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Liz Smith MSP

SNP blasted over infrastructure failure for film and TV industry

21 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Leading members of Scotland’s television and film industry have severely criticised infrastructure across the country. At a meeting of today’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee experts said there was a lack of coherent strategy within the arts world, and questioned … Continue reading


Gavin Brown MSP

Partial welcome for Swinney’s stamp duty u-turn

21 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Changes made by the Scottish Government to its planned stamp duty replacement have been partially welcomed by the Scottish Conservatives. Finance secretary John Swinney announced modifications to the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) following pressure by the party and … Continue reading


Margaret Mitchell MSP

Speed awareness courses could replace points and penalties

21 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Drivers who are caught speeding marginally over the limit could be enrolled in awareness courses instead of being fined or handed points, it has emerged. The Scottish Conservatives asked ministers to consider the alternative given the increase in traffic convictions … Continue reading


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Scottish Conservatives publish justice booklet

19 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Conservatives are today publishing a new pamphlet entitled ‘Justice Matters’, containing a series of essays on how to improve law and order in Scotland. In it, lawyers, academics and politicians set out their own views on the pressing … Continue reading


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Oil projections published in the good times, axed in the bad

15 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Government has ceased to publish oil revenue projections since the price of a barrel began to tumble, with no date being put on when new statistics will be released. Scottish Conservative leader challenged Nicola Sturgeon today at First … Continue reading


Gavin Brown MSP

SNP must pass on stamp duty relief now

14 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Conservatives are today stepping up their campaign to get the SNP to pass on the UK tax cut on housebuying to Scottish families without delay. Reports this week reveal that the Scottish and UK Governments have now reached an agreement … Continue reading


Severe criticism for SNP’s toothless £500m preventative spending

12 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

A flagship Scottish Government drive on preventative spending has produced “little evidence” of change, a damning Holyrood report has stated. The Scottish Parliament’s finance committee said the funds worth £500 million – introduced by the SNP three years ago – … Continue reading


Margaret Mitchell MSP

SNP plans could end unannounced prison monitoring

9 Jan 2015 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Crucial unannounced and unrestricted visits to prisons by monitoring teams could be jeopardised under public service reform plans set out by the SNP. The Scottish Conservatives have so far been the only party to oppose the visiting and monitoring of … Continue reading