Independence is our escape route from Tory Brexit chaos

Independence is our escape route from Tory Brexit chaos

We refuse to be dragged out of Europe by a farcical Tory government we did not vote for.
We have an escape route from this – an independent Scotland, at the heart of Europe.
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Theresa May is still not listening as she drags Scotland off Brexit cliff

Theresa May is still not listening as she drags Scotland off Brexit cliff

If she genuinely meant to listen, Theresa May should have been reaching out across the nations of the UK.
Instead of scrapping her ridiculous red lines, she keeps on living in fantasy land.
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This week at the Scottish Parliament: Delivering progress in the midst of Brexit chaos

This week at the Scottish Parliament: Delivering progress in the midst of Brexit chaos

Find out what happened over the last 7 days at the Scottish Parliament.
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A new era of equal pay at Glasgow City Council

A new era of equal pay at Glasgow City Council

Our commitment to resolving this issue has never wavered, unlike the Labour administration that came before.
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This Week in Westminster: standing up for Scotland’s place in Europe

This Week in Westminster: standing up for Scotland’s place in Europe

As a tumultuous week in Westminster comes to an end, we look back on the key events and highlight the work of your SNP MPs, standing up for Scotland amid the chaos.
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Explainer: Teachers’ Pay

Explainer: Teachers’ Pay

Under the new pay scale proposals from the Scottish Government, teachers would receive a minimum 9% increase between January 2018 and April 2019, and a further 3% rise in April 2020. If accepted, it would be the best pay deal for teachers anywhere in the UK.
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The SNP, not Labour, is the real radical and progressive party

The SNP, not Labour, is the real radical and progressive party

While Labour constantly seek to emphasise their ‘radical’ credentials, we’re getting on with delivering radical policies and driving progressive change in Scotland.
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Scotland cannot be left at the mercy of a dysfunctional Westminster government

Scotland cannot be left at the mercy of a dysfunctional Westminster government

One of the most revealing aspects of the period since the Brexit vote is the contrast between the way Ireland has been treated by the EU and the contempt with which Scotland has treated by the Westminster Government.
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6 reasons why we have no confidence in this farcical Tory government

6 reasons why we have no confidence in this farcical Tory government

This is a government defined by the Brexit mess, austerity, the hostile environment, the rape clause and its utter contempt for Scotland. SNP MPs will vote against these farcical Tories in the no confidence motion.
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I have never had confidence in this Westminster government

I have never had confidence in this Westminster government

🔥 Mhairi Black: “I have never had confidence in this government whatsoever, and have no confidence in this Prime Minister”.
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Theresa May has suffered the worst defeat in UK parliamentary history  – latest updates

Theresa May has suffered the worst defeat in UK parliamentary history – latest updates

Westminster chaos as MPs reject the Tory Brexit deal by a crushing margin.
Keep up with the latest news with this timeline of recent events we’ve put together.
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Theresa May facing Vote of No Confidence after suffering the worst defeat in UK parliamentary history  – latest updates

Theresa May facing Vote of No Confidence after suffering the worst defeat in UK parliamentary history – latest updates

Westminster chaos as MPs reject the Tory Brexit deal by a crushing margin.
Keep up with the latest news with this timeline of recent events we’ve put together.
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Westminster chaos looming as MPs set to reject disastrous Tory Brexit deal  – latest updates

Westminster chaos looming as MPs set to reject disastrous Tory Brexit deal – latest updates

With Westminster in chaos it can be tricky to keep up with the latest news. We’ve put together a timeline of recent events to keep you in the loop
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Scotland can’t be in the passenger seat if UK is driven off Brexit cliff edge

Scotland can’t be in the passenger seat if UK is driven off Brexit cliff edge

Westminster carries on riding roughshod over Scottish interests.
Scotland cannot be towed along in the Tories’ Brexit mess, and the decision over the EU withdrawal needs to go back to the people.
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Nothing has changed: 5 takeaways from Theresa May’s Brexit statement

Nothing has changed: 5 takeaways from Theresa May’s Brexit statement

She delayed the Brexit vote at the last minute to improve her deal. She achieved nothing. This government is running out of time, out of control, and Scotland deserves better.
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Relentless SNP pressure forces Tories into U-turn on two-child benefit cap

Relentless SNP pressure forces Tories into U-turn on two-child benefit cap

Amber Rudd has reversed the extension of the two-child benefit cap, as a result of consistent pressure from SNP MPs to right this wrong. However, it doesn’t go far enough: the policy is fundamentally flawed, and should be scrapped altogether.
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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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