While Labour make promises, we’re getting on with delivering progress in Scotland

Jeremy Corbyn is today making his keynote speech that will close Labour’s annual conference. His speech made a raft of promises – many of them for policies that are being delivered here in Scotland right now. Here’s just a few ways that, in Scotland, we’re getting on with delivering progress....

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7 ways we’re keeping homes affordable

We believe that everyone in Scotland deserves a warm, affordable home. In government, we’re building more homes, we’re helping people buy their first home, we’re tackling fuel poverty and we’re ensuring tenants in the private rented sector don’t get ripped off. We’ve achieved a lot in the last ten years...

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Labour more shameless than the Tories on Brexit

Just when you thought the UK Government’s shambolic Brexit negotiations couldn’t get any worse, we had the embarrassing spectacle of the EU summit in Salzburg. Theresa May had to be told, once again, that her universally panned Chequers plan was dead in the water. We now have six months to...

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For Yes to win next time, and there will be a next time, we too need to up our game

I was encouraged this week to hear from Sky News about their plans to set up an independent commission to oversee Leaders Debates in future General Elections. In the SNP we have always been prepared to participate in televised leaders debates but the failure of other parties to agree to...

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Our plan for Scotland: Delivering for all communities

Nicola Sturgeon has announced the Scottish Government’s plan for the next year – the Programme for Government. Here are just some of the things the SNP Scottish Government is doing to support Scotland’s diverse communities. We will develop a Rural Economy Action Plan, which will steer our transition to more...

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Broken promises by Tories and No campaign since #IndyRef

It has now been four years since Scotland was told by the Tory Westminster government and No campaign that in 2014 the way to protect Scotland’s place in Europe was to vote No, we now find ourselves being dragged out of the EU against our will and towards an extreme...

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National Assemblies: what our members said

Over the past month we have held three National Assemblies in Ayr, Aviemore and Edinburgh on the opportunities of independence. Each event was buzzing with enthusiastic conversation and debate on how Scotland can reach its full potential. We asked some of the members that attended what they thought of the...

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Let’s consign a decade of Tory austerity to the dustbin of history

This week marks a decade since the financial crisis of 2008, where UK taxpayers were forced to pay billions to bail out the banks – after their reckless ­profiteering left the ­financial system on the verge of collapse. Ten years might have gone by but millions of families across the...

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Join our Day of Action and help us learn where the nation is

My first recollection of door knocking for the SNP was during a wintry Council by election in Broughty Ferry in the mid 80s. While the SNP won, support for independence was a long way behind support for our candidate, Ken Guild. Indeed, at 11-12%, it is interesting that now support...

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Our plan for a fairer and more equal Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the Scottish Government’s plans for the year ahead. It’s a plan that seeks to fulfill our high ambition for a Scotland where every person and community is able to achieve their full potential. Here’s how we’ll do that. Tackling poverty and inequality We will...

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History made as new social security system begins work in Scotland

History was made this week when the Scottish Government launched their new social security system, the first new Scottish public service since devolution. Our new agency, Social Security Scotland, has begun taking public enquiries. Letters have started dropping through the doors of carers due to receive the new Carer’s Allowance...

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Our plan to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up

Nicola Sturgeon has set out the Scottish Government’s plan for the year ahead. Our plan will support families across the country to give every child the best start in life. Here’s how. Giving every child the best start The Baby Box will continue to be available to every child born...

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Let’s hold 50,000 conversations on independence: Keith Brown

It’s hasn’t even been three months since the First Minister tasked me with building the case for independence but I’m pleased to say we’re already making progress. We’ve held three successful National Assemblies to engage members on the case for an independent Scotland. I’ve set up a Campaign Committee, made...

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Our plan for Scotland: transforming mental health services for young people

Nicola Sturgeon has presented the Scottish Government’s plan for the year ahead. Outlining our plan for Scotland, the First Minister recognised that mental wellbeing is as important as physical health – that is as true for young people as it is for everyone else. We’re working to deliver this aspiration....

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Michael Russell’s statement on protecting Scotland from the impact of Brexit

Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, has made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Government’s plans to ensure Scotland is prepared for Brexit. Presiding Officer, on 11 September 1997- 21 years ago to the very day, exactly – the people of Scotland voted...

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Investment in more mental health experts is crucial for the future of young people

Mental health is one of the most important public health issues in Scotland today, and that’s why I was so pleased to see the SNP Scottish Government announce the ­introduction of 350 counsellors in schools across the nation, ensuring that every secondary school will have a counselling service. Studies show...

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Learning from the best in the world on digital engagement

When it comes to political campaigning I’m something of a traditionalist. I’m a political campaigner that’s more at ease having a face to face chat with someone on Alloa High Street than I am getting into debates on social media. Doorstep canvassing, street stalls and social events can not and...

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Our plan to create jobs and grow the economy

Nicola Sturgeon has set out the Scottish Government’s plan for the year ahead. On the economy, the Programme for Government will ensure Scotland is a nation inventing, designing and manufacturing the innovations that will shape the future. Here’s how, in government, we’ll support businesses and invest for the future. Investment...

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Scotland’s strong export performance: get the facts

For centuries Scotland’s exports have reached every corner of the globe – and our trade performance continues to grow and strengthen. Here’s five things you need to know about Scotland’s exports. 1. Scotland’s international exports have increased by 44.7 per cent since the SNP came to office in 2007. International...

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Our plan for Scotland: what you need to know

Nicola Sturgeon has announced the Scottish Government’s plan for the next year – the Programme for Government. It’s a plan that will ensure we keep delivering progress now and investment for the future. Here’s what you need to know. Building an open, inclusive and greener economy A new £20 million...

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Programme for Government statement in full

Below is First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s statement on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government for 2018-19. Last year’s Programme for Government set us on a path to address the big challenges faced by Scotland and developed economies around the world. It set out bold plans to tackle inequality, adapt to...

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How we’ve delivered progress for Scotland over the past year

A year ago, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out an ambitious new plan to build an inclusive, fair, prosperous, innovative country, ready and willing to embrace the future. Since then, the SNP Scottish Government has been busy delivering on this high ambition. Here’s just some of what has been achieved....

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Scotland didn’t vote for austerity but it still cost us £2.6billion

As MPs head back to Westminster for the start of the new parliamentary year, the coming weeks and months will be a real test of credibility for Tory and Labour politicians in Scotland. Will they continue to obey and rubber-stamp every damaging policy imposed by their Westminster leaders or will...

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We cannot allow Brexit to derail our focus on delivering a better Scotland

This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will set out the Scottish Government’s plans for the year ahead in her Programme for Government speech. Below Nicola Sturgeon sets out how we’ve delivered progress over the past year and will continue to do so this year. Over the past year we have...

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Putting decisions about Scotland’s future in the hands of the many

In the last few weeks the UK government has started to set out the grim consequences of a ‘no deal’ Brexit and how they will deal with them. We are months away from Brexit day and the UK government is still at the early stages of planning a likely outcome....

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Scotland must have a role in future UK trade talks

The Scottish Government has published a new paper setting out why Scotland can, should and must have a role in future UK trade talks. Here’s what you need to know. We want Scotland to stay in the EU. But if the UK is to leave the EU, we must protect...

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Over to you: how the National Assembly in Ayr put members in charge

On Saturday we held the first of three National Assemblies in Ayr. The event used an innovative new format that put members in charge of the conversation and ensured their voice was heard. It was a fantastic success – the event was buzzing with conversation and debate on the opportunities...

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Poorest in society will pay the price for Tory and Labour Brexit mess

The UK government have been forced to admit that food, medicines and blood would all need to be stockpiled to prevent them running out. Families would face soaring prices when shopping for everyday goods, and increased charges on holidays and overseas purchases. While the many businesses that rely on crucial...

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Independence is on the agenda

As the first of three planned National Assemblies gets underway today in Ayr, independence is firmly on the agenda. Members have come together to discuss how an independent Scotland can be a fairer, more prosperous country. National Assembly is an event for members to discuss and develop policy before it...

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How a no deal Brexit will affect our daily lives

How a no deal Brexit will affect our daily lives

The UK government has published the first of their plans for a no deal Brexit. Brexit Secretary Dominic Rabb said the UK government is ready to accept a no deal scenario, despite the evidence saying a no deal would be the worst possible option for public services, jobs and living...

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GERS figures explained

Today the Scottish Government published Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland – or ‘GERS’ for short – for the year 2017-18. GERS is produced every year and provides estimates of total public spending in Scotland, as well as tax receipts for the previous five years. It provides a snapshot of Scotland’s...

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Empowering schools, teachers and parents

Scotland’s teachers deserve our unreserved praise for the education they are providing our young people, day in and day out. Scotland has a good education system. Under the SNP, a record number of school leavers are going on to continued education, training or work. And more young people than ever...

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Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: what he won’t mention

Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: what he won’t mention

Jeremy Corbyn is in Scotland this week. The Labour Leader is keen to promote his party’s policies but not so keen to talk about Labour’s record in government. Here are a few things Jeremy Corbyn won’t be talking about in Scotland. 🙊 Labour’s Brexit policy risks jobs Jeremy Corbyn has...

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Leading the future: our vision for Scotland’s economy

Leading the future: our vision for Scotland’s economy

We live in a time of economic transformation – presenting challenges as well as opportunities. We’re seeing that transformation across the Western world. Technological change, particularly automation, is driving a new industrial revolution. The threat posed to our environment by man-made climate change demands attention. And we’re living longer, healthier,...

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Good news on Scotland’s economy you might have missed

Good news on Scotland’s economy you might have missed

Scotland is one of the strongest economies in the world. Against a backdrop of Tory austerity – and faced with a damaging Brexit – we are taking action to make it stronger still. Here is just some of the news from the past week that shows how, in government, we’re...

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Supporting a strong NHS workforce

Supporting a strong NHS workforce

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the staff who work in our NHS. Day in and day out, doctors, nurses and support staff deliver world class care for patients in Scotland. Here’s how we’re working to maintain a strong NHS workforce. The number of staff working in our...

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How we’re investing in rural infrastructure fit for the future

How we’re investing in rural infrastructure fit for the future

Our vision is of a Scotland where all of our communities – urban, rural, remote or island – grow together and that we all share in the prosperity that generates. We understand that to achieve this vision we must ensure that rural communities have infrastructure fit for the future. Here’s...

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As schools go back, education reform work continues

As schools go back, education reform work continues

As schools go back this week, education is once again a hot topic of conversation. At the end of last term we finished the school year on a high, with a landmark agreement to fast-track the reform of education in Scotland. Of course there has been criticism from some corners...

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Employment in Scotland: get the facts

Employment in Scotland: get the facts

In government, we’re working to deliver an economy where wealth and opportunity are more fairly shared across society – where everyone can reach their full potential. Supporting people into work is a key part of achieving that. Despite the challenges we face as a result of Brexit, Scotland’s jobs market...

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Theresa May must stamp out Tory racism and bigotry

Theresa May must stamp out Tory racism and bigotry

Boris Johnson is no stranger to controversy. But last week, his remarks about Muslim women and their clothing were the height of bigotry and utterly ­inexcusable. Comparing Muslim women who wear the veil to “letter boxes” and “bank robbers” isn’t “colourful rhetoric”, it’s blatantly Islamophobic and offensive. I don’t doubt...

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The murky world of Tory ‘dark money’

The murky world of Tory ‘dark money’

As Theresa May’s government teeters on the edge of implosion over Brexit, desperate Tory chiefs are rattling the donation tin. Last month millionaire Tory donors blew tens of thousands of pounds to secure luxury dinners with ministers, ­private hunting trips and a ride in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Bentley during a ­lavish...

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How we’re supporting greener ways to get around

How we’re supporting greener ways to get around

From flooding, to extreme temperatures and droughts – we can all see the consequences of man-made climate change. 🌍 Scotland is a world leader on climate change, now we’re raising our targets higher still. pic.twitter.com/BKx3VwJ9R3 — The SNP (@theSNP) May 24, 2018 We owe it to future generations not to...

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Nicola Sturgeon to Theresa May: time to set out plan B on Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon to Theresa May: time to set out plan B on Brexit

Ahead of meeting the Prime Minister in Edinburgh today, the First Minister has demanded that Prime Minister Theresa May sets out her plan B on Brexit. Here’s what Nicola Sturgeon has said in full. The Prime Minister faces two key tests in the negotiations over next few months. She must...

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UK government must stop the eviction of asylum seekers in Glasgow

UK government must stop the eviction of asylum seekers in Glasgow

The past week has been a rollercoaster for around 300 asylum seekers in Glasgow who were told by a private housing provider that they faced eviction because they had been refused asylum. The move by the contractors Serco – who have a direct contract with the Home Office for the...

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