Cat Boyd, Colin Fox and Jean Urquhart MSP top Rise lists for #SP16
Left wing alliance pledges 'people's candidates' to take workers wage and have two term limit
CAMPAIGNER CAT BOYD, former SSP MSP Colin Fox and current MSP for the Highlands and Islands region Jean Urquhart are among the candidates leading regional lists for the Rise left wing alliance for the 2016 Scottish Elections.
How are Scotland's political parties squaring up for #SP16? We take a look
Key election policy battlegrounds are expected to include education and housing
WITH THE 2016 Scottish Elections the first since the 2014 independence referendum changed Scottish political life forever, Scotland's parties have already kicked off their campaigns just days into the new year.
Key policy battlegrounds are already discernible from policy pronouncements, with housing and education topping the agendas of the major parties.
James McEnaney: Why we shouldn't rely on the SNP to deliver Scottish independence
CommonSpace columnist James McEnaney says Scotland's pro-independence movement must be wary of placing all hope in one political party
IT wasn't supposed to be like this.
Even in the wake of a devastating defeat, the 'independence movement' was going to continue; the broad church of the Yes campaign would keep working in pursuit of what felt like an inevitable, if delayed, triumph; there was (fleeting) talk of a pro-Yes electoral alliance.
Colin Fox: Rise may continue after #se2016 even without winning seats
Socialist electoral alliance to stand in regional lists in 2016
COLIN FOX, co-convenor of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP), has said that the left wing Rise electoral alliance may continue to develop into a new political force after the May 2016 Scottish elections, even if it fails to win any seats.
7 policies which put new Scottish coalition Rise to the left of the rest in #se2016
Policies agreed by the Rise membership include the abolition of Police Scotland and building 100,000 homes
NEW left wing electoral coalition Rise has held its dedicated policy and structures conference in Glasgow and voted on a large body of policy addressing key political issues.
Three hundred Rise members spent more than seven hours voting on more than 40 motions.
Taken as a whole, the Rise policy programme adopted on Saturday (5 December) represents the most radical policy prospectus of any produced for the 2016 Scottish elections.
Rise conference establishes radically democratic structures for electoral coalition
Experimental democratic measures include two term limit and plural leadership bodies
THE RISE DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE in Glasgow has voted to establish a radically democratic organisational model for the Rise left wing alliance, set to run candidates in the 2016 Scottish election.
Around 300 Rise members voted on innovative democratic measures, including a plural leadership structure.
Veteran independence campaigner Jim Sillars backs Rise for #Holyrood2016
Former Labour and SNP MP says SNP votes in the regional lists may be wasted
VETERAN independence campaigner and SNP grandee Jim Sillars has said he will vote for the new Rise socialist electoral coalition in the 2016 Holyrood elections.
North Lanarkshire to host 'Fracking Facts' meeting as campaigners continue push for ban
Amid concerns that energy company Ineos is continuing with plans for fracking across Scotland, campaigners in the Scottish Green Party plan public meeting and push for outright ban
CAMPAIGNERS are holding a public meeting on 'fracking', or unconventional gas extraction, on 24 November in North Lanarkshire.
Nicola Sturgeon more popular than Kezia Dugdale among Labour supporters poll shows
TNS poll shows SNP at 58 per cent support in constituency seats and 52 per cent in regional seats
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon is more popular among Labour supporters than Kezia Dugdale, a new poll by TNS has shown.
Among Labour voters, 32 per cent said they 'liked' Sturgeon, whilst only 25 per cent said they liked Dugdale. 46 per cent of voters and 39 per cent of Labour voters also said they didn't know who the Scottish Labour leader was.