Dozens of jobs to go as prosecution service faces £1.5m cuts

Scotland’s prosecution service is set to axe dozens of jobs as it seeks to find £1.5 million of savings with further cuts also earmarked in some costs involved with evidence in trials.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: PA

Sturgeon: Indyref2 now ‘more likely’ with hard Brexit plans

Theresa May’s pursuit of an ­“economically catastrophic” exit from the European single market has made the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum “more likely”, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said last night.

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SNP MPs likened to Robert Mugabes Zanu-PF. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

SNP ‘iron discipline’ likened to Mugabe’s political party

A Tory MP has accused the SNP of showing the “iron discipline” of Robert Mugabe’s political party over its Brexit views.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: Getty

Theresa May’s European Single Market Brexit speech in full

A little over six months ago, the British people voted for change.

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More than 120,000 children across Britain spent Christmas homeless and in temporary accommodation, according to analysis by Shelter. Picture: Laurie Garnons-Williams/Shelter/PA Wire

Scots children living in temporary accommodation up 17%

The number of children living in temporary accommodation rose by 17 per cent last year, a figure described as “deeply worrying” by housing campaigners.

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Prime Minister Theresa May speaking at Lancaster House in London. Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Theresa May confirms: Britain will leave the single market

Britain will leave the European single market when it quits the European Union, Theresa May has said.

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Theresa May outlined her plans for Brexit. Picture: PA

Brexit: 12 objectives of Theresa May’s negotiations

Here are the 12 objectives for Britain’s Brexit negotiations, as set out in Theresa May’s speech at Lancaster House:

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Nicola Sturgeon faces a decision over whether to call a second independence referendum

May rules out Scottish Brexit deal and calls for UK-wide support

Theresa May has dealt a decisive blow to hopes of a compromise with the Scottish Government on Brexit, ruling out any separate deal to maintain its place in the EU.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned a second independence referendum may be the only way to avoid a damaging Brexit. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon: Indyref2 now a "fundamental" society question

Nicola Sturgeon today told Scots they face a "fundamental" choice about the kind of country they want as she warned a second independence referendum may be the only way to avoid a "really damaging" Brexit.

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Wesminster SNP MP  Tommy Sheppard  speaks during the SNP National Conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Independent Scotland ‘should have own currency and central bank’

A nationalist MP has said an independent Scotland should have its own currency and central bank.

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UK farm minister George Eustice was accused of 'not having a clue' about rural policy after Brexit. Picture: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Defra ‘doesn’t have a clue about post-Brexit world’

Despite putting more flesh than had been seen before on the bones of a possible future UK farm policy, farm minister George Eustice was yesterday accused of “not having a clue” about what he was going to do after 2020.

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Donald Trump willbe sworn into office this Friday. Picture; Getty

Anti-Trump protest planned for Edinburgh on inauguration day

HUNDREDS of protesters are to march through the Capital’s streets to campaign against incoming US president Donald Trump.

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Hotels and offices in Edinburgh are in demand despite the uncertainties stemming from the EU vote. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Martin Flanagan: Edinburgh rides out Brexit apprehension

If there is distinct political and commercial uncertainty in the UK air in the slipstream of the Brexit vote then somebody has been remiss in failing to tell the Edinburgh property market, which seems firmly on the front foot.

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teachers and pupils continue to achieve results despite  not because of  the system.

Leader comment: No talking in class – it’s time to listen to teachers

More than six years on from its introduction, Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) has unequivocally failed to rejuvenate the Scottish education system.

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Volunteers working for Borders furniture reuse charity Home Basics sort out items at its Walkerburn depot for a Christmas toy sale. More people are volunterring to help care for people.

Leader comment: Volunteer to help us all out

History is unlikely to judge David Cameron altogether favourably, but in his championing of the “big society” the former prime minister hit on an idea potentially years ahead of its time.

In the UK, you are far more likely to be treated by an immigrant than miss out on a hospital bed because of one. Picture: PA Wire

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Migrant pressure based on a myth

Response to NHS crisis shows the danger of failing to challenge flawed immigration rhetoric, says Paris Gourtsoyannis

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Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May promises hard Brexit to build ‘global Britain’

The UK will not be “half in, half out” of the EU after Brexit, the Prime Minister will say today in a speech promising “certainty and clarity” during two years of negotiations ahead.

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Relations between teachers and the national exam board are 'near breaking point.' Picture: TSPL

Teacher and Scottish exam board relations ‘near breaking point’

Relations between teachers and Scotland’s national exams body are near breaking point, a report by MSPs has found.

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Derek Mackay insisted that the overall council funding is up. Picture: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Derek Mackay under fire over local tax rises as services axed

Scots are facing widespread cuts to services while their council tax bills are set to rise, Finance Secretary Derek MacKay was told yesterday.

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Former Ukip chairman Arthur "Misty" Thackeray. Picture: Michael Gillen

Ex-Ukip chairman Arthur Thackeray admits making vulgar calls

The former chairman of Ukip in Scotland yesterday pled guilty to making a string of vulgar phone calls to women.

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