Day: 28 September 2021

Labour conference: Starmer to blast cavalier Tories and SNP’s poor record in keynote speech

LABOUR is the safest option to protect Scotland’s interests and unite the country, Keir Starmer is expected to emphasise tomorrow.  The leader of the Labour party will make his keynote address in Brighton tomorrow afternoon, where he will argue that the “cavalier” Tories are endangering the union and Nicola Sturgeon cannot be trusted to protect …

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Nicola Sturgeon faces vaccine passport Judicial Review legal action

A GROUP of hospitality businesses has instructed a former Advocate General to formally challenge the Scottish Government’s vaccine passports scheme in court. The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has instructed Lord Keen QC, to serve a writ on the Scottish Government after being left “disappointed” that SNP ministers “have failed to properly or meaningfully consult” …

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Holyrood calls on UK Government to axe planned Universal Credit cut

MSPs have called for “senseless” UK Government plans to cut £20 per week from Universal Credit payments to be scrapped. Holyrood voted to call for the UK Government to maintain the benefit uplift introduced towards the start of the coronavirus pandemic rather than end it as planned on October 6. SNP Social Justice Secretary, Shona …

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Aberdeen and St Johnstone fined by UEFA as David Wotherspoon receives Euro ban

ABERDEEN and St Johnstone have been fined by UEFA due to the misbehaviour of supporters in their respective Europa Conference League play-off ties. The Dons were drawn alongside Azerbaijan’s Qarabag in the final round of qualifying, suffering a 1-0 defeat in Baku before losing the reverse fixture 3-1 at home a week later. UEFA have …

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Greenock Morton officially fan-owned as Morton Club Together finalise takeover

GREENOCK MORTON are officially a fan-owned club after the vast majority of the club’s shares were transferred over to a supporters’ group. Fan membership organisation Morton Club Together (MCT), which has 850 members, has increased its stake in the Championship side from 15 per cent to a little under 90 per cent, thus taking majority …

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‘No chance’ Indyref2 will take place on Sturgeon’s timetable, says Jim Sillars

NICOLA Sturgeon has wasted years in charge of the SNP and there is “no chance” a second independence referendum will take place on her preferred timetable, a former deputy leader of the party has said. Jim Sillars said the First Minister and her predecessor, Alex Salmond, had “intellectually hollowed out the SNP” through a cult …

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Opposition anger as Scottish acute hospital beds at 10-year low

SCOTLAND has the lowest number of hospital beds since modern records began, according to the official annual count. Public Health Scotland said the average daily number of staffed beds for acute specialities was 12,869 in 2020/21, down 9.5 per cent over the last decade. When current records began in 2011/12, the figure was 14,227 acute beds …

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Edinburgh: Fellow Creatures chocolate maker wins backing

Scottish plant-based chocolate producer Fellow Creatures has secured a six-figure investment with backing from industry leaders including the founder of Veganuary. Following the successful investment round, the Edinburgh-based ethical chocolate maker has landed UK-wide listings with retailer WH Smith and supermarket giant Sainsbury’s, fueling its ambitious growth trajectory. Fellow Creatures’ Swiss chocolate, made using creamed …

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Airbnb review economic impact of proposed government regulation

WHILE there has been much publicity about the economic impact on Edinburgh of the proposed government regulation of short-term holiday lets, Scotland’s biggest city could also suffer, according to independent research. Airbnb alone supports nearly 3,000 jobs in Glasgow and generates £58.8m of economic activity in the city per year in Gross Value Added (GVA), …

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