EN4 News: Exclusive Interview With Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson

 

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Ruth Davidson talks to Cameron Ward about how she got into politics and her expectations ahead of the Scottish elections. Oh, and she says she’s not after David Cameron’s job.

Budget 2016: Chancellor Signalled his “Commitment to Edinburgh” said City Leader Andrew Burns today

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Chancellor George Osborne has signalled his “commitment to Edinburgh” in his spring budget, City leader Andrew Burns said today.

Speaking the day after the Chancellor backed proposed funding for the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal, Mr Burns said the extra money would help the Capital grow its economy.

The deal will seal an extra £1bn fund from the UK and Scottish governments, which aims to allow cities and regions to grow their economies.

Councillor Burns said: “Yesterday’s Spring Budget signalled an important commitment to Edinburgh and to our neighbouring local authorities.

“Through more innovation, the development of skills and infrastructure projects and the acquisition of increased powers, we can further enhance the region’s reputation as a great place to live, work, do business and invest in, and help accelerate economic growth not just for the region but for the whole of Scotland and the wider UK.”

Detailed information on what the funds will be spent on is yet to be released, but it is believed that transport, housing and universities are among the frontrunners for funds.

The hope is that securing the £1bn fund will attract £3.2bn from private sector business, that will further boost the economy.

Scottish College Lecturers Striking Over Pay

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Scottish college lecturers walked out on strike today in protest over pay levels.

Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) have started their first of potential 32 dates of action over a long-running pay dispute.

Many lecturers claim that there is a huge difference in pay between different colleges. They are also unhappy about the 1% pay offer.

Almost nine out of ten lecturers voted in a ballot earlier this month calling for strike action.

Colleges Scotland urged the EIS teaching union to call off the strikes, confident that an agreement will be reached. An offer has been given to the union from Colleges Scotland, which they argue is the best deal possible.

If no resolution is made, the strikes will last until summer, starting at two days a week, then escalating to three days a week.

Shona Struthers, Colleges Scotland chief executive said: “We can deliver a sustainable pay increase now, to everyone. We will then take decisive steps towards tackling variances in pay and conditions across the sector and modernising in the longer term.”

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