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Driving examiners strike over new tests dispute

Hundreds of driving tests across Scotland today (Monday) and tomorrow have been cancelled due to strike action by examiners over the new test and working patterns.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Independent panel to oversee named person service

An independent panel is being set up to provide expert advice to ensure the Scottish Government’s named person service is workable.

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Mr Stevenson said he was delighted at the decision

MSP welcomes UK Supreme Court ruling on alcohol

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the UK Supreme Court ruling allowing Scotland to set a minimum price for alcohol in Scotland.

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Mr Duguid argued that poor digital infrastructure in the area is hampering growth and slowing efforts to regenerate coastal towns and villages.

Broadband focus of MP's maiden speech

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has used his maiden speech to ask why an area so rich with industry and entrepreneurs is saddled with “one of the slowest broadband speeds in the country”.

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Foreign trade will benefit NE says MP

Foreign trade will benefit NE says MP

International trade with developing countries will benefit the north east of Scotland, according to a local MP.

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Eilidh Whitefor, the former SNP MP for Banff & Buchan, successfully led the Bill through to Royal Assent.

Advisors turn up pressure over Istanbul Convention

The group of experts that helped devise important legislation that could improve the lives of thousands of women and girls across the country have released a joint statement calling for swift action from the UK Government.

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Gillian Martin MSP says the voices of this community cannot simply be left to the wayside by the UK Government

Gove accused of ignoring letters on farming post-Brexit

Two North-East MSPs have accused the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of twice ignoring a letter sent calling for assurances for farmers in future post-Brexit trade deals.

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Council officers Audrey Hendry, Iain Bell and Margaret Kahn are pictured with Stephen MacGregor from the Scottish Government, Skene School head teacher Amanda Hampton and Jackie Bird who presented the award.

Award for recruitment scheme

An innovative Aberdeenshire Council scheme which encourages people to become teachers has received a major award at a recent ceremony.

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Ross Thomson MP says the petition is a clear sign  once again  that people do not want to go back to the division of 2014.

‘No to indyref2’ petition to be debated at Westminster

A petition against a second Scottish independence referendum is to be debated at Westminster next month after more than 200,000 people signed it.

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Multiple occupancy plan for former children’s home denied

A rumour about the building which previously housed Scalloway Park Children’s home has been firmly denied by Aberdeenshire Council.

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Have your say on next Aberdeenshire development plan

There will be a presentation at Fraserburgh Community & Sports Centre on Monday, outlining how the next Local Development Plan will evolve.

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Gillian Martin MSP on a visit to NESCoL recently.

MSP launches film project

An MSP has launched a collaborative project for students at college in the North East to create a film around the dangers of social media including sexting and revenge porn.

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Gillian Martin spoke in Parliament after it was confirmed there would be continued support for more than 1,000 offices in the North-East

MSP backs support for North-east after Barclay review findings

The Scottish Government has revealed it will continue to support businesses in the North-East with continued transitional relief for office spaces.

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David Duguid is one of four Scottish Conservative MPs to have been confirmed as a member of the committee

Banff and Buchan MP secures place on key Westminster committee

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has pledged to make the most of a new opportunity to stand up for his north-east constituency after securing a place on the Scottish Affairs Committee.

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Alex Salmond on the Edinburgh Fringe stage

Curtain call on ex-First Minister’s Fringe show

Following a run of 19 sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Alex Salmond is refusing to rule out an early return to the stage.

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The Electoral Reform Society claims that 1.8 million votes cast in Scotland made no impact on the overall result.

1.8 million Scottish votes “wasted” in General Election

Two thirds of the votes cast in the general election in Scotland were “wasted” and had no impact on the result, according to a new report.

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Mr Bowie said a similar celebration had proved a great success when the new roadbridge over the Forth was finished.

MP calls for open day on completed AWPR

A North East MP has called for the Aberdeen bypass to be opened up to pedestrians and cyclists for a day before it opens to traffic to emulate an event to mark the completion of the Queensferry Crossing.

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The politicians support comes after she put forward a joint resolution to the SNPs National Council last year.

MSP backs Labour's calls to help end period poverty in Scotland

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has backed Scottish Labour’s bid to bring legislation in parliament which could help end period poverty in Scotland.

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Stewart Stevenson MSP with his Mobile Office being welcomed to Whitehills by local councillor Glen Reynolds.

Stevenson completes successful surgery tour

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson completed his annual surgery tour last week, clocking-up nearly 40 surgeries in communities across the constituency.

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Alex Salmond says Donald Trump's opposition to independence should seal the deal for the SNP

Salmond brands Trump a 'complete and utter nincompoop'

Former First Minister Alex Salmond has branded US President Donald Trump 'a complete and utter nincompoop' after he suggested that Scottish independence would be 'terrible'.

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