Independence and oil: A slippery business

Our Political Editor looks to the North East of Scotland where the Prime Minster and First Minister have been discussing the future of oil.

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Scottish Cabinet visits Selkirk

First Minister Alex Salmond is in the Scottish Borders Credit: PA

The First Minister is holding a Scottish Cabinet meeting in the Scottish Borders.

It is the 30th Cabinet meeting to be held outside of Edinburgh and the third to be held in the Borders.

Following the Cabinet meeting, the public will have the chance to put questions to Alex Salmond at Victoria Halls.


Alex Salmond tweets 'Yes We Can' to US President

The Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, has tweeted a series of messages about the Scottish independence referendum due to take place in September.

His tweets are in response to a speech made by President Obama in which the American politician said he thought Scotland should stay in the United Kingdom.


As President Obama rightly observes, the decision on Scotland’s future is up to the people of Scotland (AA)


An independent Scotland will mean that America has two great friends & allies here rather than one (AA)


We’re focussed on making Scotland a land of opportunity & our message to the people of Scotland is: ‘Yes We Can’ (AA)

Health Secretary says allegations he deceived Parliament 'a load of nonsense'

The Health Secretary has told Representing Border he has no intention of resigning and claims against him are a 'load of nonsense'.

It comes after Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont called on Alex Salmond to sack Alex Neil. During First Minister's Questions, she accused the Heath Secretary of deceiving the Scottish Parliament over his role in reform of NHS services in his constituency.


Norovirus 3 month outbreak a 'concern'

Concerns about a three month outbreak of a sickness bug at the Borders General Hospital have been raised in the Scottish Parliament.

Norovirus has lead to the closure of one ward and restrictions on another.

MSP Christine Grahame says it is taking too long to resolve the issue and raised the issue during First Minister's Questions. First Minister Alex Salmond said he would ask the Scottish Health Secretary to look into it.

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