News Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

Construction: Index points to faster growth

The construction sector grew faster than expected in May and added jobs for the first time in nearly a year, offering a chink of light in what has become a generally sombre outlook for the economy.

Equitable Life compensation will take five more years

Equitable Life investors will start to receive compensation from the end of next month, the Government said yesterday. Some £775m will be paid out to about 945,000 policyholders, while £620m will be shared among 37,000 with-profits annuitants.

The Lore of Scotland, By Jennifer Westwood and Sophia Kingshill

As Scotland move ever closer towards independence, this bulky compendium suggests that it was a big mistake to assert dominion over a land so well stocked with spooks, witches and demons.

Jimmy Leach: Is Alphagov the future of government digital?

This week has seen two significant steps in the development of government digital – moving to get more people online, and starting the process of improving government services when they get there.

Video: Dancing teacher flashmob in Scotland

Teachers at Bell Baxter High School in Scotland put on an impromptu dance for pupils leaving to go on study leave.

Video: PM: 'Coalition is getting things done'

Prime Minister David Cameron believes the Government is making progress "for the good of the country".

Tributes as MP David Cairns dies at 44

Former Scotland Office minister David Cairns has died in hospital suffering from acute pancreatitis.

The Scottish people say no to empire

On May 5th, as the media hyped up an ‘alternative vote’ campaign that many people knew and cared little about, another, far more significant election was taking place. In Scotland, a Parliament was being elected.

Video: UK wildfires continue to rage

Hundreds of firefighters have been tackling heathland blazes across the UK, including at the Queen's Balmoral estate in Scotland. .

Eco labels 'mislead consumers'

The UK is failing to deal with greenwash – the practice of making products sound more environmentally friendly than they really are. The problem arose because government guidelines to ensure "clear, accurate, relevant and verifiable" environmental claims were "non-binding". Ministers last year rejected MPs' calls for "direct intervention" to remove inaccurate and misleading claims. Instead they preferred to rely on eco-labelling schemes sponsored by industry or non-governmental groups.

Redrow to exit Scottish housing market

Redrow is ditching its loss-making Scottish operations in order to focus its attention on the South-east.

Reflections from the march on New Scotland Yard

There are huge positives to take from the Smiley Culture demonstration on Saturday. An under-represented section of society took to the streets to demand freedom, justice and an end to police brutality.

Lennon's squad at near full-strength

The Celtic manager Neil Lennon has a near full squad to choose from for the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen tomorrow.

Government 'took too long to ban drug'

The Government's advisers admit they took too long to ban mephedrone, allowing dealers to build up a stash of the drugs.

Gordon included in Scotland squad

Craig Gordon has been included in the Scotland squad for the game against Brazil on Sunday week, despite not featuring for his club side for five weeks.

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