Ian Swanson

Ian Swanson: May isn’t good enough, Scotland deserves ‘when’

THE Scottish Parliament will tonight officially endorse Nicola Sturgeon’s request for Westminster to hand it the legal authority to hold a second independence referendum between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

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Views of Edinburgh taken from Calton Hill. Picture; Steven Scott Taylor.

Welcome to happy town: 94% say they like living in Edinburgh

NINETY-FOUR per cent of residents say they are happy with Edinburgh as a place to live - one of the highest scores recorded anywhere in the UK.

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The Council has halted the advertising deal.

Edinburgh trams: Ad firm loses contract after ‘no revenue’ brought in

ADVERTISING giant JC Decaux is set to lose the contract for letting ads on Edinburgh’s trams after failing to bring in any revenue for more than two years.

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Prime Minister Theresa May speaking about a second referendum on independence. Picture; PA

Indyref2: PM vows to crush SNP plans ahead of Brexit

Theresa May has dramatically joined battle with Nicola Sturgeon by signalling she will block the First Minister’s plans for a fresh independence referendum within the next two years.

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Nicola Sturgeon issues her call for a new referendum

Ian Swanson: Is this really Groundhog Day? Well, Yes and No..

Already there are complaints of deja vu and Groundhog Day. If Nicola Sturgeon gets her way, Scots will be going to the polls for a second independence referendum in about 18 months or two years from now – four years or so after last time.

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The City Deal is expected to be partly used to extend Edinburgh's tram network to Leith and Newhaven.

£1bn Edinburgh City Deal to be signed within weeks

EDINBURGH’S City Deal – handing the Capital and surrounding councils more than £1 billion worth of powers and infrastructure funding from central government – is expected to be signed off within weeks.

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NHS Lothian's figures are worse than 2 years ago. Stock image

Lothian youngsters wait over a year for mental health help

More than one in seven patients under 18 needing mental health treatment in the Lothians are having to wait over a year for help, new figures reveal.

Overflowing communcal bins and uncollected rubbish on streets has been an issue in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh comes top in Government poll of street cleaning

STREET cleaning in the Capital has been singled out by Scotland’s local government spending watchdog as a good example of councils saving money without a negative impact on performance.

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The Sick Kids' Hospital site is up for sale.

‘Stitch-up’ claim over Edinburgh Sick Kids sale

MILLIONAIRE Robert McDowell is threatening legal action against NHS Lothian over what he calls a “stitch-up” on the sale of the Sick Kids Hospital site.

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Property values across the Capital are set to soar in the next 4 years..Picture by Alex Hewitt

Edinburgh house prices set to soar by 23% in next 4 years

IT’S already hard enough for first-time buyers to find a house they can afford in the Capital – but forecasts suggest the struggle to get on the housing ladder is going to get even worse over the next four years.

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The Western General Hospital. Picture: Neil Hanna

Western General needs £26m to get cancer centre up to scratch

HEALTH bosses are asking the Scottish Government for £26 million to improve conditions for patients and boost treatment at the cancer centre in Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital.

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Edinburgh Tram testing on the tracks in the Gogar Depot
Pic Neil Hanna

Edinburgh trams: ex-council leader’s shock at emails

FORMER council leader Jenny Dawe said today she was “pretty shocked” when she was shown internal e-mails about the tram project suggesting officials may have kept information from her.

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Edinburgh Airport expects to see significant passenger growth. Picture; Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh Airport urged to boost public transport

AIRPORT bosses are being urged to boost public transport links for passengers and make car trips less attractive.

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An official advised his new boss to be very careful what he told councillors about the project and explained they had been kept on a restricted info flow. Picture: Lesley Martin

Exclusive: Tram email suggests politicians kept in the dark

AN e-mail which is set to be a key piece of evidence at the inquiry into Edinburgh’s tram fiasco suggests council officials may have kept politicians in the dark at the height of the controversy over the project.

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Kezia Dugdale has a plan, but is anyone listening? Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Ian Swanson: Labour might have a good idea but no-one’s listening

KEZIA Dugdale pledged at the Scottish Labour conference at the weekend that the party she leads will never support independence.

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William Gray Muir with a model of the proposed Music School at the Royal High School. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh developers accused of ‘Trump tactics’ over Royal High

DEVELOPERS bidding to turn the old Royal High School into a luxury hotel have been accused of “Trump tactics” after they asked the Scottish Government to override the council and decide on the project.

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Tony Blair has spoken out about Brexit. Picture: Getty

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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