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

Poll victor Iain McKenzie hails Labour fightback

Labour today declared a "fightback" was under way after retaining Inverclyde and claimed the Scottish National Party's "bandwagon has ground to a halt".

Simon Read: Support this crackdown on legal loan sharks

Parliament is set to vote on the issue of high-cost credit on Tuesday. These are the pay-day loans, which have staggering APRs approaching 2,000 per cent. On the one hand, used carefully, they allow people to borrow £100 or so to help them over a short-term cash crisis.

Inside Lines: In the blue corner is Leslie, the MP who packs a punch

Those of us ancient enough to remember Dr Edith Summerskill will recall her as a feisty feminist MP who packed a punch – one that was aimed at delivering a KO for boxing, a sport she detested. In the Fifties and Sixties she waged a vigorous but unsuccessful campaign for it to be banned on medical grounds.

Levein goes global for new players

Scotland manager Craig Levein insists distance will be no barrier to finding new players.

The Forty Rules of Love, By Elif Shafak

Skittish and serious, satirical and otherworldly, Elif Shafak's fiction trips across the lines between the spirit and the flesh. Her latest novel, a chart-topper in her native Turkey, characteristically yokes together far-flung people, eras and events.

Erdogan's ruling party wins election

Turkey's ruling party won a third term in parliamentary elections yesterday, setting the stage for the rising regional power to pursue economic growth, assertive diplomacy and an overhaul of the military-era constitution. But the Justice and Development Party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan fell short of a two-thirds majority in parliament, a shortcoming that will force it to seek support for constitutional change from other political groups.

Scottish clubs agree to 'historic' reforms

Proposals to reform the Scottish Football Association have been unanimously passed by its 93 member clubs.

Scottish FA prepares for revolutionary reforms

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan is cautiously optimistic that much-needed change will be embraced at their annual general meeting.

Scotland: Tip of the week

Bike rescue

SNP selects by-election candidate

The Scottish National Party has selected its candidate to succeed the late David Cairns as the new MP for Inverclyde.

MPs rack up £3.2m expenses in two months

MPs were paid more than £3.2 million of taxpayer-funded expenses in the first two months of this year - and have racked up £880,000 on official payment cards.

25 for Labour by-election candidacy

Labour said an "extremely large" number of people have put themselves forward to succeed the late David Cairns as the new MP for Inverclyde.

MPs to enjoy an early Games break

MPs will avoid the transport delays facing the rest of London's commuters during next year's Olympics by taking their earliest summer break for more than 30 years.

Royal Mail sell-off almost complete

Government plans to privatise the Royal Mail moved a step closer today when legislation cleared its passage through the House of Lords.

Former minister David Cairns mourned

Political leaders turned out to pay tribute to former Scotland Office minister David Cairns at his funeral today.

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