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Labour hypocrisy on zero hours contracts exposed
Glasgow East
Friday, 24 April 2015

nataliemcgarryeastSurge in zero hours contracts at Labour-led council

Labour in Scotland has faced fresh accusations of hypocrisy today – after it emerged that the number of people employed on zero hours contracts by Labour-led Glasgow City Council has increased by 18 per cent in the last year.

As reported in today’s Evening Times, the Labour council and its arms-length organisations employ 1689 people on zero hours contracts – which Labour’s councillor Matt Kerr confirmed mean that the council ‘has no contractual obligation to find work’ – up from 1436 in the previous year.

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Glasgow gets a 'fail' in Soot Free Cities Euro ranking
SNP News
Thursday, 23 April 2015

Ian Hudghton MEPA Scots Euro MP has raised questions with Glasgow City Council regarding its efforts to improve the city's air quality.  SNP Member of the European Parliament for Scotland, Ian Hudghton, drew attention to the 'Soot Free Cities' European rankings in which Zurich and Copenhagen top the list.  Glasgow, the only Scottish city to be included in the study, is ranked 19th.

Twenty-three cities over sixteen European Union countries are graded A through F in accordance with their air quality.  Glasgow received an F – deeming it to fail – because less than 59% of the maximum points were reached.  It was one of six EU cities to receive such a grading, joining Dublin, Madrid, Rome, Lisbon and Luxembourg which also came out of the report negatively.

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Scottish Parliament debates recognition of Palestine
Sandra White MSP
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Sandra WhiteThe Scottish Parliament will today debate a motion put forward by the Scottish National Party’s Sandra White on the recognition of Palestine and the need for a two state solution to the situation in Israel and Palestine.

The member’s debate will not face a vote but will allow other Parliamentarians the opportunity to voice their opinion s over the proposal and hear the Scottish Government’s official position with regards a two state solution.

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Swinney: SNP MPs will push for prompt payment for SMEs
Glasgow South
Tuesday, 14 April 2015

stewartmcdonald north 2015Speaking to business people in Glasgow today with SNP candidate for Glasgow South, Stewart McDonald, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has outlined plans to ensure small businesses are paid on time.

A strong team of SNP MPs at Westminster will push to put prompt payment measures for small businesses into law, helping to tackle the issue of late payments – which can cause big problems for small businesses.

John Swinney said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Scottish economy and we need to ensure they continue to thrive. But the issue of late payments can cause big problems for SMEs and tackling the issue must be a priority.

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