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Scottish Parliamentary Election 2021 – register now to vote in May

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People living in Scotland must register by midnight on 19 April to register to take part in the vote on Thursday 6 May.The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5.00pm on 6...

Letter from Scotland

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There is something magical, almost sacred, about the verdict of the people as expressed through the ballot box. Whatever the predictions, there is that breath-catching moment when the voting papers are poured out on...

Letter from Scotland 

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We are about to take another leap forward in the never-ending journey towards Home Rule. The politicians have been diving through hoops to entertain us on this pilgrimage, and on Thursday (5th May) the...

Pedal on Parliament

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Over 5,000 cyclists descended on the Scottish Parliament on Saturday afternoon to call for cycling to be given a bigger place in the nation’s transport plans.On bikes of every size and shape, they cycled...

Letter from Scotland

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Can our national shepherdess save her flock?   I am, of course, referring to the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, or to Kezia Dugdale the Labour leader, or to Ruth Davidson the Tory leader, or to...

Letter from Scotland

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It was the first question at my constituency election hustings. “What’s gone wrong with our schools ?”  The lady was referring to the building scandal which has overtaken Edinburgh.  Seventeen of the city’s schools...

#SP16 Nick Cook Conservative candidate for Edinburgh Eastern

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In 2012 Nick Cook was the youngest person to be elected as councillor in Edinburgh. He is currently Conservative councillor representing the Liberton/Gilmerton Ward of the city.Now, in 2016, he has been selected to stand as...

‘Disproportionate’ electoral system is bust say Electoral Reform Society

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If the UK electoral system was reformed then the results of this year's General Election would have been fairer.This is the view proposed by the Electoral Reform Society in a report which is published today and...

Letter from Scotland

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I’ve spend much of this week wandering lonely as a cloud over the fields and hedgerows of England.  On family visits in Norfolk and Hertfordshire I saw ten thousand daffodils, weeping willows just come...

Wednesday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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Magic Carpet: take a trip on the Magic Carpet to explore the fantastic things in the National Museum of Scotland. 25 minutes of stories, songs and activities for children aged 2-4 years and their...

What’s On In Edinburgh this week

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 Back to 'normal' this week, with not a shred of tinsel in sight (hoorah!) and plenty of events on offer; films, books, art, and music from a very special violin....we may not have spring...

Letter from Scotland #1

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THINGS FALL APART IN MALAWI If we are busy digesting “earthquake” election results here in Scotland, spare a thought for our twin country in Africa. The long-waited general election in Malawi has descended into chaos....

Local Government Elections 2012 – What is this election all about?

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 The election is almost upon us, and tomorrow you will cast your vote to elect your local councillor. But what are the main political groups sending out as their message to Edinburgh in 2012?The...

LIVE – SPOKES Election Hustings 29 March 2012 at 7.30

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The non party local cycling campaign group, SPOKES, is running a pre-election hustings tonight at Augustine United Church on George IV Bridge, and the doors open at 6.45p.m. We will be there to cover...

Labour react to Council budget process

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by Councillor Ricky HendersonEdinburgh Council set its budget this week. In total, councillors are asked to decide the direction of more than £1 billion of public money, and with it the fate of various...

Remember to vote in the Scottish Parliamentary Election 5 May 2011

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With both the Scottish Parliamentary elections and the first UK-wide referendum in over 30 years taking place on Thursday 5 May, the City of Edinburgh Council is urging voters in the city to be...

Robin Harper looks back on twelve years in Parliament

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May 6th 1999 was a historic day in Scottish politics. Not only did this date mark the first Scottish parliamentary election for more than 250 years, but it also saw the election of the...

Holyrood open for Business till 22nd March 2011

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‘The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that this session of the Parliament will end at midnight on 22 March 2011, and that dissolution begins immediately thereafter on 23 March 2011.’ So now we know. The...

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