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#SP6 – Candidates for Edinburgh and Lothians

The candidates nominated to stand in the six Edinburgh constituencies and the Lothian Region in the Scottish Parliamentary Election on Thursday, 6 May have been announced.Nominations for candidates closed on Wednesday.The nominated candidates for each constituency are listed in full below and on...

#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 – Election results Day One

After the first day of results, there has been little in the way of the unexpected so far.The only constituency where there was a gain was Edinburgh Central where the SNP's Angus Robertson won with a convincing majority, taking the seat from the...

#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 – 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...

#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...

Counting the number of Scottish voters

National Records of Scotland (NRS) say that over 4.2 million people are registered to vote in Scottish elections as of 1 December 2020, representing an increase of 41,600 registered voters over the last year.When comparing statistics for December 2020 with December 2019, the report...

#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 – 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...

#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 – 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...

#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 – 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 LibDem manifesto puts recovery first

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie launched the party’s election manifesto entitled Put Recovery First on Friday morning.Concentrating on the recovery after the pandemic is what the party will concentrate their efforts on, saying that now is not the time to be debating constitutional...

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 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...

#SP6 – SNP launch their 2021 campaign

The SNP launched their campaign for the Scottish Parliamentary Election on Wednesday. This was done virtually by the party leader on Twitter.https://twitter.com/theSNP/status/1377279410659860483?s=20Nicola Sturgeon said: "In normal times, I'd be criss-crossing the country meeting as many people as possible on the campaign trail.But Covid means...

#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 – Greens say climate strikers must be heard

The election debate is all about climate today.The Scottish Greens says that the stark warnings for politicians from climate strikers must be heard in this election.With two weeks until the election, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie will today pay a visit to climate...

#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=20The candidates were:Scottish Liberal Democrats - Cole-Hamilton, AlexScottish Libertarian Party - Fraser,...

#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...

#SP6 – SNP announcing town hall meetings

The SNP will hold a series of digital town hall meetings to take their message all over Scotland.With a new poster in Glasgow SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, will remind everyone of the SNP policies already announced - including the NHS pay increase launched just...

#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...

#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...

#SP2021 – Martin Compston backs SNP

Martin Compston who plays Detective Inspector Steve Arnott in Line of Duty, is among actors, writers and other Scottish cultural figures who support the SNP. Compston, who lives in Las Vegas with his wife and son, also has a home in Greenock.As fans...

#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...

#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...

#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...

#SP2021 – Greens have a positive message

Scottish Greens co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater will today underline the stakes at this election as they make the final pitch for votes.The Scottish Greens say they have conducted a positive campaign for a green recovery from the pandemic and urgent action on...

#SP6 Greens warn of climate breakdown

Reverting to their more usual conversation on climate emergency the Scottish Greens today warn that there are only nine years left to avert climate breakdown.They say that other parties are sleepwalking Scotland to climate breakdown.2020 was one of the warmest years on record, and...

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