Fall of a First Minister
Fall of a First Minister
JACK McCONNELL today quit as Scottish Labour leader to take up his "dream job" of fighting poverty in Africa with Bill Clinton and Sir Tom Hunter.
WENDY Alexander made a return to frontline politics yesterday as Jack McConnell, the Labour leader, appointed her shadow finance minister.
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"THERE are three kinds of lies," said Benjamin Disraeli: "Lies, damned lies and statistics." Tomorrow the great Tory leader’s axiom will be recalled afresh once again. At the Scottish Executive, a veritable blizzard of numbers and statistics is about to be unleashed.
TONY Blair disappointed him. Gordon Brown was an "incomplete character". As for Peter Mandelson, he was simply "a danger".
THE irony of the situation cannot have been lost on Jack McConnell.
THE memoirs of former First Minister Henry McLeish are set to be screened by senior civil servants amid concerns that the book includes confidential information.
FORMER First Minister Henry McLeish is to finally disclose his side of events leading up to his fall from political office in a revealing new tell-all book.
A PROTRACTED investigation into Henry McLeish, the former First Minister, was finally concluded last night after police submitted a report to the procurator fiscal on the so-called "Officegate" affair.
HENRY McLeish went back on a pledge not to accept a £30,000 pay-off from Westminster barely a month after resigning as First Minister, it emerged yesterday.
HENRY McLEISH was criticised by fellow MSPs yesterday for taking a £30,000 pay-off from Westminster after informing the Scottish Parliament he would not accept it.
THE leader of Fife Council will fight the seat vacated by Henry McLeish at the Scottish Parliament elections next year, the party announced last night.
HENRY McLeish’s resignation from the Scottish parliament is a personal tragedy for him but, just as importantly, it is also a sad loss for our nation’s politics. A good man who has given the best years of his life to public service has been driven out because of one mistake.
TONY Blair has thrown a lifeline to former First Minister Henry McLeish following his resignation as an MSP last week.
JOHN McTernan, chief adviser to Henry McLeish, the former First Minister, is to take up a policy post with the Scottish Arts Council, The Scotsman has learned.
HENRY McLeish stands to net more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money from his single year in office as Scotland’s first minister.
THE internal battle over who will succeed Henry McLeish as an MSP has already begun in the Labour Party, bringing the prospect of a bitter contest for the seat.
HENRY McLeish, the former first minister, announced yesterday that he is to stand down from the Scottish Parliament at the elections in May next year.
IT WAS the quiet word and the sympathetic arm on the shoulder from the Prime Minister that did it.
IN THE many words that have been written about the rise and fall of Scotland’s second First Minister, Henry McLeish, there is a strange absence of comment regarding the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
HENRY McLeish’s decision to stand down from elected politics will be greeted with glee by his political opponents.