By a Newsnet reporter

Scottish Labour has launched its proposals to tackle Scotland’s drink problem, the party still opposes the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing, and again proposes to introduce a cap on the amount of caffeine in alcoholic beverages.

The anti-caffeine measure featured in the Labour Party’s 2011 manifesto, when the party promised “to see action taken to limit the permitted levels of caffeine in pre-mixed alcoholic drinks”.  The measure would effectively outlaw Buckfast Tonic wine, but would have no effect on cheap large bottles of cider or other alcoholic drinks.

By a Newsnet reporter

SNP MSPs are calling on Glasgow City Council to reconsider changes to support services which mean five Citizen Advice Bureaux (CAB) will close as a result of reduced funding.

The centres, sited in some of Glasgow’s poorest areas, provide a valuable service to local residents with debt, housing or benefits problems.

By a Newsnet reporter
 
The SNP’s Depute leader Nicola Sturgeon has identified Glasgow as the epicentre of the battle for control of Scotland’s local authorities.
 
Speaking at the end of the SNP’s conference held in the city’s SECC, she claimed that Labour cared more about its own survival than it does about the interests of Glasgow.

By a Newsnet reporter

First Minister Alex Salmond’s keynote speech to the SNP conference on Saturday afternoon announced the party’s “message of hope” to Scotland.  Speaking before a packed hall at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Mr Salmond’s speech was relayed to delegates in four overspill rooms.

By a Newsnet reporter

Giving the opening speech at the SNP’s spring conference, depute leader and health minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed delegates home to Glasgow, the city where the party was founded 78 years ago.  Ms Sturgeon told the conference that the SNP could take control of Scotland’s largest local authority from the Labour party, which has ruled in the city since the 1980s.

By a Newsnet reporter
 
The Scottish National Party has today welcomed a new opinion poll published by Angus Reid, in which the breakdown for Scotland has put the party on 47% in voting intentions for Westminster, a full 13 points ahead of the Labour party.
 
The survey also shows all three UK leaders unpopular in Scotland with David Cameron rejected by three quarters of Scots.

The SNP’s biggest ever Spring Conference opens in Glasgow today, as figures show party membership has soared with a 12 per cent increase since the New Year.

The SNP leader Alex Salmond is expected to tell delegates that “Home Rule with independence beats Tory rule from Westminster any day”.