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Anas Sarwar elected leader of the Scottish Labour Party

Anas Sarwar has been elected leader of the Scottish Labour Party, becoming the fifth leader of the party since the Scottish independence referendum and the first leader of a national party in the UK from an ethnic minority.   Sarwar, who represents the region of Glasgow in the Scottish Parliament, defeated Monica Lennon in the two-person […]

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Nicola Sturgeon accused of breaking ministerial code by former First Minister Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond, the former First Minister of Scotland, has recently accused his successor Nicola Sturgeon of lying to the Scottish Parliament, alleging that she repeatedly broke the ministerial code. If this allegation is proved true, then ministerial code recommends resignation.  The Scottish Parliament has meanwhile asked Salmond to give evidence to the committee investigating the […]

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Is the closure of pubs in Scotland’s central belt justified?

From Glasgow to London, from Edinburgh to Liverpool, parts of the country are facing tough new restrictions among attempts by leaders to quell a deluge of fresh coronavirus cases. Still reeling from the economic and psychological toll of nationwide lockdowns earlier this year, both Westminster and devolved governments are attempting to tread a fine line […]

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Proposal for Scottish visa system rejected

Westminster has rejected a proposal for a separate Scottish visa system, which was put forward by Holyrood on Wednesday 29th January. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called for Immigration powers to be at least partly controlled by the Scottish government in order to boost migration to Scotland. Currently, these powers are reserved to Westminster. The proposal […]

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Tommy Sheppard: interview with the MP for Edinburgh East

The Student interviewed Tommy Sheppard, the SNP MP for Edinburgh East, who has been voted for the third time in Parliament with the biggest majority he’s ever had. Tommy spoke to us regarding the SNP winning a majority of seats in Scotland, he said: “It’s bittersweet because I’m equally disappointed at the results in England […]

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Extinction Rebellion interrupt First Minister’s Questions

On Thursday 28 May the climate activist group Extinction Rebellion Scotland interrupted First Minister’s Questions demanding action in the face of the climate emergency. Activists dropped two banners from the gallery which read: ‘Citizens Assembly Now’ and ‘Zero Carbon 2025.’ At the same time, one activist asked ‘Will the First Minister establish a Citizen’s Assembly […]

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MP Ross Thomson Must Resign

If reports of Ross Thomson groping several SNP researchers in the House of Commons bar are proven true, he must be sacked from his party. For too long, men have abused their power in dark seedy corners of Westminster without facing consequences. Thomson is the Tory MP for Aberdeen South. He’s young, vibrant, and active […]

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Is clearing a good system for the allocation of remaining university places?

According to UCAS, around 70,000 students in the UK were accepted onto a university course through clearing last year. Students left disappointed on results day can use the UCAS tool to find a place on a different course or at an alternative university if they don’t achieve the grades they had hoped for. Conversely, students […]