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SNP big guns face losing seats under shake-up of boundaries

SNP, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have united to demand that plans to redraw the political map of Scotland are dropped.

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Edinburghs hospitality sector has been boosted by the success of its festivals. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh is Scotland’s economic powerhouse, research shows

Edinburgh’s position as Scotland’s economic powerhouse has been unveiled by new research which shows business activity in the heart of the capital tops other parts of the country.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is being called upon to start an investigation into ministerial use of taxpayer-funded cars. Picture: PA

Inquiry call after ministerial limos used at SNP campaign events

An official investigation is being demanded amid ­concerns that Scottish Government ministers used taxpayer-funded limos to travel from SNP functions.

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Scottish Labour has called on education secretary John Swinney to offer more support to teachers

Scots primary school class sizes grow as teacher numbers fall

The number of pupils in Scotland’s primaries being taught in larger class sizes of more than 30 has soared to more than 44,000, it has emerged.

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Nicola Sturgeon announces publicly owned energy company

Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled plans to create a new state-owned Scottish energy firm in a move aimed at driving down soaring energy costs.

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Nicola Sturgeon speech: Independence offers Scots ‘a better future’

Nicola Sturgeon today told Scots the prospect of independence offers a “better future” as she pledged to press ahead with another vote.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (left) and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood at the Scottish National Party conference at the SEC Centre in Glasgow. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Nicola Sturgeon to give free childcare to under-fives by 2020

Nicola Sturgeon will today unveil plans to spend £840 million a year on “transformational” plans to introduce a system of full-time state childcare as she set her sights on another decade in power.

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Scotland won’t follow Catalan civil unrest, says Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed the prospect of a Catalan-style pro-independence campaign of civil unrest in Scotland, insisting the legal precedent of the 2014 referendum will be repeated in any future Scottish vote.

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Alistair Darling endorses Anas Sarwar as new Scottish Labour leader

Alistair Darling endorses Anas Sarwar as new Scottish Labour leader

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling has backed Anas Sarwar in the race to become the new leader of Labour in Scotland.

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Scottish Brexit minister Mike Russell
 says the impact of the EU vote is already being felt

Brexit brain drain is happening in Scotland now, says minister

Scotland is already facing a Brexit brain drain as EU nationals in the NHS and universities start to feel “pushed” out, Scottish Brexit minister Mike Russell has warned.

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Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney on the opening day of the SNP annual conference in Glasgow. Picture: AFP/Getty

Scots workers to be offered £20,000 to retrain as STEM teachers

Scots workers are to be offered £20,000 deals to change career and retrain as teachers in key technical subjects such as maths and science, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced.

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Jim Sillars brands Nicola Sturgeon ‘out of her depth’

Jim Sillars brands Nicola Sturgeon ‘out of her depth’

Nicola Sturgeon has been branded "out of her depth" as SNP leader and lacking "political nous" by former party Deputy leader Jim Sillars.

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Catalan situation ‘partially rooted’ in the Spanish Civil War

As Spain finds itself in the grip of political upheaval in the wake of the violent police response to the Catalan independence vote, echoes of one of the most divisive civil conflicts the world has ever known are once again stirring.

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Changes have been made to the named person policy. Picture: Getty

Named Persons may deter teachers from becoming headteachers

The controversial named person scheme could deter recruitment of a new generation of headteachers, MSPs have been warned.

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Scots economy falls behind UK with 0.1% growth

Scotland's fragile economy has suffered another period of weak growth after GDP grew by just 0.1% between April and June this year, it has emerged.

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Edinburghs property price surge has left many younger people to turn to the private rented sector

Scott Macnab: Priced out of the capital property market

Just like London, it has become near impossible for first-time buyers to get a foothold in Edinburgh writes Scott Macnab

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Scottish Government announces ban on fracking

Scotland is to impose a permanent ban on fracking, energy minister Paul Wheelhouse told the Scottish Parliament today.

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Storm Gertrude caused a collapsed wall at Oxgangs Primary School in Edinburgh last year. Picture: PA/Wire

Scots pupils ‘at risk’ as builders accused of cutting corners

PUPILS and the public were put at “unacceptable risk” because “corners were cut” by major building firms in the Edinburgh schools scandal, MSPs have found.

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MSPs urged to lead the UK with animal ban in circuses

Scotland will join other nations around the world in showing its commitment to animal welfare if MSPs this week back proposals to outlaw elephants and lions from travelling circuses, a leading animal charity has said.

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Robert Kilgour has been "overwhelmed" by support

Pro-UK Scots business body "overwhelmed" by support from firms

A former head of Scottish Enterprise has become the latest recruit to a recently  established Scots business body aimed at opposing indyref2.

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