MSPs reject LibDem bid to raise criminal age of responsibility further

MSPs reject LibDem bid to raise criminal age of responsibility further

The current age is one of the lowest in the world, and below the rest of the UK at 10. During a debate on the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill at stage two at Holyrood’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, Cole-Hamilton said the United Nations will increase the baseline...

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We need to think beyond B-Day to Independence Day

We need to think beyond B-Day to Independence Day

Despite Scotland’s active involvement, it’s just 58 days now to B-Day. The pun is not intentional but on Brexit Day Scotland’s European role will be largely flushed away. We face being dragged out of our supportive role in this relationship with 27 other member states, against our will, and against...

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DUP MPs tell Scots to ‘go to the chippy’ if there’s no food

DUP MPs tell Scots to ‘go to the chippy’ if there’s no food

Lucas, who sits in front of DUP MPs, said Blackford’s comments on food shortages and price hikes for the public were met with jokes by members of the Northern Irish contingent, one of whom reportedly said: “Let them go to the chippy instead.” Responding to the SNP MP’s speech, Lucas...

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Scottish Budget faces defeat as Greens refuse to budge

Scottish Budget faces defeat as Greens refuse to budge

The Tories and LibDems have said they won’t back the deal unless the SNP take independence off the table. That is unlikely. Labour have called the budget “not fit for purpose”. Mackay has pinned hopes on winning over the six Green MSPs. But talks have been faltering for weeks, with...

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Labour forced into ‘pathetic’ U-turn over Tory plans for immigration

Labour forced into ‘pathetic’ U-turn over Tory plans for immigration

They did, however, only impose a one-line whip on the vote – meaning MPs did not have to show up. “Labour have gone from abstaining on the Immigration Bill to a one-line whip to vote against, which means their MPs should vote against it if they can be bothered staying...

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Government to back Brexit amendment on Irish backstop

Government to back Brexit amendment on Irish backstop

Tory MPs will be told to vote for the Brady amendment when the Commons votes to unlock a stalemate over the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement which was defeated by 432 votes to 202 earlier this month. A range of other amendments to her deal have been put down – including...

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Supermarkets warn of no-deal Brexit food supply risks

Supermarkets warn of no-deal Brexit food supply risks

Meanwhile, a former MI5 chief warned that a no-deal Brexit should be “avoided at all costs”. Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller said that a range of security threats – from terrorism to Russian interference – were best dealt with “in a European context”, telling BBC Radio 4: “If we leave without a...

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Failure to pass Scottish Budget could create ‘uncertainty’ for companies

Failure to pass Scottish Budget could create ‘uncertainty’ for companies

While the six Scottish Green MSPs have backed the minority SNP administration’s budget for the past two years, co-convener Patrick Harvie claimed the “hugely damaging” proposals for the coming year would lead to massive cuts in local services. The budget includes an additional £730 million investment in health services north...

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Sturgeon: Salmond allegations will not harm the case for Yes

Sturgeon: Salmond allegations will not harm the case for Yes

Salmond, who preceded Sturgeon as First Minister and SNP leader, faced 14 charges when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday and said he was “innocent of any criminality” and would defend himself in court to the utmost. He is due to make a second court appearance. The First...

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Tory Cabinet split as ministers urge Theresa May to oppose no deal

Tory Cabinet split as ministers urge Theresa May to oppose no deal

But his comments came after leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom branded attempts by MPs to kill no deal as an option through a series of Commons amendments a “thinly veiled attempt to stop Brexit”. Hinds told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “I don’t envisage no deal becoming Government...

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Tory Immigration Bill will be ‘sucker punch’ to Scottish businesses

Tory Immigration Bill will be ‘sucker punch’ to Scottish businesses

He welcomed the UK Government’s climb-down on settled status fees for EU nationals, which would have seen them have to pay £65 to register to continue to live in the UK, but warned that measures in the immigration bill would be a “sucker punch” to Scottish businesses. The SNP have...

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Former Yes Scotland chair warns against ” missing the boat” on indyef2

Former Yes Scotland chair warns against ” missing the boat” on indyef2

“The Scottish Government should make an early announcement about holding a referendum within the lifetime of the present Scottish Parliament,” he told The Sunday Times. “Failure to do so would risk missing the boat because the present mandate will expire, and there is no guarantee that a similar mandate would...

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Scotland’s EU citizens’ fears ‘at peak’ as Brexit day quickly approaches

Scotland’s EU citizens’ fears ‘at peak’ as Brexit day quickly approaches

Despite assurances from the UK Government that there will be a presumption towards granting status, some claimed their documentary evidence had failed to meet the required threshold. Others said the application system, launched at pilot stage on Monday, was beset by technical difficulties. It is claimed UK Government hostile immigration...

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Work to organise a People’s Vote on Brexit must start now, Mike Russell says

Work to organise a People’s Vote on Brexit must start now, Mike Russell says

READ MORE: EU has ‘nothing to give’ the UK on Brexit deal, says Le Maire “The answer has to be simple. This is Occam’s razor,” he said. “This is trying to find the fewest steps to take at a time of extraordinary difficulty and danger. Those steps are clear indeed....

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Time’s running out for May with just weeks to go until the Brexit deadline

Time’s running out for May with just weeks to go until the Brexit deadline

She suffered one of the most humiliating defeats any Prime Minister has suffered and still clung on. The image of MPs pouring out of the chamber back through the Churchill arch after that vote must have been one to behold. And the body language of the statues of Churchill and...

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Mike Russell: Scotland is united in fear of Brexit catastrophe

Mike Russell: Scotland is united in fear of Brexit catastrophe

He said with Britain “deep in the mire of the most serious political crisis facing the UK for as long as many can remember” it was time “in the interests of all our futures” for Theresa May to “show political leadership” and extend Article 50 to allow a so-called People’s...

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Nicola Sturgeon doubles down on independence timetable plan

Nicola Sturgeon doubles down on independence timetable plan

Pressed last week by the Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie to state if she would keep to this timeframe in the event that Article 50 is extended beyond March 29 when the UK is due to leave, she said she would. However, this week fresh questions have been raised whether...

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Greens developing updated blueprint for independent Scotland

Greens developing updated blueprint for independent Scotland

“Our campaigns team is going through the process now of updating our policies proposals put down ahead of the vote four years ago,” he told The National. “We are going through the process of everything we published ahead of the 2014 referendum and looking at what we need to adjust...

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Patrick Harvie: We have just 10 years left to avert climate catastrophe

Patrick Harvie: We have just 10 years left to avert climate catastrophe

The threat posed by climate change is not a new one, of course. Nor is the lack of substantial international action to address it seriously. The basic science has been understood for more than 150 years, and the warnings from the scientific community about the need for an urgent political...

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Alex Salmond faces 14 charges including two of attempted rape

Alex Salmond faces 14 charges including two of attempted rape

He is accused of two counts of attempted rape, nine counts of sexual assault, two of indecent assault and one of breach of the peace. The hearing was held in private, no plea was entered and he was released on bail. A statement from the Crown Office said the case...

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While Yemenis starve, MPs are wined and dined by arms dealers

While Yemenis starve, MPs are wined and dined by arms dealers

Perhaps, as previously, those attending might again have opted for the Beef Fillet, Mushroom Truffle Crust, Foie Gras Sauce, followed by the Chocolate and Praline Sphere and Raspberry Coulis. There would, of course, be lots and lots of champagne and wine too. And as for the after-dinner entertainment, well in...

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Could divine intervention help break the Brexit impasse?

Could divine intervention help break the Brexit impasse?

You see, the Right Honourable Mr Kerr is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – otherwise known at the Mormons. In fact he’s not just a member but kind of a big deal, having held a priesthood role for several years and organised the first...

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Scottish Government keeping shtum on indyref2 legal advice

Scottish Government keeping shtum on indyref2 legal advice

A report in the Sunday Express said “external experts” had also been consulted by the First Minister and “members of her inner circle”. Yesterday in the Parliament, Graeme Dey, the Minister for Parliamentary Business refused to confirm or deny that any legal advice had been sought or received. READ MORE:...

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Andew Wilson: Why an independent Scotland must declare itself truly multinational

Andew Wilson: Why an independent Scotland must declare itself truly multinational

The Republic of South Ossetia is recognised as a state by Russia, Venezuala, Syria, Nicaragua (hmm) and (for some reason) Nauru. Joseph Stalin was born with the Georgian name Ioseb Jughashvili barely 22 miles from Tskhinvali in the Georgian city of Gori. His actions in carving up identities and peoples...

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EU’s chief negotiator issues warning on Brexit deal delay

EU’s chief negotiator issues warning on Brexit deal delay

The prospect of Britain seeking to remain in the EU beyond the planned date of March 29 was increased after Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell signalled Labour could back plans for an Article 50 extension to stop no-deal, a move supported by the SNP. Barnier repeated his position the EU was...

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Andrew Wilson: Why an independent Scotland must declare itself truly multinational

Andrew Wilson: Why an independent Scotland must declare itself truly multinational

The Republic of South Ossetia is recognised as a state by Russia, Venezuala, Syria, Nicaragua (hmm) and (for some reason) Nauru. Joseph Stalin was born with the Georgian name Ioseb Jughashvili barely 22 miles from Tskhinvali in the Georgian city of Gori. His actions in carving up identities and peoples...

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UK Govt cancels Scottish meetings … days after May pledged to talk to nations more

UK Govt cancels Scottish meetings … days after May pledged to talk to nations more

She said the move “flies in the face of the Prime Minister’s rhetoric” after Theresa May had promised an “enhanced role” for the devolved governments in Brexit negotiations. May told the Commons on Monday that while it was the job of her administration to “negotiate for the whole of the...

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JMC meeting is cancelled … days after May pledged to talk to nations more

JMC meeting is cancelled … days after May pledged to talk to nations more

She said the move “flies in the face of the Prime Minister’s rhetoric” after Theresa May had promised an “enhanced role” for the devolved governments in Brexit negotiations. May told the Commons on Monday that while it was the job of her administration to “negotiate for the whole of the...

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EU chiefs warn of hard Irish border in event of no-deal Brexit

EU chiefs warn of hard Irish border in event of no-deal Brexit

A spokesman said a hard border, which would mean checks and controls between the north and republic, was a “pretty obvious” outcome of the UK and the EU failing to agree on how to withdraw from the EU. One of the key principles of the Good Friday Agreement, which helped...

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Alyn Smith: If New Scots want to live here we need to make it clear they’re one of us

Alyn Smith: If New Scots want to live here we need to make it clear they’re one of us

I applauded to the rafters the decision of the Blair government to open the doors of the UK to full freedom of movement from the first opportunity in 2004, where a number of other EU states had opted instead to have more restrictive phasing in of the rights over a...

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Alyn Smith: We must unite around  New Scots and say they are welcome here

Alyn Smith: We must unite around New Scots and say they are welcome here

I applauded to the rafters the decision of the Blair government to open the doors of the UK to full freedom of movement from the first opportunity in 2004, where a number of other EU states had opted instead to have more restrictive phasing in of the rights over a...

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Theresa May reveals brand new Brexit plan complete with same old red lines

Theresa May reveals brand new Brexit plan complete with same old red lines

That margin of 230 was far, far bigger than even her harshest critic had expected, becoming Parliament’s biggest ever defeat, ensuring May both a place in the history books and as an answer to a pub quiz question for decades to come. The message of the Commons was simple: go...

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Scottish independence is now an ‘escape route’ amid Brexit chaos, says Blackford

Scottish independence is now an ‘escape route’ amid Brexit chaos, says Blackford

“In Scotland, we have another choice … We did not vote for Brexit. We will not be dragged out of Europe by a Tory Government we did not vote for. We might not be able to save the UK, but we can save Scotland,” he said. “We have an escape...

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Deputy LibDem leader demands Conservative Chief Whip resign over proxy vote row

Deputy LibDem leader demands Conservative Chief Whip resign over proxy vote row

Last summer, there was fury when the Tories deliberately broke a promise with Swinson, who was on maternity leave at the time, over promises to “pair” her. This is the Commons tradition where one MPs of one party will not vote while a member of another party is absent. A...

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Alex Salmond says now is the time for independence fight

Alex Salmond says now is the time for independence fight

He spoke out days after Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an historic defeat in the Commons over her EU withdrawal agreement and Nicola Sturgeon said she would set out her timetable on a new plebiscite “in weeks”. In an interview with the Sunday National, Salmond said: “Nicola should be concentrating...

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Theresa May to unveil Brexit alternative amid Cabinet turmoil

Theresa May to unveil Brexit alternative amid Cabinet turmoil

She is expected to suggest to try and abandon the Irish backstop, the insurance policy to keep an open border in Ireland in the event of no future trade deal being established between the EU and the UK. Instead she wants to offer a bilateral trade agreement to Ireland that...

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Ian Blackford warns no-deal Brexit is ‘height of irresponsibility’

Ian Blackford warns no-deal Brexit is ‘height of irresponsibility’

READ MORE: Theresa May to unveil Brexit plan B amid Cabinet turmoil In a letter to the Prime Minister, the SNP MP stated that mere “cosmetic changes” by the Prime Minister to a deal which was rejected by Parliament would be unacceptable, and that she must heed calls to halt...

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Government ‘failure’ means EU must ring-fence rights of citizens

Government ‘failure’ means EU must ring-fence rights of citizens

READ MORE: Joanna Cherry: Westminster fails to agree on anything as Brexit deadline looms Calling for the EU to ring-fence citizen’s rights so that they will have clarity on what they will face in the event that the UK crashes out of the bloc without an agreement, Smith’s letter goes...

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Greens: Indyref2 must happen quickly even if Brexit is stopped

Greens: Indyref2 must happen quickly even if Brexit is stopped

READ MORE: Theresa May accused of ‘time-wasting’ over Brexit talks He spoke out after a week of unprecedented crisis at Westminster which saw the Prime Minister suffer a catastrophic defeat on her Brexit deal. It was the worst ever parliamentary loss for a government over its legislation. Amid the chaos...

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SNP hit out at Unionist press over Salmond ‘history’ claim

SNP hit out at Unionist press over Salmond ‘history’ claim

READ MORE: Sturgeon ‘victim of a smear campaign’ over Salmond allegations It’s not clear where this information or the date came from. An archive search of the website using the Wayback Machine tool, which allows users to read old version of internet pages, has a saved version of the “History”...

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Brown issues rallying call as MP says indyref2 could be this summer

Brown issues rallying call as MP says indyref2 could be this summer

READ MORE: Keith Brown tells Holyrood demo to start independence campaign Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Lesley Laird hit back at Brown accusing him being irresponsible by agitating for independence at a time when the country stood on the brink of “instability and chaos”. Earlier this week the UK Government suffered...

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Keith Brown issues rallying call as MP says indyref2 could be this summer

Keith Brown issues rallying call as MP says indyref2 could be this summer

READ MORE: Keith Brown tells Holyrood demo to start independence campaign Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Lesley Laird hit back at Brown accusing him being irresponsible by agitating for independence at a time when the country stood on the brink of “instability and chaos”. Earlier this week the UK Government suffered...

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Keith Brown tells Holyrood demo to start independence campaign

Keith Brown tells Holyrood demo to start independence campaign

Brown told them: “It’s great see so many people here demonstrating against the absolute mess that the Conservatives are making of this country, and demonstrating in favour of the fact that we can make a much better future for ourselves. “The mandate on which the SNP fought the last Holyrood...

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Kirk hits back at Tory MSP after being told to keep out of politics

Kirk hits back at Tory MSP after being told to keep out of politics

In the statement, Rev Dr Richard Frazer,who is the convenor of the Church and Society Council, called on Westminster and the UK Government to “look beyond party politics and maintaining or gaining power and focus first and foremost on the good of the country and everyone who lives here”. He...

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MoD puts army reservists on standby for no-deal Brexit

MoD puts army reservists on standby for no-deal Brexit

Last month, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that up to 3500 troops would be used to support government departments. Yesterday’s announcement confirmed that 10% of them would come from the reservists. In a written statement to MPs, Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said the troops would be ready to mitigate...

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DUP say ‘no way’ in fresh blow to Theresa May’s Brexit deal

DUP say ‘no way’ in fresh blow to Theresa May’s Brexit deal

His comments come after DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds insisted his party’s opposition to the backstop proposals had not lessened after a meeting with May on Thursday. Wilson, appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday, said: “It’s not just because of the regulations which Northern Ireland would be subject...

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Angus Robertson: Ireland and Austria show the big power of a small country

Angus Robertson: Ireland and Austria show the big power of a small country

Amid the growing prospect of the UK crashing out of the EU at the end of March without a deal, Varadkar said: “The threat of a no deal isn’t one that Ireland is making, isn’t one that the European Union is making and it is for the UK to propose...

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Violence by Spain is not just limited to Catalonia

Violence by Spain is not just limited to Catalonia

The world is a better place because of those who bravely followed peace processes in the north of Ireland and South Africa and, whilst there are unresolved differences, a willingness to seek truth and reconciliation provides a constructive environment in which former adversaries and communities can move forward together. READ...

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Senior Scottish Tories discuss ousting of ‘immature’ MP Ross Thomson

Senior Scottish Tories discuss ousting of ‘immature’ MP Ross Thomson

“If Ross doesn’t get the support from the local party, he is not going to be put up next time. It doesn’t happen very often, but the procedure is there for him not to be the candidate. Some people are talking about this,” a leading Tory in the north east...

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EU insists no further meetings to take place on May’s Brexit deal

EU insists no further meetings to take place on May’s Brexit deal

The comments are a blow to the Prime Minister, who is trying to get concessions on the backstop plans in her Withdrawal Agreement, which will ensure the border in Ireland remains open. The backstop issue is the key concern by Tory backbenchers opposed to May’s deal who say it keeps...

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