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More powers Scotland Bill published at Westminster

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Legislation giving more powers to the Scottish Parliament is due to begin its journey through Westminster. The Scotland Bill, outlined in the Queen’s Speech, could become law by February 2016 if approved by MPs. David Cameron said the legislation would make Scotland the most powerful devolved assembly anywhere in the world. But the SNP has […]

May 28th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Alistair Carmichael gets local Lib Dem party backing

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Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has received the backing of his local party amid calls for him to resign. Mr Carmichael admitted he backed the leaking of a memo during the election campaign which wrongly suggested that Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron as prime minister. He previously said he had not been aware of […]

May 27th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon attacks Westminster spending cuts

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has used a speech in Edinburgh to attack the “scale and speed” of spending cuts planned by the UK government. Speaking ahead of the Queen’s Speech, the SNP leader also reiterated her party’s support for Britain’s continued membership of the European Union. She made the speech on a visit to Heart […]

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Alistair Carmichael rejects calls to resign over leaked Nicola Sturgeon memo

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Former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has rejected calls for him to resign over a leaked memo. The document, released before the general election, incorrectly suggested that Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain as prime minister. On Friday, a report revealed the Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland had given permission for it to […]

May 25th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Henry McLeish enters Scottish Labour ‘bullying’ row

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Scottish Labour MSP Ken Macintosh needs to “spell out” his accusations against the “party machine”, a former first minister has told the BBC. Mr Macintosh said on Saturday his supporters were being bullied to prevent a leadership contest. He and party deputy leader Kezia Dugdale have confirmed that they are standing for leadership of the […]

May 24th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Alistair Carmichael: No further action over memo leak

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Former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael will not face any party disciplinary proceedings after admitting being behind the leak of a memo before the general election. A Lib Dem spokesman said no more action would be taken after the suggestion that Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain as prime minister. Orkney and Shetland MP Mr […]

May 23rd, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Kezia Dugdale confirms Scottish Labour leadership bid

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Labour’s Kezia Dugdale has confirmed she will stand for the leadership of her party in Scotland when Jim Murphy steps down next month. Ms Dugdale, 33, who became an MSP four years ago, has been the Scottish party’s deputy leader since December. The Lothian region MSP is expected to face a challenge from another MSP […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service ‘faces £43m funding gap’

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is facing a “significant potential funding gap”, according to Audit Scotland. The public finance watchdog said a long-term financial strategy was urgently needed. Audit Scotland warned that potential future reductions in funding could mean a budget gap of £42.7m by 2019/20. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Law change proposed to help ex-offenders find work

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The Scottish government has announced measures to help convicted offenders find work. It comes as figures show three-quarters of employers admit they discriminate against job applicants with a criminal record. Ministers are to consult on proposals to modernise the law which means people must disclose their convictions from the past four years. It would bring […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in News,Scotland | Read More »

Holyrood given power to end ‘bedroom tax’ in Scotland

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The UK government has moved to neutralise the toxic impact of the “bedroom tax” on the Scottish independence referendum by handing powers to the Scottish government that will allow it to mitigate the measure. The Scotland Office has informed the Scottish government that it will transfer the power to set the cap on Discretionary Housing […]

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Scotland | Read More »