Former MP critical of SNP’s lack of female diversity

Former MP critical of SNP’s lack of female diversity

Ahmed-Sheikh writes: “Look around the Scottish Parliament. How many women of colour are SNP MSPs? None. How many from other parties? None. How many Government special advisers? None. How many SNP researchers? Perhaps one or two.” READ: Where are all the high-profile women of colour in the SNP ranks? SNP...

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Brexit WILL lead to independence, SNP MP tells Raab

Brexit WILL lead to independence, SNP MP tells Raab

SNP veteran Angus MacNeil told Raab he was pursuing a “scorched earth” policy that would lead to a second independence referendum in the next 12 months. “It’s one of the reasons Scotland will decide on its independence within the next year,” the Western Isles MP said. Raab dismissed the claim...

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Scottish health services at risk of Brexit power grab, warns Philippa Whitford

Scottish health services at risk of Brexit power grab, warns Philippa Whitford

Writing in The National, she stated the move would allow future UK Governments to determine how the Scottish Government funds or purchases services. The development was especially concerning in light of the Conservatives’ drive to open up public services to the private sector. READ MORE: Sturgeon warns Brexit could harm...

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‘Oddly quiet’ Richard Leonard told to speak up over anti-Semitism

‘Oddly quiet’ Richard Leonard told to speak up over anti-Semitism

Leonard will phone in to the NEC meeting in central London, to vote on whether to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) code in full, including all 11 of the examples that definition uses to illustrate anti-Semitism. Those examples include calling for Jews to be killed; using stereotypes about...

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This is how the independence movement can learn from Sir James Mirrlees

This is how the independence movement can learn from Sir James Mirrlees

It would still be fair to say Mirrlees’s name means nothing to 99 out of 100 of his compatriots. But that makes my point for me: It is, or should be, one of the Scottish press’s jobs to educate us, and not merely to reflect our ignorant prejudices back at...

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Poll reveals majority would back independence after Brexit

Poll reveals majority would back independence after Brexit

The Best for Britain poll found 52% of Scots would vote for independence after Brexit, with the same percentage in Ulster voting for a United Ireland. Stephen Gethins (pictured), the SNP’s Europe spokesman in Westminster, welcomed the results, and said that almost all polls since the referendum showed support for...

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Pro-independence marchers unite to show solidarity in Dunfermline

Pro-independence marchers unite to show solidarity in Dunfermline

Organised by Forward as One, speakers lined up to appear were The National’s own Paul Kavanagh, SNP MP Douglas Chapman, Councillor Ashley Graczyk who recently moved from the Tory to the SNP group on Edinburgh Council, former SNP MP Michelle Thomson, and Martin Keatings, convener of Forward As One. Many...

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Sturgeon urged to reform abuse law and local tax reform

Sturgeon urged to reform abuse law and local tax reform

The charity said a recent review of hate crime laws in Scotland, carried out by Lord Bracadale, had paved the way for the change. The review’s recommendations called on ministers to consider a general aggravation covering exploitation and vulnerability. Lord Bracadale also concluded there should be a new statutory aggravation...

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Not-for-profit group ayeMail crowdfunding cash to make new Indy Kits

Not-for-profit group ayeMail crowdfunding cash to make new Indy Kits

READ MORE: Scotland’s independence movement is an inspiration to Welsh Yes groups It is hoped that the move will help them “to debunk some of the myths surrounding the indy debate”. Now their crowdfunder is more than half way to its £12,500 goal. By last night organisers had secured more...

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Rees-Mogg says Scotland should not have indyref2 for a generation

Rees-Mogg says Scotland should not have indyref2 for a generation

The SNP hit back saying that the Tory’s comments show exactly why decisions about Scotland should be taken in the Scottish Parliament and not at Westminster. READ MORE: Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg protects himself from Brexit Scottish Brexit Secretary Mike Russell added that Scotland had lost trust in politicians like Rees-Mogg....

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SNP membership rose following Westminster walkout

SNP membership rose following Westminster walkout

The SNP leader at Westminster Ian Blackford led the walkout after he tried to invoke a an archaic parliamentary procedure during PMQs when he requested that the House “now sits in private” to debate the issue. After exchanges with Theresa May and Speaker of the House John Bercow, Blackford was...

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Frontline service disruption forecast ahead of union strikes

Frontline service disruption forecast ahead of union strikes

Four days of action took place in June, but follow-up measures scheduled for the following month were delayed to allow for further talks. Next month’s 24-hour strike could cause more disruption to the public as it takes place during term time. Notice has been served to both the local authority...

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Report says Scots role in EU talks should be ‘statutory requirement’

Report says Scots role in EU talks should be ‘statutory requirement’

The report demanded: “The Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament must have a guaranteed role in all stages of the formulation, negotiation, agreement and implementation of all future trade deals to help industries, protect devolved public services and ensure the highest standards of social, environmental and consumer protection in Scotland and...

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Scotland in Union in financial trouble despite new members

Scotland in Union in financial trouble despite new members

However, official accounts show its capital and reserves tumbled by almost 50% in the 12 months to the end of November last year. READ MORE: Scotland in Union branded ‘creepy’ after asking Tories to film independence supporters The papers were authorised by the board on August 10 and are the...

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Left-wing Yes forum to debate Growth Commission report

Left-wing Yes forum to debate Growth Commission report

Speakers will include former SNP MP and The National columnist George Kerevan, Colin Fox of the Scottish Socialist Party, Paul Shan of the RMT trade union executive and leading economist Margaret Cuthbert A spokesman for the event said: “The publication of the Sustainable Growth Commission report, led by former MSP...

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Historic first as Scots bosses and unions team up for letter to FM

Historic first as Scots bosses and unions team up for letter to FM

CBI Scotland director Tracy Black said: “Building a resilient, inclusive and competitive economy that’s not only fit for the future but can embrace the opportunities offered by changing technologies and automation, is absolutely vital to our future success – but this has to be managed in the right way. “We...

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Russell demands ‘guaranteed’ Scots role in post-Brexit trade deals

Russell demands ‘guaranteed’ Scots role in post-Brexit trade deals

The paper will argue that the current UK arrangements for developing and agreeing trade deals are in need of an urgent overhaul. It will make the case for a guaranteed role for the Scottish Government and Parliament in all stages of the formulation, negotiation, agreement and implementation of such deals...

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Salmond calls for inquiry into harassment confidentiality breach

Salmond calls for inquiry into harassment confidentiality breach

They appeared as Salmond – who denies wrongdoing – prepared to take the Scottish Government to court over its handling of the internal investigation, with the Daily Record reporting that it has seen the wording of a complaint by one of the women said to have been targeted by Salmond....

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SNP call on Tories to limit detention times for asylum seekers

SNP call on Tories to limit detention times for asylum seekers

It comes weeks after submissions to a review on the welfare in detention of vulnerable people reported not knowing how long they were being held exacerbated any mental health problems they had. The Shaw report, published last month, found many people seeking refuge in the UK were traumatised and vulnerable,...

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SNP activist urges party to stage assembly in Glasgow

SNP activist urges party to stage assembly in Glasgow

“I like the fact the party is going around different places. It is very inclusive. But I also think we should be holding a National Assembly in Glasgow,” she said. “Edinburgh appears to be on the ascendency and has been so probably because of the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament,...

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Former EU chief warns no-deal Brexit will increase indy support

Former EU chief warns no-deal Brexit will increase indy support

Appearing at an Edinburgh Festival fringe event, Russell suggested EU leaders’ stance on an independent Scotland had softened. “I do think that if this process is undertaken constitutionally and correctly then it will be accepted by all member states,” he said. But it has to be done...

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‘High-carbon investments by public sector pension fund must end’

‘High-carbon investments by public sector pension fund must end’

Lothian Pension Fund’s figure of 1,292,000 tonnes is so high it means that if it were a business it would be the third highest emitter in the country – with significantly higher emissions than the ExxonMobil chemical plant at Mossmorran. It also means the fund, which invests the pensions of...

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Catalan mayors make Scotland visit to exchange ideas with provosts

Catalan mayors make Scotland visit to exchange ideas with provosts

They arrived in Edinburgh yesterday and will end their three-day visit in Glasgow. During their time here they will meet representatives from their Scottish counterpart body Cosla and Festivals Edinburgh, as well as the lord provosts of Edinburgh and Glasgow. The party will visit Holyrood to meet Scottish Government Europe...

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Rees-Mogg ‘inspection’ remarks on Irish border prompt backlash

Rees-Mogg ‘inspection’ remarks on Irish border prompt backlash

Simon Coveney tweeted the North-East Somerset MP had shown he was “ill-informed” about the sensitivities of the issue in Northern Ireland. The obligation to minimise disruption on the border through the Good Friday Agreement has been a major stumbling block in Brexit negotiations. Rees-Mogg, who heads up the hardline Brexit...

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No-deal Brexit papers can’t plaster over the UK’s fatal wound

No-deal Brexit papers can’t plaster over the UK’s fatal wound

Claims that food will have to be stockpiled is just a scare story put about by the pro-Remain media, he assured us all, it’s just medicines that will have to be stockpiled. So that’s OK then. READ MORE: Brexit Secretary plays down food and medicine shortage fears Originally the plan...

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SNP Depute: Only independence can allow us to match our neighbours’ prosperity

SNP Depute: Only independence can allow us to match our neighbours’ prosperity

The 354-page Growth Commission report was published in May setting out a new economic blueprint for an independent Scotland and a strategy to boost living standards and prosperity to levels matching the world’s most successful small countries. READ MORE: Keith Brown on his plans as Scotland waits for indyref2 Brown,...

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Alex Salmond denies harassment claims as Nicola Sturgeon says they won’t be ignored

Sturgeon said her relationship with her predecessor “makes this an extremely difficult situation for me to come to terms with”, but that due process must be followed. READ MORE: Alex Salmond demands Scottish Government investigate leaking of harassment inquiry “Everybody knows the length and closeness of my relationship to Alex...

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Campaign launched to start new Scottish currency on day one of independence

Campaign launched to start new Scottish currency on day one of independence

Their report comes just days before Keith Brown holds the first of three “National Assemblies,” set up by the SNP to specifically discuss the economic blueprint for independence pulled together by former MSP Andrew Wilson. READ MORE: Why a prosperous Scotland needs its own currency That report recommended Scotland retain...

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Corbyn to visit area where Labour council chief urged him to quit

Corbyn to visit area where Labour council chief urged him to quit

Murray’s departure from the frontbench helped spark a rebellion, a no-confidence vote in Corbyn and a leadership contest. WATCH: Jeremy Corbyn can’t answer this simple question about Brexit Last night it was unclear whether McCabe or Holliday would meet Corbyn when he travels to the Inverclyde area this afternoon to...

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Furious Fox tells businesses to stop going on about Brexit

Furious Fox tells businesses to stop going on about Brexit

An exasperated Fox told the audience: “It’s really important that we don’t have such a narrow bandwidth that we only think about Brexit. READ MORE: Liam Fox ridiculed for embarrassing Brexit U-turn “It’s really interesting when I go to China and other parts of the world and talk about the...

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SNP responds to Tory claims that Sustainable Growth Commission is untruthful

SNP responds to Tory claims that Sustainable Growth Commission is untruthful

Ahead of that meeting SNP deputy leader Keith Brown told The National he would be launching a “fact checking service covering erroneous claims by opposition politicians and news stories with factual errors or claims that are mis-representative.” Adam Tomkins, the Scottish Tory constitution spokesman said the pro-independence party should first...

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Tory MPs fear Ukip takeover of party grassroots with Boris as next PM

Tory MPs fear Ukip takeover of party grassroots with Boris as next PM

In a tweet, accompanied by a picture of Farage, they said: “If we want to get the Brexit we voted for, we need to take back control of the Tory party from the likes of @Anna_Soubry. Nigel’s support for Tory-linked @LeaveMnsLeave shows he’s ready to back a pro-Brexit...

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Independence referendum not featured on SNP conference agenda

Independence referendum not featured on SNP conference agenda

But a provisional agenda for the October conference does not feature either building a new case for independence or the timing of a new vote. READ MORE: Referendum debate is the big concern even if not on SNP agenda Out of 32 listed ‘potential resolutions’, none refer a new plebiscite...

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Referendum debate is the big concern even if not on SNP agenda

Referendum debate is the big concern even if not on SNP agenda

However, their hopes of a fresh plebiscite intensified after the SNP made a manifesto commitment at the Holyrood 2016 elections to call a new vote if Scotland voted to Remain in the EU and the UK as a whole voted to Leave. READ MORE: This is the most likely independence...

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SNP to combat false Unionist claims with ‘fact checking’ service

SNP to combat false Unionist claims with ‘fact checking’ service

The move follows increasing irritation among the SNP and its supporters that the mainstream media is anti-independence and does not reflect SNP policies fairly. READ MORE: The Lying Kings: The Ferret finds Tories are worst for false claims The frustration that the party’s key messages were being misrepresented featured heavily...

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Brown declares war on ‘SNPBad’ stories with new rebuttal service

Brown declares war on ‘SNPBad’ stories with new rebuttal service

The move follows increasing irritation among the SNP and its supporters that the mainstream media is anti-independence and does not reflect SNP policies fairly. READ MORE: The Lying Kings: The Ferret finds Tories are worst for false claims The frustration that the party’s key messages were being misrepresented featured heavily...

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Analysis: Indyref2 will be talk of conference even if not on SNP agenda

Analysis: Indyref2 will be talk of conference even if not on SNP agenda

However, their hopes of a fresh plebiscite intensified after the SNP made a manifesto commitment at the Holyrood 2016 elections to call a new vote if Scotland voted to Remain in the EU and the UK as a whole voted to Leave. READ MORE: This is the most likely independence...

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Nationalist strongmen are products of a global crisis in capitalism

Nationalist strongmen are products of a global crisis in capitalism

READ MORE: Turkey accuses US of ‘stab in the back’ amid lira crisis All of which demonstrates Turkey’s central role in American grand strategy. And then Donald Trump came along. Now, who knows? What’s clear is that America has imposed sanctions on Turkey, and it has driven the country further...

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Councillor’s path proves the need for the SNP to win over Tories

Councillor’s path proves the need for the SNP to win over Tories

READ MORE: Former Tory councillor quits party and backs Scottish independence But just look at all the parliamentary constituencies beyond the central belt that have elected not a single Labour MP since universal suffrage began, and so can be presumed to have a mainly right-wing electorate. Most are now in...

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Muslim Council warns May not to let Boris off with a slap on wrist

Muslim Council warns May not to let Boris off with a slap on wrist

READ MORE: Boris Johnson’s burka remarks make hate crime ‘more likely’ The MCB, the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with more than 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools, said Islamophobic incidents had increased over the last week, since Johnson compared women wearing the burka to...

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Muslim Council warns May not to let Johnson off with a slap on wrist

Muslim Council warns May not to let Johnson off with a slap on wrist

READ MORE: Boris Johnson’s burka remarks make hate crime ‘more likely’ The MCB, the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with more than 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools, said Islamophobic incidents had increased over the last week, since Johnson compared women wearing the burka to...

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Founding member claims SSP is being ‘run into ground’

Founding member claims SSP is being ‘run into ground’

The SSP, she said, was in the “worst position” it has ever been in during its 19-year history. Curran was writing in response to a letter to The National from SSP national chair Calum Martin, published on Saturday, in which Martin questioned the accuracy of claims made by former national...

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Tonight’s TV: Jamie Cooks Italy, and Who Do You Think You Are?

Tonight’s TV: Jamie Cooks Italy, and Who Do You Think You Are?

Jamie Cooks Italy, Channel 4, 8.30pm NEW series. Jamie Oliver and his friend, mentor and fellow chef Gennaro Contaldo explore traditional Italian home cooking, beginning by visiting the Aeolian Islands to track down undiscovered recipes untouched by time. Ninety-three-year-old caper farmer Franchina teaches Jamie how to cook stuffed squid, inspiring...

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Letters: Biased commentators ignored Scottish diver

Letters: Biased commentators ignored Scottish diver

In the women’s 3m board event they were concentrating so much on the points needed by Alicia Blagg to beat the Russian and take first place for GB that they apparently didn’t even bother to do the same calculation for any other diver and consequently completely missed the possibility of...

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Serco faces fresh legal challenge over asylum seeker evictions

Serco faces fresh legal challenge over asylum seeker evictions

It concerns those whose sanctuary bids were refused and who have neither the right to work nor claim benefits. The moves to make the destitute people homeless in Glasgow prompted outcry from the public and local politicians. However, Serco says it is acting in accordance with the law and its...

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Scottish judge blocks deportation of woman targeted due to her religion

Scottish judge blocks deportation of woman targeted due to her religion

The suffering of the woman was laid bare in Lady Clark’s written judgment. She wrote: “The applicant has always given a history which involved a history of violent incidents. In particular, as summarised in the decision letter dated 10 March 2015 in paragraph 10, her account was recorded:...

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More than 100 leave-backing constituencies now support Remain

More than 100 leave-backing constituencies now support Remain

The analysis, obtained by a Sunday newspaper, also suggests that Banff and Buchan, the one Scottish constituency believed to have backed leaving the EU in the 2016 referendum, would now switch to Remain. The figures were produced by consumer analytics company Focaldata, drawing on YouGov polls of 15,000 people. They...

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Theresa May warned suspending Johnson would lead to ‘open warfare’

Theresa May warned suspending Johnson would lead to ‘open warfare’

Party chair Brandon Lewis has instructed an independent panel to investigate Johnson following dozens of complaints alleging the comments breached the Tories’ code of conduct. Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the party’s anti-EU European Research Group said May wanted a “show trial” for Johnson as she felt threatened by him. Tory...

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