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Sturgeon hits out at New Statesman cover illustration

Sturgeon tweeted about the offended

NICOLA Sturgeon has hit out the New Statesman magazine – calling their cover illustration of her “cringeworthy.” This week’s cover touts an article on “The Motherhood Trap”, promising to investigate why so many successful woman are childless. It features an illustration of Sturgeon, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Home Secretary Theresa May and Labour […]

July 16th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Labour Cllr apologises for “elderly a burden” slur

Labour councillor Jim Goodfellow

A LABOUR councillor has apologised after describing elderly residents in his wealthy seaside town as a “burden” on the community. Jim Goodfellow made the controversial comment at a public meeting to debate plans for new retirement flats in North Berwick, East Lothian. In a failed bid to oppose the plan, the 67-year-old – a retired […]

July 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Cameron Buchanan to stand down as MSP in 2016

Cameron Buchanan MSP pictured in his parliamentary office. 21 January 2014. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

SCOTTISH Conservative MSP Cameron Buchanan has announced he will stand down at the 2016 Holyrood elections. The Edinburgh and Lothians MSP and local government spokesman is retiring because “he wants to give new candidates a fair chance of standing for the Scottish Parliament.” Buchanan has had a long and varied career. He took over from Magnus Magnusson […]

July 1st, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Controversial SNP land reform bill introduced

Estates will lose their tax breaks

LAND Reform Minster Aileen McLeod has pledged to end “the stop start nature of historic land reform” with the publication of legislation today. The new land reform bill is “designed to ensure the issues of fairness, equality and social justice connected to the ownership of, access to and use of land in Scotland are given a […]

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Controversial No campaigner predicts independence in five years

ONE of Scotland’s most controversial No campaigners has predicted independence within five years. George Galloway, who preached Unionism to thousands during his Just Say Naw tour last summer, said he believed the tide had turned “irrevocably” from Labour toward the SNP. The former Glasgow Labour MP has envisioned another referendum before the next general election, […]

June 14th, 2015 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Kezia Dugdale gives interview by Emoji

Dugdale gave all her answers in emojis

THE frontrunner candidate for leader of Scottish Labour has conducted an interview entirely in emojis. Kezia Dugdale, MSP for Lothian and current deputy leader of the party, gave the interview to Buzzfeed, responding to questions entirely in picture symbols. Emojis, also known as “emoticons” or “smileys”, are small icons used to communicate in text messages […]

June 10th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Top Stories | Read More »

Plans for Scottish reforms

Sturgeon will lay out the plans today

FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon will set out clear proposals for reform of the European Union in a major speech in Brussels today. In her first EU address as First Minister, Ms Sturgeon will make clear that continuing membership is vital to the Scottish economy – and that positive changes can be made from within the existing […]

June 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Glasgow Council backs private renting reform

Shelter Sale

GLASGOW City Council has passed a motion in support of a campaign calling for reform of the private rented sector. The Council unanimously signed up to support Shelter Scotland’s ‘Make Renting Right’ campaign which aims to make Scotland’s growing private rented sector ‘fit for families and fairer for all.’ In Glasgow, almost 50,000 households rent privately. […]

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Alex Salmond hits out at Jim Murphy’s failings as Labour leader

Salmond hit out at the party leader in a strongly worded column

ALEX Salmond has launched a barrage of criticism at Jim Murphy for his failings as leader of Scottish Labour. Salmond commented on the vanquished Labour leader’s resignation announcement, saying he had “made things much worse for Labour.” He chided Murphy for losing all but one of Labour’s 41 MPs in his “brief time” as leader, […]

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Call for Scots to sign up for European Health Insurance Card

Scotland boasts some world-renown tourist locations

AN SNP MEP is urging Scots to sign up for a free European Health Insurance Card ahead of the summer holidays. Ian Hudghton, who represents Scotland in the European Parliament, recently lodged a parliamentary question to the European Commission to ask how many European Health Insurance Cards had been issued. The Commission responded to the […]

May 15th, 2015 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Sturgeon gets ovation from holidaymakers at Edinburgh Airport

The First Minister met with several Chinese officials

NICOLA Sturgeon received a round of applause yesterday from passengers at Edinburgh Airport.   The victorious First Minister was heading to London to take part in a ceremony to mark VE Day.   But as Sturgeon reached the top of the elevator and entered the departure lounge she received an ovation from dozens of holidaymakers […]

May 8th, 2015 | Posted in Photo of the Day,Politics,Top Stories | Read More »

University warns of ‘seriously misleading’ election manifestos

The report claims that party promises regarding crime policy are unrealistic

A University of Bedfordshire academic has warned that proposals to cut crime in the general election manifestos of the five main political parties are ‘seriously misleading.’ The report, from Prof Jon Silverman, details how politicians make unsubstantiated claims about the causes of crime. It also claims that their proposals for reducing it are lacking in substance […]

May 1st, 2015 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

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

The bet is the biggest yet placed on David Cameron returning to No 10

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

85% officers believe there are "cliques" within the force

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

Girls are being left behind according to the study

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 »

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