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Philip Hammond warns SNP over tax rises

Philip Hammond has stopped short of backing Theresa May to lead the Tories into the next election, insisting he would not be drawn on the “future leadership” of the party.

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Catalan ministers march in support of the referendum, which has been ruled illegal by Spains constitutional court. Picture: Getty Images

Scott Macnab: Catalan struggle not a priority for Scots

The SNP’s intervention in Catalonia may seem strange as schools and hospitals flounder here, writes Scott Macnab.

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Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs. Picture: Getty Images

FMQs: SNP warned tax hikes will damage Scotland's reputation

Nicola Sturgeon was today warned that the prospect of tax rises in Scotland could hit economic growth and damage the country's global reputation as a place to do businesses.

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The City of Edinburgh Council paid out �87.5m in claims. Picture: TSPL

Scotland’s Councils shelling out £750m for equal pay claims

Scotland’s cash-strapped councils could have to find hundreds of millions of pounds in the coming years to settle almost 30,000 equal pay claims.

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Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley. Picture: John Devlin

Danielle Rowley to run Richard Leonard's bid to lead Labour

Labour leadership candidate Richard Leonard's campaign is to be run by the new party's new Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley, it was announced today.

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A shiny new vision for Scotland will capture the publics imagination, or so Nicola Sturgeon is hoping. Picture: PA

Scott Macnab: SNP seeks to tackle decade fatigue

After more than ten years in power, Nicola Sturgeon aims to refocus her government’s mission, writes Scott Macnab

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Edinburgh South West SNP MP Joanna Cherry. Picture: Contributed

Female SNP MPs targeted by online abuse, report finds

Female Nationalist politicians received some of the worst abuse on social media during the recent election campaign, new research has found.

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Anas Sarwar secured the early backing of a number of Parliamentarians after announcing his candidacy. Picture: John Devlin

Battle lines for Scottish Labour leadership starting to emerge

The dividing lines in the Labour leadership battle began to emerge yesterday as Anas Sarwar secured the early backing of a number of Parliamentarians after announcing his candidacy.

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Anas Sarwar wants to lead Labour back to power

Anas Sarwar announces he will stand for Labour leadership

Anas Sarwar has today announced that he will be a candidate in the Scottish Labour leadership contest.

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Scott Macnab: Edinburgh braced for more tram chaos

The prospect of extending Edinburgh’s tram system suggests city fathers haven’t learned from the past, says Scott Macnab.

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EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier speaks with British Secretary of State David Davis. Picture: AP

Scottish finance firms draw up Brexit ‘contingency’ plans

Leading firms from Scotland’s financial sector have drawn up restructuring “contingency plans” to deal with the impact of a Brexit shock, industry chiefs have warned MSPs.

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More than 260,000 youngsters in Scotland are growing up in families who are struggling to make ends. Picture: Getty Images

Church leaders call for £5 top-up on Scottish child benefit

Church leaders and anti-poverty campaigners have called on the Scottish Government to use new welfare powers to increase child benefit by £5 amid growing fears for youngsters living in the worst social conditions.

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250,000 children in Scotland lack mental health support

More than 250,000 children in Scotland have no access to school-based counselling services, according to new research.

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GERS: Indy white paper was no ‘con’, says Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon today rejected claims that the SNP had attempted to "con" Scots over their plans for independence after official figures indicated that the party's economic estimates were billions out.

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Nicola Sturgeon says finances have improved an oil industry upturn

GERS: Scotland’s spending black hole falls to £13.2bn

Scotland's public finances have improved slightly after the country's annual deficit fell to £13.2 billion, official figures today showed.

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The policy of free university tuition lies at the heart of the wider principle of universal benefits in Scotland. Picture: Neil Hanna

Scott Macnab: Scotland stands alone on tuition fees

Keeping university education free has been a standard-bearer of devolution but the policy is now facing questions, writes Scott Macnab

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Ken Barclay to publish business rates report. Picture: Contributed

‘Real change needed’ as business rates review reports

A flagship review of Scotland’s controversial system of business rates must deliver “a number of fixes” when it reports today, a leading industry specialist has warned.

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Holyrood research shows that smaller firms in the hospitality and retail sectors face a higher burden than big companies. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Warning Scot firms will go under as critics hit out at rates

Scotland’s controversial business rates system is facing fresh calls for an overhaul with the publication of Holyrood research which shows that smaller firms in the hospitality and retail sectors face a higher burden than big companies.

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Alex Salmonds attempt at humour was a joke that belongs in the Benny Hill era said Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: PA

Scott Macnab: Why Salmond’s joke isn’t funny any more

The former First Minister’s difficulties over a Fringe quip raise wider questions about changing attitudes, says Scott Macnab

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The Scottish Parliament has been hit by a cyber attack. Picture: TSPL

Catholic Church calls for action on religious hate crime

Catholic Church leaders are to hold talks with the Scottish Government amid escalating concerns about the level of religious hate crime in Scotland, it has emerged.

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