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  By Chris Rumbles
 
The Secretary of State for Scotland is to be asked to clarify comments made on the UK's membership of the European Union by the Scottish Parliament's Europe and External Relations Committee today.
 
Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrats MP for Orkney and Shetland, will give evidence to the committee in his capacity as Scottish Secretary on the Scottish Government's proposals for an independent Scotland within the EU.

  By Sean Martin
 
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has received more criticism from the SNP following revelations he did not inform successive Scottish Secretaries about the radiation leak at the UK Government's Vulcan Reactor Test Establishment at Dounreay in January 2012.
 
The radioactive incident has instigated significant political conflict between the Scottish Government and their Westminster counterparts since it was revealed Hammond did not inform them about it until shortly before his House of Commons address on 6 March - more than two years after the event.

  Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, has described the devolution report by the Labour party as a failure of ambition which will disappoint left-leaning voters who seek a fairer and more democratic Scotland.
 
The Greens are campaigning for a Yes vote as they see the opportunities to rebalance the economy, protect public services, develop a written constitution, revitalise rural life and get rid of nuclear weapons.

  By Anne-Marie O'Donnell
 
A new youth movement in Scotland is launching this month ahead of the independence referendum which claims it will be the country's younger generation of voters that deliver a Yes vote.
 
The Youth & Students For Independence group, also known as MyYesScotland on Twitter, officially launches on 29 March but has already racked up more than 2,000 followers on Twitter.  The youth vote will be key in the independence referendum after the decision was made in 2012 to allow 16 and 17 year olds a say in the future of the country.

  By Sean Martin
 
The Scottish Conservatives have announced plans to scrap free prescriptions at their party conference in Edinburgh today.
 
Commencing and concluding her speech with appeals for a No vote in September's referendum, party leader Ruth Davidson also called for education sector reform and declared her wholehearted backing of both the Westminster government's approach to the welfare system and Chancellor George Osborne's tax cuts.

  By Anne-Marie O'Donnell
 
Fresh evidence has emerged showing locals were kept in the dark over the Dounreay nuclear submarine test reactor leak throughout a series of meetings in the immediate aftermath, fuelling concerns of an Ministry of Defence cover up.
 
Defence secretary Philip Hammond confirmed to Westminster last week that a radiation leak was found at Dounreay's Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment in January 2012, sparking fury from the Scottish Government.  Ministers in Scotland were not told about the radiation threat until minutes before Mr Hammond informed the House of Commons.

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
The leader of Aberdeen council is embroiled in a fresh controversy after it emerged he had flown all the way to Japan to attend a conference for only ninety minutes.
 
According to the Press & Journal newspaper, Labour councillor Barney Crockett flew over 5,600 miles in order to attend the event, but spent more time site-seeing and dining out.

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