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Scotland independence day named
If the voters say yes, then Independence day will be 24 March 2016 ? a date that resonates in Scotland's history If the people of Scotland deliver a Yes vote in next year's referendum, Scotland will have its Independence Day on 24 March 2016. The date is included in the SNP's white paper on independence, due to be revealed at Glasgow Science Centre on the banks of the Clyde on Tuesday. The ...

Scotland's leader woos Labour, women ahead of independence vote
Aberdeen (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond set aside party politics in a major speech on Saturday as he appealed to Labour voters and women to back independence in the nation's upcoming referendum. Speaking at his Scottish National Party's final conference before the historic vote on September 18, Salmond said that all parties will be involved in negotiating the ...

Scottish GDP growth hampered by refinery strike in late 2013
A strike at Scotland's only oil refinery contributed to a sharp slowdown in economic growth at the end of 2013 at a time when the rest of the British economy was booming, data showed on Wednesday. While the slowdown highlighted Scotland's reliance on oil and gas industries to drive growth, new figures also showed Scotland's unemployment rate fell further below that in the rest of the United ...

Scotland Split Would Risk Jobs, Warns Hammond
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has warned thousands of jobs will be threatened if Scotland decides to break away from the UK. He told staff at a Glasgow-based defence firm the future of the business and their livelihoods would be put at risk by a 'yes' vote in this September's referendum on independence. Mr Hammond said the defence industry in Scotland employs around 12,600 people and ...

Nuclear Arms Withdrawal From Scotland to Take Time, Hammond Says
The removal of Britain?s nuclear arsenal from Scotland if the country splits from the rest of the U.K. would be the focus of a ?long and protracted negotiation,? according to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.

Scotland is the bedrock of Britain's defences
The SNP's proposals for its armed forces are risible and would undermine the UK's safety, argues Con Coughlin

Scotland 2-0 Croatia
This has been a generally forgettable World Cup qualifying campaign for Scotland. Yet it ended on a high as Gordon Strachan and his players swatted aside Croatia's challenge for the second game in succession. A run of more than two years without a home win in a competitive fixture was thereby ended. This Scotland team also avoided the ignominy of becoming the first in the nation's history to go ...

Scotland Yard in new undercover police row
Force accused over attempts to block claims by women allegedly deceived into sexual relationships Scotland Yard stands accused of covering up "institutionalised sexism" within the police in trying to block civil claims launched by women allegedly deceived into sexual relationships with undercover officers. Police lawyers are applying to strike out, on secrecy grounds, the claims of five women ...

Australia forced to play new-look team against Scotland at Murrayfield
? Wallabies missing six suspended players after night out ? Scotland out to improve on pointless South Africa defeat It is seven years since Australia defeated Scotland. Perhaps it was that statistic that prompted a number of players to run up a big bill in a Dublin bar the weekend before Saturday's encounter at Murrayfield, the Quantity, rather than Qantas, Wallabies. Nine points have been ...

At last, some of Scotland's mainstream media report racism story
Scotland's mainstream media have finally grasped the significance of a story about the racist abuse of a Glasgow-based journalist. The newspapers and broadcasters ignored the importance of the case last month when David Limond was convicted of "sending a threatening communication aggravated by racial and religious prejudice." They were also slow to highlight it yesterday when Limond was ...