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UK political crisis mounts with possibility Stormont talks will be delayed till after #GE17
UK political stability increasingly undermined by cosntitutional crisis
ATTEMPTS to form a government in Northern Ireland may be delayed until after the UK General Election on 8 June.
Stormont parties are expected to meet to discuss the possible delay after a call from the SDLP.
Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire has extended the deadline for talks to form a power sharing executive until 29 June, after weeks of stalemate between the Republican party Sinn Fein and the main unionist party the DUP.
Scottish CND: “Disgusting” for Tories to ignore Scots Trident say in “complete madness” first strike row
Scottish anti-Trident campaign calls on voters to consider both candidate’s and party’s stances in #GE17
THE CHAIR of Scottish CND has labelled the UK Tory Government “disgusting” for ignoring Scottish opposition to the Trident nuclear weapons system, which is based on the Clyde.
Speaking to CommonSpace from the STUC Conference in Aviemore, Arthur West also branded comments by defence secretary Michael Fallon that Prime Minister Theresa May would be willing to launch nuclear war without the UK being attacked “complete madness”.
Scottish Tories under pressure as spike in child poverty and food banks linked to austerity
More than one in four Scottish children now live in poverty
THE SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVES have come under pressure over austerity policies, after a spike in foodbank use and child poverty prompts renewed fears over the UK Governments direction after the June General Election.
Figures from the Trussel Trust foodbank charity show that foodbank use has spiked 9 per cent in 2016-17, with the use of emergency three-day food packages rising to 145,865 in Scotland, including 47, 955 to children.
Scots union slams UK Government after revelations of failing minimum wage enforcement
HMRC suffering 83 vacancies in minimum wage enforcement
THE UNION that organises Scottish public service workers has lashed out against the UK Government over revelations of a substantial number of unfilled vacancies in minimum wage enforcement.
Traditional parties shattered as centrist Macron and far right Le Pen enter French election runoff
EU remains central issue as far right party contests for French Presidency
THE TRADITIONAL parties of French democracy have been swept aside, as the relative newcomer Emmanuel Macron, and the far right leader Marine Le Pen go through to the second round of the French election.
Macron won 23.8 per cent and Le Pen 21.5 per cent.
The representative of the centre right Republican party, Francois Fillon, came in third at 19.9 per cent of the vote, while the candidate of the French socialist party, Benoit Hammon attracted just 6.4 per cent, coming fifth.
Future of Europe on the line in polarised French election too close to call
Hard left and right candidates rival centrist Macron as first round approaches
THERE IS THOUGHT to be the slimmest of margins in support between four radically ideologically different candidates heading into the first round of the French elections on Sunday 23 April.
For several months Emmanuel Macron, a centrist pro-EU former Economy minister was ahead of Marine Le Pen of the far-right Front national.
Watch: Rally warns politicians of disability rights movement’s strength ahead of local elections and #GE17
Disabled people hardest hit community after six years of Conservative austerity
A RALLY in Glasgow’s George Square has warned politicians of the strength of the disabled community ahead of forthcoming local and general elections.
Around 200 disabled people and supporters gathered in front of Glasgow city chambers yesterday (20 April), to warns that Glasgow’s 150,000 disabled people would be a potent force in elections in the city, and that disabled people across the country represent one in five voters.
Watch: Historic moment as Scottish Government establishes LGBTI education working group
Tie Campaign’s demands creep closer to implementation
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has established a working group to investigate the implementation of an education system in Scotland that is inclusive of LGBTI youth, after a two year campaign to reform Scottish schools.
Disabled Scots set to rally in Glasgow for their rights as elections loom
Disability rights activists to launch manifesto for equality in Scotland’s largest city
DISABLED SCOTS are set to rally in Glasgow’s George Square today ahead of both the local and General Elections, in a bid to have their voices heard after years of blows to their rights and living standards.
Nicola Sturgeon confirms SNP would back 'progressive alliance' to oust Tories from power
First Minister states that SNP majority in Scotland would represent “an endorsement” of #ScotRef
FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON has launched the SNP’s 2017 General Election campaign at Westminster by saying she would be willing to form a ‘progressive alliance’ to block the Tories forming a government at Westminster, though her main priority was to win a majority of Scottish seats.
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