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Letter from Scotland

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Much of the country has had at least a dusting of snow as Storm Christoph blew in from the west. It fell on a weary nation forced to extend its Covid-19 Lockdown till mid-February,...

New Year message from the First Minister

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In her end of year message it is not surprising that the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon focused on pandemics and the people of Scotland.Ms Sturgeon said: “This Hogmanay, as we look forward to...

Christmas message from the First Minister

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It is traditional for political leaders to issue a festive message. We have probably heard the First Minister talking more this year than any other politician at daily coronavirus briefings televised on the BBC...

Coronavirus – celebrate Christmas safely

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Having said The Scottish Government would do so today at the media briefing, the First Minister has issued guidance on how Scots might approach Christmas celebrations this year.Ms Sturgeon joined with the leaders of...

Coronavirus – Scottish Government issues stricter new nationwide guidelines

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The Scottish Government has announced the daily update on Scottish cases of coronavirus as at today, 22 September 2020:383 new cases of COVID-19 reported; this is 7.6% of newly tested individuals. 1 new reported death(s) of people who have tested...

Happy Birthday messages for the First Minister

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Today is First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon's 50th birthday and we send her our best wishes.For those of you who would like to, there is a Clap for Nicola event at 8pm this evening...

First Minister to announce route map today – but moving out of lockdown will...

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, will provide details of The Scottish Government’s 'routemap' setting out a phased approach to easing Covid-19 restrictions while still suppressing the virus.The guidance will have details of a four...

Letter from Scotland

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Outside my house the cherry tree has suddenly burst forth in white blossom. It does this every year, whether there’s a coronavirus emergency or not.And it reminds me that life goes on despite...

First Minister makes referral to independent advisers

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Following the settlement of the action for Judicial Review raised by former First Minister Alex Salmond against the Scottish Government, it emerged that he had several calls and meetings with Nicola Sturgeon. In order...

First Minister says Neil Lennon conducted himself with ‘great dignity’

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  First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that Hibs' Head Coach Neil Lennon conducted himself with 'great dignity' at the press conference after he was struck by a coin during the Edinburgh derby on 31st October.Lennon...

Scotland Women heading to World Cup in France

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The Scotland Women’s National Team made history in Albania last month as they qualified for their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals in Head Coach Shelley Kerr’s first campaign in charge. Goals from Kim...

Great support for the #bookwumman and Streetreads

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At the relaunch of Streetreads yesterday we met some distinguished authors and readers. That well known booklover, the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon told me she is reading the latest Ian Rankin book at the...

Nicola Sturgeon to use her conference speech to highlight need for optimism

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Addressing delegates at the SNP Conference in Glasgow today (Tuesday), SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon will say that optimism and hope are needed more than ever, in the face of “unfolding calamity” at Westminster.The First...

Scots’ stars praise government funding for SWNT players to train full-time

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Two of the Scotland Women’s squad who made history by qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup believe  that Scottish Government funding will make all the difference to the team, as they prepare...

Holyrood is back to business with a new programme

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On Tuesday 4 September The Scottish Government will publish its programme for the new session and the new year of parliament.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wants the government to focus on improving public...

First Minister leading business delegation to Berlin today

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The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is heading up a delegation of business representatives which is going to Berlin today. 12 companies are sending delegates. All of them are looking to either start business relationships...

First Minister heads to Brussels

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The First Minister will be in Brussels tomorrow for a variety of engagements including a meeting with the EU's Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and to open Scotland House which has been expanded.Ms Sturgeon...

Letter from Scotland

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If Rabbie could see us now he would be more than a little scunnered. Here we are squabbling over which flag should be flown on the Queen’s birthday and which songs are sectarian and...

Sturgeon opens conference in Edinburgh

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opened a conference attended by some of the world's leading economists in Edinburgh earlier today explaining some of the economic challenges Scotland faces.Talking to the audience of Nobel laureates, scholars,...

Letter from Scotland

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It was the week of the Great Relaunch last week.Not since the launching of the Great Michael in 1511 has Scotland set out on a more audacious project.  Launching  her “most ambitious plans ever”...

First Minister and Tina Brown at Beyond Borders

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It is not an easy challenge for a politician to turn from answering questions to becoming the interrogator, but at Beyond Borders, the annual literary and political festival held at Traquair House at Innerleithen...

First Minister turns the tables on Women in the World’s Tina Brown

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will interview journalist and equalities champion Tina Brown at this year’s Beyond Borders festival on Sunday.The interview follows former Tatler and Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown interviewing the First Minister...

First Minister’s expenses for US trip released

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The First Minister's trip to the US interested The Edinburgh Reporter, particularly the second half of it, as she arrived in New York when I was already there for Tartan Week.I had the opportunity...

Letter from Scotland

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It’s always surprising to see your own country from afar.  A few days ago I found myself in a village hall in the hedge-rowed depths of Hertfordshire watching a production of Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play.” ...

Letter from Scotland

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The market cross in Edinburgh has seen a lot of history pass by. It’s been there, in one form or another, since 1365, the platform for calling elections and making public announcements. The version...

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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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...

#SP16 SNP launch their ‘most ambitious’ manifesto yet

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 The SNP manifesto will be launched at the EICC this morning by the party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.In it the SNP are to pledge what they say is their most ambitious programme...

First Minister official patron of The Scotland Women’s National Team

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The Scotland Women’s National Team has announced Nicola Sturgeon as their official Patron.Scotland National Coach Anna Signeul and her squad were invited to Bute House, the First Minister’s official residence, this morning to meet their...

Letter from Scotland

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Comrade Nicola Sturgeon is leading the revolution once again. She has called all the Soviets together to declare that Scotland stands ready to take its share of the refugees from Syria and the other...
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