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Police Scotland must be supervised by an impartial body, not a politician – Kenny MacAskill

A national force like Police Scotland needs impartial scrutiny rather than being accountable directly to a politician, writes Kenny MacAskill. I was disappointed that Susan Deacon stepped down as chair of the Scottish Police Authority. Having...

Scotsman, Thursday, 11:52
 
UK no longer makes running on world stage, says ex-No 10 adviser

UK no longer makes running on world stage, says ex-No 10 adviser

Britain has not made the running on any foreign policy issue since at least 2013 and suffers from a fundamental absence of strategic thinking about its role in the world, the most senior foreign policy adviser to David Cameron has said. John Casson –...

Guardian, Thursday, 11:51
 

Police called to Scottish polling station after bomb alert

Specialist police officers carried out a controlled explosion at a polling station in North Lanarkshire after a suspcious device was found. Police Scotland said the device was discovered on the ground floor of Glen Tower flats in Motherwell around 1am...

Scotsman, Thursday, 10:09
 
Factcheck roundup: all the wildest claims and worst maths

Factcheck roundup: all the wildest claims and worst maths

The Guardian has been fact-checking claims made across the political spectrum as candidates fight for seats in the House of Commons. What was billed as the Brexit election has also become the trust election as the integrity of leaders of the key...

Guardian, Thursday, 09:35
 

Do you have to vote at your own polling station? What to take to polling station? When is exit poll?

Polling day brings with it a special set of rules and regulations to ensure that voting takes place in a free and fair atmosphere. When do polls open and close Polls opened at 7am and polling must close at 10pm. However, the Electoral Commission says...

Scotsman, Thursday, 09:26
 

General Election 2019: UK heads to the polls for third election in five years

Polling booths have opened across Britain as voters head to ballot boxes in what has been billed as the most important General Election in a generation. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who gambled his premiership by triggering the vote, has sought to...

Scotsman, Thursday, 08:18
 

What time will we know who won? Hour-by-hour election night guide

10pm: The exit poll The exit poll, unveiled on the stroke of 10pm as voting closes, is the first moment of election night to produce a tangible sense of where the voters stand. The prediction is shared by the BBC, ITV and Sky, with the data collected...

Guardian, Thursday, 08:16
 
What the papers say as Britain goes to the ballot box

What the papers say as Britain goes to the ballot box

“Corbyn urges voters to deliver ‘shock to the establishment’” says the Guardian as Jeremy Corbyn hammers home the theme of his Labour leadership. The Guardian (@guardian) Guardian front page, Thursday 12 December 2019: Corbyn urges voters to deliver...

Guardian, Thursday, 07:30
 
What’s happening where you are on polling day?

What’s happening where you are on polling day?

As you go out to vote today we want you to show us what’s happening on the ground. This is the place to share your stories from wherever you are on polling day in words, pictures or video. Show us what’s been happening in your community and at polling...

Guardian, Thursday, 07:30
 

General Election 2019: Ice and wintry showers expected to blast Scotland today

Two cold weather warnings have been issued for election day, with ice and wintry showers expected in parts of Scotland. The Met Office said surfaces and roads could be slippery, and advised people to take care when walking or driving, as voters...

Scotsman, Thursday, 07:14
 

General Election 2019: These are the key battleground seats in Scotland

With another General Election looming just two-and-a-half years after the last one, we look at key marginal and target seats that could be crucial in determining the national outcome. Here are some of the crucial battlegrounds ahead of the election on...

Scotsman, Thursday, 07:14
 
Boris Johnson and Jo Swinson could lose their seats in the general election

Boris Johnson and Jo Swinson could lose their seats in the general election

The prospect of Conservative leader Boris Johnson and his Lib Dem counterpart Jo Swinson losing their seats is a possibility in Thursday’s general election. Here are 10 things to look out for from the 2019 general election. 1 A record number of women...

The Courier, Thursday, 07:00
 
GENERAL ELECTION: Exclusive Courier poll suggests Conservatives and SNP to be tonight’s big winners

GENERAL ELECTION: Exclusive Courier poll suggests Conservatives and SNP to be tonight’s big winners

Boris Johnson looks set to defy expectations by retaining the majority of Conservative seats in Scotland, according to an exclusive general election poll for The Courier. Research by Survation suggests the SNP will dominate today’s general election...

The Courier, Thursday, 07:00
 

General Election 2019: Boris Johnson retreats into fridge as Corbyn calls for shock on last day of campaign

Democracy means that when there’s a knock on the door in the early hours, it’s the milkman, Winston Churchill is supposed to have said. The phrase took on new meaning for the Monaghan family of Guiseley, West Yorkshire, who opened the door to Boris...

Scotsman, Thursday, 06:25
 

General election: Why the social contract of Churchill and Attlee may be finished – Kenny MacAskill

The vision of Britain as a ‘Singapore on Thames’ may not happen, but post-Brexit Britain is unlikely to be a green and pleasant land as the welfare state and workers’ rights are rolled back, writes Kenny MacAskill. So the election campaign’s almost...

Scotsman, Thursday, 06:25
 


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