Thursday 14th January 2016

SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh is under pressure over a charity she chaired which was handed £16,000 of Scottish Government cash, but reinvested only £700.

“Questions have to be asked about any charity which receives £16,000 in public money but puts barely a fraction back to good causes.

“The Scottish Government must reveal, in full, its decision making process for awarding this cash.

“Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh should also explain why this charity failed to deliver when it benefited so richly from taxpayers’ cash.”


Tributes have been paid to former Conservative MP Sir Albert McQuarrie, who has died aged 98.

“Sir Albert was a tremendous servant to our party throughout his life.

“He was even out campaigning in Mintlaw on his mobility scooter at the recent general election.

“He had the same fighting spirit in politics as in life.

“The wishes of the entire Conservative party are with his wife, Rhoda, and the wider family.”


A document has revealed vast amounts of cash spent by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on meals, hotels and foreign trips to pricy hotels.

“This is an outrageous example of public sector extravagance at the taxpayers’ expense.

“Most hard-working Scots will be appalled that their cash is going on overly expensive hotels and extravagant travel.

“As the cuts from John Swinney’s Scottish budget are due to bite, the public sector should be looking at tightening their belts more than ever.”