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Equality watchdog could rule on whether Labour broke law

Equality watchdog could rule on whether Labour broke law

Britain’s equality watchdog is close to deciding if it will launch an inquiry into whether the Labour party’s handling of antisemitism cases complies with equalities law. If the Equality and Human Rights Commission decides to investigate, it would be...

Guardian, 6 March 2019
 

Edinburgh-based ticketing platform debuts charity initiative

An ethical Edinburgh-based ticketing platform has launched a charity initiative, transforming booking fees into a force for good, as it looks to donate a six-figure sum to charity by the end of next year. The innovation enables event organisers to...

Scotsman, 6 March 2019
 
Tories are prejudiced against Islam, says council candidate

Tories are prejudiced against Islam, says council candidate

A Muslim Conservative who was told to stop complaining that he had been discriminated against after he failed to become a councillor says his experiences led him to conclude the party was “prejudiced against Islam”. Amir Sadjady, a small business...

Guardian, 6 March 2019
 

Taking a Stand over capital comedy staff getting home safely

A year-round comedy club has become the first major late-night venue in Edinburgh to sign up to a trade union campaign to ensure late-night workers get home safely. The Stand, in the capital’s New Town, has pledged to provide all staff with free...

Scotsman, 6 March 2019
 
Crisis? What crisis? Senior Tories shrug off Islamophobia warning

Crisis? What crisis? Senior Tories shrug off Islamophobia warning

Conservative MPs did not seem overly concerned as Baroness Warsi sounded the alarm that their party was institutionally riven with Islamophobia. “I don’t really believe we have that big a problem,” said one former minister, who seemed surprised to be...

Guardian, 6 March 2019
 
Corbyn staff asked to be copied in on antisemitism complaints, leak shows

Corbyn staff asked to be copied in on antisemitism complaints, leak shows

Key members of Jeremy Corbyn’s staff asked to be copied in on antisemitism complaints last year to give them an “overview” of sensitive cases, according to leaked emails obtained by the Guardian. The senior Labour compliance official involved in the...

Guardian, 6 March 2019
 
Labour’s Chris Bryant reveals skin cancer treatment

Labour’s Chris Bryant reveals skin cancer treatment

The Labour MP Chris Bryant has revealed he was recently treated for stage three skin cancer. Speaking of his experience in a tearful interview with Kay Burley on Sky News, the member for Rhondda showed the camera a heart-shaped, blackened scar on the...

Guardian, 6 March 2019
 
Home Office pays £1m to civil servants in discrimination case

Home Office pays £1m to civil servants in discrimination case

Nearly 50 civil servants who accused the Home Office of discrimination because of their age or ethnicity have secured more than £1m in compensation following a tribunal. The 49 claimants were told they would need to undertake a Core Skills Assessment...

Guardian, 6 March 2019
 
Brexit referendum brought UK feelgood factor to abrupt halt, says ONS

Brexit referendum brought UK feelgood factor to abrupt halt, says ONS

It’s official: life in Britain was getting better before Brexit. In the years up to 2016 people in the UK were on average feeling better about their lives, enjoying better mental health, feeling less lonely and more connected with their neighbours....

Guardian, 6 March 2019
 
Kezia Dugdale seething over Richard Leonard’s ‘censorship’ of Euroref2 backers ahead of Scottish Labour conference in Dundee

Kezia Dugdale seething over Richard Leonard’s ‘censorship’ of Euroref2 backers ahead of Scottish Labour...

Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale accused her successor of censoring Remain voices in the party as a Brexit row erupted ahead of Dundee conference. In a scathing email, the Lothians MSP challenged Richard Leonard over the removal from the...

The Courier, 6 March 2019
 

12,000 sign petition demanding rent controls in Scotland

More than 12,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the Scottish Government introduce “proper rent controls” to protect tenants living in privately-owned properties. The petition, organised by the Living Rent campaign, calls on housing...

Scotsman, 6 March 2019
 

Edinburgh fintech FNZ seeks 100 graduates for global scheme

Edinburgh-headquartered fintech FNZ is looking to attract more than 100 new recruits to its revamped graduate scheme to help bridge the industry skills gap. The investment platform provider, which employs around 300 people in the Scottish capital, is...

Scotsman, 6 March 2019
 
PMQs: Theresa May denies SNP has Indyref2 mandate and mocks party’s currency plans

PMQs: Theresa May denies SNP has Indyref2 mandate and mocks party’s currency plans

Theresa May has mocked the SNP’s changing plans for an independent Scotland’s currency. The Conservative leader earlier drew condemnation for claiming the party does not have the mandate to pursue a Scottish breakaway. The Nationalists unveiled a new...

The Courier, 6 March 2019
 

Jobs boost for Arnish yard near Stornoway

The Arnish yard near Stornoway that was mothballed about a year ago has been brought back into use to construct supports for offshore wind turbines in a move that is expected to create some 80 jobs. The fabrication facility is operated by BiFab, which...

Scotsman, 6 March 2019
 
Leave.EU would lose web address in no-deal Brexit

Leave.EU would lose web address in no-deal Brexit

The website of the pro-Brexit campaign group Leave.EU is likely to vanish from the internet in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as part of a move that will affect hundreds of thousands of other British businesses and individuals with .EU domain names....

Guardian, 6 March 2019
 


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