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March 2018

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Our man in Europe

Dear Friends, There is now less than one year to stop Brexit. In the first Scotland in Europe update after the 2016 EU Referendum, I said that “until such time as we are no longer part of the EU, I r... read more..

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LEONARD MUST CONSIDER SUSPENSION OF FALKIRK COUNCILLORS

PRECEDENT SET OVER SANCTIONS FOR PROPPING UP THE TORIES   Richard Leonard is facing calls to suspend Labour councillors in Falkirk – part of the region he represents at Holyrood – after they inti... read more..

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TORY EXTREMISM REARS ITS UGLY HEAD AGAIN

RUTH DAVIDSON FACING HER OWN CORBYN PROBLEM   The extremism within the Scottish Tory party has reared its head once again after a Tory councillor in South Ayrshire was forced to delete his social... read more..

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BROKEN PROMISES FROM GOVE TO SCOTLAND’S FARMERS

SCOTLAND MUST HAVE IMMIGRATION POWERS TO MEET OUR NEEDS            The SNP has slammed the Tories for more broken promises to Scotland’s farmers – after Tory environment ... read more..

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TORY U-TURN ON ‘CALLOUS’ UNIVERSAL CREDIT HOUSING BENEFIT POLICY

SNP Social Justice spokesperson at Westminster Neil Gray MP has said that a u-turn from the UK government on housing benefit for under 21s shows the Tories have ‘finally realised penalising young peop... read more..

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MP presents RBS petition to The House of Commons

The fight to save the Inveraray branch of RBS from closure moved on to the floor of the House of Commons when local MP Brendan O’Hara presented a petition to parliament yesterday. (Thursday 29 March).... read more..

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TORIES MAKE ENGLAND HIGHEST TAXED PART OF THE UK

COUNCIL TAX HIKE SEES ENGLISH TAXPAYERS FOOTING HIGHER BILL FOR POORER SERVICES The Scottish Tories have been left red-faced by their own party announcing an average council tax hike of 5.1% in Engla... read more..

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PMQs: THERESA MAY MUST GIVE DETAILS OF TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN DUP AND CONSERVATIVE-RUN CRC

LINKS TO CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA RAISES QUESTIONS OF TRUST IN POLITICAL PROCESS Ian Blackford MP has called on the Prime Minister to issue the full details of transactions between the DUP and the Conserv... read more..

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SNP MSP TO LEAD PARLIAMENT EARTH HOUR TRIBUTE

 GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE RAISED AT HOLYROOD SNP MSP Graeme Dey will lead a parliamentary debate in support of Earth Hour 2018 later this afternoon – after Scotland joined the world i read more..

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SNP Councillors In Argyll & Bute Call On HSCP Integration Joint Board To Abandon Plans For Damaging Healthcare Cuts.

Ahead of a meeting of the Integration Joint Board of the Health and Social Care Partnership scheduled to take place at Kilmory on Wednesday and following their group meeting on Monday, The SNP Group read more..

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PRIME MINISTER ABANDONS FISHING COMMUNITIES AT KEY EUROPEAN COUNCIL SUMMIT

The SNP’s Westminster Leader has criticised the Prime Minister for abandoning fishing communities across the UK, after failing to raise their concerns over post-Brexit fishing rights at the key Europe... read more..

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IAN BLACKFORD WRITES TO SPANISH AMBASSADOR ON ARREST WARRANTS

ARRESTS ARE CAUSE FOR ‘DEEP FRUSTRATION AND ANGER’   SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP has written to the Spanish Ambassador in London requesting a meeting as a ‘matter of urgency’.   ... read more..

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SNP CHALLENGE UK GOVERNMENT TO MATCH SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ON CITY REGION DEALS

LL OF SCOTLAND MUST BENEFIT FROM INVESTMENT   Ahead of this afternoon’s Holyrood debate on City Region Deals across Scotland, the SNP has called on the UK Government to match the SNP Government’s... read more..

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SCOTS TORY MP PUTS BREXIT BILL BEFORE FISHING

Speaking to the BBC today, Tory MP Colin Clark confirmed he would support the Tories' EU Withdrawal Bill, despite his earlier position that he would vote against it if there were no guarantees that Sc... read more..

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RESH INVESTIGATION INTO BREXIT DARK MONEY NEEDED, MP SAYS

The SNP’s Stephen Gethins has called for fresh investigations into possible collusion between Vote Leave and campaign organisation BeLeave, which is linked to the operations of Cambridge Analytica. &n... read more..

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STURGEON: SNP MISSION TO USE NEW POWERS TO BUILD FAIRER SCOTLAND

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (Saturday) said that the SNP is using every power at its disposal to deliver for the people of Scotland – and warned that the Tory party now think they can do ... read more..

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MORE HOMES FOR NORTHERN AND WESTERN ISLES

DRAMATIC RISE IN NEW HOUSES FOR SCOTLAND’S ISLANDS   The SNP continues to deliver for Scotland’s islands – with substantially more new homes built in government than under previous Labour/Lib Dem... read more..

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MP presents RBS petition to The House of Commons

The fight to save the Campbeltown branch of RBS from closure moved on to the floor of the House of Commons this week when local MP Brendan O’Hara presented a petition to parliament. (Thursday 22 March... read more..

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SNP GAIN PENICUIK IN MIDLOTHIAN BY-ELECTION

LABOUR LOSE DESPITE CORBYN & LEONARD VISITS The SNP is celebrating its latest election success, after Joe Wallace gained a seat for the SNP in the Penicuik by-election – making the SNP the larges... read more..

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Our man in Europe

Dear Friends, Welcome to this week’s Scotland in Europe update. Today my thoughts are with the people of France following the events in Trèbes. Speculation helps no one and so all we can do at this s... read more..

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TORIES VOTE TO UNDERMINE DEVOLUTION

The Scottish Tories today voted against legislation to protect Scotland’s devolved powers after Brexit – after trying to force through a wrecking amendment to make Holyrood subordinate to Westminster.... read more..

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TORIES SOLD OUT SCOTTISH FISHING YET AGAIN

“The Tories have sold out Scottish fishing yet again and abandoned their promises to the industry”, says SNP MP for Argyll and Bute, Brendan O’Hara. Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson last week sai... read more..

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UK GOVERNMENT MUST NOT “JEOPARDISE” CROSS-BORDER FIGHT AGAINST CRIME AND TERRORISM

The SNP has warned the UK government against jeopardising crucial cross-border initiatives in the fight against crime, terrorism and increasing security threats after Brexit. The comments follow ... read more..

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TORIES ‘CANNOT BLAME ANYONE ELSE’ FOR FISHING BETRAYAL

SCOTTISH FISHING INDUSTRY AN ‘EXPENDABLE BARGAINING CHIP’ – AGAIN SNP International Affairs spokesperson Stephen Gethins MP has said that the Tories cannot ‘blame anyone else’ for the mess they have ... read more..

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CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA: DAVIDSON FACES QUESTIONS OVER BREXIT “DARK MONEY”

Ruth Davidson must urgently explain the connection between her party and a shadowy donation to the DUP during the Brexit campaign – after startling revelations over the operations of the political con... read more..

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Praise for Academy bid to help refugee children

Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara along with MPs from across the political spectrum, attended parliament on Friday 16th March in support of a Private Members Bill which seeks to change UK laws on refu... read more..

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TORY CUTS "£3BN DEEPER THAN EXPECTED"

ANNIVERSARY OF SHAMEFUL WELFARE REFORM ACT New figures have revealed the UK government's benefits freeze will include an additional £3billion cut over the next three years. Figures from the House... read more..

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“SCOTLAND CAN BE A BRIDGE BETWEEN EUROPE AND THE UK” – STEPHEN GETHINS

SNP EUROPE SPOKESPERSON TO DELIVER KEYNOTE SPEECH ON BREXIT The SNP's Europe spokesperson, Stephen Gethins MP, will today say Scotland can “act as a bridge between Europe and the UK”, in a keynote sp... read more..

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LABOUR’S SHAME ON PFI SCHOOLS SCANDAL

“TOXIC LEGACY” LEAVES LOCAL AUTHORITIES PAYING £434 MILLION THIS YEAR ALONE   Labour’s disastrous PFI schools scheme is costing councils millions of pounds every year, SPICe analysis has revealed... read more..

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SCOT GOV INVESTMENT SUPPORTING BOOMING COMPUTER GAMES SECTOR

£11.5 million of Scottish Government investment has underpinned a booming computer games sector, new figures show.   The number of video games companies in Scotland has trebled from 35 in 2011... read more..

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