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Labour investigates Liverpool members over 'bullying' of Luciana Berger

Labour investigates Liverpool members over 'bullying' of Luciana Berger

Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has said the party is investigating the conduct of some members of the Liverpool Wavertree branch over what he said was “bullying” of the local MP, Luciana Berger. A motion of no-confidence in Berger over claims she...

Guardian, 10 February 2019
 
Home Office urged to release leftwing extremism report

Home Office urged to release leftwing extremism report

The Home Office is facing calls to release a report called Leftwing Activism and Extremism in the UK, which has been prepared by its extremism analysis unit (EAU). Jenny Jones, one of several politicians and activists whose inclusion on a domestic...

Guardian, 10 February 2019
 
Tinder and Grindr face questions over age checks after rape cases

Tinder and Grindr face questions over age checks after rape cases

The UK government is to ask Tinder and Grindr what measures they are taking to ensure child safety, after claims of exploitation on dating apps. It was reported on Sunday that police have investigated more than 30 cases of child rape since 2015 where...

Guardian, 10 February 2019
 
Sajid Javid accused of evading questions about suspects facing death penalty

Sajid Javid accused of evading questions about suspects facing death penalty

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has been reprimanded by a senior Conservative MP for failing to answer parliamentary questions about the government exposing British citizens to the death penalty overseas. Charles Walker, chair of the Commons...

Guardian, 10 February 2019
 
Liz Truss 'appalled' by Christopher Chope's decision to block FGM law

Liz Truss 'appalled' by Christopher Chope's decision to block FGM law

Treasury minister Liz Truss has pledged to track down Christopher Chope in parliament next week for a serious talk after the Conservative backbencher blocked a planned law making it easier to protect girls from female genital mutilation (FGM). Amid...

Guardian, 10 February 2019
 

Labour plans ‘could see pay rise for almost 500,000 Scots’

Almost 500,000 people in Scotland could get a pay rise of more than £2,600 under Labour proposals, according to a think tank. A report from the Resolution Foundation found around 480,000 low-paid workers earn less than the living wage in Scotland. The...

Scotsman, 10 February 2019
 

Dr Lewis Morrison: Staff commitment often covers up years of NHS under-resourcing

As doctors, we see on a daily basis that our health service is under massive strain. In many ways these figures give an indication of that, but they also provide some insight into the views of the public on the current state of the NHS. That virtually...

Scotsman, 10 February 2019
 
Pressure grows to oust Christopher Chope after FGM law blocked

Pressure grows to oust Christopher Chope after FGM law blocked

Demands for Conservative MP Christopher Chope to be kicked out of the party were mounting last night as colleagues and campaigners voiced their anger over his move to block a law protecting girls from female genital mutilation (FGM). Chope, who gained...

Guardian, 10 February 2019
 
Can Corbyn hold an increasingly divided Labour together?

Can Corbyn hold an increasingly divided Labour together?

With less than two months to go until Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn and his shadow cabinet gathered in the House of Commons at 10am on 5 February for their weekly meeting. Apart from a brief mention by the party leader of his unfruitful talks a few days...

Guardian, 10 February 2019
 

Donald Trump’s firm forced to redraw housing plans at Scottish golf course

He has been accused of airbrushing centuries of history after renaming and overhauling a historic mansion house at the heart of his Aberdeenshire resort. But now Donald Trump is finding a 14th century property at his north-east getaway is a thorn in...

Scotsman, 10 February 2019
 

Gender pay gap hits Scottish part-time workers hard

Women continue to be clustered in undervalued part-time jobs across Scotland with one of the highest gender pay gaps in the UK, a new report reveals. And despite the pay gap between Scots men and women in full-time work now being the lowest in...

Scotsman, 9 February 2019
 

Euan McColm: Labour-exit proves just how tribal we’ve become

Shortly after the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, I sat in a restaurant in London with an English pal talking about – of course – the independence referendum. He’d had no vote in the poll but he’d paid close attention to the campaign, often...

Scotsman, 9 February 2019
 

Scotland’s main Highland Games body under pressure to offer transgender competitions

Scotland’s main Highland Games body, which has faced strong criticism over its lack of gender equality for female athletes, will today be under pressure to discuss including transgender non-binary categories in its events. The Scottish Highland Games...

Scotsman, 9 February 2019
 
Tory donors could stop giving after no-deal Brexit

Tory donors could stop giving after no-deal Brexit

Major Tory donors are warning that a no-deal Brexit risks precipitating a recession, with some reconsidering their support should the party allow Britain to crash out with no agreement. With Theresa May desperately battling for concessions from...

Guardian, 9 February 2019
 

Derek Mackay: Decisions are made by those who show up

With responsibility for passing a £42 billion budget, I am acutely aware of the impact that my decisions have on families, household budgets, public services and on business and investment in the Scottish economy. That is why I take my...

Scotsman, 9 February 2019
 


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