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Biscuits and trainers among Scottish Parliament theft spate

The Scottish Parliament building

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


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


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


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


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

In Scotland

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 »

Protesters try to block planned fascist parade

By Kevin Duguid ANTI-FASCIST groups could mount a demonstration against right-wing extremists at a planned rally in Edinburgh. The Scottish Defence League (SDL) is in talks with police chiefs about making a return to the city this September. Eighteen months ago a stand-off in the Royal Mile saw five men arrested as tensions rose between […]

July 18th, 2011 | Posted in News,Politics,Scottish News,Uncategorized | Read More »

Scottish Labour calls on MSPs to protect Southern Cross residents.

Scottish Labour has called on the Government and Southern Cross to guarantee that care home residents will not be disrupted despite the private care company’s current crisis. The comment follows Southern Cross’ announcement that it had entered administration at the weekend. Scottish Labour: a commitment to welfare Scottish Labour Shadow Health Secretary, Jackie Baillie MSP, […]

July 11th, 2011 | Posted in News,Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Chief Constable plan faces defeat as councillors revolt


A POLICE plan to save cash by pensioning off more than 300 senior officers has been thrown into disarray following an unprecedented revolt by councillors. Lothian and Borders Police, Scotland’s second biggest force, wants to save millions of pounds annually by forcing officers with 30 or more years’ service to retire. But at a stormy […]

November 15th, 2010 | Posted in Politics,Top Stories | Read More »

Call for Westminster to transfer the power of tobacco to Holyrood

SNP plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes could lead to a rise in counterfeiting – say critics. The party hopes to introduce plain packaging for all tobacco companies and force them to display bigger health warnings. But critics and the tobacco lobby have warned that standardised packaging could also have damaging effects. They say […]

November 14th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Politics | Read More »

Google street view of Gordon Brown's home to be blacked out

INTERNET giants Google have been forced into blacking out details of former PM Gordon Brown’s home from its controversial Street View mapping service. They acted within days of Mr Brown’s security team being tipped off on detailed images showing security cameras and even armed guards patrolling at the rural property in Fife.  A Street View […]

November 9th, 2010 | Posted in 1,News,Politics,UK & World | Read More »

Scots protest against Westminster financial cuts

MORE than 20,000 people marched through the centre of the Scottish capital to demonstrate against the financial cuts announced in Westminster this week. The mass of demonstrators, made up of trade unionists, community activists and members of the public assembled on New Market Street, close to the City of Edinburgh Council offices on Saturday. The […]

October 28th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Politics,UK & World,Videos | Read More »

Senior officers hit back at claims cash is being wasted at HQ

By Christine Lavelle SENIOR officers have clashed with the Scottish Government over plans to merge Scottish police forces. The Scottish Government no longer want eight separate constabularies, nor do they want one super-force, but speculation is growing over how many forces this will mean as the policing landscape of the country gets set for a […]

October 24th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

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