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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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Shock poll predicts Scottish Labour wipeout

It showed Labour would secure 23% of the vote in its Scottish heartland if the election was held today, cutting its representation from 40 to four seats. The SNP would win the backing of 52% of the electorate, dramatically swelling its ranks in the …

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How David Cameron wooed Scottish business before referendum

Stewart Hosie, the Scottish National party's Treasury spokesman in Westminster, said: “This revelation underlines how the anti-independence scaremongering in the referendum was orchestrated from Downing Street. It is also a stark reminder that nobody …

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Three in running to be Scottish Labour leader

He is the best known of the contenders having been briefly Scottish Secretary under Gordon Brown and a UK front bench spokesman on defence and international affairs. He became an MP in 1997 at the age of 29, after a spell as leader of the National …

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Scottish Cup Preview Wrap: Your guide to the weekend's cup action

This weekend welcomes the return of the Scottish Cup with some tasty encounters to consider in the third round of the competition. Although most of the top teams around the country won't take part in the tournament until the next round, there are still …

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Demands prove Britain is EU's cash machine

It found that 52 per cent of Scots support the SNP with Labour on just 23 per cent, a result that would leave them with only four Scottish MPs. If that were to happen in May Ed Miliband's hopes of a parliamentary majority would be all but dead. This is …

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BMF campaign aims to boost Scottish boating scene

The BMF hopes to turn Scotland into a "first choice" destination for boatowners by 2020, as part of a new tourism campaign. To this end, a group of nine industry bodies, including RYA Scotland, Scottish Canals, Sail Scotland and VisitScotland, have …

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Scottish Cup: Edinburgh City ready for tough test

Edinburgh City boss Gary Jardine has billed tomorrow's William Hill Scottish Cup third-round tie against Brora Rangers at Meadowbank as their biggest test of the season so far. The Lowland and Highland League leaders go head-to-head in a potential …

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Morning news headlines: One missing in firework plant blaze, Miliband rallies …

Ed Miliband insists Labour's general election battle "is no tougher than the fights we have faced in the past" – despite a new poll which suggests he is on course to lose 90% of his Scottish MPs to the SNP. Mr Miliband acknowledged that Labour has had …

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Scottish Labour would be wiped out if general election was held tomorrow …

ONLY 23 per cent of those polled said they would vote Labour if a general election was held tomorrow – in comparison, support for the SNP has surged to 52 per cent. Share; Share; Tweet; +1; Email. Those who would lose their seat include Scottish …

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Scottish Labour leadership: 'Political wake-up call'

Two Scottish Labour leadership candidates have admitted polls suggesting the party is on track to lose the vast majority of its Westminster seats to the SNP were a "political wake-up call". An Ipsos/Mori poll for broadcaster STV suggested that 52% of …

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Calls for new Scottish drink-drive limit to be introduced in England and Wales

More than two-thirds (68%) of motorists surveyed by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) would like the proposed Scottish drink-drive limit to be introduced across England and Wales. Under the new proposal, the Scottish government will lower the …

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Traveller by-law plans rejected by Scottish Government ministers

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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Could you represent Orkney in the Scottish Youth Parliament?

“We're looking for enthusiastic young people to put themselves forward as candidates to become Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament. As an MSYP you will be elected to represent other young people in Orkney and make sure that their voice is heard in …

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Scottish broadcaster STV bids for three more local TV licences

Scottish broadcaster STV bids for three more local TV licences. Commercial broadcaster plans services in Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee to add to its channels in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The STV Glasgow launch team. Photograph: STV. Aisha Gani. Friday 31 …

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John Curtice: Scottish Labour on edge of black hole

However, the latest Ipsos Mori poll dispels any remaining doubt that the SNP is enjoying a post-referendum surge in Westminster voting intention and that, consequently, Labour's dominance of Scottish representation at Westminster, and thus Ed Miliband …

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Scottish independence: 66% back new referendum

Scotland's first minister-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon has already refused to back calls from the pro-UK parties to rule out holding another referendum for at least a generation, insisting such a vote will be held “'when the Scottish people decide the …

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Anas Sarwar resigns at Scottish Labour Party deputy leader

If Mr Murphy were elected and Mr Sarwar remained deputy leader it would leave the Scottish Labour Party without a leader at Holyrood. Mr Sarwar said: “I have come to a decision I believe is in the best interest of the Scottish Labour Party. It's my …

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Ed Miliband's speech to Scottish Labour's Gala Dinner: full text

“And we meet here above all determined to fight to show the Scottish people that Labour can be the change they want to see. “We heard in the referendum about what the people of Scotland want. There is a deep desire for economic and political change.

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Family in bid to find pet lost on Scottish holiday

A DISTRAUGHT family who lost their dog while on holiday in Scotland last year are still avidly searching for their beloved pet and are preparing to camp out in a tent all winter to try and find her. Carol Sinclair, 49, from Manchester was heart-broken …

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Scottish Cup: Linlithgow Rose team up with Prostate Scotland

The community club – four-time winners of the Scottish Junior Cup – will display the Prostate Scotland logo on their shorts for the Scottish Cup third round tie against Raith Rovers on Saturday. Media presenter Grant Stott, an ambassador for Prostate …

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Jocky or Hyde: Who is the greatest character in Scottish fiction?

The Scottish Book Trust is running a competition to find the nation's favourite character from a Scottish book and has drawn up a shortlist of 50 favourites, ranging from Trainspotting's Begbie to Dennis the Menace and from Inspector Rebus to the Gruffalo.

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