THE number of prisoners in Scotland's jails is set to rise by more than 2,000 by 2020, Scottish Government statisticians have warned, despite a slight drop this year.
ALEX Salmond might have dismissed it as an English problem, but there was no shortage of Scottish MPs in the chamber yesterday to discuss the riots that have blighted cities in the past week.
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SNP plans for Scotland to control its own corporation tax would cost the Scottish Government up to £12 billion over the next five years, Treasury figures have suggested.
ON 29 SEPTEMBER, 2009, the Sun ran a headline "Labour's Lost It", where it turned its back on Gordon Brown's government and threw its lot in with David Cameron and the Tories.
PRIME Minister David Cameron said the political establishment "had not gripped" the issue of the press, which was why he planned to set up two inquiries.
DOWNING Street's former director of communications Andy Coulson yesterday became the highest-profile figure to be arrested over the News of the World phone hacking and payments to police officers allegations.
DAVID Cameron is fighting to save his political reputation after his friend and former director of communications was arrested over phone-hacking allegations.
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband will today call for the watchdog which oversees complaints about newspaper coverage to be scrapped and replaced.
THE head of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Paul Stephenson, has said he was determined any officers found to have received payments from newspapers will face criminal convictions as a formal investigation was launched by the police watchdog yesterday.
THE scalp sought by many is that of News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, who was editor of the News of the World from 2000 to 2003 when much of the alleged phone hacking took place, writes David Maddox.
THE Crown Estates Commission has defended its record in Scotland after announcing yesterday a £230.9 million profit collected from property it runs across the UK.
COMMUNITIES hit by the closure of an RAF base will have to wait at least ten months before the army moves in as a replacement, a senior minister has admitted.
THE government has moved to appease oil and gas companies with a new tax break for exploration after its £10 billion tax grab on the industry in the Budget.
IF YOU listen to Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, other ministers and most Scottish politicians from unionist parties on the subject of an independence referendum, you would assume that current constitutional uncertainty is "bad for Scotland".
ALEX Salmond yesterday made his third trip to London since being re-elected as First Minister, ahead of what will be a strange day in British politics today when MPs from his party refuse to back a referendum on independence.
David Maddox: Scottish Labour must stop treating the London party as the enemy if Union is to remain intact
IT MAY come as a bit of a shock to some – although probably more amusement for the SNP – to learn that Scottish Labour has been forced to draft in someone from London to get the party in Scotland back on its feet.
A clear picture of plans for the defence establishment in Scotland is emerging. But who the winners and losers are is still debatable
THE polls may keep suggesting that Scotland would not support independence, but the SNP has become quite adept at defying the odds, as last month's Holyrood victory showed in spectacular style.
David Maddox: Alex Salmond believes his victory has given him a mandate to which Westminister should listen
DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg's misfortunes in recent times have been well documented but there has been plenty of sniggering in Westminster by colleagues and opponents alike about his diary engagements this week.
David Maddox: In battle for referendum hearts and minds, it's the SNP that can afford heavy artillery
ONE of the untold consequences of the historic SNP Holyrood election victory is that it has created an army of state-funded activists to prepare the way for the independence referendum.