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  By a Newsnet reporter
 
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said an independent Scotland could be a "beacon for social justice" that will show the way for everyone across the British Isles.
 
In a speech to be delivered in the Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow this evening, Ms Wood will argue that devolution alone is not enough address social inequality.

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
A Yes vote in September's independence referendum is an opportunity for Labour voters across Scotland to "reclaim their politics and their party", Nicola Sturgeon will tell an audience of undecided voters tonight.
 
The Deputy First Minister who is also a Yes Scotland Advisory Board member will attend a Q&A in Renfrew along with former Labour MP and Yes Scotland chairman Dennis Canavan.

  The former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway and celebrated crime writer Val McDermid have both announced they will be backing a Yes vote in September's independence referendum.
 
Bishop Holloway, the former Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and BBC broadcaster, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
A newly independent Scotland would be 'unlikely' to be excluded from the European Union, sources in Brussels have told a Sunday newspaper.
 
According to Scotland on Sunday, a Yes vote in September's independence referendum would see Scotland treated as a 'special case' as negotiations began to officially recognise the new state as a member of the EU in its own right.

  By Martin Kelly
 
The SNP has today branded the anti-independence campaign as "embarrassing" after the party claimed Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran was preparing to attack independence using out of date data.
 
Labour MP Curran is expected to claim 'evidence' on US-Canadian trade that predates the establishment of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as being relevant to the referendum debate in Scotland.

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
The NHS is set to become a key battleground in the referendum campaign after Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon highlighted what she said was the threat of a No vote.
 
Speaking ahead of the Scottish Cabinet’s meeting in Wick when ministers will hold their latest in a series of public engagement and Q&A sessions with members of the public around the country, Ms Sturgeon warned of the growing threat to the NHS in Scotland from Westminster's privatisation agenda.

  By Martin Kelly

In March 2013 I wrote an article which looked at the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) and asked whether its forecasts on oil revenue were believeable.

Since the article was published, the body set up by George Osborne has revised its forecasts for the oil and gas sector downwards several times - the latest by a whopping twenty five per cent.

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