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Now is not the time for SNP grievance on Brexit

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

The Scottish Conservatives have urged ministers to drop their grievance agenda on Brexit and work to get the process through both the Scottish and UK parliaments. Deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said the SNP had been engaged in “hyperbole” with talk … Continue reading


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Doctors slam SNP over cuts to alcohol and drug funding

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

A huge reduction in funding for drug and alcohol support by the Scottish Government has been criticised by doctors. In a submission to Holyrood’s health committee, the British Medical Association said the 22 per cent cut to alcohol and drug … Continue reading


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Banks loan £100m extra to farmers amid CAP crisis

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

Banks loaned an extra £100 million to farmers across Scotland last year, as businesses struggled to cope with the SNP’s CAP payments crisis. Official figures released today showed farm debt went up by five per cent from the previous year, … Continue reading


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Decline in education standards and life expectancy to blame as Scotland slips down wellbeing league

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

Scotland is falling down a global league table of wellbeing because of falling education standards and poor life expectancy, experts have warned. A new index out today sees Scotland drop four places to 20th on a measure of social and … Continue reading


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Sturgeon ‘up to her old tricks’ with devolution speech

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

The First Minister has been accused of scaremongering following remarks made in what was supposed to be a speech celebrating 20 years of devolution. Nicola Sturgeon said Holyrood was at risk from a “power grab” by the UK Government in … Continue reading


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Tens of millions spent on soaring diabetes bill

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

The NHS bill for treating patients with diabetes rose again last year by millions of pounds, as Scotland continues to struggle with an obesity crisis. New figures have revealed £93.4 million was spent prescribing drugs to treat diabetes in 2016/17, … Continue reading


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Merger of British Transport Police and Police Scotland should be put on hold

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

The integration of British Transport Police with Police Scotland should be put on hold given the leadership vacuum in the national force, the Scottish Conservatives have said It comes after the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Phil Gormley, stepped aside on … Continue reading


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Another hike in antidepressant use despite SNP pledge

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

The number of people in Scotland being prescribed antidepressants has soared again, despite an SNP pledge to stop the increase. New statistics have revealed 6.4 million items were handed out last year, the equivalent of 17,500 a day. That compares … Continue reading