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Labour pledges Scots council house building drive

Scottish Labour has launched its election campaign by pledging to fund the building of 120,000 council and social houses over the next 10 years. The build up to the general election on 12 December has now formally begun with Westminster having been dissolved.

UK Election: SNP launch election campaign focusing on Brexit and Independence- BBC News

The Scottish National Party leader and first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has launched her party’s election campaign in Edinburgh putting Brexit and Scottish independence at the centre of the SNP’s election strategy. She said she’d be willing to cooperate with a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn.

SNP ‘winning independence economic argument’

Scotland’s finance secretary has used his speech to the SNP conference to claim the party is winning the argument on Scotland’s economic future. Derek Mackay said the country can “more than afford” to be independent. He also argued that staying part of the UK leaves Scotland “subject to the whim of Westminster turmoil”.

‘Stop running scared,’ Nicola Sturgeon tells Johnson and Corbyn

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for a second referendum on Scotland’s independence from the UK and urged Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn to debate her on the matter. Sturgeon, whose Scottish National Party is running on a pro-independence, anti-Brexit platform, made her comments at a rally in Glasgow on Saturday.

A faintly surreal SNP conference

This has been, in truth, a faintly surreal conference. Not, to be clear, that this curious atmosphere owes anything to the SNP. Firstly, there is the venue, the new Aberdeen conference centre on the outskirts of the city. Again, for clarity, the facilities are excellent, the staff more than helpful, the adjoining hotels comfortable.

Sturgeon says indyref2 ‘must happen next year’

A second referendum on Scottish independence “must happen next year”, Nicola Sturgeon has told the SNP conference. Ms Sturgeon confirmed that she will ask the UK government to give formal consent by the end of this year. She said Westminster had “no right” to block the request, and its opposition to indyref2 is “not sustainable”.

SNP election win ‘could be independence mandate’

An SNP victory in the next Scottish Parliament election could give the party a “mandate for independence”, one of the party’s senior MSPs has claimed. Alex Neil said winning the election in 2021 would potentially allow the SNP to begin independence negotiations.

Nicola Sturgeon: ‘the case for Scottish independence has never been more compelling’

On the first day of the SNP party conference Scottish First Minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon speaks to Channel 4 News.

Glasgow suffers Britain’s worst HIV epidemic in over 30 years | ITV News

There is a HIV outbreak on the streets of Glasgow. It is on a scale not seen anywhere in Britain since the 1980s, and it’s being driven by people who are injecting drugs and sharing needles. For context, about 1% of people who inject drugs in Glasgow had HIV just seven years ago.

Civic leader claimed 23 pairs of shoes on expenses

The Lord Provost of Glasgow has been criticised after it emerged her expenses included claims for 23 pairs of shoes. The Daily Record reports Eva Bolander submitted receipts totalling more than £8,000 over a 28-month period. A council spokesman said the SNP councillor incurs personal expenses as she is required to represent the city at hundreds of events.

Tim Rideout on currency and independence at SNP19

Tim Rideout addresses the SNP conference in the run up to a vote on Scottish currency, speaking for Amendment D: Delete 33) and replace with: “conference considers that an SNP Government should take the steps necessary to enable the Scottish Parliament to authorise the preparation of a Scottish Currency as soon as practicable after a vote for Independence with the aim that the currency be ready for introduction as soon as practicable after Independence Day.”

Brexit: Could Scotland back independence to stay in the EU? – BBC Newsnight

Newsnight explores how #Brexit could impact the union between Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Subscribe to our channel here: https://goo.gl/31Q53F #IndyRef2 Newsnight begins a series looking at the four corners of the UK and exploring how questions of identity and nationhood are being shaken and reshaped by the EU referendum result.

New off-road cycle route links England and Scotland

A new 800-mile mainly off-road cycle route between England and the north coast of Scotland has been launched. The Great North Trail links the Peak District to Scotland’s most northerly mainland points for the first time. About 98% of the route is on existing off-road cycle routes, forest roads and low traffic minor roads.

PM vows to compensate for ‘SNP inadequacy’

Boris Johnson has vowed to bring forward measures to “compensate for the grave inadequacies” of the Scottish government. In an interview with BBC Scotland ahead of the Conservative party conference, the prime minister attacked the SNP for their record on health and education. He ruled out allowing a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Bin collections at ‘breaking point after decade of cuts’

A union representing Glasgow’s refuse collectors has claimed the city’s waste service is at breaking point following a decade of cuts. In a video posted online from a backcourt in Maryhill, a GMB representative, who works for Glasgow City Council, claims the service is in crisis and a threat to public health and safety.

How has Scotland changed since the indyref?

Five years have passed since the Scottish independence referendum. BBC Scotland looks at how the country’s politics has changed since then, and how likely we are to do it all again. Where were you on 18 September, 2014?

Scotland’s economy running a £12.6bn deficit, figures show

The Scottish economy continues to run a substantial deficit, although it has fallen by £1.2bn in the last year to £12.6bn. The shortfall between government spending and the money it raised in 2018-19 amounts to 7% of Scotland’s GDP, according to official statistics.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP ‘I Don’t Want to See the UK Crashing Out Without a Deal’ | Good Morning Britain

The First Minister of Scotland and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon MSP talks of a no-deal Brexit and how potential food and medicine shortages will be a consequence of Brexiteers not being prepared in the run-up to the referendum. Subscribe now for more! http://bit.ly/1NbomQa Broadcast on 02/09/2019 Like, follow and subscribe to Good Morning Britain!

Government pays Alex Salmond £500k in legal costs

The Scottish Government has confirmed it has paid £512,250 in legal costs to Alex Salmond after a court ruled its handling of complaints made against him were “unlawful”. The former First Minister launched legal action against the Scottish Government in August 2018 to contest the complaints process activated against him in relation to sexual harassment allegations, which Salmond has denied.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Talks Brexit, Family and De-Stressing | Loose Women

Subscribe now for more! http://bit.ly/1VGTPwA Scotland’s First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joined Loose Women today as she talks about fighting against Brexit and how she will continue to campaign for Scotland’s independence. Away from politics, she chats how she manages to de-stress with her husband and family life.

Labour deputy Watson voices indyref2 opposition

The UK Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson has spoken out against a second Scottish independence referendum. It follows comments by shadow chancellor John McDonnell that a future Labour government would not block another vote. Mr Watson said another referendum “is not the answer” to Tory austerity and Brexit.

Cystic fibrosis drugs rejected for use in Scotland

Two “life-changing” cystic fibrosis drugs have been rejected for routine use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) said there were uncertainties about the long-term health benefits of Orkambi and Symkevi in relation to their costs.

Jack: ‘UK minister want more control over Scottish spending’

T he UK Government wants more of a say on how money to replace EU funding after Brexit is spent in Scotland, the new Scottish Secretary has said. Alister Jack said the Shared Prosperity Fund, being set up in the place of EU structural funds, will brand projects it pays for with the union flag.

Children’s ward closed to new admissions

A ward has been closed to new admissions at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) after three young patients contracted infections. Children had been moved there from the neighbouring Royal Hospital for Children.

How could no-deal Brexit impact the union? – BBC Newsnight

Is a no-deal Brexit still a one in a million chance or is it starting to look like the most probable outcome? Subscribe to our channel here: https://goo.gl/31Q53F Boris Johnson has made his first visit to Scotland as prime minister, meeting First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson, both of whom have positioned themselves against a no-deal exit.

Scotland prisoners given temporary voting rights

Prisoners in Scotland will temporarily be given the right to vote as the Scottish government moves to a “long-term” change in the law. Inmates will be able to vote in the Shetland by-election on 29 August, triggered by MSP Tavish Scott’s resignation. The move complies with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Sturgeon: ‘Next six months could be Scotland’s toughest’

The First Minister said Westminster is “crumbling” and Scotland faces getting a “reckless prime minister we didn’t vote for” whether Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt wins the Conservative leadership contest. In a post on her party’s website celebrating 20 years of the Scottish Parliament, the SNP leader said more could be achieved with independence.

ITV News – Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says…

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she made it ‘abundantly clear’ she is opposed to Brexit during a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson….

Tory leadership rivals pledge to safeguard union

Boris Johnson has promised to do “anything” in his power to stop the UK breaking up if he becomes prime minister. The Conservative leadership candidate said the next occupant of 10 Downing Street should be “minister for the union” as well as prime minister.

BBC News, 30th of June 2019

The children of the devolution look to the future

The city of Edinburgh is no place to judge the success or otherwise of 20 years of devolved government. Its transformation is obvious. The streets of Scotland’s capital teem with energy. The city centre is a forest of cranes as a vast new mixed-use development replaces the unlovely old concrete of the St James Shopping Centre.

BBC News, 1st of July 2019