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Alex Cole-Hamilton confirms Lib Dem leadership bid
The MSP tipped to take over from Willie Rennie has announced his intention to stand as party leader.
SNP government accused of ‘ignoring their own failures’ over ‘shameful’ drugs deaths
The First Minister has been accused of “ignoring” the failures of her own government ahead of another anticipated rise in the country’s “shameful” drugs death rate.
Covid vaccine: Has Scotland missed targets set by Nicola Sturgeon?
Nicola Sturgeon has been urged by opposition MSPs to correct her statement on vaccine targets and clarify if future goals for lifting restrictions have been downgraded.
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Government claims Australian beef will not ‘undercut’ UK farmers described as ‘bluff and bluster’
The UK Government’s plans to protect farmers in its trade deal with Australia have been described as “bluff and bluster” by the SNP.
SNP finances: What are the allegations and what has party said in response?
The Scottish National Party are under investigation by Police Scotland following a number of complaints alleging fraud.
Nationalists traded angry criticism over progress towards a second independence referendum, after claims the Scottish Government has done “no work” on the issue.