Funding cut results in fewest ever attempts to quit smoking

The number of smokers who tried to kick the habit last year fell to its lowest since quit-attempt records began, as the SNP government also cut funding into a scheme to help. According to official figures there were 59,767 attempts…

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Scottish Business Buzz (04.04.18)

Ricky Nicol’s Commsworld has announced record revenues of more than £15 million for the last year – a rise of 15 per cent – and is predicting further growth in 2018. Commsworld, the country’s biggest independent telecoms company, said 2017…

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Back from the Brink? Prospects for Scottish Labour

When Scottish Labour gathered for its spring conference in Perth twelve months ago, the party seemed to be heading for disaster. Its standing in polls of vote intentions for Scottish Parliament elections averaged just 16%, while its reading on vote…

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Theresa May Admits Brexit Talks Are In ‘Difficulty’ As She Appeals For Help In Silencing Critics

Theresa May has said she “recognised the difficulty the [Brexit] process was in” at the end of the summer as she urged EU leaders to create a “new dynamic” that “enables us to move forward together”. Speaking on Thursday evening…

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MSP expenses reveal train-dodging transport minister

Newly-published MSP expenses have revealed under-fire transport minister Humza Yousaf hasn’t claimed for taking the train since parliament returned in May. He has been consistently criticised over the state of Scotland’s railways, with complaints of over-crowded trains, late arrivals and…

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Yousaf must explain how he will improve trains now

Transport minister Humza Yousaf has been urged to set out what improvements he will make to Scotland’s rail network now, following another day of chaos on the tracks. He made a parliamentary statement today on the trains crisis, but failed…

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