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Weekly Summer Policy Briefings

Weekly Summer Policy Briefings

This summer we will be publishing a weekly policy briefing-each report can be found here: Read morenavigateright

SNP should improve connectivity now

SNP should improve connectivity now

James Kelly, responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement that they plan to establish a Rural Connectivity Commission in the event of a yes vote in September’s referendum, says the SNP should act now. Read morenavigateright

Rachel Reeves sets out the benefits of being in the UK

Rachel Reeves sets out the benefits of being in the UK

Shadow Work and Pensions Minister Rachel Reeves has today set out the advantages of being part of the UK on pensions and welfare. At a visit to Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries, she outlined the benefits of pooling resources and sharing risks for pensions and set out a series of pledges to improve the lives of Scottish disabled people Read morenavigateright

SNP must act now to save Prestwick Airport

SNP must act now to save Prestwick Airport

Commenting on today's announcement by Ryanair which will see more services withdrawn from Prestwick Airport, Scottish Labour’s transport spokesman Mark Griffin said: “More flights for Glasgow are welcome but the removal of the last remaining Ryanair passenger service to Dublin from Prestwick Airport is deeply worrying. Last month Nicola Sturgeon was unable to provide clarity on what the Scottish Government are doing to protect the future of Prestwick Airport and the SNP have blocked the publication of analysis that had been carried out on its future. Read morenavigateright

Shipbuilding jobs secure inside UK

Shipbuilding jobs secure inside UK

Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary, Margaret Curran MP, has used the final Scottish Questions before the referendum to highlight the importance of Scotland being part of the United Kingdom for the Scottish shipbuilding industry. Read morenavigateright

Poverty increases under SNP

Poverty increases under SNP

Responding to the National Statistics publication on poverty in Scotland, Scottish Labour’s Social Justice spokeswoman, Jackie Baillie, said: “It is completely unacceptable that one million Scots are now living in poverty. This substantial increase should shame the SNP into using the powers they already have to tackle an issue which blights Scotland. Read morenavigateright

British Geological Survey report

British Geological Survey report

Tom Greatrex, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister and MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, commenting on the British Geological Survey’s report on the Carboniferous Shale of the Midland Valley of Scotland, said: “Shale gas extraction should only happen in a context of robust regulation, comprehensive monitoring and local consent. In March 2012, I set out Labour’s six regulatory conditions that would need to be met before shale extraction can be permitted in line with a commitment to decarbonise our electricity supply by 2030. Read morenavigateright

The Referendum has been a wakeup call and we must strengthen our Union - Margaret Curran

The Referendum has been a wakeup call and we must strengthen our Union - Margaret Curran

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“Do not find yourselves on the sidelines of history” - Margaret Curran at GMB Congress 2014

“Do not find yourselves on the sidelines of history” - Margaret Curran at GMB Congress 2014

Full text of speech by Margaret Curran MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, GMB Congress, Nottingham, 9th June 2014. Read morenavigateright

Pressure grows on rent reform

Pressure grows on rent reform

Scottish Labour has called on the SNP Government to clarify its position on rent reform after it emerged ministers welcomed a UN report which recommended capping rent increases. Read morenavigateright

Labour’s by-election run continues

Labour’s by-election run continues

Scottish Labour enjoyed another by-election success after Gordon Muir took a seat from the SNP in Clydesdale South. Read morenavigateright

We won’t be bullied by SNP government in Edinburgh, says council leader

We won’t be bullied by SNP government in Edinburgh, says council leader

The Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council Ronnie Nicholson has pledged that he will not be bullied by the SNP Government in Edinburgh. Read morenavigateright

Welfare spends shows rent reform crucial

Welfare spends shows rent reform crucial

Reforming the private rental market is absolutely crucial, said Scottish Labour, after figures showed over £430 million in housing benefit is paid in the private rented sector in Scotland. Read morenavigateright

Scotland’s governments have taken their eye off the ball on equal pay

Scotland’s governments have taken their eye off the ball on equal pay

On the 44th anniversary of Labour passing the Equal Pay Act, Governments in Scotland and the UK have taken their eye off the ball, Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary, Margaret Curran MP, is set to warn. Read morenavigateright

Rent Reform: Which Side Are the SNP On?

Rent Reform: Which Side Are the SNP On?

James Kelly MSP has called upon the SNP to clarify who’s side they are on – hard pressed tenants in Scotland’s private rented sector or the Tories. Read morenavigateright

Scottish Labour comments on NHS statistics

Scottish Labour comments on NHS statistics

Commenting on a further deterioration in A&E waiting times, Scottish Labour’s Neil Findlay MSP, said: “These figures again show that the SNP’s waiting times target is nothing but a fantasy. Read morenavigateright

Scottish Labour has called on those who believe in progressive politics to stand together

Scottish Labour has called on those who believe in progressive politics to stand together

Scottish Labour has called on those who believe in progressive politics to stand together after the European elections results. Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont said: "Our party’s recovery continues and we take heart from that. But we are not immune to forces across Europe. From Poland to France, Greece to Scotland we have seen the rise of nationalism and Scotland now has three nationalist MEPs. Read morenavigateright

Action now needed on Land Reform

Action now needed on Land Reform

Commenting on the release of the Land Reform Review Group’s final report, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Claire Baker MSP said: “I’d like to thank the members of the group, past and present, for all the work they have undertaken in producing this report. They are encouraging us to be radical in thinking and bold in action. Read morenavigateright

SSE rake in profits as customers cope with price hike

SSE rake in profits as customers cope with price hike

Commenting on SSE’s yearly results which reported a 9.6 per cent increase in profits to £1.551 billion and follows their price rise last year which added over £50 to the average household energy bill, Tom Greatrex, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister and MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, said: “However you look at it, there’s no hiding the fact that under David Cameron and Alex Salmond the energy companies have increased their profits on the back of spiraling bills at a time when consumers in Scotland are facing a cost-of-living crisis. SSE has already said it will freeze prices until 2016. Today’s profits show it can afford to freeze them until 2017 – and if SSE can do it, so can the other energy companies. Read morenavigateright

ICAS tax paper puts more pressure on SNP to reveal costs of separation

ICAS tax paper puts more pressure on SNP to reveal costs of separation

Commenting on a paper from ICAS on the future tax system for Scotland, Scottish Labour’s finance spokesman Iain Gray said: “Every day brings yet more independent analysis which casts further doubt on the SNP’s fiscal and economic claims for separation. The consensus among the experts is that independence will cost Scotland dearly; there will be a higher deficit, steeper borrowing costs, massive set up and administrative costs for tax and pension systems and extracting oil and gas from the North Sea won’t generate revenues anywhere near the SNP’s predictions. Read morenavigateright

Ofgem fine Scottish Power for unfair price differences

Ofgem fine Scottish Power for unfair price differences

Tom Greatrex, MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West and Scottish Labour's Shadow Energy Minister, commenting on Ofgem's decision to fine Scottish Power £750,000 for unfair price differences between customers paying by standard credit compared to direct debit, said: "This decision highlights the fact that our energy market is not working for people in Scotland and across the UK. That is why Labour will reform the energy market to stop firms from overcharging again in the future, and why we will put a stop to unfair price rises by freezing energy bills until 2017, saving Scotland £500m. Read morenavigateright

Alex Neil to face motion of no confidence after Monklands shambles

Alex Neil to face motion of no confidence after Monklands shambles

Health Secretary Alex Neil will face a motion of no confidence tomorrow (Wed) following his mishandling of the Monklands decision in his constituency and his subsequent efforts to cover it up. Read morenavigateright

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