claims separation would result in new ways of providing more efficient … Continue reading


Murdo Fraser MSP

Argument for single energy market is best case for the union

10 Jul 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

A Scottish Government report has recommended keeping a single electricity and gas market with the rest of the UK, even if Scotland votes Yes in September. The Expert Commission on Energy Regulation conceded it would be in a separate Scotland’s … Continue reading


Margaret Mitchell MSP

Scheme launched to stop rape victims being discredited in court

9 Jul 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

A scheme is being developed to offer legal advice to rape victims in order to prevent their medical records being misused in court, following campaigning on the issue by the Scottish Conservatives. Justice spokeswoman Margaret Mitchell suggested in January that … Continue reading


Liz Smith MSP

Legal challenge against state guardian to be launched

8 Jul 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

Papers will be lodged in court tomorrow officially challenging the SNP’s named person plans. The campaign group No to Named Persons want to see the controversial state guardian plans legally challenged in the Court of Session, and have the support … Continue reading