Independence ‘reckless’ amid new UK-dependent jobs figures

The prospect of a second independence referendum has been branded “reckless” after new figures revealed that more than half a million Scottish jobs rely on the country’s economic links with the UK.

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Former MP Jo Swinson will contest her old East Dunbartonshire seat. Picture: John Devlin

Jo Swinson to fight East Dunbartonshire seat for Lib Dems

Former UK Business minister Jo Swinson has announced that she is to fight the East Dunbartonshire seat for the Liberal Democrats in the forthcoming election.

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Nicola Sturgeon's attempts to make a case for independence will be undermined if the Scottish economy shows no upturn. Picture: Getty Images

Scott Macnab: Nicola Sturgeon must face economic slump

Politicking over a second referendum is ignoring the real problems facing Scotland’s economy says Scott Macnab

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Rebecca Jeynes says she is suffering 'discrimination'.

End the discrimination against English, pleads law student

An English student seeking to settle in Scotland as a lawyer says she is suffering “discrimination” at the hands of the student support system north of the Border.

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Former Coatbridge College principal John Doyle, who secured a �304,000 payout.

Scottish Government in crackdown on ‘golden goodbye’ deals

A crackdown on lucrative taxpayer-funded “golden goodbye” deals for public sector workers in Scotland is being considered by the Scottish Government.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: Contributed

Nicola Sturgeon slams May over benefits ‘rape clause’

Nicola Sturgeon launched a stinging attack on Theresa May over “disgusting” plans to introduce a so-called “rape clause” to the welfare benefits system at a conference in New York last night.

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The figures reveal that 322,000 working age Scots do not have a job. Picture: John Devlin

Number of jobless Scots doubles as 1 in 10 now out of work

The number of jobless Scots is double those classed as unemployed with about one in ten out of work, new figures produced by the Scottish Parliament have shown.

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Former Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins says the pro-indy campaign will start  from a stronger position. Picture: TSPL

Indyref2: Scots will vote yes to secure ‘life raft’ to EU

Former Yes Scotland chief Blair Jenkins says the next campaign for independence will start from a better position and with a “stronger, compelling reason.”

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Talat Yaqoob, of Women 5050, says new laws are needed urgently. Picture: Contributed

Calls for equality laws amid fall in women council candidates

New laws are being demanded to ensure equal representation in Scotland’s political system after it emerged that women make up fewer than a third of candidates in next month’s council elections.

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Watch Nicola Sturgeon tell US that Scots ready for indyref2

Nicola Sturgeon has told a US audience that Scotland is ready to take its place as an “equal partner” in the global family of nations by voting for independence.

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Amazon says it pays more than the living wage. Picture: Getty Images

Pressure mounts on Scottish Government over Amazon handouts

The Scottish Government is under fresh pressure over millions of pounds in taxpayers’ cash handed to Amazon - without any obligation on the firm to pay a Living Wage.

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Indyref2: campaign to make business case for Union launched

A new campaign has been launched to make the business case for Scotland remaining in the UK amid claims that much needed investment is drying up as a new referendum looms.

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Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis outlined his country's intentions. Picture: Getty

Spain ‘would not block’ independent Scotland EU application

The Scottish Government’s Brexit minister has welcomed a commitment from the Spanish foreign minister that Spain would not block an independent Scotland’s bid to re-join the EU after independence.

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Mesh survivors protest over the independent review at the Scottish Parliament. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Nicola Sturgeon issues apology to mesh implant survivors

Nicola Sturgeon has said she is “deeply sorry” over the suffering of women who have been left with debilitating pain and disabilities after undergoing mesh implant surgery.

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Keith Brown says he has listened to Parliament

Controversial plans for entreprise ‘super quango’ dropped

Controversial plans to create an enterprise super-quango in Scotland have been axed by ministers after widespread opposition from local communities and MSPs.

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Getting the best for Scotlands children is the top priority and the government must look at all options.

Scott Macnab: Lessons to be learned on education

Scotland has a proud history as a world-leading nation in education. This country was among the first to effectively pioneer schooling for all with the emergence of the first church schools in the Middle Ages. Our ancient universities which emerged towards the end of 15th century are among the oldest in the world. Even after the Act of the Union in 1707, Scottish education, like the judiciary, remained distinctive from the regime elsewhere in the UK.

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The status quo is not an option for schooling said education secretary John Swinney. Picture: Contributed

Damning school inspection report ‘shows change needed’

A damning inspection report into schooling provision in Scotland underlines the need for radical measures to overhaul the system, education secretary John Swinney has said.

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MSPs leave the main chamber at the Scottish Parliament after the session was suspended. Picture: PA

Indyref2 vote on hold after Scottish Parliament suspended

The Scottish Parliament was suspended amid bitter exchanges halfway through a flagship debate on a second independence referendum following the attack on Westminster.

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The campaign group No To Named Persons pressed home its message at a conference Edinburgh this week.

Scott Macnab: Battle over Named Person scheme re-opens

Plans to bring back controversial Named Person plans will spark another messy clash, says Scott Macnab

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