Ian Swanson

Ian Swanson: Blair believes Brexit has made indyref2 credible

ENTER stage right, a familiar character from the past with an unexpected message. Tony Blair has returned to the headlines with a speech which was a rallying call for Remain voters, but also argued that the Brexit vote had made the case for Scottish independence more credible.

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Tory group wants more celebration of Britishness at the Tattoo. Picture; Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh shuns ‘celebration of Britishness’ Tattoo proposal

THE Edinburgh Tattoo and New Year fireworks should be used for citizenship ceremonies as a celebration of Britishness, a Conservative campaign group said today.

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Some have claimed that a number of bills passed have killed off businesses in the Capital. Picture; stock image

Plea to halt bills that cost Capital jobs

THE body in charge of revaluing properties for business rates is under pressure to halt the process and carry out a review amid growing concern about the threat to jobs and livelihoods from rocketing bills.

House prices in the Hillside area of Edinburgh have shot up more than 340 per cent in 20 years.

House prices soar as buyers are ‘priced out’ across the Capital

HOUSE prices in some parts of the Capital have risen by an eye-watering 340 per cent in just 20 years.

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Portobello businesses are unhappy about the rise in Council rates - Amanda Caygill who owns the Espy and other bars / restaurants with Luke Hazelwood (chef) and AJ Qureshi (maitre'd). Picture: Greg Macvean

Jobs at risk as businesses face closure due to rates increase

JOBS will be lost and businesses forced to close thanks to soaring rates bills across the Capital, employers warned today.

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The Sick Kids' Hospital was put up for sale last year. Stock image

Gallery plan proposed for Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital

THE millionaire founder of the Capital’s Summerhall arts venue wants to buy the Sick Kids Hospital and turn it into a gallery of children’s art.

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Alex Salmond is predicting a fresh referendum in autumn next year. Picture: John Devlin

Ian Swanson: The game’s afoot, but will players all want to join in?

Alex Salmond’s response to last week’s poll showing an increase in support for independence was simple and to the point: “Game on,” he tweeted.

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There could be a potential buy out of the site. Picture; Jon Savage

Edinburgh’s Sick Kids community buy-out on cards

RESIDENTS living near Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital are planning to launch a potential community buy-out of the site.

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Iain Whyte. Picture: Andrew Cowan

Edinburgh ‘penalised for success’ in council tax rise claim Tories

CITY Tories today hit out at council tax changes which will mean Edinburgh paying more than anywhere else in Scotland.

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There have been calls for a new body to tackle noise at 
Edinburgh Airport. Picture; Ian Georgeson

New body proposed to tackle Edinburgh airport noise

THE UK government has announced plans for a new national body to curb aviation noise following calls sparked by the controversial flight path trial at Edinburgh Airport.

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Three operations are cancelled a day in Edinburgh. Photo by Jayne Wright.

Three ops a day cancelled in Lothians as hospitals struggle to cope

ALMOST 1200 operations were cancelled in Lothian last year because hospitals could not cope.

Rising birth rates and ageing midwife staff are a concern. Stock image

Urgent action required over Lothian midwife staff shortage

MORE than one in three midwives in Lothian are over the age of 50, sparking fears of a retirement timebomb.

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Muirhouse Library Team Leader Declan McCann

Irvine Welsh says he would never have become a writer were it not for Muirhouse Library. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Library cutbacks: Council urged to drop plans to reduce library hours

LIBRARIES across the Capital face major cuts in opening hours unless the city council performs a last-minute U-turn on its budget proposals.

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Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Car Park. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

500 staff waiting over five years for ERI parking permit

PARKING space at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary is at such a premium that a total of 614 staff are on the waiting list for permits – and 500 have been on it for more than five years.

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A general view of Granton Harbour

Warning of potential clash between tram extension and Granton marina development

DEVELOPERS behind proposals to regenerate Granton with a marina, 2000 homes and a hotel have been told to amend the plans because of a potential conflict with the tram extension.

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George Street where parking charges are set to rise again

City’s parking charges to increase once again

PARKING charges are set to rise by up to 20 per cent in the Capital with the cost in the priciest streets jumping to £3.80 per hour – a full £1 more than it was just five years ago.

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Portacabin classrooms arrive at 
The Royal High School. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh schools scandal inquiry reports next week

THE independent expert who led the inquiry into Edinburgh’s school buildings scandal will present his report to councillors next week.

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North Bridge has been described as 'cracked'. Picture: Scott Louden

North Bridge set for £12m of repairs after cracks discovered in inspection

North Bridge is to undergo repairs estimated at £12 million after rusting metal and cracks in concrete were discovered during a routine inspection.

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78 jobs are to go due to a John Lewis depot closure. Picture; Greg Macvean

Almost 80 jobs to go as John Lewis plans to close Leith warehouse

DEPARTMENT store John Lewis plans to shut its warehouse in Leith with the loss of up to 78 jobs.

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John Swinney launches the funding

£7.5 million for city schools to tackle attainment gap

SCHOOLS in the Capital will receive almost £7.5 million direct from the Scottish Government to help close the poverty-related attainment gap.

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