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SNP to table Scotland Bill amendment

The SNP are seeking more tax and welfare powers in the Scotland Bill while the UK government told the party to “stop talking and start doing”. Ahead of the Scotland Bill’s second reading on Monday, the SNP said the bill was “woefully lacking”. The Scottish Liberal Democrats described the party’s amendment to the bill as […]

June 7th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Charles Kennedy died of ‘haemorrhage linked to alcoholism’

Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy died of a major haemorrhage linked to alcoholism, his family have said. Mr Kennedy, who led the party between 1999 and 2006, died at his home in Fort William on Monday aged 55. Following a post-mortem examination, his family issued a statement saying his unexpected death was “a consequence […]

June 6th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Gordonstoun school faces more pressure over pupil sex abuse

The Gordonstoun public school in Moray is facing further pressure over claims of historic sexual abuse at its former prep school, Aberlour House. An ex-pupil, whose case is known to the school and police, has told BBC Scotland the school must take more responsibility for the alleged abuse. John Findlay claimed a teacher at Aberlour […]

June 5th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Karen Buckley murder police look for potential witness

Police investigating the murder of Irish student Karen Buckley, who was killed in Glasgow in April, are trying to identify a potential witness. The young woman was seen at about 00:30 on Sunday 12 April on Dumbarton Road near the Gallus Pub before walking along Church Street. Ms Buckley, 24, went missing following a night […]

June 4th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Andy Coulson cleared of perjury as trial collapses

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been cleared of perjury after the case against him collapsed. Judge Lord Burns ruled the 47-year-old had no case to answer midway through a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, Mr Coulson, who is also the prime minister’s former head of communications, had denied committing […]

June 3rd, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon warns of EU exit ‘backlash’

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned of a “strong backlash” if Scotland were to be taken out of the EU by an UK-wide referendum. The SNP leader will use a speech in Brussels to say a vote to take the UK out of the European Union could cause a “groundswell of anger” in Scotland. […]

June 2nd, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Benefits recipients ‘living in fear of cuts’, says report

Welfare reforms are making people live in “constant fear” of cuts to their benefits, according to a report. The study by Napier University found those on benefits were anxious that changes to their circumstances would push them into “crisis situations”. Scottish Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil urged the UK government to rethink its reforms. But […]

June 1st, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Two rescued from sea off Kirkwall after late-night swim

Two people who went for a swim off Kirkwall in Orkney have been rescued by coastguard crews overnight after struggling in the sea for 40 minutes. The females got into difficulty at Inganess Bay at about 01:50. An air and sea search involving the Kirkwall coastguard rescue team and RNLI lifeboat was launched after their […]

May 31st, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Condition of couple hit by bus improves

The condition of an elderly couple who were seriously injured by a bus in the centre of Glasgow has improved. The woman, 72, and the man, 76, were struck by a double-decker First Glasgow service, at the corner of Argyle and Queen Street, at 14:30 on Friday. Both were removed from under the wheels of […]

May 30th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Widow’s plea over Legionnaire’s warning on compost bags

The widow of the first Scot to contract Legionnaire’s disease from compost has made an emotional plea for stronger warning labels on bags. Margaret Murphy’s husband Andrew died in 2014 from leukaemia. His immune system was left badly weakened after he got Legionnaire’s from compost in 2008. She said stronger warning labels could avoid more […]

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »