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Rob Gibson MSP has welcomed the opening of the first Scottish branch office of the ethical investment bank, Triodos.
 
The SNP MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross was speaking last night at a launch event in Edinburgh, attended by around 50 business and personal customers as well as key partners from various social and environmental organisations.


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SNP MSP Colin Keir is urging Ryanair to reconsider its plans to cut routes from Edinburgh Airport and says the company should be working to ensure the future of the airport is focused on expansion and not retraction.


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The SNP’s Defence spokesman at Westminster yesterday demanded and explanation from Defence Secretary Philip Hammond over the £1billion imbalance between the contribution made by Scottish taxpayers and the level of defence spending in Scotland.


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A planned takeover of BMI by International Airlines Group has led to a complaint to the European Commission amid claims that it could hit air links between Scotland and Heathrow.
 
Both Richard Branson’s company Virgin Atlantic and Colin Keir MSP have made a formal complaint to the European Commission and the UK Office of Fair Trading in a bid to have the deal blocked on grounds of competition and consumer services.


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The SNP say Labour is letting Scottish companies down by ignoring the benefits to them of the Forth Replacement Crossing – especially after a further 88 subcontracts were advertised. 

Colin Keir, SNP MSP for Edinburgh Western, has urged Labour to drop its negativity and encourage Scottish companies to apply for contracts for the project.


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The SNP has welcomed the assessment of a senior independent defence analyst that BAE’s Clyde shipyards are well placed to continue their highly skilled work post-independence.

Howard Wheedon, senior strategist with City firm BGC Partners, told the Daily Record newspaper that the Clyde yards would continue to operate after Scottish independence.


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Transport, housing, health and digital projects will receive new investment to help boost the economy, Finance Secretary John Swinney told Parliament when setting out the Scottish budget, which included additional funding for colleges and Scottish students.

Paying particular attention to education, Mr Swinney says he has listened carefully to the opposition parties in formulating his budget for 2012-13 and that the SNP had “acted decisively in the interest of our economy, our public services and the people of Scotland”.