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ELECTION 2017 ROUND-UP: Polls predict ‘bluewash’ as Emily Thornberry turns airwaves blue

The election machines have well and truly kicked into gear, so who’s had a good week, and who’s had a bad week on the campaign trail?

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Councillor Martin Ford is looking forward to working with Cllr Johnston again to seek improvements to theCouncil anditspolicies.

Democratic Independent and Green Group reformed

Aberdeenshire councillors Paul Johnston (Democratic Independent) and Martin Ford (Green) have announced that they are reforming the Democratic Independent and Green Group (DIGG).

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The first meeting of the new council is due to take place on Thursday, May 18, when key councillor roles will be decided.

70 councillors elected to form new Aberdeenshire Council

The 70 councillors who will form the next five-year term of Aberdeenshire Council have been elected, following the counting of thousands of votes this morning.

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Why the pensions ‘triple lock’ has become a key general election issue

Why the pensions ‘triple lock’ has become a key general election issue

Jonquil Lowe is Senior lecturer in economics and personal finance at The Open University.

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Satnam Ner with Grahame Smith. Fraser Band photography.

STUC elects its first Black President

At the 120th Congress in Aviemore, the STUC elected Satnam Ner from Prospect trade union as President. Satnam Ner, a Radiochemistry Manager at Babcock International Group and a long-serving member of the STUC Black Workers’ Committee and the General Council, will be the first Black President of the STUC.

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PM calls snap general election

PM calls snap general election

Theresa May has announced a snap general election will be held on June 8 in the wake of the Brexit vote

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Equalities Secretary Angela Constance.

Women hardest hit by UK welfare cuts

Women are being unfairly impacted by recent UK Government cuts to benefits and welfare eligibility, Equalities Secretary Angela Constance has said.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) and TripAdvisor senior vice-president Robin Ingle announce the new collaboration during a meeting at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Tourism deal could attract £150m to Scottish economy

Scotland could see a £150 million boost to its economy following a bargain struck between the country’s tourism agency and travel website TripAdvisor.

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Geva re-selected by Deeside and Upper Donside branch

Geva re-selected by Deeside and Upper Donside branch

The Deeside and Upper Donside branch of the SNP has nominated Geva Blackett, an existing ward councillor who lives in Braemar, as candidate to contest the Aboyne, Deeside and Upper Donside ward at the local authority elections in May.

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Deeside entrepreneur and businessman Steve Murphy is standing for election as the representative for Upper Deeside Ward, on the Board of the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

Entrepreneur bids for park board role

Deeside entrepreneur and businessman Steve Murphy is standing for election as the representative for Upper Deeside Ward, on the Board of the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

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Robbie Withey

Alford candidate pledges to fight for local area

A council candidate from Alford has said he is standing for election to fight for his local area and has accused SNP members of failing to oppose tax rises, rates hikes and budget cuts in Aberdeenshire.

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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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Pictured are: Mairi Docherty (Goal Training), Nicolle Stewart, Alexander Burnett, Marco Rossetti and Jacqueline Reid (Skills Development Scotland)

MSP visits Potarch Café to mark apprentice week

Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett visited the Potarch Café and Restaurant In Royal Deeside yesterday to mark Scottish Apprentice Week.

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Councillor Geva Blackett and Councillor Iris Walker

Call to register defibrillators

Two local councillors have backed a Registration to Resuscitation campaign launched by the Scottish Ambulance Service this week.

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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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Councillor Walker to stand for Westhill ward

Councillor Walker to stand for Westhill ward

Scottish Liberal Democrat councillor Iris Walker has been re-selected to stand in the council elections on May 4 for the Westhill and District ward.

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MSP Mike Rumbles says the Scottish Government must look at how large-scale projects are delivered

£10k boost for Tornaveen Community Hall

MSP for the North East Region, Mike Rumbles, has welcomed £10,000 of lottery funding granted to Tornaveen Community Hall.

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Hundreds formally oppose Deeside boundary review change

Hundreds formally oppose Deeside boundary review change

There has been a groundswell of opposition against a review of boundaries in Scotland that could see Banchory move into a different constituency from other Deeside communities.

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