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Osborne must abolish Lords 'plush fund'
James Dornan MSP
Sunday, 29 November 2015

James Dornan'No justification' for protecting funding for peers

Following the Chancellor’s decision to cut public funding for political parties in the House of Commons, the SNP has called for him to abolish so-called Cranborne money for opposition parties in the House of Lords.

The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement that ‘Short Money’ for political parties in the House of Commons would be reduced by 19 per cent. However, he has not announced a similar cut for opposition parties represented in the Lords. Cranborne money is provided to the Labour, LibDem and Crossbench groups in the House of Lords, and is intended to pay for staff and office expenses.

SNP call for clarity on Osborne's Tampon Tax fund
Alison Thewliss MP
Friday, 27 November 2015

alisonthewlisscentralGlasgow Central MP, Alison Thewliss, has written to the Chancellor, George Osborne, demanding that a new temporary fund, which will see women's charities receive £15 million of proceeds from the 'tampon tax', be distributed fairly.

During the recent Autumn Statement in the House of Commons, Osborne stated that because the Government was still negotiating with the European Commission to abolish the VAT on sanitary products, the UK would establish a £15 million fund for charities to apply for.

Labour 'all at sea' over defence after Trident debate
Bill Kidd MSP
Wednesday, 25 November 2015

SNP will always stand up to 'morally bankrupt' Tory decisions

Following last night’s vote where Labour MPs defied a leadership diktat to stay away from an SNP debate on Trident, the SNP has said Labour is “all at sea” on defence.

The Financial Times has reported that Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn did not meet his Shadow Defence Secretary until minutes before he responded to the Strategic Defence and Security Review. The Financial Times has said that Mr Corbyn’s response, which largely ignored the advice of the Shadow Defence Secretary, was described as “shambolic” by one Labour MP.

Statement regarding Natalie McGarry MP
Natalie McGarry MP
Tuesday, 24 November 2015

nataliemcgarryeastAn SNP spokesperson said: “Following the reporting to Police Scotland of issues relating to the accounts of Women for Independence, Natalie McGarry MP has today indicated that she will temporarily be removing herself from the SNP whip at Westminster, which as a result will see her membership of the Scottish National Party suspended while the matter is investigated.

“Natalie McGarry has taken this step in order to allow the full and proper investigation of the issue. She now hopes that the investigation can proceed as quickly as possible, is clear that there has been no wrongdoing on her part, and will not be commenting further until the matter is resolved.”

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