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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 »

Research concludes that Intermediate Technology Institutes were a failure

Academics at St Andrews worked with colleagues from the West Indies on the research (Picture by Oliverkeenan)

RESEARCH from three leading Scottish universities has found the Scottish government’s technology start-up initiative was an massive failure.   Dr Ross Brown from the School of Management, University of St Andrews led the research with help from a team of entrepreneurship researchers from the Universities of St Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh.   They looked at […]

January 19th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

Glasgow man caught with 18 bags of cocaine down his pants

A GLASWEGIAN man was caught with 18 bags of class A drugs in his underpants when police stopped him in his car.   David Thomson, 48, from Glasgow caught with 18 bags of cocaine in January last year and was subject to a £41,000 confiscation order of his assets which he could not legally account […]

January 16th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Edinburgh airport sets record for busiest ever year

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

EDINBURGH airport marked the end to one of its most successful years in 2014 with record passenger numbers and the busiest year ever for any Scottish airport.   A total of 10,174,684 passengers passed through the airport in 2014 marking a 4% increase on the success of the previous year.   Colin Keir MSP for […]

January 12th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Legendary musician wins deportation battle


  AN American session musician has won the right to stay in Scotland after an immigration judge strongly rejected a Home Office bid to deport him. The government was told yesterday (wed) that Steve Forman had an “exceptionally strong and compelling” case for being allowed to remain. Lawyers for the UK Home Office, who had […]

January 8th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,News,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,UK & World | Read More »

Could the real Jim Murphy please stand up.


A BEMUSED Canadian called Jim Murphy has been swamped with Twitter messages meant for the leader of Scottish Labour. The Ontario businessman has fielded a series of allegations and complaints on social media that were meant for his namesake 3,000 miles away. The Canadian Murphy has the Twitter name @JimMurphy, which has been widely mistaken […]

January 7th, 2015 | Posted in News,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Shetland MSP calls for lower airfares in the face of falling oil prices

Sumburgh Airport- Shetland

The dramatic fall in worldwide oil prices must mean lower air fares says Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.   Airlines are expected to have much smaller fuel bills this year compared to last year with the fall in oil prices and Shetland MSP Tavish Scott wants to see the savings used to make travelling more affordable […]

January 6th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Teachers and lower class numbers are being abandoned by the SNP budget

Donald Trump appeared at the Scottish Parliament's green energy targets inquiry

SCOTLAND’S largest teaching union, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), has warned the Scottish Government over any abandonment of its commitments to maintain teacher numbers and lower class sizes.   The EIS has written to Deputy First Minister John Swinney to raise its concerns over the terms of the local authority budget settlement, announced late […]

January 5th, 2015 | Posted in News,Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

“Disgust” over councillor’s claim for funeral mileage


A COUNCILLOR has caused “disgust” after claiming expenses to attend a colleague’s funeral.   Alastair Cranston, a former Scotland rugby international and SNP councillor, even put in a mileage claim for driving to sign the condolence book.   Cllr Cranston charged taxpayers £6.45 for the 17-mile return trip to the funeral of fellow ward councillor […]

December 19th, 2014 | Posted in News,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scottish Greens announce yet another appointment


THE SCOTTISH GREENS have confirmed another appointment with an Independent North Lanarkshire councillor joining the party.   Frances McGlinchey, Independent councillor in North Lanarkshire, has her application unanimously approved at the weekend by a meeting of the National Council of the Scottish Greens.   Ms McGlinchey intends to continue sitting as an independent councillor, the […]

December 17th, 2014 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Independent MSP joins Scottish Greens as memberships continue to grow

John Wilson and Patrick Harvie alt

The Scottish Greens today (16 Dec) confirmed that John Wilson, Independent MSP for Central Scotland, has joined the party.   Mr Wilson’s application to join the party was approved at the weekend at a meeting of the Council of the Scottish Greens.   He will continue sitting as an Independent MSP, the same approach taken […]

December 16th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Scottish Lib Dems call for urgent action on mental health waiting times

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that urgent action must be taken to put health boards back on track towards meeting crucial mental health waiting time targets.   Mental health charity Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) today (15 December) expressed their disappointment that only four out of 14 health boards are meeting the target […]

December 15th, 2014 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Small business bonus scheme maintenance announced

Donald Trump appeared at the Scottish Parliament's green energy targets inquiry

  Deputy First Minister John Sweeney delivered a parliamentary statement on local government finance and made a range of announcements about business rates in Scotland.   The local government finance announcements mean Scottish local authorities will receive around £10.85bn next year to run vital services.   They will have to freeze council tax for the […]

December 12th, 2014 | Posted in Business,Politics | Read More »

Childcare in Scotland unaffordable and unavailable according to Citizens Advice report

Donald Trump appeared at the Scottish Parliament's green energy targets inquiry

EDINBURGH MP, Mike Crockart, has urged the Scottish Government to take action on childcare in Scotland after a report by Citizens Advice revealed failings.   The report found that childcare in Scotland is “unaffordable and unavailable” with Scottish parents spending 27% of their income on childcare compared to just 12% in other developed countries.   […]

December 5th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Scottish Conservatives call out SNP over Air Passenger Duty

Donald Trump appeared at the Scottish Parliament's green energy targets inquiry

THE SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVES have urged the SNP to set out their position on Air Passenger Duty (APD).   Conservative MSP and energy spokesman, Murdo Fraser, called for the SNP to discuss how the power would be used now that the smith commission has recommended its devolution.   In the White Paper, the Scottish Government previously […]

December 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Bookies put SNP as favourites for general election following Sturgeon leadership

Sturgeon at the Hydro

THE SNP are now favourites to win most seats in Scotland at next May’s general election, according to Ladbrokes. Political punters have handed new leader Nicola Sturgeon a huge vote of confidence, forcing the bookies to cut the odds of a Nationalist victory from 6/4 to 8/11.   Matthew Shaddick of Ladbrokes said: “In 2010, […]

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Councillors call for “Living Rent” for Edinburgh tenants

Fire at Waterside

Green Councillors have called for a “Living Rent” in the wake of soaring private rents.   Green councillor Steve Burgess, urged city leader Andrew Burns to support the “Living Rent” campaign at today’s full council meeting after new figures show Lothian rents rising well above inflation.   The campaign aims to highlight soaring private rents […]

November 20th, 2014 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Proposals for more nutritional hospital meals sees widespread support


New guidelines unveiled by NHS Scotland on hospital catering may legally oblige hospitals to serve nutritional meals to patients.   Health Secretary Alex Neil unveiled the guidelines which are due to go to consultation in January and have received widespread support from MSPs across the board.   The proposals consist of three key points, the first […]

November 17th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

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