Leader comment: Railway policing on right track

The Scottish Government’s plans to integrate railway policing currently done by the British Transport Police into Police Scotland is no small step and it should be carefully considered

Former footballers and victims of abuse Mark Williams, Andy Woodward, Steve Walters and Jason Dunford at the launch of The Offside Trust to help victims of abuse. Picture: Getty Images

Leader comment: All victims of abuse must have equal justice

The extent of the abuse in football is now revealed as truly shocking, with 83 potential suspects and 98 clubs involved at the latest count from the National Police Chiefs’ Council, with the investigations spanning all tiers of football. And there can be little doubt that the tally will grow. Police forces across the country are continuing to receive calls.

The Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill, which will see British Transport Polices operations north of the Border taken over by Police Scotland, was published yesterday. Picture: John Devlin

Train firms warning over railway policing

Train companies have warned the Scottish Government that plans to integrate railway policing into Police Scotland could increase costs and undermine the response to incidents on the network.

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The National Galleries of Scotland has to raise 4 million by the middle of March to secure the future of The Monarch of the Glen.

National Galleries set to launch public appeal over The Monarch of the Glen

A public appeal is set to be mounted to help secure The Monarch of the Glen painting for the nation.

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Boris Johnson was slapped down by No 10 after making his controversial comments. Picture: Getty

Ruth Davidson defends Boris Johnson’s Saudi remarks

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has defended Boris Johnson over his public criticism of British ally Saudi Arabia, saying he was “absolutely right”.

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Michael Gove said he has to live with his decisions. Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA

Gove says PM ‘right to sack him’ over post-Brexit antics

Michael Gove has spoken of his regrets about his bid for the Conservative Party leadership, admitting he made “mistakes” in the way he declared he was withdrawing his support from Boris Johnson.

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The Scottish Government described the call from Mr Trump as a brief introductory conversation. Picture: Getty

Donald Trump discusses links with Scotland in phone call to Nicola Sturgeon

US President-elect Donald Trump has discussed the “long-standing relationship between Scotland and the United States” in a phone call with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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Directors of the North Lanarkshire club had launched an internal investigation. Picture: Wikipedia

Motherwell FC contact police after launching abuse probe

MOTHERWELL has become the latest Scottish club to launch an internal investigation into potential abuse.

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Nine out of 10 Scottish GPs say their workload could have a negative impact on patient care.

Scots GPs warn rising workloads may affect patient care

Patients could be put at risk by stretched GPs as a stark survey reveals more than nine out of 10 Scottish GPs believe their workload is impacting on patient care.

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Independent MP Michelle Thomson spoke in the House of Commons where she moved colleagues to tears after revealing she was raped at 14. Picture: PA Wire

MP Michelle Thomson contacts police over rape ordeal at 14

MICHELLE Thomson MP has made contact with police after revealing she was raped as a 14-year-old girl.

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John Swinney has proposed the changes to reverse the fall in standards

Teachers warn against schooling overhaul

Scottish teachers have slammed plans for an overhaul of the education system to address declining  standards with a warning the changes are "politically" driven and regressive.

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Boris Johnson. Picture: Getty

Malcolm Rifkind says jury out on Boris Johnson

Tory former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind said the “jury’s out” on Mr Johnson’s future.

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Murdo Fraser says the change will help create a "stronger economy"

Airline taxes should be axed say Tories

Plans to axe airport taxes on long haul flights from Scotland have been unveiled by the Scottish Conservatives.

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A member of the government forces pushes an injured woman in a wheelchair as civilians are evacuated from Aleppo's al-Shaar neighbourhood. Picture: Getty Images

Joyce McMillan: Only defiant political activism can save us now

The world has failed Aleppo, and our leaders will not take action unless a grassroots uprising forces them says Joyce McMillan

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Many Scottish foods have PGI or similar protections. Picture: Contributed

Deal needed to protect Scots food labels after Brexit

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb, Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar and Scottish Wild Salmon could still enjoy European Union protection from imitations – provided the UK government reciprocates with a similar recognition of European products.

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Leslie Evans: 'We cannot commit to there being no further errors.' Picture: Contributed

Top civil servant cannot rule out more farm payment errors

While the catalogue of farm support payment blunders continued to grow this week, Scotland’s top civil servant could give no categorical assurance to an inquiry that there would be no further errors.

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Small firms appear less concerned about Brexit than elsewhere in the UK. Picture: John Devlin

Scotland’s upbeat small firms shrug off Brexit fears

The vast majority of small businesses in Scotland are confident about their future despite likely economic headwinds, according to a new survey.

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

FMQs Review: Three times Nicola Sturgeon struggled (and one time she didn’t)

Nicola Sturgeon usually emerges from First Minister’s Questions, her weekly 45-minute grilling at the Scottish Parliament, relatively unscathed.

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US President-elect Donald Trump is Time's Person of the Year. Picture: AP/Evan Vucci

Donald Trump is Time’s Person of the Year

Time magazine has named US President-elect Donald Trump its Person of the Year.

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Spike in children using foodbanks in Renfrewshire

The number of children relying on food banks in one council area has jumped by almost a quarter in just three months.

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