Jack warns Clegg and Cameron: Trust will be tough

By Michael MacLeod

SCOTLAND’s former First Minister Jack McConnell says trust, rather than the economy, will be the biggest challenge to the new UK Government.

Mr McConnell says the Tory and Lib Dem coalition will have “life and death” decisions to make – but the key will be their relationship.

He praised David Cameron and Nick Clegg for “a great start,” but warned that head-to-head battles are inevitable and potentially damaging.
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New PM Cameron arrives in Scotland – by the back door

By Michael MacLeod

DAVID Cameron was forced to scrap plans for a grand public arrival at the Scottish Parliament today as protesters forced him to make his way via the back door instead.

His first official visit to Scotland as Prime Minister was meticulously planned in advance of his meeting with First Minister Alex Salmond.

Arrangements had been made for Mr Cameron’s green Jaguar car to deliver him at the Queensberry House entrance off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

But an eleventh-hour change swung into place after noisy crowds of protestors gathered in wait.

None the less, the new PM shrugged off the demo, and laughed:  “I’m making friends everywhere.”
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Ex-PM Brown still the boss, as he sends wife to Tesco

By Cara Sulieman

AFTER his very public departure from high office, it was perhaps of little surprise that Gordon Brown would chose to keep a low profile on what was his first day back as a jobbing MP.

Back in his beloved Fife, at the North Queensferry home where his children no doubt were enthused as to how daddy suddenly had so much free time, the former Prime Minister stayed behind closed doors.

It was his wife Sarah, a rock to him these past few tumultuous days, who was to run the gauntlet of photographers, TV crews and reporters camped at the end of their driveway.

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How the 2010 election was won and lost in Scotland

By Michael MacLeod

The ink on the ballot papers has barely dried and still the shape of the UK Government remains unknown.

But the Scottish political map is completely clear, as Labour maintained their grip by winning at least 41 out of 58 seats north of the border.

All parties were keen to prove they had the Susan Boyle x-factor and a feisty election battle triggered the highest turn out in years.

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Tribute to pensioner slain by dangerous driver stolen

By Cara Sulieman

A roadside memorial to a pensioner who died when was knocked down by a car on her way home from work has been stolen.

Senga Elder was killed after a car mounted a pavement in Auchtermuchty in Fife, sending her flying into a skate park.

The 67-year-old – who was on her way home from Myres Castle – died instantly of head and spinal injuries in the 2008 accident.

Her family had laid down the white steel cross at the side of the road as a touching tribute.

But it went missing at the weekend.

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Occupational therapist given slap on wrist for sexual relationship

By Cara Sulieman

AN OCCUPATIONAL therapist who had a sexual relationship with a “vulnerable” ex-patient has received a slap on the wrist from the Health Professions Council.

The panel – led by John Williams – decided yesterday (Weds) to issue a caution order to Lynn Cameron for five years after she admitted the relationship to her supervisor.

Cameron was working at the South West Bridging Service in Glasgow when she started seeing the 25-year-old Patient A, who she had previously treated when she worked at Rossdale Resource Centre.

The Conduct and Competence Committee of the HPC had heard how Cameron had been warned about “over-familiar and flirtacious” behaviour with patients prior to the admission in 2007.

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Occupational therapist faces being struck off over sexual relationship

By Cara Sulieman

AN occupational therapist faces being struck off after having a sexual relationship with a “vulnerable and complex” ex-patient.

Lynn Cameron was working at the South West Bridging Service in Glasgow when she admitted the relationship to her supervisor in 2007.

Although she wasn’t treating Patient A at the time, he had been in her care at her previous position at Rossdale Resource Centre.

Mairi Macpherson, Cameron’s supervisor at the time, told a Conduct and Competence Committee of the Health Professions Council in Edinburgh today (Tuesday) that Cameron had called her to admit the relationship.

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