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Standard Life Assurance owner Phoenix Group names new boss

Former Aviva UK boss Andy Briggs has been named as the new chief executive of Phoenix Group Holdings, which last year acquired Standard Life Assurance taking on thousands of staff in Scotland. He is set to replace Clive Bannister, who will retire in...

Friday, 08:27 in Business
 

General Election 2019 briefing: Sturgeon pledge on NHS | Labour lose two candidates over posts

Hello and welcome to the Scotsman's daily election briefing as voters prepare to go to the polls on December 12. Sturgeon bid to 'protect' the NHS Nicola Sturgeon will launch the SNP's campaign in earnest today with a pledge to protect the NHS from a...

Friday, 08:21 in Politics
 

Scottish tourist 'eaten by shark' off Réunion Island was Edinburgh man

A Scottish tourist believed to have been attacked and eaten by a shark after authorities on the island of Reunion found his severed hand inside the creature, has been named locally as Edinburgh man, Richard Martyn Turner. The 44-year-old tourist who...

Friday, 08:05 in Lifestyle
 

General Election 2019: Workplace revolution as Labour unveils plans to let people set their hours

Labour would let workers choose their own hours and bring about a “step change in how women are treated at work” under a package of reforms unveiled today. Tens of thousands of mothers would benefit from increased maternity pay, and large employers...

Friday, 06:48 in Politics
 

General election: Quality and cost of food will depend on Brexit trade deal – retailers

David Lonsdale of the Scottish Retail Consortium sets out what the industry would like to see from the next UK government. Retail is Scotland’s largest private sector employer, accounting for 245,000 jobs. It’s an exciting, dynamic and diverse...

Friday, 06:48 in Politics
 

Open-air film screenings to feature in £25m revamp of Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens

Open-air cinema screenings beneath Edinburgh Castle are being lined up as part of a £25 million revamp of West Princes Street Gardens. The al-fresco events have been proposed for a site beside the 19th-century Ross Fountain in a future blueprint of...

Friday, 06:39 in Lifestyle
 

Scottish midwives call for more training in mental health

Midwives want more specialist training so they can better support the mental health of pregnant women and new mothers, a survey has found. Ninety-seven per cent of respondents to a poll for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Scotland said they...

Friday, 06:31 in Health
 

General election 2019: Nicola Sturgeon pledges to protect NHS ‘across the UK’

Nicola Sturgeon will today pledge to protect the NHS across the UK as her party officially launches its general election campaign in Edinburgh. The SNP leader will say that Nationalist MPs returned to Westminster will introduce a bill designed to...

Friday, 06:31 in Health
 

Fife campaigner calls to give ‘gift of time’ in bid to cut the commercialism of Christmas

A Fife campaigner has launched a drive to curb the growing materialistic nature of Christmas. Anya Hart Dyke has taken to the streets of Scotland to urge parents to cut back on commercialism during the festive season and instead give their children...

Friday, 06:29 in Hot News
 

General election: Brexit risks tragedy of Shakespearean proportions – leader comment

Vast spending pledges by Tory and Labour parties show how worried they are about Brexit. “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” Clearly in a modern capitalist economy, those words – fatherly advice from Polonius to his son in Hamlet – are no longer...

Friday, 06:29 in Hot News
 

General election: Tory right value humans in terms of pounds and pence – Joyce McMillan

Whether eugenic, elitist or just snobbish, the hard right are at odds with spirit of democracy, writes Joyce McMillan. It’s over now; but for a couple of glorious days in the middle of this week, amid an avalanche of deeply damaging revelations,...

Friday, 06:29 in Hot News
 

Tom Watson’s exit shows Labour’s far-left now controls the party – Ayesha Hazarika

Tom Watson’s decision not to stand again as an MP demonstrates that Labour Party moderates have lost the battle with far-left supporters of Jeremy Corbyn for the soul of the party, writes Ayesha Hazarika. It’s hard to imagine a Labour Party without...

Friday, 06:29 in Hot News
 

Alexandra Gardyne’s moving contribution to muscle charity fundraiser

A Gorebridge woman with a muscle wasting condition has been painted by one of Scotland’s best know artists for her fundraising art exhibition. Alexandra Gardyne, 32, who ­suffers from facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), is the subject of...

Friday, 06:29 in Hot News
 

General election: Why Boris Johnson will be worse than Margaret Thatcher if he wins – Tommy Sheppard

The worst outcome of the election will be a right-wing Boris Johnson government pushing ahead with his version of Brexit, says Tommy Sheppard. And so, we’re off. Let’s not pretend otherwise – an election two weeks before Christmas is far from ideal....

Friday, 06:29 in Hot News
 

Self Directed Support can help elderly with sight loss – Mark O’Donnell

Scotland’s new population forecast figures contain good news for many of us. The recent report by the National Records of Scotland show our life expectancy is projected to increase, and there will be 240,000 more ­pensioners in Scotland over the next...

Friday, 06:29 in Hot News
 


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