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New gritters take to the road across Lichfield and Burntwood

New gritters take to the road across Lichfield and Burntwood

A fleet of new gritters have taken to the roads across Lichfield and Burntwood. Nine new vehicles have been brought in by Staffordshire County Council to help keep drivers on the move. The £1million investment has seen the gritters introduced with...

Lichfield Live, 7 December 2018
 

Former Ukip leader quits party over Tommy Robinson appointment

Ukip MEP and former leader Paul Nuttall has become the latest leading figure in the party to announce his resignation in protest at the decision to appoint Tommy Robinson as an adviser. In a statement, Mr Nuttall, the MEP for North-West England, said:...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 

Scottish MEP David Coburn quits UKIP over ‘anti-Islam’ platform

Scottish MEP David Coburn has announced that he is leaving the UK Independence Party (UKIP) over what he sees as a rise of English Nationalism and anti-Islamic policy within the party. Mr Coburn, who was surprisingly elected in 2014 at the European...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 

Theresa May sends out 30 ministers to sell Brexit plan

Theresa May will send about 30 ministers across the UK today in a final push to sell her Brexit deal ahead of next week’s crucial Commons vote. Senior Cabinet ministers, including Chancellor Philip Hammond and health secretary Matt Hancock are among...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 

RBS braces for Brexit with plan to shift £13bn out of UK

Royal Bank of Scotland is preparing to move £13 billion worth of business out of the UK in the event of a no deal Brexit, it has emerged. The state-controlled bank, which has its head office in Edinburgh, said it would shift assets to the Netherlands...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 

John McDonnell: ‘SNP bringing Tory austerity to Scotland’

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has accused the SNP government at Holyrood of “passing on” Tory austerity to Scotland. Mr McDonnell will today pledge to deliver the “biggest transfer in wealth and power” from London to Scotland since the 1940s if...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 

Working Scots struggle to buy food ‘and in 2018 this is unacceptable’

More than a fifth of people in Scotland, including many in employment, have gone a day without eating because they are too poor to buy food, according to a Citizens Advice Scotland survey. The Bringing Food to the Table report which involved over...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 

Concerns over police chief’s salary rise as role ‘shrinking’

MSPs have raised concerns after the Scottish Police Authority increased the salary it pays its chief executive despite reducing the size of his job. Hugh Grover was appointed to lead the SPA in August in a role which commands a £117,000 salary. The...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 

Food poverty must stir our politicians to action – leader comment

Citizens Advice Scotland survey finds a fifth of Scots have gone without food for a day because they can’t afford food. At the beginning of this year, Douglas Hamilton, chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission, warned there was a “real danger of...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 
Scottish Labour leader having to ‘fight with every sinew’ to win Corbyn’s support against Indyref2

Scottish Labour leader having to ‘fight with every sinew’ to win Corbyn’s support against Indyref2

Richard Leonard admits he faces a battle to win Jeremy Corbyn’s support for opposing a second independence referendum in Labour’s next general election manifesto. The Scottish Labour leader told Holyrood journalists he will “fight with every sinew” to...

The Courier, 7 December 2018
 
Kent 'facing gridlocked and rubbish-strewn streets under no-deal Brexit'

Kent 'facing gridlocked and rubbish-strewn streets under no-deal Brexit'

A no-deal Brexit could cause major disruption across Kent, with gridlock on the roads around Dover, rubbish not being collected, children unable to take exams and rubbish piling up on streets, a local council report has warned. The registration...

Guardian, 7 December 2018
 
Ministers and NHS England chief at loggerheads over targets

Ministers and NHS England chief at loggerheads over targets

The head of the NHS and the government are at loggerheads over how much the health service can be improved for the £20.5bn extra Theresa May has pledged to give it, the Guardian can reveal. Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, has been...

Guardian, 7 December 2018
 
Lower voting age to six to tackle bias against young, says academic

Lower voting age to six to tackle bias against young, says academic

The head of politics at Cambridge University has called for children as young as six to be given the vote in an attempt to tackle the age bias in modern democracy. Prof David Runciman said the ageing population meant young people were now “massively...

Guardian, 7 December 2018
 

Theresa May offers MPs backstop vote to avoid huge Brexit deal rebellion

Theresa May has offered MPs a choice over whether the UK enters the controversial Irish border backstop or faces up to two more years in a transition period in a bid to limit a rebellion over her Brexit deal. The Prime Minister suggested there would...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 

EU citizens in UK allowed to bring family members until 2022 in event of no-deal Brexit

European Union citizens living in Britain will have until March 2022 to bring close family members to the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Stephen Barclay has announced. The Brexit Secretary said EU citizens and their families would have until the...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 


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