Ben Wray: Finally, there's a real debate in Britain about the economy – Scotland must catch up
CommonSpace columnist and Common weal head of policy Ben Wray says Scotland must take a seat at the debate on the future of economics
IT'S been an interesting week. The Labour party conference revealed a more secure and confident leadership, with no fear of pushing further into clear red water.
Brexit latest: Scottish Government strengthens calls for UK to stay in Customs Union
Calls for greater clarity from Brexit minister over free trade deal
THE Scottish Government has asked its UK counterparts to reconsider plans for a temporary customs union, and to reconsider the position on leaving the European Single Market.
The call comes after a UK Government paper claimed Brexit Secretary David Davis could ask the EU for a temporary, two-year, arrangement after businesses asked for clarity on how trade would continue after Brexit.
Anti-fracking group insist Scottish Government consult better than UK counterparts
Campaign group insist government have informed public on fracking – but say they could do more
AN ANTI-FRACKING group have said the Scottish Government has consulted the public more than their UK counterparts on the dangers of shale gas and oil exploration.
Broad Alliance member Penny Cole praised the government for setting up Talking Fracking, a website to inform the public.
Cole said: “Apparently it had about 60,000 responses - the second biggest number of responses there has ever been to a public consultation.
"Right honourable friends": 5 crises facing the Tory-DUP government after week 1
The Tory-DUP government faces a maze of political problems after only one week in power
THERE have been few governments in UK history which faced so many problems so soon into their term in government.
The Tory-DUP deal, which was needed to create a slim Commons majority for the right, was finally agreed on Monday (26 June). Prime Minister Theresa May's reference to a DUP MP as her "right honourable friend", a term ususally reserved for members of the same party or members of the Privy Council, has signified her reliance on the hard right unionist party.
Scottish Government backs £9m investment in national manufacturing centre
Renfrew manufacturing investment support “critical to Scotland’s economic success”
INVESTMENT IN A SPECIALIST manufacturing centre in Renfrew will help set Scotland’s economy on the right track, according to the Scottish Government, academics, and business groups supporting the plan.
£9m in funds will support the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre - based in the former Doosan Babcock facility in Westway, Renfrew - to focus on lightweight manufacturing work.
'The Forgotten Country': Big dreams and the struggle for southern Scotland
Our reporter Nathanael Williams travelled across the South of Scotland to talk to people and listen to their views on where Scotland is heading with Brexit
SITTING IN CAROLINE’S CAFE in the centre of Kelso, it’s easy to imagine that the much touted Tory revival in Scotland is on the cards. People here are angry and tired with the recent call for a General Election by Prime Minister Theresa May, compounding for many a sense of being endlessly bothered.
Nicola Sturgeon goes on the offensive at Tory 'plunder on pensions'
As poll nears, First Minister goes on the offensive to stop Tory pension cuts
NICOLA STURGEON has gone on the attack today (Tuesday 6 June), stating that a Tory victory in the UK General Election and Tory MPs elected in Scotland could prove dangerous for the fate of pensions.
Campaigning in the North East ahead of tonight’s STV debate, she made the point that a vote for Ruth Davidson's party would mean Tory MPs that would “rubber stamp” the cuts of Theresa May.
Election candidates back Waspi women at Argyll and Isles rally
‘Our voices matter’: Argyll women call for pensions justice from government
WOMEN Against State Pension Inequality - known as the Waspi campaign - has been taking its message the length and breadth of Scotland and the UK during the election campaign.
Following a major demonstration in Glasgow last week, a further rally was organised by Argyll and Isles Waspi in Rothesay, Isle of Bute.
Victory for Glasgow women workers as court orders £50m payout by city council
Unions call on new Glasgow administration to fulfil ruling on £50m boon
WOMEN SEEKING JUSTICE from Glasgow City Council (GCC) for exclusion from bonus payments and the chance for equal pay over decades won a major battle in the Court of Session this week.
The court ordered GCC to pay the female council workers their share of a £50 million windfall after a legal ruling over equal pay.
Yesterday (Tuesday 30 May) the ruling found in favour of over 6,000 claimants who brought their case supported by public sector trade unions.
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