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Corbyn ally Mark Drakeford to be new Welsh first minister

Corbyn ally Mark Drakeford to be new Welsh first minister

The next first minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, an experienced politician who describes himself as a 21st-century socialist and is a keen backer of Jeremy Corbyn. Drakeford, 64, won the race to replace Carwyn Jones as leader of Labour in...

Guardian, 6 December 2018
 

Tony Blair says PM should scrap Brexit vote and call referendum

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said Theresa May should cancel next week’s Brexit vote in parliament and put her deal to the people in a new EU referendum. Mr Blair said that instead of trying to force her plan through against opposition from...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 

Channel 4 announces its own Brexit TV debate

Channel 4 has announced its own take on the Brexit debate. The BBC recently dropped its proposed debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, saying it “could not reach an agreement” on the plans. Rival broadcaster Channel 4 has now announced that it...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 

State-owned Chinese firm opens key Dundee marine base

A Chinese state-owned engineering services firm has opened its first UK subsidiary, in Dundee, as it looks to tap into the multi-billion market for decommissioning of oil and gas infrastructure in the North Sea. The China Ocean Engineering Shanghai Co...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 

F1 legend Mika Hakkinen launches campaign to tackle drink-driving

Formula One legend Mika Hakkinen brought a supercar to Holyrood as he launched a festive campaign urging people to never drink and drive. The two-time F1 champion is calling on people to back the #JOINTHEPACT campaign, a global initiative encouraging...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 

David Mundell says SNP ‘stunts’ are misleading Scots over Brexit

The SNP is misleading people over an alternative Brexit plan, according to Scottish Secretary David Mundell. Defending the Prime Minister from accusations she had lied about the temporary nature of the Brexit backstop plan, Mr Mundell said the only...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 

Supreme Court set to rule on Scottish Brexit Bill

The UK’s highest court is to rule next week on a challenge brought over Brexit legislation passed by the Scottish devolved administration. Supreme Court justices will announce their decision on Thursday on the “competence” of the Scottish Bill...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 

Scottish schools and hospitals ‘obliged’ to provide vegan food, MSPs told

Vegans have warned public-sector organisations could be taken to court unless more is done to provide plant-based options. The Scottish Parliament has been petitioned to have vegan food on all public-sector menus from schools and hospitals to prisons...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 
Philip Hammond: renegotiation of May's Brexit deal is a delusion

Philip Hammond: renegotiation of May's Brexit deal is a delusion

The idea of a last-ditch negotiation of the Brexit deal to secure a better offer from the EU is a “delusion”, the chancellor has told MPs, saying there is no alternative offer that can be reached. Philip Hammond opened the third day of the Brexit...

Guardian, 6 December 2018
 

Nicola Sturgeon urged to rule out tax rises in budget

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to commit to no further tax increases ahead of next week’s Scottish Government Budget. Deputy Tory leader Jackson Carlaw told First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood that there had been a “shudder down the...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 

Boris Johnson apologises after failing to declare £50k in outside income

Boris Johnson has been forced to apologise to MPs for failing to declare more than £52,000 in income after the Commons standards watchdog suggested he showed an “over-casual attitude” to the rules. The former foreign secretary offered a “full and...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 

Charles Stanley sets up shop in Aberdeen

Wealth manager Charles Stanley has further strengthened its presence in Scotland with the opening of an office in Aberdeen. The Granite City operation will sit alongside the firm’s Edinburgh team and increases its regional network to 25 branches. The...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 
NHS Tayside bungle sees former CEO receive an extra £32,000 in settlement package

NHS Tayside bungle sees former CEO receive an extra £32,000 in settlement package

The former chief executive of NHS Tayside received an extra £32,000 in termination payments because of errors by the board, says Scotland’s public spending watchdog. A report on the health board’s woeful finances said a “number of mistakes” were made...

The Courier, 6 December 2018
 
Boris Johnson told to apologise for failing to declare income in time

Boris Johnson told to apologise for failing to declare income in time

Boris Johnson has been told to apologise after he repeatedly failed to register payments from his newspaper column and books within the set time limit. In a report, the parliamentary commissioner for standards, Kathryn Stone, said that the former...

Guardian, 6 December 2018
 

Brexit: Theresa May says MPs could be given vote on backstop

Prime Minister Theresa May has signalled that MPs could be given the power to decide whether the UK goes into a controversial Brexit backstop arrangement regarding the Northern Irish border. Mrs May indicated Parliament would choose between triggering...

Scotsman, 6 December 2018
 


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