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Commenting on this morning’s confirmation in Westminster that the Labour Party have joined the Coalition Government in U-turning on minimum pricing for alcohol, SNP MSP and Health Committee Member Jim Eadie has urged Scottish Labour once again to rethink their position, given that they are now completely isolated on the issue.

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Addressing Holyrood MSPs during First Minister’s Questions yesterday, Alex Salmond attacked George Osborne’s Budget, saying that it was a “missed opportunity” and that it punishes pensioners but rewards the wealthiest.

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Michael Forsyth, the last Conservative Secretary of State for Scotland, who now sits in the House of Lords as Baron of Drumlean, has reacted angrily to what he claims is a lack of information from the Coalition Government about their consultation on the independence referendum.

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In a paper submitted to the UK Government’s consultation on the independence referendum, Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur, Lib Dem MSPs for Orkney and Shetland, claim that Orkney and Shetland may decide to remain a part of the UK if the rest of Scotland votes for independence.

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Commenting on the publication this afternoon of the Scottish Affairs Committee’s highly critical report into the Crown Estate in Scotland, SNP MSP Rob Gibson has said that Michael Moore has been left “isolated on the wrong side of the argument”, and must use this report to deliver a step-change in the UK government’s approach to the Crown Estate’s assets.  The report calls for control of the Crown Estate in Scotland to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

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The SNP has welcomed comments from business organisations in Scotland calling for the Chancellor to make tackling unemployment and easing the credit squeeze key areas in Wednesday’s Budget in order to encourage the recovery of the Scottish economy.

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Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Politics show, Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has said that the Scottish government will “vociferously oppose” plans by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to abolish national pay rates for civil servants.  According to reports, the Chancellor will use his budget speech on Wednesday to announce plans for lower pay for public sector workers in “poorer areas”.