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Communities could lose out on broadband and mobile coverage

Further progress is needed on broadband and mobile coverage in Scotland as some communities are at risk of being left behind, according to Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee.

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Henry McLeish has called on the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the SFA to show 'ambition'. Picture: SNS

Scotland must bid to host 2030 World Cup – former FM McLeish

Scotland should lead a bid to host the 2030 World Cup Finals, former First Minister Henry McLeish has said.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday. He said the government is preparing for 'any and every eventuality'. Picture: PA

SNP warns no-deal Brexit leaves Scottish economy facing devastation

Scotland’s economy faces “devastation” over the escalating prospect of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal on trade or future relations, the SNP has warned.

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The Scottish Government's new cabinet secretary for connectivity Michael Matheson is now facing a big challenge. ''Picture: John Devlin

Wheelchair access row over 100 rail stations

More than 100 Scottish railway stations are not fully accessible for disabled Scots, according to official figures.

fans of shows including Red Dwarf, Taskmaster, Judge Romesh and Harrow unable to watch some of their favourite programmes as a result of the dispute. Picture: FailedImitator/Flickr

Anger as four million Virgin customers lose channels in UKTV row

Virgin Media customers have been left incensed after UKTV channels including Dave and Gold were wiped from “around four million” boxes due to a business dispute.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival and Rally in Dorset yesterday, held to celebrate the memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Picture: SWNS

Labour failing to win trust of Jewish community, key Corbyn ally admits

Labour’s efforts to stamp out anti-Semitism in the party have failed to win over the Jewish community, one of Jeremy Corbyn’s key allies has admitted.

There are serious challenges ahead for Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: Getty

Leader comment: Turbulent times may demand change

The aftermath of the Brexit referendum calls into question whether the voting system is fit for purpose.

Soft fruit workers plant strawberries at a Tayside farm ' but now some of the harvest has had to be left to rot. Picture: TSPL

Lesley Riddoch: Brexit puts our fruit farmers in a jam

Sharp fall in number of east European berry pickers since EU vote threatens bumper crop, writes Lesley Riddoch

Boris Johnson was identified in a poll yesterday as the only Tory offering the possibility of defeating Jeremy Corbyn. Picture: Getty

Brian Monteith: A new party offers no guarantees of reversing Brexit vote

Voters are already becoming exasperated with politicians refusing to accept the referendum result, writes Brian Monteith

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Safety fears include livestock being treated with antibiotics. Picture: Getty

Food safety controls under threat from no-deal Brexit

The UK government could be forced temporarily to abandon food safety controls in the event of a no-deal Brexit to prevent huge delays at UK borders, one of its advisers has told academics.

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Ramsay MacDonald, seen with Margaret Bondfield, the first female Cabinet Minister, was Prime Minister when his Labour government collapsed and he formed a national coalition under his leadership (Picture: Central Press/Getty)

Andrew Blick: History shows how May could form grand coalition

Conservative MP Anna Soubry recently floated a idea that to some might seem radical: establish some kind of all-party “national unity government” to avoid a no-deal Brexit. But what are the prospects for such a project, what form might it take, and what would be the political implications?


Brexit Secretary hits out at ‘irresponsible’ EU ahead of fresh talks

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has accused the EU of “irresponsibly” ramping up pressure in withdrawal negotiations.

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Over-60s are able to travel on buses for free. Picture: Jane Barlow

Bid for free bus travel for over-60s to be enshrined in law

Scottish Labour is calling for free bus travel to be protected by law for people aged over 60.

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SNP call on Ruth Davidson to reveal if Scots Tories used ‘dark money’

Calls have been made for Ruth Davidson to reveal whether ”dark money” was used to fund Scottish Conservative election campaigns.

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Taxing visitors could raise up to �70m. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Monica Lennon: Follow the tourist tax trail out of austerity

To have or not to have a tourist tax in Scotland has become something of a hot political topic this summer. It already exists in many popular destinations across the world. So why are SNP ministers so opposed to it?

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The border issues are a sticking point in the White Paper. Picture: Jane Barlow

David Mundell: There’s no alternative to the Brexit White Paper

Today marks 250 days until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

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Jim Sillars. Picture: Neil Hanna

Jim Sillars: SNP’s Continuity Bill ‘is a tactical package’

A leading SNP figure has described Nicola Sturgeon’s alternative Brexit Bill as tactic by the Scottish Government to create an obstacle for the UK leaving the EU.

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Avais Ijaz, a systems development office for Falkirk Council, devised the PARD

Digital map will save lives of vulnerable in emergency

A new life-saving computerised mapping system designed to instantly identify vulnerable people caught up in an emergency is being rolled out across Scotland.

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David Whiteford in John o'Groats

Insight: Visitor numbers drive Highlands into tourist trap

There is a sun-struck giddiness on board the MV Hebridean Isles as it scythes its way through the cerulean waters that separate Kennacraig and Port Ellen. In the bowels of the boat, locals and workers are tucking into full Scottish breakfasts, but the tourists are out on deck, craning their necks for the first sight of the rocky islets that arch their backs like sea monsters off the Islay coast.

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An engraving of Frederick Douglass editing a journal at his desk in the late 1870s. Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty

Ex-slave who attacked Free Kirk ‘blood money’

As the unrelenting whip cracked down on his bare back, tearing open his flesh, the black teenager vowed to himself that one day he would escape and tell the world about the brutality of life as a slave on the American plantations.

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