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Calls for wild animal ban as circus big cats arrive in Scotland for first time in years

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MSP Kevin Stewart has urged the Scottish government to take action against a traveling circus which uses big cats.   The arrival of lions and tigers from a circus in England to Aberdeenshire – the first wild circus animals to be seen in the country for years – has caused uproar, and led to a […]

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Student bursaries down as loans increase

The number of those out of work dropped in the last three months by a further 40,000, meaning unemployment is now at 5.5 per cent.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised the SNP government’s switch from grants to loans for students.   Official figures published today by the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) show that changes to student funding meant that in one year the total paid in bursaries and grants was slashed by £35.7 million.   The total […]

October 28th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Uncategorized | Read More »

Pink Floyd legend condemns “tragic” plan to deport top US musician from Scotland

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A LEGENDARY American session musician who worked with David Bowie and Pink Floyd as well as creating music for countless movies is battling deportation from Scotland.   Percussionist Steve Forman has been passing on his skills to dozens of students at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow – without costing UK taxpayers “a dime”. […]

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

OAPs body-swerve cops to occupy Scotland Office

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PENSIONERS breezed past police to “occupy” the offices of the Secretary of State for Scotland yesterday – only to discover he was on holiday.   Veteran anti-nuclear campaigners targeted Alistair Carmichael’s workplace amid the stately surroundings of Edinburgh’s west end.   The protesters, who normally attempt to blockade the gates of Faslane in the west […]

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Unemployment down and growth figures up for Scottish economy

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Newly published figures have shown  a record fall in unemployment in Scotland and strong growth in the Scottish economy. Labour market statistics published today show that the number of people unemployed in Scotland has fallen by a record 40,000 – as Scotland’s employment rate of 73.9 per cent continues to outpace the UK’s rate of […]

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Potholes cost Scottish Government over £220 million to fix

Since 2007 the cost of filling potholes has totaled over £57 million.

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has spent a staggering £220m on repairing potholes in the last financial year. The costs are £53 million more than the previous financial year after which seen 17 out of 26 councils overspent on road repairs with East Dunbartonshire exceeding their budget by more than £1 million. The Scottish Borders were the worst […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Police Scotland chief angered by altered figure allegations

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POLICE Scotland’s chief constable has angrily hit out at claims the force has been manipulating crime figures.   Sir Stephen House said he was “annoyed” and “upset” by allegations the figures had been altered for political ends – and vowed that he would not tolerate such activity.   His comments came ahead of a Scottish […]

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,Local News,News,Police,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Biscuits and trainers among Scottish Parliament theft spate

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THE Scottish Parliament’s tight security has failed to prevent a spate of thefts in the past year – none of which police have been able to solve. Despite the presence of armed officers and airport-style security, at least 14 items have been stolen, including a box of biscuits, trainers and a set of keys. MSPs […]

September 10th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

SNP Councillor Living in Austria Under Fire

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A £16,000-a-year SNP councillor has admitted missing 40 council meetings last year – because he lives and works in Austria. Arthur Morrison, who represents the Kirkcaldy East constituency in Fife, is now facing calls for his resignation. Cllr Morrison runs Kirkcaldy-based consultancy company L5 Systems which he says requires him to be out of the […]

August 21st, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Independence Vote Leads to Scot Ditching Life in the Middle-East

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A SCOTS woman is so determined to cast her vote in the independence referendum that she has quit her job in Abu Dhabi to return home to vote. Ailsa Rolland, from Kinghorn, Fife, had been working as a high school teacher on the island in the Persian Gulf for the last four years. But the […]

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Top Stories | Read More »

Direct Savings to give staff Referendum day off

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A SCOTTISH company is giving its staff the day off on September 18 to vote in the independence referendum. Direct Savings, an energy efficiency company based in Bathgate, West Lothian, is believed to be the first business in the country to make the move. All 55 staff have been given a holiday to encourage them […]

July 1st, 2014 | Posted in Business,In the Scottish Press,Local News,News,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

October 16th, 2012 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Scottish Government keeping commitment to put 1,000 officers on the streets

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JUSTICE Secretary Kenny MacAskill has welcomed another increase in police numbers, confirming that the pledge for 1,000 extra officers continues to be exceeded. The latest Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics show that there were 17,343 police officers in Scotland on December 31, 2011. This is an increase of over 1,100 officers, up almost 7% from […]

March 6th, 2012 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Council’s £10m pay to sick staff

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By Alessandro Brunelli   A SCOTS council has paid more than £10 million to sick workers in just nine months. Fife Council forked out more than £1m a month to absent staff between April and December last year. But the true figure could be even higher as the figure doesn’t take into account money paid […]

January 17th, 2012 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scots give thumbs down to Clegg leadership

Nick Clegg was given the thumbs down by Scottish voters (Picture by World Economic Forum)

NICK Clegg is the political leader most hated by Scottish voters, a survey has revealed. The head of the Lib Dem  party pipped Labour colleague Ed Miliband to the post in a poll of Scottish voters. 77% of those surveyed said they were dissatisfied with the performance of Clegg, compared to 76% for Milliband. The […]

January 9th, 2012 | Posted in Politics,Top Stories | Read More »

Scotland “left behind” on childcare

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SCOTLAND is at risk of being “left behind” on childcare in the coming year, Scottish Labour warned today. South of the border, three and four-year olds have a statutory entitlement to 15 hours’ nursery education, but a formal agreement to achieve this in Scotland by 2010 has been delayed. Only a handful of Scottish councils […]

January 7th, 2012 | Posted in Politics,Top Stories | Read More »

Council: “We didn’t shred tram documents. But we won’t show you them”

Mediators have stepped in to resolve six new disputes

TRAM bosses accused of shredding crucial project documents today insisted that they do have them after all – but will keep them under wraps. Edinburgh City Council say finding the documents and putting them together would cost too much, leading to claims they have something to hide. Officials had responded to a Freedom of Information […]

November 15th, 2011 | Posted in Politics,Top Stories | Read More »

SNP “complacent” on violent crime

  Labour today accused the SNP of being complacent on violent crime.   Johann Lamont MSP, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice, voiced his belief that SNP budget cuts are responsible for a lack of active police patrols on the streets.   Mr Lamont further claimed that the “boasting” of Cabinet Secretary Kenny MacAskill […]

November 1st, 2011 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Alcohol minimum pricing bill backed by MSPs

The Minimum Pricing Bill could see prices of cocktails rise on menus across Scotland.

THE Scottish Liberal Democrats have backed the SNP in their motion to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol. The Bill, which was published this morning, will introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol, preventing retailers from selling high strength alcohol products at rock-bottom prices. Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP announced the end of the […]

November 1st, 2011 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Senior Lib Dem councillor makes shock defection to SNP

Elaine Morris has pledged new allegiance to the SNP in a shock defection By Kirsty Topping A SENIOR Liberal Democrat councillor has caused shock by defecting to the SNP. Elaine Morris said she was disillusioned by the party’s Westminister coalition with the Conservatives and by the lack of leadership in the Edinburgh trams debacle. Her […]

July 21st, 2011 | Posted in News,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

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