WATCH: Where next for Scotland?
Trip leader Jackson Carlaw declines to answer if MSPs will visit with minority groups affected by new laws enshrining the "apartheid nature" of Israel
PALESTINE solidarity activists have lashed out at a cross-party delegation of MSPs who have departed on a trip in aid of "building bridges" with Israel, as a storm of protest hits the country over controversial new laws.
Wednesday goes Green
GREEN CONCERNS dominate Holyrood this Wednesday, both in an environmental and party-political sense.
Not only are the Scottish Greens bringing two debates to the parliamentary chamber, but the day will finish up with some hippie nonsense concerning “caring about the planet’s future”, or some such. Read on for all the details.
Edinburgh private school under scrutiny over allegations of failing to safeguard a pupil
ANDY WIGHTMAN MSP HAS CALLED ON Scottish Government ministers to investigate whether there are “wider governance and safeguarding failings” in the private education sector, following an alleged case of serious bullying at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh.
The Scottish Government’s controversial plan to cut Air Passenger Duty tax has hit a stumbling block
THE SCOTTISH Government’s Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, today announced that the proposed cuts to Air Passenger Duty tax may be delayed due to complications in devolved powers.
The Air Departure Tax Bill gained royal assent in July, which would allow the Air Passenger Duty (APD) to be replaced by a devolved Air Departure Tax (ADT) in April 2018.
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.
Party leaders unite to send solidarity and support to those impacted by Manchester attack
PARTY LEADERS and the whole Scottish Parliament stood united with those impacted by the attack on Manchester late on Monday night [22 May].
Admission follows revelations over secret Scottish spy system linked to GCHQ
SECRET SURVEILLANCE can take place in Scotland without the knowledge of the domestic police, an assistant chief constable has admitted during evidence to MSPs.
Police Scotland assistant chief constable Steve Johnson, questioned by Green MSP and ex-officer John Finnie, said it was “conceivable” that there are ongoing operations in Scotland that the police would be unaware of.
Report urges Scottish Government to adopt policy of non-compliance with the DWP
HOLYROOD should take advantage of new devolved powers to curtail the benefit sanctions regime, a new report has suggested.
The report, commissioned by the Scottish Greens, has suggested that the Scottish Government could exploit a loophole in the powers being transferred to the Scottish Parliament to limit the number of benefit sanctions applied.
MSP backs campaigners proposals in a parliamentary motion
DISABILITY rights’ campaigners have called for disability officers on party boards, sponsored internships, and equalities training as part of a wider strategy to make politics more accessible to disabled people.
The calls have been made by the One in Five campaign in their discussion paper, ‘Scotland 2021: Our Plan To Turn One in Five Into a Reality’.