Scottish Parliament

Tories lived up to their ‘nasty party’ reputation this week

This week we’ve seen the true face of the Tory government. From their callous dismissal of the human impact of welfare cuts, to their heartless …

Scottish National Party

Carwyn Jones to quit as first minister

<b>Carwyn Jones says he will stand down as Wales first minister in the autumn</b><p><i>This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.</i>

News (Wales)

Help Gill make a difference

My Story<p>I've created this page because I want to make a difference to my chosen charity , Centrestage. This place has helped me rebuild my life and …

Scottish National Party

Live coverage: Scottish Lib Dem conference

BBC Scotland is providing live coverage of the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in Aviemore.<p>The conference will hear from UK party leader Vince Cable, who is expected to urge the SNP to join him in calling for a second EU referendum.

United Kingdom

Cable to urges SNP to back campaign for new Brexit vote

<b>Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable is to urge the SNP to back his campaign for a new referendum on Brexit.</b><p>The party wants the public to be given a vote on the final exit deal negotiated between the UK and the EU.<p>First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has previously said such a vote could become "very hard …

United Kingdom

SNP minister predicts second independence vote as soon as April 2019

A second independence referendum could be held as early as April next year, Scotland’s Economy Minister has predicted as it emerged the SNP government has scrapped plans to publish North Sea oil forecasts.<p>Keith Brown, who is the clear frontrunner in the contest to become the SNP’s deputy leader, …

United Kingdom

People’s Vote, Windrush shame and Scotland vs Brexit with Kirsty Blackman MP of the SNP

Remainiacs welcomes SNP Westminster deputy leader and economics spokesperson KIRSTY BLACKMAN MP for a long-overdue Scottish perspective on Brexit. …

United Kingdom

David Mundell must come clean over Scotland Office social media ads

The Scotland Office, the branch office of the UK Tory government, seems to be using Twitter and Facebook for political purposes. Ministers are using …

Scottish National Party

Nicola Sturgeon refuses to sack Health Minister over 'failure to take NHS Tayside warnings seriously'

Nicola Sturgeon has refused to sack her embattled Health Minister after Scotland’s public spending watchdog said warnings about a scandal-hit health board’s financial crisis were not taken “seriously.”<p>The First Minister said she would continue to support Shona Robison despite Caroline Gardner, the …


The Windrush generation and a hostile Home Office – Politics Weekly podcast

Pippa Crerar is joined by Amelia Gentleman, Sonia Sodha, Colin Yeo and Sarah Teather to discuss the government’s chaotic response to reports of Caribbean people who came to the UK as children in the 1950s and 60s being denied their rights. Plus Libby Brooks reports from Holyrood on how the Scottish …

News (Scotland)

Nicola Sturgeon: SNP held talks with Cambridge Analytica before 2016 Holyrood election

Nicola Sturgeon has disclosed the SNP’s secret talks with Cambridge Analytica were held shortly before the May 2016 Holyrood election but refused to name who attended on behalf of her party.<p>The First Minister said a meeting with the firm at the centre of the data harvesting scandal took place in …

United Kingdom

Ruth Davidson named on Time magazine influential people list

<b>Scottish Conservative party leader Ruth Davidson has been named by Time magazine on its annual list of the world's most influential people.</b><p>The US magazine and website says the Time 100 is not a measure of power but a recognition of individuals "whose time is now".<p>The 100 also includes world figures …

Conservative Party

Rennie: Scottish Lib Dems 'setting agenda'

<b>The Scottish Liberal Democrats are setting the agenda for an "open, progressive Scotland", the party's leader is to tell its conference.</b><p>Willie Rennie will tell delegates in Aviemore that the party is "winning the argument" on public policy.<p>And he will highlight issues such as mental health, the …

United Kingdom

Senior MPs to force customs union vote

<b>A powerful cross-party group of MPs is to force a vote on a customs union next week in the House of Commons.</b><p>The Liaison Committee, made up of Labour, Conservative and SNP committee chairmen, has tabled a debate calling for "an effective customs union".<p>Theresa May has pledged to leave the current …

UK Politics

Government loses two House of Lords votes on EU withdrawal bill – as it happened

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and peers voting on the EU withdrawal bill<p>Report: government suffers Lords defeat on leaving customs union PMQs - Snap verdict PMQs - Verdict from the Twitter commentariat Evening summary

United Kingdom

No, Esther McVey, the benefits rape clause is not “extra help” for women

I thought I’d heard it all from the UK government on the pernicious rape clause. It’s now a year since it came into force, and almost three since it …

Scottish National Party

SNP Schneider Focusing On Organic Growth

SNP Schneider (DE:SHFG) has undertaken a series of acquisitions over the last few years that have transformed the scale and the geographical …

Scottish National Party

A year on from election call, a weak Theresa May is still letting Scotland down

Today marks a year since Theresa May made her ill-fated decision to call a General Election in an attempt to ‘strengthen her hand’.<p>The Tory leader …

United Kingdom

Cambridge Analytica 'met SNP' to pitch services

<b>Cambridge Analytica pitched its services to the SNP in meetings in London and Edinburgh, a former director at the consultancy firm has claimed.</b><p>The company has come under scrutiny following controversy about its use of Facebook data and political tactics.<p>Former director Brittany Kaiser told MPs that …

United Kingdom

What's On

Special guest, Catalonian Minister Clara Ponsati and her award-winning lawyer, Aamer Anwar<p>Alex Salmond...Unleashed sold out 19 back-to-back shows at …

Alex Salmond

Trade with China is booming – we’re working to grow it further

I’m writing this week’s column having just arrived home in Glasgow from a successful official visit to China – so this is a good opportunity to share …

Scottish National Party

Theresa May forced to justify Syria strikes after SNP pressure

Theresa May has bowed to intense pressure from the SNP for parliamentary scrutiny of British airstrikes in Syria, with the Prime Minister set to go …

Scottish National Party

Government challenges SNP Brexit Bill in Supreme Court

Theresa May’s Government has mounted a challenge in the UK’s highest court to the SNP’s Scottish Brexit Bill with a warning that it created “serious” legal uncertainty for businesses and families.<p>Jeremy Wright QC, the Attorney General, said the decision to refer the Scottish Government’s Continuity …

United Kingdom

New funding to develop motor neurone disease treatments

Fresh funding has been announced for the development of new treatments for motor neurone disease (MND).<p>The Scottish Government and the UK Dementia …

Scottish National Party

Bombing action led by Trump’s tweets risks making the Syrian humanitarian crisis worse

Back in 2015, David Cameron brought forward a debate on military action against ISIS in Syria, following the abhorrent terrorist attacks in …

Middle East

Separatist supporters take to the streets of Barcelona

Some 350,000 people have flooded the streets of Barcelona demanding the release of Catalan’s jailed separatists leaders. The politicians — including …


Two weeks of Paternity Leave for new dads is just not good enough

New dads should have at least four weeks paternity leave not two, says SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor.<p>The dad-of-two is urging Scottish employers to offer …

Scottish National Party

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Interviews Roundup - 15/04/18

Isabel Hardman takes you through the highlights of Sunday's political interviews. Today's podcast features Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola …

Boris Johnson

Syria action

1.This is the Government’s position on the legality of UK military action to alleviate the extreme humanitarian suffering of the Syrian people by …

Middle East

SNP MSP John Mason attacked over education tweets

<b>The SNP has been accused of failing on education after one of its MSPs suggested schools had "widened out" from spelling and times tables.</b><p>In a series of tweets, John Mason also questioned whether it was a problem if a surgeon could not spell.<p>He said there had been too much emphasis on academic …