Japan invests in Scottish energy sector

EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 17 (UPI) -- The Scottish government announced a partnership with a Japanese company would help transform a dormant fabrication yard into an energy hub.

Scotland isolated from gasoline crisis

EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 2 (UPI) -- There's no need for panic in Scotland amid concerns that tanker drivers in the United Kingdom are planning to go on strike, the government announced.

Japan examines marine energy technology

EDINBURGH, Scotland, March 12 (UPI) -- A Scottish renewable energy company signed a memorandum of understanding with Ocean Energy Association of Japan to develop a marine energy test center.

Scotland funds small green technology

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- The more than $5 million available in research funding would help Scottish businesses develop low-carbon technology, the Scottish government said.

Edinburgh: Oil good for independence

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- An independent Scotland would be able to sustain itself in part from the estimated $1.5 trillion in remaining oil reserves, a finance official said.
Effort to save 900 Diageo jobs falls short

Effort to save 900 Diageo jobs falls short

GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Liquor giant Diageo said a Scottish government task force has failed to find a plan that would rescue 900 jobs at two historic beverage facilities.

Strike may prompt panic buying in Britain

STIRLINGSHIRE, Scotland, April 21 (UPI) -- A two-day work stoppage scheduled in Scotland could be the catalyst for panic gasoline buying throughout Britain, various sources said.

Trump's trumpeting hurts ears in Scotland

EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 3 (UPI) -- Donald Trump's brash statements concerning plans to build a resort in Scotland have perpetuated his image as an arrogant American, Scottish officials said.

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Scottish leaders: Scotch is no 'cash cow'

LONDON, March 9 (UPI) -- Scottish officials say that British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling is trying to milk Scotch whisky as a "cash cow."

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Surprise! Removing tolls increases traffic

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Scottish traffic managers have discovered that removing the tolls on a busy highway bridge has had the predicted effect -- traffic jams are much worse.
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John Ramsey Swinney (born 13 April 1964) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth and Member of the Scottish Parliament for North Tayside. He was the leader (or National Convenor) of the SNP between 2000 and 2004.

Swinney was previously a Member of Parliament (MP) for Tayside North in the British House of Commons, before taking the same seat in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 elections. In 2007 he achieved the largest constituency vote for any candidate in Scotland.

Swinney joined the SNP at the age of 15, citing his anger at the way in which Scotland had been portrayed by television commentators at the Commonwealth Games. He involved himself in the SNP Youth Wing and gradually became more active in the party, becoming firstly the SNP Assistant National Secretary and then the National Secretary in 1986, at the age of 22. He was educated at Forrester High School and the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated with an MA in Politics.

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