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What botched White Paper translations say about Brexit priorities

The Government has been widely ridiculed for its botched translations of Theresa May’s Brexit White Paper on a future trade relationship with the EU. The executive summary of the so-called “Chequers’ plan” has been hastily translated into 22 European...

The Week, today, 14:31
 

Who was William Wallace and what was his role in the Battle of Falkirk?

One of the major battles in Scotland’s struggle for independence was fought 720 years ago this weekend, on 22 July 1298. Here is everything you need to know about William Wallace and his role in the Battle of Falkirk.  Who was William Wallace? William...

The Week, today, 14:31
 
‘Utterly appalling’ reports of children turning up to school ‘visibly unwell’ from hunger

‘Utterly appalling’ reports of children turning up to school ‘visibly unwell’ from hunger

Children in Scottish schools are turning up to class “visibly unwell” and pale from hunger, a shocking new poverty report has found. The Scottish Parliament’s education and skills committee said it was “appalled” at the findings, which showed pupils...

The Courier, today, 14:31
 
Scottish Government agencies ‘blurring the lines’ over advertising campaign that featured key SNP policies

Scottish Government agencies ‘blurring the lines’ over advertising campaign that featured key SNP policies

Scottish Government agencies have been accused “blurring the lines” between party and country after using taxpayers’ cash to promote a campaign featuring key SNP initiatives to voters in Scotland. VisitScotland and Scottish Development International...

The Courier, today, 14:31
 
Pressure mounts on Swinney as Education Scotland chief admits Yammer safety controls ‘not hugely effective’

Pressure mounts on Swinney as Education Scotland chief admits Yammer safety controls ‘not hugely effective’

Education Scotland’s chief executive has admitted safety controls on a social networking tool used in Scottish schools are “not hugely effective”. Gayle Gorman, who also serves as Her Majesty’s chief inspector of education, admitted there is...

The Courier, today, 14:31
 
Self-harming children refused access to mental health services because symptoms ‘not severe enough’

Self-harming children refused access to mental health services because symptoms ‘not severe enough’

Children in crisis are being refused access to mental health services because they have not yet attempted to take their own lives, according to a shocking new report. The most common reason cited by patients for being turned away was that their needs...

The Courier, today, 14:31
 
Scottish Government handed over public cash for advertising campaign in China with no written brief

Scottish Government handed over public cash for advertising campaign in China with no written brief

The Scottish Government handed over a six-figure sum to an advertising agency to promote the country overseas without producing any written instructions for how the cash was to be used. Ministers spent £100,000 with media firm Carat to market their...

The Courier, today, 14:31
 
Education Secretary was warned of pornographic content and ineffective monitoring weeks before Yammer lockdown

Education Secretary was warned of pornographic content and ineffective monitoring weeks before Yammer lockdown

Education Secretary John Swinney was warned of pornographic material circulating on a school social networking tool six weeks before a Courier investigation led to access being locked down. Emails obtained under a freedom of information request reveal...

The Courier, today, 14:31
 

Police say they will continue prioritising after rise in crime across Staffordshire

Police chiefs say they will continue to “prioritise crimes that cause the greatest harm” after a rise in crime across Staffordshire. Figures from the Office of National Statistics showed a rise of 5% between July 2017 and June 2018 – an additional...

Lichfield Live, today, 14:30
 
Report reveals council spent more than £56,000 on planning coach park for failed Friarsgate scheme

Report reveals council spent more than £56,000 on planning coach park for failed Friarsgate scheme

Lichfield District Council spent more than £56,000 on planning a new coach park for the failed Friarsgate project, it has been revealed. The local authority eventually confirmed the overall bill for the aborted redevelopment scheme after holding...

Lichfield Live, today, 14:30
 

Scotch whisky under threat from fakes post-Brexit, warn Labour

A group of Scottish Labour MPs are calling on the Brexit Secretary to clarify whether fake Scotch whisky will be banned following Brexit. Currently the drink is protected by EU law through a geographical indication (GI) which outlaws imitation and...

Scotsman, yesterday, 19:00
 

Scottish Government tourism campaign accused of ‘pushing SNP message’

A prominent advertising campaign aimed at attracting more visitors to Scotland has been accused of “blurring the lines” between advertising the country and the SNP. Scotland is Now was unveiled in April as part of a bid to set the country apart from...

Scotsman, yesterday, 19:00
 

Watch Theresa May slammed by Tory MP: ‘When did Brexit mean Remain?’

Theresa May was blasted by one of her own MP’s during a highly charged session of Prime Minister’s Questions. Andrea Jenkyns, an outspoken critic of the Brexit Chequers proposals, asked the Prime Minister at what point “it was decided that Brexit...

Scotsman, yesterday, 19:00
 

Doctors ‘should be allowed to prescribe cannabis’

Doctors should be allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients in the UK, the official body which advises the UK Government on drugs has said. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) said there is “evidence of medicinal benefit of...

Scotsman, yesterday, 19:00
 

Will new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab take a different approach with the EU?

The UK’s new Brexit secretary is heading to Brussels today for his first series of talks with the EU’s chief negotiator. Former housing minister Dominic Raab was appointed to the role last week following the shock resignation of David Davis, who...

The Week, yesterday, 17:26
 


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