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Death of North East MSP Alex Johnstone

Alex Johnstone, the Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East of Scotland, has died at the age of 55.

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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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Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford.

Private Members’ Bill launch

Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford will launch her Private Members’ Bill later this week.

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Peter Chapman MSP

Farmers have 'lost all confidence' in SNP says MSP

Farmers will approach 2017 having “lost all confidence” in the SNP Government’s ability to process farm payments, the Scottish Conservatives have said this week.

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Stewart Stevenson MSP

SNP taking action to reduce nuisance calls in North East

SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, Stewart Stevenson has pledged to support Scottish Government efforts to cut down on nuisance calls – after it was announced that a new commission is meeting this week to tackle the issue in Scotland.

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Finance minister Derek Mckay said the new legislation will "design an approach to taxation which will suit Scotlands needs".

New tax-raising powers for Parliament

Legislation which will give the Scottish Parliament further powers over income tax will be laid today (Wednesday).

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Tackling gender stereotyping

Tackling gender stereotyping

Transforming gender stereotypes is key to tackling violence against women and girls, according to a report published today.

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Gillian Martin MSP says the announcements will 'hit poorest hardest'.

MSP condemns Chancellor's Autumn Statement

MSP for Aberdeenshire East, Gillian Martin has condemned the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – which drove home the fact that Brexit and continuing austerity will hit poorest families hardest.

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An increase in car parking charges could fund safer roads says DIGG.

Increase in car parking charges could fund safer roads says DIGG

Aberdeenshire's Democratic Independent and Green Group of councillors (DIGG) has identified extra funding for road safety as one of its 2017/18 budget priorities.

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Gillian Martin, MSP for Aberdeenshire East, has become one of the growing number of accredited Living Wage MSPs in the North East

MSP urges more Shire businesses to become Living Wage employers

Gillian Martin, MSP for Aberdeenshire East, has become one of the growing number of accredited Living Wage MSPs in the North East and urged other employers to join her.

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Eilidh Whiteford MP has called for cross-party unity on her Bill to prevent domestic abuse.

Let's end violence against women together says MP

Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford has called for cross-party unity to support her Private Members' Bill which will provide a framework to prevent and combat violence against women and girls.

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Peter Chapman MSP says it is a serious issue

Ministers ‘failing to address issues on traveller sites’: MSP

Ministers are failing to address a clear gulf between Police Scotland procedure and Scottish Government policy on traveller encampments, a North East MSP has claimed.

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Pictured (left to right) are Gordon McIntyre-Kemp, Chief Executive, Business for Scotland; Eilidh Whiteford MP; and Mhairi Black MP.

200-strong audience for Peterhead Independence meeting

Local Yes campaigners have hailed a productive public meeting on Scotland’s future, following a debate and discussion at Peterhead’s Palace Hotel last week.

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Gillian Martin MSP has urged the UK government to address  the concerns of Scotlands Higher Education sector

MSP urges action as universities fear 'financially fatal' Tory proposals

Gillian Martin MSP has urged the UK government to address  the concerns of Scotland’s Higher Education sector.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused the UK Government of sending out a "not welcome here" message.

First Minister calls for Trump to be “president for everyone”

Nicola Sturgeon has said that ties between Scotland and the United States of America “will always endure” in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as the country’s next president.

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The Toll of Birness

MSP calls for action on A90

A North East MSP has made a renewed appeal for action to improve road safety on the A90 following another road traffic collision.

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Mhairi Black MP

Mhairi Black to speak at Toon meeting

Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford is urging local Independence supporters, and those wanting to know what the future holds post-Brexit, to make their voices heard at a special meeting in Peterhead’s Palace Hotel.

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The new alll-weather pitch at Balmoor.

Sport and culture on the agenda

Councillors will this week be asked to comment on initial work undertaken by Aberdeenshire Council to consider how sport and cultural services in the area will be delivered in the future.

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Councillor Richard Thomson, co-leader of Aberdeenshire Council.

Council co-leader responds to council tax loss claims

The co-leader of Aberdeenshire Council has hit back at claims that the area will face a loss of £8.6million in council tax revenue to the Central Belt.

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Online petition calls for halt to traveller site

Online petition calls for halt to traveller site

More than 100 people have signed a petition calling for a halt to proposals to locate a travellers’ site at Aikey Brae near Old Deer.

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