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Salmond adieu

Alex Salmond made his last speech in Westminster today. He had already indicated that he would be resigning as an MP at this election and so this was not entirely unexpected. You may read the whole text of his speechhere
Minutes of the last meeting can be read here From these minutes you will see that one of the matters under consideration was an objection to the proposed wind turbine to be constructed on Corstorphine Hill.... Did you know about it? See the whole planning application here
By Phyllis Stephen The Whyte & Mackay boss had a second shot at explaining the job losses which might result from minimum pricing laws proposed in Scotland. The committee was hearing more evidence relating to The Alcohol Scotland Bill today. John Beard, CEO of the whisky producer, was recalled to The Health and Sport Committee of The Scottish Government this morning to...

Tesco back the SNP

Supermarket Tesco has backed the SNP's proposals for minimum pricing. The SNP's proposals for a minimum price on alcohol to tackle the problems and cost of alcohol to Scottish society are currently going through the Scottish Parliament. Welcoming Tesco's new position Scottish Health Secretary and SNP Depute Leader Nicola Sturgeon commented: "Tesco is a big voice and will make a difference. What's...
We have become accustomed to the tram debate. Every taxi driver in town has a view on it. Every dinner party has at least five or ten minutes devoted to it, usually of the “sorry we’re late it’s the roadworks” variety. Now, at last, we can see something tangible for all our suffering.....a whole tram is sitting on Princes Street...

Open Space Strategy

For the first time in over 40 years, the City of Edinburgh Council is making a comprehensive plan for open space in the city. And they want your views. A draft open space strategy had been drawn up and is open to public consultation from Friday 26 March, until Friday 21 May. It is the first strategy of...
SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP has warned that the warm words included in partnership agreement set out by the Tory Liberal coalition today must be matched with real action for Scotland in reserved policy areas. Commenting, Mr Robertson said: “David Cameron has acknowledged that his programme for government incorporates ideas from all parties. He has clearly looked to Scotland as...
The Lockerbie Bomber has now lived longer outside jail than any other convicted murderer released on compassionate grounds and reports state that he is actively making a documentary in Libya. Bill Aitken MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice, says: "Since the Lockerbie Bomber was released, he has enjoyed a life of luxury, celebrated his birthday and now surpasses the record for...
Full Council next week will consider a paper on the budget situation, the steps being taken to identify savings and proposals for public engagement. Councillor Jenny Dawe, Council Leader, said:-“The Council faces increasingly difficult financial times in the years ahead due to the unprecedented nature and scale of the global recession and the UK budget deficit. This will be starkly...
Although no agreement was reached at the final day of Modernising Pay negotiations between the Council and trades unions, it is recognised that both sides made a determined effort to reach agreement when they met on 20 May 2010. The Council has recognised the position of the unions, which notes the retention of all the improvements negotiated in...
Thousands of low paid council workers took a step closer to equal pay yesterday thanks to a landmark decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal. While many manual workers, such as cleaners, cooks and carers, have already received compensation, previous decisions of the EAT removed the right to compensation from thousands of administrators, clerical workers, learning assistants and...
The building of the first new council homes in Edinburgh for more than a generation has taken a major step forward. The final planning application for the first construction phase of the 21st Century Homes project has been approved by the City of Edinburgh Council's Development Management Sub-Committee. The green light was given for the first 99 homes...
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