SCOTLAND'S new Education Secretary has pledged to listen to the views of those working in nurseries, schools, colleges and universities as she faces the "many challenges" that lie ahead.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has held the first meeting of the new Scottish Cabinet.
Holyrood needs "significant new powers" but Labour must also set out how it will use them to improve people's lives, shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran said.
Scotland is making a significant investment totalling almost a third of a billion pounds in increasing childcare over the next two years, the new Education Secretary said.
THE Smith Commission will this week pave the way for 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in all Holyrood elections, possibly even the next one in 2016, party insiders have indicated.
NICOLA Sturgeon has set her sights on reaching 100,000 members for the SNP by next year's General Election after appearing in front of a sell-out crowd at a rally in Glasgow.
A LABOUR MP has been criticised after describing an independence rally as a "Trot convention".
SCOTTISH Labour needs to reclaim its identity as the party of working people and prove it can be as optimistic as the SNP, a hustings between potential leaders of the party has heard.
GORDON Brown, described as a colossus of British politics, has been praised for his contribution to national life as reports suggest he is preparing to call time on his House of Commons career.
A LEADING Northern Ireland politician has called for pro-Union parties in Scotland to forge a pact to contend the 2015 Westminster Elections.
Candidates for the Scottish Labour leadership have made a plea for party unity regardless of the outcome of the contest.
One of the candidates to become the new leader of Scottish Labour has expressed "reservations" about the full devolution of income tax powers to Holyrood.
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Nick Clegg has ruled out ever joining a coalition government alongside Ukip, saying it had been "difficult enough" finding common ground with the Tories.
THE UK Government is "unlikely" to meet its immigration target, Home Secretary Theresa May has admitted for the first time, as David Cameron was warned that any attempt to ban EU migrants from claiming in-work benefits would be illegal.
FRENCH politics is misogynistic, according to former first lady Valerie Trierweiler.