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Work starts on Edinburgh Accies’ ground revamp

DEVELOPERS say work has begun on the £16 million new home for Edinburgh Accies in Stockbridge - despite an ongoing legal row

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Developers behing the planned conversion of Royal High into a hotel have bypassed the Edinburgh Council's planners and gone straight to the Scottish Government.

Royal High planners duck Council and go to Holyrood

DEVELOPERS bidding to turn the old Royal High School into a luxury hotel want the Scottish Government to step in and decide on the proposals.

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Jeremy Corbyn: SNP should clean up its mess and forget indyref2

Embattled Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told Nicola Sturgeon to forget a second independence referendum and clear up the “shameful” mess she has made in governing Scotland.

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Theresa May ‘preparing for indyref2 call once Brexit starts’

Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing for the Scottish government to call a second independence referendum to coincide with the triggering of Article 50 next month.

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Scotrail trains arrive and depart  from Waverley Station, Edinburgh

Brian Monteith: Nationalising British Rail is the route back to bad times

If the Labour Party in Scotland wishes to find a way back from its political torpor that has been borne out of repeated humiliation at the polls, then it is going about it the wrong way.

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The 20mph speed limit has already been rolled out in parts of Edinburgh.  Picture Ian Rutherford

‘Massive surge in support’ for 20mph zones in Edinburgh

What do you think about the Capital’s plan for rolling out 20mph schemes?

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Kezia Dugdale tried to defuse the row this morning. Picture: John Devlin

Kezia Dugdale defends Sadiq Khan in SNP ‘racism’ row

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has sought to defuse a row over claims of racism directed at the SNP by the London mayor Sadiq Khan.

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Kathleen, Tam Dalyell's widow, at the memorial at St Michael's Parish Church, Linlithgow. Picture: SWNS

Tributes paid to ‘great man’ Tam Dalyell at memorial

Friends and former colleagues gathered yesterday to remember the life of politician Tam Dalyell, the former Labour MP who coined the West Lothian question.

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Finance Secretary Derek Mackay

Derek Mackay: Scotland handed a historic opportunity

Yesterday, Parliament passed the Scottish Government’s 2017-18 Budget. This Budget is historic as it represents the first time ever that the Scottish Parliament has set rates and bands of income tax to represent the priorities of the people of Scotland – freezing tax rates for next year and keeping the higher rate threshold unchanged. It will ensure that 99 per cent of taxpayers will not be paying any more income tax if they are earning the same wage.

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Richard Keen is a Government advisor on Scots Law. Picture; Neil Hanna

Advocate General for Scotland charged with firearms offence

The UK Government’s most senior adviser on Scots law has been charged with a firearms offence.

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The indycamp that used to stand outside Holyrood

Holyrood will not pursue £128k spent evicting Indycampers

The Scottish Parliament has abandoned its attempt to recover £128,000 worth of taxpayers’ money spent on evicting the independence supporting campers who pitched their tents outside the Holyrood building.

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BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay HQ in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

Brian Monteith: New BBC channel could bind us to UK

Let’s face it; the BBC was between a rock and a hard place. It has been lambasted, jumped upon and had demonstrations outside its Glaswegian HQ – facing demands for resignations and the dismissal of one its reporters during the independence referendum. That was one of the more distasteful moments of the campaign, and there were quite a few to choose from.

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BBC director general Tony Hall  has announced a new Scottish TV channel..

BBC announces new ‘Scottish 9’ on dedicated new £30m channel

The BBC is to create a new Scottish channel which will include an hour-long news programme featuring a mix of Scottish, UK and international news.

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Gordon Aikman raised more than �500,000 for research. Picture: Jane Barlow

£25k MND scholarship set up in memory of Gordon Aikman

A new £25,000 scholarship to improve care for people with motor neurone disease (MND) will be set up in memory of campaigner Gordon Aikman.

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Artists impression of proposed BHS development.

Planning permission granted to turn Princes Street BHS into hotel

Building could begin in weeks to transform the old BHS on Princes Street into a hotel and restaurant after councillors voted unanimously for the development to go ahead.

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The Murrayfield Bar is one of the many pubs in the Capital set to benefit. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

Joy for bars as business rates rises capped

PUBS, hotels, cafes and restaurants which feared they could be driven out of business by rates rises have been saved from closure after the Scottish Government announced a cap on increases.

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Lesley Hind at the launch of the 20mph scheme in the Capital. Picture; Ian Georgeson

All you need to know ahead of the 20mph rollout next week

Drivers in the Capital will be slowing down in a matter of days as a large swathe of Edinburgh prepares to take on a new 20mph speed limit.

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How the site will look if the hotel is built. Picture: contributed

Royal High hotel developers in furious attack on officials

Developers behind controversial plans to turn Edinburgh’s former Royal High School into a luxury hotel have slammed critics of the project – as they unveiled a scaled-back vision for the site.

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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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