Good morning – here are the top 10 news stories in Scotland this morning:
Andy Coulson charged in Tommy Sheridan trial perjury inquiry (BBC Scotland)
Children in care ‘lagging behind’ at Scottish schools (BBC Scotland)
Yes Scotland web U-turn (The Herald)
Pensions strike to affect thousands of operations (The Herald)
Shell scraps helicopter deal over safety fears (Press & Journal)
Leveson Inquiry: Jeremy Hunt faces BSkyB bid questions (Daily Telegraph)
Today’s Scottish Parliament highlights:
- 9.30: Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy Minster Bruce Crawford will deliver a motion on the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Bill.
- 12.00: FMQs will take place today against the backdrop of Andy Coulson, the Prime Minister’s former director of communications, being arrested and charged with perjury in the trial of former MSP Tommy Sheridan, while plans for industrial action next month by doctors across Scotland will no doubt feature.
- 14.55: This afternoon, First Minister Alex Salmond will lead a debate on Scotland’s Future with the Scottish Parliament set to formally endorse plans for independence, albeit the vote will possess no legal significance ahead of the referendum.
For full details of all current and upcoming Scottish Parliamentary business, check out the official Business Bulletin.