Nicola Sturgeon warns Scottish businesses must get more women in boardrooms

Nicola Sturgeon has warned Scotland’s business leaders could face unprecedented “reputational damage” over stalling progress in getting more women into boardrooms.

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Justice Secretary Michael Matheson. Picture Michael Gillen

No minutes taken during crunch meeting on Scotland Chief Constable’s future

A crunch meeting between Justice Secretary Michael Matheson and Scotland’s under-fire police watchdog over the future of the Chief Constable was not recorded in formal minutes.

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Kezia Dugdale new Holyrood role slammed by senior MSPs

Both of Holyrood's Deputy Presiding Officers have hit out at Kezia Dugdale's appointment to the Parliament's key management body.

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Some refugees to Scotland have been settled on the isle of Bute. Picture: TSPL

Refugees coming to Scotland want more help to learn English

Refugees and asylum seekers coming to Scotland want more help to learn English, a new report has found.

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Derek Mackay says Westminster can lift married Scots' budget tax blow

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has called for Westminster action to ensure hundreds of thousands of married Scots don't lose out on a £260 tax break as a result of his budget.

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Ineos unveils legal challenge to Scottish fracking ban

Scotland’s fracking ban is to face a legal challenge from Grangemouth owner INEOS amid claims the move is “unlawful” and a “misuse of ministerial power”.

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Scotland facing constitutional crisis over Brexit bill

A constitutional crisis is looming between Holyrood and Westminster after Nicola Sturgeon suggested a second referendum on leaving the EU may be “irresistible” and MSPs warned they will reject the Brexit Bill in its current form.

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Nicola Sturgeon hinted at support for second Brexit vote

Nicola Sturgeon: Second Brexit referendum may be "irresistible"

Nicola Sturgeon has said the case for a second referendum on Brexit may become "irresistible" amid concerns over the direction of current negotiations.

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Nicola Sturgeon says she plans a second referendum when Brexit terms are clear

Nicola Sturgeon calls on ‘assertive Scots spirit’ for indyref2

Nicola Sturgeon has called for a new spirit of “Scottish assertiveness” in the year ahead as she insisted the prospect of independence remains an option to avoid the “horror” of a hard Brexit.

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Ministers and councillors sign the Edinburgh and South East Scotland in July 2017. Picture: Greg Macvean

Tension between Holyrood and Westminster hit City Deals impact

The impact of a raft of multi-billion pound city deal across Scotland in recent years could be damaged by “tension” between the Scottish and UK Governments, a report by MSPs finds.

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Flu cases have more than doubled compared to the same time last year, leaving accident and emergency departments struggling

Pressue on Shona Robison to apologise over handling of flu surge

The Scottish Government has been accused of failing to act on warnings of a flu crisis this winter amid claims that Scotland has the highest death rates in the UK.

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The Glasgow headquarters of Scottish Enterprise. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Scottish Enterprise ‘wasted £100m on failed businesses’

Almost £100 million of taxpayers’ cash has been lost on businesses which have failed over the past decade, new figures indicate.

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Electricity users in the Highlands pay an unfair surcharge on their bills, says SNP MSP Kate Forbes. Photograph: Getty Images

End Highlands energy ‘rip-off’, MSP urges May

Theresa May is being urged to end the “energy rip-off” that means customers in the Highlands face higher bills.

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Patients are clinically ready to leave hospital but are waiting for care arrangements.

Figures show SNP pledge to end bed blocking in tatters

More than 1,000 Scots patients have died while waiting to be released from hospital since the SNP pledged to end bed blocking, new figures show.

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Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Criminals owe Scottish courts fines of more than £5m

Criminals have failed to pay more than £5 million of fines imposed by courts in Scotland, it has emerged.

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Numbers of nurses lookin to work abroad have been rising

Hundreds of nurses leaving Scotland to work overseas

Hundreds of nurses are leaving Scotland every year to seek work abroad while hospitals here struggle to attract staff, official figures indicate.

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Scottish small businesses are concerned over Brexit and the flatlining GDP

Morale of Scots small firms sinks over Brexit and GDP fears

Morale among smaller firms has sunk to a near record low with a “long-term optimism gap” widening between businesses in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

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Scots are leaving traditional sports behind and are instead favouring the gym, yoga and walking for exercise

Generation of active Scots heading to the gym and ditching football

A new generation of fitness-conscious Scots is driving a rise in the number of people heading to the gym as part of their daily routine - but a fifth of adults still do not get the exercise they need.

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Health secretary Shona Robison. Picture: Greg Macvean

Scots NHS facing ‘winter meltdown’ as operations cancelled

Scotland's NHS is facing claims of a "winter meltdown" after some hospitals were forced to cancel operations due to soaring pressure on A&E departments.

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The Liberal Democrats said 2,275 teaching posts had been readvertised in the last three years

Councils readvertise teaching jobs as thousands of posts not filled

Thousands of teaching vacancies have not been filled in recent years with councils forced to readvertise posts, it has emerged.

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