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All Aberdeen flybmi flights cancelled as Brexit blamed for airline’s collapse

All flybmi flights to and from Aberdeen have been cancelled after the airline filed for administration. The immediate cancellation of all flybmi flights, including the three served by Aberdeen International, was announced on Saturday night. The...

Scotsman, Saturday, 21:04

Flybmi suspends all flights as airline blames Brexit for collapse

Airline flybmi has suspended flights and is filing for administration, blaming uncertainty around Brexit. The airline, which had operated 17 regional jet aircraft on routes to 25 European cities and served Aberdeen as its only Scottish destination,...

Scotsman, Saturday, 19:42
Grayling attacked over 'disastrous' part-privatisation of probation service

Grayling attacked over 'disastrous' part-privatisation of probation service

Union bosses have condemned former justice secretary Chris Grayling’s “disastrous privatisation programme” after a probation services provider went into administration. It was announced on Friday that Working Links, owned by the German-based asset...

Guardian, Saturday, 18:51

Silent protest as Orange Walk passes Glasgow church of attacked priest

A silent ‘no anti-Catholic marhces’ protest was held today outside of St Alphonsus in Calton as an Orange Walk passed by. The church was where Canon Tom White was spat at by Bradley Wallace during an Orange march last year. Posting on Twitter last...

Scotsman, Saturday, 14:54
Lady Falkender, Harold Wilson's righthand woman, dies, aged 86

Lady Falkender, Harold Wilson's righthand woman, dies, aged 86

Harold Wilson’s former righthand woman, Lady Falkender, has died. Falkender, who was Marcia Williams before she was ennobled, was the personal and political secretary to the Labour prime minister during his premiership in the 1960s and 1970s. Once in...

Guardian, Saturday, 14:52

Scots foundry rings changes for Big Ben

A Scottish foundry has been given a key role in the restoration of Big Ben. Ballantine Castings, which is based in Bo’ness, West Lothian, is creating thousands of cast iron tiles to adorn the roof of the Elizabeth Tower, the structure that encases...

Scotsman, Saturday, 13:56

Scottish Labour defends offering free passes to party conference

Scottish Labour has defended offering free passes to the party’s annual conference to new supporters, pensioners, the unemployed and youth amid a fall in members. The party has lost nearly 5,000 members over the past year – about 20 per cent of its...

Scotsman, Saturday, 12:35

Runaway schoolgirl Shamima Begum fears her unborn baby will be taken away

Runaway schoolgirl Shamima Begum fears her unborn baby will be taken away from her as her family pleaded for the teenager to be allowed back to the UK “as a matter of urgency”. Ms Begum said she understood the controversy and intense media scrutiny a...

Scotsman, Saturday, 11:55

ScotRail contract could have been stripped over falling performance

Lowering ScotRail’s passenger satisfaction targets two years in a row allowed Abellio to avoid the possibility of being stripped of its contract to run the franchise, Scottish Labour has suggested. Under the terms of the franchise agreement, a breach...

Scotsman, Saturday, 11:55

Crown Office baulks at role in cyber kiosks as police offer contrary view

Fresh concerns have emerged over the legality of plans to roll out police “cyber kiosks” across Scotland after prosecution chiefs warned they can’t get involved. Senior officers had indicated the Crown Office (COPFS) would be providing advice in...

Scotsman, Saturday, 06:52

Pupils across Scotland strike for climate change action

Thousands of pupils from schools across Scotland went on strike yesterday as part of a global youth action protest over climate change. Around 60 planned protests, organised by Youth Strike 4 Climate Change, took place across the UK with large...

Scotsman, Saturday, 06:52
Labour and Tory MPs in talks over setting up new centrist party

Labour and Tory MPs in talks over setting up new centrist party

Intense discussions are taking place at Westminster that could lead to the emergence of a new centrist party consisting of six or more disaffected anti-Brexit Labour MPs along with the involvement of some Conservatives and the backing of the Liberal...

Guardian, Friday, 18:10

No UK clarity on post-brexit funding for devolved nations, say Scots ministers

The UK Government has failed to give clarity on funding for the devolved nations post-Brexit, according to the finance secretaries of Scotland and Wales. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss spoke to Scotland’s Finance Secretary Derek Mackay and...

Scotsman, Friday, 18:02

Scottish Government blocks release of Nicola Sturgeon letter about Salmond investigation

The Scottish Government has blocked the release of a letter from Nicola Sturgeon to the nation’s top civil servant about its investigation into Alex Salmond, on the basis that it would prejudice his trial. The First Minister wrote to Permanent...

Scotsman, Friday, 15:30

Alex Salmond case: Holyrood inquiry to convene next week

A Scottish Parliament inquiry into how the Scottish Government handled allegations of sexual misconduct against former First Minister Alex Salmond will meet for the first time next week. Official paperwork relating to the ‘Committee on the Scottish...

Scotsman, Friday, 14:44

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