January 27, 2020

The SNP has welcomed a new poll showing a majority of Scots backing Holyrood’s right to decide on holding an independence referendum.

The Survation poll, commissioned by Progress Scotland, found that 61% of Scots backed Holyrood deciding on whether to hold an independence referendum, compared to only 39% who thought Westminster should decide.

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January 15, 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP has criticised the Prime Minister’s refusal to grant the transfer of power to the Scottish Parliament which would allow an independence referendum to be held this year.

Commenting on the predictable response from Mr Johnson to the SNP Government’s democratic mandate, which would offer the people of Scotland a ch...

January 13, 2020

Richard Leonard MSP, Leader of the Labour Party in Scotland, has been forced to abandon plans to hold a conference on whether the party should support a second independence referendum. 

Labour’s ruling executive has forced him to replace the conference with an away day to discuss ‘federalism,’ leading to accusations that Mr Leonard is the party’s...

August 7, 2019

The SNP has called on Labour’s Leader in Scotland, Richard Leonard MSP, to “get on the right side of democracy,” after Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP backed a second independence referendum, saying that "if the Scottish people decide they want a referendum, that's for them."

 
Mr McDonnell said that whether there should be a referen...

July 2, 2019

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP has written to UK Secretary of State Michael Gove MP to express his disappointment over the lack of co-operation in a review of how £190 million of EU Convergence Payments to farmers was allocated back in 2013. The UK Tory Government received these monies to pass on to Scottish farmers, to bring their per...

June 5, 2019

The SNP Government has published legislation to set the rules for any referendum within the competence of the Scottish Parliament.

The Referendums (Scotland) Bill will provide a legal framework for the holding of referendums on any matter within Scotland’s control. It is intended that the Bill will have completed its parliamentary progress by the...

May 14, 2019

New figures show the clear gains of devolution for people in Scotland and build the compelling case for more powers for Holyrood.
 
Research by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) shows that unemployment has fallen by a remarkable 48% since the creation of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 – with female unemployment falling by 47%,...

April 30, 2019

SNP Conference has backed plans for growing an Independent Scotland’s Economy, put forward by Depute Leader Keith Brown MSP and Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP.

Following a landmark debate at SNP Spring Conference on Saturday, the party backed a three-part prospectus (on growth, responsibility and currency) based upon the recommendations of th...

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