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Energy price rises blamed on meddling ministers, finds report

Electricity prices have soared because of constant meddling in the energy sector by successive governments, a Parliamentary report has found.

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Public buyouts of vital North Sea platforms and pipelines could support the industry through the current slump. Picture: PA

SNP in talks over public buyouts of North Sea platforms

The Scottish Government is ready to look into the prospect of public buyouts of vital North Sea platforms and pipelines to support the industry through the current slump.

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Director-general Lord Hall appeared before Holyroods culture committee. Picture: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

BBC bosses announce two new radio stations for Scotland

BBC chiefs have confirmed they are looking to push ahead with the creation of two national radio stations in Scotland split between music and speech.

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Holyrood told life should mean life after Paige Doherty case

Holyrood told life should mean life after Paige Doherty case

A bid to give judges the power to hand down sentences that would see Scotland’s worst killers die in jail is to be launched in the Scottish Parliament.

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Sturgeon was pressed on Health and Justice. Picture: John Devlin

FMQs Sketch – Sturgeon grilled on Health and Justice before bizzare rant steals show

“I’m pleased that Willie Rennie says that I’m never done talking about justice, because I’m often accused of never talking about something else.”

The people that regularly tune in for First Minister’s Questions know just how significant what Nicola Sturgeon said was in Holyrood today.

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The indycamp that used to stand outside Holyrood

Holyrood will not pursue £128k spent evicting Indycampers

The Scottish Parliament has abandoned its attempt to recover £128,000 worth of taxpayers’ money spent on evicting the independence supporting campers who pitched their tents outside the Holyrood building.

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Scottish Brexit minister Michael Russell

Michael Russell: ‘No doubt’ indyref2 is on the way

Scotland’s Brexit minister Michael Russell has said there is no doubt that the country is heading towards a second independence referendum.

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Emmanuel Macron has nailed his colours firmly to the centrist, pro-EU mast  the UK should take note. Picture: Getty Images

Euan McColm: March of the moderates offers hope

French situation shows that there is still solid support for credible and pragmatic politicians writes Euan McColm

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The Government has pledged Brexit will not mean longher queues for EU citizens to get into the UK
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Minister: No Brexit border queues for EU citizens

Airline passengers from the EU will not face lengthy waits to get through security after Brexit, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said.

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Staff and volunteers from homeless charity Streetwork, which provides 24-hour support across the city, met with MSPs. Picture: Rob McDougall/TSPL

MSPs hear first-hand from Edinburgh’s homeless community

A GROUP of MSPs has met with Edinburgh’s homeless community at the Streetwork crisis centre to explore how people are accessing homelessness services in the city.

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BBC director general Tony Hall  has announced a new Scottish TV channel..

BBC announces new ‘Scottish 9’ on dedicated new £30m channel

The BBC is to create a new Scottish channel which will include an hour-long news programme featuring a mix of Scottish, UK and international news.

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Andrea Leadsom will meet fellow farming ministers in Edinburgh today. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Andrea Leadsom set for clash with Holyrood over Brexit

The UK’s four farm ministers meet in Edinburgh today to start work on farm policies that will operate in this country after it leaves the European Union.

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Gordon Aikman raised more than �500,000 for research. Picture: Jane Barlow

£25k MND scholarship set up in memory of Gordon Aikman

A new £25,000 scholarship to improve care for people with motor neurone disease (MND) will be set up in memory of campaigner Gordon Aikman.

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Polish, Czech, Dutch, Norwegian and American servicemen in Europe during the Second World War. PICTURE: Getty Images

Kenny MacAskill: It’s a distortion to say Britain fought against Europe

It’s not just fake news but the falsifying of history that’s happening under President Donald Trump. The most recent falsehood referenced a terrorist incident in Sweden which was unbeknown to the Scandinavian Government, never mind a population of 10 million. He justified himself by claiming it was based on a Fox News reports on escalating crime in that country caused by migrants.

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The BBC is to create a new channel for Scotland as part of plans which will see the "biggest single investment" in the corporation north of the border for more than 20 years. Picture:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Leader comment: New BBC channel welcome but not a game-changer

The announcement that the BBC is to launch a new channel in Scotland is to be welcomed – but let us get it in context.

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Protecting leader Kezia Dugdale  may be a sensible idea for Scottish Labour, but whether continuity at the top will be enough to make a difference at the ballot box is another matter.

Tom Peterkin: Labour’s challenges are not all about Corbyn

Kezia Dugdale has much to offer but she has some tricky hurdles to overcome as she heads to conference, says Tom Peterkin

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David Mundell attacked Holyroods use of its new tax powers to change the higher rate threshold. Picture: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Mundell: Tax rise will drive away immigration from Scotland

Plans to make Scotland the highest taxed part of the UK could drive away future immigration, the Scottish Secretary has claimed.

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Ruth Davidson tries out an electric car to launch the Scottish Conservatives new environment policy. Picture: PA

Tories back plans for new nuclear power plants in Scotland

The creation of two new nuclear power plants in Scotland has been backed by the Scottish Conservatives.

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Tiree Surf Club members Marti and Ben Larg and Andrew Robertson outside the beach hut. Picture: Roger Cox

Tiree surfers’ beach hut to be removed after council vote

A remote island beach hut that has helped young surfing stars on the road to success is set to be removed after a vote by councillors.

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Law Society of Scotland said the system was in need of urgent overhaul. Picture: TSPL

Lawyers warn legal aid system needs ‘urgent overhaul’

The body representing Scotland’s lawyers has raised concerns over the future of legal aid after a report warned smaller firms are making a loss on the work.

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