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Number of Scottish people who described themselves as British on the increase as campaign for independence turns off voters — Survey finds number of people saying they are British has increased to 23% The Scottish Social Attitudes study revealed that the figure was 15% in 2011 Those who describe themselves as Scottish has dropped from 75 to 65% Figures come five weeks before Scottish independence vote in September By John Stevens And Gareth Rose More people in Scotland are describing themselves as British - and fewer as Scottish - as the campaign for independence turns off voters.

Alex Salmond cries 'Freedom' as he plays politics with the Commonwealth Games — By Gareth Rose Alex Salmond has broken his promise not to politicise the Commonwealth Games quicker than a Usain Bolt sprint by declaring Glasgow will become the 'Freedom city'. As Scotland's athletes prepared for the 11 biggest days of their lives, the First Minister resorted to his tired old 'Braveheart' rhetoric.

Top QC warns court reform will damage Scots law — THE leader of the Scottish bar has warned of long term damage to Scots law by the government's court reform programme. James Wolffe QC, dean of the Faculty of Advocates, criticised plans to move the bulk of civil cases from the Court of Session to the cheaper Sheriff Court, while giving evidence to the justice committee.

Ministers criticised over football sectarianism — MINISTERS have been accused by campaigners of not taking a tough line against football's "persistent failure" to tackle sectarianism. A Scottish Government response to its own advisory group does not promise direct action on any of seven recommendations made.

Scottish parliament votes to axe corroboration — KENNY MacAskill narrowly won a key vote on corroboration during an emotional and frequently rowdy debate in Holyrood today. The Scottish Government defeated an amendment by Margaret Mitchell MSP, to throw it out of the criminal justice bill, by 64 votes to 61 with one abstention.

Surgery on Pakistan baby hailed ‘a success’ — A BABY flown to Scotland from Pakistan for treatment, following a fire which killed his family, underwent major surgery today. Doctors decided three-month-old Mohammad Sudais was strong enough to undergo a three-hour operation after discovering he had developed an infection.

MSPs attack inquiry into original Lockerbie probe — POLITICIANS have launched a scathing attack on Police Scotland's inquiry into alleged criminality in the original Lockerbie bombing investigation. The Scottish Parliament's justice committee has said it will write to Chief Constable Sir Stephen House demanding answers, after accusing the force of "procrastinating and obfuscation" and attempting to "kick into the long grass" concerns about the conviction of Abdelbaset al Megrahi.

Schools ban MTV amid fears sexual abuse fears — TWO Scottish local authorities have banned MTV from communal television screens in schools to shield pupils from the sexualised content of popular pop videos. The move by North and South Lanarkshire councils comes as the Scottish Government prepares to introduce a nationwide education programme to advise children on sexual abuse, harassment and assault in response to growing concerns about the sexualisation of young Scots.

Domestic abuse victims to get GPS exclusion zones — GPS exclusion zones will be created around domestic abuse victims, which attackers will not be allowed to enter, under police plans. Abusers will also be tracked to ensure they do not re-offend or get too close to victims. The plans are included in a Police Scotland response to a Scottish Government consultation on electronic monitoring.

Court reforms put ‘ordinary’ Scots at disadvantage — PLANS to reform civil courts will put poorer Scots at a disadvantage, the new Dean of the Faculty of Advocates has warned. James Wolffe QC, who was elected leader of the Scottish bar last week, has criticised the government plans for the courts.
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Mar 30, 2015

Ruth Davidson says no of Scots come off jobseekers since start of coalition could fill Hampden

Mar 29, 2015

RT @BBCJamesCook: Democracy in action. MT @ahonestmouthful: shocked by contemptuous way you spoke to @NicolaSturgeon hope @theSNP ban you from their meetings

Mar 29, 2015

Astonishingly Stewart Hosie still claiming the Vow won referendum for No - as if Ed Uni study never happened

Mar 29, 2015

New SNP broadcast feels like a car ad, on May 7 you have a choice ... 4x4 or SUV...

Mar 26, 2015

A dozen victims and campaigners listening quietly to Health Secretary in Holyrood.

Mar 26, 2015

Shona Robison announces review of financial support for contaminated blood victims, which will report on World Haemophilia Day - April 2016

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