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Keir welcomes trams announcement

November 10, 2014 by


Colin Keir MSP for Edinburgh Western has welcomed the news that the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry has been converted from a non-statutory to a statutory enquiry. The Scottish Government has placed the inquiry on a statutory footing which will compel those involved in the Trams project to give evidence following a request from the enquiry chair […]

Greens: cuts must prompt Council Tax reform

November 6, 2014 by


‘we have to question the wisdom of a seven year Council Tax freeze’ Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and local government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, has urged ministers to make reform of the council tax an urgent priority. Ms Johnstone used yesterday’s Finance Questions at Holyrood to raise growing concerns among communities where […]

Keir surgery at Millennium Centre tonight

November 3, 2014 by


MSP Colin Keir holds his next surgery here at Muirhouse Millennium (Community) Centre TONIGHT (3 November) from 4pm. If you are a constituent and have a problem, enquiry or complaint, you are more than welcome to come to one of Colin’s surgeries, which take place on the first Monday of each month. No appointment necessary. […]

Lazarowicz: Government ‘turning it’s back on fellow human beings’

October 31, 2014 by


‘not just cruel but totally without logic‘ Mark Lazarowicz MP has attacked the Government for refusing to work with other European states to put in place search and rescue operations across the Mediterranean to save the lives of refugees and migrants desperately trying to reach Europe at risk of their lives. He put down an […]

TTIPing point

October 31, 2014 by


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 […]

Are we more progressive or politically blind?

October 25, 2014 by


Broughton High School student Ross Cowper-Fraser says it’s now time that sixteen and seventeen year olds get to vote in all elections: The referendum may be over, but the question of whether 16 and 17 year olds are to gain the vote in the UK general and Scottish elections continues to loom over the politicians […]

One month on: delivering ‘The Vow’

October 19, 2014 by


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 […]

Ebola: UK ready as UN calls for for more funds

October 17, 2014 by


United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon has urged the world to do more to help the West African countries stricken by the Ebola virus outbreak. He has launched another urgent appeal for funds to help fight Ebola after a United Nations drive for donations fell far short of its target. The UN chief said a $1bn […]

Westminster WILL deliver, says Carmichael

October 14, 2014 by


    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


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 […]