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Ian Blackford wields independence white paper in Commons clash with Theresa May

Ian Blackford wields independence white paper in Commons clash with Theresa May

Theresa May was accused of misleading parliament by claiming the SNP did not have a plan for independence. Ian Blackford, the Nationalist leader in Westminster, brandished the party’s 2014 white paper on leaving the UK when he challenged Mrs May after...

The Courier, Wednesday, 16:54
 

Brexit: Scotland’s chief economist issues stark warning about no-deal consequences

A no-deal Brexit would lead to a “major dislocation” to the Scottish economy, according to the country’s chief economist. In a State of the Economy report published on Wednesday, Scotland’s chief economic adviser, Gary Gillespie, indicated that...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 14:19
 
Chris Mullin names Birmingham pub bombings suspects

Chris Mullin names Birmingham pub bombings suspects

The former Labour MP and justice campaigner Chris Mullin has named two of the four men he believes were responsible for the 1974 IRA Birmingham pub bombings. Mullin, a journalist and author, identifies two of the alleged bombers and pointed to...

Guardian, Wednesday, 14:10
 

Contractor completes £10m project to repair Forth Road Bridge

High-level bridge works specialist Spencer Group has completed a “hugely challenging” project on the Forth Road Bridge, which followed the discovery of a major structural fault in December 2015. The contractor, which is based in Hull with offices in...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 14:09
 

Acting Tory leader claims Ruth Davidson is ‘likely’ to be next First Minister

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is “likely” to be Scotland’s next first minister, her deputy has said. Jackson Carlaw insisted it was “perfectly possible, if not in fact now likely” that she would lead the next Scottish Government. The Tory...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 13:28
 
The Brexit proposals MPs could vote on this Thursday

The Brexit proposals MPs could vote on this Thursday

Theresa May has put a new motion before parliament that effectively asks parliament to allow her to continue negotiating to seek changes to the backstop. MPs are permitted to amend the motion, which will be voted on on Thursday. This is the second...

Guardian, Wednesday, 13:05
 

Bathgate business takes 50% stake in Surrey delivery firm

Bathgate-headquartered Eagle Couriers has taken a 50 per cent share in a Surrey-based delivery firm as it continues its acquisition strategy. Eagle, which describes itself as “Scotland’s largest independent courier”, purchased the stake in Wey Group...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 13:03
 

Edinburgh-based online retailer snaps up English rival

MorphCostumes, the manufacturer and online retailer behind the iconic Morphsuit, has expanded its footprint and is set to boost its international offering after swooping on a Yorkshire-based fancy dress firm. The Edinburgh-headquartered costume maker...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 11:59
 

Edinburgh science festival to probe Donald Trump's sanity

Donald Trump's sanity is to be explored on stage at an Edinburgh festival - using his notorious Twitter feed. A psychiatrist and a psychologist will explore the American President's use of the network to test how the public make decisions about the...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 11:35
 

Brexit: Minister denies claim Government has ruled out no-deal

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has rejected suggestions that the Government has ruled out a no-deal Brexit. Senior negotiator Olly Robbins was reported to have been overheard in a Brussels bar saying that Theresa May planned to wait until the end of...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 11:14
 
Keir Starmer calls for tougher Labour rules to expel antisemitic members

Keir Starmer calls for tougher Labour rules to expel antisemitic members

The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has called for tough rules to swiftly kick out antisemitic Labour members, following rows at a shadow cabinet meeting over the party’s backlog of complaints. The deputy leader, Tom Watson, clashed with the...

Guardian, Wednesday, 11:02
 

Scottish independence would strip Churchill of his ‘Britishness’ – Alastair Stewart

If Scotland left the United Kingdom, it would lose some of its British national heroes as Winston Churchill, William Shakespeare and others were boxed in to a smaller political territory, writes Alastair Stewart. I’ve been in Spain for five years and...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 10:56
 

Ross Thomson confirms second investigation as banner calls for him to resign

A Scottish Conservative MP has confirmed he is under investigation by parliamentary standards authorities over claims he groped men while drunk in a Westminster bar. A Scottish Conservative MP has confirmed he is under investigation by parliamentary...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 08:40
 
Migrant worker scheme to save major Tayside industry is ‘recipe for exploitation’

Migrant worker scheme to save major Tayside industry is ‘recipe for exploitation’

A migrant worker scheme designed to prevent the collapse of a key Tayside and Fife industry is a “recipe for exploitation”, MPs were told. The soft fruit sector is worth an estimated £115 million a year to Scotland’s economy, with most of that wealth...

The Courier, Wednesday, 07:13
 

Government clears way to rush through a last-minute Brexit deal

The Prime Minister has paved the way for a last-minute dash to push through her Brexit deal in the final days before the UK leaves the EU by getting around parliamentary rules on the scrutiny of international agreements. Appealing to MPs for more time...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 06:24
 


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