Holyrood morning roundup: Thursday 24 May, 2012

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Good morning – here are the top 10 news stories in Scotland this morning:

Scottish minimum alcohol pricing to be passed (BBC Scotland)

MPs are told of separation risk to Scots defence force (Herald)

Scottish Independence: SNP ‘won’t be Yes campaign’s only voice’ (Scotsman)

SNP critics subject to ‘police state interrogation’, say teachers (Daily Telegraph)

Company that said school leavers had poor work skills.. fails to show up for Holyrood committee meeting (Daily Record)

Immigrant Chan Wright raped again after failed deportation (Daily Telegraph)

Conflict of interest concerns over Duff & Phelps Rangers role (BBC Scotland)

Stalker who pursued his victim across capital jailed (Herald)

Families with disabled children ‘regularly going without food’ (STV News)

Brave new world as Disney unveils Scottish adventure trips (Scotsman)

Today’s Scottish Parliament highlights:

- 9.30: Learning Minister Alasdair Allan will lead a debate on the government’s proposed reforms to language teaching, in the wake of a an independent report’s recommendations on how to achieve its ambition 1+2 committment

- 12.00: FMQs today will doubtless focus on the Lockerbie bombing and the debate over the release of the recently-deceased Abdelbasset al-Megrahi, as well as the safety of his conviction

- 14.40: This afternoon, alcohol minimum pricing legislation will clear its final hurdle, with Labour MSPs making a final effort to push the government to eliminate the windfall that will flow to alcohol retailers

For full details of all current and upcoming Scottish Parliamentary business, check out the official Business Bulletin

Paris Gourtsoyannis Paris Gourtsoyannis

Paris joined Holyrood in September 2011, and became education correspondent in May 2012. Born in Canada into a Greek family, and raised in Belgium, he came to Scotland in 2005 to study at the University of Edinburgh, where he was involved with award-winning student publication The Journal. Before working at Holyrood, Paris contributed to the Edinburgh Evening News, the Guardian and Guardian Local, and interned at think-tank Demos. His beat takes in all areas of Scotland's education and skills sector, including early years, adult learning, and employability...

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