Alex Staniforth: Tackle rip-off housing costs to build a greener future

Three cheers for the Evening News for its leader headline just before Christmas. “High property prices are not good for the city” it said. To me, it seems so obvious but it is amazing the number of newsrooms around the country which uncritically do the high-fives as they print yet another PR-agency story on the “housing boom”.

A scheme aimed at helping parents close streets for outdoor play is extended. Picture; Toby Williams

Edinburgh street play pilot to be extended despite criticism

A SCHEME designed to help parents temporarily close streets for their children to play outside is to be extended amid criticism the initial pilot was a “mess” and difficult to use.

Theresa May is expected to set out her approach today. Picture; Getty

Tories ‘to launch EU trade war’ ahead of Brexit talks

Theresa May has been accused of preparing to trigger a full-scale “trade war” with the European Union amid reports she is ready to pull Britain out of the single market.

Council tax is is to rise for the four top bands. Picture stock image

Edinburgh households to pay £600 more in council tax rise

HOUSEHOLDS across Edinburgh can expect to pay up to £600 more council tax than they did last financial year, the Evening News can reveal.

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Scotland's most polluted street. Picture; John Devlin

Scotland’s most polluted streets revealed amid health concerns

Lethal fumes linked to cancer, asthma, strokes, foetal development and the onset of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s are continuing to pollute Scotland’s busiest street seven years after a legal deadline to tackle the problem, an environmental campaign group has said.

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Figures revealed that some patients are having to wait over two years. Picture; stock image

Figures reveal two-year wait for mental health care

Opposition MSPs have claimed Scotland’s NHS waiting times “crisis” has intensified after it emerged that some adults have been forced to wait two years for mental health care.

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Kezia Dugdale in call for new dedicated cities minister

The Scottish Government needs to “ditch the timid managerialism” of the economy and adapt radical policies, according to Kezia Dugdale.

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Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons. Picture; PA

Theresa May to feature in edition of American Vogue

Theresa May is to be featured in a glossy fashion spread for American Vogue, Downing Street has confirmed.

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Canon Kenyon Wright in 2014. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Devolution campaigner Canon Kenyon Wright dies at 84

Canon Kenyon Wright, who played a central role in the creation of the Scottish Parliament, has died at the age of 84.

Police were called to the surgery behind held by Edinburgh South West MP Joanna Cherry. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Man arrested over incident at SNP MP’s surgery

Police were called to a surgery being held by Edinburgh South West SNP MP Joanna Cherry in Colinton Library after a man allegedly became aggressive.

Ian Rankin, Picture; Ian Georgeson

Ian Rankin backs protests over oil transfers

Campaigners protesting against plans for ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth have been backed by best-selling author Ian Rankin.

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Hunter's Tryst Primary School was demolished after a fire in 2008. Picture; Kenny Smith

Homes planned for site of former Hunter’s Tryst school

the scorched site of the former Hunter’s Tryst Primary School is set to be transformed into dozens of new flats.

Scott Findlay and Molly Shaw, seven, enjoy Christmas shopping on Princes Street. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Brexit: Cash boost for Capital as tourist spending up 24%

“BREXIT tourists” brought the Capital some extra Christmas cheer as it emerged spending over the festive season soared in 2016.

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Donald Trumps victory heralds the breakdown of the political consensus dominant in the western world over the past 70 years. Picture: Getty

Ian Murray: Now more than ever we must defend our values

Happy New Year! Or is it? After the chaos and upheaval of 2016, many will be glad to see the back of it. However, while 2016 may be behind us, it continues to cast a long shadow.

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Kezia Dugdale (right) arrives with partner Louise Riddell at a polling station to cast her vote in last year's Scottish Parliament election.

Kezia Dugdale splits from partner

SCOTTISH Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has separated from her partner, the party announced today.


Public choose name for Police Scotland horse

THOUSANDS of people have voted to name one of Police Scotland’s newest recruits - a horse now known as Harris.

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Joanna Cherry wants banks to be forced to stay open. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Edinburgh MP asks PM to intervene to save city bank branches

A CITY MP has called on Theresa May to step in and stop banks from closing local branches customers rely on.

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The city trauma centre has been delayed. Picture; stock image

Plans for city trauma centre are delayed for three years

PLANS for a trauma centre in the Capital have been delayed by at least three years.

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Edinburgh's tourism industry is booming. Picture: Scott Taylor

Andy Wightman: Short-term holiday lets need better regulation

Just before Christmas, I was privileged to contribute to a debate in the Scottish Parliament led by Gordon Lindhurst MSP on the future of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. During the debate, I was reminded of Alexander McCall-Smith’s depiction of Edinburgh as “a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again”. Yet listening to the thoughtful words of MSPs, it became clear to me that this is indeed a city, which is breaking residents’ hearts in other ways.

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