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Scottish independence: Gordon Brown says 'keep British pensions'

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has made his first speech against Scottish independence, as part of the Better Together campaign. Speaking at Glasgow University, he said it was vital to continue to "share risks and resources" across Britain. He said …

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From @HCH_Hill: Tories could lose Scottish MEP to UKIP

This would be a shocking blow to a party that has recently been enjoying an unprecedented string of good news, as the Conservatives have increased their vote in at least the last 11 Scottish by-elections. The same poll shows the Liberal Democrats …

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Behind the scenes with the poisons forensics team at SASA …

… by the BBC, looking at the behind-the-scenes work of the poisons forensics team in Scotland. The government's Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) team is the one that detects poisons in the carcasses of raptors (and other species) and identifies the type of poison which has killed the… … This item was also […]

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Scottish car clubs take on electric vehicle

Carplus chief executive Chas Ball said: “We welcome the continued commitment of Scottish Government to Carplus's work in improving access to the network of shared vehicles operated by car clubs in Scotland. By increasing the proportion of ultra-low …

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Brown: Scottish pensioners better off under risk sharing with UK

"In fact the real debate is between two Scottish visions of Scotland's future – the nationalist one based on the breaking of all political links with the UK and our vision based on a strong Scottish parliament backed by a system of pooling and sharing …

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Scottish international Ruaridh Jackson set for Wasps move after being offered …

He was signed by former Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen, who spotted him playing for Robert Gordon's College in the Royal Navy Scottish Schools Sevens in 2006. Lineen took him on as understudy to Dan Parks and it was expected that when the …

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Further fall reported in Scottish shop sales

Scotland's shops have reported another fall in sales – although they said part of the explanation was the date of Easter. Total sales for March, as measured by the Scottish Retail Sales Monitor, were down by 2.5%. Like-for-like sales, which are …

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Scottish independence: Cameron and Salmond make appeals on St George's Day

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron will use St George's Day to make pleas ahead of the independence referendum. Voters in Scotland go to the polls on 18 September. Mr Cameron said Scotland should remain united …

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Post-split Scots must have their say on EU membership …

AN independent Scotland should hold a referendum on EU membership, according to a former leader of the SNP. … Newspaper round-up: Peaches Geldof, pensions shock and crackdown on mortgages · 0 Comments Share …

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David Moyes' dismissal continues decline of Scottish managers in the Premier …

The years of Scottish players dominating England's top clubs had gone. But in the field of producing top-class managers Scottish football remained an industry leader. Like the footballing branch of the Labour Party, the main offices of power were …

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Salmond appeals to border community « Shropshire Star

People in the north of England would still be able to work and trade in an independent Scotland without changing currency, First Minister Alex Salmond will say today.

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Constance, Robison promoted to Scottish Cabinet

But Ms Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and deputy leader of the SNP, has challenged First Minister Alex Salmond to match the Scottish female population share of 52 per cent. The appointments were unanimously approved at Holyrood today, but opposition …

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Scottish independence: More members quit CBI

Their decisions came on the same day that the Law Society of Scotland, Skills Development Scotland – the Scottish Government quango which helps young people into work – and Highlands and Islands Enterprise also decided to leave. Last night the …

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Scottish FA postpones Leigh Griffiths hearing

THE Scottish Football Association has postponed Leigh Griffiths' disciplinary hearing to allow police to conclude their own investigation into allegations of “racist chanting”. The Celtic striker was due to face two charges in a Hampden hearing on …

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Scottish clubs reach compromise with SFA over future of the game

Members of the Scottish Professional Football League had proposed a series of changes ahead of next month's SFA annual general meeting, demanding a greater say on how the governing body is run, a bigger share of cash and more influence on youth …

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Review: Scottish Ballet's Romeo & Juliet

Scottish Ballet's revival of tragic love story Romeo and Juliet opened in Glasgow at the weekend, with a powerful reinterpretation of the classic work, set against the breathtaking music of the live Scottish Ballet Orchestra, with an atmospheric, spine …

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Scottish fact of the week: The Loch Morar Monster

This week's Scottish fact focuses on Morag, the lesser-known monster inhabiting Loch Morar, in the Lochaber region. The loch itself is the fifth-largest in Scotland, with a surface area of 10.3 sq mi, and is the deepest freshwater body in the British …

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SPFL group denies trying to lead the Scottish game into civil war

Resolutions aimed at changing the way Scottish football is governed are not intended to lead the game into civil war, according to Mike Mulraney. Resolutions aimed at changing the way Scottish football is governed are not intended to lead the game into …

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Scotland's political party leaders pay warm tributes to independent MSP Margo …

Scotland's political party leaders paid warm tributes to independent MSP Margo MacDonald and expressed condolences to her family on 22 April 2014. Ms MacDonald, a member of the Scottish Parliament since 1999, died earlier this month after suffering …

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Gordon Brown to warn of Scottish pensions 'time-bomb'

Better Together strategists say worries over pensions are a big weakness in the Scottish National party's economic case for independence. Mr Brown will quote data from the Department for Work and Pensions that he says shows how Scottish pensioners …

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Scottish independence: 'Scots should vote on EU'

The Scottish Government insists an Scotland would transfer seamlessly into the EU on independence day, but critics say its membership is not assured and would involve complex negotiations and concessions. Mr Wilson, who led the SNP in the 1980s, said: …

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Scottish independence: BBC services might not be free, says ex-Trust member

Access to BBC services in an independent Scotland "would require a great deal of negotiation", a former BBC Trust member has claimed. Jeremy Peat told MSPs that Scottish viewers might not have "free and unfettered" access to all BBC services.

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Scottish government announces £4m green home boost

The Scottish government has announced a boost to its green home push, confirming that a further £4m will be pumped into the state-backed Home Renewables Loan Scheme. The scheme, which was launched in 2011, offers households interest-free loans …

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Scottish Parliament – Margo | BBC | EU

Scottish Parliament – Margo | BBC | EU. Tributes are paid to Margo MacDonald, Scotland's future in the EU is discussed, and a committee looks at the BBC and Scotland. Published on 22nd April 2014. Video: PA. Latest; Most Popular; News; Scottish …

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Why Scottish Independence Can Lead to a £9bn Retirement 'Timebomb'

Brown, speaking on behalf of the Better Together campaign, will argue that the bill for pensions mount as Scottish pensioner numbers rise by 300,000 even as Scotland's working age population grows more slowly than that of the UK. Related. Scottish …

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Beware the global impact of a Scottish resource grab

Who owns natural resources: the people living nearest to where they happen to be found or the citizens of the polity in which the resources are located? The question goes to the heart of the Scottish referendum. Amid the wrangling over sterling and the …

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Labour accuses SNP of failing to tackle Scottish fuel poverty and protecting …

"At a time of one of the biggest cost of living crises, it is unacceptable that the Scottish Government has underspent its budget for fuel poverty, delayed distributing this to local authorities and watched companies which install insulation go to the …

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Scottish independence: Law Society, Strathclyde University and SDS leave CBI

Three more organisations have left the CBI over its stance in the Scottish independence debate. Several businesses, universities and government agencies have quit the business group since it registered with the Electoral Commission as a backer of the …

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Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy – Scotland provides …

An extra £4 million worth of funding has been announced to help Scottish householders generate their own green energy. The Home Renewables Loan Scheme gives people access to interest free loans of up to £10,000 for a …

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Scottish independence: Influence of the undecided voter

Within that, whose vote is currently most influential? By definition, those who are undecided, those who are open to persuasion, those who might switch. Where are the undecided to be found, mostly? Among Labour inclined voters. What might sway them, …

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Gordon Brown is a potent weapon for the Scottish No campaign

At the outset of the Scottish independence battle, Brown refused to join the unionist umbrella group in favour of working with the single-party United with Labour. This reflected both his unremitting anti-Toryism and his reluctance to join forces with …

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Once the must-have accessory, the Scottish manager is now terribly out of fashion

That would certainly appear to be the fate that has now befallen that once-prized, much-vaunted movement of Scottish managerialism. Almost no club worth its salt was without a tinge of tartan in the technical area at the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign.

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Scottish Independence: CBI's Official 'No Campaign' Rally Leads to University …

The Confederation of British Industry's registration to campaign against Scottish independence has led to three of the country's oldest and most prestigious universities to cancel their memberships. Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow said in a statement …

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Alex Salmond expected to speak on press regulation at inaugural Scottish …

Scottish Newspaper Society director John McLellan said: “We are delighted the First Minister is able to join us for the first of what we hope will become a major fixture in the Scottish media calendar. “It is obviously a historic year for Scotland …

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Scottish Golf View – Golf News from Around the World: FIFE …

Scottish Golf View provides news of golf in Scotland, and news about Scottish golfers all over the world. Editor, Colin Farquharson, and Webmaster, Gillian Kirkwood, are always looking for golf news to publish.

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