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Margaret Mitchell MSP

SNP block sunset clause on Bill for community justice

11 Feb 2016 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP has blocked a sunset clause which would have ensured a new Bill on community justice is fully effective, the Scottish Conservatives said today. The new legislation will mean sweeping changes to the community justice system in Scotland and … Continue reading


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Audit Scotland to probe botched IT system for farmers

11 Feb 2016 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Audit Scotland has announced it is to probe the Scottish Government’s failed £178 million IT system which has left farmers waiting for vital CAP payments. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson questioned Nicola Sturgeon on the issue at First Minister’s Questions … Continue reading


Gavin Brown MSP

SNP blocks calls for new commission to have more scrutinising powers

10 Feb 2016 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

An SNP-dominated parliamentary committee has blocked calls for the Scottish Fiscal Commission to have more scrutinising powers on economic forecasts. Under the new bill, concerns were raised that the Commission would have limited powers to scrutinise the Scottish Government over … Continue reading


Liz Smith (2)

SNP intent on pressing ahead with damaging university reforms

9 Feb 2016 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP are intent on pressing ahead with damaging university reforms by refusing to support amendments to improve the Higher Education Governance Bill, the Scottish Conservatives said today. Institutions including St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow – have previously criticised the … Continue reading


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Ruth to deliver annual Rowntree poverty lecture

8 Feb 2016 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Ruth Davidson will this evening deliver the 3rd annual Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Prospect magazine Poverty lecture in London. In it, she sets out a new Conservative vision on how to combat the causes of poverty – using an active, engaged government … Continue reading


Ian Jungle

Championing equality for the LGBTi community in Scotland and Europe

8 Feb 2016 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Scottish Conservative MEP Ian Duncan has launched a leaflet highlighting his work on behalf of minority groups across Europe. As Vice President of the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup, Dr Duncan works to stand up for the LGBTI community in both Scotland and across Europe. … Continue reading


Liz Smith (2)

SNP criticised for lack of school inspectors

8 Feb 2016 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Parents across Scotland are being let down by a lack of school inspectors, the Scottish Conservatives said today. New figures released in a parliamentary written answer show there are only 66 school inspectors employed across Scotland. This is compared to … Continue reading


Murdo Fraser MSP

Businesses suffering as SNP delays full bridge opening

4 Feb 2016 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Assurances should be given immediately to haulage firms as the Forth Road Bridge remains closed to heavier vehicles, the Scottish Conservatives said today. At First Minister’s Question Time, Murdo Fraser MSP pressed the First Minister for answers as companies across … Continue reading