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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...

Letter from Scotland

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Oh happy day ! For 132,000 young Scots, the exam season is over.  It all began with drama and economics on 28th April and it has ended with philosophy and child care.  The English...

Letter from Scotland

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I am in mourning for a lovely old building on Royal Deeside which has gone up in smoke.  No, not Balmoral Castle but the old railway station in Ballater where Queen Victoria used to...

Prime Minister visits Edinburgh

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The Prime Minister David Cameron paid a visit to Bute House earlier today to hold talks with the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. More powers for Scotland and ending austerity were all under discussion. During their...

Letter from Scotland

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We have had two slight distractions from the election campaign this week. One was the good weather which, for a brief moment, gave us a glimpse of summer and persuaded the blossom to come...

Sturgeon calls for Labour backing for NHS funding plans

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was out campaigning in Portobello this morning, meeting the party faithful and chatting with locals. Many babies were chatted to and about with the doting parents looking on. She had a much-needed coffee stop...

Letter from Scotland

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Forty years ago the new Longannet power station was a big story for me.  I was an apprentice journalist on the Alloa Advertiser and the great white chimney stacks marked the eastern edge of our...

First Minister pledges increasing funding for childcare

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The First Minister the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon has promised that there will be twice as much spent on free nursery places, early learning and childcare over the term of the next Parliament. In a...

Letter from Scotland

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We’ve been battening down the hatches in more senses than one this week. The usual January storms seem to have no end and no mercy and our oil lamps are running low on fuel. ...

Letter from Scotland

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 We are entering the season of storms.  Already a lively wind is blowing about the house as I write and the forecast for the weekend is for dark clouds to sweep across the sky at...

Letter from Scotland

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“At this time of the rolling year I suffer most,” says the ghost in Dickens’ ‘Christmas Carol’ as he compares the world around him with the kinder, gentler world he wishes for. And there...

Letter from Scotland

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“I vow to thee my country…” takes on yet another meaning this week.We sang it at school to that stirring tune, Jupiter from Gustav Holst’s “Planets”. We sing it every Armistice Day - particularly...

Letter from Scotland

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Our new leader Nicola Sturgeon may not yet have declared Scottish independence but we are setting out on a different road from the rest of the United Kingdom in one important respect - drinking...

Letter from Scotland

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 On a dull, misty, September day, Scotland reluctantly decided to stay with the rest of Britain, for better or for worse, and we lost our First Minister as a result. We are not used...

Letter from Scotland

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“Don’t panic!” But of course they did. The Dad’s Army from the south came north with just a week to go before the referendum to urge us Jocks to stay with the Union and...

Minimum price for alcohol likely to be 50p

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The preferred minimum price for alcohol will be 50p per unit, it was announced today by The Scottish Government. Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said that, at this level, the price was equivalent to the 45p...

Alex Salmond – triumphal return to Edinburgh

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The First Minister, Alex Salmond, returned to Edinburgh tonight aboard the helicopter he has become accustomed to using in recent days, during what has turned out to be the most successful campaign in the...

Hospital Inspections driving up standards of cleanliness

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Inspectors are putting Scotland's hospitals under unprecedented levels of independent scrutiny and helping to drive up standards across the country.That was the view of Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon as the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI)...

NHS Scotland urge you to take your medicine and Be Ready for Winter

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A major NHSScotland campaign to encourage people to prepare for the winter period was launched today as it was revealed only 8% of people in the Lothians have a well stocked medicine cabinet.Research carried...

Sturgeon calls for support on minimum pricing

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MSPs will today Wednesday 10 November vote on stage 3 of the Alcohol (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament.In advance of the debate, Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said:"It's no coincidence that, as alcohol has...

New cancer statistics

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Death rates from cancer in Scotland are continuing to fall but there have been significant increases in rates of some cancers.These were among the key findings of the latest statistics - Cancer Mortality (2009)...

St John’s Livingston – inspection report published

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Cleaning in a newly-opened ward at St John's Hospital in Livingston has been praised in a report by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate, although there is still room for improvement.In the report, published today, and...

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