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Scottish poet tastes success in Stephen Spender prize for poetry in translation

It was Stephen Spender, translator of Schiller, Rilke and Cavafy, who said: “When you read and understand a poem, comprehending its rich and formal meanings, then you master chaos a little.” It is in Spender's memory that hundreds of people enter the …

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Ed Miliband in rallying call to Scottish Labour

Mr Miliband acknowledged that Labour has had a “tough week” with the dramatic resignation of Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, but said its general election success and devolution referendum in 1997 and the success of Labour-led Better Together in …

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Saturday's Scottish gossip

A group of business from Holland and Kuwait have been in negotiations with St Mirren about buying the Scottish Premiership club, which chairman Stewart Gilmour has been trying to sell for about almost five years. (The Sun). Rangers manager Ally McCoist …

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Brora and Nairn flying Highland League flag in the Scottish Cup

Brora Rangers and Nairn County are aiming to keep the Highland League flag flying high in the Scottish Cup this weekend. The north pair face tough away ties to league leaders this afternoon in the third round of the national competition. The Sutherland …

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Union backs Neil Findlay for Scottish Labour leader

Scottish Labour leadership hopeful Neil Findlay has secured the support of train drivers trade union ASLEF. Mick Whelan, the organisation's general secretary, said the Lothians MSP had the “character, vision, talent and ability” to deliver change for …

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Muzzling of dogs in public rejected by Scottish ministers

Scottish ministers have rejected a “radical proposal” that all dogs should be muzzled in public. The measure was put forward in a government consultation on proposals to reduce the number of dog attacks and other antisocial pet behaviour. More than 97 …

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7,000 foreign speeders on Scotland's roads get away with it …

MOTORING organisations last night reacted with fury after learning 7000 foreign drivers caught speeding in Scotland have never been prosecuted. … Home · News · UK; Scandal of foreign speeders on Scotland's roads …

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Another Scottish Labour resignation as Miliband's crisis deepens

The figures come as Scottish Labour Deputy Leader Anas Sarwar announced his resignation. Scottish television channel STV described it as a 'bombshell' for Scottish Labour. Mark Diffley is Research Director at Ipsos MORI Scotland. He says this marks the …

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Rangers and Celtic ramp up war of words ahead of Scottish League Cup draw

It takes an effort to realise that Celtic and Rangers have not actually been paired in the Scottish League Cup semi-final draw – which takes place on Saturday at 5.05pm – because even the off chance that there will be a first Old Firm derby since 2012 …

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Number of Scottish workless households falls – News stories …

We create more jobs and opportunities in Scotland when we work with all other parts of the United Kingdom. So far this year we have seen the Scottish economy continue to grow, employment reach record levels, …

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland should have veto on UK exit from …

First Minister-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon has called for Scotland to be given the right to veto any UK exit from the European Union following increased support for a referendum on the issue from the Conservative and UKIP parties in the run up to May 2015. Ms Sturgeon has suggested that any … Scottish Statesman – The […]

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Classical review: Scottish Ensemble

TUESDAY'S Edinburgh concert by the Scottish Ensemble focused undue attention on how important venue and ambience are to the success of a musical event, especially one such as this, which revolved around the crystalline luminescence of Mozart.

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Scottish farmers face possible delay to subsidy payments in 2015

The first round of direct support subsidy payments under the new Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) regime in 2015 could be delayed by up to four months, sources have claimed. The Scottish Government has insisted that it is on track to make 90% of its …

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Scotland must have equal say on EU

The issue of continued EU membership was one of the most fiercely contested points in the run up to the Scottish Independence Referendum, with the Farming for Yes campaign warning that euro-sceptics in Westminster, goaded on by UKIP, were hell-bent …

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Scottish Premiership – St Johnstone back to winning ways

O'Halloran gifted Motherwell possession before Lionel Ainsworth powered home a 13th-minute opener but the Scottish Premiership contest turned with five minutes left of the first half. Ainsworth came close to a second but his shot was saved by Alan …

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Labour's complacency hands SNP the keys

Jim Murphy, the former minister who acquitted himself well during the recent independence referendum campaign, is one of a trio of hopefuls contesting the vacant leadership of the Scottish Labour Party. But will there be anything left to lead? An Ipsos …

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Party pieces: British politics will pay a price for the failure to honour …

Much of the blame for the prospective loss of 35 Scottish seats at Westminster is being pinned on Ed Miliband, an increasingly hapless figure, and justifiably so. Whether he has treated the Scottish Labour Party as a branch office of Westminster, he is …

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Hunt for next Scottish Labour leader officially gets underway

Yesterday an Ipsos MORI poll for STV News found that 52% of Scots would vote for the SNP if there was a Westminster election tomorrow while only 23% would vote Labour, suggesting the SNP could secure 54 Scottish seats in the Commons, with Labour …

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Scottish fact of the week: RRS Discovery

THE Discovery was the last traditional three-masted wooden ship to be built in Britain. Designed for Antarctic exploration, she was launched as S.Y Discovery in 1901 – acquiring the Royal Research Ship designation in the 1920s – with her first mission …

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Labour's Scottish problem: Who now for depute leader?

Admittedly, there will be far less clamour to find out who will be Scottish Labour's depute leader compared to the conjecture about who takes the top job, but it could be a crucial role. If Jim Murphy wins the leadership race, he will need a strong …

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Scottish Labour: how the mighty are fallen

But Scottish MPs were also a power in the Parliamentary Labour Party for a simpler reason. In those days, Labour MPs voted for the shadow cabinet. Scottish MPs always voted in a block. And they used those votes to power a generation of Scottish MPs to …

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What's happening in Scotland is symptomatic of a deeper problem

Scottish Labour ncr Yesterday's polling by Ipsos Mori for STV suggesting a Labour meltdown north of the border took everyone by surprise. There was no way that Labour could ever be reduced to a rump of just four Scottish MPs, so everyone said.

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Aslef gives its backing to Neil Findlay in Scottish Labour leadership contest

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: "We are supporting Neil Findlay in his bid to become leader of the Scottish Labour Party and, we hope, First Minister in 2016, because he has the character, the vision, the talent and the ability to …

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BBC ALBA and STV pick up a little know Scottish women's contribution to the …

Two days ago, on 29th October one hundred years ago, 1914, Turkey – the Ottoman Empire – entered World War 1 on the side of the Central Powers and against the Allied Powers, of which one was the British Empire. Today, 30th October, one hundred years …

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Co-Op goes 'green' as its first store switches to biomass with …

A wholly owned Scottish company, HW Energy provides services throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK from its headquarters in Fort William and offices in Bellshill near Glasgow. HW Energy has a team of more than 40 people and has been specialising in biomass heating for over 11 years. Projects range from the design, […]

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Scottish BAFTA 2014 nominees announced – Scottish …

Scottish Statesman Pro-Independence News … Prison drama Starred Up, Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth and Proclaimers musical Sunshine on Leith head up the nominations list for next month's BAFTA Scotland awards. SOL …

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Scottish Labour weakens further as Indy sub-group leader …

Scottish Statesman Pro-Independence News … “They are held above all by the SSP in this country and I was really impressed by the party's conduct and distinctive role in the Yes Scotland campaign these past two years.

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FM announces 385 new Glasgow jobs in his 385th week …

Speaking from the Citizen M Hotel in Glasgow, where the idea for Geniac originated, the First Minister said: “Today's Geniac jobs along with the latest employment figures are yet further positive signs that Scotland is an attractive place to invest and demonstrates Scotland's economic recovery is ongoing. By pure … Scottish Statesman – The Scottish […]

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Morton v Airdrieonians: Gary Bollan inspired by the Scottish Cup

GARY BOLLAN was part of the first Dundee United team to win the Scottish Cup 20 years ago. Now he just wants to make sure Airdrieonians are in the hat with the big boys. The former Arabs defender was an unused substitute as United stunned Rangers at …

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Scottish Borders Council 'regret' over garden waste removal

Scottish Borders Council's leader David Parker has expressed regret over the handling of the removal of garden waste collections in the region. However, the council will not reinstate them despite an 8,000-signature petition seeking their return. The …

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Record FC Inverness: Is it time to expand the Scottish Premiership?

If we want to get an interest back in Scottish football, we need to make some radical changes. Recently, I talked about a switch to summer football, but we also need to look at the set-up. The time has come to expand the Premiership to 16 or even 18 teams.

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Scottish trade unions call for tax, welfare and immigration powers

The Scottish Trades Union Congress has called for major new powers for the Scottish Parliament. In a submission to the Smith Commission on devolution, the STUC said there should be full devolution of income tax and many welfare benefits. It also called …

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Aberdeen Traveller by-law plans rejected by Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has rejected Aberdeen City Council's bid for greater powers to deal with Traveller encampments. The by-law would have made it an offence to stay overnight in a caravan, motorhome or tent in places like parks and playing fields.

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Further Scottish legal bill cuts needed, says legal aid board

Scotland's legal bill amounted to just over £150m last year but senior figures have warned savings will need to be made. The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) made efficiency savings of about £20m in 2013-14 but its chairman Iain Robertson said …

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Scottish Labour party: Anas Sarwar resigns as deputy leader

ANAS Sarwar last night dramatically quit as deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party. The Glasgow Central MP rocked the party by revealing he would follow in the footsteps of Johann Lamont by standing down. The shock move means Scottish Labour has …

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