Festive Message 2014 from Angus MacDonald MSP


 This time of year gives us the chance to reflect upon the previous twelve months - and what a year it’s been - to remember the highs and lows and to think about how we can make 2015 better. On a political note, we must continue to ensure Westminster delivers the powers proposed by the Smith Commission. While it did not deliver the tools that we called for we must make rapid progress in implementing the recommendations of the Smith report.

2014 has brought many challenges for households, not least the rise in the cost of living, however despite the challenges we have all faced I hope you have a chance to relax and celebrate over the festive period, whether with family or friends, or even on your own with the TV as company.

I would like to give a special thanks to the people working in the emergency services over the festive period. Those who work hard to ensure a safe and happy Christmas for everyone by keeping our hospitals, police, fire and ambulance services running. They all deserve a special mention and show of appreciation.

So, here’s to a merry Christmas and a happy New Year to one and all.


Angus Encourages Community Groups to Apply for Free Trees



Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald is encouraging local groups in his Falkirk East constituency to apply for free tree packs through the Woodlands Trust,
which must be claimed by 7th January.


The Woodland Trust has a range of tree packs available in quantities of 30, 105 or 420 trees.


The trees are young saplings about 20 - 40cm high and tree protection is recommended. Canes and spirals will be supplied with medium and large packs.
Encouraging local groups to apply, Angus MacDonald MSP said:


“This is an excellent offer which community groups the length and breadth of my Falkirk East constituency should grab with both hands, but time is of the essence as applications must be received by 7th January! Go for it folks – the more trees we have in our community the better!”


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The SNP has welcomed a new poll showing the party’s support at a record high in Survation polls for a UK General Election – and SNP support in the Scottish Parliament constituency vote reaching more than 50 per cent for the first time.


The Survation poll for the Daily Record shows support for the SNP standing at 48 per cent for Westminster – 24 points ahead of Labour.  For the Scottish Parliament constituency vote, SNP support stands at 50.8 per cent – more than double Labour’s support of only 24.6 per cent.


The poll will come as a blow to Labour’s new leadership team – finding that 18 per cent of people are less likely to vote for Labour now that Jim Murphy is leader, compared to only 14 per cent who said they are more likely.


Commenting, First Minister and SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon said:

"This is a great early Christmas present for the SNP - our best ever Survation poll rating for a UK General Election, as well as being over 50 per cent for the Scottish Parliament constituency vote for the first time.


"I warmly welcome this poll, but we take absolutely nothing for granted - and the hard work begins in the New Year to ensure that we achieve a strong group of SNP MPs to give Scotland the strongest possible voice at Westminster. That way, we can use our influence to bring an end to austerity economics, make Scotland free of Trident nuclear weapons, and get the powers Scotland needs to build a fairer society and more prosperous economy."


SNP General Election Campaign Director Angus Robertson MP added:


"It is really encouraging to see SNP support continue to grow three months after the referendum, and less than five months to the General Election. 


“The poll shows that Jim Murphy has had a 'reverse honeymoon' as leader of Labour in Scotland - with the SNP stretching our lead even further since he took up the post. On these figures, Labour would even lose Mr Murphy's seat. 


“The poll shows that more people are actually less likely to vote Labour under his leadership than more likely - it indicates that Johann Lamont's admission that Labour in Scotland are just a 'branch office' of Westminster has hit home and is widely understood across Scotland."


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