'Learn the lesson from Iraq': Salmond echoes Corbyn's doubts over Douma attack
Alex Salmond has joined Jeremy Corbyn in expressing doubt over who was responsible for the chemical weapons attack, despite Theresa May’s declarations of certainty over the Syrian Government’s culpability.
FORMER FIRST MINISTER Alex Salmond has stressed the importance of “letting the importance of international inspection complete before military action”, following Prime Minister Theresa May’s repeated assertion that responsibility for the chemical weapons attack in Douma lay with the Syrian Government.
SNP MSP slams Ruth Davidson over dinner-for-cash with Russian donor
Wife of former Russian minister made huge donations to dine with Scottish Tory leader and UK defence secretary
RUTH DAVIDSON “is leaving herself open to charges of the very worst sort of hypocrisy”, SNP MSP Gillian Martin has said, following reports that the wife of expat Russian oligarch Vladimir Chernukin paid £20,000 to dine with the Scottish Tory leader in Edinburgh.
Scottish Government plans for blocking benefit claimant appeals criticised for similarity to discredited DWP policy
‘Mandatory reconsiderations’ could discourage vulnerable people from pursuing appeals to a tribunal.
FOLLOWING the UK government’s defeat in the Upper Tribunal in a similar case, critics have claimed that changes to Scotland’s social security system could make it more difficult for benefit claimants to challenge unfair decisions.
Universal Credit 'telephone tax' scrapped following pressure from SNP and Labour
The controversial charges for using the Universal Credit helpline will end next month
THE UNIVERSAL CREDIT HELPLINE will no longer charge callers 55p per minute and will be made free from next month, following criticism of the charge from the SNP and Labour.
All DWP phones lines will be switched to freephone by the end of the year.
“Suspicion of a cover-up” as Grenfell survivors challenge reported death toll
Grenfell survivors say at least 120 killed - amid concerns of council cover-up
EIGHTY-SIX families who escaped the Grenfell Tower fire massacre have launched their own independent enquiries into the number of people killed - as distrust and concerns grow locally over how the authorities are reporting its aftermath.
Survivors have former a group called ‘Grenfell United’ to build a picture of who was in the tower on the night of the deadly blaze, which burnt quickly through the building residents had warned was a death-trap.
5 things you probably didn't know about new DWP secretary Stephen Crabb
We take a quick glance at the MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire
FOLLOWING the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith on Friday as work and pensions secretary, Prime Minister David Cameron turned to Stephen Crabb as his replacement.
Privatisation of English NHS approaches PS6bn in last three years
Contract sell-off threatens patient standards, warn unions
THE LARGEST PRIVATISATION in the history of the NHS is set to intensify over the next year, with trade unions warning that the growth of private health firms will increase costs and reduce standards.
Figures from the NHS Support Federation have identified PS5.5bn of private NHS contracts since April 2013, with a further PS5bn of contracts up for private sector bids in the near future.
#JezWeCan: Who is the socialist hippy turning UK politics upside down and on the verge of taking over Labour?
CommonSpace profiles outsider, protestor, socialist and (according to a recent poll) shock front-runner for Labour leader: Jeremy Corbyn
POLITICS can be a strange business: take Jeremy Corbyn's campaign to be the next Labour leader. The Tories are all but campaigning for the hard lefty to take the reins of the party, while Labour pressure groups plot to stop Corbyn winning a shock victory.
Odds shorten on left-winger Jeremy Corbyn becoming next Labour leader following first TV debate
Daily Mirror poll puts Corbyn well out in front of other candidates in debate
THE ODDS on left-winger Jeremy Corbyn becoming the next Labour leader have shortened after he was judged to have won a TV hustings with the other candidates.
Corbyn took on Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall on questions about the economy, welfare and immigration in a debate screened live on BBC Newsnight.