Scotland must demand a post-Brexit federal UK, say Labour

Scotland should seize the post-Brexit opportunity to push for “maximum devolution” and “home rule” within the UK, senior Labour figures have said.

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Employers' concerns over the living wage are understandable, says Martin Flanagan. Picture: John Devlin

Martin Flanagan: Living wage justified despite firms’ fears

The problem with the national living wage introduced by the Tory government in April after being trailed the year before by George Osborne is not that most businesses can’t afford it. They can.

The British Chambers of Commerce said many firms would have to cut staff as the living wage rises. Picture: John Devlin

Firms plan to trim hiring as living wage costs rise

More than a third of businesses have had to increase their wage bills since the introduction of the national living wage in April, a new report out today says.

The housing market is showing signs of recovery. Picture: PA

Property market shows recovery signs after Brexit vote

The housing market is showing signs of a post-referendum pick-up heading into autumn as it recovers from “paralysis” in the immediate aftermath of Britain’s decision to quit the European Union.

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Liam Fox says it is not in the interest of EU countries to put up tariffs. Picture: Getty

UK ‘can still trade with EU after Brexit’, says Liam Fox

Britain can enjoy trade with the European Union that is “at least as free” as it is now despite Brexit, Liam Fox has claimed.

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The UK investment industry directly employs more than 37,000 people. Picture: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Investment trade body warns of Brexit ‘ramifications’

Brexit could have huge ramifications for the UK’s investment industry, which manages more than £1.2 trillion worth of assets, a new report has warned.

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BA says the move was in response to customer feedback. Picture: Neil Hanna

BA scraps free meals on economy class flights

British Airways is scrapping free meals on short haul flights in economy class, instead offering a selection of Marks & Spencer salads and sandwiches.

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Pippa Middleton. Picture: PA

Ban on publishing Pippa Middleton hacked pictures

A High Court judge has made an order barring publication of photographs in the wake of allegations that an iCloud account belonging to the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister was hacked.

Bob Geldof speaking at the opening ceremony of the One Young World Summit. Picture: PA

Bob Geldof calls Donald Trump a ‘racist’ and a ‘liar’

Bob Geldof used his opening ceremony speech at the One Young World Summit to label Donald Trump a “racist” and a “liar”.

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Tui said destinations such as Mexico were growing in popularity. Picture: Israel Leal/AP

Tui basks in the sun as Brexit fails to dent holidays

Brexit worries and instability in Turkey have failed to dampen the outlook at Tui, Europe’s largest tour operator, which has raised its profit guidance for the full year to the end of September.

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Barnsley coach Tommy Wright has been suspended  following allegations in the Daily Telegraph.  Picture: PA

Barnsley suspend coach Tommy Wright over payment allegations

An English Championship football team has suspended its Scottish head coach following allegations he took a £5,000 payment to help place players at his club.

Common painkillers used by millions raise risk of heart failure

Common painkillers used by millions raise risk of heart failure

Common painkillers used by ­millions of people in the UK are linked to an increased risk of heart failure, experts have said.

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Andy Burnham MP is to quit the Shadow Cabinet. Picture; Getty

Andy Burnham to quit shadow cabinet to focus on Mayoral bid

Andy Burnham has announced he is leaving Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet to focus on his bid to become Greater Manchester’s mayor.

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Sainsbury's boss Mike Coupe said the market looks set to remain competitive. Picture: Sainsbury's/PA Wire

Sainsbury’s sales suffer amid supermarket price war

Sainsbury’s today posted a second consecutive quarterly fall in sales as it remained under pressure amid the bitter supermarket war and food price deflation.

Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale speaks during the second day of the Labour Party conference in Liverpool. Picture; PA

Kezia Dugdale secures new powers for Scottish Labour with NEC seat

Kezia Dugdale prevailed over Jeremy Corbyn and delivered greater autonomy for Scottish Labour in an internal power struggle that has dominated the party conference in Liverpool.

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Cyber crime is a growing concern for many. Picture; stock image

Cybercrime warning as ‘More police doesn’t mean less crime’

Police Scotland needs fewer uniformed officers and more graduates working in “darkened rooms” to tackle the growing threat of cyber-crime, it has been claimed.

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An Italian in Madrid, by Richard Alston Dance Company

Dance review: Richard Alston Dance Company

Watching Martin Lawrance’s new work, Tangent is akin to a stray red sock finding its way into your white wash. The piece, which received its world premiere in Edinburgh last week, brings together Argentine Tango and the Alston company’s trademark contemporary dance. But rather than one style fighting for dominance over the other, it’s as if Lawrance threw his contemporary vocabulary into the washing machine with Tango tucked firmly in its pocket.

Scot Young died in 2014. Picture: PA

Bankrupt Scots tycoon ‘got desperate’ before falling to his death

Former model Noelle Reno has spoken of how “desperate” her former boyfriend, bankrupt Scottish property tycoon Scot Young, had become towards the end of his life before he fell to his death from a London balcony in December 2014.

Accident victims Leah Washington and Joe Pugh outside Stafford Crown Court. Picture: PA

Alton Towers firm fined £5m after teens injured in rollercoaster crash

Alton Towers operator Merlin Attractions has been fined £5 million after admitting health and safety breaches over the Smiler rollercoaster crash.

A Victims' Right to Review assessment has concluded that the decisions not to bring sex assault charges against Sir Cliff "were correct". Picture: PA

Decision not to prosecute Cliff Richard ‘was correct’

A Victims’ Right to Review assessment has concluded that the decisions not to bring sex assault charges against Sir Cliff Richard “were correct”, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

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