Covid Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon snipes at Boris Johnson strategy

Nicola Sturgeon has taken a swipe at Boris Johnson over his response to the coronavirus crisis as she appeared to back claims that Scotland had done better than England.  Ms Sturgeon tweeted a story published by the Financial Times with the headline ‘Scotland reaps dividend of Covid response that diverged from England’.  The Scottish First … Read more

Covid UK: Not a single outbreak linked to Scotland ‘staycations’ last summer

Professor Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh Britons from other parts of the UK who holidayed in rural Scotland last year did not cause any coronavirus outbreaks, a top Government scientist claimed today. Professor Mark Woolhouse, an infectious disease expert at Edinburgh University, said that, despite being ‘very busy, … Read more

Glasgow man, 35, charged over ‘offensive’ Captain Tom Moore tweet

A Celtic fan has denied sending an ‘offensive’ tweet about Captain Sir Tom Moore that read ‘burn, auld fella, buuurn’ a day after the war hero and NHS fundraiser’s death.  Joseph Kelly, 35, from Castlemilk in Glasgow, allegedly tweeted on February 3: ‘The only good Brit soldier is a deed one, burn auld fella, buuuuurn.’ He … Read more

Edinburgh University to review buildings linked with slave trade

Scotland’s first black professor Sir Geoff Palmer will lead an Edinburgh University review into buildings and statues linked with the slave trade. The consultation follows controversy over the university’s decision to rename the David Hume Tower due to the 19th century philosopher’s controversial views on race – including that black people are ‘naturally inferior to … Read more

Rory Bremner sells restored Scottish Regency mansion for £2.7m

Comedian Rory Bremner sells his seven-bedroom Scottish country mansion and estate for £2.7m after restoring it to its former glory Comedian Rory Bremner bought the 10,000 square foot property for £1.5 million in 2009 The estate was built for Captain James Paton who made his fortune with the East India Company  Paton used a network … Read more

Rory Bremner sells restored Scottish Regency mansion for £2.7m

Comedian Rory Bremner sells his seven-bedroom Scottish country mansion for £2.7m after restoring it to its former glory Comedian Rory Bremner bought the 10,000 square foot property for £1.5 million in 2009 The estate was built for Captain James Paton who made his fortune with the East India Company  Paton used a network local informers … Read more

Jacob Rees-Mogg says UK ‘bailing out’ Scotland Covid vaccine rollout

Boris Johnson is ‘bailing out’ Nicola Sturgeon’s stuttering vaccination programme in Scotland by deploying more military personnel to speed it up, a minister said today. Jacob Rees-Mogg made the claim as he batted away SNP demands for more money for Scotland, to be used by politicians there. British Army medics began helping administer jabs in the country … Read more

Joanna Cherry sacked from SNP frontbench after trans rights row

Joanna Cherry, a prominent SNP MP, has been sacked from the party’s frontbench in Westminster. Ms Cherry, widely tipped as a future SNP leadership challenger to Nicola Sturgeon and an ally of previous leader Alex Salmond, said she had been removed from her role despite ‘hard work, results & a strong reputation’. The QC, who … Read more

EU agrees to reset its relations with Northern Ireland says Michael Gove ‘to put the people first’ 

The EU has agreed to reset its relations with Northern Ireland ‘to put the people first’ after it backed down from its decision to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, according to Michael Gove. The Cabinet Office minister said the union had ‘recognised they made a mistake’ in pursuing Article 16 – which … Read more

EU agrees to reset its relations with Northern Ireland says Michael Gove ‘to put the people first’ 

The EU has agreed to reset its relations with Northern Ireland ‘to put the people first’ after it backed down from its decision to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, according to Michael Gove. The Cabinet Office minister said the union had ‘recognised they made a mistake’ in pursuing Article 16 – which … Read more