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Four in five Scots adults ‘pressured into drinking alcohol by friends’

More than 80 per cent of
adults in Scotland have been pressured into drinking
alcohol by friends, according to a new survey. The pilot study of 1,697 adults across the UK and Ireland, including 521 in Scotland, found peer pressure was the number one influencing
factor for those being encouraged to drink. A total of 83 per cent of respondents in Scotland said […]

Brexit disruption could see exports ‘left to rot’ as lorries queue at ports

The chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink, James Withers, has warned that Brexit-related disruption to haulage routes could see produce like shellfish rotting in lorries. The warning came as hauliers claim that the agency’s ambition to double Scotland’s food and drink sector to £30 billion by 2030 will be wrecked by leaving the EU, predicting that the country will […]

Poll shows support for fully devolved Scots rail network

Most Scots want to see power over Network Rail north of the Border fully transferred to Scotland, according to a report into the nation’s railways. Research commissioned for the report shows 60 per cent of people believe that all decisions about the railway network in Scotland should be taken by organisations overseen by the Scottish Government. The survey of 1,063 […]

Insight: What dress code row means to Muslim women

Scots who choose whether or not to wear the hijab discuss the impact of Boris Johnson’s comments about the veil on their lives with Dani Garavelli Samina Ansari was 21 when she decided to start wearing a hijab; today she sits in Glasgow’s Amina Muslim Women Resource Centre (MWRC), her pretty white scarf framing an open, expressive face, at ease […]

Danish cycle path plan to boost Scots cities

Scottish cities could attract as many cyclists as world-leading Copenhagen by building networ ks of segregated lanes to make them feel safe, a former mayor of the Danish capital has predicted. Morten Kabell will tell audiences in Edinburgh and Dundee they could reach Copenhagen levels of 42 per cent cycling by keeping bikes away from other traffic. Copenhagen‘s cycle paths […]

Architect hits back in row over Russian tower

A Scottish architect has accused a Russian firm threatening him with legal action over the design of an iconic tower in St Petersburg as fostering “the architectural equivalent of fake news”. Designers from Moscow practice Gorproject attacked Tony Kettle, who designed the Falkirk Wheel when he held the post of chief designer at Edinburgh-based RMJM, for claiming “authorship” of the […]

Labour calls for investigation into exam results trend

Scottish Labour has called for a Holyrood investigation into pupils’ falling attainment levels and attacked John Swinney’s record as Education Secretary. Writing in Scotland on Sunday today, Labour education spokesman Iain Gray said a probe was needed after analysis of results showed attainment at Higher level had fallen for the third year in a row. The proportion of young people […]