Labour's Glasgow Council leader Gordon Matheson's future uncertain
after sex scandal
Scottish News: News in Scotland - Friday
Labour’s Glasgow council leader faces consequences over public sex act
Gordon Matheson, Labour’s leader of Glasgow City Council faces an unsure future after being caught by police performing a sex act on another man. After witnessing the act, which took place in a car on the south side of Glasgow, police reported it to the procurator fiscal, however it was decided no further action would be taken. The procurator fiscal also decided to take no action against former Glasgow Council Labour chief Stephen Purcell after a police probe into corruption and links to gangsters. Cllr Matheson has been in a long-term relationship with his civil partner, who was not the man in the car. There is now speculation over whether Mr Matheson can survive the scandal.
Salmond's referendum advisor quits
Professor Stephen Tierney has resigned his role as First Minister Alex Salmond's referendum advisor to take up a cross-party committee role at Holyrood. Prof Tierney, an expert on constitutional theory, was an unpaid expert advising on the referendum ballot paper and question design as well as the structure of the election itself. He will now sit on the parliament's Referendum Bill committee, scrutinising minister's referendum plans.
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Glasgow University plan referendum ballot
Students at Glasgow University are organising a campus-wide Scottish independence referendum. The vote on 21 February will be preceded by a series of debates based around the Scottish government’s proposed question - do you agree that Scotland should become an independent country? The ballot will be open to the university’s 20,000 students and will be the first large-scale poll on what Scottish university students think about independence.
Scotland to see 4 inches of snow
Scots are warned to prepare for disruption, as heavy snow is expected in parts of Scotland tonight. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for parts of the country, however areas of England and Wales are faced with the more severe amber and red warnings. Although Scotland won’t see the worst of the snow, Transport Scotland have urged the public to be vigilant.
Strachan appoints McGhee as assistant Scotland manager
Mark McGhee has been chosen as assistant Scotland manager by Gordon Strachan. The Scottish Football Association is expected to formally announce the decision on Monday, with Strachan to approach his choice for his no.3 in the coming days. McGhee and the third member of the coaching team will both work for the SFA on a part-time basis.
UK crisis: 200,000 children pushed into poverty, government admits
The UK government's squeeze on tax credits and benefits will mean 200,000 more children will enter poverty, admitted Esther McVey - the UK work and pensions minister. By increasing in-work and out-of-work benefits by only 1 percent over the next three years - below inflation - will push the total of extra children in poverty as a result of recent welfare reforms will reach one million.
UK crisis: Benefit changes resulting in deaths and suicides of sick and disabled
People who have had benefits withdrawn have died and some have committed suicide, the House of Commons has been told. Atos, the firm contracted by the UK government to administer work capability assessments (WCA), was heavily criticised by MPs for "ruthlessly" driving sick and disabled people into jobs.
Scots among Algerian hostages
Alex Salmond has confirmed that there are a number of Scots held among the 41 hostages in Algeria. Militants occupied a gas facility on Wednesday holding foreign hostages. The UK Foreign Office has confirmed that an Algerian military operation is underway at the plant. Two of the Scots held are thought to have been freed, with one Scot confirmed to be held safe.
Syria: Russian ships on way to Syrian port
Two Russian ships are reported to be picking up munitions on their way to the Syrian port of Tartous. The ships will take part in a naval exercise off Syria. Russia leases facilities at the port which is the nuclear state's sole military base outwith former Soviet Union territory.
Delhi gang-rape suspects fast-tracked through court
The case of the five men accused of the rape and murder of a student in Delhi has been moved to a special fast-track court. The case has sparked protests and debates across the country about the treatment of women in India. Since the attack, the Indian government has created five fast-track courts in a bid to speed up cases involving crimes against women.
Australia bids farewell to Ned Kelly
Descendents and supporters of Ned Kelly gathered to see off the infamous Australian bushranger at a requiem mass, 132 years after he was executed for killing three police officers. His memory still divides opinions, as many Australians believe he was a cold-blooded murderer, while others view him as a folk hero and symbol of Irish-Australian defiance against British colonial authorities. After his execution, Kelly was thrown into a mass grave, when he was expected to be buried next to his mother. The bones were exhumed in 2011 and the family will now bury him in a small cemetery at the scene of his final gun battle.
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