Johann Lamont's tax plans overruled by London Labour
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Labour Devolution Commission wasn't Lamont - it was Balls

Johann Lamont’s Devolution Commission proposals faced a fresh blow today – after it was confirmed that her original tax plans were overruled by Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls.

An article in today’s Sunday Herald points out that following the publication of Labour’s interim report on devolution, Ed Balls vetoed a number of the tax plans it set out – calling into question Johann Lamont’s leadership of her own party.

Johann Lamont under pressure to publish Cuts Commission report
Saturday, 22 March 2014

Cuts Commission 'can't be swept under the carpet'

Johann Lamont has faced calls for her to publish the final report of her Cuts Commission which threatens popular policies of the Scottish Government – after it emerged that her party’s latest publication has completely ignored a series of key policies jeopardised by Labour’s cuts agenda.

Ms Lamont made her now infamous ‘something for nothing’ speech announcing her Cuts Commission in September 2012 – but the commission is yet to issue its report detailing which of the vital policies would be cut – with free prescriptions, free tuition fees, free personal care and the over-60s bus pass all potentially facing Labour’s axe.

Survation poll on immigration highlights the need for Yes
Thursday, 20 March 2014

Sandra WhiteThe SNP is today welcoming a poll showing that most people want the Scottish Government to have control of immigration policy.

The Survation poll shows that over two-thirds of the people of Scotland support the transfer of the power from Westminster – which is only possible with a Yes vote.

Welcoming the poll, commissioned by the Scottish Green Party, SNP MSP Sandra White said: “These findings are excellent; one of the key gains of independence will be responsibility for our own immigration policy.

Call for UK minister to give evidence amid EU arrest warrant concerns
Sunday, 09 March 2014

Sandra White MSPSNP MSP Sandra White has called on a UK Government Minister to give evidence to the Scottish Parliament amid concerns that Westminster’s actions will make it harder to bring criminals who travel to other EU countries to justice.

The Westminster Government has announced its intention to withdraw from the full package of EU justice measures agreed prior to the Lisbon treaty at the end of 2014, before applying to opt back in to 35 specific measures, including the European Arrest Warrant. This has created concerns that sufficient transitional arrangements have not been put in place to cover any gap between the UK opting out and then negotiating its re-entry into specific justice measures.

Progress on corroboration welcomed as Bill passes at stage one
Friday, 28 February 2014

Sandra White MSPThe agreement at stage one of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill has been welcomed today as a major step forward for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

The decision to back the Scottish Government’s plans in principle sees the end of corroboration – a major hurdle in securing convictions in cases of sexual assault or domestic abuse when there are often no witnesses – move a step closer.

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