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Ian Swanson

Will tactical votes help Labour win in Edinburgh South?

AMID the SNP tidal wave which swept across Scotland at the last general election, Edinburgh South was all that saved Labour from total wipeout.

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Theresa May has performed an embarrassing volte-face over the 'dementia tax'. Picture: Getty

Ian Swanson: Weak and wobbly May shows she is for turning

THERESA May’s U-turn on the ‘dementia tax’ has been hailed as an unprecedented reversal of policy by any party at the height of a ­general election campaign.

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The Marchmont and Sciennes Development Trust must now submit two revised bids for the Sick Kids site.

Community bid for Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital at risk

A COMMUNITY bid to take over the site of the soon-to-move Sick Kids Hospital has been delayed by red tape – and now there are fears it could be sold to developers instead.

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Central London has had a Low Emission Zone since 2008

Edinburgh bids for first pollution charging zone

THE Capital is bidding to be the first city in Scotland to charge for entry to the worst-polluted roads.

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It has been two weeks since the count at Meadowbank. Picture; Neil Hanna

Local Elections: Stalemate at City Chambers two weeks on

THE stalemate at the City Chambers over who will form the next administration shows no sign of early resolution.

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Jeremy Corbyn at the launch in Bradford of the Labour Party manifesto. Picture: PA

Ian Swanson: Manifestos get down to election nitty gritty at last

At last, some policies. All parties were taken by surprise when Theresa May called the snap election and the lack of warning means they have had to work fast to pull together their policy platforms.

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New SNP group leader Adam McVey. Picture: TSPL

SNP to lead Edinburgh council alone if coalition deal fails

THE Capital’s SNP leaders today insisted they are ready to lead the city – with or without Labour.

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Laurence Marshall has big plans for the London Road Church. Picture: Neil Hanna

London Road Church ‘could be saved’ in community buy-out

A LANDMARK city church which closed earlier this year could be saved in a community buy-out.

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Donald Wilson celebrates his re-election. Picture: Neil Hanna

Labour puts Edinburgh coalition deal with SNP on hold

LABOUR’S Scottish executive committee has put the brakes on a proposed coalition deal with the SNP to run the Capital.

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Tory Mark Brown celebrates his win in Drumbrae/Gyle at the count at Meadowbank last Friday. Picture: Neil Hanna

Coalition talks in deadlock amid claims of outside pressure

TALKS between the SNP and Labour on forming a coalition have reached stalemate.

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Roseanna Cunningham with Rev George Whyte of the Church of Scotland
 admire Portobello Old Parish Church. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

Community buy-out of old Porty church is hailed as a trailblazer

THE community buy-out of a redundant church in Portobello has been hailed as a trailblazer for other urban groups across Scotland.

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Ruth Davidson casts her vote on May 4. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Ian Swanson: Are we really on the brink of a ‘true blue’ renaissance?

WHEN Ruth Davidson stunned everyone by winning Edinburgh Central at last year’s Holyrood elections, she acknowledged it did not mean the constituency had suddenly turned “true blue”.

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Ellie Bird, SNP councillor for Forth ward, celebrates her election at the count at Meadowbank on Friday. Picture: Neil Hanna

Labour proposes ‘rainbow coalition’ to run Edinburgh council

LABOUR has proposed an all-party “rainbow” coalition to run the Capital as talks continue on a new administration for the city.

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Campaigners Ian Gilmour and Cliff Beevers chair are hoping to replace the building and create a community bank. Picture; Ian Georgeson

Could this disused public toilet become Edinburgh’s newest bank?

A DISUSED public toilet could provide the solution to a community’s lack of a bank.

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Adam McVey of the SNP is set to lead the city council. Picture: Neil Hanna/TSPL

Adam McVey to replace Frank Ross as SNP group leader

ALL three of Edinburgh’s biggest parties have changed their leaders within hours of the council election results being declared.

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Frank Ross

SNP’s Frank Ross faces leadership challenge

SNP group leader Frank Ross is set to face a challenge for his position from finance convener Alasdair Rankin when the party’s newly elected councillors meet for the first time this afternoon.

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Vote count under way as parties prepare for talks over coalition

COUNTING of votes in the city council elections was under way today as speculation mounted about the shape of the new administration expected to be formed over the weekend.

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The chips are down for Prime Minister Theresa May - but she seems intent on shutting down debate. Picture: Dylan Martinez/PA Wire

Ian Swanson: Shutting down debate? We need to talk, Mrs May

WITH all the general election talk in the air and pictures of ­campaigning Westminster leaders dominating the TV news, it might be easy for some people to forget the vote that is happening tomorrow.

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The community buy out has been given the go ahead. Picture; Jane Barlow

Green light given to community buy-out of Bellfield Street site

RESIDENTS in Portobello are celebrating after the Scottish Government gave the final go-ahead for the community buy-out of the former Old Parish Church and Halls in Bellfield Street.

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Cameron Rose is one of the Tory councillors who will face a public hearing. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Two Edinburgh Tories face Standards Commission hearing

TWO top city Tories face a public hearing in front of the Standards Commission after an investigation found they had breached the councillors’ code of conduct.

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