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Leaving EU security arrangements will benefit crooks, says Humza Yousaf

Losing access to vital European security arrangements post-Brexit will only benefit criminals, Scotland’s justice secretary has said. Speaking on BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme, Humza Yousaf suggested that regardless of what...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 
Theresa May's letter is addressed to Corbyn, but aimed elsewhere

Theresa May's letter is addressed to Corbyn, but aimed elsewhere

Theresa May’s return letter to Jeremy Corbyn is full of some surprisingly warm words for the Labour leader and his offer of talks to come to a Brexit compromise. But the friendly tone masks two key things: an attempt to tease out Labour divisions on...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 

Nicola Sturgeon to be questioned by children on FMQs: Next Generation

Nicola Sturgeon will face questions from children as a youth version of First Minister’s Question Time returns in April. Around 100 youngsters will take part in First Minister’s Question Time: Next Generation, on which they will have the opportunity...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

Ian Blackford calls on Scottish Labour MPs to reject May’s Brexit deal

The leader of the SNP group at Westminster has called on Scottish Labour MPs to reject the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal and rule out support for any plan by Jeremy Corbyn to help it over the line. In a letter to the seven Scottish Labour MPs, Ian...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 
Gavin Williamson enhances reputation for haplessness

Gavin Williamson enhances reputation for haplessness

Gavin Williamson’s boast that Brexit could “enhance the UK’s lethality” is the latest in a string of naive forays by the 42-year-old defence secretary. He may have intended it as a boost to Britain’s global military standing but it is more likely to...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 

Tory MP Ross Thomson may face second probe over conduct

Tory MP Ross Thomson has been reported to Westminster standards watchdog over claims of "sexual touching" it has been emerged. The member for Aberdeen South’s case will be considered by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

Police chief reassures Burntwood councillors that town isn’t being forgotten

Councillors and police chiefs have met to raise concerns over crime in Burntwood. The meeting was called after issues were raised regarding police cover in the area since the closure of the town’s police station. Chief Inspector Mark Smith met with...

Lichfield Live, 11 February 2019
 

One in eight high street shops in Scotland lying empty

One in eight high street shop premises lay vacant last month, the latest retail figures show. The town centre vacancy rate for Scotland was 12% in January, up from 11.1% in October and above the UK average of 9.9%. Footfall dropped both on the high...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

Fully let sign hoisted at Edinburgh offices

A key office development in Edinburgh is now fully occupied after the completion of two new lettings. Brand protection consultancy Arc-net has taken 1,300 square feet at 2 Lochrin Square, in the Fountainbridge area, while software company Perivan...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland will be independent in five years

Nicola Sturgeon has reaffirmed her intention to call another referendum on Scottish independence once the final details of Brexit have been worked out. The First Minister used an appearance on a US talk show over the weekend to declare her belief that...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 
Immigration regime after Brexit 'risks new Windrush scandal'

Immigration regime after Brexit 'risks new Windrush scandal'

The government’s post-Brexit immigration system would cost employers more than £1bn in administration costs over five years, harm the higher education sector by putting off EU students and risk a new Windrush scandal, according to an analysis of the...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 
Labour’s deputy leader urges PM to keep free TV licences for over-75s

Labour’s deputy leader urges PM to keep free TV licences for over-75s

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson is stepping up pressure on Theresa May to maintain free TV licences for the over-75s. In a letter to the prime minister, he warned that scrapping the benefit would represent a “huge financial blow” to millions of...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 
The two-year hunt for the Brexit 'unicorn'

The two-year hunt for the Brexit 'unicorn'

On Monday evening, Michel Barnier will sit down to dinner in Brussels with his third Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay. The British cabinet minister will come fresh from meetings with the alternative arrangements working group, a group of Tory MPs...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 

Lesley Riddoch: What BBC Scotland can learn from Fiona Bruce and Question Time

BBC Scotland needs to dump, not adapt, the tired format that dogs the UK’s flagship politics show, says Lesley Riddoch Should BBC Scotland be cursing Question Time for muddying the broadcasting waters before its channel launch on 24 February – or...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

Brian Monteith: Brexit plan or no Brexit plan, the EU has always been a bully

By their own actions last week we can see the EU political elite are on their collective backfoot and the prime minister, and indeed the whole Parliament, have to hold their nerves if they are to gain concessions they could find acceptable. The huge...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 


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