John Swinney has survived a Holyrood vote of no confidence despite being roundly condemned for his handling of the exams fiasco that led to thousands of pupils having their results downgraded.
The vote of no confidence in John Swinney marks only the fourth time in the history of devolution that MSPs have resorted to this mechanism to try to remove a government minister.
Aberdeen’s lockdown restrictions to stay for another week, as Nicola Sturgeon says lifting them would not be safe or sensible
Lockdown measures imposed following Aberdeen’s coronavirus outbreak are to remain in place for at least another week, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
ANALYSIS: John Swinney’s exam results U-turn was a dramatic bid to draw a line under the fiasco but the memories will linger
As far as humiliating U-turns go, there can’t have been many more spectacular than John Swinney’s volte-face on the exams fiasco that has plagued pupils over the last few days.
ANALYSIS: Rishi Sunak is an asset for the UK Government when it comes to Scotland but he still faces a daunting challenge
Rishi Sunak is a precious commodity for the UK Government when it comes to Scotland.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak rules out extra Treasury cash for Aberdeen to ease the blow of return to lockdown
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has indicated the Treasury will not provide extra cash for Aberdeen to help the city with the reintroduction of lockdown restrictions.
Shop talk? Douglas Ross declines to say if Jackson Carlaw’s leadership was discussed when he was visited by Ruth Davidson
Douglas Ross has declined to say if Jackson Carlaw’s Scottish Conservative leadership was discussed when Ruth Davidson made the trip to his home in Moray four days before his resignation.
Scottish Government cites ‘legal privilege’ for failure to hand over documents to MSPs investigating probe into Alex Salmond’s behaviour
The Scottish Government is refusing to hand over documents relating to its botched investigation into harassment claims against Alex Salmond citing legal reasons.
Douglas Ross pledges to rebuild Scotland but appears to admit defeat in next year’s election on the first day of his new job
Douglas Ross pledged to rebuild Scotland by restoring the education system and empowering remote communities when he was officially declared Scottish Conservative leader.
The SNP has been accused of trying to smear Scottish Conservative leadership front-runner Douglas Ross, after Nicola Sturgeon’s party claimed he had a “long history of racist views”.
Statistics watchdog reprimands Nicola Sturgeon over her claim Scotland’s coronavirus levels were five times less than England’s
The UK statistics watchdog criticised the claim as new figures revealed Scotland had the third highest excess mortality rate in Europe in the first part of the year, behind England and Spain.
First Minister gives strongest hint that schools will return full-time but warns lockdown limbo will disappoint businesses
Nicola Sturgeon warned businesses to brace themselves for disappointment as she signalled that most existing coronavirus restrictions will remain in place when lockdown is reviewed.
North-east SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson indicated he is planning to wear a mask “for the rest of my life” as he mounted a staunch defence of anti-coronavirus face coverings.
Scottish Government feels the heat on coronavirus restrictions affecting gyms, places of worship and funerals
A senior figure in Nicola Sturgeon’s government refused to be drawn on compensating gym owners as his opponents criticised the reopening of pubs before indoor exercise facilities.
Poor pay and conditions for care workers have harmed efforts to stop coronavirus spread, the organisation responsible for looking after the elderly in Aberdeen has warned.
The SNP’s Angus Robertson launches his campaign to stand in Edinburgh Central with a thinly-veiled message for his party rival
Former SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson has launched his campaign to enter Holyrood with an apparent dig at his Nationalist rival chasing the same seat.
Tony Blair says Boris Johnson is not the person to save the United Kingdom from Scottish independence
Tony Blair has said Boris Johnson is not the person to save the Union as he criticised Labour for playing around with nationalist sentiment.
The use of online deliveries to supply cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy has accelerated during the coronavirus crisis, Scotland’s drugs tsar has said.
Quarantine restrictions for Scottish sun-seekers travelling to Spain are to be lifted this week, the Scottish Government has announced.
Nicola Sturgeon warns face coverings to be worn for “foreseeable future” as increase in Covid-19 cases recorded
Nicola Sturgeon warned face coverings will have to be worn for the “foreseeable future” as Scotland recorded the highest number of new coronavirus cases for three weeks.
Plea for politeness: Nicola Sturgeon says Scottish independence debate can learn from ‘kindness and solidarity’ shown in coronavirus crisis
Nicola Sturgeon has said the “kindness and solidarity” learned during the coronavirus crisis should be brought to the Scottish independence debate.
Coronavirus: Quarantine checks delay attacked by aviation industry as Nicola Sturgeon insists they’ll start soon
Nicola Sturgeon admitted she would have liked Covid-19 quarantine checks on people returning to Scotland to have started earlier, as the delay was attacked by the aviation industry.
Fears of excess cancer deaths during Covid crisis leads to plea for those with chronic coughs to contact their doctor
People with lung cancer symptoms are being urged to contact their doctors, amid fears that signs of the disease are being ignored during the coronavirus crisis.
No music in pubs and £60 fine for failing to wear a face covering – the nuts and bolts of Nicola Sturgeon’s plans to ease physical distancing
Nicola Sturgeon has announced new coronavirus guidelines on compulsory face coverings, giving children more freedom to play with their friends and the easing of physical distancing in shops, pubs, restaurants, trains, buses and ferries.
Face coverings to become compulsory in shops from next week as physical distancing is relaxed in attempt to boost economy
Face coverings are to be compulsory in Scottish shops from the end of next week, as physical distancing is relaxed in retail and hospitality sectors as well as public transport.
Aberdeen International Airport boss calls on Nicola Sturgeon to back air bridges to European destinations
The boss of Aberdeen International Airport has called on the Scottish Government to back plans for air bridges between the UK and European destinations.
Nicola Sturgeon warns of Leicester-style lockdowns in Scotland as she suggests localised coronavirus outbreaks are inevitable
Nicola Sturgeon has warned of Leicester-style lockdowns in Scotland, as she says localised Covid-19 outbreaks are inevitable north of the border.
Border skirmish: Nicola Sturgeon fails to rule out quarantine for people travelling from rest of the UK to Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon has said introducing quarantine for people coming to Scotland from England is being considered, as she raised fears Boris Johnson was letting the coronavirus “circulate” south of the border.
North East MSP Liam Kerr has called for a business rates review following the closure of Molton Brown on Union Street in Aberdeen.
First Minister rules out ‘reckless race’ with rest of UK as Jackson Carlaw says Scotland too slow coming out of lockdown
Hairdressers, pubs and cinemas will reopen on July 15 and people will be able to go on self-catered staycations from the end of next week, Nicola Sturgeon has said.