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July 2018

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 80 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
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SNP LAMENT UK GOVERNMENT’S LACK OF POST-BREXIT IMMIGRATION PLANS AS CLIFF-EDGE LOOMS

REPORT CALLS FOR “OPEN-MINDED” APPROACH OVER DEVOLVED IMMIGRATION POWERS The SNP‘s Westminster Immigration spokesperson has warned that with time fast running out, the UK government’s lack of a coher... read more..

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COMMITTEE SLAMS UK GOV’T FOR LACK OF CONSULTATION WITH DEVOLVED GOV’TS

‘BLATANT WESTMINSTER POWER GRAB‘ IS RESULT OF TORY ARROGANCE   SNP MP Ronnie Cowan and member of the Westminster Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs (PACAC ) Committee, has said that... read more..

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CALL FOR TORIES TO BACK EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT

EAW VITAL IN TACKLING TRAFFICKING AND TERRORISM   The SNP has issued a fresh call for the Tory government to back continued access to the European Arrest Warrant and agencies such as Europol and ... read more..

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SNP CHALLENGE LABOUR TO STOP BACKING HARD BREXIT

LABOUR SUPPORT FOR TORY PLANS RISKS JOBS AND SCOTLAND’S ECONOMY   The SNP has laid down a challenge to Labour – to stop supporting the jobs-wrecking Tory Brexit that is set to inflict deep and lo... read more..

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OUR MAN IN EUROPE

Dear Friends, So this has been the week of ‘no deal’. The head of Amazon warned it could cause civic unrest. (thetimes.co.uk/...); the NHS would need to stockpile drugs (bbc.co.uk/...) and the Brexit... read more..

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CONCERN OVER WESTMINSTER POWER GRAB OF INVESTMENT FUNDS

END TO ESIF PUTS SCOTLAND’S CASH IN HANDS OF TORY GOVERNMENT   The UK government confirmed this week their plans to replace European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) with a Westminster-cont... read more..

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YOUTH CONVICTION RATE DOWN NEARLY 70% SINCE 2007

SNP APPROACH TO JUSTICE WORKING FOR COMMUNITIES   New analysis of Scottish crime statistics has revealed a significant drop in convictions for those aged under 21 since the SNP came to power in 2... read more..

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LOCHHEAD STEPS UP DELIVERY CHARGES CAMPAIGN

SNP MSP Richard Lochhead has referred another 100 companies to the Advertising Standards Authority as Scots continue to be penalised by unfair delivery charges. This is the second dossier Mr Lochh... read more..

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SNP MP WELCOMES MOVES ON MEDICINAL CANNABIS

SNP MP Ronnie Cowan has welcomed the Home Secretary’s decision to reschedule medicinal cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2. This means specialist doctors in the UK will be able to legally prescribe... read more..

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FEARS OF MORE HINKLEY DELAYS SET TO HIT BILLPAYER IN POCKET

SCOTLAND NEEDS FULL POWERS OVER ENERGY POLICY Latest fears of delays at Hinkley Point are likely to lead to increased costs for the billpayer, the SNP has said – in the latest signal that Tory energy... read more..

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This is how Brexit will make independence inevitable

IN last week’s column I tried to offer some clarity on the scenarios that face Nicola Sturgeon in choosing a time for a second Scottish independence referendum. A lot of people seemed disappointed ... read more..

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BRENDAN O'HARA MP AND HERMITAGE ACADEMY, HELENSBURGH

Just before the end of term, pupils from Hermitage Academy’s Rights Respecting Group visited the House of Commons as the guest of local MP Brendan O’Hara. Their visit fulfilled a promised made to t... read more..

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SCOTTISH TORY MPs ‘SHOULD APOLOGISE FOR SHAMEFUL VOTING RECORD’

LOBBY FODDER MPs GIVEN A ‘FAIL’ IN END OF TERM SCORE CARD   The SNP has said that Scotland’s Tory MPs should apologise for their “shameful” voting record over the last year, and accused them... read more..

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ANOTHER MoD ‘WHITEHALL FARCE’ AS OUTSOURCING CONTRACTS HALTED

SNP RAISED CONCERNS OVER RISKS OF OUTSOURCING DEFENCE WORK   SNP MPs have written to Tory Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood following a previous complaint about outsourcing contracts for the Defenc... read more..

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GTCS FIGURES REVEAL BREXIT SLUMP IN EU TEACHER RECRUITMENT

TORIES PUT BREXIT OBSESSIONS AHEAD OF KIDS’ EDUCATION   The number of teachers from the EU applying to teach in Scotland has plummeted over the past year, according to figures from the General Te... read more..

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BRENDAN O'HARA MP:TORY HYPOCRISY ON DEFENCE PAY

The Tories’ hypocrisy on MoD wages has been exposed – after it was revealed that around 220 staff in Scotland don’t receive the Real Living Wage, just days after the Tories topped up the pay of some o... read more..

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MUNDELL UNABLE TO CLEAR UP TORY DARK MONEY MESS

MORE QUESTIONS EMERGE AS TORY SCANDAL DEEPENS   David Mundell’s failure to answer key questions over the issue of dark money has once again highlighted the need for an urgent Electoral Commission... read more..

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UK GOVERNMENT RISKING PUBLIC SAFETY WITH IDEOLOGICAL BREXIT RED LINES

The SNP has said that the UK government must abandon its hard Brexit red lines in its negotiations with the EU or risk putting public safety in jeopardy, following damning conclusions raised in a new ... read more..

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RAAB LOSES RESPONSIBILITIES JUST WEEKS INTO NEW JOB

BREXIT SECRETARY CONFIRMS FOOD STOCKPILING Theresa May’s chaotic Brexit has continued with the new Brexit Secretary the latest to see his responsibilities changed – as the Prime Minister announced th... read more..

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SUSPENDING NAVY CONTRACTS ‘UTTERLY SHOCKING’

ANOTHER ‘HAMMER BLOW TO SHIPBUILDING FROM THE TORIES’   SNP Defence spokesperson Stewart McDonald MP has said that reports the Royal Navy Type 31e Frigate programme has been suspended are ‘utterl... read more..

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Brexit: White Paper, Westminster chaos and few choices

On Friday 6 July Theresa May delivered the Chequers statement on the future relationship between the EU and UK.  Over the next ten days, despite the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson,... read more..

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TORY COUNCILLOR BLAMES FARMERS FOR WORKER SHORTAGES

A Tory Councillor in Fife council has tried to claim poor management by farmers is the reason for the shortage of seasonal workers.    Responding to a motion before Fife council about the... read more..

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SCOTTISH TORIES UNDER PRESSURE OVER DARK MONEY DONATIONS

SERIOUS QUESTIONS PILING UP AT RUTH DAVIDSON’S DOOR  The SNP has said serious questions are piling up at Ruth Davidson’s door after further revelations this week over the “dark money” ... read more..

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UK GOVERNMENT FACES QUESTIONS OVER FORT KINNAIRD INJUSTICE

The Scottish Government is set to intervene in Richard Lochhead MSP’s campaign calling on the UK Treasury to reinvest the proceeds from the sale of Fort Kinnaird Retail Park in the Scottish Crown Esta... read more..

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TORIES SUGGEST DRINK-DRIVERS SHOULD NOT BE PURSUED

DAVIDSON MUST DISOWN JUSTICE SPOKESPERSON COMMENTS     SNP MSP George Adam has demanded that Ruth Davidson disowns her Justice spokesperson Liam Kerr's comments that drink-drivers shoul... read more..

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SCOTTISH TORIES UNDER PRESSURE OVER DARK MONEY DONATIONS

SERIOUS QUESTIONS PILING UP AT RUTH DAVIDSON’S DOOR  The SNP has said serious questions are piling up at Ruth Davidson’s door after further revelations this week over the “dark money” ... read more..

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TORIES WASTE THREE YEARS TO REIDENTIFY PETERHEAD AS PRIME CCS LOCATION

UK GOVERNMENT CANNOT BE TRUSTED TO DELIVER FOR NORTH-EAST Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has criticised the UK government for scrapping a proposed £1 billion Carbon Capture and Sto... read more..

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PM PREPARES FOR CATASTROPHIC NO DEAL BREXIT

MAY BEHOLDEN TO THE DUP AND TORY BREXITEERS The Prime Minister’s latest Brexit lecture offered us no further details on how to avoid a catastrophic No Deal Brexit, making it clear that the Tory gover... read more..

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NEW DWP PROCEDURES DISCRIMINATE AGAINST HOLYROOD

SNP MSP Linda Fabiani has demanded answers from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, following the introduction of new “unduly discriminatory” procedures that prevent MSPs from ... read more..

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Brexit could mean a return to food rationing

BRITAIN is facing the prospect of food rationing because of shortages as a result of Brexit, the author of a bombshell report has warned. Professor Tim Lang said insufficient supplies after the UK ... read more..

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