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SNP’s Jim Eadie set to take on Ian Murray in Edinburgh South

FORMER SNP MSP Jim Eadie is frontrunner to take on Labour’s sole Scottish MP Ian Murray in what will be one of the most closely-fought contests of the general election.

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Theresa Mays announcement took everyone by surprise. Picture: AFP/Getty

Ian Swanson: May’s quest for mandate is not so straightforward

After months of insisting in her best “no nonsense” voice that a general election was out of the question any time before the scheduled date of 2020, Theresa May took everyone by surprise with her sudden, untrailed announcement that the country will be going to the polls on June 8.

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Voters will go to the poll in under three weeks to choose the Capital's 63 councillors. Picture; SWNS

Countdown to the election: 4 key battlegrounds

Voters will go to the polls in less than three weeks to choose the Capital’s 63 councillors for the next five years. A total of 120 candidates are standing in 17 wards. Ian Swanson begins our look at some of the battlegrounds

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A tram in Edinburgh. Picture: Lesley Martin

SNP sets conditions for giving OK to tram extension

EXTENDING the Capital’s tram route will only go ahead if conditions are met, the SNP warns in its council election manifesto launched today.

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Kelly Parry has reported Cllr De Vink to police. Picture; Gordon Fraser

Midlothian SNP councillor reports former colleague to police

A SENIOR SNP councillor in Midlothian has reported former independent colleague Peter de Vink to the police over comments he made in an “End of Term Report” delivered to voters.

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Adam Lang, Head of Communications and Policy at Shelter Scotland

Edinburgh rent control: Backing for tight controls on landlords

HOMELESSNESS charity Shelter Scotland has backed calls for Edinburgh to introduce rent controls.

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In the US sitcom Friends, Monica's apartment was subject to rent control. Picture: complimentary

Edinburgh set for new US-style rent control powers

RENT rises would be capped under calls for tight controls on landlords in the Capital once new laws come into force.

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Harald Toberman, who has become so exasperated With Edinburgh Council he will now run for office as an independent. Picture; Toby Williams

Street closure is driving me to stand in election

A COMMUNITY campaigner who says he is fed up with political parties is standing as an independent in next month’s council elections.

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The political parties are ready for the fight to control City Chambers.

Edinburgh candidates ready for council battle as coalition looms

ANOTHER coalition council is looming after no party put up enough candidates to secure an overall majority.

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Edinburgh Trams recorded their busiest day Picture; Lesley Martin

Edinburgh trams records ‘busiest day’ since service launched

Rugby fans flocking to Scotland’s clash with Wales at Murrayfield last month helped give the Capital’s trams their busiest single day since they started nearly three years ago.

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Theresa May meets Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow. Picture: SWNS

Ian Swanson: Who will blink first in the Brexit stand-off?

THE frosty meeting between Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon in a Glasgow hotel this week said all that needs to be said about the state of relations between the UK and Scottish governments at a time of unprecedented constitutional turmoil.

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The Sick Kids hospital in Sciennes. Picture: Jon Savage

Community bid lodged for Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital

RESIDENTS have formally submitted a community bid for the Sick Kids Hospital.

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Paul Nolan is disappointed about revised proposals for the revamp of the Jack Kane Centre. Picture: Joey Kelly

Plans for BMX track dropped from Jack Kane Centre revamp

A PROPOSED BMX track has been dropped from plans for a revamp of the Jack Kane Centre in Craigmillar.

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Stagecoachs No 40 is the only direct bus link between South Queensferry and the centre of the Capital. Picture: Greg Macvean

Stagecoach to pull South Queensferry’s bus link to Capital

SOUTH Queensferry is set to lose its only direct bus link to the centre of Edinburgh after Stagecoach announced it was withdrawing the service.

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Happiness is a place called Morningside. Sonya Angus, Tessa Henry, And Laura Woodham enjoy a coofee outside Maison Bleue Bistro. Picture; Ian Georgeson

Morningside tops Edinburgh happiness league

IT’S got the shops, it’s got the parks, it’s got the schools - and it’s got the buses into town.

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The City Deal could be delayed until after the elections. PIcture Steven Scott Taylor

Edinburgh City Deal delayed until after May elections

COUNCIL chiefs have admitted Edinburgh’s City Deal – due to bring £1 billion of investment and new powers to the Capital – has been delayed.

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Nicola Sturgeon has played her hand well. Picture: Getty

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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