{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"uk","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/markets-economy/warning-over-post-brexit-lack-of-construction-workers-1-4460148","id":"1.4460148","articleHeadline": "Warning over post-Brexit lack of construction workers","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1496059695000 ,"articleLead": "

The British Property Federation (BPF) has warned that government efforts to address the housing crisis will falter if strict post-Brexit immigration controls result in fewer construction workers coming to the UK.

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The organisation’s chief executive, Melanie Leech, said that access to talent following Britain’s divorce from the bloc is the most pressing concern for property firms.

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“Talent is a critical issue to sort and, in our sector, it’s construction skills,” she said.

“There are a huge number of workers coming from within and outside the EU currently and, if we’re going to have a really ambitious house building programme and we’re going to build the business infrastructure we need for the 21st century, we have to make sure we can staff the construction industry.”

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Theresa May’s Conservative manifesto promises to deliver one million homes by the end of 2020, with a further 500,000 by the end of 2022.

However, the Prime Minister has also committed to slashing immigration to the “tens of thousands”, despite opposition from business groups warning of an already chronic skills shortage, including in the construction sector.

Construction consultancy Arcadis estimates that the construction sector must recruit more than 400,000 workers a year if demand for new homes is to be met.

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“We know that migration has a net positive impact on GDP, they (the government) know all that, but there is this perception issue on the immigration question and they’re going to have to find a way through that,” Leech added.

However, the BPF chief commended proposals set out in the Housing White Paper, including measures to encourage “build to rent” developers.

She said, while not a “panacea”, the policy has the potential to bring in billions of pounds of new investment and welcomed the shift from an emphasis solely on home ownership.

The federation, which represents the UK real estate industry, is also calling on whichever party wins the general election to maintain an “absolute focus” on maintaining business confidence and ensuring the UK remains attractive to investors.

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Property heavyweights such as Land Securities have recently flagged a fall in demand in the London office market following the Brexit vote which, coupled with a steady trickle of financial services jobs shifting to the continent, is concerning to the BPF boss.

However, Leech added: “I’ve seen no evidence of a wholescale exodus from the City. A number of people, however, are making contingency plans.

“But London isn’t just about financial services. There’s a huge range of businesses operating in the City and if you look at tech sector, it’s growing fast and thriving. My understanding is that no one in that sector wants to leave the UK.

In addition, Leech said that the UK’s fundamentals are still strong and pointed to “significant investment decisions” taken since the Brexit vote on 23 June.

“We have stable political system and a stable legal system and there’s a huge amount that makes the UK an attractive place to invest.

“So it’s not a doom-and-gloom scenario, but it’s a period where people have had to take stock and some people have pressed the pause button.”

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Former RBS boss Fred Goodwin may be spared having to defend his role in the lender’s near-collapse after investors were urged to settle their legal case against the bank.

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Thousands of private investors have been involved in a long-running battle with RBS claiming they were misled by the bank and its former chief executive into pumping money into the failed lender before it was bailed out by the taxpayer at the peak of the financial crisis.

A court case was due to start last Monday at London’s High Court where Goodwin and a raft of former executives were on course for a public grilling as part of a £700 million lawsuit brought against the lender by 9,000 retail investors and 18 institutions in the RBS Shareholder Action Group.

But the case was adjourned until 7 June after RBS made a last minute offer to shareholders.

Now an action group representing the investors is urging them to accept the 82p-a-share offer presented to them by RBS.

If the offer is accepted, the trial, which was expected to last for 14 weeks, will not go ahead.

A letter sent to members of the RBS Shareholder Action Group states: “Having carefully considered the merits of the current offer... we have decided to accept the offer of 82p per share on behalf of our membership. This is a decision which is fully supported by our legal advisers.

“We understand that accepting an offer of slightly below the previously advised range of damages, being 92p per share and 234p per share, may be surprising to some claimants. However, there are a number of practical and legal risks which had to be considered.”

The letter adds that while “the merits of the case against the bank remain strong, the merits against the individual director defendants has always been more mixed”.

It also adds that, even if shareholders won the case, RBS would likely appeal the claim as it relates to “a previously untested piece of legislation”, while another trial to assess the level of damages would also need to take place.

The offer must be accepted by 70 per cent of shareholders if the deal is to go through.

Disgraced former chief executive Goodwin - who was stripped of his knighthood following the bank’s near-collapse - was due to answer questions over the events leading up to the government’s £45.5 billion bailout nine years ago.

The legal action centres on a rights issue overseen by Goodwin in April 2008 when RBS asked existing shareholders to pump £12bn into the bank after leading a consortium that spent £49bn on Dutch lender ABN Amro.

Shareholders claim they were left nursing hefty losses following the cash call after RBS shares plunged 90 per cent and the government was forced to step in when the deal turned toxic.

Judge Justice Hildyard gave the go-ahead for the adjournment last week on the basis that the parties agreed there should be a delay for talks and the assurance given that there was a prospect that the “matter can be brought to a conclusion”. He added: “Obviously I would wish to facilitate that result.”

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It was confirmed on Monday that a female keeper died at Hamerton Zoo Park after a tiger entered an enclosure she was in.

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The park described what happened as a “freak accident”.

A statement handed to members of the press outside, read: “We are sorry but our staff but too distressed to speak directly to the media, as one of our colleagues was killed at Hamerton Zoo Park, this morning.

“This appears to have been a freak accident.

“A full investigation is currently underway and we hope that more details can be announced as soon as we are able.

“At no point during the incident did any animals escape their enclosures, and at no point was public safety affected in any way.

“All our thoughts and sympathies are with our colleagues, friends and families at this dreadful time.

“The Park will be closed tomorrow 30th May, and we will give more information as soon as we can.”

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesperson added: “A tiger had entered an enclosure with a keeper.

“Sadly the female keeper died at the scene.

“At no time did the animal escape from the enclosure.

“The incident is not believed to be suspicious.”

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The outsourcing of British Airways jobs was not to blame for a “catastrophic” IT failure that brought the airline’s operations to a halt, its chief executive said.

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BA was accused of greed after the GMB union suggested the disruption could have been prevented if the beleaguered airline had not cut “hundreds of dedicated and loyal” IT staff and contracted the work to India in 2016.

But the airline’s chief executive Alex Cruz said this was not the case, adding that a full investigation would be conducted into the failure which affected 75,000 passengers.

He said: “I can confirm that all the parties involved around this particular event have not been involved in any type of outsourcing in any foreign country.

“They have all been local issues around a local data centre who has been managed and fixed by local resources.”

Mr Cruz said: “On Saturday morning at around 9.30 there was indeed a power surge that had a catastrophic effect over some communications hardware which eventually affected all the messaging across our systems.”

He added: “We will have completed an exhaustive investigation on exactly the reasons of why this happened. We will, of course, share those conclusions once we have actually finished them.

“We have no evidence whatsoever that there was any cyber attack of any sort.”

Mr Cruz apologised “profusely” for the hardship caused to customers and insisted a similar incident would never happen again.

He further offered assurances that no customer data or any list, including terror watch lists, had been compromised by the glitch.

Mick Rix, national officer for aviation at the union, said at the weekend: “This could have all been avoided.

“In 2016 BA made hundreds of dedicated and loyal IT staff redundant and outsourced the work to India.

“BA have made substantial profits for a number of years, and many viewed the company’s actions as just plain greedy.”

Passengers are advised to check the status of their flights before travelling.

On Saturday night travellers spent the night sleeping on yoga mats spread on terminal floors after BA cancelled all flights leaving the London hubs, while disruption continued into Sunday with dozens more services from Heathrow axed. The IT outage had a knock-on effect on BA services around the world, while passengers who did get moving on the limited number of flights to take off from the UK reported arriving at their destinations without their luggage.

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The world’s biggest security services firm, G4S, is expected to regain its place in the FTSE 100 when the blue-chip stocks index’s constitutents are reviewed this week.

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G4S entered the Footsie in 2007, but was relegated to the FTSE 250 in December 2015 after damage to its reputation in the UK over a number of botched contracts, including the 2012 London Olympics, hit its share price badly.

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Earlier this month, the group’s shares soared to an all-time high after it posted a 9 per cent uplift in its first-quarter revenues thanks to new contract wins. G4S’s shares have risen by nearly 40 per cent this year.

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In April, the company, which was also hit by a prisoner-tagging scandal in 2013, agreed a $56.5 million (£45m) deal to sell its US youth detention centres to BHSB Holdings.

That business had more than 30 detention facilities spread across Florida, Texas and Tennessee. Profits at G4S Youth Services fell 9 per cent to $5m (£4.6m) last year.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "martin flanagan"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4459792.1496040722!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4459792.1496040722!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Shares in security services giant G4S hit a record high earlier this month. Picture: Ian Rutherford","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Shares in security services giant G4S hit a record high earlier this month. Picture: Ian Rutherford","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4459792.1496040722!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/aerospace-sector-revs-up-to-8bn-so-far-this-year-1-4459785","id":"1.4459785","articleHeadline": "Aerospace sector revs up to £8bn so far this year","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1496039402000 ,"articleLead": "

The value of aircraft production to the UK in the first four months of 2017 is estimated at £8 billion, the industry’s trade body says in a report today.

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Orders placed so far this year are worth an expected further £4.6bn, says ADS, which represents companies in the UK aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

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Companies delivered 406 aircraft in the first four months of this year, just one fewer than the same period of 2016, with the backlog of orders at its fifth-highest level ever recorded – more than 13,300.

ADS chief executive Paul Everitt said: “Aerospace industry production continues to closely match the record figures achieved in 2016 and deliveries of completed aircraft are already worth £8bn to the UK economy this year.”

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Everitt said there were “important choices to be made by the next government” on industrial strategy, innovation and creating a business environment that could further help UK aerospace.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "martin flanagan"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4459784.1496039396!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4459784.1496039396!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Industry body ADS says the next government has 'important choices' to make in supporting the UK aerospace sector. Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Industry body ADS says the next government has 'important choices' to make in supporting the UK aerospace sector. Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4459784.1496039396!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/thousands-feared-to-have-donated-to-fake-gofundme-pages-for-manchester-victims-1-4460307","id":"1.4460307","articleHeadline": "Thousands feared to have donated to fake Gofundme pages for Manchester victims","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1496068962000 ,"articleLead": "

THOUSANDS of well-wishers are feared to have been duped into donating to fake fundraising pages for victims of the Manchester bombings.

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Dozens of appeals were launched in the wake of Monday’s terror attack to support the families of the 22 people who were killed.

But the world’s most popular fundraising site GoFundMe yesterday (Fri) announced that it has been forced to suspend two accounts over fears they are fraudulent.

The company confirmed it is investigating a number of pages and has vowed to refund anyone it believes has been tricked.

It is not yet clear which appeals have been affected.

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A spokesman for GoFundMe said: “Since the attacks on Monday, we’ve had people monitoring related campaigns around the clock.

“The overwhelming majority of campaigns which have been started have been started with the very best intentions by kind people trying to do their bit for others.

“In situations like this one GoFundMe engages our emergency procedure - vetting every single campaign to check that they’re safe for donors to give to.

“We do this by contacting organisers, making sure they are who they say they are and that they have a clear way of getting the money to the intended recipient.

“If they’re not clear on that, we’ll help them make that connection, but they won’t be able to withdraw any donations.

“If we can’t make that clear, the account will be suspended.

“If we spot any suspicious activity on GoFundMe we immediately suspend the campaign and contact the campaign organiser.

“This has happened just a handful of times this week.”

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Lydia Fairman, of The Mount, York, set up a fundraising page to help the families of the victims pay bills.

She hit out at the con artists who set up the fake pages and said: “It’s appalling and a heinous crime. It’s exploiting somebody’s loss.

“I hope they are investigated and they are found.”

She said she has been contacted by GoFundMe and informed that anyone who set up an account for the victims of the attack will not be able to withdraw funds.

They now have the option of keeping the page open or transferring the cash to an appeal set up by the Manchester Evening News, which has so far raised £1.5 million.

Billy Iqbal, a manager at York Cars, set up a fundraising account for one of the victims of the terror attack, taxi driver Marcin Klis.

He said: “At this moment in time it’s shocking. We all need to get together and show our support.

“If people are going to take advantage for their own benefit it’s bang out of order.”

Greater Manchester Police and Action Fraud - the country’s fraud and cyber crime reporting centre - have both moved to warn people about fraudulent accounts.

The police force tweeted: “Please be aware of fraudulent fundraising pages on the internet.

“If you wish to donate please use this page - goo.gl/yQV210.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "SHANTI DAS"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4460306.1496068956!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4460306.1496068956!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Fears are growing that many of the fundraising pages set up in the wake of the Manchester bombing are not genuine.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Fears are growing that many of the fundraising pages set up in the wake of the Manchester bombing are not genuine.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4460306.1496068956!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/manchester-victim-laura-macintyre-makes-remarkable-progress-1-4460303","id":"1.4460303","articleHeadline": "Manchester victim Laura MacIntyre makes ‘remarkable progress’","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1496068789000 ,"articleLead": "

Manchester bomb victim Laura MacIntyre has made “remarkable progress” after suffering serious injuries in the terror attack, her parents have said.

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Michael and Nan MacIntyre said their daughter “is amazing us every day with her strength and determination” as she is treated in hospital.

The couple said the 15-year-old had “sustained horrendous injuries”, but has now been taken off a ventilator and is able to talk to them.

Laura, from Barra, in the Outer Hebrides, was at the Ariana Grande concert with friend Eilidh MacLeod.

The Castlebay Community School pupils were reported missing after they failed to get in touch with family following the explosion.

It was later confirmed that Eilidh was among the dead, while Laura was found in hospital.

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In a statement, Laura’s parents said: “We have been overwhelmed by the love, help and support from everyone. It means so much to us.

“Laura sustained horrendous injuries. The main worries being head and leg injury.

“She is making remarkable progress. Today she came off the ventilator and is talking and recognising us. She is amazing us every day with her strength and determination.

“We have a long way to go but we are going in the right direction. We are so lucky to have her. The hospital and the staff are amazing.”

The couple added: “We only wish that Eilidh was here too, our hearts and thought are with Eilidh’s family.”

In a statement released at the weekend, Roddy and Marion MacLeod said: ‘’We continue to have Laura and her family in our thoughts and pray that she makes a full recovery.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Lynsey Bews"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4460302.1496068783!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4460302.1496068783!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Laura MacIntyre, who was battling for her life after the Manchester attack. Picture: PA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Laura MacIntyre, who was battling for her life after the Manchester attack. Picture: PA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4460302.1496068783!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/general-election/two-child-cap-for-tax-credits-borders-on-eugenics-1-4460195","id":"1.4460195","articleHeadline": "Two-child cap for tax credits ‘borders on eugenics’","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1496062262000 ,"articleLead": "

A teaching union has condemned the two-child cap for tax credits and the so-called rape clause.

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Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) president-elect Nicola Fisher said the policy “borders on eugenics”.

The UK Government policy limits families to claiming tax credits for their first two children.

One of the exemptions is the so-called ‘’rape clause’’, which requires women to prove their third child was conceived through rape or during an abusive relationship to qualify for the benefit.

Ms Fisher moved a motion calling for support for the campaign against the cap and condemning the rape clause on the grounds it will compound poverty and deprivation and further traumatise women who have been subject to sexual violence, which was passed at the EIS National Council.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale welcomed the decision to condemn the rape clause.

Ms Fisher said: “Imagine for a moment what it would be like to be child number three.

“To be the child in your family who the state considers less deserving, less worthy of support but more of a burden on your family.

“To be the child that the state considers really should never have been born.

“This policy is nothing short of shameful and borders on eugenics.

“It is certainly an attempt at social engineering.”

Kezia Dugdale said: “I welcome the EIS decision to condemn the Tories’ horrific rape clause.

“The union recognises what all decent people across our country recognise, which is that a policy that forces rape victims to fill out a form to receive vital child benefit for their children has no place in our society.

“Instead of shaming rape victims, we should be shaming Ruth Davidson and the Conservatives for supporting this vile policy. Scots will remember that every single Conservative MSP voted in favour of the rape clause just a few weeks ago. It shows the true nature of the Tories - they don’t stand up for our Union, they simply drive the burden of austerity onto the most disadvantaged members of society.”

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Theresa May will be forced to U-turn on granting permission for a second independence referendum if the SNP wins the general election in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed.

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But the Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson appeared to rule out any climbdown before the next Scottish election in 2021, saying she did not expect indyref2 to happen “anytime soon”.

It came as a poll suggested the SNP could fall to its worst election result since coming to power in Scotland ten years ago and lose more than a dozen MPs on 8 June, weakening its hand on a second referendum.

In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Neil, Ms Sturgeon confirmed that the SNP would “look to be part of a progressive alliance” that supported a Labour government, with UK-wide polls showing a narrowing gap between Jeremy Corbyn’s party and the Tories.

READ MORE - Reject indyref2 and build safer UK, Corbyn urges Scots

But Ms Sturgeon refused to back Mr Corbyn over Theresa May, saying she did not think he was “credible as an alternative prime minister”.
Polls suggest the Conservatives have seen their lead over Labour dwindle from as much as 24 per cent when the election was called last month to as little as 5 per cent last week after a controversial manifesto and a U-turn on social care.

Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin claimed the SNP would prop up a “weak and unstable coalition” that would put the UK’s Brexit deal at risk: “Corbyn and the rest would put up taxes, weaken our defences and increase immigration. And we know, he would give in to Sturgeon’s demand for another independence referendum, because he’s ‘absolutely fine’ with that.”

The First Minister told Andrew Neil that Mrs May’s position on ruling out a second independence referendum until Brexit has “played out” would “quickly become unsustainable” in the event of an SNP victory.

“If the SNP win the election, having won the Scottish election last year on the strength of a manifesto commitment that was very clear, and in the interim the Scottish Parliament having backed it, then I think that position of the Prime Minister is unsustainable,” she said.

Ms Sturgeon added: “This is not a Prime Minister who’s very good at holding position when she feels it’s under pressure. She’s a Prime Minister that has seemed to perfect the art of the U-turn.”

The First Minister rejected claims that the SNP was watering down its commitment to Europe, stating: “I’d want an independent Scotland to be a member of the EU.”

Speaking earlier, Ms Davidson said the SNP had lost its overall majority in the 2016 Scottish election and denied the Scottish Government had a mandate to demand a second referendum. The Scottish Conservative leader told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland: “With the current trajectory of support in this country going down for another independence referendum I don’t see it happening any time soon, because the people of Scotland don’t want it, I’m going to stand up for them.

“There is no support for another independence referendum, it doesn’t look like there is going to be any support for another referendum, and as we see from Nicola Sturgeon trying quietly this week to ditch independence as a campaigning tool, we’re not going to see it any time soon.”

READ MORE - Labour and Tories battle for pro UK vote in no heartland

The Conservative manifesto makes clear that there should not be another referendum without “public consent” and until the Brexit process has “played out”.

Ms Davidson said that meant “until we know how it’s working on the ground”. She added: “Of course there’s going to be a primary transfer of powers as we leave the EU from Brussels to Westminster, but there is also then going to be a secondary transfer of powers to the devolved administrations.”

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The Scottish Tory deputy leader said it would be “great” if his party could win between six and 12 Scottish seats in the General Election.

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Jackson Carlaw said there has been a “change in atmosphere” in Scottish politics as he insisted there are several seats where there is a “very strong prospect” of a Conservative victory.

If the Conservatives could win 12 Scottish constituencies on June 8, that would be the party’s best result in a Westminster election north of the border for more than three decades.

The Tories were wiped out in Scotland 20 years ago, losing all their seats when Tony Blair swept to power. From 2001 onwards, they have had just one Scottish MP.

READ MORE - Sturgeon: Victory for SNP will force indyref2

But a surge in support under Scottish leader Ruth Davidson saw the party overtake Labour in the 2016 Holyrood elections, coming second with a record number of 31 MSPs.

Mr Carlaw, speaking on the Kaye Adams programme on BBC Radio Scotland, said: “Opinion pollsters are talking about somewhere between six and a dozen and it would be great if we could achieve that.

“I think there has been a considerable change since 2015 and 2016 in public opinion and therefore I think there is an appetite now to see a more robust opposition in Scotland.

“So I do think that in a number of seats across Scotland there is a very strong prospect of the Scottish Conservatives winning.”

READ MORE - Labour and Tories battle for pro UK vote in No heartland

The 2015 general election, where the SNP swept the board winning 56 of the 59 Scottish seats, resulted in an “overwhelming” number of nationalist MPs at Westminster, Mr Carlaw said.

But he said the Conservatives were now the “principle party of opposition” at Holyrood, adding that the SNP Scottish Government was losing votes there “regularly”.

Mr Carlaw said: “I don’t think it’s an overnight sweep, but I do think people are now much more questioning of the domestic record of the Scottish Government and are looking for people to actually be more upfront and successful in opposing them.”

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Former Blue Peter host John Noakes has died aged 83, a family friend has announced.

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His family said he died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning and that they hoped Noakes would be remembered for “his many escapades with his faithful companion Shep” during his time on the TV show.

He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Family friend Wendy Downes said in a statement: “John Noakes died peacefully on Sunday morning, May 28.

“He had endured and suffered from Alzheimer’s over recent years and whilst he will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends, his release from continuing ill health must be counted as a blessing.

“His many escapades with his faithful companion Shep, during his time with Blue Peter, will live on in many peoples memories and that is how his family would like him remembered.”

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Choosing to spoon feed your baby could be putting them at risk of obesity, an expert claims.

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Amy Brown, professor of public health at Swansea University, says children should be encouraged to feed themselves independently when they are ready for solids.

The researcher says babies should not be spoon fed after six months.

Her book, Why Starting Solids Matters, includes a study of 300 babies which found those who are spoon fed were twice as likely to be overweight by the time they were toddlers.

Babies who were allowed to select finger foods were ‘significantly more’ able to stop when full.

Professor Brown said: “When you are waving the spoon around and saying ‘here comes the big aeroplane - lets finish it’ if they clamp their mouth shut, forget about it. They will not starve.”

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A girl took part in a run to raise money for cancer despite the trauma of being caught up in last week’s terror attack at the Manchester Arena.

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Eva Macfarlane, 13, from Livingston ran the Edinburgh 5k on Saturday with brother Ethan, 20, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer.

Both her aunt Julie Hills and cousin Julie Montgomery have been diagnosed with cancer. Eva said: “I decided to do the run to show them that I care about them.”

Just days before Eva and her mother Sylvia had been in Manchester.

He father Gary, and sister Maia, 9, had come to pick them up after the concert.

Amid the panic following the explosion, her mother had been pushed to the ground and Eva had to pick her up.

Eva said: “There was this really loud bang. At first I thought it was one of the balloons bursting but people starting running and screaming.

“There was a big stampede and my mum was knocked over – I had to help her up.

“We were really worried about my dad and my sister. I was really scared and did cry at some points. It’s hard to get my head around and I still think about it quite a lot.”

Eva and her mother wandered Manchester for hours trying to find a way back to their hotel and to get in contact with her father and sister. They were eventually reunited at the hotel.

When safely back at home in Livingston, her mother told her she did not have to take part in the run after the trauma of last week.

However Eva said: “Life has to go on and I wanted to do the run to raise the money for my aunt and cousin.”

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COUNTER-terror police made a fresh arrest in connection to the Manchester suicide bombing yesterday as Home Secretary Amber Rudd warned that other members of Salman Abedi’s terror network could still be at large.

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Greater Manchester Police said a 25-year-old man had been detained on suspicion of terror offences in the Old Trafford area. A search was also being carried out an address in Moss Side, in the south of the city, as part of the investigation.

Twelve people are now being held in custody after the atrocity at the Manchester Arena left 22 dead.

Images posted on social media showed armed officers in the Moss Side neighbourhood amid reports of an explosion.

Police would not comment on whether a controlled blast was used to gain entrance to the property, a tactic used on previous raids.

READ MORE: 41 people from Scotland present at Manchester terror attack, police say

One resident wrote on Twitter: “There was an explosion about half an hour ago on Selworthy Road, Moss Side. There is armed police and dogs surrounding the area.”

The latest operation came just hours after the Home Secretary warned that members of bomber Abedi’s terror network could still be at large.

Ms Rudd said parts of the suicide attacker’s circle were “potentially” unaccounted for, despite optimism that a previous wave of arrests had quelled further threats.

On Saturday night, police issued CCTV stills of Abedi, bespectacled and casually clothed, in a plea for information about his movements between 18 May and the attack.

A matter of hours after he was captured on camera, the 22-year-old was dead, having inflicted an outrage on a pop concert attended predominantly by young girls.

The huge police response that followed saw raids in several cities as counter-terror efforts were focused on cornering his suspected criminal ring.

As the huge counter-terror operation continued, the NHS said that 54 people injured in the attack were still being treated in eight hospitals with 19 receiving critical care.

A total of 116 people required hospital care in the wake of the massacre, police previously said.

Another Moss Side resident, who did not want to be named, said he heard a loud explosion “like a bomb going off” and saw a number of police vans in the street.

He said a group of young Middle Eastern men moved into the address around six months ago.

“There’s a group of them knocking about with each other - they’re from the Middle East,” he added.

“A couple of them dress in the traditional Muslim robes.

“There was always a lot of coming and going in and out of that building.

“Every time I’ve been outside my flat there’s someone there or a group of them sitting outside in a car.”

READ MORE: Scottish venues increase security after Manchester terror attack

Three men were arrested as police stormed the Moss Side property, but were later “de-arrested”, Greater Manchester Police said.

Yesterday US president Donald Trump said Prime Minister Theresa May was “very angry” about leaks to the US media of sensitive information about the bombing.

Mr Trump tweeted that Mrs May gave him “full details” during talks while he attended summits in Europe.

The Prime Minister said Mr Trump acknowledged the leaks were “unacceptable” when she challenged him about them.

Mr Trump said: “British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the UK gave to US about Manchester was leaked. Gave me full details!”

Mrs May raised the issue with Mr Trump at the Nato summit in Brussels on Thursday after police temporarily suspended sharing information with counterparts across the Atlantic after the US media was repeatedly briefed about sensitive evidence.

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The Tories have dismissed reports of a rift in Theresa May’s inner circle as “tittle-tattle” as the party struggles to seize back the initiative after a week of polls suggesting Labour is closing the gap.

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Theresa May will try to bring the focus of the campaign back to Brexit when she faces Jeremy Paxman in a live TV interview tonight.

The Prime Minister will also take questions from a studio audience in the joint broadcast on Sky News and Channel 4. Jeremy Corbyn will also be interviewed on the same programme, separately from Mrs May.

Yesterday Home Secretary Amber Rudd admitted the Tories were “not sure” what the cap on social care costs will be in the latest blow to controversial social care reforms laid out in the party’s manifesto.

Labour’s poll ratings have surged since the measure was announced and was swiftly branded a “dementia tax” by critics. Four days later, the government was forced into a U-turn on the imposition of a costs cap.

READ MORE: Poll showing Theresa May’s lead slipping will ‘focus minds’

The Conservative lead has shrunk from as much as 24 points last month to as little as five in surveys conducted last week, following the manifesto and the Manchester bombing.

An ORB poll for the Sunday Telegraph had Tories down two points in the past week on 44 per cent, six points ahead of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour on 38 per cent, up four points and equal to Labour’s best rating since Mr Corbyn became leader.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson dismissed the narrowing in the polls as something that “always happens” in elections.

“People at home will be thinking actually in two weeks time Jeremy Corbyn could be in charge of the country, Diane Abbott could be the home secretary charged with keeping us safe, John McDonnell might be in charge of your pay packet.”

She added: “Theresa May is Prime Minister, I hope she continues as Prime Minister, in three weeks’ time the first day of negotiations for Brexit are going to happen and we will either be led by Theresa May of Jeremy Corbyn.

“And I absolutely, seven days a week, twice on a Sunday, think Theresa May is the best person in that job.

Ms Davidson added: “I honestly don’t know what Jeremy Corbyn’s policies for Brexit are, I’ve never heard him stand up in a speech and read them out, I’ve never heard him say what he wants to pursue.

“He could be prime minister in two weeks time and I don’t know what he would do on Brexit and neither does the country.”

Reports suggest the Conservative campaign will be relaunched this week after being pushed off course by the manifesto U-turn and the pause in electioneering following the Manchester bombing.

The Sunday Times claimed Mrs May’s joint chiefs of staff Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy were at loggerheads over the original social care plan, which would have seen people facing uncapped costs until they were down to their last £100,000 of assets, including the value of their home.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon dismissed the reports as “Westminster tittle- tattle”, but did not offer a clear denial. It was reported that Ms Hill and Tory campaign strategist Sir Lynton Crosby, opposed the manifesto plan overseen by Mr Timothy.

READ MORE: Theresa May’s Brexit dinner leak: what does it tell us?

In a further attempt to move on from the social care row, the party highlighted plans for a new Commission for Countering Extremism to clamp down on “unacceptable cultural norms” such as female genital mutilation. It will also act to ensure women’s rights are upheld in all of Britain’s ethnic and religious communities, Mrs May has said.

A Conservative government would give the commission teeth by making it a statutory body with a legal responsibility to identify extremism and support people and organisations in resisting it, she said.

Modelled on the Commission for Racial Equality, it will aim to root extremism out of British society in the same way racism was tackled from the 1970s onwards.

Mrs May said: “There is clearly a role for government in tackling extremism where it involves behaviour that is or ought to be criminal.

“But there is also a role for government to help people and build up organisations in society to promote and defend Britain’s pluralistic values, and stand up to the extremists who want to undermine our values and impose their twisted beliefs on to the rest of us.

“Enough is enough. We need to be stronger.”

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It is only right that the carnage at Manchester should provoke a discussion about our policy towards terrorism, the intelligence gathering, the policing and what we might change to prevent it.

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It is even more necessary that such a debate takes place before we cast our votes in a general election. I do not, therefore, rush to criticise the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, for raising the issue, even if I think he could have waited until this week to do so.

I must, however, disagree with his view that it is British foreign policy that has brought this terrorism to our shores. He is wrong because he mistakes the motives of al-Qaeda and Islamic State as the same, and he is wrong because we are facing the violent threat of jihad, not a conventional war over territory or resources. Western life and culture is on the line and IS is intent on bringing the West down. Believing, as Corbyn does, that changing our foreign policy will protect us, is a fundamental misjudgment and that alone would prevent me from voting for him even were all his other policies more soundly based.

When we consider the history of attacks by first al-Qaeda and then IS on ordinary people going about their business in the UK what are the facts?

The history is a follows: al-Qaeda was founded back in 1988, some 15 years before the Iraq war. In 1992 its first attack on the US was blowing up a hotel in Aden, Yemen, that killed two Austrian tourists. In 1993 one of the terrorists al-Qaeda had trained attempted to blow up the World Trade Center in New York and bring down both towers; six innocent people were killed including a pregnant secretary. In 1998 al-Qaeda killed 224 people following simultaneous bombings of the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es salaam, Tanzania. The West had not invaded any Arabian country and was trying to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

On 11 September 2001 al-Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center resulting in 2,606 deaths, including 67 Britons, with a further 125 killed at the Pentagon and 265 on the aircraft used in the attacks.

The US and UK invaded Afghanistan on 7 October 2001 in response to the al-Qaeda attacks and then invaded Iraq on 20 March 2003 in the belief that Hussein posed a material threat to peace in the Middle East, including the possible use of chemicals, gas and ballistic missiles against his neighbours and own people. The UK’s involvement therefore also came after that first wave of terrorist attacks in which there were British victims.

Following the invasion of Iraq al- Qaeda did indeed widen its targets; the British Consulate and the HSBC bank were bombed in 2003, with 27 dead, including the deaths of British Consul General Roger Short and his staff member Lisa Hallworth. An al Qaeda-inspired cell then killed 192 people by bombing four commuter trains in Madrid in 2004 and in July 2005 the first Islamist attack in the UK killed 52 people, by the bombing of commuter transport in London. Al-Qaeda was ultimately subdued, however, but ISgrew out of civil wars in Iraq and Syria and takes no account of foreign policy. It is a sectarian and cultural jihad.

Our involvement in wars and our foreign policy was not aimed at attacking Muslims because of their faith or Islam in general, indeed it often sought to protect Muslim communities and remove secular despots that had persecuted Muslims. In 1999 it was Tony Blair that had insisted Nato intervene in Kosovo to protect Albanian Muslims. British Foreign policy has been non-sectarian in general and protective of minorities in general, often Muslim minorities.

When the West, including the UK, supported the Arab Spring of 2010 that removed secular autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya it also resulted in the liberation of suppressed Islamic political forces that then sought to impose stricter Islamic laws in those countries. The result has been the persecution of other religions and murderous attacks on Europeans irrespective of any support for or involvement in wars in Arab countries, such as Syria or Iraq, such as 30 British holidaymakers killed at Sousse, Tunisia, in 2015

What of other countries that have had different foreign policies to ours, how have they fared? Sweden has suffered IS or IS-inspired terrorist attacks in Gothenburg (2010) and Stockholm (2017) despite taking a neutral stance in the Iraq War. Belgium, which was involved in the Iraq War and then the bombing of IS targets in Syria, was still subject to terrorist attacks after it withdrew from the US-led operation in Syria in July 2015 – with an IS bombing killing 32 people in Brussels in 2016. Changing its foreign policy approach brought Belgium no relief from being a target for jihadists.

France, famously, did not involve itself in the Iraq War and helped bring down the secular dictator Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, which ironically allowed the ISgroups based there to prosper. Yet despite this different foreign policy some of the most barbarous terrorist assaults have been conducted on the French people including the 130 savagely killed in Paris and 86 killed by a truck in Nice.

And what of other groups of people who have been butchered at the hands of IS in recent years, what did they do to deserve these attacks? For the Coptic Christians in Egypt or the Yazidis and Christians in Syria their mere existence was enough to justify mass murder of the most barbaric style.

While we were naturally focusing on the horrific scenes at Manchester this week in Egypt a coach carrying 33 Coptic Christians was stopped and its passengers told to convert to Islam within a ten minute deadline, when they refused they were executed with 29 deaths including ten children.

Four survived by being mistaken for dead.

Corbyn is wrong. The jihadist terrorists hate us for being Christian, for being agnostic and being atheist, for being Jew, Hindu or Sikh – and they don’t care for Muslims that get in the way; they hate our singing, our dancing and free liberal lifestyles. Our foreign policy is not the problem. Corbyn’s failure to understand this is the problem.

l Brian Monteith is editor of ThinkScotland.org

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The Manchester bombing inquiry has spread to the south coast of England with the arrest of a man in West Sussex.

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The 23-year-old was held on suspicion of terror offences at an address in Shoreham-by-Sea in the early hours of Monday morning, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

As counter-terror officers swooped in the desirable seaside town, searches were also launched 260 miles away at properties in Manchester and Cheshire.

With the massive operation to dismantle suicide bomber Salman Abedi’s network showing little sign of slowing:

:: Fourteen men were being held in custody in connection with the Manchester Arena attack.

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:: Police remained at an address in Shoreham-on-Sea, one of the country’s most expensive seaside towns.

:: Officers from Cheshire Police and Counter Terrorism Policing North West searched an address in Chester in connection with the attack.

:: GMP said they had also executed a search warrant in the Whalley Range area of south Manchester.

The Bank Holiday raids followed a flurry of police activity in Manchester over the weekend, with the arrest of a 25-year-old man in Old Trafford and a 19-year-old man in Gorton in connection with attack.

Police have been working round-the-clock since Abedi killed 22 people, seven of them children, and injured more than 100 in the worst terrorist atrocity since the July 7 bombings in 2005.

The race to round up a suspected network connected to the terrorist has seen a total of 16 arrests made in connection with the attack, although two people have since been released.

It has been reported that MI5 has launched two urgent inquiries into whether it missed the danger posed by Abedi, 22, amid allegations it was warned of his deadly aspirations.

The domestic security service is said to be investigating whether any glaring errors were made in the handling of intelligence concerning Abedi before he launched the attack last Monday night.

Spy chiefs are believed to have held an emergency review in the days after the atrocity, while a separate in-depth inquiry is being conducted to look at the decision making surrounding his case before the massacre, the Guardian reports.

A senior Whitehall source previously revealed the mass murderer was a “former subject of interest” to the security services whose risk “remained subject to review”.

On Sunday Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she would “not rush to conclusions” that agents “somehow missed something”.

In the wake of the Manchester attack it emerged that British counter-terror authorities were grappling with 500 investigations into 3,000 individuals.

Security sources later confirmed to the Press Association that a further 20,000 individuals were said to have been considered “subjects of interest” in the past,

It means as many as 23,000 people have appeared on the radar of counter-terror agencies, although the period the figures cover is unclear.

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Disruption continued at Heathrow after a British Airways IT failure grounded scores of planes and left thousands stranded.

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Dozens of services were cancelled on Sunday morning and passengers have been warned not to go to the airport without rebooking or checking their flight status.

The problem has been caused by a worldwide systems failure, believed to have been caused by a power supply issue, which caused chaos in the London terminals on Saturday.

A Heathrow spokeswoman said: “Following a worldwide British Airways’ IT system issue yesterday, delays and cancellations of British Airways flights are expected today.

“Prior to travelling to the airport, all British Airways passengers who are due to fly today should check the status of their flight.

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“All passengers whose flights were cancelled yesterday should not travel to the airport today unless they have already rebooked onto another flight.”

There were more than 30 BA cancellations at Heathrow by 9am on Sunday and delays of around 30 minutes to their flights from Gatwick.

London’s Kings Cross railway station was packed with people trying to make their way north, with travellers queuing out of the doors and on to the platform for the 9am train to Edinburgh.

Those that could not get on ran to the doors of the next service at 9.30am when the platform was announced, but were met on boarding with a warning from the train guard that seats could not be guaranteed for all passengers.

BA has said it is aiming to operate a “near normal schedule” at Gatwick and the “majority of services” from Heathrow.

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Experts predict the disruption could continue for several days and the airline is facing huge compensation costs after all its flights from the two airports were cancelled on Saturday.

Passengers lucky enough to be aboard one of the few flights taking off on Saturday later found their hold luggage had not made it onto the plane with them.

Terry Page, 28, from London, flew from Heathrow to Fort Worth, Texas, where he and “about 50” others were told they would have to wait until Monday before being reunited with their bags, he told the Press Association.

As IT teams tried to fix the system:

• There were chaotic scenes at Gatwick and Heathrow on Saturday as people tried to make their way overseas for the long weekend and half-term school holiday.

• All of BA’s check-in and operational systems were affected by the issue, including the airline’s customer service phone lines and rebooking function.

• The incident had a knock-on effect on BA’s operations around the world.

• BA chief executive Alex Cruz said the airline was “extremely sorry” for the “huge inconvenience” suffered by customers, especially families heading on half term holidays.

• Travellers have been told to check the airline’s website and Twitter account for updates before setting off for the airport.

BA were unable to say how many flights would be cancelled on Sunday or how long the disruption is likely to continue for.

A spokesman said: “Our focus is on updating customers and doing what we can to get them to their destinations as quickly as possible.”

The glitch is believed to have been caused by a “power supply issue” and there is no evidence of a cyber attack, the airline said.

BA initially cancelled all flights before 6pm on Saturday but later announced planes would be grounded for the rest of the day and warned passengers not to go to the airports.

Customers who saw their flights cancelled are being refunded or rebooked on to new services and other options are available for those who no longer want to fly.

The airline had issues with its online check-in systems in September and July last year, causing severe delays for passengers.

A Gatwick spokesman said: “We would advise customers travelling with British Airways over the bank holiday weekend to continue to check the status of their flight with British Airways before travelling to the airport.

“Customers affected by Saturday’s flight cancellations should not travel to the airport today unless they have already rebooked onto another flight.”

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A clutch of new General Election polls have shown the Conservative lead over Labour shrinking as the June 8 vote approaches, including one which put Theresa May’s party just six points clear.

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A clutch of new General Election polls have shown the Conservative lead over Labour shrinking as the June 8 vote approaches, including one which put Theresa May’s party just six points clear.

The ORB poll for the Sunday Telegraph had Tories down two points in the past week on 44 per cent, six points ahead of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour on 38 per cent (up four points), with Lib Dems on 7 per cent (unchanged) and Ukip on 5 per cent (down two).

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The 38 per cent score equals Labour’s best rating since Mr Corbyn became leader and would see him comfortably outpoll Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown’s election results if repeated on June 8.

In the Sunday Times, a YouGov poll put Tories seven points ahead on 43 per cent (unchanged since a similar poll on Friday), with Labour down two points on 36 per cent, Lib Dems down a point on 9 per cent and Ukip unchanged on 4 per cent.

An Opinium poll for The Observer found the Tory advantage had fallen from 13 to 10 points over the past week, with Theresa May’s party on 45 per cent (down one point), with Labour on 35 per cent (up two), Liberal Democrats on 7 per cent (down one) and Ukip on 5 per cent (unchanged).

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And a ComRes survey for the Sunday Mirror and Independent showed the gap between the parties narrowing from 18 to 12 points over the past fortnight, with Tories on 46 per cent (down two), Labour on 34 per cent (up four), Lib Dems on 8 per cent (down two) and Ukip 5 per cent (unchanged)

Although the results are less dramatic than Friday’s YouGov survey, which found the Conservative advantage squeezed to just five points, they tally with the trend in a number of polls which have shown Labour gaining on the Tories after having begun the election race as much as 25 points adrift.

All the surveys were conducted after Monday’s suicide bomb in Manchester.

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The ComRes poll found Mrs May was rated best leader to keep Britain safe from terrorism, by a margin of 42 per cent to 16 per cent for Mr Corbyn.

But her ratings on this and almost every other measure had declined over the fortnight since the questions were last asked, while the Labour leader’s had improved.

Labour was preferred by a margin of 42 per cent to 37 per cent for having the “best policies for people like me and my family”. But 51 per cent said that Mrs May would make a better PM, compared with 30 per cent for Mr Corbyn.

The Prime Minister was seen as best choice to represent Britain on the world stage, lead negotiations on Brexit and reduce net migration, while Mr Corbyn was rated best to improve the NHS, look after the interests of hard-working families and protect older people.

The ORB poll suggested a shift towards Mr Corbyn among women over the course of the campaign, with the proportion saying they would vote Labour rising from 31 per cent to 40 per cent since mid-May.

The Opinium poll found Mrs May’s approval ratings had slumped from plus-17 to plus-11 over the week, while Mr Corbyn’s rose from minus-18 to minus-11.

• Opinium questioned 2,002 people from May 23 to 24. ComRes interviewed 2,024 adults from May 24 to 26. ORB interviewed 1,500 voters on May 24 and 25. YouGov’s poll of 2,003 people was conducted on May 25 and 26.

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Two-fifths of non-voters think who is in government makes no difference to their lives, a new poll has found.

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Meanwhile, a similar number (42 per cent) said they felt all the candidates they could vote for did not understand their life.

The survey, carried out for the Electoral Reform Society Scotland, found a significant number of those who will not vote on June 8 are not apathetic about politics.

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Just over a quarter (26 per cent) of non-voters said they regularly talked about how to make their community a better place - with this rising to about a third (32 per cent) when those who probably will not vote are included.

In addition, 27 per cent of those who say they are certain not to cast their ballot said they regularly discuss politics with friends and family.

The data comes from a poll by BMG Research, with a total of 1,035 Scottish residents aged 16 and above questioned between May 5 and 11.

Jonathon Shafi, Electoral Reform Society Scotland campaigns officer, said: “We find time and again that the claim that those who are not voting are totally apathetic is simply untrue.

“Digging into the data, we find that large sections of those who don’t vote regularly discuss politics with friends and family.

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“We also find that this part of the electorate want to make their community a better place to live.

“That is politics, just not in the ‘formal’ traditional sense: after all, this comes down to getting the power and resources to change things.”

He continued: “Where we do find a disconnect with politics, it comes down in part to a strong feeling that their vote doesn’t make a difference.

“At a more personal level, they also feel that politicians don’t understand their lives, never mind being able to change it.

“This is an issue of political culture and how parties and politicians communicate with the public. But it’s also about how we deepen democracy and bring decision-making closer to communities.”

The Electoral Reform Society has been staging events across Scotland under the slogan “Act As If We Own The Place”, with Mr Shafi saying these have been about “bringing people together locally to participate in discussions about what affects them and how collectively we can change the area for the better”.

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He stated: “Genuine, grassroots democracy makes for active citizens - and can reconnect people who’ve been written off as ‘apathetic’ with political structures.

“More needs to be done across the board to maximise democratic engagement during and beyond elections.”

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Developing dementia is second only to poverty in terms of what people are most concerned about for their later life, a study by Age Scotland has shown.

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The YouGov survey ahead of Dementia Awareness Week, which begins tomorrow, asked more than 1,000 Scots to name two or three issues that worried them the most as they approach old age.

While “not having enough money to live on” was the greatest fear, “dementia and/or thinking skills getting worse” came second.

This concern came above developing a long-term illness, not being able to get out and about, being isolated or lonely, or having to move into a care home.

The charity, which has established an Early Stage Dementia Project through funding from the Life Changes Trust, has called for more action to tackle the stigma around dementia in light of these findings, and for more information to be made available on how people can reduce their risk of developing dementia.

Dementia campaigner Agnes Houston said: “Getting a diagnosis of dementia is not the end of your life. It just means adapting and learning to come to terms with new challenges. It means families supporting each other. We are all different.”

Age Scotland and Paths for All are publishing a guide, Healthy Living and Dementia, explaining what can be done to reduce dementia risk and how to live well with the condition by keeping active.

Richard Baker, early stage dementia team leader for Age Scotland, said: “Our research has shown the extent to which people are concerned about developing dementia, and while there is no doubt a diagnosis is a life-changing event it is also important that people are aware it is possible to live well with dementia.

“We meet many people with dementia who are active and valued members of their community.

“Fears about dementia can prevent people seeking a diagnosis and getting the help they need, and that is why it is important to tackle the stigma around the condition.

“We also need to do more to get the message out that people can take steps to reduce the risk of developing dementia. While people understand the links between cancer and heart disease and smoking, drinking, and diet, too few are aware that these apply to dementia too. We believe further action is required from the Scottish Government to place dementia at the heart of public health campaigns. We are pleased to be working with Paths for All and other organisations to promote awareness.”

About 90,000 people in Scotland have dementia. Symptoms can include problems with memory, thinking, mental agility, language and understanding.

Carl Greenwood, senior development officer at Paths for All, said: “There are practical ways you can reduce your risk of developing dementia. Being physically active brings a wealth of benefits. It can help to relieve stress, increase self-esteem, produce vitamin D and exercise the brain, helping with memory and cognitive functioning. We manage the Health Walk programme, which supports free, local walking groups.

“We’ve been helping our groups to become dementia friendly over the past two years. By joining a regular led health walk people have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of outdoor walking, improve their health and wellbeing and be part of a wider community.”

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Britain’s threat level has been downgraded to ‘severe’, Theresa May has said.

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The terror threat level has been reduced as fresh arrests and raids have been carried out linked to the Manchester suicide bombing.

Troops will be gradually withdrawn from the streets from Monday onwards, having been drafted in to bolster police numbers, Prime Minister Theresa May said.

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) increased the terror threat level to “critical” - its highest level - meaning a further terror attack was considered “imminent”.

Troops on streets as UK terror threat level raised to ‘critical’

It has now been reduced to “severe”, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

Speaking after a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee, Mrs May said the decision had been taken after “a significant amount of police activity” over the last 24 hours.

She said: “The public should be clear about what this means - a threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely. The country should remain vigilant.”

The massacre at the Manchester Arena carried out by Salman Abedi, in which 22 people were killed, was the worst terrorist atrocity to hit Britain since the July 7 attacks in London in 2005.

The terror threat had been at critical for the first time in a decade.

Mrs May also said Operation Temperer, allowing the military to be deployed to protect key sites, will be rolled back after the Bank Holiday.

She said: “To provide maximum reassurance to the public Operation Temperer will continue to operate until the Bank Holiday concludes.

“Then from midnight on Monday onwards there will be a well planned and gradual withdrawal of members of the armed forces who will return to normal duties.”

The de-escalation came as a street in Manchester’s Moss Side was evacuated by counter-terror officers.

Boscombe Street was said to been cleared on Saturday morning, with one witness describing a bomb-disposal van parked at the junction with Yew Tree Road.

An address in the area was being searched by detectives as they sought to close the net on the suspected terror cell behind Abedi.

Yamma Wu, 29, said she had been ordered not to leave her house by officers.

“I can see police cars outside the street and they are not allowing people out or in and there is an evacuation in this area, but because I have got a little baby with me they told me I could say inside, but I could not go out,” she told the media.

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British Airways has cancelled all flights from Gatwick and Heathrow as computer problems cause disruption worldwide.

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Passengers have been told not to travel to the London airports because of “extreme congestion” at the terminals, with all BA planes grounded before 6pm on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the airline said: “We have experienced a major IT system failure that is causing very severe disruption to our flight operations worldwide.”

“The terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick have become extremely congested and we have cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick before 6pm UK time today, so please do not come to the airports,” the airline continued.

“We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this is causing our customers and we are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”

Travellers have been told to check the airline website and twitter account for updates about the situation.

Heathrow Airport has been affected by the issue and advised passengers to check their flight status before travelling to the airport.

A spokesman said on Twitter: “We’re working with @British_Airways following an issue with their IT system this morning that has caused some delays for passengers.

“We advise passengers to check the status of their flight prior to travelling to the airport today.”

Teacher Gemma Richardson, 30, who is 24 weeks pregnant, was travelling with her husband David, 30, and their two-year-old daughter to Spain.

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Mrs Richardson, who was sitting uncomfortably on a barrier, said “it was chaos” when they arrived at the airport.

She said: “There was no formal guidance, just information on a screen saying that the flights up to 6pm had been cancelled.

“We all pooled around a BA employee who was doing her best to give advice.

“It seems that because it is a bank holiday weekend there is no spare flights. We are on standby but it is very unlikely we are going anywhere.

“It is all stressful but we are trying to put a best face on it for my daughter but it is very difficult.

“There are no real chairs here so I am sitting on a barrier which is not great.”

Linda Murakami, 55, had flown in from her home in Pennsylvania, US, for a connecting flight to Naples, Italy, only to find it had been cancelled.

She is now cancelling a “dream holiday” to the Amalfi coast with her family.

Miss Murakami, who retired early from a pharmaceutical company, said: “This trip was my retirement present.

“There are a lot of other things that can cause disappointment and could put everyone in a worse situation.

“We just have to be flexible. We have travel insurance so feel that because we would miss part of the vacation, we might as cancel it and just go again at a different time. For me, it is an inconvenience.”

Her friend Joyce Cohen, of New Jersey, said: “This had been my dream vacation. Everything had been worked out so that I could come. I am very upset.

“I have waited for this my whole life and I am not in good health, so who knows what could happen by next year when I could come again.”

Malcolm Ginsberg, editor in chief at Business Travel News, said: “This is a very, very serious situation, one that will not be solved overnight, even once they get the technology aspects of it done - it’s going to be three or four days.

“There’s only full aircraft at this time of year and there will be aircraft in the wrong positions.

“Of course I feel sorry for the passengers but for the staff as well who have got to deal with it all.”

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Labour in Scotland will today launch its biggest ever telephone blitz with up to 200,000 swing voters in marginal seats being contacted.

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The party will roll out advanced campaign software – which helped propel Barack Obama to power in the US – over the weekend, targeting seats where it believes it can beat the SNP.

Labour campaign chief James Kelly said: “These are areas where it is a two-horse race between Labour and the SNP, and voting Tory in these areas will just let the Nationalists back in.

“With postal ballots landing on doormats across Scotland, and polling day less than a fortnight away, voters are turning their minds to the election and they are increasingly fed up with Nicola Sturgeon’s record in office.”

The cutting-edge technology, inspired by successful electioneering from progressive parties in Europe and the Obama presidential campaign, uses socio-demographic modelling and polling to identify the key swing voters in each constituency.

Edinburgh South, East Lothian and East Renfrewshire are among the seats being targeted.

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