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Sturgeon must act now on stamp duty confusion

18 Dec 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The First Minister has been urged to act now to create a fairer stamp duty replacement for homebuyers across Scotland. The Scottish Conservatives this morning published comprehensive, fully-costed plans which would provide a tax cut for every single person purchasing … Continue reading


Gavin Brown MSP

Scottish Conservatives set out stamp duty cut for all

18 Dec 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Conservatives have unveiled their plan for a fully-funded tax cut for all low and middle-income homebuyers in Scotland. Ahead of negotiations on the Scottish budget, the party will call for an extra 3000 families to be taken out … Continue reading


Ruth Davidson MSP

Sturgeon runs out of excuses to explain big drop in teacher numbers

11 Dec 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of running out of excuses to explain why teacher numbers in Scotland have plummeted by more than 4,000 since the SNP came to power. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson told the First Minister her stock … Continue reading


Gavin Brown MSP

Swinney must make statement on Audit Scotland tax fears

11 Dec 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

A damning report has cast doubt on how prepared the Scottish Government is for new tax powers coming to Holyrood next year. Audit Scotland – in a paper to be published tomorrow – said problems with IT and recruitment could … Continue reading


Ruth Davidson MSP

SNP must endorse “significant” new powers for Scotland

10 Dec 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP has shown its “true colours” over its failure to recognise the full “significance” of the new powers coming to Scotland announced by the Smith Commission. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson accused the Nationalists of undermining the extent of … Continue reading


Mary Scanlon MSP

Teacher numbers plummet on the SNP’s watch

10 Dec 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The number of teachers in Scotland has fallen drastically since the SNP came to power, figures released today have shown. The statistics revealed there were 55,100 teachers working in Scotland’s schools in 2007, but that plummeted by more than 4,000 … Continue reading


Murdo Fraser MSP

Public objections to major windfarms double

8 Dec 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The number of public objections to large-scale windfarms in Scotland has doubled in the last year, latest figures have revealed. In 2013, people complained directly to the Scottish Government about turbine developments of 50 megawatts and over on 2951 occasions. … Continue reading


Margaret Mitchell MSP

Sturgeon’s refusal to include offences in 40-year low crime claim slights victims

4 Dec 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Nicola Sturgeon has refused to change the way she reports offending statistics after it emerged thousands of incidents including assault and stalking are ignored in the reporting of recorded official figures. At First Minister’s Questions today, Scottish Conservative justice spokeswoman … Continue reading