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#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 – 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 – 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...

#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 – Scottish Conservatives launch their manifesto to stop another independence referendum

The Scottish Conservatives have launched their manifesto to rebuild Scotland together after the pandemic, and stop another independence referendum. At the launch in Glasgow, Douglas Ross called on pro-UK voters to unite behind the Scottish Conservatives with their party list votes to “secure our recovery...

#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...

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...

#SP6 – For LibDems it is all about education

If there is something the LibDems are good at it is photo calls. This morning, from the seat of a giant oversized deckchair in South Queensferry overlooking the Firth of Forth, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today set out the party's plans to boost...

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 – 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...

#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...

First day for new MSPs at Holyrood

Several new MSPs were elected to seats in Edinburgh and Lothian as well as others from all over the country. All of the newbies were photographed at Holyrood by the parliamentary photographer learning how things work in the Chamber. They were welcomed to Holyrood by...

#SP2021 – SNP on the trail of women’s votes

Nicola Sturgeon will urge women to give both votes to the SNP on 6 May. On Friday she highlights plans to support women as Scotland recovers from COVID. Campaigning in Glasgow today, the SNP Leader will outline the SNP policies to improve health outcomes and...

#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 – 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 – 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 – 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,...

#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...

#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...

Scottish Parliamentary Election 2021 – Labour focusing on national recovery

As all the major parties get their campaigns underway today, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar and the Deputy Leader, Jackie Baillie will promote the party'e election message - a National Recovery Plan. Mr Sarwar, said: “This election campaign must focus on solutions which will...

#SP6 – Scottish Libertarian Party announce their candidates

The Scottish Libertarian Party have announced that they will have candidates across Scotland. Party leader Tam Laird said: "Party leadership together with our activists and candidates have worked hard to make this happen and I extend my congratulations and thanks to all. In and...

#SP6 – Alba Party announces four Lothian candidates

The newest party in Scotland, the Alba Party, has announced its 32 candidates standing in every region of Scotland. The way the voting system works is a form of proportional representation, with first past the post for constituency candidates. As the Alba Party candidates...

#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 – Liberal Democrats to offer more on childcare

The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, visited an Edinburgh nursery today and explained that the party proposes even more early learning and free childcare. The party believes this would help to close the poverty-related attainment gap to help parents wanting to return to work. 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...

East Lothian candidates are on the same path

Four election candidates in East Lothian have put any political differences aside and have issued a joint statement backing plans for a cycling and walking path between Drem and Gullane. Community activists behind the 16-year campaign hope the candidates' support will help deliver the...

#SP6 – Environmentalists call for green priorities

Campaigners are calling on Scotland’s politicians to prioritise policies in the election that create green jobs and reduce climate pollution. They want the next Scottish Government to take a "more interventionist role" in the economy, including making bus journeys free for everyone and creating...

#SP2021 – Greens promise cheaper rail travel

The Scottish Greens have announced plans for a new railcard for Scots which could immediately bring down the cost of rail fares for everyone who lives here. In Edinburgh this would offer residents significant savings when traveling to popular locations like North Berwick or...

Labour announce recovery plan for NHS

Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Anas Sarwar, has today unveiled a recovery plan for the NHS in Scotland’s after the pandemic. Speaking at the launch of his party's election campaign, Mr Sarwar published proposals to get cancer treatment back on track, improve mental health...

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...

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