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£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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Midlothian House.

Leader just survives dismissal motion

Midlothian Council leader Catherine Johnstone last week narrowly survived calls for her to be removed over accusations she put her party ahead of local people.

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First Minister's Christmas party.

First Minister’s Christmas message

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “Christmas is about spending time with those we love, and for thinking about friends and family at home and abroad.

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New legislation introduced by the Scottish Parliament will tighen up planning controls for pay day lenders and betting shops on Scotlands high streets.

Tighter controls over high street “blight”

The “blight” of pay day lenders and betting operators on Scotland’s high streets will be tackled with stricter planning controls from now on.

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Cllr. Margot Russell and Stephen Curran, Labour's candidates for the Dalkeith ward at the 2017 Midlothian Council elections.

Labour unveil Dalkeith election candidates

Labour has announced its two candidates to stand in the Dalkeith ward at next year’s council elections.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with Peter Davidson and Morris Heggies to choose the design of the Christmas Card 2016

Oor Wullie to feature on First Minister’s Christmas card

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chosen “national treasure” Oor Wullie as the illustration for her official Christmas card this year.

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Actress Louise Linton  at Melville Castle, where she grew up.

Midlothian actress set for the White House

The fiance of Midlothian-born Hollywood actress Louise Linton has landed a job in US President-elect Donald Trump’s team.

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Shawfair.

Deal agreed in latest Shawfair building phase

A deal to build hundreds of much-needed new homes in Midlothian has been agreed in a major boost for the county’s newest area.

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