Holyrood

Under 18s Soon Able To Vote In Scottish Elections

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Sixteen and 17-year-olds in Scotland will soon be able to vote, after a landmark law was passed by MSPs in Holyrood. The key new piece of legislati...

Edinburgh Campaigner and Equality Advocate Jamie Szymkowiak In 2016 Scottish Parliament Bid

Rob McDowall | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

A common criticism of politicians is that they don't represent the people they serve and with the political awakening which followed the Scottish independence referendum in September last year, an influx of new and diverse prospective political candidates was sure to challenge that notion.

Indyref2 Is a Distraction, Not an Inevitability

Alan Grant | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

There was a distinctly Orwellian flavour to the story that dominated Scottish politics over this past weekend. Former first minister, and current SNP ...

Sturgeon Lambasts Scotland Bill Over Westminster's Ability To Veto

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Politics

Nicola Sturgeon lambasted a Bill designed to give Scotland broad new powers on Thursday, saying it failed to deliver on the findings of the cross-part...

Campaign to Bolster the Voice of Disabled Voters in Scotland

Rob McDowall | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

With one in five people of working age in Scotland having a disability, equality campaigner and SNP member Jamie Szymkowiak set up the One in Five Campaign with Labour Party activist Pam Duncan-Glancy.

SNP Demands Scottish Government Be Given Full Control Of Taxes

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK

The Scottish Government has called for Holyrood to be given full control of all taxes and welfare in its submission to the commission tasked with reac...

The Flowering of Satire in the Caledonian Spring

Sara Sheridan | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Sara Sheridan

Kevin Bridges joked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last month that in the wake of the Referendum vote in Scotland it was as if the whole country was...

Scottish Parliament Passes Gay Marriage Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK

The Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of legislation that will allow same-sex couples to marry in what is being described as an "historic" vote....

English Devolution - The Next Step Towards a Fairer System?

Richard L Wood | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Richard L Wood

The stories of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish devolution have generally been successful. But is it time to take a step further and give England its own parliament? Should we take a another leap down the road to federalism? And what will its repercussions be?

Why Is Smoking Behind the Wheel Still Legal?

Nash Riggins | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

On Tuesday, Scottish MSP Jim Hume launched a proposal that aims to see smoking banned in all Scottish vehicles where children are present - and while the policy is undeniably a step in the right direction, it also completely lacks ambition.

Scottish Lawmakers Jump at Another Chance to Argue Over Nothing

Nash Riggins | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

This week, Scotland's lawmakers are sitting down to stage a debate on the legacy of Britain's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher - carving yet another notch into the Scottish Parliament's already prolific belt that celebrates the body's obsession with utterly pointless parliamentary procedure.

Scottish Referendum Agreement To Be Signed

PA | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK Politics

The debate on Scottish independence will begin in earnest this week as Holyrood and Westminster prepare to sign an agreement on the holding of a 2014 ...

Trump Blows Into Town

Lesley Riddoch | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Politics
Lesley Riddoch

Hollywood took on Holyrood yesterday - and Holyrood won. Donald Trump swept theatrically into the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh intent on halting construction of a pioneering offshore wind turbine test centre near his controversial golf course, north of Aberdeen. But faced with the polite, persistent questioning of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), Trump visibly ran out of steam.

Donald Trump Claims Holyrood 'Lured' Him Into Investing

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK

Donald Trump has complained he was "lured" into investing in Scotland by two First Ministers. The US businessman said he was assured by Alex Salmon...

Trump To Fight Wind Turbine 'Monstrosities' Before Scottish Parliament

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK Politics

American billionaire Donald Trump will take his fight against wind farms to the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday. The outspoken businessman, who ha...

Trump In Hot Air Outburst Against Wind Farms

PA | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK

US tycoon Donald Trump has warned that wind farms could "completely end" tourism in Scotland and the country is "in effect committing financial suicid...

Scotland Bill Agreed Between Holyrood And Westminster

Chris York | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK Politics

The Scottish National Party (SNP) have described today's agreement of The Scotland Bill between the Scottish and UK governments as a "missed opportuni...

Scotland Needs To Be Given 'Devomax' Option, Say Experts

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK Politics

The option of greater devolution for Scotland - so-called "Devomax" - should be included somewhere on the ballot paper in the looming Scottish indepen...

Alex Salmond To Meet Scottish Secretary

PA | Posted 13.04.2012 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond and Scottish secretary Michael Moore will meet in Edinburgh on Monday for talks about the Scotland independence referendum, with the firs...

Scotland Poll Shows Divisions Over Indpendence

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK Politics

The gap between backers and opponents of Scottish independence stands at around 5%, a new poll has suggested. A survey for The Sunday Times and Rea...

Could Scots Living In England Vote In An Independence Referendum?

PA | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK Politics

Demands to give Scots living outside Scotland a vote in the independence referendum will be debated by MSPs on Wednesday. Scottish Labour MSP Elain...

Former Tory Holyrood Candidate Jailed For Child Sex Abuse

PA | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Politics

A former Scottish Conservative Holyrood candidate who sexually abused children over 15 years has been jailed for eight years. John Smart, 48, from ...

Alex Salmond Racks Up The Referendum Row Another Notch

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond struck a slightly more conciliatory tone regarding a Scottish independence referendum on Wednesday morning, suggesting there could be fur...

Labour's New Leader In Scotland Is Johann Lamont

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 16.02.2012 | UK Politics

Johann Lamont has been elected as leader of the Labour party in Scotland. The MSP for Glasgow Pollok was formerly the party's deputy leader under Iain...

Scottish Independence Support Is 'Creeping Up'

PA | Posted 12.02.2012 | UK Politics

Support for independence has increased but still falls short of a majority, according to a poll. The Ipsos MORI survey suggests 38% of people would...