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Sturgeon needs to end automatic release for all prisoners

20 Nov 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

The First Minister has been urged to scrap automatic early release for all offenders after it emerged the SNP’s plans will affect less than one per cent of those convicted. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson challenged Nicola Sturgeon on why … Continue reading


Liz Smith MSP

Time to end ‘highly discriminatory’ nursery provision

20 Nov 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Government has been urged to reconsider its refusal to end discriminatory nursery provision across Scotland. As it stands, the amount of free nursery a child receives depends completely on the month of the year they were born. Research … Continue reading


Murdo Fraser MSP

Millions of trees must be planted in the space of weeks to hit target

20 Nov 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Government will have to plant nearly one million trees a day between now and New Year if it’s to meet its pledge on climate change. Ministers said four years ago that they would plant 100 million trees by … Continue reading


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Sturgeon makes separation her top priority as First Minister

14 Nov 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Nicola Sturgeon marked her first speech today as SNP leader by saying one of her top priorities as Scotland’s First Minister would be to argue the case for independence. She told delegates at the party’s Perth conference: “I believe today … Continue reading


Margaret Mitchell MSP

Justice chiefs deliver dire warning to SNP on court resources

14 Nov 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Budget cuts by the SNP is placing Scotland’s justice system at “huge risk”, MSPs will be told next week. A submission by the Procurators Fiscal Society (PFS) to Holyrood’s justice committee said the courts system will not be able to … Continue reading


Jackson Carlaw MSP

First Minister’s taste for the high life revealed as he leaves office

13 Nov 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

The full extent of how Alex Salmond has enjoyed the trappings of office at Holyrood for the past seven years can be revealed. The departing First Minister has now earned more than £1million from his time in government and the … Continue reading


Ruth Davidson MSP

Salmond’s own figures show how he failed to deliver while in office

13 Nov 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Alex Salmond’s own government’s performance indicators met only two out of eleven key targets, it has emerged. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson challenged the First Minister to explain failings in boosting growth and productivity, and why healthy life expectancy is … Continue reading


Murdo Fraser MSP

Expert blasts Salmond’s ‘nonsense’ wind energy policy

13 Nov 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Alex Salmond’s plan to have Scotland entirely powered by renewable energy by 2020 has been trashed by a leading energy economist. Prof Dieter Helm said the 100 per cent aim – which has defined SNP energy policy in recent years … Continue reading