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Scots are encouraged to offer help to Ukrainians

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Scotland’s offer to provide refuge and sanctuary to displaced Ukrainians, as part of the UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme, is now open.Accessible through the UK Government’s online portal, a distinct route to accommodation,...

Seven year old presents petition to The Scottish Parliament calling for reusable water bottles

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Seven-year-old Callum Isted, a pupil at Dedridge Primary School in Livingston, presented a petition to The Scottish Parliament calling for free reusable plastic bottles to be provided to all school children in Scotland last...

International Women’s Day event to be held at The Scottish Parliament

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Over 130 women will gather in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday for an event being held there just before International Women’s Day.The theme of this year’s event will be to...

Conservatives bill against fly tipping now open for consultation

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Scottish Conservatives, and principally, Murdo Fraser MSP have proposed a Member's Bill to improve ways of dealing with fly-tipping, and it is open for comment now.Mr Fraser is aiming to significantly improve on...

Coronavirus – government lifting restrictions in staged approach

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The Scottish Government has announced a new gradual approach to relaxing protective Covid-19 measures to help Scotland manage and recover from the ongoing pandemic. These are all set out in its updated Strategic Framework.In...

Graeme Dey resigns ministerial position

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Graeme Dey is MSP for Angus South and who was appointed Minister of Transport in 2021 has resigned from government for health reasons.Mr Dey served as Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans from 2018,...

New short term lets legislation is welcome in Edinburgh

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All short-term let properties will require a licence which can be granted by the local council.This legislation approved by The Scottish Parliament is intended to ensure the properties are safe and the landlords...
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Coronavirus – changes made to self isolation and testing rules

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Addressing a virtual session of parliament on Wednesday, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced changes to the self-isolation rules which must be followed from midnight tonight.The change is that anyone who tests positive...

Government announces funding for culture sector – including freelancers

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The Scottish Government has announced a £21 million support package to support cultural and events organisations and freelancers experiencing cancellations due to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant has been announced.This is...

Scottish Budget – doubles the Scottish Child Payment and freezes income tax

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Finance Secretary Kate Forbes delivered her third budget to The Scottish Parliament on Thursday, saying it was "bold, ambitious and progressive".The three main concerns which Ms Forbes said it tries to address...

New Permanent Secretary appointed to The Scottish Government

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As Leslie Evans steps down from her position at the head of the Civil Service in Scotland her replacement has been named.John-Paul (JP) Marks has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary to The...

Prime Minister of Bangladesh visit to The Scottish Parliament

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The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Sheikh Hasina, was welcomed by Foysol Choudhury MBE, MSP, at The Scottish Parliament as part of her trip to Scotland for COP26.The Rt Hon Lord Provost, Frank Ross...

Young people discuss climate change at Holyrood

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Pupils from Holy Rood RC High School in Edinburgh met with the Presiding Officer and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner on Friday to discuss their views on how to tackle the climate emergency...

Depute Council Leader appeals to First Minister to reverse Universal Credit cut

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On Friday Cllr Cammy Day, Depute Leader of The City of Edinburgh Council hand-delivered a letter to The Scottish Government calling on First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to fill the gap created as a result...
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Pick of the Festival of Politics

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The Festival of Politics begins on Wednesday 20 October 2021, running for four days until 24 October.The event under the overall chair of the Presiding Officer of The Scottish Parliament, the Rt Hon...

Festival of Politics 2021 – book events now for free

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This year's online Festival of Politics hosted by The Scottish Parliament is all about the climate emergency.The festival runs from 20 to 24 October 2021 and every event is free to attend. With...

Supreme Court judgment sends Scottish laws back to Holyrood

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The Supreme Court ruled earlier today on a referral by the UK law officers - the Attorney General and the Advocate General - to consider if legislation passed by The Scottish Parliament earlier this...

Opening of sixth session of Parliament

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Her Majesty The Queen addressed MSPs in the Chamber who were accompanied by their invited guests, the local heroes from their own constituencies at the opening of the sixth session of The Scottish Parliament.Their...

Royal opening of new parliamentary session – in photos

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HM The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay attended the opening ceremony for the sixth session of The Scottish Parliament at Holyrood today.There was a small crowd outside...

New mace-bearer to take part in ceremony at The Scottish Parliament

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A new mace-bearer will perform their first ceremonial duty in front of Her Majesty the Queen as Holyrood prepares for an event to official mark the sixth session of parliament.Rea Cris, who is...

The opening of the sixth session of The Scottish Parliament

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On Saturday 2 October 2021, Her Majesty The Queen will address the sixth session of The Scottish Parliament, joined by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay.The event, which will have BSL...

Local heroes invited to attend the opening ceremony of The Scottish Parliament

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At this Saturday's opening ceremony for the sixth session of The Scottish Parliament a shopkeeper from Oxgangs will join other local heroes invited to the event.MSPs from other parts of Scotland have invited their...

Coronavirus – Conservatives will make last attempt to block vaccine passports

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At The Scottish Parliament on Wednesday Scottish Conservatives hope to push for a debate and vote on the government's so-called vaccine passport scheme which was passed on 9 September by MSPs and is due...
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NHS spending at the heart of the programme for government

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The Scottish Government has put the NHS and spending on it at the heart of the Programme for Government which will be announced at Holyrood on Tuesday.The proposals will include increased spending of £2.5...

Foysol Choudhury MSP – the highlights of the first three months at Holyrood

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Foysol Choudhury MBE MSP offers some insight into the key highlights of his first while in office since being elected in May.Mr Choudhury is the first Bangladeshi MSP at Holyrood. He is Chair of Edinburgh...

Reminder that the EU Settlement deadline is at the end of June

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Gordon MacDonald MSP would like to remind everyone in Edinburgh that Wednesday 30 June 2021 is the deadline for the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).The Scottish Government continues to work on persuading the...

Scottish Conservative Leader self-isolating

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Douglas Ross is self-isolating after coming into contact on Monday with someone who has now tested positive for Covid.He was informed that a close contact had tested positive on Wednesday morning by text message...

SNP Government talking to the Greens about possible agreement

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Scottish Ministers have confirmed that they will enter structured talks with the Scottish Green Party, supported by the civil service, with a view to reaching a formal Co-operation Agreement.The initiative is part of a...

Scottish Greens announce parliamentary spokespeople

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The Scottish Greens have revealed their spokespeople that will cover the various government portfolios.Co-leader Patrick Harvie will continue to speak on finance and constitutional issues, while fellow co-leader Lorna Slater will lead on the...

Stephen Kerr becomes Scottish Conservative Chief Whip

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New MSP and Scottish Conservative Leader, Douglas Ross, has wasted no time in setting up one of the most important administrative roles in the party at Holyrood.Stephen Kerr MSP has been appointed the...

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