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Tories’ candidate in Ellon

The Scottish Conservatives have selected Gillian Owen to stand again in the Ellon and District ward in the forthcoming council elections.

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Andrew Hassan will stand in Mid Formartine ward for the Scottish Liberal Democrats

Mid Formartine candidate

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have selected Andrew Hassan to stand in the Aberdeenshire Council elections for the Mid Formartine ward in May.

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Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman.

Invitation for views on social security

People across Scotland are being asked for their views to help shape the country’s new social security system.

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International Development Secretary Priti Patel.

Match funding for donations to East Africa aid appeal

The UK Government has pledged to match pound for pound the first £5 million of public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s new East Africa Crisis Appeal.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister to seek second independence referendum

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that she will seek permission for a second referendum on Scottish Independence.

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Third of North-east families suffering from fuel poverty

Third of North-east families suffering from fuel poverty

The Scottish Government has admitted its failure to meet fuel poverty targets set for the end of 2016 as figures show that around a third on households still struggle to pay their heating bills, according to a North-east MSP.

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Anouk Kloppert, Councillor Rob Merson and Councillor Richard Thomson.

SNP announce Ellon line-up

The SNP branch in Ellon has announced the party’s candidates to contest the Ellon and District ward at the forthcoming local council elections.

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Gillian Martin MSP

MSP welcomes £16.2million funding boost for NHS Grampian

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has welcomed plans to invest more than £16million in the coming financial year for NHS Grampian.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the funding during a visit to South Lanarkshire.

£10 million pounds for organisations to tackle climate change

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that 100 organisations across Scotland are to benefit from £10 million of funding to support local action to tackle climate change.

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Freedom Convoy rolls into town

MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has praised the success of a ‘Freedom Convoy’ comprised of more than 200 vehicles which arrived on Ellon on Sunday.

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Aberdeenshire Council

Council agrees its budget for year ahead

Aberdeenshire Council has agreed its budget for 2017/18 which will see support for local services worth £546 million.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the NFUS annual general meeting.

Pledge to fight for farming industry

Scotland’s farmers have been assured that the Scottish Government will fight for the best possible deal for the industry at home and in Europe after Brexit.

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Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotlands Place in Europe

MSPs to debate Article 50

The Scottish Parliament will have a vote on Tuesday on the triggering of Article 50 to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union

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Catriona Mackenzie, Gillian Martin MSP addressing the haggis, Stewart Stevenson MSP, Callum McCaig MP and Cllr Richard Thomson

Local SNP Burns Night success

Cruden Bay, Hatton & Longhaven and Peterhead SNP branches held their 2017 Burns Supper in the Public Hall, Longhaven last Saturday.

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Legal affairs minister Annabelle Ewing.

Review of legal aid system launched

An independent review of the legal aid system has been announced by the Scottish Government.

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Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

ScotRail reward patient passengers with a ‘free week’

More details of a package of discounted travel for Scotland’s rail passengers have been confirmed today.

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Areas of Aberdeenshire were badly hit during Storm Frank last winter.

£2 million to tackle storm damage

More than £2 million will be dedicated to dealing with damage caused across Aberdeenshire by last year’s severe storms.

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Ellon & District councillor Rob Merson stands next to the former petrol filling station

Controversial flats appeal dismissed

A controversial planning application for a block of flats on the site of a former petrol filling station in Ellon has been quashed at appeal by the Department for Planning & Environmental Appeals (DPEA).

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Peter Chapman MSP outside Brewdogs Ellon base

MSP holds talks with BrewDog and Council

North East MSP Peter Chapman has held talks with craft beer company Brewdog and Aberdeenshire Council in an effort to help broker a deal in an ongoing land dispute.

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Local Government minister Kevin Stewart.

New law to aid community buyouts

Scottish communities will find it easier to take over land or buildings currently in public ownership due to a new law which came into force today (Monday).

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