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Ian Swanson: Sturgeon presses reset button on Indyref dream

NICOLA Sturgeon was never going to ditch her plans for another independence referendum altogether. That would have been asking the First Minister to surrender any chance of securing her top political objective.

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Nicola Sturgeon ‘resets’ indyref2 plans

Nicola Sturgeon said today the Scottish government will “reset” the plan on indyref2.

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Ministry of Defence handout photo of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Picture; PA

HMS Queen Elizabeth ‘not vulnerable’ to cyber attack

Britain’s most powerful warship is not vulnerable to a cyber attack, the Defence Secretary has insisted, after fears were raised about its software.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to make an announcement later on today. Picture: SWNS

Nicola Sturgeon set to make an announcement on indyref2

NICOLA Sturgeon is expected to set out her position on a second independence referendum at Holyrood later on today.

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Nicola Sturgeon blasts £1bn ‘bung’ as DUP agrees to Tory pact

A deal struck between the UK Government and the Democratic Unionist Party is “the worst kind of pork-barrel politics” and “a straight bung”, the first ministers of Scotland and Wales said.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier leaves Rosyth

The largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy has set sail for the first time.

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Theresa May under fire over ‘grubby deal’ with DUP

A deal between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party to shore up the minority government has sparked a furious row over plans to give £1 billion of additional public money to Northern Ireland.

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya attend a memorial service for the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze. Picture: PA

Keith Geddes: Mayor model might be ideal for Capital council

AFTER weeks of delay Edinburgh now at last has a new council administration. The SNP and Labour are continuing the coalition which ran the Capital between 2012 and 2017, albeit with the SNP being the dominant partner this time.

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A spokesperson for Nicola Sturgeon branded the reports 'purely speculative'. Picture: Getty Images

Reports that indyref2 on hold ‘purely speculative’, says SNP

Reports that Nicola Sturgeon is to put plans for a second independence referendum on hold to instead focus on delivering a soft Brexit are entirely speculative, a spokesman has insisted.

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Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson, seen here in June 2016, has died after a short illness. Picture: Scott Louden

Gordon Wilson, former SNP leader, dies at 79

Gordon Wilson, the former leader of the SNP, has died at the age of 79, the party has confirmed.

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Cladding has been removed from a building on the Chalcots Estate in north London after it was confirmed by the Government to have flammable facades. Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Residents evacuated from five London tower blocks over safety fears

Residents from five council tower blocks in London have been evacuated over fire safety fears in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

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A tied vote shows how life might be under minority SNP rule. Picture: Greg Macvean

Edinburgh council draws lots over appointments

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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Scotland voted decisively to Remain in the European Union. Picture: PA

Ash Denham: We need a seat at the Brexit table

One year has passed since the EU referendum, when the UK voted to leave the European Union – but Scotland voted decisively to Remain.

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Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at the European Council in Brussels. Picture: AFP/BELGA/Thierry Roge/Getty Images

May offers EU nationals the right to stay after Brexit

Theresa May has offered to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK for the rest of their lives ahead of the anniversary of Britain’s historic decision to leave the European Union.

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Brexit dominated the Queen's speech yesterday. Picture: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

May pledges she will bring the nation ‘closer together’

theresa MAY has pledged to bring the United Kingdom “closer together” as her government unveiled its proposed new laws in the Queen’s Speech.

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 Adam McVey says he only ended up in the job by accident. Picture: Ian Georgeson

City’s youngest ever council chief landed role by ‘accident’

Adam McVey, who is today due to become Edinburgh’s youngest ever council leader, says he only ended up at the City Chambers by accident.

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A member of protocol changes the EU and British flags prior to the start of Brexit negotiations. Picture: AP/Virginia Mayo

Former Hearts-linked businessman launches anti-Brexit push

An Edinburgh businessman who was once linked with a takeover of Heats has launched a petition in a bid to change Brexit.

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Concern over plans to scrap city Petitions Committee

Local concerns could be sidelined in favour of bigger issues if plans to scrap the city’s petitions committee are given the green light, residents have warned.

Holyrood is to vote on scrapping the time bar for abuse survivors. Stock image, Jayne Wright

Holyrood to vote on scrapping time bar for child abuse survivors

Legislation to lift a time bar to allow survivors of childhood abuse to sue for damages will be voted on at Holyrood later.

The Queen walks through the Royal Gallery in the Houses of Parliament before delivering her speech. Picture: AP

Tommy Sheppard: Was this the emptiest Queen’s Speech ever?

Well, this is awkward. I had hoped to use my column this month to bring a digest of the Queen’s Speech. This is where Her Majesty reads out the legislative programme of the government of the day. Only there isn’t one. Well, there is, but it is so vacuous and devoid of content that there might as well not be.

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