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#SP2021 SNP aim to make dentistry free

SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, will once again confirm the SNP’s commitment to an NHS which is free at the point of need. This time she will set out plans to cancel NHS dentistry charges - and she will pledge to work with dentists to...

#SP2021 – Greens plan ferry links to Europe

Greens propose new ferry links to EuropeThe Scottish Greens have promised to establish new ferry links to Europe offering low carbon alternatives for both passengers and freight.Working with Calmac, the party aims to create publicly-owned services travelling to continental Europe from ports such as...

#SP2021 Labour promises jobs

Anas Sarwar and Keir Starmer revealed on Friday that Scottish Labour recovery plans to jumpstart Scotland's economy would create at least 170,000 jobs.The party leaders said that Scottish Labour's offer to the electorate will put jobs at the heart of their national recovery plan. The...

#SP2021 – record number of postal votes registered

People who have registered for a postal vote will either have received those today, or will receive them in the next few days.Provisional figures show that around 1.01 million voters have registered to vote by post. This is almost a quarter of the...

#SP2021 Conservatives want your postal vote

All political parties are supplied with a list of who is on the electoral roll and who has opted to vote by post.That is why they are able to send communications addressed to you at home.On Thursday, Scottish Conservative leader, Douglas Ross,...

#SP2021 – Nicola Sturgeon launches the SNP manifesto

The SNP launched their 2021 manifesto this morning saying they would deliver a job-centred recovery from Covid-19.The bullet points are:20% increase in frontline NHS spending - £2.5 billionnational care service, backed by £800 million, to be set up with a 25%...

#SP2021 – Ben Macpherson SNP candidate in Edinburgh Northern and Leith

Ben Macpherson is another of the 2016 intake who has risen to a position on the front benches. In fact he reminded me he has had three portfolios during the last five years, and said he was glad to have had "three really interesting...

#SP2021 – transport charity recommends some moves for political parties

 CoMoUK, a transport charity, is seeking reform of public transport at this election. They are also calling on all parties to listen to their plans for transport hubs at NHS sites as part of wider transport measures.They have briefed all political parties on their...

#SP2021 – Miles Briggs MSP

Miles Briggs has been busy as an MSP in Lothian and told us that he feels the last five years have just flown by.Certainly we have received many emails from his office every week on a wide variety of topics, and we know...

#SP2021 – Ash Denham MSP

Ash Denham is the SNP MSP for Edinburgh Eastern, and having only been elected for the first time in 2016 she has risen to become Minister for Community Safety in Nicola Sturgeon's cabinet. She is the SNP candidate for Edinburgh Eastern in the May...

#SP2021 – Conservatives offer a campaigning message on the armed forces

Scottish Conservative Leader, Douglas Ross MP, announced a series of manifesto pledges to support Scotland's military personnel including an Armed Forces and Veterans Bill.The Conservatives intend that the bill will enshrine the Armed Forces Covenant into Scots Law.This would give serving and former members of the military...

#SP2021 – SNP to set up national challenge to transform economy

SNP will set up a £50 million national challenge to transform the economy in Scotland.The SNP has promised to set up a National Challenge competition, providing £50 million of funding to the project which is judged to have the greatest potential to...

#SP2021 – Greens want to end homework for primary school pupils

The Scottish Greens want to bring an end to homework in primary schools, pointing to evidence that rather than helping to improve attainment, it can have a harmful effect on younger children’s attitude towards learning.The proposal, which will be unveiled at the party’s manifesto...

#SP2021 – Alba fielding four candidates in Lothian

The leader of the Alba party, Scotland's newest political party, Alex Salmond, is very used to the press. He is a former First Minister of Scotland as well as a former MP and MSP.Putting aside his travails of the last three years he...

#SP2021 Lib Dems promise tax cuts to save high street businesses

Liberal Democrats have plans to put the recovery from the pandemic first and that will include a reform of the business rates system.The party believes that charges should focus on the value of land, and the person responsible for paying rates should be...

Conservatives backing mental health commitment

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross was in Edinburgh today pledging to commit 10 per cent of Scotland's NHS budget to mental health treatment.This would be an increase from the current level of 8.1 per cent, and it will be accompanied by manifesto pledges around...

#SP2021 – SNP will serve up free meals to every primary school pupil

It is four weeks until the election, and the SNP have announced that an SNP Government will provide free school breakfasts and lunches to every primary school pupil.Both breakfast and lunches will be made available all year round, ending the holiday gap that...

Coronavirus – vaccine update

Following reports of some incidences of blood clots in people who have been vaccinated with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, The Scottish Government has issued a statement from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nicola Steedman.Dr Steedman said: “Following the statements by the MHRA and the JCVI we want...

#SP2021 – SNP promise to renew the Eye Pavilion

SNP Leader, Nicola Sturgeon, unveiled plans to increase both elective and short-term hospital capacity in Scotland.She urged voters to back the SNP to help the NHS remobilise after the Covid-19 pandemic.This includes a promise to renew the Eye Pavilion. The Scottish Government cancelled...

#SP2021 – The Alba Party

The leader of the Alba Party, Alex Salmond, will set out the "Route to Independence" at the launch of ALBA's national campaign on Tuesday at the Buchan Hotel in Ellon at 2pm.The launch will also be streamed to social media and YouTube.Speaking before the national...

#SP2021 – Mev Brown – Reform Party

Mev Brown is a freelance journalist, and a would-be politician. He has been a candidate a couple of times before and is now number 2 on the Reform Party regional list for Lothian.He explained that he joined the Reform Party as a result...

#SP2021 – Cardownie picks a new party

Steve Cardownie, the former SNP Group Leader, Deputy Lord Provost, Depute Leader of The City of Edinburgh Council with two different coalition partners, and former Labour Party member, has joined the Alba Party.Steve Cardownie said: “This is a vital Election for Edinburgh and...

#SP2021 – UNISON demand investment in public services first

Scotland's largest union, UNISON, has published its manifesto for the 2021 election calling for the recovery after the pandemic to be led by investment in public services.The document highlights the need to both defend and improve the services and the lives of those who...

#SP2021 – SNP pledge money for play parks

£60m PLAY PARK RENEWAL FUND TO HELP GIVE EVERY CHILD A PLACE TO PLAYSNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon pledged on Saturday that an SNP Government will be “more determined than ever to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up”.She unveiled policies...

#SP2020 – Greens want to end war on drugs

Scottish Greens today pledged to end the war on drugs so that resources are channelled into tackling it as a public health rather than a criminal justice issue.The Scottish Green manifesto will include proposals to adopt a person-centred approach with a focus on drop-in...

#SP6 – the Alba Party fields four candidates on the Lothian list – we talk to two of them

The Alba Party has four candidates on the Lothian list, and 32 candidates on the eight regional lists in the Scottish Parliamentary Election 2021.Two of them are a couple of big hitters: Kenny MacAskill MP and champion boxer, Alex Arthur. The two candidates...

#SP6 – Conservatives call for fans to attend the Euros

The Scottish Conservative leader, Douglas Ross is urging the government to allow fans back into the stadium for the Euros this summer.He said that the success of the vaccination programme and the low infection rates in Scotland now make this safe.Glasgow is...

#SP6 – Liberal Democrats to double counselling numbers

Rennie pledges to double the number of people training as mental health counsellorsOn a visit to Broughty Ferry on Friday with mental health activist, Ben Lawrie, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie committed to doubling the number of mental health counsellors in training.The party’s manifesto will commit...

#SP6 – Scottish Labour call for Holyrood clean up

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has called for a commission to Clean Up Holyrood, suggesting that ideas are needed to offer the country a parliament which will hold the government to account and win back people's trust.As part of a plan to restore faith...

#SP6 – Sarwar visits EICC to thank vaccinators

Anas Sarwar today thanked vaccinators for their vital work as he made the case for greater investment in medical science.Speaking on a visit to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, the Scottish Labour leader said the vaccine demonstrated "the immense potential of medical science" and...

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