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Past articles by Derek:

Why did Perthshire SNP MSPs vote against backing urgent dualling of A9?

It seemed like an easy question until we asked John Swinney for a straight answer. → Read More

Inside the SNP leadership race: Unity pleas and ‘malevolent characters’ claim

Three days have passed since Nicola Sturgeon’s shock resignation as first minister – and already the SNP’s political rivals have accused the party of descending into “civil war”. → Read More

Humza Yousaf: Dundee-based health secretary ‘veering’ towards bid to become next first minister

The 37-year-old has established himself as one of the SNP’s most recognisable figures and has been touted as a possible successor to Nicola Sturgeon. → Read More

5 problems people in Tayside and Fife want politicians to fix as Holyrood opens for 2023

Nicola Sturgeon is back in Holyrood this week as MSPs get down to business after the Christmas break. But with no independence referendum in the diary for → Read More

Dundee council chiefs urged to call in expert over Olympia corrosion

Council chiefs are facing fresh calls for an independent investigation into the controversial closure of the Olympia Leisure Centre. → Read More

Nicola Sturgeon warns of Liz Truss ‘disaster’ as UK ministers eye independence roadblock

Liz Truss has set herself on a collision course with Nicola Sturgeon just days before she is expected to become the next prime minister. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater could be ousted from party leader roles by members

Senior Greens Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater could be forced out of their roles under a plans by party activists to distance leaders from the SNP government. → Read More

Retired park home owner faces return to work over double whammy cost of living crisis

Residents at Rosebank Park Homes in Leuchars claim they have been ignored by Holyrood and Westminster as they prepare for a double shock. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Salmond slayer’ Colin Clark backs Liz Truss for next PM

The man who defeated Alex Salmond in the 2017 general election has backed Liz Truss to become the next prime minister. Former Gordon MP Colin Clark, who → Read More

Rishi Sunak urged to guarantee north-east carbon capture cash if he becomes next PM

Rishi Sunak has been urged to guarantee carbon capture funding for the north-east if he becomes the next prime minister. SNP MP Stephen Flynn also called → Read More

SNP councillor who shouted abuse at Pope calls for code of conduct for Yes activists

A Dundee councillor who shouted abuse at the Pope and called 9/11 an "inside job" has been accused of hypocrisy after backing a motion calling for a code of conduct for independence activists. → Read More

Kevin Bridges slams ‘terrible’ Minimum Unit Pricing as experts say it has increased drug use

The introduction of minimum unit pricing in Scotland has driven some problem drinkers onto cheap street drugs, experts have warned. Figures released last → Read More

Full scale of Tayside and Fife’s NHS waiting times crisis laid bare in new Courier project

The alarming extent of the health crisis facing Tayside, Fife and the rest of Scotland has been exposed in a landmark project from DC Thomson's data team. → Read More

Has the SNP ‘missed the boat’ on IndyRef2 with Boris as PM?

Has the SNP "missed the boat" on holding an independence referendum with Boris Johnson as prime minister? Key figures in the Yes camp often pointed to the → Read More

PMQs: Lame duck prime minister picked apart by forensic Keir Starmer

As he stood up to speak at what could be his final prime minister's questions, Boris Johnson was met with a sea of MPs waving goodbye. → Read More

PMQs: Lame duck prime minister picked apart by forensic Keir Starmer

As he stood up to speak at what could be his final prime minister's questions, Boris Johnson was met with a sea of MPs waving goodbye. → Read More

DEREK HEALEY: Is the party finally over for Boris Johnson?

Is this the end for Boris Johnson? It's a question many have asked themselves more than once over the past year. For almost any other prime minister, the → Read More

Lord Advocate lacked ‘confidence’ over Holyrood’s power to legislate for IndyRef2

Scotland's top law officer was not confident Holyrood has the powers to legislate for a new independence referendum. Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain agreed to → Read More

Anas Sarwar’s alternative to independence: Everything you need to know

Labour would scrap the House of Lords and impose a legal duty for Holyrood and Westminster to work together under a new alternative to independence unveiled by Anas Sarwar. → Read More

SNP drugs minister demands action on Dundee deaths within months

Scotland's drugs policy minister has called for major changes within months to tackle Dundee's overdose crisis. → Read More