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Ruth Davidson MSP

Sir Ian Wood backs Scotland to stay in the UK

20 Aug 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

One of the most respected figures in Scottish business and public life has voiced his support for Scotland remaining part of the UK. Sir Ian Wood, a prominent figure in the oil industry, also predicted a separate Scotland would struggle … Continue reading


Murdo Fraser MSP

Friends of the Earth voice separation finance warnings

20 Aug 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

A leading environmental organisation has warned there would be no large Scottish-owned and registered banks in the event of separation. Friends of the Earth Scotland told members in a briefing that the situation in relation to banking “will become more … Continue reading


Ruth Davidson MSP

Tax boost for computer games industry comes into force

20 Aug 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

A tax boost for companies which make computer games has come into force today following campaigning by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. It means companies producing games – many of whom are based in Dundee and Edinburgh – will be … Continue reading


Alex Fergusson MSP

Leading NFU figures make case for Union

19 Aug 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

A group of leading farmers and members of the Rural Better Together campaign group are to spell out their case for the union in Stirling today. The gathering is made up of six former NFUS presidents, nine former vice-presidents and … Continue reading


Murdo Fraser MSP

Swinney finally admits BoE currency union talks didn’t happen

19 Aug 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

Finance secretary John Swinney has finally admitted he did not hold currency union talks with the Bank of England – six days after claiming the opposite. Last week the Bank was forced – in an unprecedented move – to deny … Continue reading


Murdo Fraser MSP

SNP must come clean on today’s misleading £20m funding announcement

18 Aug 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Government has been urged to explain why it announced an energy funding pot today which won’t be available until next year. First Minister Alex Salmond unveiled details for the £20 million investment in Arbroath today, inviting groups from … Continue reading


Ruth Davidson MSP

Ruth welcomes Clare’s Law pilot

18 Aug 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

Two areas of Scotland have been chosen to pilot Clare’s Law – a scheme which allows people to find out if their partner has a history of domestic abuse. Aberdeen and Ayrshire will trial the project, which has been successfully … Continue reading


Gavin Brown MSP

Scottish Government admits it has no detail on flagship tax figure

18 Aug 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Government has been unable to provide any detail showing how their target to raise an additional tax revenue figure of £250million would be achieved under independence. On page 79 of the White Paper, the SNP pledged the annual … Continue reading