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Protest and vigil held in Glasgow after homeless man dies in city centre
Protest organisers demand that Glasgow’s many vacant buildings be used to house homeless at dire risk over the winter months
A DEMONSTRATION and vigil will be held tonight in Glasgow over homeless accommodation, after alarm was raised by the death of a homeless man in the city yesterday.
The man, understood to be called Mathew, was found at 9:10am yesterday morning (22 March) in the city centre’s Trongate after a bitter overnight cold snap which saw snow and freezing temperatures.
His death was deemed “unexplained” by officers at the scene
People’s power in Scotland on the agenda in Caterpillar occupation gathering
Academics, trade unionists and activists to debate and organise for the future of collective action in Scotland
ACADEMICS, trade unionists and community activists will meet today at the University of the West of Scotland to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Caterpillar occupation in Uddingston and discuss how its lessons can be used in Scotland today.
Alasdair Gray launches new Saltire Society grant for young creatives
Legendary Scottish novelist launches new annual fund to help young talent
THE LEGENDARY Scottish artist and novelist Alisdair Gray has launched a new fund to aid young Scottish creatives.
The Alasdair Gray Inspiring Scotland Bursary will be available to applications from post-secondary students in the fields of music, fine arts, theatre, dance or cultural studies.
Martin McGuinness: 1950-2017
Former IRA leader and Irish republican politician dies aged 66
FORMER Northern Ireland deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness, has died aged 66.
McGuinness was an Irish republican activist, repeatedly elected Sinn Fein politician and former leading member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA).
SNP say “transformative” plans for local elections will survive #ScotRef polarisation
With Scottish Conservatives already campaigning on anti-referendum platform, SNP say participatory budget plans will be implemented
SUSAN AITKEN, the SNP’s local government convener has pledged that the party’s “transformative” plans to introduce participatory budgeting at a local level will survive amid the constitutional crisis.
The SNP spring conference in Aberdeen voted today (18 March) for SNP councillors to implement participatory budgeting in any councils they win control over during the May local elections.
#SNP17 votes to set up Scot Gov working group to implement LGBTI education
Another historic step as Tie Campaign proposals move closer to implementation
THE SNP’s spring conference has voted overwhelmingly to set up a working group between the Scottish Government and the Time for Inclusive Education (Tie) campaign against bullying and discrimination of LGBTI youth.
#SNP17 votes to “send a strong message” to Westminster demanding the devolution of Network Rail
Motion passes amid discussion of a public sector bid for Scottish rail system
THE SNP spring conference has voted to demand the devolution of control over Network Rail, in a move framed by a wider debate about a future public bid for control of Scottish rail services.
Network Rail is the company that controls rail infrastructure, including signalling systems, rail and improvement works across the UK. The Scottish Government does not control its operation in Scotland, but does franchise out the operation of the Scotrail Train company.
National investment bank represents a Scotland bold enough for #ScotRef #SNP17 told
CommonWeal Director tells #SNP17 delegates that the idea of investment over-extraction will be an important idea in #ScotRef
COMMONWEAL DIRECTOR Robin McAlpine has said that a Scottish National Investment Bank (Snib) is a sufficiently “bold” change to the country’s economic landscape top convince voters that Scotland is ready for the move to independence.
Nicola Sturgeon warns UK Government against “undemocratic” block on #ScotRef vote
First Minister says Tories “fear the verdict of the Scottish people”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has responded to UK Government statements that it will not enter into negotiations over a Scottish independence referendum by warning that it would be taking an “undemocratic” move in blocking Scottish democracy.
‘The band is back together’: Sturgeon challenges unionist parties to back Scottish Parliament on #ScotRef
First Minister slams opposition unionist parties’ commitment to keeping Scotland under “Tory austerity”
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon has slammed Scotland’s unionist parties for backing continued “Tory austerity” and challenged Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson to defended the right of the Scottish Parliament to call an independence referendum.
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