Adele Merson, The Courier

Adele Merson

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Past articles by Adele:

SNP leadership latest: Humza Yousaf’s pitch to invest in rural areas

The SNP leadership candidate pledges to spread public sector jobs beyond the central belt, work up a rural 'visa' scheme for agriculture and tackle housing problems. → Read More

Kate Forbes’ campaign in meltdown as MSPs withdraw backing over gay marriage comments

From front-runner to chaos, here's how the SNP finance chief's leadership looked under threat in just one day. → Read More

Stephen Flynn profile: Dundonian elected as SNP Westminster leader is United fan who has enjoyed rapid rise

Dundee-born MP Stephen Flynn has been crowned the SNP’s new Westminster leader after enjoying a rapid rise to the top. The United fan had been touted by → Read More

Ian Blackford breaks silence on SNP Westminster ‘coup’ claims after Dundee-born MP was forced to deny leadership challenge

SNP Westminster chief Ian Blackford broke his silence on reports of a leadership rebellion by claiming he will stick around long enough to lead the group out of the Commons "for the last time". → Read More

3 budget talking points as Chancellor urged to deal with cost of living crisis, freeports and windfall tax

UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will make major tax and spend decisions today as calls grow for help with household finances, an expanded levy on oil and gas, and a decision on major job-creating projects across the north and north-east. → Read More

A quitter not a fighter: Liz Truss steps down as Prime Minister after only 44 days

Prime Minister Liz Truss has resigned as prime minister after facing an open revolt from her MPs in a tumultous 24 hours. The Tory party leader confirmed → Read More

A96 delay blamed on ‘politicking of central belt-based Green MSPs’

Delays to a long-standing pledge to fully dual the A96 are being blamed on "politicking of central belt-based Green MSPs". Pressure is building on the → Read More

Nicola Sturgeon under pressure to upgrade A9 and A96 after road deaths

Nicola Sturgeon is facing growing pressure to set out a revised timetable to deliver "long-standing pledges" to dual main roads including the A9 between Perth and Inverness. → Read More

Anger at slow roll-out of electric vehicle charge points in region covering Dundee and Angus

Only 28 electric vehicle chargers were installed in a Scottish Government scheme across a region stretching from Fraserburgh to Dundee in the past year, new figures have shown. → Read More

Nicola Sturgeon says her promised state-run energy firm would not have halted crisis

The first minister, speaking during a visit to Aberdeen on Monday, blamed the Covid-19 pandemic on her government's failure to deliver on the 2017 election promise. → Read More

Calls for emergency recall of Holyrood after island ferry cancellations

Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth is facing pressure to deliver an urgent statement to parliament on ferry problems blighting island communities. The MV → Read More

Alex Cole-Hamilton: Farmers have been left 'largely abandoned' by government

Alex Cole-Hamilton says the agricultural sector has been "largely abandoned" by both Westminster and Holyrood, leaving the sector in crisis. → Read More

Sexual assault and rape reported once a day by women across Fife

Nicola Sturgeon is facing calls for a Victims Law to "give women the voice they deserve" as new figures show women reported sexual assault or rape at a rate of once a day in Fife. → Read More

Boris Johnson to resign as prime minister after revolt from MPs

Boris Johnson has agreed to quit as Tory leader after his Cabinet turned against him and urged him to stand down. He will remain as prime minister until a → Read More

North-east Tories turn on Boris Johnson as he clings to power

A north-east MP has called for a second vote of confidence in Boris Johnson's leadership, admitting the "government is not functioning". Andrew Bowie has → Read More

Michael Keating: Nicola Sturgeon’s IndyRef roadmap ‘doesn’t take us a great deal further’

Nicola Sturgeon's plan to hold a "legal" independence referendum next year is "political manoeuvring", says Aberdeen Uni expert Professor Michael Keating. → Read More

‘This is a smear campaign’: Pressure grows on Ian Blackford after bullying probe launched

Ian Blackford has branded claims he bullied an SNP worker a "smear campaign", as pressure grows on him to resign as Westminster leader. The MP for Ross, → Read More

‘I spent £148k on rent but cannot get a mortgage’

A financial system which locks people out of mortgages needs to be "overhauled", according an MSP who says she's spent £148,000 in rent over 12 years. → Read More

SNP politician deletes social media to escape ‘vile’ abuse

Kirsty Blackman says she finds it "difficult" to encourage young women to enter politics because of shocking levels of sexist online abuse. The MP is the → Read More

Aberdeenshire Tory MP Andrew Bowie refuses to say if he backs Boris Johnson

A north-east Conservative refused to say whether he will back the prime minister in the confidence vote despite questions from constituents. Andrew Bowie, → Read More