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Bill allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote published

The bill proposes to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote

The Scottish Government’s Bill to lower the voting age to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in Scottish Parliament and local elections was published on Thursday. The publication of the Bill marks the beginning of the Parliamentary consideration process. Subject to the agreement of Parliament, the Bill will be passed in time to […]

April 7th, 2015 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Survey says 79% of Scots support renewable energy

A new survey has shown that 79% of Scots want the next UK government to continue to develop sources of renewable energy. The number puts public support for renewables ahead of fracking, nuclear energy and fossil fuels. Almost two thirds of the Scottish people also want the next government to help cut emissions and tackle […]

March 31st, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Calls for £10 an hour minimum wage from Scottish Greens

MSP Patrick Harvie said that inequality is doing "so much damage" to Scotland

ALL those working or in training should be paid £10 an hour – according to the Scottish Greens. This week they will lead a Holyrood debate on the need to end in-work poverty, and will put a vote to the case for a higher minimum wage by 2020. The Greens are highlighting the fact that […]

March 17th, 2015 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Calls for action on “struggling” North Sea

Ruth Davidson says we are facing an "emergency" in the North Sea

ACTION on the struggling North Sea must be a priority for the Chancellor in tomorrow’s budget, according to the Scottish Conservatives. Tory leader Ruth Davidson has urged George Osborne to provide the industry with tax boosts to ensure stability and future investment. In a meeting with Oil and Gas UK last week, she told them […]

March 17th, 2015 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Scottish Conservatives call for whisky tax breaks

The Scottish Conservative leader has called for whisky tax breaks

THE SCOTCH whisky industry could enjoy additional tax breaks – if the Scottish Conservatives get their way. Ruth Davidson MSP has written a letter to Chancellor George Osborne, calling for an additional 2% tax cut on spirits in next week’s Budget. Last year, the government froze spirits duty – a move welcomed by those in […]

March 6th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Annual Tory conference in Edinburgh

Scotish Conservative conference 2015

Photos of David Cameron addressing the Scottish Conservatives today at the annual Tory conference in Edinburgh.    

February 20th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner calls for end to ‘consensual’ police searches on children

Pic Katielee Arrowsmith/Deadline News..Lothian and Boarders Police

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People has called on Police Scotland to stop carrying out “consensual” searches on children.   In a letter to Scottish Police Authority board members, Tam Baillie, says that he was given an assurance by Police Scotland last June that such practices would cease for children under 12 years of […]

February 13th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Labour run council u-turns on decision to cut primary school week by 2.5 hours

1,000 pupils in S3-S6 took part in the survey

SCOTLAND’S largest teaching union has welcomed West Dunbartonshire Council’s decision not to go ahead with the cuts to the teaching week in primary schools.   The council decided not to go ahead with the proposed 2.5 hour cut after opposition from teachers, parents and the wider community.   The Labour run council was considering the […]

February 9th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Top Stories | Read More »

SNP just 5/2 to wipe out Labour in Glasgow

Nicola Sturgeon speaks at Glasgow University

THE ODDS of a total wipe out of Labour MPs in Glasgow this May are just 5/2, according to Ladbrokes.   Many analysts have forecast heavy defeats for Labour and the Lib Dems in the upcoming general election with a 21% swing from Labour to SNP according to polling research by Lord Ashcroft.   In […]

February 5th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Scottish Lib Dems welcome potential ban of consensual stop and search


The Scottish Liberal Democrats have today welcomed a statement from the First Minister that signalled consensual stop and searches against children would soon be brought to end.   Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie questioned the First Minister on the use of the tactic today.   Speaking after First Ministers Questions, Mr Rennie said: “The […]

February 5th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Police,Politics | Read More »

The Open must stay on free TV say Scottish Lib Dems

R&A St Andrews

POLITICIANS at Holyrood will today discuss the sale of television rights for The open Championship to Sky Sports and will call on the Scottish government to keep the event on terrestrial television. Former Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Tavish Scott has warned that golf’s pursuit of higher revenues could lead to the games administration leaving the […]

February 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Sport | Read More »

Photos perfectly capture amazing atmosphere at huge anti-fracking demo

Preston Fracking demo

Anti-fracking demonstrators from all over the UK gathered in Preston yesterday as the Lancashire County Council met to decide the fate of two planning applications in the county. Happy Mondays dancer Mark Berry-aka Bez- was in attendance and can be seen in the series of photographs. Bez launched his own political party- the Reality Party- […]

January 29th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,UK & World,UK & World | Read More »

Scottish Lib Dems hail Police Scotland’s decision to uphold ban on armed police

Leith Links attack

The decision by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) to maintain the ban on routinely armed policing has been hailed by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.   The SPA today confirmed that Police Scotland would not revert to the model of police officers overtly carrying sidearms whilst attending routine duties.   The Scottish Liberal Democrats, who had […]

January 29th, 2015 | Posted in Police,Politics | Read More »

Moratorium on fracking met with mixed reactions

Protests against fracking have taken place all over the UK

The Scottish government’s announcement today that that there will be a moratorium on fracking has been met with mixed reactions from the other political parties.   Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced that there would be a moratorium whilst further research and a public consultation is carried out.   The announcement comes days after the […]

January 28th, 2015 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Graphic novel tackles sectarianism

The cover image of the graphic novel

A GRAPHIC NOVEL created to educate young people about the consequences of sectarianism has been launched by the Scottish Book Trust.   Titled ‘Walk the Walk’, the graphic novel was developed by the Scottish Book Trust and written by Gowan Calder and illustrated by Jill Calder.   The book, which features input from literacy learners […]

January 28th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Home Office appeal over US musician

US musician facing deportation to receive lifetime achievement award

THE Home Office has requested permission to appeal against the decision to let a US musician stay in Scotland. Dr Steve Forman, a percussionist who teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, recently won an immigration appeal on human rights grounds. The UK government is trying to deport Dr Forman, 68, on the basis […]

January 27th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

Education institutes holding off on adopting new highers


Figures released by the Scottish Government have revealed that almost two thirds of schools have yet to roll out the new science highers.   Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur has said investigations are needed into the rollout of the new highers.Mr McArthur said: “Teachers are the best people to ascertain if their classes […]

January 27th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Prime Minister welcomes new £50m airside investment at Edinburgh Airport

Around 140,000 passengers are predicted to use Edinburgh over the weekend

EDINBURGH AIRPORT has received a new £50 million investment which will triple the capacity for long-haul flights from the airport.   The plans will see an extensive redevelopment of the airport’s immigration and baggage reclaim facilities with a second immigration hall and baggage reclaim area created and extensive construction of new aircraft stands and air […]

January 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Business,Politics | Read More »

Driving fines and points could be replaced by awareness courses


Drivers who are caught speeding marginally over the limit could be enrolled in awareness courses instead of being fined or handed points, it has emerged.   The Scottish Conservatives asked ministers to consider the alternative given the increase in traffic convictions reported at the turn of the year, particularly for those who were only just […]

January 21st, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Police,Politics | Read More »

Conference to celebrate the life of internationally renowned Scottish economist


THE LIFE of an internationally renowned Scottish economist will be celebrated by leading politicians, policy makers and academics at a conference in her honour.   The late Professor Ailsa McKay, who died in March 2014, is recognised for her key role in influencing government policy decisions that affect the lives of women, children and families. […]

January 21st, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

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