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Salary Boost For 5,799 NHS Forth Valley Staff

Forth Valley Royal Hospital
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Footwear and Clothing Grant for School Kids Extended

Cllr Alison Laurie
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Shall There Be A Scottish Parliament?

Scottish Parliament

By Steven Paterson, former MP for Stirling

The sheer contempt in which Scotland, its MPs and the Scottish Parliament are held by the Westminster establishment was laid bare this week when House of Lords amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill were debated in the House of Commons.

The delirious shower of sneering, braying, and giggling Tories inhabiting the Government benches – including those representing Scottish constituencies – savoured the delicious moment that Westminster’s power grab was completed against Scotland’s Parliament. The “debate” (if indeed the English language can forgive me calling it thus) was relegated to the very end of the day’s proceedings thanks to the Government’s Programme Motion setting out the timetable, order and limit on debates, meaning there were a mere nineteen minutes remaining of parliamentary time to discuss the Tory attack on Scottish devolution.

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SNP Investing £9.5 Million In Stirling Area Schools

St Ninians Primary School
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The Great Postal Vote Conspiracy

Post Box

By Steven Paterson former MP for Stirling
We’re all familiar with the great postal vote conspiracy, right? The industrial scale deception perpetrated by agents unknown to ensure the Yes side didn’t win the 2014 Independence Referendum?

After all, the evidence was overwhelming, and all over social media afterwards, so it must be true. All those piles of votes being shifted about: it was fixed!

Except there’s one wee problem with this particular conspiracy theory, which it shares with other whoppers such as the well-known faked moon landings: its complete and utter nonsense. There would have had to have been fleets of bin lorries transporting hundreds of thousands of ballot papers to be incinerated somewhere – at every count nationwide – and nobody talking about it afterwards, or else we would have to believe that the many experienced SNP counting agents witnessing the count somehow missed hundreds of thousands of votes being deliberately miscounted.

So what? Well, the perpetuation of the ridiculous independence referendum ballot paper conspiracy continues to have an unwelcome consequence for those of us who support the SNP and independence for Scotland. It’s this: due to mistrust of the system this fiction encourages, supporters of the SNP are far less likely to sign up for postal votes than supporters of other parties, and especially the Tories. And since postal voters are 96 percent likely to vote versus non-postal voters at 73 percent likely to vote in any given election, this gives a clear advantage to our opponents, and especially to our Tory opponents.

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SNP Budget Will Give Scots Best Deal In UK

Bruce Crawford MSP
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Crawford Hails Doubling of Local Gym-Goers Since Commonwealth Games

Active Stirling
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 2017

City of Stirling SNP Branch
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Theresa May has proven that she CAN protect Scotland’s place in the European Single Market

On June 23rd 2016, Scotland voted overwhelmingly – by 62% – to remain in the European Union. Indeed, my own constituency voted by more than two-thirds to remain. The Scottish Government’s position is that the will of the Scottish people must be upheld.

In 2014, ahead of the Scottish Independence Referendum, Westminster unionist political parties told the people of Scotland that a No vote would secure our nation’s place in the European Union as part of the UK. Whilst claims that Scotland choosing to become independent would result in the country being ejected from the EU are completely baseless and false, nevertheless it is undeniable that this was a major plank of the No campaign and many people in Scotland rightly feel that they were sold a falsehood as they voted by a small margin to stay in the UK and by a large majority to stay in the EU.

Whilst the wishes of the people of Scotland were clear in last year’s referendum, the Scottish Government has lobbied the UK Government for a compromised approach that would ensure that Scotland would be able to retain the rights and privileges of the European Single Market and the Customs Union once the UK leaves the EU. However, to date, the UK Government has stubbornly refused to make such a commitment, instead aiming for what is known as a ‘Hard Brexit’ where we leave the Single Market too.

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Broadband In Stirling Area Rollout Boosted By Scottish Government Investment

Fibre and Ethernet

The Stirling area is benefiting from increased roll-out of superfast broadband because of decisive Scottish Government action.

Superfast broadband coverage in Stirling prior to the SNP Scottish Government’s intervention through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme was at 59%. Recent figures show that following Scottish Government action, the percentage of premises with access to fibre broadband in the Stirling constituency is 89.7% – and puts Scotland well on course to meet the 100% coverage target by 2021.

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