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Scottish Labour votes against Alex Salmond inquiry led by SNP

Scottish Labour votes against Alex Salmond inquiry led by SNP

Scottish Labour has voted against plans for a Holyrood investigation into the botched handling of an internal inquiry into sexual assault claims against Alex Salmond after the Scottish National party insisted on chairing it. Labour and the...

Guardian, 6 February 2019
 

Brexit: Scottish business leaders warn ‘pause’ button hit

Scotland’s business leaders have issued a stark warning that firms have hit “the pause button” as Brexit uncertainty grows with a Scottish Government saying that a no deal departure could plunge the country into a “deep recession.” Investment has...

Scotsman, 6 February 2019
 
May to woo Labour with law giving UK workers same rights as in EU

May to woo Labour with law giving UK workers same rights as in EU

Theresa May is set to propose a draft bill guaranteeing that UK workers’ rights will keep pace with those in Europe in a bid to win over Labour MPs to back her Brexit deal. Backbench Labour sources said the new bill was likely to be proposed before...

Guardian, 6 February 2019
 

SNP MSP Linda Fabiani to be convener of Alex Salmond committee

Long-standing SNP MSP Linda Fabiani is set to be appointed to lead a Holyrood investigation into the Scottish Government’s handling of harassment claims against Alex Salmond. MSPs have voted today to establish the Holyrood committee, with those...

Scotsman, 6 February 2019
 
Boris Johnson earned £51,000 for one speech, MPs' register reveals

Boris Johnson earned £51,000 for one speech, MPs' register reveals

Whatever the speculation about Boris Johnson’s political role since stepping down as foreign secretary, no one can doubt his ability to make money since returning to the backbenches, including, it has emerged, being paid more than £51,000 for a single...

Guardian, 6 February 2019
 
Tory MP Ross Thomson accused of groping men in Commons bar

Tory MP Ross Thomson accused of groping men in Commons bar

A Conservative MP has been accused of groping men in a bar in parliament before being escorted away by police. Scotland Yard confirmed that officers had been called to the Strangers’ Bar after claims of “sexual touching” but added that no formal...

Guardian, 6 February 2019
 
A special place in hell? The Brexit promoters most likely to burn

A special place in hell? The Brexit promoters most likely to burn

Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, has speculated that there might be “a special place in hell” for those people who promoted Brexit without having “even a sketch of a plan” for how to deliver it. If he is right, who is most likely to...

Guardian, 6 February 2019
 

Corporate law boss welcomes busy six weeks with eight deals completing

The head of the corporate team at law firm Shoosmiths in Edinburgh has hailed the department enjoying an “exceptionally busy” period despite Brexit uncertainty – and flagged strong appetite from clients. Alison Gilson, a partner at the UK-wide...

Scotsman, 6 February 2019
 

Nicola Sturgeon recognised by UN for advancing gender equality

Nicola Sturgeon has been recognised by the United Nations for her work in advancing gender equality. On a visit to North America, the First Minister met with the executive director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, in New York today. An...

Scotsman, 6 February 2019
 

Aberdeen MP Ross Thomson ‘removed’ from Commons bar by police

Scottish Conservative MP Ross Thomson was escorted out of a Commons bar after police were called to reports of “sexual touching”. Eyewitnesses claimed the Aberdeen South MP was “incredibly drunk” and “worse for wear” on Tuesday night at Strangers Bar...

Scotsman, 6 February 2019
 

The country that wants the UK’s place in EU – Alastair Stewart

Last week the Prime Minister of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev said Brexit made space for Macedonia in the EU. There’s been a week-long debate as to whether he was joking, but for a man not much known for his acerbic wit, it seemed oddly sincere, writes...

Scotsman, 6 February 2019
 
Labour MP Richard Burgon wins 'Nazi' libel case against Sun

Labour MP Richard Burgon wins 'Nazi' libel case against Sun

The Labour MP Richard Burgon has won damages of £30,000 in his libel case against the Sun over a claim that he performed with a heavy metal band that delighted in Nazi imagery. The high court in London ruled that claims in the story, which ran under...

Guardian, 6 February 2019
 

Nigel Farage: Post-Brexit Britain free of ‘bullies like Tusk’

Donald Tusk’s comment that there is a “special place in hell” reserved for people who promoted Brexit without a plan has been met with outrage, praise and more than a few jokes online. Nigel Farage, who led one of the main Leave campaigns in 2016,...

Scotsman, 6 February 2019
 

Mike Russell: Scotland facing "deep recession" under No Deal Brexit

A No deal Brexit could plunge Scotland's economy into a "deep recession" with widespread job losses and firms leaving the country, Brexit Secretary Mike Russell has warned. Scots could also face food price hikes of 5-10% with rural areas of...

Scotsman, 6 February 2019
 
Call for universal credit overhaul amid fears of looming evictions crisis

Call for universal credit overhaul amid fears of looming evictions crisis

Citizens Advice has called for a root and branch overhaul of universal credit, after revealing that half of all claimants who came to it for help managing the new benefit were at risk of being evicted owing to rent arrears and hardship. Relatively...

Guardian, 6 February 2019
 


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