ENOUGH INDY TALK , TIME TO BOOST THE ECONOMY says local MSP

The SNP has been told the best way for it to boost Scotland’s economy is by dropping its repeated threat of another independence referendum, by local Tory MSP Jamie Greene.

It follows an announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that she is to spend £100 million accelerating building projects to provide a "stimulus" to business. However, it has since emerged that cash simply came from the underspend in the Scottish Government last year, and is not new money.

The SNP has argued that investment is needed to ease uncertainty following June’s vote for the UK to leave the EU but the Scottish Conservatives said nationalists have only made that uncertainty worse for Scotland by using it to call for another separation vote.

Mr Greene said that "These modest measures are welcome insofar as they go but if the SNP wants to ease the uncertainty surrounding Scotland’s economy, it should unequivocally drop its threat of a second referendum.

Far from seeking stability since the Brexit vote, Nicola Sturgeon has only exacerbated the uncertainty with her opportunistic talk of separation.

This announcement is not a host of new projects – it is simply bringing forward works which were already planned."