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SNP MP secures Foreign Office action on Raif Badawi
Stewart McDonald MP
Saturday, 22 August 2015

stewart mcdonaldThe SNP has today highlighted action taken by the Foreign Office on the case of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia following a request from SNP MP Stewart McDonald.

Stewart McDonald secured a debate at Westminster last month on human rights in Saudi Arabia where he raised the case of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. During the debate Mr McDonald requested that the Foreign Office Minister, Tobias Ellwood, ask the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the UK about the possibility of allowing Mr Badawi a visit from an international observer. The Foreign Office has now confirmed that such a request has been made to the Saudi Arabian Ambassador who has agreed to pass this to his government.

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Rowley 'rethink' on Trident welcomed
Bill Kidd MSP
Saturday, 22 August 2015

Bill KiddCall for Labour Deputy Leader to sign CND petition

The SNP has today welcomed comments from Scottish Labour Deputy Leader Alex Rowley signalling his support for a change in Labour’s position on Trident and called on him to join the First Minister and SNP Leader, Nicola Sturgeon, in added his signature to the ‘Rethink Trident’ statement, which has been organised by CND and Compass, calling for a halt to Trident replacement.

Alex Rowley has said today that there are “question marks over whether it [Trident] is the best way to defend the country” and that he has “not seen the case made as to why we would renew” the system. Mr Rowley has also suggested that the Labour Party should have a fresh debate on its support for the renewal of Trident.

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13 years since 'Easterhouse epiphany', SNP invite IDS back to Glasgow
Natalie McGarry MP
Sunday, 23 August 2015

nataliemcgarryeastNatalie McGarry MP asks Iain Duncan Smith to revisit Easterhouse

Natalie McGarry MP has written to the Secretary for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith inviting him to return to Easterhouse, which is in Ms McGarry’s Glasgow East constituency, to see the effects his government’s policies are having on the local community.

Mr Duncan Smith famously visited Glasgow in 2002 and was taken aback by the levels of deprivation in the area, pledging ‘compassionate Conservativism’. It was reported that Mr Duncan Smith was ‘nearly moved to tears’ during the visit and vowed to help change things, in what became known as the ‘Easterhouse epiphany’.

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SNP raises concerns over 'public funds for propaganda'
Patrick Grady MP
Sunday, 16 August 2015

patrick gradyScottish National Party MP Patrick Grady has raised concerns over the use of public funds for a UK government job advertised to "communicate the benefits of the Union to the Scottish public."

An advert for the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) seems to suggest that the role should be political, and should be used to cement the union, despite it being paid by the tax-payer.

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