SNP councillor to go it alone in upcoming Midlothian elections

SNP councillor Jim Bryant has told the Advertiser that he will stand as an independent candidate at the forthcoming council elections.

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Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman.

Invitation for views on social security

People across Scotland are being asked for their views to help shape the country’s new social security system.

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George McIntyre.

Tory council hopeful suspended over social media post

A Scottish Conservative council election candidate has apologised after he was suspended over a four-year-old Facebook post against Muslims.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel.

Match funding for donations to East Africa aid appeal

The UK Government has pledged to match pound for pound the first £5 million of public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s new East Africa Crisis Appeal.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish people must be given a choice.

First Minister to seek second independence referendum

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that she will seek permission for a second referendum on Scottish Independence.

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Midlothian Council elections 2017, Green candidates

Green for go for council candidates

Midlothian’s Green party candidates for the council elections on May 4 have been revealed.

Dalkeith High Street.

MSP welcomes boost for business rates

Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame has welcomed the Scottish Government’s proposals on business rates, after the announcement of a national relief scheme for some small firms.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the funding during a visit to South Lanarkshire.

£10 million pounds for organisations to tackle climate change

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that 100 organisations across Scotland are to benefit from £10 million of funding to support local action to tackle climate change.

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Midlothians Conservative candidates.

Local Tory candidates

Midlothian’s Conservative candidates for the council elections on May 4 are hoping to make it to Midlothian House.

Midlothian House, the main office for Midlothian Council, Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith.

First council tax rise in a decade

Midlothian’s council tax is to rise by three per cent from this April, the first rise is in the county since 2006.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the NFUS annual general meeting.

Pledge to fight for farming industry

Scotland’s farmers have been assured that the Scottish Government will fight for the best possible deal for the industry at home and in Europe after Brexit.

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Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotlands Place in Europe

MSPs to debate Article 50

The Scottish Parliament will have a vote on Tuesday on the triggering of Article 50 to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union

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Legal affairs minister Annabelle Ewing.

Review of legal aid system launched

An independent review of the legal aid system has been announced by the Scottish Government.

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Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

ScotRail reward patient passengers with a ‘free week’

More details of a package of discounted travel for Scotland’s rail passengers have been confirmed today.

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Local Government minister Kevin Stewart.

New law to aid community buyouts

Scottish communities will find it easier to take over land or buildings currently in public ownership due to a new law which came into force today (Monday).

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The First Minister has announced �29 million of funding to help tackle poverty.

£29 million to tackle poverty

Organisations that tackle poverty can now have access to a new £29 million funding pot set up by the Scottish Government.

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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Press freedom in Scotland “at risk” from UK Government proposals

Proposals to regulate the press in England and Wales would “pose a potential threat to press freedom” in Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said.

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An artist's impression of the planned Home Bargains store in Dalkeith, directly south of the Tesco petrol station at Hardengreen.

Plans for new retail unit to be heard tomorrow

Midlothian Councillors have been urged to turn an “eyesore” into an “asset” by granting planning permission for a Home Bargains store in Dalkeith.

Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Scotland is set to pilot a radical scheme to give every citizen a universal basic income (UBI), regardless of whether they work or not.

Aerial shot of Straiton retail park.

Affordable housing SHIP sails

Midlothian Council leaders have approved plans to deliver 1441 new affordable homes through the Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2017/18-2021/22 (SHIP).

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