Sturgeon’s trips to promote Scotland are ‘vital’, say former senior ministers

Sturgeon’s trips to promote Scotland are ‘vital’, say former senior ministers

“She is doing absolutely the right thing,” said McLeish. “Scotland has much to offer the outside world. It is important we have a more ambitious and more assertive international policy. The UK Government is doing very little for Scotland amid this Brexit crisis and I think it is vital that...

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Sturgeon’s trips to promote Scotland are ‘vital’, says Henry McLeish

Sturgeon’s trips to promote Scotland are ‘vital’, says Henry McLeish

“She is doing absolutely the right thing,” said McLeish. “Scotland has much to offer the outside world. It is important we have a more ambitious and more assertive international policy. The UK Government is doing very little for Scotland amid this Brexit crisis and I think it is vital that...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence is nothing like Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence is nothing like Brexit

Sturgeon addressed independence to say that she would say more about it “at a future date”, before adding: “One thing I do want to stress, however, is that for the Scottish Government, independence is not about the isolationism that characterises Brexit – instead independence would see us recognizing and embracing...

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Will May’s lapdog resign this time? Of course not…

Will May’s lapdog resign this time? Of course not…

There have been Scottish Secretaries whose threats would have been taken seriously even by powerful Prime Ministers. Winston Churchill was in no doubt that Tom Johnston’s resignation was already written and actually in the top drawer of his desk. The wily Harold Wilson would have listened if Willie Ross –...

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Regulation alone won’t be enough to rid us of fake news

Regulation alone won’t be enough to rid us of fake news

In The State University and The University of Hong Kong’s media literacy course, they outline four challenges to being digitally literate citizens. First, there is the sheer volume of information we have to contend with now everyone is a potential content producer as well as a consumer; second is the...

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Labour split sees calls for Scottish independence grow

Labour split sees calls for Scottish independence grow

“The UK’s imploding politics could take many years to recover from the current crisis. If Brexit were halted through another referendum that recovery might be faster but even so the deep divisions across the UK and in particular within England would not be overcome in a hurry,” she said. Asked...

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It’s crunch time for the SNP: We need indyref2

It’s crunch time for the SNP: We need indyref2

READ MORE: Question Time’s independence questions reveal a sinister pattern The closest she has to a plan is kicking the can down a rapidly shortening road. There is nothing remotely approaching a short term plan for the UK, never mind a medium term one. And British politics has always been...

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BBC boss rejects Question Time ‘bias’ and addresses new Scottish show

BBC boss rejects Question Time ‘bias’ and addresses new Scottish show

Debate Night, as the Scottish incarnation will be named, has already been subject to a row before it begins airing next week, after it was revealed that failed Ukip candidate Billy Mitchell had appeared in the audience for the show’s pilot episode. READ MORE: Revealed: Question Time secretly edited SNP...

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Conservative councillors slammed for workplace parking levy ‘disinformation’

Conservative councillors slammed for workplace parking levy ‘disinformation’

This also comes after the council opted to remove free parking periods in pay and display car parks last month. The leader of Aberdeenshire Council, Jim Gifford, posted pictures on Twitter of a Tory street stall in Inverurie on Saturday where he brandished placards reading “Stop the SNP car park...

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SNP hit out at Tories over ‘migrant hunting’ in public services and private firms

SNP hit out at Tories over ‘migrant hunting’ in public services and private firms

They also have the power to pass details of undocumented migrants to immigration enforcement officers. SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said: “Manipulating vital services in this way is unacceptable. In the wake of the Windrush scandal, it’s imperative the Tory Government comes clean and offers transparency about the details of this...

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BBC bows to pressure over abortion information after Call The Midwife sparked row

BBC bows to pressure over abortion information after Call The Midwife sparked row

Medical professionals wrote to the BBC with concerns and pro-choice charity British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) claimed the BBC was mistakenly treating abortion as a fraught political matter, stigmatising the medical professionals involved. The Action Line page now refers to the UK’s two largest private abortion providers, with the BBC...

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On the brink of Brexit: Less time but more questions

On the brink of Brexit: Less time but more questions

But that is not a reason for any of us to bury our heads in the sand. Our reports on Brexit and Scottish business from October 2017 and February 2018, have been sadly prescient in a number of ways, and not least the extent of uncertainty and complexity that cannot...

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Finance Secretary says changes to income tax will raise £11bn

Finance Secretary says changes to income tax will raise £11bn

“Our decisions have resulted in a more progressive tax system, protecting those lower and middle income taxpayers, while raising additional revenue to invest in our public services and the Scottish economy,” he said. “Our policies on tax make Scotland an attractive place to live, work and invest.” He said the...

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Dear BBC Director General – we need you to take decisive action now

Dear BBC Director General – we need you to take decisive action now

READ MORE: Angus Robertson demands action over BBC coverage When I got my break in journalism I was pleased as punch to be able to say that I reported for the BBC. For a decade I was based in Vienna, working for both the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC....

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Theresa May’s Government on the brink of collapse as Cabinet chaos continues

Theresa May’s Government on the brink of collapse as Cabinet chaos continues

Incredibly, the Tory leadership seem remarkably unconcerned at the prospect. READ MORE: Theresa May suffers fresh Brexit defeat in House of Commons “Resignations from Government do happen,” Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, told the BBC. There was talk too of Labour MPs leaving in protest at Jeremy...

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Thousands of school pupils go on ‘strike’ over climate change as PM tells them off

Thousands of school pupils go on ‘strike’ over climate change as PM tells them off

“The planet‘s more important than my education” 12-year-old Hillpark Secondary School pupil Ella Young told The National as she joined the protest in Glasgow’s George Square. READ MORE: ‘What’s the point of learning if there is no future?’ Across the UK an estimated 15,000 students took to the streets. A...

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BBC Scotland is forced to apologise over misleading GDP growth report

BBC Scotland is forced to apologise over misleading GDP growth report

A comment by presenter Jackie Bird that Scotland’s Q1 2018 growth “roughly matched” the UK total was not correct – with Scotland actually recording a figure double that of the UK’s. The presenter said: “Growth in the Scottish economy was stronger at the start of this year than previously thought....

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Scottish Labour slammed for ‘badly scripted parodies’ in NHS video

Scottish Labour slammed for ‘badly scripted parodies’ in NHS video

In the five-minute video, actors playing doctors, nurses and patients tell of health care issues they have experienced, using a script “based on real experiences”. READ MORE: BBC forced to apologise over misleading Scottish GDP figure An almost identical broadcast was aired in England, but in Wales, where Labour is...

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BBC Scotland defends Question Time in ‘desperate briefing’ to all MPs and MSPs

BBC Scotland defends Question Time in ‘desperate briefing’ to all MPs and MSPs

SNP depute leader Keith Brown said BBC bosses were “defending the indefensible”after sending the letter to all Scottish MPs and MSPs. The message was a response to our exclusive story yesterday, in which we revealed that SNP minister Fiona Hyslop’s response to an angry Unionist rant from the audience had...

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May suffers yet another Commons defeat over her Brexit strategy as ERG abstains

May suffers yet another Commons defeat over her Brexit strategy as ERG abstains

The defeat came after the pro-Brexit Tory European Research Group (ERG) announced they had taken a “collective decision” to abstain. Furious members of the group said supporting the motion would have amounted to an endorsement of efforts to rule out a no-deal Brexit. Business Minister Richard Harrington accused members of...

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Revealed: Question Time secretly edited SNP answer to Unionist plant

Revealed: Question Time secretly edited SNP answer to Unionist plant

But her response to him appeared to be just seven seconds long – with some in the Yes movement suggesting in the days that followed that her rebuttal should have been much more thorough. However, The National can now reveal that her full response WAS in fact significantly longer, but...

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Revealed: 16 Scots councillors began year behind on council tax

Revealed: 16 Scots councillors began year behind on council tax

In Glasgow, five councillors had debts. From the SNP group, Elaine McSporran owed £12,272.80, Alexander Bellic owed £1316.92 while Michelle Ferns was due £320.35 – all three have now paid in full. Their colleague in the SNP, Elspeth Kerr, whose initial debt was £12,236.94 now owes £7.128.43, while Labour councillor...

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Scotland’s chief economist warns of major no-deal Brexit threat

Scotland’s chief economist warns of major no-deal Brexit threat

He a says no-deal Brexit would disrupt logistics, supply, trade, investment, migration and market confidence. Any economic shock “would likely have disproportionate sectoral and regional impacts and, if prolonged, would lead to significant structural change” – a shift in the ways a market or economy functions. The report says growing...

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Our questions for the BBC over ranting Ukip man’s panel show invitation

Our questions for the BBC over ranting Ukip man’s panel show invitation

But eagle-eyed watchers recognised the man in the orange jacket from his contributions to the show when it came to Stirling in 2013, and in 2016, and then from in Kilmarnock in 2017. Mitchell, whose Facebook page seems to suggest he spends most of his time in Russia, is associated...

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Our questions for the BBC over ranting Ukip man’s Question Time invitation

Our questions for the BBC over ranting Ukip man’s Question Time invitation

But eagle-eyed watchers recognised the man in the orange jacket from his contributions to the show when it came to Stirling in 2013, and in 2016, and then from in Kilmarnock in 2017. Mitchell, whose Facebook page seems to suggest he spends most of his time in Russia, is associated...

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Scottish Labour would be wiped out by a snap General Election, YouGov poll shows

Scottish Labour would be wiped out by a snap General Election, YouGov poll shows

Overall, the survey, carried out for the Times, claimed Theresa May would win a working majority if a General Election were held today, though only just. The poll said Labour would lose 12 seats overall, while the Tories, the LibDems, and the SNP would all gain four a piece. That...

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SNP accuses May of telling lies and ‘rewriting history’ over her Brexit deal

SNP accuses May of telling lies and ‘rewriting history’ over her Brexit deal

But the SNP’s Westminster leader was palpably angry with the Tory, questioning her honesty four times in his short statement. READ MORE: Theresa May’s Brexit progress update brought forward It started partly because she claimed that she had wanted Brexit sorted before December. May was, he said, living in a...

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It’s not just our place in the EU we’ll lose – devolution is under attack

It’s not just our place in the EU we’ll lose – devolution is under attack

The apocalyptic headlines on the consequences of a no-deal Brexit or even a Maybotched deal, and the knowledge that Scotland’s voice has been disregarded and treated with contempt at every twist and turn are rightly dominating the debate. However, this should not distract from the fact that the very foundation...

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The Clinton impeachment: Reflecting on a famous scandal 20 years on

The Clinton impeachment: Reflecting on a famous scandal 20 years on

The case cast a huge shadow over Clinton’s second term as President, even though they began with events that allegedly occurred during his time as Governor of Arkansas in 1991. Clinton was only the second president to be impeached, the first being Andrew Johnson in 1868. Like Johnson, Clinton was...

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Ronnie Cowan: We are protesting outside No 10 for rights of Catalan accused

Ronnie Cowan: We are protesting outside No 10 for rights of Catalan accused

The campaign for Catalan independence is as long and as complicated as Scotland’s. But, while those of us who believe in Scotland’s independence continue to face bias within the media – one only has to look as far back as last week’s BBC Question Time for that – we still...

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Spanish justice in spotlight as Catalan indy trial starts

Spanish justice in spotlight as Catalan indy trial starts

Current Catalan Speaker, Roger Torrent, will address a rally outside the Supreme Court in Madrid, which will also be attended by President Quim Torra. In the Commons, SNP and Plaid Cymru MPs will wear yellow ribbons to show their backing for the Catalans’ right to self-determination. The long-awaited trial will...

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Formal complaint about Ross Thomson made to Westminster’s standards watchdog

Formal complaint about Ross Thomson made to Westminster’s standards watchdog

Thomson was spoken to by police around 11pm on Tuesday night after they were called due to reports of “sexual touching”. However, no formal complaints were made to the officers and no arrests were made. But the Tory MP for Aberdeen South has now been referred to Westminster’s standards watchdog...

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May returns from Ireland to warnings from Tory MPs over backstop plans

May returns from Ireland to warnings from Tory MPs over backstop plans

Varadkar previously said it was “not a day for negotiations” but an opportunity to “share perspectives”. But the Prime Minister was dealt a warning from her own party after senior Tory figures wrote in the Telegraph newspaper that the “monumental” problems with her Brexit plan cannot be solved by “cursory...

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Question Time faces furious backlash over audience bias

Question Time faces furious backlash over audience bias

But eagle-eyed watchers recognised the man from his contributions to the show when it came to Stirling in 2013, and in 2016, and then from last year, when it was in Kilmarnock in 2017. According to the journalist Pennie Taylor, Mitchell was also in the audience for a pilot episode...

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Tory Ross Thomson was ‘so drunk he couldn’t speak’ in the bar

Tory Ross Thomson was ‘so drunk he couldn’t speak’ in the bar

“I find it astonishing he is denying allegations that I would think he is not even capable of remembering he was that drunk,” the man, who did not wish to be named publicly, told The National. As reports persisted about Thomson’s conduct on Tuesday night the Conservative Party on Friday...

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Mhairi Black: We need to stop Brexit distractions like ‘Hell-gate’

Mhairi Black: We need to stop Brexit distractions like ‘Hell-gate’

He can’t be the only person who’s been wondering the same sort of thing. I still find it unbelievable that there were so many senior politicians who advocated and fought for leaving the European Union and didn’t have any idea what being outside the EU should be, how it should...

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MSP swamped by Facebook ads for product discussed in phone call

MSP swamped by Facebook ads for product discussed in phone call

She wrote: “Today Stuart and me had a brief and rather boring domestic exchange in the kitchen about how the kettle was knackered and we needed a new one. “I said we should invest in a decent one, he said it didn’t matter how much you spent, they wore out...

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Labour-led council criticised for music tuition cuts

Labour-led council criticised for music tuition cuts

The controversial proposal follows an inquiry into fees charged for the service across Scotland, leading Holyrood’s Education Committee to recommend it should be free and children are losing out due to the costs involved. Last year, 25 of Scotland’s 32 councils introduced fees of up to £524. However, a Labour...

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Tories under pressure to suspend Scottish MP kicked out of bar for ‘groping’

Tories under pressure to suspend Scottish MP kicked out of bar for ‘groping’

“I have been worried about Ross. He has been under a lot of pressure with the workload and Brexit,” one Conservative MP told The Herald. The Metropolitan Police confirmed they had been called at around 11pm on Tuesday night “following a report of sexual touching”. A spokesman said: “Police were...

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Gavin Thomson: Parking tax could stop Scotland’s public health crisis

Gavin Thomson: Parking tax could stop Scotland’s public health crisis

If Scotland’s parking levy follows the successful example of Nottingham, it will only apply to businesses with more than 10 parking spaces. It has raised over £50 million so far that has been re-invested in a comprehensive tram network, a smart card scheme, and cycle infrastructure. It’s been a boost...

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Convener Joan McAlpine said ‘the sex question should remain binary’

Convener Joan McAlpine said ‘the sex question should remain binary’

A consultation was held on a Census Bill proposal to change the way data is collected by adding a third option to the current male or female question, which is based on biological sex. Critics argue this will compromise data, skewing the basis for policy decisions and making it harder...

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MSPs reject non-binary census plan as ‘not fit for purpose’

MSPs reject non-binary census plan as ‘not fit for purpose’

Critics argue this will compromise data, skewing the basis for policy decisions and making it harder to gauge the effectiveness of measures aimed at improving inequality between the sexes. Now the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee says there were “serious deficiencies” in the consultation’s handling, including the failure...

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Theresa May faces fresh backlash over Brexit backstop

Theresa May faces fresh backlash over Brexit backstop

But asked how she could convince the people of Northern Ireland to accept a Brexit deal which was stripped of the backstop, she said: “I’m not proposing to persuade people to accept a deal that doesn’t contain that insurance policy for the future. What Parliament has said is that they...

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Panicked police interrogate protesters amid fears of Brexit chaos

Panicked police interrogate protesters amid fears of Brexit chaos

Haigh said she found the experience “unsettling”. “The police just phoned me wanting information about any upcoming anti-Brexit activity. The said he’d been instructed to phone me every week. Deeply unsettling for the police to be breathing down the backs of campaigners like this – who has...

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Tories fear US Congress will back Ireland in Good Friday Agreement row

Tories fear US Congress will back Ireland in Good Friday Agreement row

They fear that, should the UK Government renege on the agreement which shaped the peace process, the US Irish lobby could make life difficult for London in trade talks. READ MORE: Theresa May faces fresh backlash over Brexit backstop Last week, a member of the Ways and Means committee, representative...

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Sturgeon hails major step forward in the campaign for Scottish independence

Sturgeon hails major step forward in the campaign for Scottish independence

READ MORE:How Progress Scotland is going to make a fresh case for Yes The new body will help strengthen the case for independence amid the Brexit process and examine which arguments are persuading former opponents – such as the former Daily Record editor Murray Foote and former UK judge on...

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This is how you can show your support for new independence initiative Progress Scotland

This is how you can show your support for new independence initiative Progress Scotland

The new organisation will use the cash to commission “public opinion polling, focus groups and other research to better understand how people’s views are changing in Scotland”. Anyone seeking to support this can subscribe at rates of £2, £5 or £10 per month. Those who sign up will receive regular...

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How new initiative Progress Scotland will put together a fresh case for Yes

How new initiative Progress Scotland will put together a fresh case for Yes

“Amongst certain groups of voters … Yes did not perform well enough last time around. That was the case with European voters, that was the case with older voters and that was the case with people born elsewhere in the UK, largely in England. “Those were groups where the argument...

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Angus Robertson launches new body to help deliver independence

Angus Robertson launches new body to help deliver independence

“Progress Scotland aims to help prepare the case for Scotland to progress towards independence, keeping pace with the people who make their lives here,” said Robertson. READ MORE: Robertson: ‘We need more than hope, we need to build a majority’ “With the help and support of subscribers we will research...

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Angus Robertson: ‘We need more than hope, we need to build a majority’

Angus Robertson: ‘We need more than hope, we need to build a majority’

I have yet to meet a single person, regardless of whether they chose Remain or Leave, who said: “This is what I voted for.” In Scotland we seem powerless to stop the meltdown at Westminster. Regardless of what the Scottish Government or the majority of our MPs say, they are...

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