{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"uk","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/new-ukip-leadership-candidate-sorry-for-gay-donkey-comment-1-4267450","id":"1.4267450","articleHeadline": "New Ukip leadership candidate sorry for ‘gay donkey’ comment","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477341128000 ,"articleLead": "

A former Ukip parliamentary candidate who once accused a “homosexual donkey” of trying to rape his horse has announced he is running for the party’s leadership.

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John Rees-Evans apologised for his controversial 2014 comments, describing them as “playful banter with a mischievous activist”.

He told the anecdote after anti-Ukip protesters asked him to respond to comments apparently made by another member of the party that “some homosexuals prefer sex with animals”.

Mr Rees-Evans then replied: “Actually I’ve witnessed that.” He then told his story: “I’ve got a horse and it was there in the field. And a donkey came up – my horse is a stallion – and a donkey came up which was male, and I’m afraid tried to rape my horse.”

As he announced his candidacy for the leadership, Mr Rees-Evans said: “I concede it was a mistake to be playful with an activist in the street, the fact is I’m not a politician. The guy was just asking me questions. I was very early coming into politics and I’m sorry if I offended anyone but can we please move on?”

The former Cardiff South and Penarth parliamentary candidate also admitted that he once took a handgun to Ikea in Bulgaria, where he has a home. “On that particular day I was doing some training, which is quite normal in Bulgaria,” he said.

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Theresa May should give the Brexit vote similar respect to a poll in which people backed naming a ship Boaty McBoatface, the Commons has heard.

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Labour’s Paul Flynn made the claim as he warned the Prime Minister her “little Englander” attitude risks splitting the UK.

Ministers have been clear the Leave vote at June’s EU referendum must be respected and implemented.

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But Tory frontbencher Jo Johnson earlier this year vetoed a public vote in favour of calling a £200 million polar research ship Boaty McBoatface.

The comical name topped the poll with more than 124,000 votes - more than three times its nearest rival - but Mr Johnson instead chose RRS (Royal Research Ship) Sir David Attenborough.

A miniature, unmanned submarine on the vessel instead received the Boaty name.

READ MORE: Boaty McBoatface tops list of names for polar research ship

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Flynn (Newport West) asked Mrs May: “Doesn’t the decision taken in the referendum deserve similar respect to the public majority in favour of the name Boaty McBoatface that was taken?

“Do you notice that there’s been a strong movement in public opinion in Wales against Brexit because people realise the promises made by the Brexiteers will not be honoured and they see the effects now on the Welsh economy?

“There’s going to be an awful result in Ireland to fixed, hard borders that will not be enforceable and will be hugely expensive.

“You’re ignoring the views of the people of Scotland.

“Don’t you think your little Englander myopia will lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom?”

Mrs May replied: “The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. This Government is putting that into practice.

“You and others can try all they like to reverse that decision, to try and delay the application of that decision, to find ways to weasel around that decision.

“The British people spoke, this Parliament said to the British people it is your choice. They chose, we will now do it.”

Mrs May, on the start of formal negotiations to leave the EU, said in response to a separate question from Tory MP Matt Warman (Boston and Skegness): “I think it’s important that people see we are committed to invoking Article 50 because there are those, I fear, who wish to delay the invocation of Article 50 as a proxy for not leaving the European Union.

“But it’s important that we do give people the certainty and that’s why I’ve set out that we will invoke Article 50 by the end of March next year.”

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s statement in full following the latest round of Brexit discussions with Prime Minister Theresa May.

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“This was a long overdue meeting but unfortunately it was, in large parts, hugely frustrating.

“I set out Scotland’s key interests in protecting our place in the single market, securing continued freedom of movement and ensuring social and employment rights are protected. However, despite a full and frank exchange of views around the table we know no more about the UK Government’s approach to the EU negotiations now than we did when we went into the meeting.

“Four months on from the referendum we finally have agreement on a sub-committee of the JMC for the devolved administrations and the UK Government to discuss the issues raised by Brexit, but there is a significant amount of work to do to make sure that the engagement we have is meaningful.

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“As a first step we agreed that there must be a detailed work programme developed ahead of the first meeting of the sub-committee. Crucially we agreed that this must be integrated with the wider process so that the devolved administrations can influence key Cabinet Sub-Committee decisions. We also agreed that there will be a further meeting of heads of government in the New Year.

“The Scottish Government is fully committed to engaging with the UK Government and we will seek to use our influence to ensure that the UK does not pursue a hard Brexit. However it is clear from today’s discussions that we must also continue to pursue alternative options, including bringing forward proposals to protect Scotland’s place in the single market even if the rest of the UK leaves, and continuing to prepare for the option of a referendum on independence if that is what is necessary to prevent the UK taking Scotland over a hard Brexit cliff edge.”

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Broadcast regulator Ofcom is assessing complaints made by viewers after the BBC aired what some campaigners have described as a rape scene in the hit show Poldark.

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The media watchdog confirmed it has had seven complaints so far following Sunday night’s episode.

An Ofcom spokesperson said the complaints would be assessed “before deciding whether to investigate or not.”

In the episode, Ross Poldark, played by fan-favourite Aidan Turner, turns up unannounced at the house of his former fiancee Elizabeth, played by Heida Reed.

He kicks in the door and demands that she cancels her wedding to his enemy George Warleggan.

She ignores what he says and instead asks him to leave, prompting him to take her face in his hands and forcefully kiss her.

When she pushes him away and insists she loves George, he forces another kiss on her before looking at the bed.

Elizabeth tells Poldark: “You will not dare. You will not dare.”

He replies: “I would Elizabeth. I would and so will you.”

The lead character then pushes her on to the bed and she appears to finally give in to him.

Sarah Green, co-director at charity End Violence Against Women, said: “It is definitely portrayed very much as a rape.

“The female character says ‘no’ and there are also non-verbal signs. She is moving away from him and pulling away from him. There is lots of stuff that is ambiguous.”

She added: “The directors have done something really ambiguous. It is a really appalling message, which is they have made the representation of non-consensual sex ambiguous by making her appear to change her mind.”

Asked why she thought this was the case, Ms Green continued: “The problem the producers have found, because this character is extremely popular, they can’t represent him as that, they can’t represent him as doing something criminal.”

Poldark, based on the novels of Winston Graham, was originally made for TV in the 1970s when it attracted audiences of 15 million and the remake has helped BBC1 to its highest share of an audience in a decade.

Commenting on the controversial scene, Mr Graham’s son Andrew said: “There is no ‘shock rape’ storyline in the novels. To say so is to misconstrue my father’s text. The BBC has cut nothing and (production company) Mammoth Screen’s portrayal of these scenes is entirely true to my father’s writing.

“To be more precise - in the novel Warleggan, the point of departure for the relevant scene is indeed consistent with the potential for rape. But what then actually happens is not described but is left entirely to one’s imagination.

“The only way to judge what my father intended is to read the novels as a whole. Doing so it becomes clear, from earlier scenes as well as from Elizabeth’s immediate reactions and later mixed emotions, that what finally happened was consensual sex born of long-term love and longing.

“It was, as Aidan Turner has put it, ‘unfinished business emotionally’.”

Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield said no two readers would imagine a scene the same way, and that is particularly true of this scene as the action is left entirely to the reader’s imagination.

She added: “However, as programme makers, we needed to decide what the audience would actually see. And, as far as possible, to bring to life what the original author intended the scene to depict.

“We were fortunate to have Winston Graham’s son Andrew as our consultant on the series so we were able to clarify with him what his father’s intentions for this scene were. What you saw on screen is consistent with what we believe those intentions to have been.”

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The mass exodus of refugees and migrants from the Jungle camp in Calais is under way, with buses starting to disperse hundreds of its residents across France.

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Crowds carrying rucksacks, holdalls and wheelie-bags, many with scarves over their faces, surged towards the warehouse where processing was taking place as police opened the gates just after 7am UK time on Monday.

Police vans and fire engines had gathered close to the rat-infested slum as migrants and refugees queued in the dark to register for accommodation centres elsewhere in France after being told they must leave the camp or risk arrest and deportation.

People in the queues said they had no idea where they were going but many seemed resigned to leaving the sprawling camp, where demolition work is expected to begin on Tuesday.

Shortly before midday on Monday, at least 50 armed riot police marched in to control the crowd, as people started to push and shove at the front.

While small scuffles broke out and punches were thrown, most people waited patiently, crammed inside the barriers, which police then widened to give them more space.

A man could be seen holding a guitar aloft as the crowd shoved and swayed around him.

The general atmosphere was less volatile than after-dark scenes at the weekend when violent clashes saw camp residents throwing stones at French riot police on the perimeter, who fought back by firing tear gas.

An officer on the ground said around 1,250 police and gendarmes have been drafted in to ensure the eviction runs smoothly.

The Care4Calais refugee crisis charity said it was hoping for a peaceful day after it supplied people with thousands of rucksacks over the weekend and worked to prepare them psychologically for Monday’s mass eviction.

Some 60 government-organised buses will take thousands of the camp’s residents to temporary reception centres where they will have to claim asylum in France within a set period of time or face deportation.

Passengers on the first few buses waved at the media as they were driven out of the gated warehouse area on the fringe of the camp with a police motorcycle escort.

Aziz, from Darfur, Sudan, said he was happy to leave the camp, where he has spent the last four months.

The 27-year-old said “I don’t like this place at all because I want to go to a city area.”

Asked if he was worried, he said: “I’m feeling not worried, not happy at all. I never laugh, I never cry. Just nothing, but I want to go from this place.”

He said he would claim asylum in France and is hoping to go to the west of the country.

Speaking of his home, he said: “In Sudan there is insecurity, there is war, there is a terrible situation, discrimination ... it is not possible to stay.”

Those who pass through the registration centre will be sorted into groups of families, minors, vulnerable or ill people and others travelling alone and given coloured wristbands depending on which region they say they would like to be sent to.

Aid workers have advised refugees and migrants to register for the buses together as they believe this will give certain groups of friends or communities the best chance of not being separated.

A further 85 buses are expected to arrive on Tuesday and Wednesday as the mass eviction continues.

Unaccompanied minors are the only group permitted to stay in Calais, where they will be taken to shipping containers with bunk beds within a secure area of the camp.

Laura Griffiths, senior field manager for Safe Passage UK, said they had seen about 35 children out of an estimated 900 unaccompanied minors in the camp pass through the processing centre so far.

She said that processing needed to happen as soon as possible, adding: “They all need to be safeguarded, they all need protection, whether that’s in France or Britain.”

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Christian bakers found to have discriminated against a gay man by refusing to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan have lost their appeal against the ruling.

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The owners of Belfast-based Ashers declined an order placed by gay activist Gareth Lee, claiming the message was inconsistent with their deeply held religious beliefs.

Last year, they were found to have breached equality legislation following a high-profile court case in Belfast.

The appeal was heard before three senior judges at Belfast’s Court of Appeal in May, with the reserved judgment delivered on Monday morning.

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Downing Street said leaders of the devolved administrations must not “undermine” Brexit negotiations.

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Asked about calls for different parts of the UK to be able to opt in or out of the single market, the Prime Minister’s official spokeswoman said a united UK negotiating position is “vital to protect the UK’s interest as a whole”.

“We need to make sure we are not putting up barriers to trade within the UK.”

She added: “We have been very clear that we should be working together to secure the best possible deal for the whole country.

“We expect representatives of the devolved administrations to act in that way and to in no way undermine the UK’s position.”

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New research into heading a football has identified ‘’significant’’ changes in brain function from routine practice.

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The study by the University of Stirling is the first to detect direct changes after players are exposed to everyday head impacts, as opposed to clinical brain injuries like concussion.

The findings come after concerns that players’ brains are damaged by repeated head impacts.

World Cup winner George Cohen has called for the game to tackle the issue of head injuries, saying old-style leather footballs are ‘’nasty’’.

Former England and West Brom striker Jeff Astle died in 2002 at the age of 59 having suffered from early on-set dementia, which a coroner found was caused by heading footballs and gave the cause of death as ‘’industrial disease’’.

A subsequent re-examination of Astle’s brain found he was suffering from the neuro-degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

CTE can only be established following death and it has also been found in deceased American footballers, boxers and rugby players.

Astle’s daughter Dawn has been campaigning for more research into the matter and was told by the Football Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association in late 2014 that they were talking to Fifa.

Now, researchers have tested a group of 19 footballers by making them head a ball 20 times.

The ball was fired from a machine designed to simulate the pace and power of a corner and scientists tested players’ brain function and memory before and immediately after the heading sessions. They were also tested after 24 hours, 48 hours and two weeks.

Increased inhibition in the brain was detected after just a single session of heading. Memory test performance was also reduced between 41 and 67 per cent, with effects normalising within 24 hours.

Whether the changes to the brain remain temporary after repeated exposure to a football and the long-term consequences of heading on brain health, are yet to be investigated.

Cognitive neuroscientist Dr Magdalena Ietswaart said: ‘’In light of growing concern about the effects of contact sport on brain health, we wanted to see if our brain reacts instantly to heading a football.

‘’Using a drill most amateur and professional teams would be familiar with, we found there was in fact increased inhibition in the brain immediately after heading and that performance on memory tests was reduced significantly.

‘’Although the changes were temporary, we believe they are significant to brain health, particularly if they happen over and over again as they do in football heading.

‘’With large numbers of people around the world participating in this sport, it is important that they are aware of what is happening inside the brain and the lasting effect this may have.’’

Dr Angus Hunter, from the university’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, added: ‘’For the first time, sporting bodies and members of the public can see clear evidence of the risks associated with repetitive impact caused by heading a football.

‘’We hope these findings will open up new approaches for detecting, monitoring and preventing cumulative brain injuries in sport.

‘’We need to safeguard the long term health of football players at all levels, as well as individuals involved in other contact sports.’’

Cohen told the Daily Telegraph in June: ‘’You felt sick sometimes when it hit you. They started out at 14 to 16 ounces but, with rain, they were two or three pounds.

‘’Even if it hit you on the side of the head, a graze, it was really uncomfortable. Those early balls were really rather nasty.”

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A photographer who captured an “intriguing” image of starlings swirling around the fire-ravaged remains of Brighton’s West Pier has been awarded a prestigious prize.

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The dramatic shot, taken by Matthew Cattell, has won the top prize at the annual Landscape Photographer of the Year awards.

The photograph by Mr Cattell, from Bracknell in Berkshire, was likened by the competition’s judges to the tornado of the film, The Wizard of Oz.

His image beat thousands of entries from across the country showcasing the best of the UK’s landscapes, with Mr Cattell winning a £10,000 prize for his efforts.

Other category winners included a photograph of a windswept cottage at Loch Stack in Sutherland, a shot of urban tower blocks being demolished, and an image of a railway viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales.

However, a teenage Scot won the coveted Young Landscape Photographer of the Year with an unusual composition in a contest dominated by shots of the natural world.

The image, taken by 15-year-old Hannah Faith Jackson from the South Lanarkshire town of Strathaven, focused on reflections cast in the window of a bar in Glasgow city centre.

Charlie Waite, landscape photographer and founder of the awards, sponsored by Take a View, said the standard of entries was high but reserved praise for Mr Cattell’s offering.

“The sense of movement is palpable in Matthew’s photograph and you really feel what it would have been like to stand beside him,” he said.”

“The starlings seem to be swirling around the iconic remains of Brighton’s West Pier in a manner reminiscent of the tornado in the Wizard of Oz.”

He added that Mr Cattell’s “judicious” choice of shutter speed had allowed him to perflectly capture the birds and the water. It was, he said, an “intriguing image.”

The awards were held in association with VisitBritain for the third year, with a category for images which showcased the diversity of moments and experiences that can only be had on a trip across Britain.

The category was won by Mark Gilligan, from near Northwich, Cheshire, who was praised by the judges for a perfectly framed shot of a figure standing by Wast Water in the Lake District, under the arch of a rainbow.

VisitBritain’s director of marketing Robin Johnson said of the picture: “It is a fantastic example of the powerful role that imagery plays in inspiring people to travel and experience new destinations, allowing them to literally ‘put themselves in the picture’.”

An exhibition of the winning entries in this year’s competition will be held on the balcony at Britain’s busiest rail station, London Waterloo, from 21 November.

All the winning and commended photographs are published in a new book, entitled Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 10.

The contest was founded in 2006 and has a total annual prize fund of £20,000.

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White trainers and decorative flamingos and pineapples are among the products consumers could not live without over the last year as selfie sticks, tablecloths and CD storage racks fell out of fashion, according to a report into a year in the life of the British shopper.

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Statement water bottles, wireless headphones, the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and designer light bulbs sent sales soaring at John Lewis, its annual retail report reveals, and sales of white Converse trainers were higher than any other women’s shoe line.

Ornamental pineapples and flamingos found widespread popularity within British homes, with searches for the latter on johnlewis.com increasing by 200 per cent and flamingo-themed wallpap­er, fairy lights, cushions and mugs all selling well.

The avocado also had its moment in the spotlight as sales of avocado storage pods increased by 61 per cent compared to the last six months, searches for avocado slicers were up 62 per cent in May and avocado beauty products increased in popularity.

Jeremy Corbyn inspired an 11 per cent increase in sales of red socks last September when he was pictured wearing them on the eve of his first party conference speech as the Labour leader, and sales of quilted navy jackets similar saw a 447 per cent lift after Prince George wore one on his first day of nursery.

Sales of gin increased by 103 per cent after the Brexit vote and in July sales of portable mobile chargers soared by more than 200 per cent as Pokemon Go players scoured the nation for the digital creatures.

Among the items to fall out of favour were tablecloths, down 10 per cent, Valentine’s Day chocolates, laptops with disc drives, CD and DVD storage and selfie sticks, which saw sales drop by 50 per cent on the year before.

Orders placed with John Lewis via smartphones increased by 60 per cent over the year.

Many customers even bought a new phone on their mobiles, and 20 per cent of all iPhone 7s were bought via an iPhone during the first three weeks of the latest device’s launch.

John Lewis’s director of shop trade, Maggie Porteous, said: “It’s clear to see the impact 
of what has been a disorientating year on what our customers have been buying in 2016.

“Shoppers have been increasingly drawn to bigger and bolder trends, with clashing colours and prints, copper hues and even pink flamingos proving exceptionally popular.

“2016 has also proven to be the year that customers truly mastered the art of jumping seamlessly between online channels and shops to best suit their needs and mood.”

Ed Connolly, John Lewis buying director for fashion and beauty, said: “As one of our best performing categories, we now offer more
beauty and skincare brands than ever, and we’re investing £9 million across a number
of our beauty halls to ensure customers have even more choice as we introduce a range of new and contemporary brands.”

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Theresa May will today unveil plans for a formal “Brexit forum” for all the devolved governments of the UK to defuse an escalating row with Nicola Sturgeon over Scotland’s participation.

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The Prime Minister will also insist that “no final decisions have been taken” on the shape of the UK’s proposed departure ahead of a summit with the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland today.

But Ms Sturgeon has insisted this does not go far enough and is backing her Welsh counterpart Carwyn Jones’ call for the devolved parliaments to have a vote on Brexit.

The SNP leader also wants a “clearly mapped out” programme of involvement in talks amid concerns the UK is heading for a “hard Brexit”.

The First Minister wants a detailed timeline, to ensure that a negotiating position is agreed that reflects the different views across the UK. 
Her plans come as a new report today warns of “constitutional crisis” in the UK unless a suitable arrangement can be reached between Westminster and the devolved governments over Britain’s departure from the EU.

The new UK government forum, to be chaired by David Davis, will offer a “direct line” to the Brexit secretary, according to Mrs May.

She said: “The great union between us has been the cornerstone of our prosperity in the past – and it is absolutely vital to our success in the future. The country is facing a negotiation of tremendous importance and it is imperative that the devolved administrations play their part in making it work.”

If the devolved governments accept the offer of formal discussions, a new sub-committee of the JMC will be established, chaired by Mr Davis and attended by nominees put forward by devolved ­governments.

A first meeting will happen by the end of November and at least one more by Christmas as negotiations progress before Article 50 is triggered by the end of March.

Scots voted to Remain in the EU by 62 per cent to 38 per cent, but the weight of votes south of the Border ensured a victory for Leave.

Ms Sturgeon has written to the Prime Minister ahead of today’s meeting warning the UK position will need to “take account of the specific needs, responsibilities and priorities of each administration as part of the overall UK package”.

She added: “To ensure those are properly reflected and the stated position of all parts of the UK as a partnership of equals is respected, I also endorse the proposal that the proposed negotiating package should be subject to a vote in each of the four of the United Kingdom’s parliaments and assemblies.”

A report today by the Institute for Government (IfG) said the four governments should agree the “core planks” of the UK’s negotiating position before the Prime Minister triggers Article 50, or face a “full blown constitutional crisis.”

The IfG warned that imposing a Brexit settlement on Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may be legally possible but it would be a “reckless strategy” which could lead to the possible break-up of the UK.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "SCOTT MACNAB"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4266378.1477258453!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4266378.1477258453!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Theresa May says no final decisions have been taken. Picture: Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Theresa May says no final decisions have been taken. Picture: Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4266378.1477258453!/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/nuttall-to-fight-it-out-with-evans-for-ukip-leadership-1-4266360","id":"1.4266360","articleHeadline": "Nuttall to fight it out with Evans for Ukip leadership","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477253281000 ,"articleLead": "

Suzanne Evans and Paul Nuttall have both announced that they are standing to be leader of crisis-hit Ukip.

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The two politicians both promised to hold the UK government’s feet to the fire on Brexit if they are elected to the helm of the party.

But while Mr Nuttall struck a conciliatory tone and pitched himself as the “unity” candidate, Ms Evans used her bid to launch a scathing attack on the current leadership.

She said Ukip needs to shed its “toxic” image and warned it risks becoming a Donald Trump-style party under the leadership of Nigel Farage and his allies. She accused her leadership rival, Raheem Kassam, of being a “far-right” candidate that will take Ukip in the wrong direction.

Ms Evans said: “Our future as a political party in Britain does not lie in that far-right wing. I don’t see a groundswell of opinion in this country for more far-right wing policies.

“I don’t see a groundswell of opinion for the right to bear arms in America.”

Ms Evans said she “absolutely” thought Mr Kassam – who has won the backing of party donor Arron Banks – will take Ukip in a far-right direction but “our members don’t want that”.

She said: “We’ve taken a lot of stick in Ukip because perhaps we have had a slightly more toxic image than we should have had. And our members, the ones that are doing the campaigning, have felt the brunt of that – being abused, being physically and verbally assaulted on the streets.

“They don’t want to have a fresh injection of toxicity that’s going to make it even more difficult for them, they want policies that help us win.”

Mr Farage is close to Mr Trump, appearing at a rally in the US for the controversial presidential candidate.

Ms Evans, who wrote her party’s 2015 manifesto but has since fallen out with Mr Farage, was unable to stand in the last leadership election after being suspended from the party for disloyalty.

But she tried to brush off claims that her unpopularity with the Ukip leader and his close ally Mr Banks would harm her chances of being elected to lead the party.

Mr Farage hit out at Ms Evans’ remarks, telling ITV’s Peston on Sunday: “For her to talk about the party being toxic, for her to already declare one of the candidates who is running, Raheem Kassam, as being far-right, I don’t view this as being a very good start.”

Steven Woolfe, the front-runner to replace her, also left the party in the wake of an altercation with another party member after which he ended up in hospital.

Mr Nuttall, Ukip North West MEP, said the party faced an “existential crisis” and could disappear unless it unified.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "KATE FERGUSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4266358.1477253247!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4266358.1477253247!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Paul Nuttall. Picture: Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Paul Nuttall. Picture: Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4266358.1477253247!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4266359.1477253250!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4266359.1477253250!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Suzanne Evans. Picture: Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Suzanne Evans. Picture: Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4266359.1477253250!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/patrick-harvie-eu-would-want-independent-scots-to-ditch-pound-1-4265902","id":"1.4265902","articleHeadline": "Patrick Harvie: EU would want independent Scots to ditch pound","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477209293000 ,"articleLead": "

Green co-leader Patrick Harvie has warned that an independent Scotland within the European Union would struggle to keep the pound.

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At the Greens Scottish conference, Harvie said the Scottish Government’s 2014 plan for a currency union with the rest of the UK was “even more unconvincing” than it was when the Yes side lost the referendum.

Despite his party supporting independence, Harvie has been a critic of the SNP plan to share the pound with the rest of the UK. The currency union policy replaced a policy of joining the euro.

In an interview with STV News, Harvie said the case for a currency union would be diminished if an independent Scotland somehow managed to retain or regain EU membership while the rest of the UK was outside the bloc.

Harvie said: “If you were an EU official, let alone an EU member state, and you are looking to begin this discussion with Scotland about becoming a full member state because Scotland has just voted Yes to independence would you really be happy with the idea that EU member state would be in a currency union with a non-EU member state?

“I think this time round there’ll be an additional political barrier in a lack of willingness from the EU.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "TOM PETERKIN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265900.1477209262!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265900.1477209262!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Green co-leader Patrick Harvie. Picture: John Devlin","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Green co-leader Patrick Harvie. Picture: John Devlin","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265900.1477209262!/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/theresa-may-wants-grown-up-relationship-with-scotland-1-4265901","id":"1.4265901","articleHeadline": "Theresa May wants ‘grown-up relationship’ with Scotland","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477209293000 ,"articleLead": "

Theresa May last night issued a heartfelt plea for Scotland to stay in the Union as she called for a “new grown-up relationship” between the nations of the UK.

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Ahead of crunch Brexit talks with Nicola Sturgeon, the Prime Minister argued that the best way to make the most of EU withdrawal was for Scotland and the rest of the UK to work together.

Tomorrow’s meeting comes at a time when the Scottish and UK governments are at loggerheads over the Brexit negotiations. Last week the Brexit Secretary David Davis dismissed Sturgeon’s demands for a bespoke Scottish deal with the EU that would maintain Scotland’s links with the single market, devolve new immigration controls to Scotland and give Holyrood the ability to strike international deals.

The impasse was accompanied by the publication of Sturgeon’s draft referendum bill that could see a vote triggered before the UK leaves the EU if Sturgeon’s demands are not met.

Last night May referred to her first speech as Prime Minister in which she talked of the “precious bonds” that formed the United Kingdom.

The Prime Minister said: “When I stood upon the steps of Downing Street I made clear the importance of our great Union. Far more than mere geography brings us together – and we are much more than the sum of our parts. As we move into this new chapter, we must seize the opportunities ahead, as we will achieve far more together than we could ever do apart.

“I want Monday’s meeting to be the start of a new grown- up relationship between the devolved administrations and the UK government – one in which we all work together to forge the future for everyone in the United Kingdom.”

May will meet Sturgeon, Carwyn Jones, Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness at Downing Street at her first Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC). She will call on them to help develop an industrial strategy for the UK.

She will also call for relationships to be built on a basis of “co-operation and consensus”. From now on the JMC, which brings together devolved administration leaders with the Prime Minister, will be held more regularly – at least once every 12 months. An annual report will be compiled and the meeting will be hosted by each of the four governments on a revolving basis.

Last night Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, warned the Scottish Government was increasingly concerned about the prospect of a “hard Brexit” and called for Scotland to be an “equal partner”. He said: “The UK government needs to understand there is a triple mandate to maintain Scotland’s relationship with, and place in, Europe.

“Four months on from the referendum, we have yet to see a proposal from them on how the views of people in Scotland will be taken into account. The Scottish Government is becoming increasingly concerned that the UK is heading for a hard Brexit, with all the damage that will bring to the Scottish and UK economies.

“The UK government must use the time before triggering Article 50 to engage properly with all the devolved administrations and show that they are willing and able to treat Scotland as an equal partner.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "TOM PETERKIN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265899.1477210850!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265899.1477210850!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "May and Sturgeon will meet again tomorrow, when UK industrial strategy and attitudes to Brexit will be discussed. Picture: James Glossop","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "May and Sturgeon will meet again tomorrow, when UK industrial strategy and attitudes to Brexit will be discussed. Picture: James Glossop","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265899.1477210850!/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/uk/new-images-released-as-police-continue-hampden-trouble-probe-1-4265818","id":"1.4265818","articleHeadline": "New images released as police continue Hampden trouble probe","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477177260000 ,"articleLead": "

Police have released images of 13 individuals they are seeking amid a probe into acts of violence and disorder at the end of this year’s Scottish Cup Final at Hampden.

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So far, 86 arrests have been made as part of an ongoing investigation into the trouble.

Officers said the individuals pictured may be able to assist them with their inquiry.

Anyone with information about them is asked to contact police on 0141 532 5457 or via the dedicated mailbox address: Scottishcupfinalpitchinvasion@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265817.1477167956!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265817.1477167956!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Police are looking to trace the 13 individuals pictured. Picture: Police Scotland","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Police are looking to trace the 13 individuals pictured. Picture: Police Scotland","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265817.1477167956!/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/opinion/euan-mccolm-racism-bares-its-teeth-at-the-sight-of-refugees-1-4265727","id":"1.4265727","articleHeadline": "Euan McColm: Racism bares its teeth at the sight of refugees","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477176983000 ,"articleLead": "

How old does a child have to be before we cease to care whether he or she lives or dies? What’s the cut-off point for our compassion? Let’s apply this question to kids fleeing civil war in Syria: who are the ones we feel comfortable helping and who are the ones we’re happy to leave to perish?

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Obviously, we all care about the cute, little ones; nobody but a monster would wish any harm to come to them, with their sad eyes and their terribly appealing innocence. Caring about the wee ones is easy though, because we can be confident that they’re not out to con us. Young refugees are pure of heart; blameless victims who deserve our help.

But what about the older ones? How can we be sure they’re really in need? How can we say with certainty that they’re even real refugees? What if they’re conning us into thinking they are just so that they can come here to establish themselves as criminal kingpins? When you think about it, that’s pretty damned likely.

And even if they are real refugees, they’re probably 18 and that’s a good enough innings for a foreigner, so why should we care what happens to them?

The above, I think, summarises the past week of debate about the United Kingdom’s decision to allow a few young refugees, previously living in the notoriously dangerous “Jungle” camp in Calais, into the country.

The furiously shrill reaction to the arrival in the UK of a handful of refugees who don’t fit the preferred profile – under 10, wide-eyed and trembling – has confirmed that our society is not as enlightened as some of us had hoped.

Conservative MP David Davies seized on photos of some of those entering the country to question whether they were children, at all. Was the UK’s hospitality being abused, he wondered?

And then – and this is a good point to remind yourself that we’re living in Britain in 2016 rather than Germany in 1939 – he suggested that those entering the country should be forced to undergo dental checks to verify their ages.

The British Dental Association, to its great credit, poured scorn on this idea, describing it as “inappropriate and unethical”.

A number of daily newspapers helped whip up anger, insisting that those refugees photographed certainly didn’t look like they were children.

One publication even used a mobile phone app which guesses the age of an individual to bolster its case that these were not kids. (This app, I know from personal experience, is hardly a fail-safe. Based on a recent photo, it judged me to be 96 years old. I am 46.)

The TV presenter and former footballer Gary Lineker suggested on Twitter that the reaction to the arrival of a number of refugees, verified by the Home Office as teenagers, was “hideously racist and utterly heartless”. For this, newspapers and politicians demanded that the BBC sack him.

Lineker was right, though.

It was telling to note that among those most vocally calling for Lineker to lose his job were Ukip MEPs. Ukip has repeatedly insisted that it is not a racist party, that its motivation is the restoration of “sovereignty” to the UK. But, yet again, it was Kippers who led the charge in demonising refugees.

When the UK voted in June to leave the European Union, the suggestion was frequently made that voters had become more racist, that great work done in tackling prejudice had been undone. But one cannot help suspecting that this was not so and that, rather, racist sentiment had become a secret, suppressed by mainstream political leadership which condemned it.

Now, thanks to Ukip and the Tory right, racists are free, again, to fully express themselves; this isn’t new racism, it’s the shameful old variety, awakened from its slumbers.

We should not be surprised that unaccompanied children in the jungle at Calais are not of the cute and acceptable-to-racists variety. Young children simply could not have made the journey from Syria alone. Most under-10s in the camp arrived there with parents or aunts or uncles.

Teenagers – encouraged to flee Syria by parents who might only have had enough money to pay the passage by ramshackle boat of their sons and daughters – make up the majority of lone kids.

Are they not vulnerable? Do their experiences not demand our sympathy and our compassion simply because they’ve passed through puberty?

David Davies is the worst of politicians. The current refugee crisis demands from those elected to represent us some leadership rather than the simple pandering to the basest instincts of some.

It is easy for a politician to whip up anger and resentment against refugees. It is more difficult to make the case that the UK should help.

The Calais jungle is a hellhole and each and every one of us, finding ourselves there, would do whatever we could to get out and to make a better life for ourselves and our families.

Those young people who arrived in the UK last week have experienced horrors that don’t bear thinking about, but think about them we must.

They have fled their homes to escape bombs dropped by their own government and its Russian allies, they have risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean on packed boats unfit for purpose, and they have spent months in a stinking, dangerous camp, vulnerable to the attentions of predators.

What has become of the UK? Aren’t 
we supposed to take pride in our leadership on the world stage when it comes to doing the right thing? Don’t we have a proud history of opening our border – and our hearts – to refugees, whether Jews fleeing the Nazis in the 1930s and 40s, Chileans fleeing Pinochet’s regime in the 1970s, or Somalis caught up in a brutal civil war in the 1980s and 90s?

Davies and those Ukip MEPs whipping up hatred against those seeking asylum in the UK besmirch our great history of doing the right thing when the vulnerable cry for our help.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Euan McColm"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265726.1477205743!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265726.1477205743!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Harris Ghazi waves to his uncle as he leaves a visa office in East Croydon. Harris is one of the refugee children who arrived in Britain from the Jungle. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Harris Ghazi waves to his uncle as he leaves a visa office in East Croydon. Harris is one of the refugee children who arrived in Britain from the Jungle. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265726.1477205743!/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/uk/widen-skilled-migration-criteria-say-universities-1-4265814","id":"1.4265814","articleHeadline": "Widen skilled migration criteria, say universities","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477174691000 ,"articleLead": "

Skilled migration can’t just be for bankers, universities say.

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Proposals to exempt financial services from post-Brexit immigration controls must be extended to key sectors of the Scottish economy including universities, leading figures have demanded.

Ahead of the first substantive Brexit talks tomorrow between the UK and devolved governments, Scotland’s universities said the case for protecting the flow of students and researchers from the EU was “overwhelming” and warned any exemption could not be limited to bankers and financiers.

That call has been backed by leading employers, with the executive director of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland saying that immigration controls had to based on the needs of different sectors and regions.

Their demands follow a week of confusion on immigration and student numbers, with Downing Street dismissing suggestions from Chancellor Philip Hammond that students could be taken out of net migration targets.

Hammond told the Treasury Select Committee on Wednesday that post-Brexit immigration controls may not apply to skilled workers, and has previously emphasised his desire to allow financial services firms to recruit freely from Europe.

“The case for positive change to parts of current immigration policy is overwhelming,” Universities Scotland convener Professor Andrea Nolan told Scotland on Sunday.

“Scotland has an unarguable economic and demographic need for more high-skilled talent. Employers, across all sectors, have highly-skilled holes in their businesses that cannot be met, on the scale needed, by UK graduates alone.”

He added: “The latest from the Treasury suggests a possible deal allowing financial services in the City to continue to access the high skills it needs. Any deal must be extended beyond one city and one sector.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Paris Gourtsoyannis"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265813.1477167517!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265813.1477167517!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Downing Street dismissed Philip Hammond's suggestion that students be removed from migration quotas","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Downing Street dismissed Philip Hammond's suggestion that students be removed from migration quotas","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265813.1477167517!/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/uk/lloyds-worst-hit-as-banks-bare-ppi-wounds-1-4265613","id":"1.4265613","articleHeadline": "Lloyds worst hit as banks bare PPI wounds","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477174564000 ,"articleLead": "

Lloyds Banking Group will lead the way this week as the banks unveil extra significant hits from the payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling scandal alongside third-quarter trading results.

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Lloyds, still 9 per cent owned by the state after the lender’s £20 billion taxpayer bailout, is expected to post another provision for PPI redress of between £800 million and £1.5bn.

The bank, which also owns Bank of Scotland, is easily the worst impacted by the scandal, currently having put aside £16bn – more than half the industry’s total of £30bn.

The Q3 results are the first occasion most banks have had time to revisit their provisions since the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) earlier this year extended the deadline for PPI claims to June 2019 from April 2018.

Ian Gordon, banking analyst with Investec, has pencilled in a further £1bn provision from Lloyds for Q3 2016, and an extra £1bn in total over the following two years, which would take the bank’s exposure overall to £18bn.

Citi expects Lloyds chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio to announce a top-up of £1.5bn when he reports results on Wednesday, while UBS is forecasting a more modest £800m. “Lloyds was particularly exposed to PPI because it had a high market share of unsecured personal loans which was PPI’s crossover product,” said Gordon.

“It was a product they sold enthusiastically, and success rates of 90 per cent [protection insurance on agreed loans] was not unusual.”

Lloyds’s latest results are also expected to show a pension hit following the Brexit vote last June, as will many of its rivals, with company schemes having been hammered in the short term by falling bond yields, and in the longer term by greater longevity.

One analyst said: “That will undoubtedly mean Antonio is quizzed as to whether there will be any knock-on effect on Lloyds’ dividend policy.”

The bank resumed paying dividends in the second half of 2014 after a lengthy suspension ordered by the European Commission in return for its taxpayer lifeline in 2008.

Investec is forecasting an underlying pre-tax profit at the bank for Q3 of £1.98bn, compared with £1.97bn in the same period of 2015.

Royal Bank of Scotland reports on Friday, with analysts forecasting a loss of £231m, against profits of £952m a year earlier, due to restructuring and legal costs.

RBS is not expected to make any sizeable PPI provision as it added an extra £450m after the claims deadline was extended. Barclays also reports this week and is expected to have benefited from a stronger investment banking performance, with the City expecting a 9 per cent rise in profits to £1.3bn, and an extra PPI charge of £500m.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Martin Flanagan"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265612.1477149368!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265612.1477149368!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Antonio Horta-Osorio is expected to increase provision for PPI. Picture: Justin Tallis/Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Antonio Horta-Osorio is expected to increase provision for PPI. Picture: Justin Tallis/Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265612.1477149368!/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/dan-jarvis-children-should-be-on-chancellor-s-conscience-1-4265735","id":"1.4265735","articleHeadline": "Dan Jarvis: Children should be on Chancellor’s conscience","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477157919000 ,"articleLead": "

In Scotland today 220,000 children face a future shaped by poverty, despite the fact that two-thirds of them grow up in a home where at least one parent works.

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For those children this can mean living in a cold and cramped home, falling behind in school, and not being able to join in activities with friends. That is why in the wake of Challenge Poverty Week, we should rededicate ourselves to ensuring that child poverty is not part of Scotland’s future.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies projects that over this parliament we will witness the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation. So the time for action is now.

I am introducing a bill into the UK parliament to set an ambitious target to reverse this trend. It is my hope that it can realise a common purpose to tackle child poverty.

A new and binding target will build consensus for action and hold those in power to account for the impact of policy choices. I hope to work on a cross-party basis to share expertise and build pressure for action across communities, employers and civil society.

I am pleased to receive the backing of the Poverty Alliance. As their director Peter Kelly says, “Poverty affects all aspects of a child’s life chances. In order to tackle poverty we need meaningful targets and a proper reporting mechanism.”

The last Labour government’s record reminds us what can be achieved. Labour delivered the biggest improvement of any EU nation in lifting one million children out of poverty, transforming so many lives. We have a duty to this generation to make progress once again.

The UK government’s Autumn Statement in a month’s time is an opportunity to put children first and reverse the worsening trend. Planned changes to both taxes and benefits over the next four years will take more than one pound in every ten from the pockets of the poorest families. That is divisive and shortsighted, particularly with prices at the tills expected to rise.

Therefore the Chancellor should make a clear commitment to those who have been left behind by ending the freeze on working-age benefits. It is estimated that one in every five pounds of public spending is associated with poverty. As well as redirecting public spending, poverty worsens the key economic challenges we face. Poverty lowers productivity and limits spending power, undermining the strong economy we need for the future.

The Chancellor should also take the opportunity to make a cost-effective investment in all of our futures. The importance of a child’s early years in forming their life chances is well understood. A child born in a deprived area is likely to die nine years earlier than someone from a wealthier postcode. That is why intervention is crucial in those first years of life.

This approach recognises the link between children’s earliest years and their future life chances. The weight of expert opinion in favour of early intervention is overwhelming. So that must be our priority, because it is a smart investment for the future and it will change lives today.

Child poverty should scar our conscience as much as it does our children’s futures. It limits all of our potential because to succeed in the future we must create a country which makes the most of all our talents.

I look forward to engaging with Scottish charities and voluntary organisations in bringing my Private Member’s Bill to Parliament. I hope that it receives support from across political divides and we rediscover a cross-party consensus on child poverty. By doing so we can provide security, opportunity, and hope to those children who need it most. That is the cause of our times.

Dan Jarvis is the Labour MP for Barnsley Central

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Dan Jarvis"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265734.1477157888!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265734.1477157888!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The consequences of hardship can last a lifetime. Picture: Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The consequences of hardship can last a lifetime. Picture: Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265734.1477157888!/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/uk/ecoli-linked-cheese-firm-can-retain-product-stocks-1-4265575","id":"1.4265575","articleHeadline": "Ecoli-linked cheese firm can retain product stocks","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477146463000 ,"articleLead": "

A cheese producer linked to an E.coli outbreak has been told it does not have to destroy stock withdrawn from sale by a food watchdog.

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Food Standards Scotland (FSS) last month issued a blanket ban on products made by Errington Cheese, saying tests on various types had found strains of E.coli O157.

Dunsyre Blue from the South Lanarkshire-based firm had been linked to an E.coli outbreak in the summer in which 22 people were infected, including a three-year-old Dunbartonshire girl who died.

There is ongoing legal action involving Errington Cheese and FSS.

In a statement, FSS said: “As the product withdrawal concerning products produced by Errington Cheese Ltd remains in place, Food Standards Scotland is satisfied that there is no current risk to public health.

“As part of ongoing legal proceedings we have asked local authorities in Scotland to suspend in the interim the part of the ‘food alert for action’ solely in respect of the destruction of the withdrawn products.”

Errington Cheese has previously issued a statement saying all of its testing has found no trace of E.coli O157.

Senior figures at FSS have claimed that the firm’s statement is “inaccurate”.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265574.1477146432!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265574.1477146432!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "An image of E. Coli bacteria","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "An image of E. Coli bacteria","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265574.1477146432!/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/uk/snp-maintains-poll-lead-in-the-wake-of-election-1-4265256","id":"1.4265256","articleHeadline": "SNP maintains poll lead in the wake of election","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477142673000 ,"articleLead": "

The SNP has retained a commanding lead in the polls since the Scottish Parliament elections in May.

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A BMG poll of 1,010 Scots aged 16 and over put constituency support for the nationalists on 40 per cent, the Conservatives on 16 per cent, Labour on 14 per cent and the Liberal Democrats on 6 per cent.

For a general election vote the SNP is on 40 per cent, followed by the Tories on 16 per cent, Labour on 14 per cent, the Lib Dems 6 per cent and the Greens on 3 per cent.

First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon remains the most popular leader in Scotland, with an approval rating of +16.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265259.1477142244!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265259.1477142244!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Nicola Sturgeon remains the most popular Scot leader","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Nicola Sturgeon remains the most popular Scot leader","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265259.1477142244!/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/uk/travel-plan-alert-as-scotrail-improvement-works-begin-1-4265536","id":"1.4265536","articleHeadline": "Travel plan alert as ScotRail improvement works begin","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477141838000 ,"articleLead": "

Rail passengers have been advised to check their travel plans as improvement works get underway.

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A revised timetable has started that will last until December.

Senior figures at ScotRail said the engineering work was being undertaken as part of a plan out to boost reliability and prepare for the arrival of new electric trains.

Some services will be replaced by buses and queuing systems will be in place at key stations.

This is because trains could be diverted, less frequent or cancelled.

Jacqueline Taggart from the ScotRail Alliance said: “We are going through a massive period of change on Scotland’s railway.

“The work that we are carrying out over the next few months will bring about a revolution in rail, with more and better trains, more services and more seats than ever before.

“However, while we transform the railway, there is inevitably going to be some impact on people’s services.

“We are doing everything we can to minimise this, and to keep people moving.”

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265535.1477141805!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265535.1477141805!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "ScotRail passengers have been told to check travel plans as improvement works begin","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "ScotRail passengers have been told to check travel plans as improvement works begin","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265535.1477141805!/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/lib-dems-urge-msps-to-back-pardons-for-gay-men-1-4265526","id":"1.4265526","articleHeadline": "Lib Dems urge MSPs to back pardons for gay men","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477141397000 ,"articleLead": "

Opposition parties at Holyrood have called for Scottish men carrying criminal records for being gay to be pardoned after the UK Government announced it would do so in England and Wales.

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UK legislation will be amended following a deal between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives at Westminster, giving a blanket pardon to men convicted before homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967 who are deceased.

Those still living will be able to apply to have their cases examined by police before a possible pardon.

However, a bid by SNP MP John Nicolson to have the pardon applied automatically to both living and dead gay men failed yesterday after a Government filibuster.

Mr Nicolson’s private member’s bill was backed by gay equality charity Stonewall, which has also called on the UK Government to issue apologies to gay men given criminal records.

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “These men did nothing wrong. It is absolutely right that their convictions under these outdated and discriminatory laws are pardoned. With the Policing and Crime Bill largely applying to England and Wales we need to ensure that men in Scotland can benefit from this change too.

“The Scottish Government needs to explore all options to ensure that this happens as a matter of urgency. I am sure they will have the support of the whole parliament if they do so.”

Campaigns for gay men to be cleared of historic convictions intensified in 2013, when a royal pardon was issued to Alan Turing, the Second World War code breaker.

Mr Turing was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 for a relationship with a 19-year-old man and forced to undergo chemical castration.

He died of cyanide poisoning in 1954 in a suspected suicide.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: “Such steps have been a long time coming. Alan Turing is a British hero who deserves to be remembered for what he did for our country, not remembered because of his sexuality.

“The same is true for the countless other men who contributed to our society, and I hope the new measures will bring comfort to many families.

“I urge the Scottish Government to explore every option to ensure that men in Scotland can receive pardons.”

Homosexuality was only decriminalised in Scotland in 1980, and the age of consent was equalised for homosexuals in 2001.

" ,"byline": {"email": "paris.gourtsoyannis@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Paris Gourtsoyannis"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265525.1477141366!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265525.1477141366!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole Hamilton backed the call saying that men in Scotland could benefit.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole Hamilton backed the call saying that men in Scotland could benefit.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265525.1477141366!/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/uk/queen-pays-tribute-on-anniversary-of-aberfan-disaster-1-4265253","id":"1.4265253","articleHeadline": "Queen pays tribute on anniversary of Aberfan disaster","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477083782000 ,"articleLead": "

The Queen has paid tribute to the “indomitable spirit” of the people of Aberfan 50 years after the disaster which killed 116 children and 28 adults.

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An entire generation was almost wiped out when 150,000 tonnes of coal waste slid down the hillside before engulfing Pantglas Junior School on 21 October, 1966.

Residents of the Welsh village attended a day of commemorative events, including a memorial service at Aberfan Cemetary at 9:15am – the time of the tragedy.

The Prince of Wales visited Aberfan and privately laid a wreath bearing the words 
“Er bythol gof a chyda’r cydymdeiumlad dwysaf”, meaning “In continuing memory and deepest sympathy”.

He planted a sweetgum tree in the Aberfan Memorial Garden and spoke to survivors at a reception before giving a speech, including a message from the Queen.

The message read: “As you come together as a community today to mark 50 years since the dreadful events of Friday, 21st October 1966, I want you to know that you are in my own and my family’s thoughts, as well as the thoughts of the nation.

“We will all be thinking about the 144 people who died – most of them children between the ages of seven and ten – and the hundreds more who have lived with the shock and grief of that day, summed up by one poet who said simply, ‘All the elements of tragedy are here’.

“I well remember my own visit with Prince Philip after the disaster, and the posy I was given by a young girl, which bore the heart-breaking inscription, “From the remaining children of Aberfan.”

“Since then, we have returned on several occasions and have always been deeply impressed by the remarkable fortitude, dignity and indomitable spirit that characterises the people of this village and the surrounding valleys.

“On this saddest of anniversaries, I send my renewed good wishes to you all.”

The disaster unfolded, following days of heavy rain, when excavated mining debris from the Merthyr Vale Colliery was dislodged and came thundering down the hillside.

The waste material had been piled high on the side of Mynydd Merthyr – above Aberfan – for years, even though there were numerous underground springs below.

Children in Pantglas Junior School were just getting ready for lessons when 1.5 million cubic feet of liquefied slurry crashed into the school and a number of nearby houses.

About half the children from the junior school died in the tragedy, which happened on the last day before half term. Coal bosses had been warned about “flowslides” prior to the disaster and, despite a 76-day public inquiry, no-one faced prosecution or lost their job.

And £150,000 was taken from a memorial fund for the affected families to pay for the clean-up.

This was eventually returned after decades of campaigning.

Prince Charles said “God bless you” to Marilyn Morris, 64, after hearing how she was in the last class of the senior school.

“There’s things I can remember now that I haven’t thought about until today, the 50th anniversary,” she said.

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A sadomasochist may have cooked and eaten parts of police officer Gordon Semple after strangling him at his flat, a court has heard.

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Stefano Brizzi is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of throttling the 59-year-old officer he had met on gay dating app Grindr and then attempting to dispose of the body in a variety of ways, including in an acid bath.

DNA from the alleged victim was found on the blade of a blender, cooking pot, chopsticks, chopping board and grease in the oven of the 50-year-old Italian’s kitchen, the Old Bailey heard.

Investigators also found there were bite marks on a piece of bone recovered from the kitchen bin at Brizzi’s home and evidence that one of his legs had been burned, the jury was told.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told jurors: “So, the defendant cannot have confined himself to dismembering Gordon Semple and disposing of his body either by acid in the bath or else in the dustbins.

“Instead, the prosecution suggest it would be open to the jury to find that the defendant cooked part of his body and ate it.”

Pc Semple, 59, was on duty when he arranged to meet Brizzi, via Grindr, for “hot, dirty, sleazy” sex on the afternoon of April 1.

Following the alleged murder, neighbours on the Peabody Estate in south London noticed a “revolting smell” coming from Brizzi’s flat.

On April 7, Brizzi was described by his neighbour Martin Harris as being “cool as a cucumber” when he stopped by to inform him police had been called “because of the stench”, the court heard.

Two officers arrived to find bottles of chemicals scattered in the hall and “blue-green liquid” in the bath with “flesh-coloured globules floating in the water”, Mr Aylett said.

One of the officers looked inside a bin liner on the floor and saw a human hand and part of a spine, the court heard.

The defendant said he had HIV and had been told by Satan to “kill, kill, kill”, jurors heard.

Talking to the officers at his flat, Brizzi allegedly said: “I was talking online about Satan as a fetish - and crystal meth takes me to Satan.

“I am from a Catholic family so when I found I was gay, I found out I was from Satan. I loved crystal meth and wanted to meet someone who talked about Satan.”

He explained that he did not like Mr Semple, who had been fat and ugly, the court heard.

Brizzi later allegedly claimed he had disposed of some body parts he had been unable to break up by taking them on his bicycle to a quiet spot by the River Thames.

He allegedly told police he had been unable to dissolve the “flabbery” bits with chemicals and had tried to flush them down the toilet.

Asked what was still at the flat, Brizzi said there was a foot, hand and leg “which I tried to roast as well”, the court was told.

Pc Semple’s head was also at the flat but Brizzi flushed the lungs down the toilet, the court heard.

A human foot was later discovered by the Thames riverbank at Bermondsey Wall and body matter recovered from drainpipes in Brizzi’s block.

Officers returned to the flat days later and recovered from his computer items including The Satanic Bible ebook, the jury heard.

Mr Aylett suggested a perforated metal sheet Brizzi bought from a DIY store had been used as a “grater” to strip flesh from the alleged victim’s body.

Inside the oven was a pool of Pc Semple’s body fat and there was evidence of heat damage to one of his legs, the court heard.

Some body parts, including internal organs, muscle, fat and skin were not recovered, the court was told.

While in the custody suite after his arrest, Brizzi allegedly said: “I thought I was getting away with it. I had nearly finished but I took a shot (of crystal meth). I was going to finish the job today.

“As you can see, this man was a very big man and all I have left is two buckets.”

As an officer typed up the custody record, the defendant added: “And another thing. Just one thing, my bathtub has been unusable for day. I would appreciate a shower.”

A post-mortem examination revealed evidence of GHB and sedative ketamine in Pc Semple’s remains.

Brizzi denies murder but has admitted obstructing a coroner by dismembering and disposing of the body.

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