{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"uk","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/aerospace-giant-airbus-threatens-to-quit-uk-in-event-of-hard-brexit-1-4758402","id":"1.4758402","articleHeadline": "Aerospace giant Airbus threatens to quit UK in event of hard Brexit","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1529664026000 ,"articleLead": "

Theresa May is facing calls to abandon her Brexit “red lines” after aerospace giant Airbus warned it could pull out of the UK with the loss of thousands of jobs if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal.

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The company, which employs 14,000 people at 25 sites across the country, said it would “reconsider its investments in the UK, and its long-term footprint in the country” if Britain was forced to leave the single market and customs union in March 2019 without any transition agreement in place.

The statement was greeted with dismay by unions, opposition parties and pro-EU Tories who called on ministers to come up with a “pragmatic, sensible Brexit” which protected trade and jobs.

The Government insisted the negotiations with Brussels were making “good progress” and it was confident that a “no deal scenario” would not arise.

However Airbus said that it had been trying to raise its concerns about where the negotiations were heading for the past year without success.

READ MORE: Nicola Sturgeon urges Theresa May to think again on single market

Conservative former Welsh secretary Stephen Crabb said the firm’s warning should be a wake-up call for ministers.

“The enormous Airbus factory in North Wales is one of the jewels in the crown of UK manufacturing. A pragmatic, sensible Brexit that protects trade and jobs is vital,” he said.

For Labour, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said Mrs May needed to drop her Brexit “red lines”.

“The Government’s reckless decision to keep no deal on the table and to rule out a customs union or strong single market deal after Brexit is putting jobs and the economy at risk,” he said.

“Ministers need to start listening to legitimate concerns of businesses and get a grip of the Brexit negotiations.”

Unite’s assistant general secretary Steve Turner said it was imperative the Government avoided a “cliff edge” Brexit.

“It would be a betrayal of Airbus workers, their families and the tens of thousands of workers in the wider supply chain if the Government failed to secure frictionless trade and access to the customs union and single market,” he said.

However former Ukip leader Nigel Farage suggested the warnings were exaggerated.

“Twenty years ago I heard car manufacturers saying if Britain didn’t join the euro they may well consider pulling out of Britain - Nissan, others like that,” he told Sky News.

“Big business will always lobby for their interests, of course they will.”

In a Brexit “risk assessment” published on its website, Airbus called on the Government to extend the planned transition period due to run until December 2020, saying it was too short for the business to reorganise its supply chain.

Tom Williams, the chief operating officer of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, said Brexit would have “severe negative consequences” for the UK aerospace industry whether or not there was an agreement with Brussels.

“While Airbus understands that the political process must go on, as a responsible business we require immediate details on the pragmatic steps that should be taken to operate competitively, he said.

“Without these, Airbus believes that the impacts on our UK operations could be significant.

“We have sought to highlight our concerns over the past 12 months, without success. Far from Project Fear, this is a dawning reality for Airbus.

“Put simply, a no-deal scenario directly threatens Airbus’ future in the UK.”

A Government spokeswoman said that while officials were working closely with companies to understand their concerns, they did not expect a “no deal” scenario to arise.

“We have made significant progress towards agreeing a deep and special partnership with the EU to ensure trade remains as free and frictionless as possible, including in the aerospace sector, and we’re confident of getting a good deal that is mutually beneficial,” the spokeswoman said.

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First ministers Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones have called on the Prime Minister to think again about pulling the UK out of the single market and customs union.

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In a joint statement, the Scottish and Welsh leaders said quitting was not in the national interest and urged Theresa May to secure a Norway-style solution in the EU exit talks.

The call comes ahead of a meeting of the British-Irish Council (BIC) in Guernsey on Friday, which will bring the leaders together with Mrs May’s deputy, David Lidington, and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

Mr Lidington insisted the UK Government was committed to maintaining a good working relationship with the devolved administrations despite the “inevitable political noise” over Brexit and urged the Scottish Government “to maintain their own side of that relationship”.

READ MORE: Scottish Government won’t consent to further Brexit legislation

Ms Sturgeon and Mr Jones said the European Union had been “very clear” that the UK Government’s red lines meant the “only Brexit on offer is one which will deeply damage our economies and possibly jeopardise our security”.

They said: “In practice, the Prime Minister’s position on issues such as customs arrangements and regulatory alignment appears increasingly difficult to reconcile with the red lines, but she cannot come clean because she is held hostage by the Brexiteers in her Cabinet and party. This cannot continue.

“We call on the UK Government in its forthcoming white paper to commit to staying inside the single market and customs union recognising that this will require continued alignment with the EU regulatory environment.

“The aim should be a ‘Norway plus’ model on the basis that the red lines set out by the Prime Minister in her Lancaster House speech in January 2017 are not consistent with the national interest.”

Relations between Westminster and Holyrood have become increasingly strained over Brexit.

SNP MPs staged a Commons walkout in protest over the way the EU (Withdrawal) Bill had been dealt with and Ms Sturgeon said Scotland had been “treated with utter contempt”.

Mr Lidington said voters expected the governments across the UK to work together and highlighted how Scotland had voted to remain part of the Union.

He said: “Working together is exactly what people all across the UK want to see their respective governments doing.

“They want to see their lives being improved through joint endeavour. They don’t expect different governments - with politicians from different parties - to agree on everything.

“But they do expect us to keep talking - and listening - to each other, and to co-operate on the big issues that affect us all.

“The UK Government, for its part, is committed to keeping up the pace, and improving the depth, of our co-operation.

“Whatever the inevitable political noise as we unpick the complexities of our membership of the EU, I will ensure that we maintain the depth of our ongoing engagement with the Scottish Government, including this week at the British-Irish Council in Guernsey.

“I hope that the Scottish Government will maintain their own side of that relationship.”

The BIC brings together representatives of the Irish and British governments, the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey crown dependencies.

The council will also discuss the current political situation in Northern Ireland and Mr Varadkar is expected to reiterate his regret that Northern Ireland has no representation because the Executive has still not been restored.

A UK Government spokesman said: “When we leave the EU the whole of the UK - including Wales and Scotland - will be leaving the customs union and single market. There is no change to that position.

“Leaving the customs union means for the first time in 40 years, the UK will have the freedom to strike our own trade deals.

“Our focus is on getting the best deal possible for the UK - one that allows us to take back control of our borders, laws and money.”

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Struggling department store House of Fraser has been given the green light from creditors to axe more than half of its stores, resulting in an estimated 6,000 job losses.

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31 out of its 59 outlets will close their doors through a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), which will also allow it to secure rent reductions on its remaining shops.

READ MORE: House of Fraser to close stores and slash 6,000 jobs

Closures will affect up to 2,000 House of Fraser staff and a further 4,000 across brands and concessions.

House of Fraser secured the backing of more than 75 per cent of creditors, including landlords, for the CVA at a meeting on Friday.

The full list of stores closing:


















High Wycombe


Leamington Spa


London Oxford Street

London King Willam Street


Milton Keynes








The full list of stores remaining open:









Edinburgh (Jenners)



Metro Centre








Loch Lomond Shores (Jenners)

London Victoria

London Westfield

Reading (The Oracle)


Rushden Lakes

Sheffield Meadowhall

Solihull (Beatties)

Sutton Coldfield

West Thurrock Lakeside

House of Fraser said the shops earmarked for closure, including its Oxford Street store, would remain open until early 2019.

The company CEO Alex Williamson warned that the store closures and job losses represented the “last viable” option to save the retailer, with the group at risk of collapse had the CVA been rejected.

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A campaigner has lost a High Court action against the Government’s current policy on gender-neutral passports.

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Christie Elan-Cane believes the UK’s passport application process, which requires individuals to indicate whether they are male or female, is inherently discriminatory.

But a judge, who heard arguments in the case in London in April, dismissed Elan-Cane’s judicial review action on Friday.

Mr Justice Jeremy Baker said that although he was not at present satisfied that the current policy of Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMP0) is unlawful, part of the reasoning for that decision was that a comprehensive review has not been completed.

Elan-Cane, who has fought for more than 25 years to achieve legal and social recognition for non-gendered identity, sees the issue of “X” (for unspecified) passports as a key focal point of the non-gendered campaign.

READ MORE: Controversy over gender neutral uniform policy

During the April proceedings, Elan-Cane’s lawyers challenged the lawfulness of the policy administered by Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMP0), which is part of the Home Office, arguing that it breaches human rights laws.

He was asked to quash the policy and order that it be “reconsidered according to the law”.

The judge had also heard submissions on behalf of the Home Secretary that the case should be dismissed.

Kate Gallafent QC, for Elan-Cane, argued that the policy breaches the right to respect for private life, and the right not to be discriminated against on the basis of gender or sex, under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

She said: “For the claimant, obtaining and using a passport currently involves making a false declaration as to the nature of the claimant’s gender identity, which causes the claimant considerable distress.

“The lack of a non-gender specific passport option impacts on the claimant’s ability to obtain and use a passport on equal terms with persons who identify, and are identified, solely in terms of male or female.”

She told the judge that the impact of the passport office’s refusal to provide for X passports “affects not only non-gendered persons such as the claimant, but a broad section of the public” - including intersex and transgendered people and other individuals with gender dysphoria.

The policy requires Elan-Cane to “make a materially false declaration in respect of that core aspect of the claimant’s human personality or to forbear from holding a passport”.

READ MORE: Government plan for gender neutral toilets

She added: “If the claimant makes such a false declaration, the claimant must deny a fundamental aspect of the claimant’s identity.”

James Eadie QC, on behalf of the Home Secretary, submitted that the policy does not interfere with rights under the ECHR.

He argued that if the policy constituted an interference with Article 8 - the right to respect for private life - it was justified by the need to maintain an administratively coherent system for the recognition of gender, to maintain security and to combat identity theft and fraud, and to ensure security at national borders.

The judge ruled that the current policy of HMPO not to permit Elan-Cane to apply for or be issued with a passport with ‘X’ in the gender/sex field did not amount to an unlawful breach of the right to a personal life under article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

He stressed his conclusion was reached on current evidence, and said Elan-Cane “will be entitled to scrutinise with care the results of the Government’s current review, which will be required to be undertaken without any undue delay”.

The judge added: “I have no doubt that the Government will have well in mind the range of factors which will be required to be considered in the course of that review, which one trusts are now better understood than they may have been at an earlier point in the history of the Government’s consideration of them.”

He said: “It will be necessary for the Government to consider to what extent if any, in an age of increasing social and legal awareness and acceptance of the importance of issues relating to diversity and equality, the recording of an individual’s sex and/or gender in official and other documentation is justified.”

The judge said: “It seems to me that once the review has occurred, then depending upon its outcome and whether and to what extent the identification of those who consider themselves to be non-gendered is legally recognised, the strength of the focused challenge in the present case may be required to be reassessed, in order to determine whether the current policy of the HMPO in relation to the issuing of ‘X’ marked passports continues to be justified.”

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Cabinet divisions flared up last night as Chancellor Philip Hammond hit back at Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s accusation that he is leading attempts to undermine Brexit.

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Mr Hammond insisted the Treasury was not the “enemy of Brexit” as he outlined his vision of Britain forging a trade relationship which builds on 45 years of European Union membership.

Just two weeks ago, a recording emerged in which Mr Johnson told a private dinner of an “inner struggle” within the UK government over the best way to leave the bloc.

The Foreign Secretary claimed Mr Hammond’s department was the “basically the heart of Remain” as it wanted to sacrifice the medium- and long-term benefits of Brexit for fear of “short-term disruption” at borders.

At the annual Mansion House speech in London, the Chancellor hit back, saying: “Our clear long-term goal is to secure an enduring partnership that reflects the four-and-a-half decades the UK has been a member of the EU.”

Mr Hammond said that Britain’s European neighbours were its most important trading partners, that its peoples were connected by centuries of shared history and culture, and the entire continent depended on a mutual commitment to defending it.

“So as we leave the EU we need to forge a new relationship with our European neighbours that protects those patterns of trade, those ­business relationships that have been painstakingly built over ­decades, that maintains low friction borders and open markets,” he said.

Mr Hammond added: “That does not make the Treasury, on my watch, ‘the enemy of Brexit’.

“Rather it makes it the ­champion of prosperity for the British people outside the EU, but working and trading closely with it.”

The Chancellor confirmed plans to boost NHS budgets was the government’s “No 1 priority” in its forthcoming spending review. He echoed Prime Minister Theresa May’s warning that “taxpayers will have to contribute a bit more, in a fair and balanced way, to support the NHS we all use”.

Mr Hammond also insisted a Brexit deal must make sure the City of London and the European Union financial centres remained “highly aligned and deeply interconnected”.

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The World Cup proves Russia has been transformed over the last three decades, writes Brian Wilson

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Well, that’s our quadrennial World Cup week over and we chose five memorable games. Mind you, it would have been difficult to find dull ones in this brilliant ­festival of football and friendship.

The sheer joy for ­thousands of ­Iranians after their last-gasp winner over Morocco was one to savour, supposing they go no further. So too was Iceland’s heroic resistance against mighty Argentina. And good to be in Nizhny Novgorod to see Celtic’s Mikhail Lustig in a ­winning Swedish side.

The Iran victory was all the sweeter because they had to overcome American sanctions, including a craven decision by Nike to stop ­supplying boots, just a week before the event. It turned into a neat metaphor on the uselessness of sanctions as a substitute for diplomacy.

Iran’s Portuguese coach, Carlos Quieroz, said: “We struggle to travel, to have training camps, to bring opponents…. but these ­challenges helped me fall in love with Iran. These difficulties become a source of inspiration to the ­people, it makes them more united, to fight for their country. These boys deserve a smile from the rest of the world.”

So far, the big winner has been Russia itself. Not only have the home team’s performances exceeded expectations, spreading national joy, but the whole event is a triumph of organisation. Light-touch security and the warmth of welcome have confounded stereotypes.

“A propaganda exercise”, the worldly-wise will sneer. But is it not the ambition of every city or ­country to show its best face by ­staging such events, whether it is Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, London’s Olympics or Russia’s World Cup? One man’s propaganda is another’s justified pride.

The deeper question is whether hosting big events changes anything more fundamental than image. Though it is probably hopelessly optimistic, I would like to think this is possible with Russia and how the rest of Europe should relate to it.

Like it or not, this is a dynamic, self-confident society which is only going to become economically stronger, based on phenomenal ­natural resources. Its transformation over three decades is extraordinary and there is every reason to build bridges rather than blow up the ones established in that period.

One striking feature was the young generation’s language skills. A ­decade from now, will we still not be talking to them – even though it is in our own language? I hope ­Russia keeps its doors open since there is nothing like human ­contact for challenging prejudices and ­changing attitudes. We need more tourism and trade, not less.

The Russians, I hear you say, are up to all sorts of foul cyber-play. True, but then our own intelligence community are no slouches and I doubt if they have fallen behind on technology. Again, this creates grounds for engagement rather than a stand-off. If it was possible to negotiate the limitation of nuclear weapons, it should be within the wit of diplomats to stop the escalation of cyber warfare. That certainly won’t happen without talking to each other, firmly and frankly.

Viewed from close up or afar, a ­continuing descent into Cold War hostility makes no sense. The break-up of the Soviet Union removed ­ideological justification for conflict and it will be a 21st century tragedy if an alternative basis is created, whatever the short-term provocations and points of ­difference.

Between football matches, it was not necessary to watch ­Russia Today to discern that the world order is in turmoil. The US ­president is pouring scorn on his supposed allies – blatant lies about German crime rates linked to immigration while Canada now rivals Mexico in his disaffections.

A trade war appears imminent with China promising retaliation. In Europe, a disturbing number of countries are swinging to the far-Right, exploiting fears about migration driven by ill-judged military interventions, armed with the certitudes of Western democracy. And, of course, we have Brexit.

Where do foreign policy imperatives come from in these confusing circumstances? Britain has long been beholden to two doctrines. First, to do whatever Washington requires. Second, usually in accordance with the first, act on the principle of our enemy’s enemy being our friend. The least that can be said is that these have not yielded success.

Invariably, a factor has been that the Russians were on the other side. Perhaps a little flexibility could be allowed. Is Trump always to be ­followed? Who did we actually want to replace Assad with in Syria? In Yemen, should Russia not be a key player in ending a ghastly surrogate war? Diplomatic engagement is the ­prerequisite for sanity.

The decline in relationships has been recent and rapid, accelerated by the Skripal affair. I have found this odd from the start and the ­constabulary’s failure to ­apprehend a perpetrator makes it more so. Skripal was not “a ­Russian spy”, as the British media routinely describes him but a Russian who spied since 1995 – when the Cold War was ­supposedly over – for ­Britain.

In most societies, this is regarded as treachery. Skripal’s British paymasters found him a billet in Salisbury but it was allegedly possible for an agent of the Russian state to approach his door, presumably with collar raised and trilby pulled low, apply poison to the handle and retire without so much as a CCTV camera to inconvenience him.

As the football philosopher, Sir Kenneth Dalglish, might put it: “Mibbes aye, mibbes naw”. ­Perhaps this is what happened, but the absence of a conclusion makes it even less credible that it should be used as a platform for the new Cold War. To adopt World Cup parlance, a Video Action Replay is required.

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Where can you go for ideas, insights and inspiration? Whose information and advice can you trust in an age of fake news? Where can you engage in dialogue and debate on the changes affecting our day to day lives and the kind of society you want?

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The answer? Scotland’s National Academy – the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Established in 1783 for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge, the RSE was born out of the Scottish Enlightenment and remains true to two underpinning principles.

First, a broad understanding and appreciation of different forms of knowledge – with an elected ­Fellowship that encompasses, unusually amongst national academies, the breadth of academic disciplines, but also leading figures from business, the arts and the public and third sectors and, secondly, a strong emphasis on the practical ­application of knowledge for the betterment of society – in the words of our strapline, ‘knowledge made useful’.

We deliver on that mission in a number of ways: inspiring and supporting young ­talent through a wide-ranging programme of research grants and awards, ­science masterclasses, and ­support for the Young Academy of Scotland and engaging the public across Scotland on key contemporary issues through our ­outreach programme, RSE@ and a wide-ranging ­programme of public events.

We also provide impartial advice and expertise to inform policy and practice through in-depth ­examination of major issues and provide expert ­comment on ­topical matters while promoting Scotland’s interests overseas through building relationships with sister academies across the world and facilitating research collaborations.

We know that there are many challenges facing Scotland and the wider world as well as choices to be made about the kind of society we want to live in and our ­Fellows give of their time freely in support of our public benefit role.

Issues facing society or policy makers seldom manifest themselves in narrow disciplinary or sectoral terms and our breadth of expertise enables us to advise across a wide range of issues, a holistic approach harnessing the diversity of expertise.

Our current policy advice work includes revisiting our 2012 review of women in STEM to ­consider progress made and ­further action, a major inquiry into energy supply and demand and an extensive programme of work around the implications of the UK leaving the EU.

While we value and draw heavily on the views and advice of experts from within our Fellowship and the organisations we work with, dialogue with the public is critical in supporting good policy ­decisions and choices.

For many years, RSE has ­supported a wide programme of public engagement – in the last few weeks you could, for example, have taken part in a discussion on innovations in organ transplantation, heard about the design and construction of the Queensferry Crossing or debated the role of ­referendums.

We are keen to build on this ­history of public engagement, bringing it together with our ­policy work, to support informed debate and discussion. That includes thinking about the impact of new scientific knowledge and supporting a wider ­public dialogue to understand how technological developments – from robotics to fracking, gene editing to self-driving cars – are being talked about and thought about to support the ­relevance of research and its application.

How comfortable are we with the automation of personal services? In what circumstances are we happy for our food to be modified? What trade-offs are we ­willing to accept between privacy and improved health diagnostics? As well as understanding the opportunities offered by new technology, and the evidence underpinning policy choice on issues as diverse as migration to taxation, energy to environmental protection, we need to reflect on our values and the kind of society we want to be and to live in.

The Scottish Enlightenment was rooted in discussion and debate: it helped shape new knowledge, drive discovery and foster new insights and ideas. RSE wants to support a modern enlightenment of conversation and debate, bringing people together and harnessing collective knowledge for the ­benefit of society. Come and join us in those discussions.

Rebekah Widdowfield is CEO of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, www.therse.org.uk

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With the World Cup now in full swing, many a fan will be heading to their local pub to follow the action, despite the disappointment of ­Scotland failing to qualify. It’s at times like these we are reminded that our pubs are a national asset, ­serving as a hub for communities across the country, as well as being a crucial contributor to Scotland’s world-leading tourism industry.

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These are exciting times for beer and pub lovers in Scotland. Breweries are springing up across the ­country and new investment is securing the future of traditional brands.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s pubs are also evolving, with significant investments ensuring they can adapt to meet modern customer tastes; offering top quality food and a more extensive range of non-alcoholic drinks among other changes aimed at catering to the whole family. Just this week Heineken UK announced that it is making its largest ever annual investment in Star Pubs & Bars in Scotland, investing £4.4 million ­during 2018 on major transformational refurbishments across the country.

The beer and pub industry is also crucial to the wider Scottish ­economy. Every year the sector ­contributes £1.73 billion to the ­economy, with £992m in direct taxes in the form of excise duty, VAT, business rates, employment taxes and ­corporation tax. Almost 60,000 jobs are dependent on beer and pubs, with around 40 per cent held by under 25s, allowing young people not just a first experience of work, but increasingly a rewarding career in brewing and hospitality.

In addition, the industry ­provides key financial support to Scottish sport through sponsorship and advertising from grassroots to professional ­level. Increasingly the industry is also sponsoring community events and festivals. Pubs and brewers are supporting the communities they serve.

It hasn’t all been good news for the sector though and it’s no secret that the industry has faced some major challenges over the last ten to 15 years.

The smoking ban; restrictions on promotions; increases in beer duty and the beer duty escalator; increases to the minimum wage and introduction of pension auto-enrolment; changes to the drink-drive ­limit; unprecedented increases in business rates and further regulations have all impacted economically. We don’t argue against the benefits of these policies but there has to be an acknowledgement of their impact on an industry where margins are ever tighter and survival can be a day-to-day struggle.

The recession also had a major impact on our industry, not just because people had less money but also because of the way consumer spending habits have changed.

Moreover, with beer duty among the highest in Europe – 13 times that of Germany – it is simply impossible for pubs to attract customers with lower prices, like other industries might. The realities of Brexit will also undoubtedly hit the industry with European and foreign workers ­making up significant proportion of our workforce. Even President Trump is impacting on the viability of running a pub, with the latest steel and aluminum tariffs affecting ­production costs for brewers.

The industry is up for the challenge though and we have a clear vision of what sustaining and enhancing a successful beer and pub sector in Scotland involves. Key is the continued investment we have seen from entrepreneurs, pub companies and breweries in recent years. Whilst there is always the potential for further regulation of our sector, our fear, and the fear of publicans, is that some regulation can carry unintended consequences, and risk the investment drying up. These fears aren’t unfounded, with proposals in train at Holyrood such as the Tied Pubs Bill, as well as considerations of “over-provision” at local authority level.

We must all work together to protect the pubs that lie at the heart of Scotland’s communities.

Brigid Simmonds, chief ­executive of the Scottish Beer and Pub ­Association.

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The Windrush scandal has left British-Caribbeans feeling like “second-class citizens” and will make celebrations marking 70 years since the generation’s beginning “bittersweet”, MP David Lammy has said.

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The Labour politician, who has been a vocal critic of the “hostile environment” that caused members of the Windrush generation to be wrongly deported and denied access to basic rights, also renewed calls for an independent inquiry into the scandal.

READ MORE: Who are the Windrush Generation?

He was speaking ahead of today’s 70th anniversary of the generation’s beginning when about 500 Caribbeans stepped off the Empire Windrush in Tilbury Docks, Essex, to join the effort to rebuild post-war Britain.

Mr Lammy said: “I think it’s a moment to celebrate the people who gave so much and took so little, but it is a little bittersweet.

“I think the Windrush scandal of late has left a very nasty taste in the mouth and there will be many Britons who feel sad that that has happened.”

READ MORE: Home Office ‘set targets’ for deportations

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has also called on the Government to reveal the full extent of the scandal and to publish figures on the number of people affected.

The politician, who has written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, said: “Warm words about commemorating the Windrush generation are not enough.”

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A dad-of-two died almost instantly when a cloud of ammonia gas used to chill beer exploded in his face at a Calsberg factory, an inquest heard.

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David Chandler, 45, passed away at the plant where he was working as a contracted engineer after being sent in “like a canary down a mine” to carry out repairs.

Rescue crews dashed to the scene following the toxic leak and 22 people, including 11 staff, two police officers and nine fire-fighters, were taken to hospital.

Mr Chandler was pronounced dead in hospital and a post mortem revealed he died as a result of inhaling ammonia at the factory in Northampton on November 9, 2016.

READ MORE: One dead after ‘horror’ accident

Northamptonshire Coroners Court heard how gas had escaped from a valve in the compressor unit before a “great blue cloud of smoke” exploded in Mr Chandler’s face.

The leak happened during work on the compressor - which uses ammonia to chill products used in brewing beer.

Karl Hurst, representing Mr Chandler’s family, told the inquest: “Somehow that valve became open.

“And somehow the valve beneath it allowed ammonia to escape from it.”

He questioned the safety of the operation by comparing the engineers working on the compressor to “a canary down the mine”.

Co-worker Clive Bignall said he and a colleague Stuart Wright has been trying to move the compressor using an overhead hoist when the toxic leak occurred.

Holding back tears, he told the court: “The ammonia nearly hit me in the face as well.

READ MORE: Edinburgh climber fell to death

“A cloud of bright blue smoke came straight out this pipe straight into Dave’s face.”

He said he had run out of the factory and desperately tried to phone Mr Chandler after the site was evacuated.

Mr Bignall also told the jury how their company Speedrite Ltd “would not have been anywhere near” the machine if they knew ammonia was in the pipe.

Anthony Warren, a pipe fitter who was working at the factory at the time, told the jury how he first realised something was wrong.

He said: “These two men were running towards me.

“They were shouting to get out... there was thick cloud behind them.”

The inquest was told how the pipe had been “isolated” and emptied at least two years before and was being worked on as part of an energy efficiency project.

Coroner Philip Barlow said there was “no dispute” to the fact Mr Chandler died “from the inhalation of ammonia”.

He said the questions for the jury sitting at Northampton County Hall, was how that ammonia came to be discharged and how it could have been prevented.

David, of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, was married to Laura, 33. They had two daughters, Ava, seven, and four-year-old Isabella.

At the time of his death, his family paid tribute and said: “David was a happy person, he always had a smile on his face, was always happy to help others and you would never hear anyone say a bad thing about him.

“Not only do Laura, Ava and Isabella have to learn to cope with this, but also David’s two sisters and father who are left devastated and heartbroken.”

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Former Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon has died at the age of 32

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A Northumbria Police spokesperson confirmed the news saying: “At about 8.27pm yesterday (June 20) police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased.

“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.”

It is not yet known how Sophie died.

She made history on Love Island as one half of the show’s first same-sex couple after she coupled up with Katie Salmon.

Olivia Buckland, who was in the villa with Sophie, paid tribute.

She said: “You helped us through so much. Your smile was one in a million. The world failed. I send all my love and my thoughts to you today. To your family and your loved ones. I cannot work out what to say. RIP you beautiful beautiful woman. I’m so lucky to have met you.”

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The constitutional clashes between the Scottish and UK governments are only getting louder, writes Tom Peterkin

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By and large Lord Sewel has endeavoured to keep a low profile ever since he was filmed apparently snorting cocaine in the company of naked prostitutes.

Who can blame him? The newspaper exposé of the Labour peer’s colourful bedroom habits in 2015 somewhat confounded the old adage that all publicity is good publicity.

In such circumstances it is perhaps unsurprising that Lord Sewel has been of the view that a spell away from the public eye might be in the best interests of everyone.

Therefore it must have been a particularly pressing issue to lure Lord Sewel back into mainstream politics.

This week Lord Sewel felt sufficiently strongly about the political convention drawn up in his name, to give his views on the Scottish Government’s dispute with the UK government over the distribution of EU powers post Brexit.

Rows centred on the finer points of the Sewel Convention lack the excitement and sheer entertainment value of a good fashioned sex and drugs scandal. But at the moment it is about the best that the Scottish political scene can come up with when it comes to political fun and games.

Before he became better known for his personal pecadilloes, Lord Sewel was one of the architects of devolution and was responsible for drawing up the convention that Westminster should “not normally” legislate in devolved areas.

This convention has been at the nub of the SNP complaints that Westminster has “ripped up” the devolution settlement by going ahead with the EU Withdrawal Bill when Holyrood has failed to give it consent.

Helpfully for the UK government, Lord Sewel took a different view when he was collared on the issued by the BBC earlier this week. He said the “size and scale” of Brexit meant the UK government was justified in legislating without the support of MSPs.

He argued that the “not normally” phrase in his convention recognised the possibility that “something quite out of the ordinary would happen, which would mean the UK parliament would be required to legislate in a devolved matter even without the permission of the Scottish Parliament”.

He added: “I think we’re all pretty well agreed that Brexit and leaving the EU is a major constitutional adjustment. We don’t live in normal times, in other words.”

The UK government may have reason to welcome Lord Sewel’s re-emergence from obscurity as well as his declaration that the UK is not in the throws of a constitutional crisis. But it goes without saying that his intervention will do nothing to deter SNP politicians from milking as much political capital as they can what they have labelled a Brexit “power grab”.

One of the challenges that the SNP faces is managing to persuade voters that their cause justifies the stormy rhetoric and grand gestures, typified by the SNP’s Westminster walk-out last week.

On the face of it there is a sound common sense argument for what the UK government is trying to do – freeze some returning EU powers in 24 devolved areas for a limited number of years so that UK frameworks can be drawn up to protect the UK internal market. Even the SNP has conceeded that it makes sense for UK frameworks to ensure a level playing field when it comes to items such as food labelling and animal welfare regulations north and south of the Border.

Despite the vast majority of powers repatriated from the EU in devolved areas going to Holyrood, the SNP is objecting to Westminster’s temporary retention of powers in the 24 devolved areas.

To many it seems a strangely nebulous difference of opinion for a political party to go to the barricades on.

But the row escalated dramatically when the Scottish Parliament voted against giving consent to the UK government’s EU Withdrawal Bill on the grounds that it disrespected devolution. That vote saw the SNP, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens reject the legislation by 93 votes against the 30 votes cast by the Tories. That catapulted the row into new territory, pitting Holyrood against Westminster – raising questions of parliamentary sovereignty, which the SNP are desperate to exploit.

Unfortunately things have already begun to turn ugly. The SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford was so outraged by the treatment of devolution that he meted out some pretty rough treatment to Scottish Secretary David Mundell. In a Westminster debate on devolution on Monday, Mr Blackford resorted to a personal attack on the Scottish Secretary describing him as “yellow”, “a dismal failure” and a “disgrace” for not fighting Scotland’s corner.

Meanwhile at Holyrood, the scene is being set for more argy-bargy. Scotland’s Brexit minister Michael Russell spent Tuesday afternoon suggesting that Lord Sewel’s convention should be embedded in law – a demand that will be knocked back by the UK government because it would amount to Holyrood getting a veto over Westminster legislation.

With both sides digging in, the arguments are only likely to become louder. With the SNP enjoying a membership surge of more than 5,000 since last week’s Westminster walk-out, Nicola Sturgeon’s hope must be that more are converted to her cause. Whether the powers issue at stake is compelling enough to change widespread public opinion remains to be seen. What is more certain is that none of this bodes well for those hoping politicians can set aside their differences and make the most of the hand dealt by Brexit.

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One of the world’s most famous animal paintings, The Monarch Of The Glen, is going on display at The National Gallery in London for the first time in more than 160 years.

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Edwin Landseer’s large depiction of a stag will be the centrepiece of an exhibition on the close connections between the 19th-century artist and the gallery.

The exhibition will also include paintings and drawings connected with the lions that Landseer designed for Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

READ MORE: Leader comment: £4m for Monarch of the Glen is a price worth paying

It will highlight the artist’s close relationship to Queen Victoria, who he taught etching and accompanied to the Scottish Highlands, and will include paintings and drawings by Landseer of Highland scenes “showing how he developed his distinctive approach to the representation of the stag as hero.”

The Monarch Of The Glen, to be displayed at the gallery this autumn for the first time since 1851, was commissioned for the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

It has been loaned by the National Galleries of Scotland, which acquired the work in 2017 following a public fundraising appeal.

The National Gallery also announced it will display Impressionist paintings from The Courtauld Gallery, bought in the 1920s by Samuel Courtauld, alongside works from its own collections which the businessman financed and helped acquire.

READ MORE: Museum hits back at shock claims Monarch of the Glen deer is actually English

Opening this autumn, Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet To Cezanne will trace the development of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings with over 40 masterpieces from Daumier to Bonnard.

The Courtauld Gallery is closing temporarily in September as part of a major transformation project.

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Prestwick Airport chiefs today hinted at potentially dropping passenger flights because they lose money.

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Chief executive Stewart Adams told MSPs a review had been launched to identify which operations at the loss-making airport were profitable and which were \"a real drain on resource\".

Giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament's rural economy and connectivity committee, he said: \"The cost of passenger operations will be looked at.

\"The passenger side of the business does not make money.\"

Glasgow Shettleston SNP MSP and committee member John Mason, who raised the issue, later tweeted: \"Passenger side does not appear to be profitable. Perhaps airport could continue without passengers.\"

Ryanair is the South Ayrshire airport's sole passenger operator, almost all of whose passengers are holidaying Scots and few of them visitors.

Its passenger total increased in the year to March by 3.5 per cent to 702,000.

However, that compares to Glasgow Airport's 5.8 per cent growth to 9.9 million passengers in 2017, and Edinburgh Airport's 8.6 per cent rise to 13.4m.

Mr Adams said Prestwick had contacted 23 airlines to try to persuade them to fly from Prestwick.

He said those showing interest included a Cypriot airline, but it did not have sufficient pilots to launch flights this summer.

Mr Adams also said attracting London flights would be \"very, very difficult\" because of the number of flights from Glasgow, and the need for three or four a day from Prestwick to attract business travellers.

Prestwick was bought by the Scottish Government in 2013 for £1 to avert closure.

MSPs on the committee said the airport had since been loaned £40 million but had lost as much since the acquisition - £25m - as it had in the previous four years.

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Mike Rumbles claimed taxpayers would never get their money back.

However, Scottish Conservative Ayr MSP John Scott said the value of the airport's 800-acre site as building land would surpass that.

He said: \"If the business went belly up, the Scottish Government would still get its money back.\"

Prestwick chairman Andrew Miller said it had received several offers to buy the airport, but it did not want to sell the site for housing.

He also said there were \"robust signs of growth\", such as in military flights.

Property occupancy had also increased from 50 to 90 per cent.

Mr Miller said: \"I firmly believe Prestwick can have a distinctive future as a multi-faceted centre.

\"We will have a solution and a way forward by the end of the year.\"

Prestwick is also hoping to be chosen as a hub for construction materials for Heathrow airport's third runway, but it is competing with nine other Scottish sites.

Its bid to become the UK's spaceport for horizontal launches has also been delayed.

Scottish Conservatives transport spokesman and committee member Jamie Greene said later: “Despite receiving a staggering £40m taxpayer subsidy over six years, it is astonishing to learn the senior team at Prestwick has never once worked out the profitability or loss of its passenger operations.

“By their own admission, the prospects of funding new airline customers is looking increasingly bleak and distant in such a competitive market.

“Surely we are close to crunch time on deciding whether it is right to subsidise Ryanair’s commercial operations in this way with taxpayer’s money.

“There is a duty on the Prestwick executive board to admit the reality of the airport’s future prospects and focus on those parts of the business which might be profitable instead.”

Mr Rumbles said later: “I would not advise anybody to invest in Prestwick.

“The company is a dead duck and has lost money for nine straight years.

“When I pressed the committee witnesses on when the Scottish tax payer could expect to get this back, the directors had no answer.

“It’s quite clear that if they did ever ask for the money back the airport would go bust.”

The Scottish Government said the airport operated on a commercial basis at arm’s length, and ministers did not intervene in specific commercial discussions.

A spokesman said: “The Scottish Government wants Prestwick to continue to grow as an aviation facility with a long-term future.”

A spokeswoman for the airport said: “We are delighted we continue to be seen as key to Ryanair’s operations in Scotland.

“We continue to press hard to attract new operators and in the last year we approached 23 passenger airlines.

“This work continues apace but it is the management team’s firm view that success in turning Prestwick around will come with a broader approach to business development.

“Prestwick as a sustainable proposition points to focusing on its strengths as a niche airport, one less dominated by air passenger operations than rivals.

“Prestwick’s potential as a spaceport and the airport’s key role in Ayrshire’s bid to become a logistics hub for Heathrow’s expansion remain major development opportunities.”

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Men wearing kilts will also be protected by plans for a ban on upskirting in England and Wales, it has been disclosed in the Lords.

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Baroness Vere of Norbiton, speaking for the Government, said the proposed new law would protect the “bodily dignity” of both men and women.

READ MORE: New law to ban ‘upskirting’ blocked by one Tory MP

She said this would include “kilt upskirting”, as she repeated the answer to an urgent question on the issue made on Monday in the Commons.

Ministers announced a new law would be introduced after a Tory MP blocked a backbench Bill to ban the practice of surreptitiously taking photos of underwear.

READ MORE: MP who blocked legislation on upskirting says he is being scapegoated

Sir Christopher Chope faced a furious backlash after he objected to the proposed Bill last Friday and his parliamentary office has since been adorned with four pairs of knickers, bound together with a pink ribbon, in protest.

Scotland has already passed laws against upskirting.

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A tweet by Lord Sugar about the Senegal World Cup team has sparked calls for his sacking from the BBC show The Apprentice after he was accused of racist stereotyping.

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The millionaire businessman has deleted the Twitter post, in which he compared the Senegal team to beach vendors, but has since been unrepentant and called it ‘funny’.

The Apprentice boss tweeted a picture of the sports team, which had been edited to include a picture of handbags and sunglasses laid out on sheets.

Lord Sugar wrote: “I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multi tasking resourceful chaps.”

READ MORE: Councillor suspended following racism row

After responding to a few people who had criticised his post, Lord Sugar removed it.

He tweeted: “Just been reading the reaction to my funny tweet about the guy on the beach in Marbella. Seems it has been interpreted in the wrong way as offensive by a few people . Frankly I cant see that I think it’s funny. But I will pull it down if you insist.”

He previously tweeted, to a follower who asked when he would apologise: “I cant see what I have to apologise for ... you are OTT ... its a bloody joke.”

READ MORE: Diversity training ‘won’t cure racism’

In another post in response to someone who had said it was “not an OK tweet”, Lord Sugar wrote: “why not it is meant to be funny ... for god sake.”

His post came the morning after Senegal beat Poland 2-1 to in their first game of the World Cup in Russia.

BBC journalist Babita Sharma posted: “A shocking, vile tweet that you take a screen grab of because you know it will soon be deleted.”

Another Twitter user wrote: “This is neither banter nor a joke. It’s pure racism and @Lord_Sugar should be ashamed of himself. Don’t forget folks that as a member of the House of Lords, this man is a legislator!”

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Archaeologists have raised the alarm over loss and damage caused by nighthawks in the illegal search for treasure along Hadrian’s Wall.

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More than 50 holes dug by people undertaking illegal metal detecting have been found at the Brunton Turret section of the 1,900-year-old World Heritage Site, government heritage agency Historic England said.

Nighthawks, the term for illegal metal detectorists, have targeted the turret and well-preserved section of wall, which was built by the men of the Twentieth Legion of the Roman Army, in their search for ancient artefacts.

READ MORE: Why couldn’t the Romans hold and conquer Scotland?

The ruins of the Brunton Turret section are surrounded by further buried archaeological remains from the frontier of the Roman empire, which are very vulnerable to damage from nighthawks, Historic England said.

The discovery is the latest in a spate of nighthawking incidents along the wall, at Corbridge, Housesteads and Steel Rigg, over the last three years.

All the sites are protected as scheduled monuments where using a metal detector without proper authorisation is a criminal offence.

Historic England is calling on visitors to Hadrian’s Wall and Tyne Valley residents to report illegal metal detecting which is “causing loss and damage to our shared cultural heritage”.

READ MORE: Travel: Crossing Hadrian’s Wall in Carlisle
Mike Collins, Historic England’s inspector of ancient monuments at Hadrian’s Wall, said: “We know that the majority of the metal-detecting community complies with the laws and regulations regarding discovery and recovery of objects from the land.

“But the small number of people who steal artefacts and damage ancient sites are breaking the law and robbing us all of the knowledge and understanding that objects from the past can give us.

“These nighthawks are committing a criminal offence and we’d like everyone’s help to ensure they are caught. Together we can protect the precious shared legacy that our archaeological sites hold.”

Mark Harrison, head of heritage crime and policing advice for Historic England, said: “Illegal metal detecting is not a victimless crime.

“We may never see or fully understand the objects taken or damaged because they have been removed from their original sites with no care or record as to their history or context.”

He added: “Historic England will continue to work with Northumbria Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the metal detecting community to identify the small criminal minority who are intent on causing loss and damage to our shared cultural heritage and to bring them to justice.”

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Earlier this year a graduate from a Scottish university, who has lived in the UK for more than a decade, encountered ‘migration control’ without leaving Glasgow.

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It seems that after Mustafa Ali Baig corrected an error on his tax return, with no tax outstanding, the Home Office concluded that it would be undesirable for him to remain in the UK. He lost his job, his home and his ability to travel as a result.

But Glasgow is where his community is, where he works and volunteers, and where he met his fiancée. He has come to belong in Glasgow and he had no reason to think this would change.

Ali Baig is now challenging Home Office plans to deport him to Pakistan. Similar stories have been emerging across the UK for around a decade, escalating in recent months. Outrage at the impact of ‘migration control’ on members of the Windrush generation contributed to Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s ­resignation in April.

‘Migration’ usually refers to people moving from one place to another to settle for a time. ‘International migration’ involves crossing international borders. ‘Migration control’, then, is presumably about controlling this movement. The trouble is, often it isn’t.

Ali Baig was not migrating when he encountered ‘migration control’ and this encounter did not interrupt any migration plans. One day he was a Glaswegian like his neighbours. The next day he was reclassified as merely in Glasgow and was fighting to stay. This is not an example of migration control anomalously affecting the wrong person. Cases like this uncover a bigger picture in which ‘migration control’ policies are not about migration, but about who can be a member of society, artificially defining some people as outsiders to it.

It is important to observe that Ali Baig has not been served with a ­criminal charge but is being ­punished for a supposed offence of character (the error he corrected in his tax return) through ‘migration control’.

For a society to be governed by the rule of law everyone must be equal before the law. If anyone is suspected of a crime there are formal processes for investigating and, if necessary, punishing them. If there is no crime there should be no punishment. The rule of law is undermined when ‘migration control’ creates a parallel system of norms, processes, threats and punishments for some members of society and not others.

In April, the UK Parliament heard about another Glaswegian (who chose to remain anonymous). He arrived in the UK from Kenya half a century ago on his mother’s British passport. He was eight. He moved to Glasgow around 25 years ago and raised a family.

The BBC reports that in 2014, when offered a new job, new rules required his employer to check his passport. He didn’t have one. He’d never left the UK and had used his National Insurance number to work. Upon ­applying for a passport he was informed that he was an illegal immigrant. He lost his job and became financially dependent on his children, fighting an expensive – and eventually ­successful – legal battle to remain. He describes his experience as ‘soul-destroying’. He told the BBC: ‘I don’t know any other country. Why would I not think I was British?’

Like those from the Empire Windrush, he was suddenly displaced from core social institutions because of new policies couched in the apparent legal objectivity of ‘migration control’.

Today, members of society must prove their eligibility for inclusion in its institutions, and are assumed excludable otherwise. But does a state have the right to suddenly choose which of us can be included in society and which cannot? History shows problems that arise when the composition of society is contrived to serve state institutions.

These stories are not to be taken lightly. More and more members of ­society are suddenly losing jobs, homes, and access to healthcare. Where ­individuals become homeless as a result, they may be blocked from ­destitution support.

Families are being separated. ­Individuals are languishing in ­detention without trial and without being told when they will be released. They are even at risk of being forcibly sent overseas.

Recent cases that elicit public outrage help highlight what is going wrong more generally. This is what happens when ‘migration control’ isn’t about migration.

Tendayi Bloom is a lecturer in Politics and International Studies at The Open University. She is author of Noncitizenism: Recognising Noncitizen Capabilities in a World of Citizens and co-editor of Understanding Statelessness.

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Five people were injured after an explosion at a London Tube station thought to have been caused by a battery short circuit.

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Officers were called to reports of people running at Southgate Tube station shortly after 7pm on Tuesday.

A man on a “packed” escalator said some people had been “trampled” in the commotion.

READ MORE: Minor explosion reported at London Tube station

London Ambulance Service said two people had been taken to hospital and three others were treated at the scene in north London for minor injuries.

A spokeswoman said: “We have treated three patients at the scene for minor injuries and have taken two people to hospital.”

The Metropolitan Police said: “It appears at this stage that the cause of the explosion was a battery short circuit.

“The Met Police and BTP (British Transport Police) are working together to establish the full facts.”

James Ayton, 34, from Southgate, was on the “packed” escalator when he saw a “quick burst” of flames at the top and said everyone “legged it”.

He said there had been a “very rapid whooshing sound”.

He added: “A few people got trampled on on the escalator. There was screaming.

“An old woman got trampled on. I had to carry a woman up the stairs. I think she was in shock to be honest. She couldn’t walk, shaking.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan praised emergency services for “a swift and professional response” to the incident.

British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed the incident was not believed to be terror-related.

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Today people around the world are gathering to ­celebrate World Refugee Day. Here in Scotland, refugees, ­communities and support groups from across the country are getting together at George Square in ­Glasgow to mark the day and stand in solidarity with people who have been forced to flee their homes.

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As a refugee myself, today provides an opportunity for me to reflect on my own experience of being ­welcomed into Scottish society.

I was granted asylum in the UK last year; hoping to settle here and start a new life away from persecution and oppression in Sudan.

After arriving in Glasgow last ­summer, my first impression was of the people: of their genuine, spontaneous friendship and ­hospitality. I admired and envied their ­kindness and the generosity offered to ­newcomers, especially in times where humanity is demoralised by wars, injustice and man-made ­disasters.

In my experience, this welcoming attitude is also reflected by the Scottish Government who have stepped up to resettle refugees and lead ­integration initiatives, including helping people to access education and healthcare.

Charities too have a key role to play in welcoming refugees and helping people integrate. Through the ­Scottish Refugee Council I was ­introduced to Future Skills; a six-month training programme for women delivered by Oxfam Scotland. Future Skills aims to empower and support women as they learn new skills, build confidence and get work experience through training workshops, coaching and volunteer placements in Oxfam shops.

As a single parent on a low income, the main challenge I faced in joining the Future Skills programme was childcare; but with Oxfam’s financial help to cover nursery costs during my volunteer shifts and through the ­provision of a creche during workshops, I was able to fully participate.

Getting involved with Future Skills was a chance to integrate into my new community. Having never worked in customer services or sales before, volunteering in Oxfam’s shops gave me the opportunity to practice English and learn new skills including communication, teamwork, and budgeting. I really enjoyed it; I met people from different backgrounds, made friends and visited new places.

I also had access to individual coaching sessions provided by professionals. Receiving this motivation and guidance encouraged me to push through my doubts and fears and become more confident.

The programme also included a ­visit to the Scottish Parliament where we met Alison Johnstone MSP, who shared an inspiring story of how she became interested in politics through advocating for local communities. In turn, we told her about the challenges we faced and what we needed the Government to do to help us move forwards with our lives.

As a refugee, the Future Skills ­programme gave me vital experience. It also gave me a sense of direction and achievement. I’m so proud of the progress I’ve made, and this September I’m going to be taking on another exciting challenge as I start an access course at Glasgow University.

I’m confident of success; obtaining a new qualification and skill set will help me contribute even more to my new community. I hope my experience inspires other refugee women across Scotland to engage actively in their new communities instead of falling prey to isolation and vulnerability.

During my time here, I’ve grown very fond of Glasgow and its people, its streets, and even its buskers. As a New Scot, I’ve been discovering all of the things that make this country special: as a poetry lover I’ve become enchanted by Robert Burns, and the views surrounding Loch Lomond have taken my breath away. I’ve yet to try the legendary haggis, neeps and tatties though!

When I look back to the day I first arrived at Glasgow; in a state of despair and devastation after being forced to abandon my life and ­family, I realise that I have learned a valuable lesson about compassion and generosity and how they magically transform lives and bring people together regardless of their differences.

So, my wee message to governments around the world on World Refugee Day? The key to ending ­people’s ­suffering is to appreciate diversity and embrace everyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, colour or belief.

Eiman Mirghani is a chemistry student, blogger, advocate for peace and New Scot. She is originally from Sudan.

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Police have been called to reports of an explosion at a London Tube station.

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A small number of people have had to be treated at the scene in north London, British Transport Police said.

Officers were called to reports of a minor explosion and “people running” at Southgate Tube station shortly after 7pm on Tuesday.

Emergency services are at the scene and the station is closed.

The Metropolitan Police said: “Inquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the reported explosion, which appears to have been minor.

“We are not aware of any serious injury.”

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Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a review of the medicinal use of cannabis which could lead to patients in the UK being prescribed drugs derived from the banned plant.

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Mr Javid announced the move in a statement to the House of Commons yesterday in the wake of a series of appeals from parents, including Karen Gray from Edinburgh, whose five-year-old son Murray, suffers from severe epilepsy seizures.

But he ruled out any move to legalise the use of cannabis for recreational purposes, despite widespread calls to allow even greater access to the drug.

Several parents, including Mrs Gray, have appealed for their children to be able to access medications which can alleviate epilepsy and a range of other illnesses. Former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill, SNP MP Tommy Sheppard and Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton joined a host of voices, including Tory peer Lord Hague, in calling for the drug to be fully legalised.

The Home Secretary also announced he had authorised a licence to be issued for six-year-old Alfie Dingley after the boy’s mother said she had been waiting three months for Prime Minister Theresa May to fulfil a personal assurance that he would be allowed to receive cannabis oil.

But speaking to the House of Commons, Mr Javid stressed that the class B drug would remain banned for ­recreational use.

Mr MacAskill said: “I support legalisation of cannabis.

“Laws have to have public support as well as public merit. This has ­neither.

“Medicinal cannabis has merit and recreational cannabis is now becoming normal for a great many and seeking to criminalise them is wrong.

“Canada has legalised medicinal since 2001 and is legalising all [uses] in a few months’ time. Society has neither collapsed, nor is it anticipated. As I will argue, let’s tax and spend.”

Mr Javid told MPs the review would be held in two parts. The first, led by chief medical officer Sally Davies, will make recommendations on which ­cannabis-based medicines might offer patients real medical and therapeutic benefits.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs will consider in the second part of the review whether changes should be made to the classification of these products on an assessment of “the balance of harms and public health needs”.

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The announcement of the review came days after Mr Javid intervened to permit the use of cannabis oil to treat ­severely epileptic boy Billy Caldwell, 12, who was admitted to hospital with seizures after supplies that his mother brought from Canada were confiscated at Heathrow.

Mrs Gray, a mother-of-three whose son Murray was diagnosed with myoclonic astatic epilepsy in December after suffering 12 seizures in one month, said the review decision had given her “fresh hope”. She delivered a petition with more than 170,000 signatures to Downing Street in April with the aim of triggering debate.

She added: “I feel we’re getting closer and there are loads of families now stepping up and asking for medicinal cannabis to be made available on the NHS, especially those with children who suffer epilepsy seizures.

“The cases of Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley shows that the oil helps with the seizures and can stop them.

“So, obviously I believe all children with seizures should be given the chance to use this and it is giving me a bit of hope with Murray because I’ve been campaigning for months now to get him it and I’ve done my research.”

In a newspaper article, Lord Hague said the case of Billy Caldwell had shown the law around cannabis to be “inappropriate, ineffective and utterly out of date”.

Licensing medicinal cannabis would be a step forward, but the government should also consider legalising the drug as Canada is on the verge of doing, he said.

Mr Sheppard said he “completely agreed” with Lord Hague over the wider issue of fully legalising cannabis.

He said: “I actually think MPs are behind the public on this one. People realise, they don’t want their taxes to pay for police officers to go around busting people for smoking joints. It’s ridiculous. There’s far more important things for the police to be doing and now that the medical benefits have been recognised, it’s going to be even harder to draw a line between recreational and medical use.”

He added: “I think it’s worth stressing that all of this is a reserved matter for Westminster, but we can’t go too far in this debate without opening up a discussion about whether or not it should be devolved.

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“It’s absurd that Holyrood is in charge of health policy that sort of has to mop up after drug abuse and the criminal justice system, which has to uphold the law and is unable to make the laws itself. That’s a devolution anomaly that needs to be looked at.”

Clare Pelham, chief executive of the Epilepsy Society, said: “I am delighted the government has reacted so promptly to William Hague’s call to legalise the recreational use of cannabis – and sorry that he has conflated two ­distinct issues.

“The most important single question is the wellbeing of sick children with epilepsy. Comparing the use of an illegal recreational drug to a potentially life-saving medicine is about as relevant as introducing the question of increasing the motorway speed limit to a discussion about the safety of baby car seats.”

Mr Cole Hamilton said: “We routinely give patients horse tranquilisers [ketamine] and heroin, both of which can have devastating side-effects, but our warped approach to anti-drugs legislation has seen ­doctors prevented from prescribing cannabis therapies which have a huge range of uses and very few side-effects.”

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Britain is moving towards a “German housing model” with a greater percentage of the population renting, a study has claimed - with two thirds of renters saying they have no intention of purchasing a property.

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The report found that people increasingly said they did not want to be tied down to living in a specific area and wanted flexibility to travel abroad.

Traditionally, people in Germany do not tend to rush to buy a property, opting instead to rent their home. The Direct Line study found that when it comes to levels of home ownership, official statistics place the UK ahead of only Denmark, Austria and Germany in terms of the proportion of owner-occupied dwellings.

Scotland has a higher proportion of renters than any other area of the UK, with 43 per cent of the adult Scottish population paying a landlord rather than a mortgage, the report found.

While affordability is cited as a reason for people not thinking they will buy a home, with 44 per cent of Scots citing it as a major reason to continue renting, a quarter of Scots not looking to buy claim they simply do not want the financial commitment that comes with owning a home.

For others, the attractiveness of not owning is flexibility, with 17 per cent of Scots - far higher thabn then UK average of 9 per cent - wanting to be free to travel and seven per cent saying they do not wanting to be tied to a local area.

Over a fifth of those not planning to buy think the cost of maintaining a property is too high and would rather have a landlord deal with any issues that may arise.

Christina Dimitrov, business manager at Direct Line for Business, said: “The UK housing market continues to change and we are seeing a major attitudinal shift when it comes to renting. While price is a factor, many people are increasingly comfortable with the flexibility afforded by renting a property rather than jumping into home ownership.”

Across the whole of the UK, London has the highest number of renters, with its 2.7 million tenants accounting for a sixth of all British renters.

Despite London’s fast-growing property market, which has seen prices rise by more than £12,000 in the past year, the UK capital is the region people expect to spend the shortest time renting before buying a home. The average Londoner expects to spend under 12 years renting compared to the national average of 15 years and two months.

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Petrol stations are overcharging drivers by a minimum of £2.50 per tank, a new report has found.

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Analysis from FairFuel UK found the price of petrol and diesel had surged by 5p a litre since early May while wholesale costs have risen by only a fraction of a penny.

Fuel retailers are enjoying a £500million windfall while drivers are stuck paying £2.50 extra for a 50-litre tank.

Fuel prices are now at their highest in three and a half years.

While these increases were initially sparked by rising oil costs and a weaker pound, the Brent Crude price has since fallen back.

This has not resulted in any reductions in the price at the pump, leading to criticism for industry experts.

Commenting on the situation, RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams described May as a “hellish month for motorists”.

AA’s fuel spokesman Luke Bosdet explained: “Less than a month ago, the petrol retailers were falling over themselves to warn of pump prices at record levels.

“Now that the price of oil has fallen away and fuel costs have followed, in true form they have kept quiet and carried on charging cash-strapped motorists the maximum for their fuel.”

The news comes after it was revealed that motorists were being charged up to 20 pence more per litre for filling up outside of city centres.

Scottish Conservative MP and chair of the FairFuel APPG, Kirstene Hair, is calling for the UK Government to look at fuel duty cuts for areas like Tayside and to set up an independent price monitoring body.

Expressing her view on the situation Ms Hair said: “It is unfair that retailers are increasing costs disproportionately for hard-working families, small businesses and the haulage industry.

“We need an independent price monitoring body, this will ensure households and businesses are no longer charged unfairly for fuel.”

The latest figures include cuts of up to 3p introduced last week by Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda.

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The recently established Great Places Commission believes that placemaking is all about creating communities that are thriving and resilient. There are so many factors that make a ­community a thriving place to be and one that is often overlooked is the importance of marketing and the brand being created alongside the physical and community investment.

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An everyday example of this is Craigmillar in Edinburgh, where our Castle Rock Edinvar office is based. The area has been undergoing ­regeneration for more than a decade with millions of pounds of investment in new homes, community facilities, transport connections, retail and leisure. The latest phase of development has seen additional affordable housing, market sales, a retail centre and plans for a new school. The number of homes built in Craigmillar over the last decade will come in to the 1000s, which is no mean feat.

With all this investment we would expect the image and perception of Craigmillar to have shifted over time, surely an important element if placemaking is about creating thriving places where people will want to live.

In 2006, Craigmillar was branded the most poverty-stricken area in Scotland outside of Glasgow. The reality in 2018 is that this situation has improved and yet the image of Craigmillar from the past still lingers.

The very word ‘thriving’ embodies prosperity and growth and to achieve this it is widely accepted that ­placemaking has to be about more than the bricks and mortar. In the city of Edinburgh, the engine room of the Scottish economy, the population has grown from 2003 to 2013 by 9.5 per cent. It has a high quality of life, one of the highest employment rates in the UK and the highest gross value added per capita outside of London.

The average gross disposable income per resident is higher than Bristol, Leeds and Manchester. It is widely recognised as an international tourism destination and a festival city. All of these are the right ingredients to create a thriving community. The question is whether the regeneration and marketing of Craigmillar has built on the strength of this brand.

Craigmillar cannot thrive in its own bubble, outside of the wider market and cultural influences in the city. It needs to build a trusted brand that reflects what the community can offer and ensures that they benefit from the strength of the surrounding economy.

Marketing of Craigmillar should be a core part of the wider regeneration and placemaking strategy. Successful places are not just created through physical and community change. To thrive they need to have a long-term brand and marketing strategy directly connected to community needs and people’s emotions.

How a community behaves, what people say or hear about it and how it looks all play a part in people’s perceptions of a place. Branding pulls these three areas together and through good marketing and communications will make Craigmillar better understood as the flourishing community it is becoming today.

Richard Jennings, managing director, Castle Rock Edinvar.

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