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We Know Scotland

Can the Scottish Conservatives win the 2021 election?

Not for the first time in the last 18 months or so, the Scottish Conservatives are seemingly a party with their tails up.

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The east end of Falkirk High Street, with Callendar Square shopping centre on the left. The centre had a vacancy rate of 64.9 per cent in 2017. Picture: Michael Gillen

Shop vacancy rates in Scottish town centres rises

The rapidly changing nature of Scotland’s high streets has been laid bare in a report outlining the challenges facing retailers in the age of online shopping and out-of-town business parks.

Retail
Rent levels in Edinburgh are among the highest in the UK. Picture: Callum Bennetts

Edinburgh workers spend a quarter of their salaries on rent

Nearly a quarter of the average income earned by residents in Scotland’s capital is spent on rent, a new study has shown.

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Tourists at Burns Cottage in Alloway. Picture: Rob McDougall

SNP MSP hails ‘economic impact’ of Robert Burns

An SNP MSP will today lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament celebrating “the economic impact” of Robert Burns on Scotland.

Politics
The MV Glen Sannox, the UK's first dual-fuel ferry, is launched at Ferguson Marine Engineering in Port Glasgow. Picture: PA

Will 2018 be plain sailing for the Clyde shipyards?

The launch of any ship is a celebratory occasion but the naming of the MV Glen Sannox in 2017 was a particularly notable event in the history of shipbuilding on the Clyde.

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Keith Brown has called for Brexit clarity. Picture: PA

Scottish economy grows, but still trails UK

Scotland's economy is continuing to expand but growth remains at half the wider UK rate, official figures today showed.

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How many castles are there in Scotland?

It’s an easy enough question but not one that is easy to answer given the variety of historic properties - from fairytale turreted piles to commanding fortresses - scattered across the land.

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From songs to stamps: Robert Burns references in popular culture

The enduring legacy of Robert Burns can be found in everything from contemporary art to postage stamps.

Books
Ed Molyneux, chief executive of FreeAgent Holdings

Record number of Scots want to start a business

More people than ever are looking to start their own business, including more than 200,000 Scots, according to a new survey.

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Attendances at Scottish Premiership games are the highest in Europe on a per capita basis. Picture: SNS Group

Scottish football attendances ‘highest in Europe’ based on population

Attendances in Scotland’s top flight are the highest in Europe when population size is taken into consideration, new data has revealed.

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Brexit: How much does the UK pay to the EU?

The exact amount of money the UK sends to the European Union was one of the biggest issues of the 2016 referendum campaign.

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NHS Scotland pays £193m in compensation over five years

Medical negligence payments paid out annually by NHS Scotland have risen four-fold in the past decade, new figures have revealed.

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Nicola Sturgeon.

Will Nicola Sturgeon call Indyref2 later this year?

While Nicola Sturgeon wouldn’t admit to kicking her ultimate political goal of independence into the long grass, it certainly appears to be far from an immediate priority.

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Nicola Sturgeon speaking at the launch of an analysis paper on Scotland's future relationship with Europe, at the University of Edinburgh. Picture: PA

Nicola Sturgeon warns Scotland’s population could fall post-Brexit

Growing Scotland’s population by attracting immigrants from overseas will be the “greatest national challenge” facing the country following Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

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Poll: Voters ‘in the dark’ over Labour’s position on Brexit

A majority of voters are unsure of Labour’s current stance on Brexit, polling suggests.

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Gymnast Fraser Lyne marks 200 days until the start of the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

200 days to go until 2018 European Championships in Glasgow

Organisers of the biggest sporting event to be staged in Scotland since the 2014 Commonwealth Games have promised an ‘unforgettable’ experience with 200 days to go until kick-off.

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The number of students taking a computer science course in Scotland rose by nine per cent compared to 2015-16. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Rising number of Scots studying for full-time degrees

The number of Scots beginning a full-time first degree course has risen by 12 per cent in the last decade, new figures have revealed.

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Video: Five of the best one-day road trips to take in Scotland

You shouldnt be struggling to come up with day trip ideas in Scotland, but if you are we’re here to help.

Travel
Mary Moriarty, one of the best known landladies in Edinburgh before her retiral in 2009, pours a drink at the Port O Leith bar. Picture: Justin Spittle/TSPL

Landmark bill could free tied pubs in Scotland to buy more beer

A landmark bill which could radically alter the centuries-old practice of pub landlords being forced to buy supplies from their owners has been supported by the vast majority of those who responded to a consultation.

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One in 28 drivers across Scotland stopped over the four-week festive break period failed either a drink or drug driving test

One in 28 drivers stopped in Scotland failed drink driving tests over Christmas

One in 28 drivers stopped in Scotland over the festive break failed drink and drug driving tests in a damning result that has left police “disappointed”.

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