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SNP blame ‘toxic’ Tory Government for stirring up anti-immigrant feeling

The “toxic” Tory Government has been blamed by the SNP for stirring up anti-immigrant feeling in working-class people through a lack of public investment. The party’s justice and home affairs spokeswoman Joanna Cherry said the Conservative...

Scotsman, 5 December 2018
 

Elevator hosts MSPs to shine a light on support for start-ups

Social enterprise Elevator hosted MSPs from the economy, energy and fair work committee to its Aberdeen office on Tuesday to discuss business support services in Scotland. The visit was part of the committee’s inquiry to understand the range of...

Scotsman, 5 December 2018
 

John Swinney: Music tuition charges show some councils do not recognise its value

The Education Secretary has suggested some councils do not “recognise the value” of teaching children to play musical instruments, during questioning about charges for the service by MSPs. Giving evidence at an inquiry into music tuition in schools by...

Scotsman, 5 December 2018
 

Brexit: Second referendum only way to break gridlock in parliament, MPs hear

Parliament will be “gridlocked” no matter what the Brexit deal, former Cabinet minister Justine Greening warned as she urged the Government to “ask the people” to break the impasse. The Tory former education secretary told MPs a referendum could be...

Scotsman, 5 December 2018
 

Atlantis lands European grant for MeyGen tidal power innovation

Simec Atlantis Energy is to receive a €1 million funding boost for its pioneering MeyGen tidal power project in the Pentland Firth. The sustainable energy specialist has been awarded the grant, worth around £888,000, from the European Executive Agency...

Scotsman, 5 December 2018
 
Sajid Javid says freedom of movement ends, 'deal or no deal'

Sajid Javid says freedom of movement ends, 'deal or no deal'

Theresa May’s Brexit deal offers the end of freedom of movement, a change that supporters of her offer say is crucial in delivering the Brexit for which people voted in 2016. As ending of freedom of movement is central to the deal, some MPs have been...

Guardian, 5 December 2018
 

Mackie’s serves up sweet sales at first ice cream parlour

Mackie’s first ice cream parlour has sold the equivalent of 3,000 bathtubs of ice cream in its inaugural year. The Mackie’s of Scotland 19.2 parlour, located on Broad Street in Aberdeen, exactly 19.2 miles from the Mackie’s Westertown family farm, has...

Scotsman, 5 December 2018
 
John Swinney accuses fee-charging councils of not appreciating the value of music

John Swinney accuses fee-charging councils of not appreciating the value of music

The Education Secretary pointed the finger at councils for failing to “recognise the value” of music when he was quizzed on charging pupils for lessons. Local authorities say they are being forced into making difficult decisions about imposing fees...

The Courier, 5 December 2018
 

Donald Trump dubbed ‘pariah’ and criticised over planned homes at Menie estate

Councillors have been urged to take a stand against Donald Trump as a hearing is set to take place over plans for 550 homes at the Menie estate. Trump International Golf Links Ltd wants to build 550 homes alongside community facilities, shops,...

Scotsman, 5 December 2018
 
Javid would like to review ban on asylum seekers working in the UK

Javid would like to review ban on asylum seekers working in the UK

The home secretary has said he would like to review the ban on asylum seekers working in the UK as they wait for their claims to be decided. People seeking asylum in the UK are only allowed to work if they have been waiting on a claim for 12 months or...

Guardian, 5 December 2018
 
Clear-cut Brexit legal advice reinforces backstop concerns

Clear-cut Brexit legal advice reinforces backstop concerns

Its conclusions may not surprise those who have been following the ins and outs of the Brexit debate. But the reality is that the clear-cut language of Geoffrey Cox’s full legal advice to the cabinet will reinforce all the concerns the hard Brexit...

Guardian, 5 December 2018
 

Beast Gear predicts 250% leap in annual sales

An Aberdeen-based fitness gear company is celebrating record growth as it anticipates a turnover rise of 250 per cent for 2018. Beast Gear, which launched in 2016, expects to post revenues in excess of £2 million for the year to the end of December....

Scotsman, 5 December 2018
 

Aberdeen drone operator takes off thanks to investment

An Aberdeen-based company that uses drones for inspection work has secured significant investment to support its growth thanks to the efforts of Anderson Anderson & Brown (AAB), the accountancy and business advisory practice. Air Control Entech...

Scotsman, 5 December 2018
 
PMQs verdict: Corbyn has upper hand but fails to land knockout blow

PMQs verdict: Corbyn has upper hand but fails to land knockout blow

Key points While we debate Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn said, we must not ignore the plight facing people in Britain. Last week he wrote to Theresa May about the report from Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur, about poverty in the UK. May said she did not...

Guardian, 5 December 2018
 

Scotland has room to tax high earners more says Derek Mackay

Scots middle earners could face more tax hikes after Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said he "sensed" there is further scope to increase rates. Mr Mackay will set out his budget for 2019/20 at Holyrood next week. Scots earning above £33,000...

Scotsman, 5 December 2018
 


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