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SNP cutting vocational and technical education “to the bone”

29 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

THE SNP Government is cutting technical and vocational education “to the bone”, the Scottish Conservatives have warned. It comes after Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, revealed that the number of college places in the key “STEM” subject areas has plummeted … Continue reading


Murdo Fraser MSP

Scottish Conservatives oppose Moratorium on Fracking

29 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Conservatives have today opposed the Scottish Government’s moratorium on fracking believing it to be a backwards step for the both the manufacturing and energy industry in Scotland. Scottish Conservative Spokesman on Energy Murdo Fraser MSP said: “Today’s announcement … Continue reading


Liz Smith MSP

Scottish Government urged to replace Scottish Baccalaureate with qualification which has greater academic credibility

29 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases

The Scottish Government was told that it should replace the current Scottish Baccalaureate with a qualification that has more academic rigour and is held in higher regard by colleges and universities. In a Parliamentary Question, Liz Smith MSP, cited current … Continue reading


Alex Fergusson MSP

Agriculture Holdings Review report: Progress made but now Government needs to act

29 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases

The long-awaited final report from the Agricultural Holdings Review Group was published yesterday. It contained 49 recommendations, foremost of which was that ‘an absolute right to buy should be ruled out by the Scottish Government on the basis that it … Continue reading


Liz Smith MSP

SNP blasted over infrastructure failure for film and TV industry

21 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Leading members of Scotland’s television and film industry have severely criticised infrastructure across the country. At a meeting of today’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee experts said there was a lack of coherent strategy within the arts world, and questioned … Continue reading


Gavin Brown MSP

Partial welcome for Swinney’s stamp duty u-turn

21 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Changes made by the Scottish Government to its planned stamp duty replacement have been partially welcomed by the Scottish Conservatives. Finance secretary John Swinney announced modifications to the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) following pressure by the party and … Continue reading


Margaret Mitchell MSP

Speed awareness courses could replace points and penalties

21 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Drivers who are caught speeding marginally over the limit could be enrolled in awareness courses instead of being fined or handed points, it has emerged. The Scottish Conservatives asked ministers to consider the alternative given the increase in traffic convictions … Continue reading


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Scottish Conservatives publish justice booklet

19 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Conservatives are today publishing a new pamphlet entitled ‘Justice Matters’, containing a series of essays on how to improve law and order in Scotland. In it, lawyers, academics and politicians set out their own views on the pressing … Continue reading