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‘Death threats every single day’: MPs on effect of Brexit vote

‘Death threats every single day’: MPs on effect of Brexit vote

MPs have warned that Brexit has coarsened public debate to the point where they regularly receive death threats and other forms of intimidation via social media and elsewhere, with many using panic buttons for their own safety. Security measures were...

Guardian, 5 March 2019
 
Rudd admits disabled people feel 'put on trial for seeking support'

Rudd admits disabled people feel 'put on trial for seeking support'

Amber Rudd has signalled she wants to move away from the Conservatives’ previous language of “scroungers and shirkers” when talking about people claiming benefits, saying she hoped to “leave all that in the past”. While Rudd, who became work and...

Guardian, 5 March 2019
 
Drugs crisis: 57,000 ‘problem users’ living in Scotland

Drugs crisis: 57,000 ‘problem users’ living in Scotland

Scotland is home to 57,300 problem drug users, new figures show. Of those, 7,400 live in Tayside and Fife, according to estimates by NHS Scotland. Dundee has the country’s fourth highest proportion of residents whose lives are blighted by narcotics,...

The Courier, 5 March 2019
 

Brain surgeries to be halted at infection-hit Edinburgh hospital

Dozens of brain surgery procedures have been postponed in Edinburgh after a number of patients were infected with bacteria found in a shower and taps. NHS Lothian has confirmed as many as 30 procedures at the Western General Hospital in the capital...

Scotsman, 5 March 2019
 
Tories suspend 14 members over alleged Islamophobia

Tories suspend 14 members over alleged Islamophobia

The Conservative party has suspended 14 members for allegedly making Islamophobic comments after a string of abusive posts were uncovered on social media. The party was responding to a collection of racist and abusive remarks, discovered online by the...

Guardian, 5 March 2019
 

STV expands digital choice with new partnerships

STV has inked new partnerships with two content providers in a move it claims will provide additional choice for viewers of its on-demand service STV Player. The Glasgow-based broadcaster confirmed deals with Flame Distribution, which distributes...

Scotsman, 5 March 2019
 

Humza Yousaf: Scottish football clubs must tackle ‘vile cancer’ of sectarianism

Scottish football clubs have been warned again that they face the introduction of strict liability laws if they fail to stamp out sectarianism and violent behaviour. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf told MSPs today that if clubs did not “step up”, the...

Scotsman, 5 March 2019
 

Conservatives suspend 14 members amid Islamophobia claims

The Conservative Party has suspended 14 members after Islamophobic comments were posted in an unofficial ‘Jacob Rees-Mogg Supporters Group’ on Facebook. It came just hours after a senior Tory peer called for an independent inquiry into...

Scotsman, 5 March 2019
 


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