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EU migration falls to lowest level since 2012

Net migration from the European Union to the UK has fallen to the lowest level in nearly six years as fewer European citizens come to Britain. Official statistics show EU migration added 74,000 to the UK population in the year to June. The figure is...

29 November 2018 in Politics

Brexit: More no-deal prep if MPs vote against agreement

The Government will step up preparations for a no-deal Brexit if MPs vote down Theresa May’s deal with Brussels, the Prime Minister has said. Theresa May urged MPs to focus on her Brexit deal ahead of next month's crucial House of Commons vote. But...

29 November 2018 in Politics

Data set to provide £30bn boost to Scotland’s economy

Scotland’s economy stands to benefit from a £20 billion productivity boost if the opportunities of data are fully realised. That was the view of Scottish Enterprise’s David Smith who spoke at The Scotsman Conference on Data Driven Innovation held in...

29 November 2018 in Science &Technology

Call for data standards to govern Edinburgh’s data growth

Edinburgh’s booming data sector could need new coding standards to ensure its robust growth. That was one point put to the panel during a question and answer session at The Scotsman’s Data Driven Innovation debate held at the University of Edinburgh...

29 November 2018 in Business

Nicola Sturgeon hits back at Theresa May over independence criticism

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has reacted angrily from the suggestion by Prime Minister Theresa May that she was using the Brexit stalemate at Westminster to push for Scottish independence. Mrs May used as visit to Scotland yesterday to criticise the...

29 November 2018 in Politics

Walker to fuel expansion with BGF investment

Glasgow-based manufacturer Walker Precision Engineering has secured a fresh multi-million pound funding boost to fuel its growth ambitions in the UK and Europe. The family-run firm, which makes high-precision components for the defence and space...

29 November 2018 in Business

Edinburgh schools construction scandal: Firm behind fiasco to pay costs

The firm at the centre of a construction scandal which cost Edinburgh more than £3 million and led to the closure of 17 schools has agreed to pay for the council’s costs. The Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP) signed up to an agreement with the city...

29 November 2018 in Learning

Theresa May threatens EU fishing ban to win over Scottish Tories

European fishing boats could be banned from entering UK waters unless the EU agrees to the terms London sets down in talks on post-Brexit fishing, the Prime Minister has threatened in a bid to secure support from Scottish Conservatives. It came as...

29 November 2018 in Politics

Fears hare coursing is on the rise in the Lothians

CAMPAIGNERS are pleading for the public’s help in ridding the Lothians of hare coursing amid concerns the blood sport is on the rise. Farmers are reportedly being bullied by English gangs hellbent on the sick hobby with tens of thousands of pounds...

29 November 2018 in Politics

UK has higher death rate from respiratory illness than rest of EU

Death rates from respiratory illnesses like asthma and flu are higher in the UK than 14 similar countries in Europe, in the last 30 years with authors of a study suggesting pollution may be a factor. Respiratory illnesses such as obstructive lung...

29 November 2018 in Health

Why doctors pick different options to those they offer patients – Dr Catherine Calderwood

Patients need a greater say in their own treatment, writes Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood. “How are you?” – a simple, routine greeting we use on meeting someone whether or not we know them. We want to hear they are “fine” or...

29 November 2018 in Health

We may all want an off-grid Highland haven the way things are going – leader comment

Perhaps some of us are getting on a bit, but it sometimes seems like there are more reasons than there used to be to “get away from it all”. But, whatever the definition of “it all” – Brexit and its associated turmoil, Vladimir Putin’s warmongering in...

29 November 2018 in Lifestyle

This Secret Scottish Highlands hideaway crowned UK’s best new home

A wooden-clad cabin in the Scottish Highlands that relies purely on solar power and a borehole for its water supply has been named the best new house in the UK. Lochside House in the West Highlands was crowned as the winner of the Royal Institute of...

29 November 2018 in Lifestyle

Brexit’s 14 tribes all need to have their say – Bill Jamieson

A TV debate that truly reflected the myriad of views on Brexit would involve perhaps 14 participants, including Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Arlene Foster of the DUP, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Anna Soubry and Tony Blair, writes Bill Jamieson. Bought a...

29 November 2018 in Politics

The evidence that Brexit may be one of greatest deliberate mistakes ever – leader comment

Two official reports on Brexit – by the Bank of England and the UK Government – warn a no-deal departure from the EU could produce one of the worst recessions in British history. Many of those who voted for Brexit did so because they were unhappy with...

29 November 2018 in Politics

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