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STV poll: SNP at 52% as Labour faces general election annihilation

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STV poll: SNP at 52% as Labour faces general election annihilation

B74McJGCYAAu1IRBy @ShaunyNews Via http://news.stv.tv/scotland-decides/news/307347-stv-poll-snp-at-52-as-murphy-fails-to-make-general-election-impact/

The chances of the SNP having a deal in a coalition UK government are not as far fetched as many believe. Labour I think, as do many will get more voted in this years General Election, both the SNP and Labour have not ruled out using SNP Westminster seats to get Labour into power. Should this happen Home Rule and a LOT more will come to Scotland very quickly. We must vote SNP or Yes minded people into Hollyrood this coming Election. Trust me, Alex is going to Westminster for this very reason. Watch this space, also the SNP has over 50% in the polls, in any other country that would be BIG news, odd it isn’t in Scotland, but we expect this now

Scottish Labour still face political annihilation in the general election as Jim Murphy fails to make an impact on voters, according to a poll commissioned by STV.

The Ipsos Mori survey shows the party would poll 24% of the Scottish vote, just 1% better than in a previous STV poll in October. It would leave them with just four seats in Scotland; Glasgow North East, Glasgow South West, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, and Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill. Support for the SNP remains at 52% since October’s survey, giving them a projected 55 seats at Westminster.

The poll shows both the Liberal Democrats and Conservative party would be left without any Scottish MPs. The full breakdown of STV’s Ipsos Mori poll is SNP 52%, Scottish Labour 24%, Scottish Conservative 12%, Liberal Democrats 4%, Scottish Green Party 4%, Ukip 1% and 2% for others. These figures see support for both the Lib Dems and Green party drop 2% since STV’s October poll. The Conservative support has risen 2%. Ukip see their share of the vote drop by 1%

via STV

via STV

The 1001 participants were surveyed between January 12 and 19 and asked how they would vote if there was a general election tomorrow.

At the 2010 general election, Labour received 42% of the Scottish vote and the SNP 19.9%.

SNP depute leader Stewart Hosie MP said: “This is another very encouraging poll – with a 28-point SNP lead for May’s Westminster election, this shows remarkable levels of support for the only party that will always put the interests of the people of Scotland front and centre.”

He added: “It’s clear that there is widespread support for the greatest possible devolution of powers to Holyrood. But the Westminster Government simply isn’t willing to give Scotland the powers we need to build a more equal society and more competitive economy – and that is why we need a strong team of SNP MPs elected next May to hold them to account, and ensure that they finally deliver on their vow to Scotland.” Wednesday’s figures, which exclude those who do not know how they would vote, would dramatically reduce Labour’s 40 Scottish MPs, according to seat predictor http://electoralcalculus.co.uk/homepage.html

Those who would lose their seat include Jim Murphy, who took over as the leader of Scottish Labour since STV’s last poll. All of the current Liberal Democrat seats would be lost, including Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael, Danny Alexander and Charles Kennedy. A Scottish Liberal Democrat spokeswoman said: “These national polls do not reflect the performance of each of our excellent MPs in their seats. People were writing us off in 1999 and then in 2007. Each time we grew stronger.

“We have been gaining a good response when we have been campaigning for our local MPs. The SNP put local services at risk when they took their eye off the ball on day-to-day issues in order to concentrate on their campaign for independence. People know that our record of action in Government shows that only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted with both a strong economy and a fair society.” A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: “Polls will show a range of outcomes between now and May – the important thing is we continue to point out that the only way to ensure the future or the union and stability of the economy is to vote for the Scottish Conservatives.” STV political editor Bernard Ponsonby said: “This poll could be laughed away by Scottish Labour if it was not part of an unmistakable pattern suggesting that the party has big problems. These figures translated into seats would see Labour win only four constituencies with the SNP winning a landslide 55 seats.

“Wise heads in both parties will know that a lot can change in politics and quickly. When a general election is called there is a sense in which the Scottish dimension in politics tends to get lost by the focus on who will govern the UK as a whole. “Worryingly for Labour, there is no evidence at the moment that voters are looking beyond the domestic agenda. That gives the SNP a real window of opportunity. Jim Murphy will be concerned but not panic stricken by these findings. It underlines for him the scale of the challenge he faces. “Senior SNP figures will be buoyed but I suspect that they don’t actually believe they will win 55 seats in May. That said, the prospect of the SNP holding the balance of power in a UK context cannot be dismissed as the stuff of fun and fantasy.”

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Extra £100m to help cut numbers waiting to be discharged from hospital

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Extra £100m to help cut numbers waiting to be discharged from hospital

Hospital: The money will be used to help patients get home sooner.

Hospital: The money will be used to help patients get home sooner.

By @ShaunyNews Viahttp://news.stv.tv/politics/307144-extra-100m-to-help-cut-numbers-waiting-to-be-discharged-from-hospital/

Good news for Scottish people as the SNP pump more money into the Scottish National Health Service. With First Minister Nicola Sturgeon flat our refusing to allow the Scottish NHS to be privatised, this is two fingers to London who want to privatise the NHS with UKIPS and Nigel Farage saying a few days ago “Health Insurance is something we must come back to” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/nigel-farage-admits-still-wants-5007340 The UK General Elections are crucial for Scotland. We must vote in Yes minded politicians and the one’s who support getting the ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ in full. Well done Westminster, they are squeezing every penny to help Scotland here. Links at the bottom as usual

A further £100m will be invested in the NHS over the next three years to help cut the numbers of people waiting to be discharged from hospital.

Ministers have said tackling the problem of delayed discharges is a top priority. The money will be used to help health boards and local authorities deliver care and support for people at home or in a similar setting. The move is aimed at preventing delays in discharge, as well as preventing admissions to hospital and attendances at A&E. It is hoped that, together, the measures will reduce pressure across the system.

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport – Shona Robison MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport – Shona Robison MSP

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “Tackling delayed discharge is an absolute key priority for this government and today’s announcement of £100m over the next three years is crucial to this effort. “Reducing delayed discharge not only helps individual patients, who benefit from getting home or to a homely setting as quickly as possible, but also helps ease pressure across the system.” Of the £100m funding package, £30m will be invested in 2015/16, while £35m will be allocated in 2016/17 and again in 2017/18.

The 2015/16 funding will come from Barnett consequentials, with the remaining £70m coming from subsequent health budgets.

Ms Robison added: “This is about far more than just investment, it forms part of the Government’s overarching commitment to implementing the integration of health and social care services across Scotland. “This will involve health boards working closer than ever with local government in a new relationship to deliver the right care to people in the right place at the right time. “It will also include a shared commitment to deliver on key issues, such as discharging patients within 72 hours of clinical readiness, and reducing the number of hospital admissions that are avoidable. “Today’s announcement builds on the significant progress made to devise new and innovative ways to improve the flow of patients through health and care services. “We will continue to support this work, together with our partners in the NHS and local government, to reshape the health and social care system as we work towards integration coming into force in April.”

A taskforce has been set up with council body Cosla to roll out the plans to tackle delayed discharge. Cosla’s health and well-being spokesman, Councillor Peter Johnston, said: “This is a timely investment from the Scottish Government – amidst a challenging operating environment for councils and health boards.” The funding announcement comes in a month when hospital accident and emergency departments came under considerable pressure due to high levels of demand, leading to extended waiting times in some places and the postponement of some planned medical procedures.

And on Monday, a council and health board were told to make urgent improvements in a bid to tackle the problem of bed-blocking. A joint inspection of services for older people said the performance of Fife Partnership – which includes Fife Council and NHS Fife – to ensure elderly patients are discharged when they are well enough to leave was “mixed”.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/health-secretary-shona-robison-set-4690328

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Labour facing electoral wipe out in Scotland as support for the SNP surges to record high

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Labour facing electoral wipe out in Scotland as support for the SNP surges to record high

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NOW LET US SEE A NEW REFERENDUM OR PROMISES KEPT!

 @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via Various news agencies, links below

A few articles I have done lately. I do believe a new referendum will be 2017, Salmond and Nicola have played a BLINDER! Jim Murphy being made the new “Branch Manager” of Scottish Labour has seen a HUGE surge AGAIN in the SNP. Membership figures must be close to 100,000 now. We could see a 90% controlled Hollyrood, we get that, Alex plays ball with Labour in a coalition, Scotland gets what we were promised and more. As I keep saying ‘Watch this space’

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/alex-salmond-hints-at-westminster-snpred-tory-vote-deal/

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/scotland-snp-support-soars-to-record-47/

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/labour-face-catastrophe-as-new-poll-suggests-labour-on-track-to-lose-all-of-their-scottish-seats-to-the-snp/

A new poll has put support for the SNP in the UK general election in May at a record high. The Survation poll of 1,001 people for the Daily Record found that 48% of people would vote for the party in a Westminster election, with Labour trailing on 24%.

Support for the Conservatives was at 16%, 5% backed the Lib Dems while 4% would vote for Ukip and 1% for the Greens. The SNP also continues to dominate Holyrood voting intentions, with the party’s Scottish Parliament constituency vote rising to 51%, more than double Labour’s 25% support. The poll was the first in the series to be carried out after the election of Jim Murphy as Scottish Labour leader. Survation found that for 14% of those questioned Mr Murphy’s leadership made them more likely to vote Labour, while 18% said they were less likely to do so and 57% said it made no difference.

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First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said: “This is a great early Christmas present for the SNP – our best ever Survation poll rating for a UK General Election, as well as being over 50% for the Scottish Parliament constituency vote for the first time. “I warmly welcome this poll, but we take absolutely nothing for granted – and the hard work begins in the new year to ensure that we achieve a strong group of SNP MPs to give Scotland the strongest possible voice at Westminster. “That way, we can use our influence to bring an end to austerity economics, make Scotland free of Trident nuclear weapons, and get the powers Scotland needs to build a fairer society and more prosperous economy.”

Angus Robertson, the party’s general election campaign director, said: “The poll shows that Jim Murphy has had a ‘reverse honeymoon’ as leader of Labour in Scotland – with the SNP stretching our lead even further since he took up the post. On these figures, Labour would even lose Mr Murphy’s seat.”The poll shows that more people are actually less likely to vote Labour under his leadership than more likely – it indicates that Johann Lamont’s admission that Labour in Scotland are just a ‘branch office’ of Westminster has hit home and is widely understood across Scotland.”

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Mr Murphy stressed his party was changing, saying: ” We are one week into a new leadership team and really determined to change. We are rewriting the party’s constitution so that decisions about Scotland are made here in Scotland. The days of the Scottish Labour leader having to ask the party in London about things are gone and gone for good.” He added: ” I want Scotland to not only be the fairest part of the UK but the fairest country in the world. That’s why we will increase the taxes of the richest Scots to pay for our NHS and schools. “During the referendum Scotland was divided between Yes or No. But in the general election most Scots will be united in wanting to get David Cameron out of Downing Street. The choice Scots will face next year is between sending SNP MPs to the House of Commons to protest against the Tories, or Scottish Labour MPs who will remove the Tories. Voting SNP or Green in 2015 could accidentally keep the Tories in power.”

http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2014/dec/new-poll-brings-early-christmas-present-snp

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/snp-on-record-high-after-labour-elect-jim-murphy-1-3640847

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2883476/Labour-facing-electoral-wipe-Scotland-support-SNP-surges-record-high.html

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/revealed-daily-record-poll-shows-4851556

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/scotland/snp-support-surges-to-record-high-1.750086

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Extra £1Billion to be invested in Scotland’s Education, Schools, Hospitals and Transport Infrastructure

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Extra £1Billion to be invested in Scotland’s Education, Schools, Hospitals and Transport Infrastructure

Scotland is the only state in Europe never to have a deficit

Scotland is the only state in Europe never to have a deficit

 @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via Various news agencies, links below

AN extra £1billion is to be invested in the Scottish Government’s scheme which funds major projects such as new hospitals, schools and transport infrastructure. Finance Secretary John Swinney said the money is being made available by extending the Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) method of funding. He also revealed an additional £31.2million will be invested over the next two years to help provide the infrastructure needed for an expansion of childcare.

This cash will go to local councils, along with an extra £12million towards the provision of free school meals for pupils in primaries one to three. A further £10.3million is going to the Scottish Government’s Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme – which assists those buying a new build home – in 2014-15, while another £12 million is to be invested in measures aimed at helping young people into work, such as the modern apprenticeship scheme.

In addition, £1million will be spent both this financial year and next financial year to help mitigate the impact of UK Government welfare reforms, Swinney told MSPs.

“We cannot undo all of the damage of welfare reform, the austerity agenda or the consequences of Westminster’s economic mismanagement,” he said. “The actions of this Government demonstrate however our determination to take the initiative where we can.” But the announcement of additional cash for childcare and free school meals sparked claims from the opposition that the Scottish Government had failed to fully fund these. Swinney’s budget for 2014-15 included funding to provide more free childcare places, along with money for free school meals

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Labour finance spokesman Iain Gray said at the time the Finance Secretary had been “adamant then that he had fully funded those commitments”. But he said the allocation of additional money was “a straightforward admission that the commitments made in January were never fully funded”. Tories and Liberal Democrats also pressed Swinney on the cash for childcare. Conservative finance spokesman Gavin Brown said the Finance Secretary had “stated that we still don’t understand the capital cost implications of childcare expansion”.

Brown hit out: “This was a policy announced months ago, if they don’t understand the cost implications when does he envisage they will understand the capital implications of that policy?” Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: “I want to bring childcare provision in line with that of England’s where 40 per cent of two-year-olds, beginning with those from poorer backgrounds, benefit from free childcare. “Two-year-olds cannot wait forever. John Swinney must tell parents when he will listen to my calls to build a fairer society and expand free childcare so that more children are given the best start in life.”

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The new spending he announced will see the Scottish Government invest a total of £91million on capital infrastructure for the childcare and early learning sector. The extra cash for the Help to Buy scheme would take the overall investment in this to £235 million over three years. “I recognise the benefits of that scheme to the construction sector and wider economy and the important role it plays in supporting aspiring homeowners throughout Scotland,” Mr Swinney said.

Dumfries and Galloway Council will also get a one-off award of £500,000 to help it deal with the aftermath of recent flooding in the area. Swinney said: “I fully understand the extreme situation that the local area has faced since the turn of the year and this grant will allow the council to carry out the required essential repair works.”

He said overall the package of spending would “support jobs, skills development and children and families, adding to the decisive steps this Government is already taking to help Scotland’s economic recovery and build for the future”. Swinney stated: “Whenever there has been an opportunity to further invest in our economy, this Government has taken it. That is why I am pleased to announce a number of measures that will boost our economy, create jobs, support skills development and strengthen Scotland’s infrastructure. “We will develop plans to extend our current programme of NPD with an additional £1billion investment taking us through to 2019-20.

“This investment will build on the successes of the current programme, delivering colleges, schools, roads, hospitals and community health facilities across Scotland. It will also provide the construction sector with the long term certainty of a future pipeline of work. “We know that every additional £100million of construction activity is estimated to support over 1300 jobs. And then we get the long term benefits of using the asset.”

Swinney said First Minister Alex Salmond had announced free childcare was being extended to more of Scotland’s most vulnerable two-year-olds in January.

The Finance Secretary told MSPs: “This will benefit the children and also open up employment opportunities for their families by removing childcare as a barrier to work. “To ensure we have the physical capacity to meet our commitment to expand childcare, I have decided to allocate all the capital consequentials from the UK Budget to local government.” He also said the “recent discussions” with the local government body Cosla had persuaded him to allocate the extra £12 million to councils to help provide free school meals for younger pupils.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/scottish-government-announces-1bn-boost-for-infrastructure.1396367781

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/extra-1bn-invested-scotlands-schools-3337329

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/politics/1-billion-spending-plans-announced-by-scottish-government-1.298426

http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/april/scottish-government-to-make-additional-1bn-available-for-infrastructure-through-non-profit-distributing/

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Alex Salmond – 21st Century William Wallace

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How many PM's can we say do this. That is real, that is caring. That is Alex

How many PM’s can we say do this. That is real, that is caring. That is Alex

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Alex  Salmond, once the villain nobody trusted. I had to listen to people say “I don’t believe this man” or “I hate the man” Now all I read is “Alex is a hero” And let’s make no mistake, Alex is a hero. He will be remembered for all of time like we remember William Wallace now. This is what Alex has achieved. He won over the hearts and minds of his doubters, his people, his nation, our nation, of that there is no argument

The villain’s of Wallace’s time to the villains today. The ‘Noblemen’ The families who got Wallace killed” The Scottish Noblemen who sided with the English King to get Wallace hung, draw and quartered, in the end History tells us he died with the same bravery he had in life. We have these same ‘Noblemen’ they come in the form of lying politicians, but if truth be told the crime they did on Scotland was far greater

 

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Wallace and Bruce. Salmond and Sturgoen, how will they be remembered?

We can look to Ruth Davidson, we can look to Alistair Darling, we can look to Jim Murphy and we can look to Johann Lamont but with Johann, she is more like Robert the Bruce, he did a bad thing and then came back to his people and fought to free Scotland, it can be said Johann did in the end say “Enough is enough” Just a thought. Both William Wallace and Robert Bruce stand guard at the gates of my city’s castle, Edinburgh Castle. I don’t go much but when I do I look at these statues of Wallace and Bruce and I can hear the clanging of War. I can hear the shouting and screaming and can also feel the pride and battle hardened souls both were and it is that spirit that will carry Scotland to the promised land. Make no mistake, Scotland has stood up and we sure as hell won’t sit down till we complete what was the deal, till we get what is due. It will happen

Wallace and Bruce, forever standing guard for Scotland

Wallace and Bruce, forever standing guard for Scotland

So we look at Alex as a 21st Century William Wallace. The 13th Century one we hear the legend of the man. We are in a brilliant time now, we are seeing almost History repeat itself 700 years on. This time it is 5 Million people and the SNP with morals and dignity that will this time 100% free Scotland.

I must add, Alex, Nicola, John, all of them, they can’t do it alone. Same as Wallace and Bruce, they didn’t do it alone, many Scots died on these battlefields we now visit and pay homage to. We don’t have to die guys, we must  tick a box, this time knowing The 21st centuries traitors we can silence as we did  before.

He gave it his all, but history will remember him 

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William Wallace

William Wallace

Here is the History of WIlliam Wallace, a man who stood the test of time, a man us Scot’s love but will never meet:

Wallace led the Scottish rebellion against Edward I and inflicted a famous defeat on the English army at Stirling Bridge. He is remembered as a patriot and national hero. William Wallace was born in the 1270s in Elderslie in Renfrewshire into a gentry family. Very little is known about his early years and there are significant periods of his life for which there are no reliable sources.

In 1296, Edward I of England had taken advantage of a succession crisis in Scotland and imposed himself as ruler with an English administration. Within months, Scottish unrest was widespread.

In May 1297, Wallace attacked the town of Lanark, killing the English sheriff and unrest quickly became full-blown rebellion. Men flocked to join Wallace and he began to drive the English out of Fife and Perthshire. In September 1297, Wallace defeated a much larger English force at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. This and subsequent military successes severely weakened the English hold on Scotland. Wallace then launched raids into England. In late 1297 or early 1298 he was knighted and appointed ‘guardian of the kingdom’ in the name of John Balliol, the deposed king of Scotland.

The shock of the defeat at Stirling rallied the English around Edward, who marched north with an army. Wallace’s strategy was to avoid confrontation and gradually withdraw. He destroyed the countryside as he went, forcing Edward to march deeper and deeper into Scotland. In July 1298, the Scottish and English armies met near Falkirk, and the Scots were defeated. Wallace escaped and little is known of his movements, but at some stage he resigned the guardianship and was succeeded by Robert Bruce and John Comyn.

Wallace then went abroad, notably to France, to seek support for the Scottish cause. He returned to Scotland in 1303. In his absence Robert Bruce had accepted a truce with Edward I and, in 1304, John Comyn came to terms with the English as well. Wallace was excluded from these terms and the English king offered a large sum of money to anyone who killed or captured him. Wallace was seized in or near Glasgow in August 1305, and transported to London. He was charged and tried with treason, which he denied, saying he had never sworn allegiance to the English king. His execution was held on 23 August, where he was hung, drawn and quartered. His head was placed on London Bridge, and his limbs displayed in Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling and Perth.

Imaginative 18th-century engraving of Wallace
Born c. 1270[1]
Elderslie, Renfrewshire,Scotland
Died 23 August 1305
Smithfield, London, Middlesex,England
Cause of death
Hanged, drawn and quartered
Resting place
London England in unmarked grave
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Commander in the Scottish Wars of Independence
Religion Roman Catholicism
Children None recorded
Parents Father: Alan or Malcolm Wallace

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/wallace_william.shtml

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Salmond: I’m standing for Westminster

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As many of us already knew

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

He said “I will not stand down” after the Referendum whatever the outcome. Lets just say Alex is a VERY, VERY CLEVER MAN 😉 Watch this space. He is going to corner certain people into a corner. You will see…

Source: http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/scottish-politics/salmond-i-ll-stand-for-westminster.1417897438?utm_source=www.heraldscotland.com&utm_medium=RSS%20Feed&utm_campaign=Scottish%20News&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Former First Minister Alex Salmond will end months of speculation and open a new chapter of his political career when he announces on Sunday that he is standing for Westminster at next year’s general election.

Salmond, who had hinted heavily that he will seek a return to the House of Commons, is expected to confirm that he is to contest the Gordon seat in the north-east as an MP. He already represents much of the area as an MSP.

One of Salmond’s closest aides told the Sunday Herald: “At our last constituency meeting over 100 local people turned up in New Deer and unanimously asked him to stand. We fully expect a positive answer in Ellon on Sunday.”

Salmond stood down as an MP in 2010 but he has spent most of his political career at Westminster. He was an MP for over 20 years between 1987 and 2010 and has served at Holyrood for around nine years.

However, the highlight of his political career was becoming First Minister in 2007 and leading his party to a landslide victory four years later.

Although he fulfilled his ambition of giving the people of Scotland a constitutional referendum, he fell short of his ultimate goal of independence.

He resigned as First Minister after Scotland voted No in the referendum, paving the way for his deputy Nicola Sturgeon to succeed him.

Within weeks of his resignation, he told BBC’s Question Time programme that the door was not closed on a return to Westminster.

The Salmond constituency aide said: “Alex can win this seat for the SNP, given that he already represents the greater part of it in the Scottish Parliament.

“His candidature will be a strong sign that the SNP intend to contest the Westminster elections to win, with a view to enforcing the vows made to the Scottish people in the referendum.

“There is great excitement that Gordon will be seen as a key seat in ensuring that Scotland makes progress and that the Westminster parties are not allowed to renege on their commitments to Scotland.

“There is no-one better able to rumble up Westminster and enforce the vow than Alex Salmond.”

It is understood Salmond will be a key part of the SNP strategy to win next year’s general election in Scotland.

If elected, is it is believed he will help put pressure on the UK Government to transfer more powers to Holyrood than was offered by the cross-party Smith Commission.

Opinion polls show the Nationalists winning a majority of seats and defeating Labour.

A recent YouGov poll, based on a sample of 1103 people living in Scotland, had the SNP leading Labour by 46% to 26%. The Liberals trailed on 6%.

The Gordon seat Salmond will contest next year is broadly similar to the Aberdeenshire East constituency he represents at Holyrood.

The Liberal Democrats won Gordon in 2010 with a majority of 6,748, but sitting MP Sir Malcolm Bruce is standing down.

His replacement is journalist and lecturer Christine Jardine.

In 2007, Salmond overturned a 4071 LibDem majority in the north-east constituency.

The SNP conference last month voted to allow non-members to stand as party candidates at the general election.

The move is aimed at activists who campaigned for Yes during the referendum, but who are not members of the SNP.

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Watered Down Home Rule For Scotland – But The Aim Remains Full Independence

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We take it and go again Scotland

We take it and go again Scotland

 By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Well we all knew it wasn’t going to perfect and as I listened in at the Dr’s office this morning then in my Car I knew behind the scenes the SNP will happy with these new Tax and Welfare ownership, all be it watered down. I think this gives Scotland, the SNP a change to really go for it now. We were not given as promised so we take this and the continues. This is more than we would ever had without a referendum so lets be happy, this is stage one. Independence is STILL the goal and remains what we all want. The no voters are sick of themselves I know many who are. So Scotland, lets take this and step forward, together as one voice

The Scottish Parliament should have the power to set income tax rates and bands, the commission on strengthening devolution has concluded. The Smith Commission also said a share of VAT should also be assigned to the parliament, and Air Passenger Duty fully devolved. The commission was set up by Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of the vote against Scottish independence. Its findings will form the basis of legislation on more Scottish powers.

The Smith Commission, which took forward its recommendations in consultation with the Scottish Parliament’s five parties, recommended that:

  • The parliament should be given the power to set income tax rates and bands on earned income and will retain all of the income tax raised in Scotland.
  • The parliament should be given powers to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in Scottish elections.
  • The parliament should be given powers to create new benefits in devolved areas and make discretionary payments in any area of welfare.
  • A range of other benefits that support older people, carers, disabled people and those who are ill should also be fully devolved.
Didn't deliver in full, but we will get there

Didn’t deliver in full, but we will get there

 Analysis By Norman Smith, BBC Assistant Political Editor Although publicly today’s deal will be welcomed at Westminster – in private there will be a good deal of anguish. For Labour, the package represents a significant retreat – having previously strenuously opposed devolving income tax. Aware that such a stance was at odds with Scottish opinion – they backed down.

The fear now, however, is that it will create renewed momentum for barring Scottish MPs from voting on English laws – a move which could cripple any future Labour goverment. For David Cameron, there will also be anger among some of his MPs that, once again, Scotland appears to have been given more power and allowed to retain the generous Barnett funding formula. And for Unionists, generally there will be unease that today marks merely another staging post on the road to full independence.

Mr Cameron said he was “delighted” with the report, adding: “We are keeping our promise to the Scottish people.” Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, said any new powers were to be welcomed, but said the commission was a “missed opportunity” to give Scotland full control over welfare. He said: “Regrettably, the Westminster parties were not prepared to deliver the powerhouse parliament the people of Scotland were promised – under these proposals, less than 30% of our taxes will be set in Scotland and less than 20% of welfare spending will be devolved to Scotland.

“That isn’t Home Rule – it’s continued Westminster rule.” Lord Smith, who chaired the commission, said: “Taken together, these new powers will deliver a stronger parliament, a more accountable parliament and a more autonomous Parliament.” “The recommendations, agreed between the parties, will result in the biggest transfer of powers to the parliament since its establishment.” Meanwhile, Mr Cameron said he would bring forward proposals on “English votes for English laws”, related to restricting the Westminster voting rights of MPs with Scottish seats, before Christmas.

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Scotland to start it’s own Daily Paper – As Membership nears 100,000 People

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The wheels of oppression have stopped, REAL Democracy is about to be Scotland’s reality

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Dear Reader………..
I sat and watched the SNP (Scottish National Party) road show over the last week and I feel as patriotic as ever. I seen the SNP fill a hall with the most people EVER in the United Kingdom/Britain/UK whatever you want to call it in a any political get together. Many of you are from foreign shores, and I seen the party that represents the spirit of Scotland and it’s people in this huge hall with speakers and bands playing music. Dear reader, it was amazing. If you have not seen it, here is a replay
This is the full show from Glasgow from today, 22nd November 2014, I add a date because I know I will have to return this article someday soon.

Anyone in Scotland taking the time to read, I thank you. I am now writing for the West of Edinburgh here https://www.facebook.com/pages/scot2scot-Edinburgh-West/361924177307818?sk=timeline
I ask you one question Scotland “Do you want Scotland to be a independent nation” If the answer is yes I ask you please help me and join this link above. The undertaking by the people who started Scot2Scot have a page for EVERY area covering the lowlands, highlands and islands of Scotland. I ask also “Define how proud you are of your Country and fellow Scottish friends” I can answer for me. I am very proud of my country and YOU. You are part of the same movement as I. You may be from foreign shores and I know some friends from out with Scotland who desire Scotland to be free.

This Woman is not for turning ;-)

This Woman is not for turning 😉

What Scotland done on September the 18th was lose a referendum, but friends, we awoke a Lion! We made a nation stand up, we now dare to dream, we now know what we want. If there was a referendum tomorrow, Scotland is free. WE MUST GET OVER ‘WAS SCOTLAND CHEATED’ We must bin this. We must stop talking about child abuse allegations from Westminster. We must focus on one thing, getting Scotland free from a possible UKIP leadership. Dear reader, the chances of a coalition government with the Tory Party and UKIP grows stronger by the day. Tory Politicians are leaving for UKIP. So the Tory and UKIP danger to Scotland is real. Now this is where ACTING NOW comes into play. If you want to and you have not yet done so, PLEASE JOIN THE SNP! HER IS THE LINK> https://my.snp.org/join I joined on September 20th and got my Membership card on the 21st November. Here is the link to join the SNP. Give what you can, if you can. The SNP have 95,300 members as I sit and write this article, Alex Salmomd said he would like 100,000 members before the 2015 UK elections, I think 100,000 SNP Members, people like you and I, will be our Christmas present. We, you and I are the people who will free Scotland one day. Do not give in Scotland, do not lose heart, do not think “Ahhh what can I do” Please do think “I can join a cause so huge in momentum nothing can or will stand in its way from making Scotland independent by 2016. Either we will call a new Referendum for or in 2016, friends this is the power we have given ourselves

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Many got tricked before and leading to the vote, as I warned here and in many other articles:

Scotland – We can’t be scared nor selfish, don’t be the Worlds joke!

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/scotland-we-cant-be-scared-nor-selfish-dont-be-the-worlds-joke/

I TRIED TO WARN

I TRIED TO WARN

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Why We Can’t Be Selfish In This Vote Scotland

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/why-we-cant-be-selfish-in-this-vote-scotland/

There was and won't be hatred. At the time I questioned this

There was and won’t be hatred. At the time I questioned this

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Nicola, Scotlands new Queen surprises her people wit the latest figures

Nicola, Scotlands new Queen surprises her people wit the latest figures

THIS IMAGE BLOWS MY MIND. SCOTLAND HAS WOKE UP, WE WANT FREE AND WE ARE TAKING WESTMINSTER TO TASK, WE ARE COMING!

THIS IMAGE BLOWS MY MIND. SCOTLAND HAS WOKE UP, WE WANT FREE AND WE ARE TAKING WESTMINSTER TO TASK, WE ARE COMING!

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/nov/21/the-national-pro-independence-newspaper-launch-scotland

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The Moment Nicola Sturgeon Was Sworn In As New Scottish First Minister

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Court of Session seal Nicola into Office

Court of Session seal Nicola into Office

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

It was emotional, but Nicola will now go and make History

It was emotional, but Nicola will now go and make History

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Nicola Sturgeon sworn in as first minister of Scotland

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Well done Nicola

Well done Nicola, now go create history!

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has been formally sworn in as Scotland’s first minister in front of senior judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. She is the 5th First Minister of Scotland

Ms Sturgeon was elected to the role by MSPs on Wednesday before receiving the Royal Warrant, which is formal approval of her appointment.

She is due to lead First Minister’s Questions for the first time as head of the Scottish government.

Ms Sturgeon is not expected to announce her new deputy until Friday.

Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie has taken over Ms Sturgeon’s role as the SNP’s deputy leader but, because he does not serve in the Scottish Parliament, she will need to choose a deputy first minister from among the ranks of the party’s MSPs.

http://news.stv.tv/scotland-decides/300318-nicola-sturgeon-to-be-officially-sworn-in-scotlands-first-minister/

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/nicola-sturgeon-officially-becomes-scotlands-4660198

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/scottish-politics/sturgeon-sworn-in-as-first-minister.1416478605

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