‘Challenging stigma means challenging the law’: SNP backs drug decriminalisation
SNP conference votes to reform the Misuse of Drugs Act to decriminalise possession and consumption of drugs
SNP MEMBERS have today (13 October) voted unanimously to decriminalise the possession and consumption of drugs, with the aim of addressing the high rate of drug deaths in Scotland.
In 2018, 1,187 people died from drug-related causes in Scotland, giving Scotland the worst rates of drug deaths in Europe and a rate nearly three times that of the UK as a whole.
WATCH: A student village by stealth? The impact of student accommodations on community
In this video, CommonSpace journalist Rhiannon Davies explores the impact of purpose built student accommodation on communities in the West End.
After a recent planning decision was overturned, giving the go-ahead for developers to build an additional 45 flats in Yorkhill, community campaigners have accused Glasgow City Council of creating “a student village by stealth”.
‘We want to see a fightback’: Protests greet Edinburgh Universal Credit roll-out
Universal Credit claimants in the capital won’t receive their first payment until the New Year, while the City of Edinburgh Council has already set aside £3m to mitigate the effects of the new system
UNIVERSAL CREDIT (UC), the widely criticised new system at the heart of Tory welfare reforms, began its roll-out in Edinburgh today [28 November], eliciting a storm of protest from opposition politicians and local activists.
SNP MP brands UK Government ‘reckless and heartless’ as figures reveal nearly £200m spent fighting disability benefit appeals
SNP MP joins disability and poverty campaigners in denouncing the Tories’ approach to welfare amid newly uncovered figures
ALISON THEWLISS, SNP MP for Glasgow Central, has accused the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of being “intent on refusing people at every turn”, after it emerged nearly £200m in five years was spent fighting appeals by rejected disability benefit claimants.
UK Government refuses to confirm renewal of death penalty opposition as US executions loom
Westminster debate follows revelation that the UK would not seek a ‘death penalty assurance’ from the US for two accused Islamic State members
THE UK GOVERNMENT has failed to confirm that the UK’s opposition to the death penalty would be renewed as a policy, during a House of Commons debate on Monday [23 July] spurred by the potential execution in the US of two British terror suspects.
SNP MP pressures Amber Rudd to resign amid revelations of deportation targets she denied existed
Home secretary faces growing pressure to step down at Urgent Questions in the Commons on Thursday
HOME SECRETARY Amber Rudd has faced hard questions and calls to resign after an official inspection report directly contradicted her claims – made on Wednesday in parliament – that the government had not used deportation targets.
'We cannot stand still': Bill to allow Glasgow drug consumption facility introduced at Westminster
SNP MP presents Ten Minute Rule Bill on supervised facility for injecting drugs
A SUPERVISED DRUG consumption facility could be piloted in Glasgow city centre under a new bill being presented by SNP MP Alison Thewliss at the House of Commons on Wednesday.
The facility, which aims to address public health concerns and the risk of death amongst addicts, would allow people to inject drugs under medical supervision.