Scottish Conservatives Launch Rural Manifesto

The Scottish Conservatives have launched an action plan for rural Scotland calling for more powers and more opportunities for all.The plan ranges from a call to accelerate the roll out of superfast broadband to increasing the number of affordable homes for families who can’t afford high rents.Scotland is already becoming one of the most centralised countries in the western world, the party warns today, with too much power concentrated in the M8 corridor.Today’s plan is focused on spreading power down into our towns and villages – giving communities the right to decide on windfarms in their area, and demanding a review of the Police Scotland set up.It also is aimed at delivering more opportunities for rural areas – supporting upgrades to transport infrastructure and a balanced package of land reform proposals.

'Vow' Kept and New Powers Delivered for Scotland

Prime Minister David Cameron today presented draft legislation which will see an unprecedented rise in the powers of the Scottish Parliament following agreement by Scotlands five major political parties who participated in the Smith Commission. The paper set out 44 different clauses which will be presented to Holyrood. It was a historic agreement and the first time that there has been full consensus on the future of devolution.

South Ayrshire Conservatives Welcome Chancellors Budget

South Ayrshire Conservative and Unionist Association have welcomed the budget delivered to Parliament by the Chancellor George Osborne which includes significant changes to personal savings, pensions and taxation.

Ruth toasts freezing of whisky duty by Chancellor

The Chancellor has announced a scrapping of the alcohol duty escalator in today’s budget after being lobbied on the issue by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.While alcoholic drinks will now increase by inflation, duty on Scotch whisky will be frozen.