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TTIPing point

October 31, 2014 by

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Greens urge First Minister to get tough on TTIP Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood’s economy committee (above), is urging the First Minister to oppose TTIP, the controversial EU-US trade deal. Writing on behalf of the five-strong Green-Independent group of MSPs, Ms Johnstone calls on Alex Salmond to press the […]

One month on: delivering ‘The Vow’

October 19, 2014 by

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Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael says pledge to devolve further powers to Scottish Parliament is on track One month on from Scotland’s decision to remain part of the UK, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said the UK Government has hit the ground running on its pledge to devolve further powers to the Scottish Parliament. He called […]

Westminster WILL deliver, says Carmichael

October 14, 2014 by

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    The UK Government will deliver on its pledge to bring significant new powers to the Scottish Parliament as part of further devolution within the UK, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said yesterday. It coincided with the publication of a UK Government Command Paper, a summary of the proposals set out by the 3 main […]

Homebuyers could be in for Swinney budget boost

October 9, 2014 by

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A new tax to replace stamp duty could be a bonus for homebuyers when Finance Secretary John Swinney sets out the Draft Scottish Budget for 2015/16 today. He is expected to focus on polices which will help to make Scotland a more prosperous country, tackle inequality and protect public services. Scotland’s economy has returned to […]

Don’t make Scotrail decision before new powers devolved: Lararowicz

October 4, 2014 by

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Loal MP Mark Lazarowicz has backed a call by Scottish Labour MPs, MSPs and the RMT rail union for the retendering of the ScotRail and Caledonian sleeper franchises to be postponed in the light of the timetable for the devolution of new powers to the Scottish Parliament. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has proposed that […]

Salmond to step down

September 19, 2014 by

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First Minister Alex Salmond is to step down following defeat for the Yes Scotland campaign in the independence referendum.  Mr Salmond told party members: “I have has announced my intention to stand down as SNP Leader at the Party’s Annual Conference in November and then as First Minister when the SNP have elected the next […]

Leaders comment on referendum result

September 19, 2014 by

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Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron have commented on this morning’s referendum result. HM Queen Elizabeth II, Great Britain’s head of state, has also issued a message of support and Edinburgh’s council leader Andrew Burns gave the city’s perspective. In a statement from Balmoral, HM The Queen said: “After many months […]

Curriculum for Excellence report card: Russell must try harder

August 20, 2014 by

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Less assessment would benefit pupils and teachers, say Greens Green MSP Alison Johnstone says lower levels of assessment in schools would benefit pupils and reduce the massive workload of teachers. A report published today looking at the first year of the Curriculum for Excellence qualifications (see below)  says that the new qualifications have been a […]

Blue badge Bill gets green light

August 20, 2014 by

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New laws to clamp down on drivers who abuse disabled parking have been passed by the Scottish Parliament. The legislation aims to deal with drivers said to be misusing blue badges by giving councils powers to seize and cancel them. Similar legislation was introduced in England last year, where the Department for Transport cracked down […]

No fracking chance!

August 16, 2014 by

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The Scottish Government is objecting to UK Government proposals which would remove the right of Scottish householders to object to oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing beneath their homes. The stance has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens, who say fracking poses a threat to our economy as well as our environment. The proposals […]