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Glasgow MSP James Dornan has become the latest politician to demand the return of a controversial donation made to the Better Together campaign by businessman Ian Taylor.

In a question in the Scottish Parliament Cathcart MSP Mr Dornan urged the anti-independence campaign, headed by Labour MP Alistair darling, to hand back a £500,000 donation from Vitol’s Chief Executive, and has encouraged people to sign a petition organised by the grassroots campaign, National Collective, calling for a fair referendum.


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The Church of Scotland is to debate whether the Scottish monarch should have a separate Scottish coronation ceremony should Scotland vote for independence in 2014.

The proposal is to be debated at the Kirk’s General Assembly due to be held next month,  the Kirk says the ceremony would “symbolise their role as Queen or King of Scots”.


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UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been challenged to return money paid to the Conservative party by the Chief Executive of a company which admitted paying a Serbian war criminal one million dollars.
 
In an exchange during Prime Minister’s Questions, SNP MP Angus Robertson listed the crimes committed by Arkan who received the money from Swiss based company Vitol.


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Two Catholic midwives employed by NHS Greater Glasgow Health Board have won their appeal in the Court of Session in Edinburgh against their employer’s insistence that they should supervise staff involved in pregnancy terminations.

The midwives, Concepta Woods and Mary Duggan, had previously lost a case last year in the same court, where they argued that their right to concientious objection extended to supervisory roles, even though they themselves were not directly involved.


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Four Scottish universities have been ranked in the top 100 in a global league table measuring scientific performance.

St Andrews, Dundee, Edinburgh and Aberdeen universities all score highly in the Leiden ratings which rank universities according to their impact on sciences and involvement in scientific collaboration.


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Scotland will suffer unfair pension reforms despite the majority of Scots MPs opposing bill amendments in Westminster.

The House of Commons debated amendments by the House of Lords on the Public Service Pensions Bill based on findings of Lord Hutton’s Pension Reform Report which recommended a lower retirement age for “uniformed services” such a fire fighters, police and the Armed Forces.


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Labour MSP Johann Lamont has been urged to clarify whether she agrees with a Labour MP who described donations from a Conservative supporting businessman, who has given £500,000 to the Better Together campaign, as “dirty money”.
 
In a letter to the Scottish Labour leader, SNP MP Angus Robertson has demanded she give her views on comments made by Labour MP John Mann after she claimed to be unaware of them in an interview.