By a Newsnet reporter

A former Tory parliamentary candidate in the 2011 election and current local council candidate has gone against Prime Minister David Cameron’s vague promises of more powers and called for ‘less devolution’ to be given to the Scottish Parliament.

Andrew Hardie, a Tory council candidate in Midlothian said he was “sick of hearing” about independence and more powers for Scotland.

By a Newsnet reporter

The SNP has welcomed new figures showing a seven per cent increase in police officers from when Labour in was last in power in 2007, and a 35-year record low in recorded crime in Scotland.

The latest Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics show that there were 17,343 police officers in Scotland at the end of last year.

By G.A.Ponsonby 
 
Labour Health Spokeswoman Jackie Baillie is facing calls to apologise after admitting to making false claims against a Scottish NHS Hospital.
 
Local MSP George Adam has written to the leader of the Scottish Labour party, Johann Lamont, urging an investigation after Ms Baillie told a Labour conference that patients at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital had been forced to share blankets because of SNP cuts – a claim she subsequently admitted was false.

By a Newsnet reporter

The SNP has welcomed publication of a report by the liberal Centreforum thinktank which urges the UK Government to cancel the “nonsensical” replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system and use the money to “revitalise” the armed forces.

The report, entitled Dropping the Bomb, recommends the immediate retiral of the Trident weapons system and coverting the submarines to a conventional defence role.

By a Newsnet reporter

The SNP’s Bob Doris has hailed Transport Minister Keith Brown’s announcement that there will be no train station closures in Glasgow or across Scotland.  Mr Brown made his remarks while on a visit to Nitshill station in the city. 

The station was one of those which the Labour party had claimed were at risk of closure due to the Scottish Government’s consultation and review of Scotland’s railway network.

By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Labour’s under fire health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie has been forced to admit that claims she made that patients in a Paisley hospital had been forced to share blankets were entirely false.
 
The admission, published in the Sunday Herald, from the Dumbarton MSP follows accusations she made at the Scottish Labour conference in Dundee this weekend.

By a Newsnet reporter

As their party conferences in Scotland close, the Scottish National Party said that the more negative the Labour and the LibDems leaderships are about Scotland, the more negative the people of Scotland are about them.

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson pointed to a breakdown of the Sunday Times YouGov poll which shows that Ed Miliband scores a minus 45% approval rating in Scotland (even worse than David Cameron’s -31%), while Nick Clegg is on minus 64% (17 points worse than his UK rating).