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MacAskill should "hang his head in shame"

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has slammed Kenny MacAskill's time as Scottish Justice Secretary. Mr MacAskill has been replaced by Michael Matheson as part of Nicola Sturgeon's Cabinet reshuffle.

The former Justice Secretary was heavily involved in the Lockerbie bombing case and was also involved in amalgamating all Scottish police forces.


MP says sacked minister was 'not a friend of this area'

The minister who freed the Lockerbie bomber has been dropped from Scotland's cabinet. The new first minister Nicola Sturgeon today said Kenny MacAskill had "intimated" that he wanted to step down. David Mundell, the MP whose constituency covers the Lockerbie area, says he was no friend of the area.

New Scottish cabinet 'a team of all the talents'

Sturgeon announces new Scottish cabinet


Swinney is Sturgeon's new deputy

Scotland's new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has appointed Finance Secretary John Swinney as her deputy.

Mr Swinney is the first of Ms Sturgeon's new appointments since she took over as the head of the Scottish Government on Wednesday.

The First Minister announced the news on Twitter, writing: "Delighted to announce that John Swinney is the new Deputy First Minister."

Mr Swinney, who has served as Finance Secretary for the past seven years, had been widely tipped for the deputy post.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister John Swinney on the steps of Bute House in Edinburgh. Credit: PA

Sturgeon to axe MacAskill in reshuffle

Proposal to cut polling places cancelled

It's reported that almost 85% of people the electorate turned out to vote on the 18th September. Credit: PA

Plans to cut the number of places where people can go to vote have been dropped thanks to the popularity of the Scottish referendum.

Scottish Borders Council had wanted to stop using polling stations where there were less than 100 people on the electoral roll. But now the idea's been scrapped because of the large turn out during September's referendum vote.

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