Today’s top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond, including Star Wars, SNP and an 11-hour long taxi journey
Labour MP Jess Phillips pledges to openly ‘knife’ Jeremy Corbyn
Recently elected Labour MP Jess Phillips said she would “knife” leader Jeremy Corbyn if it becomes clear he can’t win the next general election.
The representative for Birmingham Yardley said she has criticised Corbyn and his office in person and told them: “I won’t knife you in the back – I’ll knife you in the front”.
Supporters of all parties were highly critical of the MP’s choice of words, and suggested it was inappropriate to threaten Corbyn. Others described the interview as a breath of fresh air in contrast to other political interviews.
SNP urged to ‘come clean’ on Forth Road Bridge repairs
Ministers are under growing pressure to release all documents on maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge following revelations that officials were warned of the need for urgent repairs ten months ago. Labour called on the Scottish Government to “come clean” and be fully transparent about when it first became aware of pressure on the bridge’s truss end links – one of which has since cracked, causing the bridge’s closure.
The comments divided social media as some echoed Labour’s comments on the SNP ‘coming clean’, while some dismissed the claims as a smear campaign by the party.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes box office history
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has made box office history days before its release, selling more than half a million tickets for its opening week at one cinema chain alone. The latest instalment of the sci-fi epic doubled Odeon’s previous record of pre-booked tickets set by Spectre, prompting the cinema group to launch its biggest ever logistical operation to cope with the huge crowds.
SNP MP Phil Boswell facing inquiry over earnings
Nationalist MP Phil Boswell could face an official inquiry into his earnings after being reported to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. Mr Boswell was criticised after he took an £18,000 interest-free loan which he received as a result of his job as a contract manager.
Family’s 11-hour taxi trip to London after flight overbooked
A furious family have blasted British Airways after they had to cram into a taxi for an 11-hour ride because their flight had been overbooked. Roy Ferguson and his family were left “upset” when they watched other passengers board the plane while they were told check out and pick up their bags.