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Scottish house buyers may be unable to access mortgages issued by HSBC bank after the Law Society of Scotland issued a warning to Scottish solicitors highlighting serious flaws in the bank’s new documentation.

In a memo issued today the convenor of the Scottish legal body described a new system introduced by the bank as “not fit for purpose” and of being “patently designed for England”.


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The BBC will be forced to change its approach to Scottish politics in the run up to the referendum, the Chair of the Corporation’s Trust has said.
 
Lord Patten, who yesterday met with First Minister Alex Salmond, has confirmed that the reputation of the BBC is at stake and cannot be allowed to be undermined by perceptions of bias.


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SNP MSP Colin Keir has welcomed today’s news that Forth Energy has abandoned its plans to build a large scale biomass plant at the Port of Leith. 

In a statement released on Thursday, Forth Energy announced that it was withdrawing its plan, citing new proposals to develop the Port of Leith as a hub for renewable energy manufacture and the consequent demand for space.


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SNP MSP Bob Doris has welcomed an EU indication that the Scottish Government’s plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol will be permissible under European Union law.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon held talks with EU Health Commissioner John Dalli and other senior officials in Brussels this week, and has claimed that the message coming from the European Commission is that the proposals will not fall foul of EU law.


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A demonstration against proposed cutbacks at BBC Scotland is scheduled to take place tomorrow [Thursday] outside the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh.
 
The protest will commence at midday and will comprise supporters from a number of groups campaigning against the proposed BBC Scotland cuts and scheduling changes.


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The SNP has said that it is the only party that can be trusted to protect free education in Scotland, after Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said that she was not opposed to back-door tuition fees for Scottish students.

The nationalist claim follows comments from the new Scottish Labour leader in an interview where she implied that tuition fees may return if Labour regain power in Scotland.


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Sandra White MSP has welcomed an announcement by the Scottish Government that it has commissioned research into the scale and scope of child sex exploitation in Scotland.

The SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin was responding to an announcement by Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell who told the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Committee today that the government wished to identify how many children were affected by the issue and that research would provide a “clearer indication of the areas we need to focus on”.