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Deputy First Minister John Swinney made a ministerial statement on the Smith …

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SNP spurns calls for champion of our pubs – Daily Express

The revelation comes as this newspaper today launches a campaign calling on everyone, including politicians and the police, to do more to support Scottish pubs. Yesterday, in a development which highlights the dire straits …

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Funding for Scottish universities 'held back'

This is 2 per cent down on the figure announced at the same time last year, although the Scottish Funding Council said the totals could not necessarily be compared directly. Institutions' key concern is the suspension of global excellence initiative …

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Favourites to win Spanish elections back Scottish-style referendum for Catalonia

SPAIN's anti-austerity Podemos has backed a Scottish-style referendum for Catalonia as it seeks to take pro-independence votes. SPAIN's anti-austerity Podemos has backed a Scottish-style referendum for Catalonia as it seeks to take pro-independence …

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When the Tyneside Scottish marched to Alnwick to prove their mettle

The camp was used by battalions of the Tyneside Commercials, Tyneside Scottish and Tyneside Irish, who all became part of the Northumberland Fusiliers. The 1st Tyneside Scottish marched from Newcastle to Alnwick on January 29-30, staying overnight in …

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Liberation of Auschwitz marked at Holyrood

Mr Maxwell, SNP MSP for West of Scotland, will lead a members' debate and has laid a motion at the Scottish Parliament that has received cross party support highlighting the opportunity for schools, faith groups and communities across Scotland to …

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Scottish potato vodka Ogilvy launches in UK

Scottish farm Ogilvy has partnered with Heriot-Watt University to launch a small batch, single estate Scottish potato vodka in the UK. Ogilvy-Vodka-Scotland. Small batch Scottish potato vodka Ogilvy is now available to purchase in the UK. Ogilvy Vodka …

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Two held in police chase near Scottish Parliament

Two held in police chase near Scottish Parliament. Two people were detained after reports of a police chase near the Scottish Parliament. Picture: John Devlin. Published on the 27 January 2015 16:19. Published 27/01/2015 16:19 …

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Kanye West or Robbie Burns? Scottish school children confuse To A Mouse …

Ok, so we're pulling your sporran a bit with that one, but a survey from Pollok's Silverburn suggests that three in 10 Scottish school kids get Robbie Burns and the Gold Digger rapper confused. We always treat “research” from shopping centres very …

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IBM denies global jobs culls and Scottish job losses

… has just taken a $600 million charge for workforce rebalancing. This equates to several thousand people, a mere fraction of what's been reported." The company refused to add whether any of the jobs going would be at either of its two Scottish bases.

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Has David Tennant got MORE Scottish in Broadchurch?

One Broadchurch fan, Daniel Capwholdi wrote: 'Is it me or has David Tennant become more Scottish?' while CallMeLisa said: 'Speaking of strong accents I had to turn the subtitles on when I was watching Broadchurch because David Tennant is VERY …

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Government's vow to "protect" airport from Scottish tax risk

The Government will "protect" Newcastle Airport if the Scottish Government slashes air passenger duty when further powers are devolved, Chancellor George Osborne has vowed. Mr Osborne was asked what would be done to protect Newcastle Airport from …

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Wind king on Scottish coal sites

Local councillors have approved a pair of wind farms totalling around 50MW on one-time Scottish Coal properties in the south-west of the country. Members of the South Lanarkshire planning committee today approved the 15-turbine Dalquhandy and …

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Waitrose to add new Scottish store in wider UK expansion

Supermarket chain Waitrose is planning to create 2,000 new jobs across the UK this year which will include expansion in Scotland with a new supermarket in Milngavie. The chain, part of the John Lewis Partnership, plans to open 14 shops across the UK …

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Scottish farming income slides 18% in 2014

“Key sectors of Scottish agriculture are losing money heavily and that fragility is exacerbated by a fracture in trade with Russia and stalling Chinese markets.” Mr Miller called on the EU to use intervention buying and export guarantees urgently, or …

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The Winners at the 2014 Awards | Scottish Newspaper Society

2.alan_simpson News PhotographerAlan Simpson,The Scottish Sun, Daily Record & Scottish Daily Mail, 3.brian_adock_kenny_farquarson CartoonistBrian Adcock,The Scotsman & Scotland on Sunday (collected by Kenny …

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Murphy running scared of East Renfrewshire contest

Meanwhile after a weekend of posturing on fracking, Jim Murphy's Labour MPs failed to back a moratorium in Westminster. Friends of the Earth Scotland criticised Scottish Labour's failure to live up to its warm words, saying “it was a surprise that …

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Top Scottish Labour official lays bare "pathetic" state of engagement with voters

The SNP has an army of over 90,000 members, while the figure for Scottish Labour is believed to be around 17,000. In a stark presentation to party MPs earlier this month, Roy produced figures that laid out the scale of the challenge for Labour on the …

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SPFKL: Rangers agree new loan with Sports Direct

“We very much hope that we can now move away from having to seek short-term funding solutions and can focus our efforts towards investing in the first team playing squad, a return to profitability and to re-establishing Rangers in the top league in …

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'No veto on Scottish welfare decisions' says UK minister

However, Alistair Carmichael, Scottish secretary said there is no veto. He said on the BBC's Sunday Politics show: 'Having had the consultation, if the two governments take different views at the end of the day then the Scottish Government is still …

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Private Scottish island with its own pod of seals goes on sale for £350000

An entire Scottish island has gone up for sale for £350,000 – less than half the price of a one-bedroom flat in central London. Holm of Huip – one of the smaller of the Orkney Islands which lie 10 miles north of the Scottish mainland – boasts 62 acres …

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Scottish farm income declines by 18 per cent

INCOME from Scottish farming declined by 18 per cent in 2014 following a slump in cereal and potato prices and a cut in subsidy cheques. Both the potato and cereal sectors suffered from a large drop in price, though the reduction for cereals was offset …

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Scottish Government to help fund Camperdown Dock gate repairs

Port of Dundee has confirmed it is now applying to the Scottish Government to carry out repair work to the gate and surrounding walls at Camperdown Dock. A spokeswoman said the work is estimated to cost £80,000 and should start soon. Due to a technical …

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Patrick Harvie: Forget fracking and tardy price cuts, Holyrood and Scottish …

Many other European countries still have a big energy company owned by the public, generating not just energy, but revenue for the public purse. Scotland could start building its own too, if the Scottish Government and local councils worked together on it.

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Welfare fund underlines need for Scottish choices

The urgency of Scotland gaining the ability to make its own welfare choices was underlined today as new statistics show more people than ever are being provided help through the Scottish Welfare Fund. The figures show that in July to September 2014, …

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Scottish Government urged to call in Perth Crematorium road plans

Ms Smith, the Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, said: “It is now really urgent that Perth and Kinross Council acknowledges the extent of the anger being expressed in the local community. “For hundreds of people whose loved ones lie …

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Resurgent Scottish nationalists tilt at Labour for Westminster glory

18 referendum, support for the Scottish National Party has since soared amid mistrust the London government won't deliver to Scotland's parliament the extra powers it promised to swing the poll result. Capitalising on that, the nationalists now aim to …

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Scottish Widows Bank cuts rates

Cheaper rates are available to customers willing to pay a £1,499 fee; rates start from 2.29% (flexible) and 2.09% (professional). Gordon Bowden, director at Scottish Widows Bank, said: “Scottish Widows Banks is known for its innovative mortgage deals …

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Warriors centre Grove still has Scottish international ambitions

EXPERIENCED centre Alex Grove says he hasn't given up hope of adding to his three Scotland international caps. The 27-year-old won his Scottish caps in 2009 and played in his country's memorable 9-8 win against Australia at Murrayfield. Grove has …

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Brian Ellison targeting Sky Bet Supreme Scottish Trial at Musselburgh

Opening the card at Musselburgh is the £20,000 Sky Bet Supreme Scottish Trial Novices' Hurdle over two miles, which is the penultimate contest in the series of trials sponsored by Sky Bet ahead of the Grade One Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the …

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Live: Scottish Parliament 27 January 2015

They will then take evidence from Rev Sally Foster-Fulton from the Church of Scotland (Church and Society Council), Rev Dr Harriet Harris from the Scottish Episcopal Church (General Synod), Rev Dr Donald MacDonald from the Free Church of Scotland, …

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Pride of Stoneykirk is Scottish Junior Champion

The final end was well played by team MacDonald to try to get their steal and the coveted Scottish Junior Championship title. There were many stones in play and Lesley Young played a lovely draw into the top of the four foot behind guards with her last …

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Tuesday's Scottish gossip

The Scottish Rugby Union says it is ready to open the doors of Murrayfield Stadium to its footballing counterparts if the Scottish FA decides to quit Hampden Park when its lease ends in 2020. (The Scotsman). Celtic supporters who took out a full page …

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Andy Murray to follow complete Scottish custom for wedding …

The Scottish player then added if he were to wear a kilt, he would definitely keep it “exactly” traditional, which meant going without underwear. Murray had proposed to Sears with a £200,000 diamond ring in November …

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Now the time for Scottish Government to show it can rebalance the economy

Nonetheless, the likelihood is that the recovery will continue, with the Scottish economy growing by c2 per cent in 2015 – a lower rate than 2014 – compared to the UK average of around 2.5 per cent. That's being borne out by recent measures of business …

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