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#SP6 – SNP list candidate moves to Alba party

A Scottish Parliament hopeful has become the latest SNP candidate to jump ship and join Alex Salmond’s newly-formed Alba party. Irshad Ahmed, an Edinburgh businessman who has been a member of the SNP for over 16 years, has left the party to join Alba in...

#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...

#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...

#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...

#SPE21RESULT Edinburgh Southern – Daniel Johnson retains his seat

The election results for Edinburgh Southern have been announced. The new MSP is Daniel Johnson who has retained his seat with an increased majority of 4,000 votes, and will serve a second term. https://twitter.com/EdinReporter/status/1390743669247025159?s=20 The candidates were: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party - Briggs, MilesScottish...

#SP6 – Greens announce list for East Lothian and Midlothian

A LINGUIST and healthcare tech expert are among the Scottish Greens candidates battling to represent East Lothian and Midlothian communities in the Scottish Parliament. The party has published its list candidates for the South Scotland region. Linguist and translater James Puchowski is targeting East Lothian voters...

#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...

VIDEO – First Minister on the campaign trail in Edinburgh Central

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was on the campaign trail for a little while this afternoon in the New Town, supporting the Edinburgh Central candidate, Angus Robertson. Armed with another face mask to add to her no doubt already large collection, which came from a...

#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 offered support to the Alba Party. Steve Cardownie said: “This is a vital Election for...

#SP2021 – the arithmetic of the Alba Party

What would it take for Alba Party to get MSPs elected in Lothian? In our previous article we described how the election system works for the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to be run on Thursday 6 May 2021. One of the big questions raised by pollsters...

#SPE21Results Live from Edinburgh Day Two

Day two of the election count in this year's Scottish Parliament election. Today the votes will be counted in three constituencies and the declaration for the regional vote will be made at the end of the day. Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Pentlands and Edinburgh Northern and...

Letter from Scotland

The settled will of the Scottish people is “maybes aye, maybes no” to independence.  The 50/50 split between those who want an independent Scotland and those who don’t was the defining issue of Thursday’s general election.  It meant a very straightforward win for the...

#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 – 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...

#SPE21RESULT Edinburgh Eastern – Ash Denham

The election results for Edinburgh Eastern were announced at Ingliston on Saturday evening. The MSP continues to be Ash Denham with an increased share of the vote from 47.3% in 2016 to 52.4% in 2021. The electorate in Edinburgh Eastern has grown immensely from...

#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...

#SP2021 – Voters flocking to the golf course

The Merchants of Edinburgh Golf Club has become a polling place for this year's Scottish Parliament Election. The club on Craiglockhart Hill has been welcoming voters from the area to cast their ballots since 7.00am on Thursday. Golf club member Julia Smith...

#SP6 Greens promise to create jobs

The Scottish Green Party’s manifesto will contain plans to create over 100,000 jobs to fuel a green recovery from the pandemic and tackle the climate emergency, the party will reveal today. Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater will use her speech to party conference to announce...

#SP6 – Conservatives offer hand of collaboration to Labour and LibDems

The Conservatives have responded to Alex Salmond's new party with the offer of a meeting with other political parties to discuss how they can work together. Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has sent letters to the leaders of the Labour and Liberal Democrats this...

Alex Salmond launches new political party

Former First Minister, Alex Salmond, has announced the creation of a new pro-independence party which will stand in the Scottish Parliament election. He said the Alba Party expected to field at least four candidates in each regional list.  During the online launch Mr Salmond said “Today...

#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...

#SP6 Greens put mental health at the heart of manifesto

Mental health should be at the heart of Scotland’s healthcare systems, the Scottish Greens have said. The Scottish Greens manifesto will include proposals to allocate 10% of frontline health spend to mental health by 2026, invest an additional £161 million into Child and Adolescent Mental...

#SPE21RESULT Edinburgh Pentlands – Gordon Macdonald returned for third term

The election results for Edinburgh Pentlands have been announced. The MSP is Gordon Macdonald who has represented the constituency for the last two terms. There was definitely some tactical voting and at one stage it was thought this might be the upset of the...

#SPE21RESULT Edinburgh Central – Angus Robertson wins for SNP

The election results for Edinburgh Central have been announced. The new MSP is Angus Robertson who is of course a longstanding politician and former MP. He told us he has no illusions about going straight on to the front bench, although we think that...

Scottish LibDems announce their candidate list

The Scottish Liberal Democrats pledge to “Put Recovery First”  As nominations close, Scottish Liberal Democrats have announced their list of candidates for Lothian and are pledging their commitment to be all about recovery from the pandemic their number one priority. The party submitted their nomination papers for...

#SP2021 – SNP say they have the only plan to protect the NHS

SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, will urge Scots to unite behind the SNP to protect Scotland’s NHS, warning that the threat of Tory austerity is “staring us in the face”. Campaigning in Edinburgh on Friday, she will highlight that the SNP is the only party setting...

#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...

#SP6 Liberal Democrats want permanent Pupil Equity Fund

Always one for a picturesque shot Scottish Liberal Democrat leader pitched up at the Vennel today with huge LED lights showing where the party's focus is today. It is all about education. He announced plans to extend Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) as part of the...

#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 – Scottish Labour’s projections – all over Scotland

Scottish Labour projected its message for a national recovery in Edinburgh and Glasgow last night. Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray said: “Scottish Labour is taking its message for a brighter future across the country.  “It might go over the heads of the SNP and the...

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