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Ruth Davidson vows to protect needs of Scottish farmers post-Brexit

Ruth Davidson has told farmers she is “pressing the case” on the need to respect Scotland’s distinct needs after Brexit.

Politics
Keane Wallis-Bennett who died when a wall collapsed at Liberton High School in 2014.

Parents’ fury as promise to rebuild Liberton school is broken

Passionate calls from parents to rebuild a school where a pupil was crushed to death by a wall have fallen on deaf ears as buildings in worse condition were prioritised for repairs.

Politics
The Scottish Government wants to get more people to stop smoking

Small stores under threat from move to limit cigarette sales

Local shopkeepers fear they could be put out of business over the prospect of a crackdown on the number of stores allowed to sell cigarettes in Scotland.

Politics

SNP anger over ‘shady cash grab’ at Edinburgh’s Fort Kinnaird

The SNP has accused the UK government of “conning” Scotland after a share of Fort Kinnaird retail park was sold for £167 million.

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Mark McDonald MSP is set to be suspended for a month. Picture: SWNS

MSP Mark McDonald set to be suspended from Holyrood without pay

Holyrood’s Standards Committee has recommended that shamed former minister Mark McDonald be suspended from the Scottish Parliament without pay for one month after a harassment investigation.

News
The funeral has been held for former Lord Provost George Grubb

Funeral held for former Edinburgh Lord Provost George Grubb

A PACKED church heard former Lord Provost George Grubb described as a thinker, an innovator and a man ahead of his time as family, friends and colleagues gathered to say their final farewells.

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Local businesses and residents back office and hotel plan at Haymarket gap site

It’s been a railway goods yard, a car park and for decades nothing but a vacant gap site.

Haymarket
Ministers unveiled the plans to make Scotland smoke-free by 2034. Picture: Toby Williams

Radical new plans revealed to turn Scotland smoke free by 2034

A ban on smoking in council homes is among a raft of radical new measures being considered as part of the “next steps” unveiled by ministers to make Scotland smoke-free by 2034.

Politics
Leader comment: Trams might be important..but so are schools

Leader comment: Trams might be important..but so are schools

Welcome news today that the city’s education leader is determined to replace and renovate all of Edinburgh’s depleted schools.

Opinion
The UK Government wants to have the final say in any disputes over farming policy after Brexit

Tommy Sheppard: Tories won’t grab our powers without a fight

Brexit rumbles on. Last week the SNP walked out of parliament in protest at not being allowed to discuss House of Lords amendments that will seriously affect how we are governed. If we can’t have our say inside the chamber we’ll make our arguments outside.

Opinion

Donald Trump to meet the Queen during UK visit

US President Donald Trump will meet the Queen during his visit to the UK next month, American ambassador Woody Johnson has said.

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Welcome home. The 2 Scots return to their Penicuik base

2 Scots return from Iraq service to Penicuik base

Glad to be firmly back on Scottish soil, soldiers have returned to their Penicuik base after a six-month tour in Iraq.

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King's Theatre Restoration Tollcross

King’s Theatre refurbishment gets £5m loan boost from city

A multi-million pound campaign to refurbish one of Edinburgh’s best-loved theatres has been given a £5 million funding boost after councillors agreed to support it.

Edinburgh
Men wearing kilts will also be protected by new upskirting laws. Picture: TSPL

English upskirting ban ‘will also apply to kilts’

Men wearing kilts will also be protected by plans for a ban on upskirting in England and Wales, it has been disclosed in the Lords.

News

Scots consume ‘10 litres of pure alcohol a year’

More than 10 litres of pure alcohol was consumed last year for every adult in Scotland, a new report on the nation’s drinking has revealed.

Health

Controversial Edinburgh school merger bid axed

Two Edinburgh schools threatened with closure are set to stay open as the council is poised for a dramatic U-turn after failing to win support from opposition parties.

Education
Gardeners will have to pay a �25 annual fee for the city's brown bin service from October. Picture: PA

Lesley Macinnes: Brown bin money will be reinvested

It’s around this time of year that, for those of us with gardens, hedge strimmers, lawn mowers and trowels are more useful than ever as flower beds, lawns and hedges thrive.

Opinion
Lord Provost George Grubb pictured at the City Chambers. Picture: Jayne Emsley

Steve Cardownie: George Grubb was one of life’s nice guys

It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of one of life’s nice guys, the former Lord Provost Rev George Grubb who passed away last Saturday night.

Opinion
Theresa May's promise of a 'Brexit Bonus' for the NHS was a political masterstroke. Picture: Getty

Brian Montieth: May is showing a healthy political savvy – at last

You do not have to agree with something people say or do to admire and ­respect the thinking ­behind it or the execution in delivering it. Understanding the skill and craft, the cunning even, of an opponent is an important aspect of gaining some humility.

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Ian Swanson: Independence an uphill trudge for SNP despite walkout

THE expulsion of Ian Blackford from the House of Commons and the immediate walkout by all the other SNP MPs catapulted Scotland to the front of UK political consciousness in a way little else short of another independence referendum could.

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