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Attainment in Scottish Higher exams falls for third straight year

Attainment in Higher exams has fallen for the third year in a row, new figures have shown. Scottish Qualifications Authority statistics show A-C passes at Higher are down marginally by 0.2 per cent between 2017 and 2018. National 5 qualifications have...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 21:02
 

Brexit deal still in limbo as May refuses to name new vote date

The UK’s exit deal from the EU remains in limbo, with the Prime Minister refusing to set a date for MPs to vote on the agreement and signs of fresh unhappiness in government over its contents. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox suggested that the...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 20:29
 

Bill Jamieson: Derek Mackay brings Scottish budget of relief

Even before finance minister Derek Mackay concluded his Budget speech in Holyrood, there would have been relief amongst his strongest critics that it is still possible to have ‘normal’ parliamentary politics in the UK, with Holyrood displaying the...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 19:51
 

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish Budget an example of ‘strong and stable government’

Nicola Sturgeon has hailed the Scottish Government’s draft Budget as an example of “strong and stable government” - contrasting it with Westminster’s Brexit “shambles”. The First Minister spoke out in favour of the “strong and progressive” package of...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 19:51
 
PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn demands immediate vote on Brexit deal

PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn demands immediate vote on Brexit deal

Jeremy Corbyn has demanded that Theresa May immediately put her Brexit deal to a vote of parliament, using prime minister’s questions to lambast the government for treating the Commons in a “totally and utterly unacceptable” way. An often pugnacious...

Guardian, Wednesday, 19:38
 
Theresa May signals she will step down before 2022 election

Theresa May signals she will step down before 2022 election

Theresa May has told Conservative MPs she knows they will not let her lead them into another general election in 2022, though “in my heart” she would have liked to. The prime minister was addressing a packed meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory...

Guardian, Wednesday, 19:38
 

Scottish Budget analysis: What a relief! – Bill Jamieson

Even before Finance Secretary Derek Mackay concluded his Budget speech in Holyrood yesterday, there would have been relief amongst his strongest critics that it’s still possible to have ‘normal’ parliamentary politics in the UK, with Holyrood...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 19:09
 

Scottish Budget: Union leaders hit out at Derek Mackay’s pay deal

The Scottish Government’s budget for 2019-2020 “does nothing to make amends for a decade of pay cuts for public workers”, it has been claimed. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced a public-sector pay deal that provides a pay rise of 3% for those...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 18:56
 

Scottish Budget analysis: Income tax differences still dominate

Income tax has dominated the Scottish budget process since the Scottish Government decided to overhaul the system and introduce five tax bands last year. It means Scotland’s has a significantly different system from the rest of the UK, where four...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 18:37
 

Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen jailed for three years

Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has been sentenced to three years in jail. Mr Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for the US president, has been given a 36-month prison sentence. He is the first member of Mr Trump’s inner circle to...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 17:31
 

Scottish Budget: Brexit threat to Scottish finances laid bare

Scotland is facing a £3billion spending black hole over the next five years as the Brexit chaos hits growth, the country’s economic watchdog today warned. The Scottish Fiscal Commission has predicted that growth in the next two years will actually be...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 17:31
 

Platinum Wave launches recruitment agency Franchise Moves

Edinburgh-based franchise consultancy Platinum Wave is celebrating the launch of its recruitment agency, Franchise Moves. The new agency will recruit franchise professionals across all levels on behalf of brands in every business sector and offer “a...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 17:15
 

Strathclyde research centre hails £500,000 tech investment

A University of Strathclyde research centre specialising in innovative manufacturing technologies has hailed a £500,000 investment that could lead to major implications for manufacturers. The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) at Inchinnan has...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 17:01
 

Brexit poll: Britons back Theresa May to stay as Prime Minister

Britons have backed Theresa May to stay on as Prime Minister based on a new poll. Forty per cent of respondents to the latest YouGov poll said the Brexit deal could not be bettered by whoever would replace Mrs May if she lost a vote of no-confidence....

Scotsman, Wednesday, 17:01
 
What happened in previous Tory leadership challenges?

What happened in previous Tory leadership challenges?

It is the Conservative leadership contest that, for anybody who witnessed it, lingers longest in the memory. Twenty-eight years ago, 11 years into her marathon premiership, Margaret Thatcher finally met her end – even though she won in the first round...

Guardian, Wednesday, 16:55
 


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