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Lib Dems fined £20,000 by watchdog over undeclared payments

Lib Dems fined £20,000 by watchdog over undeclared payments

The Liberal Democrats have been fined £20,000 by the Electoral Commission for failing to declare all their spending in the 2015 general election campaign. An investigation by the commission found that 307 payments totalling £184,676 were missing from the

BBC, 1 min. ago

Business Stream chief grilled over farm complaints

Complaints that had poured in from the farming sector over the operations of Business Stream, Scottish Water’s commercial supply arm, were aired during scrutiny of the organisation in the Scottish Parliament yesterday. Major areas of complaint included t

Scotsman, 16 min. ago

LibDems fined for failing to declare election spending

The Liberal Democrats have been fined the maximum £20,000 by a watchdog for failing to properly declare all their spending in the 2015 general election. The Electoral Commission said it had also referred the matter to the police to see if any criminal of

Scotsman, today, 09:21

Humza Yousaf caught driving without insurance

Transport minister Humza Yousaf has been caught driving without insurance, according to a report. Police officers are said to have stopped Mr Yousaf during routine checks on the A835 near Dingwall, Easter Ross, last Friday. Mr Yousaf, 31, who has come un

Scotsman, today, 08:39

Martin Flanagan: EU upheaval weighs on takeover deals

There has been much evidence that UK businesses have put investment on hold following the landscape-shifting Brexit vote. But that has now been mirrored in the latest data for acquisition activity as well, showing a distinct slowdown since that historic

Scotsman, today, 07:10

Leader comment: No margin for error over reforms in education

We should be disappointed but not hugely surprised by the publication of figures which show that the performance of Scotland’s education system has deteriorated when measured against other countries in recent years, and is now rated no better than “avera

Scotsman, today, 06:16

Scott Macnab: Education figures are another blot on the SNP’s report card

After deriding Labour promises to win votes and power in 2007, the Scottish Government is now wide open to criticism over its own record, writes Scott Macnab When Nicola Sturgeon told Scots she wanted to be judged on her education record, she was placing

Scotsman, today, 06:16

Chris Marshall: Prosecution service has its own case to answer

When Holyrood’s justice committee announced earlier this year that it would hold an inquiry into the work of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), it took many by surprise. Problems associated with heavy workloads and court delays have

Scotsman, today, 06:16

Martyn McLaughlin: The media is duty bound to scrutinise Trump, not ignore him

The president-elect’s thorny tweets are part of a ploy, but the press must not turn away, says Martyn McLaughlin It is an observation which, like so many conventions of democratic political discourse, looks set to be turned on its head come January, when

Scotsman, today, 06:16

Concern over nurse vacancy rates in Scottish NHS

Nursing leaders have warned of an uncertain winter as vacancy rates soared to the highest level in five years. More than 2,600 nursing and midwifery posts were vacant in September, pushing the vacancy rate up to 4.3 per cent compared to 1 per cent in 201

Scotsman, today, 06:16

Leader comment: Little freedom of movement from the EU

It is just the start of negotiations, so it is to be expected that sides will take extreme positions in the expectation of shifting towards compromise. But the first public speech on Brexit by the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier seems very specific.

Scotsman, today, 06:16

SNP support for Brexit as high as Labour

The same proportion of SNP supporters as Labour voters backed Brexit in the EU referendum, according to new research. The survey by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) concluded that Leave won the EU referendum by galvanising disengaged vote

Scotsman, today, 00:21

French PM Valls steps down to focus on presidential election

French prime minister Manuel Valls stepped down yesterday to focus on running for president in next year’s election and was replaced by interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve, a man who embodies the fight against Islamic extremism. Mr Valls resigned a day a

Scotsman, yesterday, 21:43

Scots teenage girls outperform boys when it comes to reading

Girls in Scottish schools outperformed boys when it came to reading, the PISA test revealed yesterday. The average score for males was 483 and for females was 504, a gap of 21 points. This gap proved statistically similar to the OECD average of 27 points

Scotsman, yesterday, 20:45

Scottish poultry farmers warned over deadly bird flu strain

Poultry farmers are being warned to keep birds indoors as a precaution against a deadly bird flu strain in mainland Europe. The Scottish Government has declared an avian influenza prevention zone requiring that all poultry and captive birds are kept sepa

Scotsman, yesterday, 18:50

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