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Confidence vote: Theresa May returns to Brussels as Tory rebels fail to oust PM

Confidence vote: Theresa May returns to Brussels as Tory rebels fail to oust PM

Theresa May heads to Brussels on Thursday seeking fresh concessions for her Brexit deal after emerging from a confidence vote by Tory MPs bloodied and bruised but victorious. The Prime Minister will address EU leaders at the two-day European Council...

The Courier, Thursday, 09:19

Speedy Hire swallows Glasgow business in multi-million deal

Plant supply heavyweight Speedy Hire has snapped up a Glasgow-headquartered training provider in a multi-million-pound deal. The group said it had acquired the entire issued share capital of Geason Holdings from Ian and Robert Kilpatrick and connected...

Scotsman, Thursday, 09:11
Derek Mackay called ‘Greatest Showman’ for ‘smoke and mirrors’ council funding

Derek Mackay called ‘Greatest Showman’ for ‘smoke and mirrors’ council funding

A council boss has dubbed Derek Mackay the “Greatest Showman” for claiming town halls are winners in his Budget. The Finance Secretary hailed the real terms increase in funding for local authorities on Wednesday. But COSLA, the umbrella group for...

The Courier, Thursday, 07:14

What next after Theresa May wins confidence vote?

Theresa May has won a vote of no confidence, after making a last-minute pledge to her MPs not to take the Conservatives into the next general election. In a day of tense political drama at Westminster, 317 Conservative MPs cast their vote on whether...

The Week, Thursday, 06:43

John McLaren: Scottish budget likely to unravel as spending felt

A very odd Scottish Budget. Despite the extra Barnett consequential’s money from the UK Budget, the day-to-day (resource) Scottish budget actually fell in real terms (i.e. its spending power is reduced, after adjusting for inflation) moving from...

Scotsman, Thursday, 06:39

A strange paradox at the heart of the Scottish economy – Bill Jamieson

Assumptions about the link between employment, average earnings and high street spending no longer seem to apply, writes Bill Jamieson. These days, you can’t look away for five minutes. The dramatic delay of the crunch EU Withdrawal Agreement vote in...

Scotsman, Thursday, 06:39

Cutting Scotland’s drink-drive limit fails to make roads safer

The reduced drink-drive limit in Scotland has had no impact on cutting road accidents, a new study has found. The Scottish Government cut the legal blood alcohol limit for motorists from 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood to 50 in...

Scotsman, Thursday, 06:39

Briefing battle begins over meaning of May's victory

Within a minute of Graham Brady announcing that Theresa May had seen off a no-confidence vote, the cramped corridor outside the room where the result was read filled with MPs from both sides of the debate, all briefing furiously – and all claiming...

Guardian, Thursday, 00:40
What happens now for the prime minister and her Brexit plans?

What happens now for the prime minister and her Brexit plans?

Has Theresa May done enough to secure her position? The 200-117 result is in truth finely balanced. It is enough of a win to stave off Theresa May’s immediate resignation, but the rebellion is at a significant level too. Hard Brexiters such as Mark...

Guardian, Thursday, 00:10

The last-minute pledges and promises that helped May survive leadership challenge

The whispered lobbying of Theresa May’s enemies in the Westminster tea room, Christmas drinks receptions and in the coffee queue contained one killer argument to persuade wavering colleagues – do you want this prime minister to lead us into the next...

Guardian, Wednesday, 22:12
May win will prompt relief in Brussels but not concessions

May win will prompt relief in Brussels but not concessions

Theresa May’s relief at her victory in Westminster looks set to be shortlived, with EU leaders preparing to offer warm words but rule out significant concessions on the Brexit deal. The prime minister’s survival, by a margin of 200 votes to 117 in a...

Guardian, Wednesday, 22:12
Ireland's economy 'threatened by Tory fundamentalists'

Ireland's economy 'threatened by Tory fundamentalists'

Ireland’s economy is in “heightened danger” because of a “fundamentalist fringe” in the Conservative party, the leader of the country’s opposition party has said. In a rare break in the unified front over Brexit in Irish politics, Micheál Martin of...

Guardian, Wednesday, 22:12

Scottish Budget: Economy to remain sluggish amid Brexit uncertainty

Growth in the Scottish economy is likely to remain sluggish due to continued uncertainty about Brexit, experts have warned. The Scottish Fiscal Commission said that while the economy would grow by more than expected in the next year, longer term...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 21:49

Theresa May defeats leadership challenge by 83 votes

Theresa May has secured the backing of Conservative MPs to stay on as prime minister and finish the job of leading Britain out of the EU – but only after promising to step aside before 2022. Tory MPs rejected a no-confidence motion in the embattled...

Guardian, Wednesday, 21:25

Theresa May wins no confidence vote

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to remain as leader of the Conservative Party through Brexit after triumphing in a vote of no confidence among her party’s MPs. The result of the vote, which was triggered after 48 MPs expressed their lack of faith in...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 21:10

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