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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...

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...

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...

At The Scottish Parliament this week

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Now that all 129 MSPs have been elected there is an amount of procedure to get through to ensure they can all get started on fulfilling the promises made during the election campaign.On...

First day for new MSPs at Holyrood

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Several new MSPs were elected to seats in Edinburgh and Lothian as well as others from all over the country.All of the newbies were photographed at Holyrood by the parliamentary photographer learning how...

#SPE21RESULT Edinburgh Northern and Leith – Ben Macpherson retains his seat

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The election results for Edinburgh Central were announced at the very end of all the counts in Scotland except the regional results.The MSP is Ben Macpherson who returns to Holyrood where he was...

#SPE21RESULT Edinburgh Pentlands – Gordon Macdonald returned for third term

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The election results for Edinburgh Pentlands have been announced.The MSP is Gordon Macdonald who has represented the constituency for the last two terms. There was definitely some tactical voting and at one stage...

#SP2021 – Independent candidate for Lothian Ashley Graczyk

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Ashley Graczyk is an Independent Candidate for Lothian in the Scottish Parliament Election on 6 May 2021.We asked her to provide the answers to some questions we have asked several of the...

#SP2021 – SNP promise more support to students

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Nicola Sturgeon will on Tuesday underline the SNP’s commitment to supporting students through the pandemic and into the recovery by driving forward the Widening Access agenda and expanding student support. The First Minister will be...

#SP2021 – how does the election system work in Scotland?

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How do we elect Members of the Scottish Parliament?The Scottish Parliamentary Election 2021 is almost upon us. Most people understand that the election is determined by two votes – a vote for a constituency...

Letter from Scotland

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Scotland’s leading businessman and philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter, has entered the election campaign with a call for all the political parties to spell out how they will revive the economy after the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

#SP2021 – SNP pledge money for play parks

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£60m PLAY PARK RENEWAL FUND TO HELP GIVE EVERY CHILD A PLACE TO PLAYSNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon pledged on Saturday that an SNP Government will be “more determined than ever to make Scotland the...

#SP6 – Alba Party announces four Lothian candidates

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The newest party in Scotland, the Alba Party, has announced its 32 candidates standing in every region of Scotland.The way the voting system works is a form of proportional representation, with first past...

Vote of no confidence in the First Minister defeated in The Scottish Parliament

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The leader of the Scottish Conservatives at Holyrood, Ruth Davidson MSP made one of her last speeches in the parliament calling for the resignation of First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.Following an emotive afternoon - on...

National Day of Reflection marked at Holyrood

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On the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown the grim milestone was marked by people around the country.Charity Marie Curie led the National Day of Reflection to recognise and remember...

Hamilton report published today – finding no breach by the First Minister

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The Irish barrister James Hamilton was charged with investigating whether First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had breached the Ministerial Code.Specifically he was asked to examine if Ms Sturgeon had misled the parliament "in respect of meetings...

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