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Survey on housing launched to students

Slurp: Students for Action on Homelessness has launched a survey to students. The survey aims to collect information regarding student housing insecurity in order to better understand the extent of the Student Housing Crisis and the quality of the support provided by universities in Edinburgh. The survey is open to all students in Edinburgh, regardless […]

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Nicola Sturgeon says an independent Scotland would apply to rejoin the EU

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that an independent Scotland would apply to re-join the EU. Given that during the 2016 Brexit referendum, all 32 local authorities in Scotland voted to remain in the EU, this may not come as a surprise. In order to re-join the EU as an independent state, Scotland would encounter some economic […]

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Edinburgh Fringe warns of urgent threat posed by crackdown on short-term lets

In a statement on Friday 28 October, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society warned of the risk the city’s new short-term let policy poses to Fringe performers. The criticism comes after a mass feedback drive of artists in the wake of the 2022 Fringe.   Scotland’s first short-term let control area came into effect in Edinburgh in […]

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George Street to be rebuilt

George Street will be rebuilt and closed to regular vehicle traffic in 2024, in a project aimed to improve sustainability, walkability, and cyclability in New Town. Pavements are to be widened to four metres, and junctions will be rearranged to prioritise cyclists and pedestrians. The street’s roadway will be repurposed into a cycleway, which will […]

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Kyiv faces blackouts after Russia bombs infrastructure

Kyiv faces massive blackouts and a looming burden on its energy system after a series of Russian attacks on its infrastructure on Halloween. Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko announced the resumption of water and power supply on Tuesday 1 November. However, he added that scheduled partial blackouts would continue in order to let the city cope […]

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Scottish Greens suspend ties with the Green Party of England and Wales over institutional transphobia

On Sunday 16th October, the Scottish Green Party voted overwhelmingly to suspend its ties with the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) over institutional transphobia. At the Scottish Green Party’s conference in Dundee, the party membership voted to suspend this affiliation.  The suspension will continue until ‘effective action’ is taken.  The motion was proposed […]

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Italian Elections: The Far Right Take Victory

On September 25, Italian far-right leader Giorgia Meloni led her Brothers of Italy party to victory in the country’s parliament. She won an absolute majority in both the upper and lower houses, unseating the previous cross-party Draghi government. Winning both houses allows Meloni’s government to pass legislation freely, without having to secure the support of […]

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Liz Truss faces uncertainty after a day of chaos

Suella Braverman resigned as home secretary yesterday, delivering a great blow to Prime Minister Liz Truss’s government. In Braverman’s resignation letter, she gave violating government protocols as the reason for her resignation, saying: “I have made a mistake; I accept responsibility: I resign.” She continued to say: “I have concerns about the direction of this […]