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FMQs sketch: a tale of deputies and a one-sided dogfight between Alex and Ruth

heraldscotland.com — LibDem Alison McInnes stood in for leader Willie Rennie, who is recovering from spinal surgery. Apparently, and in a first for his party, he now has one. Meanwhile Labour's Jackie Baillie took the place of Johann Lamont, who suffers from another common back problem at Holyrood, multiple stab wounds.

Poll: Labour would be left with four seats in Scotland if general election held tomorrow

heraldscotland.com — The Ipsos Mori poll found that 52% of Scots would vote for the SNP if there was a Westminster election tomorrow. The poll puts Labour support at 23%, support for Conservatives at 10%, Liberal Democrats at 6%, the Greens on 6% and others at 3%.
Oct 30, 2014

Are Scots voters set to do to Labour MP? what they once did to Tories? Cull them? heraldscotland.com/politics/scott…

Oct 30, 2014

Poll: Labour would be left with four seats in Scotland if general election held tomorrow heraldscotland.com/politics/scott…

Celtic's Aleksandar Tonev banned for seven matches for racist comment

heraldscotland.com — Aleksandar Tonev was found guilty of The Bulgarian was found guilty of breaching the SFA's "Disciplinary Rule 202: Excessive Misconduct by the use of offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature" and banned for seven matches. Celtic immediately backed their player and confirmed they would appeal.

University under attack over silence on principal's new job

heraldscotland.com — INTERESTS: Sir Jim McDonald is chairman of other organisations. Strathclyde University, in Glasgow, said the private remuneration of principal Sir Jim McDonald - who receives a salary package worth £303,000 - was not a matter for them.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ADenholmHerald: Secrecy row as Scots uni won't reveal if its principal is getting £55,000 for a new job - on top of his £300k salary. bit.ly/13izI1Y

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ADenholmHerald: Secrecy row as Scots uni won't reveal if its principal is getting £55,000 for a new job - on top of his £300k salary. bit.ly/13izI1Y

Oct 30, 2014

Secrecy row as Scots uni won't reveal if its principal is getting £55,000 for a new job - on top of his £300k salary. bit.ly/13izI1Y

Oct 30, 2014

RT @GerryBraiden: University refuses to say if principal is collecting at least £55k for part-time outside job. heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/ed…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @Herald_Editor: University under attack over silence on principal's new job bit.ly/13izI1Y

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A federal bomb is dropped into more-powers debate

heraldscotland.com — The First Minister designate's call, effectively, for a Scottish veto on any UK referendum vote on British withdrawal from the European Union was undoubtedly provocative. Last night she called for a "quadruple lock" on any decision to leave the EU.
Oct 30, 2014

Federalism? IT was the best chance to save the UK, but it ain't happening, says @iainmacwhirter: heraldscotland.com/comment/column…

Oct 30, 2014

Get back in your box, Nats, you ain't gonna stop no Brexit from Europe. My Herald column heraldscotland.com/comment/column…

Gay Ukip MEP: same-sex marriage supporters are equality Nazis

heraldscotland.com — David Coburn described the reforms as "false bollocks" that only matter to "some queen who wants to dress up in a bridal frock and dance up the aisle to the Village People". In the outspoken interview, the Scotland MEP denied calling the nation's Conservative leader Ruth Davidson a "fat lesbian" but instead likened her to "porridge".

Murphy announces leadership candidacy

heraldscotland.com — Breaking a five-day media silence, the Shadow International Development Secretary last night announced: "I'm standing for First Minister of ­Scotland and I intend to win." He added: "I want to bring Scotland back together after the referendum. There is so much to be proud of in Scotland but so much we have to change.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @GerryBraiden: Murphy launches leadership bid with pledge to "bring Scotland back together" heraldscotland.com/mobile/politic…

Oct 30, 2014

Murphy launches leadership bid with pledge to "bring Scotland back together" heraldscotland.com/mobile/politic…

PM insists 'we are one UK' in EU vote row with Sturgeon

heraldscotland.com — But the First-Minister-in-waiting's proposal that the EU Referendum Bill be amended "to give proper protection to any of the four nations of the UK being removed from the EU against their will" has won the support of academics.
Oct 30, 2014

Before #indyref No 10 liked its "familiy of nations" rhetoric; we're now back to "we're one UK": heraldscotland.com/mobile/politic…

Job fears as Glasgow council faces cuts in excess of £100m

heraldscotland.com — Finance bosses at Glasgow City Council have published their forecast for the year 2015/2016, with a funding gap of £28.9m. The authority's leadership has warned deeper cuts will come down the line in the two years after that, with predictions they will be worse than any previous 24-month period.
Oct 30, 2014

Glasgow council cuts by 2018 will not be far off the £150M mark. The shape of things to come across the board? heraldscotland.com/news/home-news…

Oct 30, 2014

You've had your #indyref & your #Rangers & your #Glasgow2014; from now on Scotland's big story is CUTS, CUTS, CUTS: bit.ly/1wHFrqZ

Ashley set to take control of rights to famous Rangers emblems

heraldscotland.com — The Newcastle United supremo has come under increasing scrutiny over his influence at Ibrox after manoeuvring to take effective control of The Rangers Football Club Ltd (TRFC), a subsidiary that holds the club retail rights.

Taylor Swift: 1989 (Virgin EMI)

heraldscotland.com — In 1989 I was listening to The Stone Roses, The Pixies and Public Enemy. The biggest chart hits were Black Box's Ride On Time and Jive Bunny's Swing The Mood. It was also the year Taylor Swift was born and, consequently, it's the title of her new album.
Oct 30, 2014

I like Taylor Swift's @taylorswift13 step into pop more than I expected. My review of 1989 from The Herald: heraldscotland.com/arts-ents/musi…

The Son(s): The Things I Love Are Not At Home (Olive Grove)

heraldscotland.com — The Son(s) may well be the most elusive band on the Scottish music scene. Their Bandcamp bio is enigmatic to the point of poetry - "The Sons were three. Two are gone. Now there is only one." - and they're conspicuous by their absence on the live stage.

Jim Murphy: I'll end Labour's losing streak...and stand for Holyrood by 2016

heraldscotland.com — The East Renfrewshire MP joins Lothian MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack in the race to replace Johann Lamont, who resigned on Friday with an attack on UK Labour colleagues whom she accused of treating Scotland as a "branch office".
Oct 30, 2014

Jim Murphy: I'll end Labour's losing streak...and stand for Holyrood by 2016. (But where...) heraldscotland.com/politics/scott…

Russell hits out at university principals over huge pay rises

heraldscotland.com — Michael Russell told the ­Scottish Parliament the salary increases - revealed by The Herald earlier this week - should be in step with what other staff were being offered. Mr Russell was responding to concerns raised by Labour MSP Ken Macintosh after figures showed almost half of Scotland's university principals took increases above inflation.

INSIDE TRACK: When NHS policy and practice are not the same

heraldscotland.com — The NHS, after all, employs 157,000 people and deals with almost 5.3 million patients. The way people are looked after will sometimes stray from the guidance produced by the Scottish Government - though I can talk at some length about the need for more honesty about that.
Oct 30, 2014

Why @HelenPuttick reckons the NHS needs a little ray of sunshine as the gap between theory & practice yawns open: heraldscotland.com/comment/column…

Game on for Labour if Murphy takes lead

heraldscotland.com — Mr Murphy, MP for East Renfrewshire and Shadow International Secretary, will want to win. His only interest in leading the Scottish Labour Party will be to regain the levers of power for Labour in Edinburgh and London. He should not be underestimated.
Oct 30, 2014

It will be "Game On" for Lab to fight SNP for Westminster & Holyrood if @jimmurphymp leads party, says Cath MacLeod: heraldscotland.com/comment/column…

Jim Murphy announces plans to stand as Scottish Labour leader

heraldscotland.com — The Shadow International Development Secretary, breaking a five-day media silence, announced tonight: "I'm standing for First Minister of Scotland and I intend to win. "I want to bring Scotland back together after the referendum. There is so much to be proud of in Scotland but so much we have to change.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @Rebecca__Gray: Jim Murphy announces plans to stand as Scottish Labour leader | Herald Scotland heraldscotland.com/news/home-news…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @hsnewsbreak: Jim Murphy announces plans to stand as Scottish Labour leader: JIM Murphy has entered the race for the Scottis... bit.ly/1Dy7B9S

Oct 29, 2014

Jim Murphy announces plans to stand as Scottish Labour leader | Herald Scotland heraldscotland.com/news/home-news…

Australian owner considers selling Clydesdale Bank after confirming UK banking exit plans

heraldscotland.com — National Australia Bank (NAB), which has owned Glasgow-based Clydesdale since 1987 and Yorkshire since 1990, said it was considering a broad range of options for the banks, including a sale through public markets.
Oct 30, 2014

Clydesdale Bank's Australian owner stresses wants to exit UK banking | Herald Scotland heraldscotland.com/news/home-news… via @hsnewsbreak

NHS is caught in a perfect storm

heraldscotland.com — An urgent review is required to ensure that the right staff and resources are in place to care for patients now and in the future as demand for health and social care services grows.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @Herald_Editor: NHS: Time for Action. Our analysis and leader on an alarming Audit Scotland report bit.ly/1FYbf0R bit.ly/13iwtYn