Scotland’s £1750 Union dividend revealed

People in Scotland benefited from a Union dividend of £1750 per head last year, according to new figures released today on Scotland’s finances.

This is an increase on the £1600 boost set out in last year’s Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures.

Call from Ballantyne for mobile phone ban in Scottish primary schools

Headteachers should have clear guidance allowing them to remove smartphones from school if they deem it necessary, Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP Michelle Ballantyne has said. It follows academic evidence that restricting access to smartphone use by pupils can boost educational attainment

Surgery at the Peebles Show

This weekend Michelle Ballantyne MSP will be holding a surgery at the Peebles Show at Nether Horsburgh Farm on Saturday 12th August. 

Ballantyne makes maiden speech

First, I declare an interest as an employer in my capacity as a director of Ballantynes of Walkerburn Ltd, as a director of two charitable trusts and an employee of a third, and as a councillor on Scottish Borders Council.

Michelle Ballantyne sworn in as new list MSP

Michelle Ballantyne, Scottish Conservative list MSP for the South Scotland region, was sworn in at Holyrood this week, filling the space recently vacated by Rachael Hamilton.