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Scottish Devolution: Highlights from the Smith Commission Report

The highly anticipated report from Lord Smith over Scottish devolution has revealed that the country will have greater powers over taxation and benefits in the future. All the mainstream political parties promised that Westminster would grant Scotland …

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Top-form Dundee gearing up for Scottish Cup tie

Dundee manager Paul Hartley says his players are on “the top of their form” as they gear up for Saturday's lunchtime Scottish Cup clash with Aberdeen at Dens. More good news for Dark Blues supporters is that some of their sidelined players are nearing …

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Scottish devolution: Holyrood to get control of tax rates and benefits

As well as getting increased control of the taxation system, the changes will allow Scottish ministers greater control over the welfare system, including housing benefit and winter fuel payments. The new powers are expected to come into effect sooner …

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Craig Whyte arrested in Mexico

… into administration in February the following year. The oldco Rangers was consigned to liquidation before a newco Rangers emerged – with the football team starting in the third division. Whyte was banned for life from any involvement in Scottish …

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Scottish MPs 'to vote on English taxes' after devolution deal

They said this was necessary to tackle concerns raised by Gordon Brown that curtailing the rights of Scottish MPs to vote on UK Budgets was could fatally undermine the Union despite September's referendum victory. Although Mr Cameron will still be able …

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Oil giant Maersk says “North Sea oil and gas on brink of a …

Scottish Statesman Pro-Independence News … The SNP has welcomed Ms Watkins' statement and has called for responsibility for Scotland's oil and gas industry to be transferred from Westminster to Scotland. Commenting …

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How far is too far when it comes to the monarchy and politics …

In the final stage of a legal battle spanning 9 years, the Supreme Court, the UK's highest court, in London will today commence a two-day hearing on a case between the Guardian newspaper and none other than the Heir to the British throne. The case concerns the … Aside from the fact it appears that […]

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World NewsScottish Labour top welcomes devolution plans

Speaking on the BBC's Today programme, Mr Murphy praised the recommendations of the Smith Commission, which he said constituted a more significant transfer of peers than the establishment of the Scottish parliament in 1999, reports Kiran Stacey.

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Sector takes pole on Scottish grid

Scottish Renewables chief executive Niall Stuart (pictured) said: “This is historic news for our country and shows the investment made in the sector is helping to deliver more power than ever before. “This milestone is good news for anyone who cares …

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John Rankin could be back for Dundee United Scottish Cup tie

Midfield stalwart John Rankin could make a surprise return to the Dundee United line-up in Saturday's Scottish Cup clash at Motherwell. The 31-year-old hurt his knee when the Tangerines visited Fir Park in the league two-and-a-half weeks ago and missed …

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Scottish Cup quarter-final clash will be a knockout! Four memorable Dundee v …

Scottish Cup quarter-final clash will be a knockout! Four memorable Dundee v Aberdeen ties. By Tom Duthie, 27 November 2014 7.00am. 2014-11-27. Tosh McKinlay (left) holds off a challenge from Gordon Strachan in 1984.SNS Group. Dundee and …

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Scottish Salmon Company enjoying record year

The Scottish Salmon Company has seen a leap in third-quarter revenues in the strongest year of trading since its inception. Revenues soared 82.6% to £33.6 million compared to the same quarter last year, with year-to-date revenues up 56.2% to £95.1m.

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Scottish devolution: Smith Commission to recommend tax powers

The commission on devolving powers to the Scottish Parliament is to recommend it has full control over income tax rates and bands, the BBC understands. But the report is not expected to call for personal allowances – the threshold at which tax is paid …

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ICT's Christie eager for Scottish Cup assault

RYAN Christie saw red last time he was in Paisley – now he's determined to help Caley Thistle start a William Hill Scottish Cup run there this weekend. The 19-year-old attacking midfield, who came off the bench for the Scotland under-21 in their 1-1 …

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At-a-glance: Scottish legislative programme

Ms Sturgeon, who said her programme for government would be for "all of Scotland", also said an independent commission to examine "fairer" alternatives to the council tax would report by autumn 2015. Here is a look at the government's proposed …

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Scottish fishermen 'face bankruptcy' unless EC rethinks …

Undercurrent News. Member state governments need to wake up and assert their authority over the European Commission (EC) to prevent the ban on fishermen discarding catches at sea bankrupting large swathes of the industry, according to a joint … That is the message ahead of the December Fisheries Council from two of Scotland's biggest fishing […]

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Motorcycle Sport News | MotoGP, World Superbikes & More …

Get the lowdown on the latest motorcycle sport news – MotoGP, World Superbikes, British Superbikes and much more! Check out MCN for exclusive news.

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Smith Commission: Electoral, taxation and welfare powers …

Scotland will have full control over the electoral system, allowing Holyrood to change the voting system and alter the length of parliament under new proposals set to be published by the Smith Commission this week. Lord Smith of Kelvin is set to publish … The major political parties in Westminster pledged a significant, but vaguely […]

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Scottish cities 'among best in UK'

Paul Brewer, head of Government and Public Sector at PwC in Scotland, said: "Overall the Scottish cities scored highly in terms of employment, income, work/life balance and the skills base, with Aberdeen demonstrating that high growth can also bring …

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Guardian front page, 27/11/14 Plans to hand control of income tax and welfare benefits in Scotland to the Holyrood parliament lead some papers, including the Guardian. Cross-party negotiators in Westminster planned to work all night ahead of an …

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New manager makes winning start as Glens progress in Scottish

This was the Glens' new manager Benny Andrews' first game and they added two former players, signed during the week, in the pool. Paul McBride made his debut and goalkeeper Clive Guppy was named among the substitutes. Glenrothes started the game …

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Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev will find out on December 4 if his appeal …

The Bulgarian was handed the suspension by the Scottish Football Association last month after being found guilty of 'using offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature'. Tonev's charge related to an incident during Celtic's home game …

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Ample food for thought over state of Scottish golf

Just some of the views expressed in the last 48 hours after social media went into meltdown like never before as far as Scottish golf is concerned following The Scotsman highlighting that Scott Jamieson, 31 tomorrow, will be the youngest of the eight …

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Scottish football: Neil McCann believes Rangers can reel in Hearts and win the …

Scottish football: Neil McCann believes Rangers can reel in Hearts and win the title. Last Updated: 26/11/14 5:40pm. 3. Neil McCann: Rangers can win the title despite being nine points adrift of Hearts. Neil McCann believes Rangers can still win the …

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Scottish football legend Arthur Monford has died

Tributes have been pouring in after it was announced legendary Scottish sports broadcaster Arthur Montford has died. Montford is the most famous face and voice of STV sport, where he presented sports show Scotsport for an incredible 32 years and was …

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All bets off as UKIP take Rochester in local by-election …

… far is too far when it comes to the monarchy and Westminster politics? Tuesday 25 November, 2014. Scottish Statesman Pro-Independence News … Scotland and wider UK facing “biggest terror threat since 9/11″ · scot parl …

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What next for independence movements in Europe …

Scottish Statesman Pro-Independence News … The independence referendum had created a headache – if not a chronic migraine – for officials in Brussels, in trying to figure out whether Scotland would have to leave the EU and then reapply for membership (under Treaty 49, which was the official preference of former President Barroso and the […]

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Scotland to be offered total control over income tax after …

Labour's policy shift will be confirmed on Tuesday by Jim Murphy, the favourite to become the next Scottish Labour leader. Photograph: Jeff J ….. 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights …

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Ambitious legislative plans welcomed

It was also announced that the Scottish Government will consult on the introduction of a new specific offence of domestic abuse and on legislating to tackle the issue of revenge porn. Following her meeting with MND campaigner Gordon Aikman, First …

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Depressing three-way race to be most Left-wing Scottish Labour leader candidate

Speaking in Glasgow yesterday, he also recalled the conventional wisdom which suggested that parties promising to increase taxes didn't win elections before dismissing the very idea by saying: “But I have faith in a Scottish sense of justice and …

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Scottish parliament to get control over income tax and welfare spending

In a significant switch backed by Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, and party leader Ed Miliband, Labour has dropped its opposition to allowing the Scottish parliament to set different tax rates to the rest of the UK after watching support for the party …

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Scottish rents rising faster than the rest of the UK

Scottish rents went up 2.2 per cent in the past year to an average of £537 a month, compared to 1.5 per cent across England and Wales. Rents in Edinburgh hit a new record high of £615 in October. The only region to see a price fall month-on-month was …

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Scottish hairdressing hat trick is Philip Bell's crowning glory

When Philip Bell heard he had won the coveted Scottish Hairdresser of the Year award for the third time, all of Facebook knew within minutes. A photo conveying the 55-year-old hairdresser's shock, delight and excitement, was snapped by a colleague at …

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Scottish Government considers ban on wild circus animals …

THE Scottish Government will "look carefully" at how the law could be changed to ban circuses from using wild animals, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said. … C2NN – Care2's member-powered news network.

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Equine flu outbreak in Scottish Borders

A raft of new outbreaks have been recorded in the UK over the last three months with two in the Scottish Borders. Nicola Snowden equine veterinary advisor for Keeping Britain's Horses Healthy said: “Since mid-August there have been 25 reported …

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