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  By Martin Kelly
 
The Labour and the Conservative parties have traded accusations over the speed of privatisation south of the border.
 
In a speech yesterday, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham called for contracts between English hospitals and the private sector to be put on hold until after the next general election.

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  By Anne-Marie O'Donnell
 
BBC Scotland is under fresh fire following accusations that it used out of date and 'massaged' figures to significantly understate the value of Scottish exports in a recent report.
 
According to the Wings Over Scotland website, the BBC downgraded the value of Scotland's export from £98.1bn to just £16.9bn by excluding Scotland's exports to the rest of the UK and, controversially, by failing to attribute oil and gas exports to Scotland.

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  By Martin Kelly
 
Claims that the Westminster Government is deliberately trying to downplay the value of North Sea Oil, because of the threat of independence, have been made by a leading investment magazine.
 
A report by Investors Chronicle, part of the Financial Times publishing group, has said that Westminster is deliberately downplaying the potential revenue returns from North Sea Oil and Gas because of September's independence referendum.

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  By Sean Martin
 
In the opening three days of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Team Scotland has garnered 25 medals in sports as varied as swimming, lawn bowls and judo.
 
With 11 gold medals, six silvers and eight bronze, the Scottish athletes who have competed so far sit third in the overall medal standings behind Australia and England.

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  A fly-past by the Red Arrows at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, which saw the display team leave  a trail of red, white and blue smoke in the sky, has led to suspicions that the stunt was politically motivated.

Questions were raised after it emerged publicity material for the Games had said the world famous display team would use the colours of the Scottish flag for the display.

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  By Martin Kelly
 
The company, run by one of the biggest donors to the anti-independence campaign, has avoided paying tax on billions of pounds of profits, it has been reported.
 
According to the Independent newspaper, oil trading giant Vitol – headed by Ian Taylor - has been allowed to avoid paying tax on its London operations - with the blessing of HMRC.

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  By a Newsnet reporter

A leading supporter of the pro-Union Better Together campaign has caused outrage after posting an offensive tweet about the Malaysian airline tragedy during the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Lawyer Ian Smart [pictured] claimed that First Minister Alex Salmond’s speech, in which he spoke of the victims of the Malaysian airline tragedy, was only included in order to ensure the SNP leader was not booed by the crowd.

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