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Driving examiners strike over new tests dispute

Hundreds of driving tests across Scotland today (Monday) and tomorrow have been cancelled due to strike action by examiners over the new test and working patterns.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Independent panel to oversee named person service

An independent panel is being set up to provide expert advice to ensure the Scottish Government’s named person service is workable.

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Rhondda Geekie

Former council boss on shared space group

Former East Dunbartonshire Council Leader Rhondda Geekie is to play a major role in the new public consultation process on the controversial shared space.

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The revised boundary proposals

Bishopbriggs boundary bust-up

A row has blown up over a proposal to remove parts of Bishopbriggs from East Dunbartonshire’s Westminster constituency.

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East Dunbartonshire council callers have been left on hold

Hanging on the telephone

Frustrated residents are being forced to wait an average of almost six minutes before calls to East Dunbartonshire Council are answered.

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Armed Forces Day event could be scrapped

Armed Forces Day faces the axe

Eastwood’s MP and MSP have called on council chiefs to rethink scrapping the area’s annual summer Armed Forces Day as part of budget cuts.

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Rona Mackay

Tribute to disaster victims

The 80th anniversary of the Kirkintilloch Disaster has been commemorated by the town’s MSP.

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Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn

Minister launches new funding package at Kirkintilloch High

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn has announced £390,000 to educate school pupils about careers in food and drink.

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Former councillor Eric Gotts

Former Provost Eric Gotts censured by Standards Commission

A former Provost of East Dunbartonshire Council has been censured for breaching the Councillor’s Code of Conduct.

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East Dunbartonshire Constituency Count

Jo Swinson: I have done nothing wrong

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has denied any wrongdoing over her campaign expenses for June’s general election.

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The Electoral Reform Society claims that 1.8 million votes cast in Scotland made no impact on the overall result.

1.8 million Scottish votes “wasted” in General Election

Two thirds of the votes cast in the general election in Scotland were “wasted” and had no impact on the result, according to a new report.

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East Dunbartonshire Constituency Count

Questions raised over Jo Swinson’s election expenses

A row has blown up over East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson’s campaign expenses for June’s general election.

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Jo Swinson was elected as East Dunbartonshire MP earlier this year

Call for Jo Swinson to come clean on tuition fees

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson must make her views clear on free student tuition following comments from her new Liberal Democrat party leader.

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Jo Swinson was elected as East Dunbartonshire MP earlier this year

Jo Swinson urged to come clean on tuition fees

MP Jo Swinson must make her views indisputably clear on free tuition following comments from her new Liberal Democrat party leader.

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Have you ever worked for nothing on a ‘trial shift’?

Have you ever worked for nothing on a ‘trial shift’?

Local MSP Rona Mackay wants constituents to make their views heard on unpaid work trial shifts.

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Leader expresses fears for the future

Leader expresses fears for the future

North Lanarkshire Council leader Jim Logue has expressed his concerns about the future of local authorities.

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The Catherine Street junction

Safety lights CAN go back now

The leader of East Dunbartonshire Council has pledged to put people ahead of money 
as the controversy over Kirkintilloch’s shared space project refuses to go away.

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Jo Swinson

Jo Swinson calls for “urgent” reopening of Lenzie Post Office

Newly elected MP for East Dunbartonshire Jo Swinson has put pressure on Post Office Ltd regarding the closure in February of the Lenzie branch.

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Councillor Duncan Cumming

Tuning in to council television

Web broadcasts of meetings are just one of the options to be considered in a bid to make council business more “transparent and democratic”.

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Councillor Susan Murray

Letter to Editor - No traffic lights at shared space until 2018 - but no delay, writes Councillor Murray

Sir, - After the report in last week’s paper I am writing to clarify that further consultation on Kirkintilloch town centre will not delay putting the traffic lights back. The council must honour the contract made with the contractor or pay penalties for any changes. The contract ends when the snagging period ends in June 2018 and the council has to wait until then before changes are made or risk uncontrolled costs. The SNP Leader of the Council, Gordan Low, knows this.

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