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First Minister’s Questions today were dominated by questions about the
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Scottish First Minister returns from Leveson inquiry
Alex Salmond, who appeared at the Leveson inquiry yesterday, has returned to Holyrood this morning to face First Minister’s questions with his government. At the inquiry Salmond claimed his phone was not hacked by The Sun, but his bank account may have been hacked by The Observer in the run up to the 1999 Scottish elections.
SNP calls for information on British army in Scotland
Following Westminster’s defence overhaul, the SNP has asked the UK government to clarify which military changes will affect Scotland. Changes to the number of British troops stationed in Scotland and in regimental names, as well as the communication of timetable updates, are on the agenda. The future of the Naval Base at Faslane has also been questioned today, with the Ministry of Defence saying it would remain under UK rule in the event of independence.
Leadership questions within Rangers FC
There are claims that Rangers manager Ally McCoist will quit the club following allegations that Charles Green, who will shortly be in financial control of the club’s assets, wants to fire McCoist. With his future uncertain, it is thought the 49 year old could resign as early as this week.
- Scottish independence referendum campaign too ‘polarised’
- UK instability a threat not independence, says oil industry
- Scottish independence Yes camp divided on currency
- UK economy faces Lehman-type crisis, says leading economist
Record year for historic attractions in Scotland
According to Historic Scotland it has been a record breaking year for the Scottish tourist trade. Edinburgh Castle remains Scotland’s top attraction with more than 1.3 visitors, a 10% increase compared to the previous year. The Queen’s jubilee celebrations over the historic bank holiday weekend are said to be somewhat responsible for the growth in numbers.
Labour Party calls for more gender equality in boardrooms
Labour MSP Jenny Marra has called for the SNP and Scottish Tory party to reconsider their recent vetoing of the use of gender quotas in boardrooms. A bill to guarantee female representation of at least 40% on a police board was recently rejected by both parties. Marra said that this kind of equality may not happen organically and we should take “bold steps” towards eradicating gender bias at top management levels, in the private and public sectors.
Congregation in Glasgow quits Church of Scotland over gay clergy
A 500 strong church congregation has announced its official split from the Church of Scotland following moves towards the allowance of gay clergy. The congregation of St George’s Tron church in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street said they have considered the issue for a number of months and have ultimately decided that the decision has “has marginalised the bible”.
The Olympic torch leaves Scotland
The Olympic torch leaves Edinburgh today to make its 140 mile trek back to England. It will pass through the boroughs of Duddingston, Musselburgh, Dalkeith, Lasswade, Loanhead, Bilston, Milton Bridge, Penicuik, Eddleston, Peebles, Innerleithen, Walkerburn, Selkirk, Galashiels and Earlston. It will end up at Alnwick Castle in north east England.
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