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Top judge appointed ‘spy tsar’ in wake of police snooping row

One of Scotland’s top judges has been appointed to a ­flagship role as the country’s new `surveillance tsar’ in the aftermath of a controversial police spying row.

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21,000 people now work in the green energy sector in Scotland. Picture: John Devlin

Future of Scotland’s renewable energy industry ‘at risk’

The future growth of Scotland’s flagship renewables industry could be choked off by swingeing subsidy cuts from Westminster, a committee of MPs has warned.

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Nicola Sturgeon meeting EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the wake of the Brexit vote. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland needs free movement of people

Nicola Sturgeon will today say that free movement between Scotland and Europe must be maintained as she seeks to secure the country’s role in the European Union following the Brexit vote.

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John McDonnell  appeared on The Andrew Marr Show. Picture: BBC/Getty

Jeremy Corbyn opponents are trying to ‘destroy’ Labour Party

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has lashed out at opponents of Jeremy Corbyn, accusing them of trying to “destroy” the Labour Party in order to get rid of their leader.

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Nicola Sturgeon's demands are, in effect, the full maintenance of current terms and conditions of full EU membership. Picture: Neil Hanna

Leaders: Problems at home must be priority over EU dream

With a lukewarm response from Brussels, the Holyrood administration’s demands are little more than a wish-list

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Baker & McKenzie called for action to minimise negative Brexit impact. Picture: Getty Images

Calls for ‘orderly’ Brexit to avoid damaging global M&A

The international deals market could suffer a deficit equivalent to more than £1 trillion in lost activity in the wake of the Brexit vote if the UK government does not act quickly to ensure an “orderly and swift” departure from the EU, a study published today has found.

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Nicola Sturgeon should accept the UK-wide result of Brexit and make it work for Scotland. Picture: Contributed

Brian Monteith: Davidson and Dugdale can show Sturgeon is wrong

Unreasonable First Minister should be left to stew in the broth of her own making, writes Brian Monteith

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Alyn Smith received a standing ovation for his speech on Scotlands continuing membership of the EU. Picture: Christian Creutz

Lesley Riddoch: Brexit-lite may appeal to Yes switherers

A best-of-both-worlds deal might sway those who considered switching to Yes, writes Lesley Riddoch

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Alan Cumming was a vocal supporter of the Yes Campaign in the independence referendum. Picture: Robert Perry

Alan Cumming apologises for ‘stupid English people’ Brexit remarks

Scottish actor Alan Cumming last night apologised on Twitter for remarks made in an interview blaming “stupid English people” for the vote to leave the EU.

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ScotRail said 80 per cent of its Sunday services were running despite strike action. Picture: Michael Gillen

Passengers hit by fresh disruption as rail strikes continue

Rail passengers were hit by more travel disruption across Scotland yesterday after the RMT union held another one-day strike in its ongoing dispute with ScotRail.

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Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Picture: AP

Trump to close door on countries ‘compromised by terrorists’

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has warned that countries such as France – which he says are compromised by terrorism – may be subjected to the “extreme vetting” he proposes to deter attacks in the US.

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Gordon Wilson has warned voters to avoid a "feeding frenzy". Picture: Scott Louden

Don’t rush second independence referendum, says ex-SNP chief

A former SNP leader has warned members against starting a “feeding frenzy” over a second independence referendum.

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Too steep: MP Ian Blackford. Picture: Contributed

SNP slam government for ‘gross misjudgment’ over pension age

The government has been accused of “downgrading” pensions at a “critical” point in a campaign to compensate thousands of women hit by rapid increases in the pension age.

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The picket line at Waverley Station. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Labour urges action ahead of rail strike

Labour has urged the Transport Minister to intervene and broker a deal between unions and ScotRail to head off planned industrial action over driver-only trains.

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Idi Amin  at a war memorial service at Edinburgh Castle in July 1971. Picture: TSPL

Scots diplomat recalls bagpipes and bloodshed with Idi Amin

When Britain broke off diplomatic relations with Uganda in the summer of 1976, it was the first time it had severed ties with a Commonwealth nation.

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Trump addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Picture: Timothy A Clary/Getty

Dani Garavelli: Trump’s hateful speech silences laughter

If you type the words “Will Donald Trump” into the Google search engine, the first suggestion it comes up with is “win the presidential election” and the second is “start World War III”. The fact neither of those prospects now seems outwith the bounds of possibility is both terrifying and proof of how much has changed since he announced his candidacy.

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Kirsty Blackman MP, whose two-year-old sat in on a select committee. Picture: Kenny Elrick

Leader: defiant MPs can make Westminster family friendly

Every parent with child of school age faces challenges when the summer holidays come round, whether arranging childcare or simply trying to keep kids amused for six long weeks.

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Kirsty Blackman is an MP and mother of two. Picture: Kenny Elrick

Two-year-old child of SNP MP makes Westminster history

Her contributions to the debate were limited, and when a panel of academics began discussing the finer details of English Votes for English Laws, she fell asleep.

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The SNP hopes primary school tests will help to close the attainment gap. Picture: Getty/iStockphoto

Stress warning over SNP primary school tests plan

Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for testing primary school children risk stressing pupils, parents and teachers, a new report has warned.

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Ros Altmann was a tireless campaigner but had no political experience.

Jeff Salway: Why pensioners moved down the pecking order

The downgrading of the pensions minister’s position to under-secretary of state has been taken as a sign that the government isn’t interested in pensions.

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