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#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...

#SP2021 Conservatives launch their manifesto on Monday

The Scottish Conservatives will launch their manifesto on Monday with a plan to rebuild Scotland and focus on recovery, not another independence referendum. Launching the party’s manifesto in Glasgow, Douglas Ross will say it is a plan to “secure and accelerate our recovery from coronavirus.” The...

#SP2021 – how does the election system work in Scotland?

How do we elect Members of the Scottish Parliament? The Scottish Parliamentary Election 2021 is almost upon us. Most people understand that the election is determined by two votes – a vote for a constituency candidate and then the regional or “list” vote. But what...

#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...

#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...

#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 – Lib Dem gains “in reach”

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie launched a new campaign poster today. Mr Rennie used a campaign stop in Edinburgh to urge voters to reach for recovery and declare that his party can make the gains that will ensure the next parliament puts recovery...

#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...

#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...

#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...

#SP2021 – Willie Rennie plays for votes

Today six days before the election, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, decided that the photo opportunity would be him playing shinty with Wendy Chamberlain MP. The Liberal Democrat message today is that his party can make the worry of the last five years of...

#SP2021 – SNP promise more support to students

Nicola Sturgeon will on Tuesday underline the SNP’s commitment to supporting students through the pandemic and into the recovery by driving forward the Widening Access agenda and expanding student support.  The First Minister will be campaigning in Edinburgh today. Ahead of an NUS Scotland online...

#SP2021 – Edinburgh Napier University students to air live coverage of election results

When the results of the election are counted and announced at Ingliston on Friday students from Edinburgh Napier University's journalism school will provide live coverage on Radio ENRG. Third year BA student, Steven Brown, is Editor with a staff of around 20 students who will...

#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...

#SP2021 – Nicola Sturgeon urges both votes SNP

As Scotland goes to the polls today, SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon urged voters to use both votes for the SNP, claiming this will allow experienced leadership to take charge on the way to "a brighter future". Ms Sturgeon said:“Today’s election is the most...

#SP6 – Conservatives vow to repeal parts of Hate Crime law

As part of their election campaign today the Scottish Conservatives say they will repeal parts of the Hate Crime Act passed in the last parliament since they threaten free speech. The party also wants to amend the law so that women have protection from hate...

#SP2021 – Liberal Democrats putting recovery first

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie kicked off the final day of campaigning before polls open at an airfield in East Lothian, where he urged voters to back Liberal Democrat candidates who will put recovery first, not an independence referendum.  During today he was on...

#SP2021 – LibDems criticise SNP for pushing for second referendum

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, took a posed karate lesson in The Meadows yesterday, showing that he is prepared to fight for every vote. As part of the election campaign, Mr Rennie encouraged voters to ignore the SNP's push for IndyRef2 and put recovery...

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 – Lord Darling writes to voters

Former Chancellor and Labour MP for Edinburgh South West, Alistair Darling, has written to voters warning of the choice between recovery or referendum. Lord Darling has written to thousands of voters across Scotland urging them to back Scottish Labour with their second vote, explaining the...

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...

#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...

#SP2021 – Independent candidate for Lothian Ashley Graczyk

Ashley Graczyk is an Independent Candidate for Lothian in the Scottish Parliament Election on 6 May 2021. We asked her to provide the answers to some questions we have asked several of the candidates standing in Edinburgh and Lothian. Here is what she...

#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...

#SPE21RESULT Edinburgh Western – Cole Hamilton retains his seat

The election results for Edinburgh Western have been announced. The MSP is Alex Cole Hamilton who retained his seat with over 25,000 votes and a 10,000 or so majority over the SNP candidate. https://twitter.com/EdinReporter/status/1390724387117182978?s=20 The candidates were: Scottish Liberal Democrats - Cole-Hamilton, AlexScottish Libertarian Party - Fraser,...

#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...

#SP2021 – Douglas Ross optimistic about the election

SCOTTISH Conservatives leader, Douglas Ross MP, said he was optimistic about this week’s Holyrood election on the eve of the nation going to the polls. The politician began his day on Wednesday in Haddington, East Lothian, where he gave his support to local Conservative candidate...

#SP2021 – Sarwar says other parties’ climate policies are just hot air

Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labour Leader, has today called out the SNP and the Conservatives for being ‘all talk but no substance’ on climate change. As a virtual climate action summit begins this week, Mr Sarwar warned that without further action to reduce carbon emissions,...

#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...

#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...

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