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Swinney: Labour must back investment and fairness …

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/An-alternative-to-austerity-15e5.aspx. Motion to be debated in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow: That this Parliament condemns the unfair approach the UK Government is taking to reductions …

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Uddingston TAGB club enjoys Scottish success

Members of the Uddingston TAGB Tae-Kwon Do club had plenty to celebrate when they took part in the recent national championships. The club returned from the Scottish closed championships with no fewer than 41 medals, spread among 26 competitiors.

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Holyrood backs Scottish identity database

In one of the closest Holyrood votes in recent times, members voted by 65 to 60 in favour of a motion by the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, for the proposals to be treated as primary legislation. Without the Liberal Democrat amendment …

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Energy forms key part of new Scottish economic strategy

Help for communities to invest in green energy and a refreshed oil and gas strategy form part of the Scottish Government's new economic plans. Having reduced the productivity gap with the rest of the UK, the ambition of ministers is to see Scotland …

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Scottish Tories donate cash to help vulnerable children enjoy Highland break

The Scottish Conservatives have donated £1,200 to Hopscotch, an Edinburgh-based children's charity that provides respite care for vulnerable children in the west Highlands. Since it was founded in 1998, Hopscotch has enabled around 5,000 young people …

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Scottish primary school gives homework to children referring to Palestinians …

Children's coursework which refers to Palestinians as “terrorists” has been withdrawn by a council after it received angry complaints. Eleven-year-olds at a primary school in Motherwell, Scotland, have been issued worksheets that state: “Palestinians …

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Competing for Scottish title a Wise move by Kyle

Edinburgh snowboarder Kyle Wise took the title honours on his debut entry in the Scottish Snowboard Cross Championships at Glenshee. The 25-year-old Heriot-Watt University graduate took full advantage of a break from his European commitments to land …

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David McCarthy: Whisper it but this could well be the year Hibs finally end …

SCOTTISH sprinter Eric Liddell, who became immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire, was born in this year. Same with golf legends Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones. The celebrated American author John Steinbeck was too. Levi Strauss, the man who gave …

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Kevin Locke's move to Scottish rugby union called off

Salford full-back Kevin Locke will not now be moving to Scottish rugby union, it has been confirmed. The Scotland Rugby Union (SRU) had been intending to play the full-back in Scottish club union to acclimatise him to the game in time for the 15-man …

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Scottish exporting 'at risk' from UK EU exit

Mr Wilson, who wrote a review of Scottish international trade for the Scotland Office, said: “If you ask me for a personal view I think it would be bonkers to come out of Europe… I think Scottish exporting would be extremely adversely affected, and I …

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Ayr Under 16s share Scottish Cup with Stirling County after 17-17 draw at …

Stand-off and man of the match Matt Davidson hit a last kick penalty from 50 metres as Ayr shared the Under 16 Scottish Cup on Sunday. That gave them a 17-17 draw with Stirling County on the international pitch at Murrayfield. Ayr led 9-6 at the …

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Scottish Thistle Award iscalling for Hornblowers…

The Scottish Thistle Awards are led by a panel of industry experts from several organisations including VisitScotland, the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards and the Scottish Licensed …

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Experts predict: Fall in oil prices will be good news for Scottish economy …

SCOTLAND's economy will receive a boost this year from the fall in crude prices this year although the key oil and gas industry faces huge problems, economists have predicted. SCOTLAND's economy will receive a boost this year from the fall in crude …

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Scottish university principals under fire over £300k expenses bill

UNIVERSITY principals in Scotland claimed more than £300,000 in expenses with one spending almost £30,000 on hotels alone. Glasgow Caledonian University's Professor Pamela Gillies splurged £27,271 on hotels, more than eight times the national …

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BVA welcomes Scottish Government's introduction of compulsory microchipping …

BVA and its Scottish Branch have consistently supported compulsory microchipping and are pleased that the Scottish Government has introduced a clear timetable following the strong support the new regulation received from its public consultation last year.

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Robbie rise shows talent exists in Scottish rugby

“I could have tried to split my time 50/50 between sports but a career in rugby is a goal and, although playing for Currie has been a step up, I hope I can carry benefits into the Scottish under-18s game against England in Newcastle on Sunday. “The try …

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TV crimes: How Scottish football landed a deal that's worth £25million a year …

Just last month rugby league agreed a five-year deal with Sky for a whopping £200m – £25m more per season than the money Scottish football earns. The latest available figures – 11/08/13 – show the sport attracts around 100,000 viewers, with the highest …

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Anger after Palestinians branded "terrorists" in Scottish primary school homework

A SCOTTISH council has come under fire after one of its schools handed out homework to primary pupils describing Palestinians as "terrorists". A SCOTTISH council has come under fire after one of its schools handed out homework to primary pupils …

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'Largest ever' contingent of Scottish technology firms at global events this week

More than 60 Scottish companies are attending two of the world's largest technology events being held in Spain and the United States this week. Development agency Scottish Enterprise said 33 Scottish companies have representatives at the Mobile World …

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Scottish Power banned from sales calls until complaints are cleared

Scottish Power told Ofgem that it met the backlog target in December, but in January Ofgem and Ombudsman Services uncovered evidence that showed this was not the case. As a result, more than 2,000 customers are receiving free energy from the company …

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Edinburgh leads way for Scottish cycle use

Residents of the Meadows and Morningside are the most likely to pedal to work – 9.9 per cent – the Scottish Government-funded development agency said. Ministers are attempting to increase cycling across the country to this level within five years.

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Scottish FA oppose Team GB for Rio

The Scottish game's governing body explained that their opposition stems from the "threat it poses to our independent membership of FIFA and also our representation on the International Football Association Board." At the London Olympics in 2012, Team …

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Call for 'scrutiny' of Scottish ID database plans

… and building a fairer society, there can be no party line. “The SNP joined us in 2005 to oppose the creation of ID cards. The Conservatives supported our efforts to repeal the legislation. And Scottish Labour have supported our motion against this …

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Winners of Scottish children's book awards 2015 announced

But the only reason that I found out about the Kelpies Prize is through a previous winning author coming to my school, through the Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature Fund (read more about that too in Alex McCall's My Inspiration on Caroline Clough).

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Mixed reaction to new housing statistics

Latest housing statistics released yesterday by the Scottish Government have been broadly welcomed by the industry though the figures were met with caution by Homes for Scotland. The figures revealed that the number of homes built in Scotland for the …

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Rangers' Simonsen has suffered enough – PFA

Steve Simonsen's reputation is “in danger of being further damaged” by the Scottish Football Association's decision to seek further punishment for the Rangers keeper's betting offences, according to his union. The 35-year-old served a one-game ban last …

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Big Joe Beltrami, father of modern Scottish criminal defence, dies in Glasgow

Joe Beltrami, who acted in over 350 murder cases, appeared in every court in Scotland from the Duns to Shetland and role model for a generation of lawyers, has died, aged 82. Glasgow. The phrase "Get me Beltrami" became a common call in Glasgow after …

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The mystery of the disappearing Scottish accent: Martin Clunes' TV portrayal …

TV star Martin Clunes left some viewers unconvinced when he attempted to master a Scottish accent in new drama Arthur And George. The Doc Martin actor, 53, plays Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the three-part ITV series, which made …

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Nominations sought for Scottish Party Awards

So, if you think there's someone who has done loads for the party and should be recognised for it, get nominating. The agenda for Scottish Conference is available here. There's going to be a rally at which Nick Clegg will be speaking and policy debates …

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Scottish Enterprise and HIE now driving development in Scottish tourism

Future leaders of Scotland's tourism destinations are benefiting from a unique programme by Scottish Enterprise which has been piloted in urban and rural locations. The Destination Leaders Programme [DLP] supports industry professionals, helping them …

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Scottish independence: Alex Salmond to publish book

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond to publish book. Alex Salmond is to publish his memoirs – a 'frank, honest and revealing' account of the referendum campaign. Picture: PA. ANDREW WHITAKER. 09:55 Wednesday 04 March 2015. 0. Have your say …

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Scottish Power handed 12-day sales ban by Ofgem over customer service

Scottish Power has accepted a 12-day sales ban after the company failed to meet Ofgem's customer service targets. The firm will be banned from "proactive sales", starting from today, over its failure to clear a backlog of outstanding Energy Ombudsman …

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Scottish Power hit with 12-day sales ban by Ofgem

Energy supplier Scottish Power has accepted a 12-day sales ban after failing to meet Ofgem's customer service targets, the watchdog has said. The firm cannot engage in "proactive sales" for a dozen days from 4 March. It came after the supplier failed …

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Scots 'disappointed' on Moray, Inch – Offshore Wind …

Meanwhile, Scottish Renewables has hailed Neart na Gaoithe's win as a "kick-start" for the offshore wind sector in Scotland. Chief executive Niall Stuart added: “The success of the East Anglia 1 scheme is also good news for …

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The RSPB: News: News that renewables now Scotland's …

Aedán Smith, Head of Planning and Development for RSPB Scotland, said: "This is excellent news. We need to increase the proportion of our energy generated from renewable sources to reduce the causes of climate change …

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