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Another blow for Scottish business as growth lags behind UK

4 Oct 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

UK growth outstripped Scotland’s economy by three times over the last quarter, new figures have revealed. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by just 0.1 per cent north of the border between April and June. And after a blip in the … Continue reading


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SNP fracking ban ‘short-sighted and economically damaging’

3 Oct 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

A decision by the SNP to ban fracking has been attacked as “short-sighted and economically damaging” by the Scottish Conservatives. Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse confirmed in a statement to the Scottish Parliament today that the extraction of shale would be … Continue reading


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Scottish Conservatives set up new expert group to look at growth

3 Oct 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Conservatives are today underlining their ambitions for Scotland by announcing the creation of a major new independent economic body to set out fresh thinking on future growth. Comprising some of Scotland’s pre-eminent figures in commerce, industry and academia, … Continue reading


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Mundell urges Sturgeon to drop referendum threat “once and for all”

2 Oct 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

David Mundell has urged Nicola Sturgeon to take the threat of a second independence referendum off the table once and for all. He called on the SNP leader to use her party conference next week to make a clear statement abandoning … Continue reading


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Calls for ‘one family, one sheriff’ approach in domestic abuse cases

28 Sep 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The justice system should consider assigning a single sheriff to deal with the entirety of a domestic abuse victim’s court case, the Scottish Conservatives have said. As part of a debate on domestic violence today, shadow justice secretary Liam Kerr … Continue reading


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Stamp duty black hole would be 3x worse but for UK Government intiative

28 Sep 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP’s £55 million shortfall in land and buildings transaction tax would be nearly three times higher were it not for a copied UK Government policy, it has emerged. It was confirmed this week that the Scottish Government’s forecast for … Continue reading


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Stats show criminals have 50/50 chance of getting away with it

26 Sep 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Criminals can embark on illegal activity knowing they have an equal chance of not getting caught after clear-up rates dropped to 50 per cent, the Scottish Conservatives have said. Official statistics were released today on recorded crime, which also revealed an … Continue reading


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SNP cut additional support teachers, despite 1 in 4 pupils now having ASL needs

26 Sep 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP has reduced the number of additional support teachers in Scotland – even though the proportion of children who need extra help in the classroom has risen to nearly one in four. Figures will be presented to MSPs tomorrow … Continue reading