Council elections

Council elections

Pubs warned after flouting smoking ban five years on

A DOZEN pubs have been warned about allowing customers to smoke indoors - more than five years after the smoking ban was introduced.

Provost defeats call for city leaders' Gathering apology

LORD Provost George Grubb used his casting vote to defeat a call for council leader Jenny Dawe and deputy Steve Cardownie to issue a public apology over The Gathering fiasco.

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Headhunters paid £25k to fill city post

Headhunters are to be paid £25,000 to fill a newly-created senior post at the city council.

Election count was 'council at its best'

The count for the Scottish Parliament elections and voting reform referendum last month demonstrated the council "at its best", according to city leader Jenny Dawe.

City bans election placards despite voter turnout fears

ELECTION posters are to be banned in the Capital, sparking fears of low voter turnout in next year's local council elections.

Lib-Dems get double win in Scottish council elections

THE Liberal Democrats celebrated twin by-election victories in the north of Scotland today.

Local and Holyrood elections to be held on separate days

SCOTTISH voters will be asked to go to the polls on separate dates to elect councillors and MSPs under measures announced today.

A serious election headache that needs a sensitive touch to cure

Should national and local elections be held on the same day if it encourages more people to vote? Our Political Editor, Ian Swanson, examines the pitfalls of the scheme.

Stand by for an election every year

ELECTIONS for Scotland's 32 local authorities will no longer be held at the same time as the Holyrood ballot, the Executive promised yesterday.

I'll do both jobs says SNP councillor and MSP

AN SNP politician has decided to work as an MSP and a city councillor despite concerns over his ability to carry out both roles.

Dawe ready to wield axe on flagship plans

NEW city leader Jenny Dawe today warned a string of flagship projects face being scrapped in the Capital as she takes over the reins of power.

Lib Dems accused of playing politics with planning

THE Liberal Democrats have been accused of compromising the city council after ditching a convention designed to ensure party politics don't influence the planning process in the Capital.

Winds of change sweep Scots town halls

THE Nationalist wind of change which swept Alex Salmond into power at Holyrood was last night blowing through council chambers all over Scotland.

Aitken slams 'unholy alliance' as LP sworn in

FORMER council leader Ewan Aitken today slammed the "unholy alliance" which has taken over at the City Chambers at a lively first meeting of the new council.

Aitchison under fire over count 'shambles'

CITY council chief executive Tom Aitchison is under fire after Edinburgh's local election count was branded "like a bad version of Big Brother" by senior councillors.

Council result makes easier reading than Holyrood

THE city council elections escaped the widespread confusion that plagued the Holyrood vote, detailed statistics released today show.

Election review expert named

AN international elections expert is to head the review into the chaos at this month's Scottish Parliament and council polls.

Labour's legal threat to result

LABOUR is considering mounting a legal challenge in West Lothian after it emerged just one vote separated two candidates in last week's council election.

Out in the cold

THE Liberal Democrats and the SNP are to join forces to take over the running of the city council - thanks to the Tories. Conservative councillors have pledged to effectively support a coalition which freezes Labour out of power for the first time in 23 years.

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