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  By Martin Kelly

A Glasgow councillor has demanded answers after the Labour controlled local authority suddenly and without warning, withdrew nursery provision to several local families.

Councillor Mhairi Hunter has spoken of her concern after learning how Glasgow Council had phoned parents telling them not to bring their children to a nursery the youngsters had been attending for months.

  By Martin Kelly
 
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has admitted that the European fisheries settlement negotiated by his party predecessors, was catastrophic and disastrous.
 
The Conservative Cabinet Minister made the admission during exchanges in the House of Commons, where he was responding to a question on the conservation of fish stocks.

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
The revelation that the hours of home care being provided to older people in Fife has fallen by 17% since the start of a review last year has been branded 'sickening' by SNP candidate for Cowdenbeath Constituency Natalie McGarry.
 
The SNP has highlighted figures which show than 3,000 older people across Fife have had the level of care they receive reviewed, with sharp reductions in the hours of care they receive following. 

  By Anne-Marie O’Donnell
 
Cuts to UK coastguard cover has left staffing levels squeezed and could be putting lives at risk, figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request have revealed.
 
The figures, obtained by campaign group Coastguard SOS, showed that Belfast had the biggest understaffing problem in the UK despite now having the responsibility for Scotland’s west coast following cuts to coastguard services.

  By Martin Kelly
 
Claims by pro-Union campaigners that businesses are being bullied into silence have rebounded after it emerged a leading Scottish Labour politician once tried to threaten companies who gave financial backing to opponents of devolution.
 
Speaking in 1996, ahead of the referendum on devolution, Labour's then Shadow Scottish Secretary George Robertson accused companies who opposed a Yes vote of betraying their country.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has escaped questions over his role in the scandal that has led to the radioactive contamination of Dalgety Bay after the MoD was formally named as the polluter.
 
Mr Brown, who is the local MP, refused to act when warned about the contamination five years ago when he was UK Prime Minister.

  Labour’s confusion on the Scottish Government’s Council Tax freeze has been thrust into the spotlight again after Johann Lamont hinted that she believed people would have to pay more for local services.

In an interview with ITV Borders, Ms Lamont refused to confirm that council tax needed to go up but eventually conceded that people “might” have to pay more for their services and that they needed to “buy in” to the council tax.

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