News archive from 20 July 2014, page 3

Miliband vows to let public sector run train franchises

Miliband vows to let public sector run train franchises

LABOUR would take large parts of the UK's rail network back into public ownership if it wins the 2015 general election, Ed Miliband has vowed. Miliband said Labour would let the public sector challenge private operators to run rail franchises, in what...

Scotsman, 00:14 in Hot News
 
Labour attempts to force debate on arming of police

Labour attempts to force debate on arming of police

LABOUR is to attempt to force an emergency Holyrood debate on the arming of Scotland's police force amid fears controversial changes allowing officers to routinely carry firearms are being imposed without the consent of parliament. Ministers will come...

Scotsman, 00:14 in Politics
 
Andrew Wilson: If we want things to improve, why wait?

Andrew Wilson: If we want things to improve, why wait?

"PLEASE don't desert the working class of England" was my first experience of the "stay with us" love bomb. The singer-songwriter Billy Bragg was playing a gig in Glasgow and opinion polls had just shown a rare majority in favour...

Scotsman, 00:14 in Politics
 
Thandie Newton: 'I needed to play someone who doesn't fit a stereotype'

Thandie Newton: 'I needed to play someone who doesn't fit a stereotype'

Thandie Newton, star of One Half of a Yellow Sun. Photograph: Linda Brownlee/Corbis Outline How did you get involved in Half of a Yellow Sun? My beloved, beloved film. It was a long bit of romancing – the director Biyi [Bandele] approached me years...

 
Alfa males still missing Romeo

Alfa males still missing Romeo

The 4C was certainly not perfect but as an opening salvo it was both impressive and promising for the future. Is this latest Giulietta QV, a revised version of Alfa's hot hatch, enough to keep the good momentum going? This evolutionary step may prove...

 
Independence: Juncker ‘sympathetic’ to Scotland bid

Independence: Juncker ‘sympathetic’ to Scotland bid

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: New European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker is "sympathetic" to an independent Scotland joining the EU due to his experience as a politician from a small member state, it emerged last night. The revelation came...

Scotsman, 00:25 in Politics
 
Sale of website is great deal for Shaf Rasul

Sale of website is great deal for Shaf Rasul

ENTREPRENEUR Shaf Rasul has tucked another deal under his belt following the sale of a website aimed at bargain hunters in Scotland's two biggest cities. Today’s Great Deal (TGD) has been acquired by West Lothian-based Phytoscience Group after an...

Scotsman, 00:28 in Business
 
Palestine and Israel clash in battle for the tunnels of Gaza

Palestine and Israel clash in battle for the tunnels of Gaza

While the military ground operations continue into their fourth day, Hamas terrorists are stooping to increasingly desperate tactics in a bid to thwart Israeli forces. In one incident, a wounded militant pleaded for help from Israeli soldiers only to...

 
Rebels steal bodies from flight MH17

Rebels steal bodies from flight MH17

As Russia was accused of a mass cover-up, grieving families pleaded for their loved ones' remains to be returned home to Britain. Heartbroken Barry Sweeney lost his son Liam, 28, in the tragedy. He begged: “We want our boy home quickly, we want to be...

 

One ticket wins £3.6m Lotto jackpot

One lucky ticketholder won Saturday's Lotto jackpot of £3.6 million, Camelot said. The winning numbers were 05, 25, 38, 34, 14, 09 and the bonus number was 40. Set of balls number one and draw machine Guinevere were used. Wednesday's estimated jackpot...

 

Pioneering pier is 200 years old

The 200th anniversary of the opening of Britain's first seaside pier is being marked this month. Ryde pier on the Isle of Wight opened on July 26 1814, and today still stands as a reminder of the feat of Victorian engineering. It was the original...

 

Corporation tax cut 'not credible'

Alex Salmond's flagship plans to cut corporation tax in an independent Scotland have come under fire, with pro-UK campaigners arguing the cost of such a move would pay the wages of 13,000 nurses. Better Together claims reducing the levy to 3p lower...

 

Benn's granddaughter in Commons bid

The granddaughter of the late Labour stalwart Tony Benn will bid to become the fifth generation of her illustrious political family to sit in the Commons after being selected to stand in next year's general election. Emily Benn, who will contest...

 

Ex-Blur bandmates rain supreme

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon staged a mini-Blur revival as rain fell on the Latitude festival. Guitarist Coxon joined his former bandmate on stage for an encore as thunder rumbled and lightning forked across the sky above the main arena at Henham...

 

Woman missing after Facebook post

A woman has gone missing after posting on Facebook that she was having a drink with another man after her date failed to show up. Sarah Brown, 23, is believed to have been at the Jolly Sailor pub on Poole Quay in Dorset at 9.30pm on Thursday. Miss...

 


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