Ian Swanson

Edinburgh councillors draw lots after vote tied

THE perils of minority administration became obvious at the first city council meeting under the new SNP-Labour coalition when a tied vote ended with senior councillors having to draw lots.

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David Davis, right, in talks with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier. Picture: AP

Ian Swanson: EU hold all the cards and Mrs May will soon be gone

THE Brexit talks have begun – but instead of the UK’s hand being strengthened by a general election mandate, David Davis had to start by giving in on the first point of contention, the EU’s preferred timetable for negotiations.

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SNP leader Adam McVey and Labour counterpart Cammy Day shake hands on their coalition deal at City Chambers. Picture: Greg Macvean

Coalition deal ‘will last 5 years’ despite Labour dissent

LEADERS of Edinburgh’s new SNP-Labour administration say they are confident the coalition will last the full five years until the next council elections.

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Cammy Day

SNP-Labour coalition for Edinburgh gets go-ahead

PLANS for an SNP-Labour coalition to run the Capital have finally got the go-ahead - 42 days after the council elections.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster and MP Nigel Dodds arrive at 10 Downing Street. Picture: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Theresa May close to survival deal with DUP

THERESA May is said to be nearing a deal with the DUP to allow her to carry on in government.

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Ruth Davidson flanked by Chris Grayling, David Mundell and Priti Patel at the cabinet table in Downing Street. Picture: Getty

Ian Swanson: The real test of the Scots Tory recovery starts now

PICTURES of Ruth Davidson at the Cabinet table surrounded by UK ministerial colleagues served to underline just how crucial the Scottish Tories are to the survival of Theresa May’s government.

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Lord Provost Frank Ross at Meadowbank during the Council Election. Picture; Neil Hanna

SNP-Labour council could be officially agreed this week

THE Capital’s wait for an administration to be formed following last month’s council elections could be nearly over.

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Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip attend a church service. Picture; PA

General Election: May muddles on but Brexit plan in tatters

THERESA May is meeting her Cabinet ministers this morning and backbenchers this afternoon amid speculation that the general election result will force her to soften her line on Brexit and drop key manifesto policies.

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Police talk to a beggar on the streets of the Capital. Picture: Ian Georgeson

City centre businesses set to fund police officers to help homeless

BUSINESSES are set to fund police officers and charity workers to help tackle begging and homelessness in the city centre.

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People observe a minute's silence at London Bridge in memory of the victims of the June 3 terror attacks.
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Ian Swanson: Terror attacks cast long shadow over polling day

THE murderous attack in London on Saturday night, hot on the heels of the Manchester concert bombing, has pushed security and the terrorist threat to the top of the agenda in these closing days of the election campaign.

The SNPs Frank Ross was elected Lord Provost by 26 to 24 with backing from SNP and Green councillors. Picture: Jane Barlow

Edinburgh Labour activists in row over Lord Provost snub

LABOUR activists in the Capital have officially registered their concern over the handling of coalition talks by the party’s council group after the local elections.

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Jeremy Corbyn has not wilted under the election spotlight. Picture: Getty

Ian Swanson: What happened to the dull election we all expected?

A CLOSING gap in the polls, a strong reaction to Theresa May’s social care U-turn and an impressive TV performance by Jeremy Corbyn have injected some unexpected drama into what looked like a pretty dull election campaign.

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SNP MP Hannah Bardell makes her maiden speech in the House of Commons, Westminster.

Judge me on my record, says SNP candidate Hannah Bardell

THE SNP’s Hannah Bardell stormed to victory two years ago with almost 57 per cent of the votes in this seat, which had previously been safe Labour territory since Robin Cook became its first MP on its creation in 1983.

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Edinburgh's trams won't be extended with City Deal money

City deal won’t pay for £162m Edinburgh tram extension

THE Capital’s long-awaited City Deal has been ruled out as a source of funding for the proposed extension to the city’s tramline.

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Melissa Gaynor with son Tyler were evicted from their property at 14 Wardieburn Place East. Picture; Toby Williams

Benefit caps: Protests get evicted family a temporary home

MOTHER-OF-THREE Melissa Gaynor, evicted from her home when benefit changes left her unable to pay the rent, has been given temporary accommodation after being left to fend for herself and her children for almost a week.

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West Lothian Labour group leader, Lawrence Fitzpatrick. Picture: Contributd

Labour denies minority deal with Tories in West Lothian

WEST Lothian’s new council leader has denied doing any deal with the Tories to establish Labour as a minority administration while the SNP – the biggest party – is left out in the cold.

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Ian Murray won Scottish Labour's one and only seat in 2015. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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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