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Grenfell cladding found in Edinburgh student accommodation
Investigations ongoing into housing safety following fire disaster
THE FIRE service is carrying out a full audit of a block of student accommodation at Edinburgh Napier University after it was revealed that it was part covered in the same cladding blamed for the fire at Grenfell Tower in London.
The cladding covers around a quarter of Bainfield Halls in Edinburgh.
Ninety five tower blocks across 32 local authorities in England have been found to have cladding that does not meet fire safet standards, since the fire that killed at least 79 on 14 June.
Pensioners for Indy call for continued #ScotRef campaign along leftwing lines
Nicola Sturgeon extends timescale during which an independence vote can be held
PENSIONERS have urged that there should be no let-up in the campaign for Scottish independence, and that campaigning should learn from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's efforts in the General Election.
The calls come as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament the Scottish Government maintained a "mandate" to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in the course of the current Scottish parliamentary term, though no new date for another vote was established.
Campaigners raise fears over ID cards and surveillance for EU citizens living in UK
Millions of EU citizens living in UK to face new scrutiny
CAMPAIGNERS have warned of the imposition of new draconian rules for EU citizens living in the UK, including the possibility of ID cards and new forms of surveillance on millions living and working in the country.
The warnings come after the Tory Government, now working in tandem with the hard-right DUP, released its plan for the future of the UK's three million EU citizens after an full year of anxiety over their future status under Brexit.
Deal giving DUP key say over government of the UK agreed
Worries over implications for democratic deficit and future of North of Ireland peace process
THE DEMOCRATIC UNIONIST PARTY (DUP), with just 10 seats, has agreed to prop up the UK Tory minority government with a deal to back the Conservatives on key votes.
The DUP will lend Prime Minister Theresa May, whose party fell nine votes short of a majority in the General Election, support on issues including Brexit, Nato funding from the UK and opposition to an Irish 'border poll' - on unification of the island - without the "consent of the people".
Scottish Parliament to investigate housing safety as Grenfell row intensifies
Shadow chancellor says 79 Grenfell dead "murdered by political decisions"
THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT’S local government and communities committee will broaden an existing investigation to cover concerns about Scotland's high rise flats as the row over the Grenfell Tower massacre mounts.
The committee investigation was launched in a letter welcoming an investigation into tower block accomodation by the Scottish Government.
Margaret Cuthbert: Scotland 'very likely' to enter recession soon
Economist and Scottish politicians blame Brexit, credit economy and foreign ownership
A LEADING Scottish economist has warned that it is "very likely" that the Scottish economy will "soon" re-enter recession as Brexit inflation impacts on a fundamentally weak UK economy.
Scottish Government met fracking corporation 5 times in 13 months
Concerns over corporate influence in fracking consultation
LEADING figures in the Scottish Government met with Ineos officials five times in 13 months between 2016 and 2017.
The extent of Scottish Government's meetings with the international fracking operation was revelead through freedom of information (FoI) requests by the investigative news platform The Ferret.
Anti-Trump campaigners hail dropping of UK state visit as victory for power of protest
US Presidents visit to the UK missing from Queen's Speech
SCOTTISH campaigners are celebrating the defeat of the Tory Government's plans to bring US President Donald Trump to the UK for a state visit.
Just days after Trump was innaugurated in January 2017, he and his then chief adviser Steve Bannon attempted to launch a ban on citizens of seven Muslim majority nations entering the US, an attempt that was defeated by the court system.
Concerns over status of inquiry into ScotGov transparency failings
Scottish Government accepts Freedom of Information failings
THE Scottish Government has accepted failings over the handling of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests, under scrutiny from opposition politicians.
However, concerns have been raised over the status of an independent inquiry into FoI handling, which was the central feature of a motion passed unanimously yesterday (Wednesday 21 June) in the Scottish Parliament.
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