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Scots £2bn investment bank urged to boycott oil and gas industry

Environmentalists have “hijacked” a formal consultation into Scotland’s new £2 billion national investment bank to call for a boycott of firms involved with the flagship oil and gas industry. A total of 94 per cent of the 1,443 responses took the form...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 06:33
 
Hammond’s Brexit ‘dividend’ claim rejected as UK economy stalls

Hammond’s Brexit ‘dividend’ claim rejected as UK economy stalls

Philip Hammond’s claim that Britain can reap an economic dividend from Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been flatly rejected by MPs, as official figures confirmed the UK has suffered its worst year for GDP growth since 2012. In a highly critical report,...

Guardian, 12 February 2019
 
May to ask MPs for further fortnight's grace in Brexit talks

May to ask MPs for further fortnight's grace in Brexit talks

Theresa May hopes to convince the House of Commons on Tuesday to give her another fortnight’s grace to keep pushing for changes to the Irish backstop – despite the insistence of Michel Barnier that it is Britain that must now compromise. With 45 days...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 

No record of controversial Alex Salmond-Nicola Sturgeon meeting

Nicola Sturgeon’s chief of staff has not included a controversial meeting she helped arrange - and then attend - between the First Minister and Alex Salmond in her official Government diary. Liz Lloyd, the First Minister’s top special adviser,...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

‘Young kids at the front were panicking’ - VIDEO shows moment West Lothian school bus bursts into flames

PUPILS had to scramble from a burning bus as it burst into flames on the West Lothian school run. The single-decker was ferrying about 20 pupils to West Calder High at 8.30am this morning on the A71 in Bellsquarry when smoke started billowing into the...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 
'Incompetent' Grayling must quit over Brexit ferry deal, says Labour

'Incompetent' Grayling must quit over Brexit ferry deal, says Labour

Labour has called for the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, to resign over the cancellation of a Brexit-related ferry contract awarded to a company with no ships, as parliament’s spending watchdog demanded answers over the situation. The shadow...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 
Labour says it has looked into 673 cases of alleged antisemitism

Labour says it has looked into 673 cases of alleged antisemitism

Labour has considered 673 cases of alleged antisemitism since last April, and members were either suspended or formally investigated in just under half of those cases, the party has revealed in an email to MPs. Releasing its disciplinary data for the...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 
May's Brexit deal would mean checks on nine trucks a day – study

May's Brexit deal would mean checks on nine trucks a day – study

Warnings that Theresa May’s Brexit deal could create a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are based on a myth, according to economic analysis. The deal that MPs have rejected would keep trade between Britain and Northern Ireland...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 

Pupils escape from West Lothian school bus before it burst into flames

PUPILS escaped from a school bus in West Lothian that went up in flames this morning on the busy A71. An E&M Horsburgh coach was reported ablaze at around 8.30am on Monday westbound on the A71 near the Wilderness Roundabout, Bellsquarry. School...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

Scots health board wins permission to recruit more Australian nurses

A Scots health board has won permission to recruit more nurses from Australia, to ease its staffing crisis. NHS Grampian already has 50 signed up from Down Under. Now it has persuaded the Nursing and Midwifery Council to lift restrictions so it can...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

‘Lecturing America’: MSPs react to Nicola Sturgeon’s CNN interview on independence

Nicola Sturgeon has drawn criticism from Scotland’s pro-Union political parties after telling a US broadcaster that the country will be independent from the UK within five years. The First Minister made the prediction during an appearance on CNN’s...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 
UK will deploy drone squadron after Brexit, says defence secretary

UK will deploy drone squadron after Brexit, says defence secretary

The British defence secretary has revealed plans to invest £7m in a swarm squadron of drones theoretically capable of jamming enemy air defences, in a bellicose speech in which he spelled out how the UK could “enhance its lethality” after Brexit....

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 

Do you think Scotland will independent within 5 years - Readers’ poll

Nicola Sturgeon used an appearance on a US talk show over the weekend to declare her belief that a majority of Scots would back a Yes vote in a possible IndyRef2 within the next five years. The First Minister was interviewed by Michel Martin on the...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 
Supposed backer of no-ships ferry firm says it had no agreement

Supposed backer of no-ships ferry firm says it had no agreement

Chris Grayling’s Brexit ferry fiasco has taken a further twist after the reported backer of the startup company with no ships that was awarded a £13.8m contract said it never had a stake in the venture. Sources at Arklow Shipping, which operates 55...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 

Theresa May’s letter to Jeremy Corbyn: reading between the lines

Theresa May has responded to Jeremy Corbyn’s five demands for a Brexit deal, with the prime minister welcoming more talks with the Labour Party but querying his call for the UK to remain in the customs union. The Labour leader wrote to May last week...

The Week, 11 February 2019
 


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