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Margaret Mitchell MSP

Scottish Government needs to do more to help children with additional support needs

30 Oct 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Government needs to do more to encourage schools to help children with additional support needs. Scottish Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell has highlighted concerns that parents often have to fight with teachers to get the right level of help … Continue reading


Ruth Davidson MSP

Rescue plan for Prestwick Airport should be priority before Salmond steps down

30 Oct 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

Alex Salmond must make it a top priority to come up with a viable business plan to rescue Prestwick Airport before he leaves office next month. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has urged the First Minister to outline what key … Continue reading


Jackson Carlaw MSP

Warnings that NHS is at breaking point

30 Oct 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

The NHS is under significant pressure and will be unable to continue to provide current services for patients, it has been warned. A report from Audit Scotland said a major overhaul is needed in the running of the health service … Continue reading


Mary Scanlon MSP

Poorer children’s hopes of going to university crushed as exam figures reveal education gap

29 Oct 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

Children in Scotland’s poorest areas are more than three times less likely to achieve Standard Grade credit qualifications than their wealthier counterparts, depriving many of a place at university. Research by the Scottish Conservatives showed only 18.9 per cent achieve … Continue reading


Liz Smith MSP

Too many schools failing too many of our children in Scotland

28 Oct 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

A child’s postcode should not determine their education life chances, with too many pupils from poorer backgrounds in Scotland missing out on top school grades. That ultimately denies them access to university and college places, and improved career prospects in … Continue reading


Alex Johnstone MSP

SNP risks creating criminals with new drink-driving limit

24 Oct 2014 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Government risks creating criminals and getting its priorities badly wrong with the introduction of its new drink-driving limit, it has been warned. It was announced this morning that the lower threshold – which could see someone fail a … Continue reading


Jackson Carlaw MSP

Six pregnant women a day quizzed on their drinking habits

23 Oct 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

Six pregnant women a day are quizzed on their drinking habits while attending hospital, figures have revealed. Statistics on Alcohol Brief Interventions – where a person is asked a series of questions and given recommendations on their consumption – showed … Continue reading


Liz Smith MSP

Third of councils report increase in assaults on teachers

20 Oct 2014 Posted in Latest Releases, Top Stories

Around a third of Scottish councils have reported a rise in the number of assaults by pupils on teachers over the last three years. Figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives following a freedom of information request show 10 out of … Continue reading