{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"uk","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/10-boris-johnson-observations-on-scotland-1-4949609","id":"1.4949609","articleHeadline": "10 Boris Johnson observations on Scotland","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1560872837000 ,"articleLead": "

Boris Johnson is the man most likely to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.

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A well-known journalist and editor, the Tory MP has a history of making colourful and sometimes controversial comments on all number of issues. But what does he think about Scotland? Here are 10 insights penned by Mr Johnson over the years.

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We will all have lost a way of thinking about ourselves, a way of explaining ourselves to the world." (2014)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": ""I mean that we will be zombies, walking dead, because a fundamental part of our identity will have been killed. We will all have lost a way of thinking about ourselves, a way of explaining ourselves to the world." (2014)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4949599.1560872541!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4949600.1560872543!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4949600.1560872543!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": ""Government by a Scot is just not conceivable in the current constitutional context" (2005)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": ""Government by a Scot is just not conceivable in the current constitutional context" (2005)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4949600.1560872543!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4949601.1560872549!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4949601.1560872549!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": ""I'm very keen on a Barnett formula which does justice to Barnet with one T (Barnet in north London). "We can't just go on with a system that even Joel Barnett himself thinks is outdated." (2014)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": ""I'm very keen on a Barnett formula which does justice to Barnet with one T (Barnet in north London). "We can't just go on with a system that even Joel Barnett himself thinks is outdated." (2014)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4949601.1560872549!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4949602.1560872552!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4949602.1560872552!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": ""What would Maggie do about the rest of the country? I think she would now be fighting like a lioness for the Union, and that she would comfortably see off Salmond, as she saw off so many smart alecs" (2013)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": ""What would Maggie do about the rest of the country? I think she would now be fighting like a lioness for the Union, and that she would comfortably see off Salmond, as she saw off so many smart alecs" (2013)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4949602.1560872552!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4949603.1560872556!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4949603.1560872556!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": ""A pound spent in Croydon is of far more value to the country than a pound spent in Strathclyde. You will generate jobs in Strathclyde far more effectively if you invest in parts of London" (2012)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": ""A pound spent in Croydon is of far more value to the country than a pound spent in Strathclyde. You will generate jobs in Strathclyde far more effectively if you invest in parts of London" (2012)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4949603.1560872556!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4949604.1560872834!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4949604.1560872834!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": ""It makes English audiences roar with anger, and it explains why Gordon Brown makes so many speeches about Britishness. He's worried about his personal political disability as a Scottish MP" (2005)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": ""It makes English audiences roar with anger, and it explains why Gordon Brown makes so many speeches about Britishness. He's worried about his personal political disability as a Scottish MP" (2005)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4949604.1560872834!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4949605.1560872560!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4949605.1560872560!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": ""I welcome the clear referendum result, but the chaotic manner in which the no vote was won has undermined the strong and resilient United Kingdom on which we all depend" (2014)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": ""I welcome the clear referendum result, but the chaotic manner in which the no vote was won has undermined the strong and resilient United Kingdom on which we all depend" (2014)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4949605.1560872560!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4949606.1560872563!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4949606.1560872563!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": ""Since Scotland is higher up than England, it is surely time to do the obvious - use the principle of gravity to bring surplus rain from the mountains to irrigate and refresh the breadbasket of the country in the south" (2011)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": ""Since Scotland is higher up than England, it is surely time to do the obvious - use the principle of gravity to bring surplus rain from the mountains to irrigate and refresh the breadbasket of the country in the south" (2011)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4949606.1560872563!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4949607.1560872566!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4949607.1560872566!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": ""As I write these words the rain is drifting past my window in sheets. Yes, a gloomy Scotch mist has descended on Westminster, and who knows when it will lift" (2007)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": ""As I write these words the rain is drifting past my window in sheets. Yes, a gloomy Scotch mist has descended on Westminster, and who knows when it will lift" (2007)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4949607.1560872566!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4949608.1560872570!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4949608.1560872570!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": ""What will they think if the union flag is red, white and green and they no longer have an entity called Britain, but something called the Rest of the UKm or the former UK, or F UK?' (2013)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": ""What will they think if the union flag is red, white and green and they no longer have an entity called Britain, but something called the Rest of the UKm or the former UK, or F UK?' (2013)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4949608.1560872570!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/the-vital-lesson-from-alyn-smith-s-apology-to-brexit-party-leader-comment-1-4948876","id":"1.4948876","articleHeadline": "The vital lesson from Alyn Smith’s apology to Brexit Party – leader comment","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1560850481000 ,"articleLead": "

Amid the deluge of lies, half-truths and deception, politicians must base their opinions on hard facts and avoid what they think is hyperbole.

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SNP MEP Alyn Smith clearly went too far when he accused the Brexit Party of being “a shell company that’s a money-laundering front”. There is no evidence at all of money laundering and, after being threatened with legal action, Smith has now apologised, saying he spoke in the “heat of the moment”.

However, no one should think the Brexit Party is completely in the clear over its funding arrangements, given the Electoral Commission’s recent statement that the “fundraising structure adopted by the party leaves it open to a high and ongoing risk of receiving and accepting impermissible donations”. In essence, if Vladimir Putin, say, or anyone else is sending multiple donations of less than £500 via its online donation service, no one, not even the Brexit Party, would be able to tell because of the way it’s set up. Under election law, sums of more than £500 must come from someone on the UK electoral register or a UK-registered company.

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Gordon Brown was among those to highlight the potential for the abuse of such a system and the Electoral Commission has made recommendations to the Brexit Party in order to help it “meet its legal responsibilities when it comes to receiving funds”, warning of enforcement action if it does not.

In previous years, a comment like Smith’s might have been seen as hyperbole, an over-the-top remark designed to make a point, not to be taken literally. But these are changed days. We live in a time when Donald Trump has, according to a Washington Post tally, made more than 10,000 false or misleading claims in 869 days as US President and when the current frontrunner to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister is Boris Johnson, a man sacked twice for dishonesty and a prominent supporter of the bogus idea that Brexit would save Britain £350 million a week.

Politicians are only human and we can all get a bit carried away at times, so Smith’s mistake was perhaps understandable. But with some world leaders turning the truth into a new political battleground – giving rise to sinister concepts like “implausible deniability” and “alternative facts” – it is absolutely vital that their opponents ensure they base their opinions on hard evidence.

Failing to do so only lets deliberate liars off the hook by giving the impression that all politicians are as bad as each other – and that is simply not true.

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It is understand that 37 NHS Highland patients were able to see their own and other people's contact details in an email from the board.

The message was an invitation to a support group run by a sexual health clinic at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.

NHS Highland has said it "deeply" regretted the breach of confidentiality. A spokeswoman said the NHS had contacted each patient affected to apologise.

She said: "As per normal procedure, a formal internal review is being conducted to understand how this has happened and to consider any steps to avoid this happening in future."

The charity HIV Scotland has described the breach as "unacceptable".

Chief executive Nathan Sparling said: "Confidentiality is of paramount importance when it comes to people living with HIV, and the decision to disclose their status should be theirs and theirs alone.

"People affected by this leak will be understandably distressed, and HIV Scotland stands ready to support all those affected."

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdesk.ts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Joshua King"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4948899.1560798845!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4948899.1560798845!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "NHS Highland","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "NHS Highland","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4948899.1560798845!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/middle-aged-being-targeted-by-criminals-to-become-money-mules-1-4948918","id":"1.4948918","articleHeadline": "Middle-aged being targeted by criminals to become money mules","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1560834000000 ,"articleLead": "

Middle-aged people are increasingly being lured by criminals into becoming money mules, according to fraud prevention service Cifas.

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It said it has seen a 35 per cent year-on-year increase in 2018 in activity involving 40 to 60-year-olds.

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The findings show that being drawn into such criminality is not a problem limited to younger generations, Cifas said.

Cases involving money mule activity generally were up by 26 per cent in 2018 compared with 2017, it said.

Money mules help criminals to launder money and they may be targeted through social media with the promise of being able to make easy money.

Sometimes criminals enticing people to be money mules may pose as genuine employers advertising jobs.

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A money mule shares their bank details, allowing cash which may be the proceeds from crimes to flow through their account and into other accounts – potentially so that other crimes can be committed.

Fraudsters may target people as money mules who do not have a criminal background, in the hope that the payments will slip more easily under the radar.

Money mules may not initially realise they are committing a crime. But people who try to stop once they have started may be threatened with violence by the criminals who roped them in.

If they are caught they could face prison, as well as consequences for their ability to manage their finances, such as having their bank account closed and finding it difficult to apply for credit in the future.

The research also found young adults and the over-60s bore the brunt of a surge in identity scams last year, with the overall number of cases increasing to a record high.

Identity fraud significantly increased in 2018, with 189,108 cases recorded – an 8 per cent increase on 2017’s figures.

Many cases involved plastic cards, Cifas said.

It said cases involving victims aged 21 and under increased by 26 per cent, compared with the previous year, while those involving the over-60s saw a 34 per cent increase.

As older people may be more likely to be approved for credit, and this age group is increasingly going online, they are finding themselves targeted by fraudsters, Cifas said.

Chief executive of Cifas, Mike Haley, said: “From identity theft through to using the young and naive as money mules to launder money, the economic and social harm to the nation is growing.”

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The hostile environment that created the Windrush scandal was 70 years in the making - and may even be traced back to the attitudes of both the Labour and Conservative governments after the Second World War, according to a new documentary.

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The BBC Two programme - The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files - looks into the background of the scandal which saw a generation of black citizens who settled legally after the Empire Windrush ship arrived from Jamaica in 1948 being told decades later to prove they had the right to stay.

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The documentary says the scandal came from “a hostile environment that was 70 years in the making”, and looks at the various immigration measures which may have paved the way for it to happen.

Researchers looked at archive material including Cabinet papers, while historian and broadcaster David Olusoga also hears first-hand of the ongoing suffering of victims including grandfather Anthony Bryan.

He was detained and threatened with deportation to Jamaica despite having been settled in Britain for more than 50 years. He was unable to show documents proving his immigration status.

Many skilled men, including some who had fought for Britain during the Second World War, had arrived on the Empire Windrush in answer to a call to help plug the labour shortage. Since then they had worked, paid taxes and made a contribution to the economy, culture and society.

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Speaking of the documentary which he fronts, Mr Olusoga states the scandal did not “come out of nowhere”, and it is “intimately linked” to both a legal and a racial definition of Britishness.

Both the 1945-51 Labour government and Sir Winston Churchill’s Conservative government that followed it could be seen as having a negative impact on the Windrush generation, according to the programme.

It says that black people with British links had set sail on the Empire Windrush feeling like they were coming back home to the mother country. It was unknown to them that politically they were seen as a serious embarrassment, and even described as an “incursion”.

Mr Olusoga later reflected “the government does not thank them for solving their labour problem, the government tries to work out how to make their arrival into a problem”.

Mr Olusoga said he was brought up to have huge respect for the 1945-51 Labour government for its role in the welfare state and the NHS, but “the other truth is that that government was committed to the imperial project”.

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Unions and politicians have added to calls for the early closure of two secondary schools where four teachers have developed the same rare form of cancer.

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Buchanan and St Ambrose High schools opened seven years ago in a purpose-built campus built on a landfill site used to dispose of lead, arsenic and other industrial waste.

Concerns over the safety of the campus in the North Lanarkshire town of Coatbridge have escalated in recent weeks after it emerged four current or retired teachers at Buchanan High have been treated for cancer.

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Three of them worked in the same corridor at Buchanan High, where pupils and staff were told not to drink tap water after it turned blue Parents raised concern at a recent public meeting, citing nosebleeds, sickness and other similar symptoms amongst pupils.

Fulton McGregor, the SNP MSP for Coatbridge and Chryston, has urged North Lanarkshire Council to avoid taking any “unnecessary risks” and close the campus “immediately.”

He said his office is receiving reports of various health concerns on an “almost daily basis,” prompting him to ask NHS Lanarkshire to screen those people who are worried about their health.

The NASUWT teaching union has also said the local authority should close the schools early for summer while safety concerns are investigated. The union has asked for a full site survey to be carried out with an updated risk assessment of any toxic substances.

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A spokeswoman said: “Our members would also like to see the council close these schools early for summer.”

The union’s members at Buchanan High are due to strike on Thursday, followed by colleagues at St Ambrose a week today. In all, around 40 teachers will be taking part in industrial action.

Last week, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced an immediate independent review into health and safety at the two schools in the hope of providing reassurance.

Des Murray, chief executive of North Lanarkshire Council said: “Specialist doctors from the public health department of NHS Lanarkshire have confirmed that no incidence of cancer is linked to the schools. They have also confirmed that no other serious illness is connected to the schools or the site on which they are built.

“All the facts from all the lead organisations continue to confirm that the schools and the site on which they are built are safe.”

Mr Murray added: “The council will continue to liaise directly with trade unions on matters of concern to staff and officers met with staff at a meeting on site today. We will also be sending parents and carers detailed factual information by post this week.”

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A primary school unknowingly hired a child murderer as a teaching assistant - and only found out when a whistleblower contacted police.

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Iria Suarez-Gonzalez did not have to disclose her criminal past because the conviction was regarded as spent by Spanish authorities.

Aged 16, she was jailed after she and a friend killed teenager Clara Garcia in 2000.

The pair reportedly drove Ms Garcia to a field and stabbed her 32 times, according to previous media coverage on the case.

After her release in 2006, she moved to the UK and applied for the role at West Oxford Community Primary School, starting work in September 2016, but did not need to disclose her murder conviction.

Staff, parents and teachers are said to have been unaware she was a killer.

She left the school in July 2017 and her criminal past came to light when it was reported to Crimestoppers by an anonymous caller.

Police told Oxfordshire County Council in October 2017.

Earlier this year, Suarez-Gonzalez appeared at Oxford Crown Court charged with fraud by false representation for allegedly not disclosing the murder as a previous conviction in her job application to the school.

But the case has since been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), reportedly due to a lack of evidence.

Reporting restrictions on the case were lifted by crown court judge Nigel Daly on Friday after the Oxford Mail newspaper appealed against the order.

A CPS spokeswoman said: \"The CPS keeps all cases under continuous review so we can consider any new information that comes to light.

\"In this instance, it emerged Ms Suarez-Gonzalez's conviction was spent which resulted in the charges being dropped.\"

This information was not made available until the trial preparation hearing, at which point a different view was taken on the case, according to the CPS.

If judicial sanctions are imposed on a child and 10 years have passed after turning 18 - provided sanctions have been enforced or expired - it is at the Spanish ministry of justice's discretion to expunge these records, the CPS said.

Suarez-Gonzalez had nothing to declare on her application because the convictions were removed in line with the Spanish ministry of justice's protocol and it provided certification she had no criminal record in order for her to fill in the application, according to the body.

A spokesman for Oxfordshire County Council said: \"The school had followed safer recritment processes in terms of the recruitment of this individual.

\"Information had been provided anonymously through Crimestoppers.

\"Police alerted us in October 2017, by which time she had already left the school.

\"There is a clear recruitment process in place for schools to follow in line with safer recruitment procedures.

\"The person in question was a teaching assistant in foundation stage from September 1 2016. She left the school in July 2017.

\"We know this has been a very difficult time for the school and parents.

\"The school are in liaison with the council to continue to support students through the curriculum around feeling safe and knowing they have people that they can talk to in school if they need to.

\"We would stress this charge was not in any way related to any children at the school and only came to light after the staff member had left the school.\"

The school has been contacted for comment.

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The investigation into the devastating Glasgow School of Art fire is moving into its “final phases,” but there is no set timescale for the completion of the “challenging” work, with hundreds of tonnes of debris still to be removed.

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The world-renowned building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, was extensively damaged when a fire broke out late on 15 June last year. The blaze ravaged the A-listed structure at a time when it was undergoing a £35m restoration following a previous fire in May 2014.

Already, some 400 tonnes of fire debris has been removed from the site, with two sectors of the building examined by fire inspectors.

David Dourley, the SFRS group manager, said: “We have already undertaken two examinations within the Glasgow School of Art and are now turning towards the final phases, which will be challenging due to the significant volume of debris which requires to be removed.”

SFRS assistant chief officer Ross Haggart said: “We are conscious that we are now approaching the one-year milestone of this devastating event that resonated not only here in Scotland but across the world.

“The damage to the Mackintosh Building was far greater than the fire incident in 2014 and the impact on the building has complicated the investigative process.

“Nonetheless, a number of detailed examinations at key areas of the site have been undertaken following the removal of 400 tonnes of fire debris.

“But a significant volume of fire debris remains within the site and we will work alongside the on-site contractors to have this removed with a view to undertaking further examinations.”

He added: “The fire investigation remains focused on likely origin and cause - but against the backdrop of an unprecedented large-scale fire scene within a complex and challenging site.

The investigation to date has also scrutinised hundreds of hours of CCTV footage and taken witness statements. It has also reviewed 70 pieces of information, such as photographs and video footage, supplied by the public.

More than 120 firefighters battled last June’s fire, which also destroyed the O2 ABC music venue.

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Problems with landline phone services across a large area of West Lothian, Falkirk, West Stirlingshire, North Lanarkshire and the west side of Edinburgh were reported on Monday 17 June.

BT confirmed the telephone issues were impacting calls made to the emergency 999 line, prompting police to put out extra patrols in affected areas.

At around 8.15 the telecoms giant said all issues had been resolved.

In a statement, Police Scotland said: "Members of the public who were in the impacted areas are now able to contact the emergency number again from their homes and mobile telephones.

"Police Scotland would like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation while this matter was seen to."

A spokesperson for BT Group said: "A small number of customers in parts of Central Scotland may have been unable to use their landlines early this morning due to a hardware fault.

"All services were restored by 6.30am. Broadband and mobile calls were not affected and we’re sorry for any inconvenience."

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Rory Stewart making his case at an oriental shrine is akin to John Major’s soap box moment, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis

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It’s a warm, sunny Friday afternoon in south London, the air clear after a morning of torrential rain showers. In Battersea Park by the Thames, the river is sparkling. It’s end-of-week weather that fills pub gardens or inspires an impromptu walk home. But gathered in the shadow of the London Peace Pagoda, a knot of around 40 people are holding up the start of their weekend, trying to answer a gnawing question: is Rory Stewart for real?

The International Development Secretary certainly doesn’t exist within the bounds of a Tory leadership contest in 2019. The oriental shrine by the banks of the Thames offers a good metaphor for the surprise package in the Tory leadership race: exotic, angular, unexpected – and when you get up close, they both have a strangely calming effect.

Stewart has casually broken most of the rules: becoming the first to declare his candidacy, within days of being appointed to the cabinet for the first time, while all his rivals were still being evasive; fighting for the votes of Tory MPs by hitting the streets and social media to interact with the public; pretending to film selfie footage by sticking his arm out as if he was holding the camera – then admitting it, when asked.

Where other candidates have coded their criticism of the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, Stewart has spelled it out: “Is this the person that you want writing the instructions to the nuclear submarines?”

More than 500 people came to his campaign launch in a circus tent, where he spoke lyrically about the need for humility and an “energy of shame” in British politics, and described his Scottish father – a former number two in MI6 – organising sword dances in Shanghai and wearing tartan trews in the Vietnamese jungle. He has promised as prime minister to visit every county in the UK, “walking and listening, walking and listening”.

More significantly in a race dominated by Brexit, Stewart has offered only painful honesty about leaving the EU, not just to a Tory Party deep in denial, but to both sides of the debate. He has rejected No Deal, going as far as threatening to “bring down” Boris Johnson and set up a rival parliament if he suspends Westminster – but Stewart has also disappointed Remainers by telling them the UK must leave.

Perhaps because everyone expects Johnson to win without trying, everyone else in the contest feels like a no-hoper; so you might as well be the most interesting no-hoper, and do it on your own terms.

And so while four candidates are out, Stewart is still here, and could still fight on into another round. His odds at the bookmakers have shrunk from 100-1 to 16-1, while a survey by the influential Conservative Home website on the morning of the first MPs’ ballot named him the Tory membership’s preferred challenger to Johnson.

On the strength of a couple of tweets announcing a time and a location, around four dozen people have gathered in Battersea Park, answering Stewart’s call to question and challenge him. There are a mix of ages; it’s an affluent group clad in Barbour jumpers and Ray-Ban sunglasses. Some are Tories, but most are not – a reflection of his appeal for compromise across boundaries, but also a warning, given the aim of leading his party. At the first mention of Johnson, there’s a pantomime chorus of “No!”

An interesting aspect of Stewart’s campaign has been the consistent presence of his wife, Shoshana, who runs the Turquoise Mountain development charity that Stewart helped set up in Afghanistan for Prince Charles. Like many of the partners and spouses of the leadership contenders, she was at Stewart’s campaign launch; unlike the others, she was also sat among the press pack at the declaration of the first leadership ballot in Committee Room 14 at Westminster. And here she is again, warming up the crowd in Battersea Park by asking what questions and issues they want to raise when he arrives – and noting them all down.

Akshay, 22, is representative of the kind of voters the Tories badly need: he says he would have voted Tory in 2015 if he was old enough, but picked the Lib Dems in 2017 because of Brexit. He tells Shoshana he wants Stewart to explain “why I should vote Conservative when they’re cutting my generation off from our continent”.

Why is he intrigued by Stewart? “There’s something about the tone of compromise that sounds as if it might shift things”, Akshay tells me. “I’ve got one of those families where there’s a big age split, and my parents are very Brexity. Maybe he can bridge that.”

Stewart arrives and spends a couple of minutes shaking hands greeting people, including working out whether he served with a man’s brother in Iraq or Afghanistan. When he begins speaking, he’s in the middle of the crowd rather than on the steps of the pagoda, “because I’m worried it’s a little inappropriate” – it holds several sacred statues of Buddha.

He asks where the group have come from – many live around South London, but one man has come from Norwich, and another is from Iceland and hoped to meet Stewart after reading his books about governing part of Iraq.

There’s a Brigadoon-esque quality to Stewart’s rhetoric and the way he talks about identity. His doesn’t start with politics but a potted history of the pagoda – “a wonderful symbol of so many things we see in Britain” – and the surroundings.

“Here we stand right on the edge of an iron age settlement, where famously out of the Thames was dredged in the 19th century shields and helmets of the Celtic people,” he says, pausing to apologise to a yapping dog. “Coming out of that great energy of the Thames was everything else in our history – Queen Elizabeth and Leicester, beating oars, came up and down this river; the journeys of Thomas More, very close to us, coming down from his house in Chelsea. All of this is embedded in a spot where we have this extraordinary gift from Japan. I hope – I hope, I hope, I hope – we can begin to bring a little bit of that soil and little bit of our feeling into politics.” PMQs feels a long way away.

Dog walkers and parents with young children join the crowd as Stewart starts taking questions. “How many of you are walkers?” he asks. “It’s literally about putting your feet on the ground.” He wants to get “the sense of the particular” from his audience – the issues affecting “real people and real places”.

“My experiment today – which might not work, because most of my experiments don’t work – is to see if we can get a conversation going about particulars rather than abstracts,” he says, asking what they would want to see in 15 years time if they became prime minister.

He hears about everything from knife crime in the neighbouring estate, to automation and universal basic income, to the plight of refugees in Syria, and is told by the mother of an NHS doctor 
that her son-in-law, a surgeon, is “wrung out” after weekends on call covering five local hospitals. He even hears from a couple of Scots, curious about how he would approach working with Nicola Sturgeon.

“The Conservatives haven’t really seen this since John Major stood on a soap box in 1992,” says Oliver Colville, a local party official who was MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport for seven years until Labour took the seat in 2017. “I hesitate to make the comparison, but it’s almost Trump-like in the way he’s disrupting things.”

Major’s soap box now comes amplified with social media, and the Stewart campaign points to the 68.4 million impressions his posts have collected as a sign he is tapping into something significant.

With the UK’s blocked post-Brexit politics cutting off the supply of practical solutions, Stewart says he wants to move “from the what to the how”. But while he often pivots to his two favourite issues, fixing social care and providing education in middle-age, his answers rarely include a policy prescription. Instead, his focus is on hearing from as many people as he can, and demonstrating that he understands how the UK’s broken politics is felt in everyday lives.

A woman who earlier was telling Shoshana that she wanted to ask Stewart if he would serve in Johnson’s cabinet, because she was only “interested in reality”, has softened a bit. “He’s a poet,” she says as Stewart sums up.

“We need to unlock some very, very fundamental issues,” he says, before making an escape that takes another five minutes as he’s asked to pose for selfies. “When these toddlers are 17 and 19, in some ways, things will look very similar. There will still be a wonderful cedar tree growing here next to the pagoda; the sun will still be shining and the Thames will still be running… but the whole structure of the world is changing.”

The unspoken question: how much change is the Conservative Party ready to accept?

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Two carers were yesterday convicted of murdering a vulnerable and isolated teenager and covering up her death after she appeared to have vanished “from the face of the Earth” nearly two decades ago.

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Margaret Fleming, who had significant learning difficulties, was last seen alive in December 1999. It took close to 17 years before it became apparent that she was missing, prompting a police investigation. The 19-year-old’s body has never been found.

Following a seven-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow, her supposed carers, Edward Cairney, 77, and Avril Jones, 59, were found guilty of murdering the missing woman.

Jurors found the couple murdered her by unknown means between 18 December 1999 and 5 January 2000 at their home in the Inverclyde village of Inverkip, or elsewhere in Scotland, and then tried to cover up the crime for almost 18 years.

Jones was convicted unanimously of fraudulently claiming £182,000 in benefits by pretending Margaret, who would now have been 38, was alive.

Police Scotland’s senior investigating officer in the case said Margaret lived her last days in a “living hell,” left feeling alone in the world with “no-one coming to help her.”

Even while Margaret was alive, he added, Cairney and Jones tied her up, deprived her of food and cut her hair short.

The jury took around three hours over two days to reach their majority verdict on the murder charge. Cairney and Jones will be sentenced next month.

Police Scotland launched an investigation in October 2016 after routine social services inquiries over a benefits claim made on Margaret’s behalf sparked concerns over her whereabouts.

The case attracted major police resources and significant media attention. The last independent sighting of Margaret was when Jones’ brother Richard saw her on 17 December 1999.

As the inquiry progressed, it appeared something “sinister” had happened and she may have come to harm.

Specialist search teams combed the squalid and dilapidated cottage where she lived and excavated its grounds for clues to help track her down.

Her supposed carers were arrested in October 2017 at Glasgow Central Station as they attempted to board a train to London while carrying £3,500 in cash.

The few details that exist about Margaret point to a life as bleak as it was short. Born and brought up as an only child in Port Glasgow, she left the family home at the age of 12 when her parents divorced, moving in with her father, Derek, and her grandparents.

However, after her father died of cancer in October 1995, she moved to Seacroft, the home of the accused.

The teenager’s mother, Margaret Cruickshanks, told the trial she last saw her daughter in November 1997, when she was attacked by Cairney and telling him she wanted Margaret to return home.

Margaret’s former GP, Dr James Farrell, who last saw her in October 1999, described her as “socially and educationally” isolated, and someone with “quite significant learning difficulties”.

During the trial, which began in April this year, prosecutors painted a picture of Margaret as a “friendless and lonely” young woman. After her father’s death, those closest to her “didn’t want her”.

By October 1999, various benefits for Margaret flowed into the household, which was said to have had financial difficulties.

The Crown suggested it was “tempting” for the couple to have the money, but not the “inconvenience” of looking after her.

How, and exactly when, Margeret died, may never be fully known. It remains, as the defence highlighted, a case without a body and without a crime scene.

Holding them jointly responsibility for the death, the Crown claimed the couple “literally got away with murder for 16 years.”

Money was the motive behind the “terrible” crime, the court heard, with the pair cooking up an “elaborate scheme” to conceal her disappearance.

They were ultimately brought down by “greed, arrogance and lies” after Jones made claims of Margaret having “fantastical” illnesses and conditions in correspondence with benefits officials.

As police zoned in on the couple, their fabricated stories to explain the absence of the women supposedly under their care became increasingly “farcical,” as they tried to reconcile claims she was both working as a gangmaster and capable of travelling overseas, and that she was someone with major difficulties requiring a number of benefits.

Cairney also claimed Margaret was living in England, with letters supposedly written by the teenager posted to their home from London and Carlisle in an attempt to cover up their crime. He also claimed that Margaret had fled out of the back door when police first arrived at the house searching for her.

Iain McSporran QC, for the Crown, earlier told the trial Cairney and Jones had two overriding motivations to kill Margaret.

“Greed for money and the ease with which this friendless and lonely girl could be made to vanish from the face of the earth led to her murder,” he told the jury in his closing speech.

Speaking outside the court, Detective Superintendent Paul Livingstone, the senior investigating officer in the case, said: “Margaret was a very vulnerable young woman who was manipulated, abused, neglected and ultimately murdered by the two people who should have been looking after her.

“It is clear that one of Cairney and Jones’ motivations was money... For many years, Cairney and Jones kept up the pretence that Margaret was still alive, going as far as to write letters claiming to be from her.

“Margaret was described as being a funny, caring young woman who, despite having some mild learning difficulties, just wanted to be liked and to have friends.”

He added: “The treatment which she was subjected to can only be described as horrific and the conditions in which she lived in were utterly disgusting and uninhabitable.

“For Cairney and Jones to continue the charade that she was still alive for all these years is abhorrent, with one of their reasons for doing so being for financial gain.

“We will never know just how Margaret was killed. What we do know is that she lived her last days in what can only be described as a living hell.

“She must have felt that she was alone in the world with no one coming to help her which is just heartbreaking to think of.”

Lord Matthews, the trial judge, said he would pass sentence on Cairney on Jones on 17 July after social work and medical reports were compiled.

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Boris Johnson will be “empty chaired” tomorrow night by Channel 4 after refusing to take part in the first televised debate of the Tory leadership contest.

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Mr Johnson said he would participate in a BBC debate on Tuesday night, after the second ballot of Tory MPs, but was accused of running scared from Rory Stewart and Dominic Raab, the two candidates who are most likely to be eliminated next week.

Taking part in his first live media interview of 2019 yesterday, the former Foreign Secretary said it would be “slightly cacophonous” and lead to “blue on blue action” if he joined a debate before the leadership field had shrunk further.

And Mr Johnson provided a conclusive answer to questions over his past drug use after days of speculation, saying that reports of him having taken cocaine related to “a single inconclusive event that took place when I was a teenager and which I have extensively described”.

Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme, Mr Johnson said it was “important that we have a sensible grown-up debate”.

But he added: “My own observation is that, in the past, when you’ve had loads of candidates, it can be slightly cacophonous, and I think the public have had quite a lot of blue-on-blue action, 
frankly, over the last three years.”

Earlier, Mr Johnson’s top challenger, the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, called on his predecessor to “a little bit braver” and join the Channel 4 debate.

“What would Churchill say if someone who wants to be prime minister is hiding away from the media?” Mr Hunt told the Today programme.

All the other candidates in the race signed a joint statement pledging to take part in all televised debates, saying the leadership contest was “a critical moment” for the country and the party.

“The next Conservative leader, and prime minister, will have the crucial task of uniting Britain behind a new vision – not only to deliver Brexit, but to define what comes next,” they said. “This leadership contest provides an important opportunity to debate, to shape and to define the ideas which will 
underpin those competing visions. That is why we are committed to taking part in the Channel 4 televised debates this Sunday and the BBC programme next 
Tuesday.”

A spokesman for the Rory Stewart campaign said the next Tory leader had to “win back old voters and win over new audiences”, and shouldn’t turn down opportunities to set out their vision. “Any candidate who seeks that mantle can hardly opt out of a public debate,” the spokesman said. “If any candidate ducks that duty, there is a simple question we should ask: ‘What have you got to hide?’”

Channel 4 said there will be a “lectern available” if Mr Johnson changes his mind about not appearing in its debate. A spokesman for the broadcaster said in a statement: “We are disappointed that Mr Johnson will not be taking part in the debate to face members of the public for full scrutiny alongside the other candidates.

“There will be a lectern available if he changes his mind.”

On Brexit, Mr Johnson told the BBC it was “perfectly realistic” to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement to allow Britain to leave the European Union in October.

“There is a clear way that the now effectively defunct Withdrawal Agreement can be disaggregated - the good bits of it can be taken out.”

Mr Johnson said the “fundamental flaw” in the current Withdrawal Agreement is the Irish backstop, and claimed that a solution could be found.

“In the meantime, it’s 
absolutely crucial to prepare for no-deal and I don’t share the deep pessimism of some people about the consequences of no-deal,” he said.

“That’s not to say that I don’t think there will be some difficulties that need to be addressed and we must make sure that we can address them.”

Asked how he would solve the border problem, he said: “Those problems are easily capable of solution, as I think the Commission has said, in the past with maximum facilitation techniques and, after all, at the moment you already have goods conforming to different standards.”

Mr Johnson also defended his record as foreign secretary, including his handling of the case of British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is imprisoned in Iran.

He wrongly said Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “training journalists” in Iran, a claim put forward by the Tehran regime.

“If you point the finger of blame at me... then I think you are unintentionally exculpating the people who are really responsible and that is the Iranian [Revolutionary] Guard,” he said.

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The SNP has demanded that Home Secretary Sajid Javid intervene over the continued detention of pregnant women and children at the Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre.

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Earlier this month it emerged that 19 children and six pregnant women have been held at the centre since 2016, despite a commitment nearly a decade ago to end the practice.

In addition, nearly 3,000 people have been held at the detention centre in South Lanarkshire for more than 28 days. The UK is the only country in Europe to detain people in relation to immigration cases without any time limit.

The Home Office has defended its policies, saying that it is seeking to “avoid a situation where legitimate immigration control can be undermined by someone simply claiming to be a child”.

The department says the detention of children in immigration cases as routine practice ended in 2010.

At Westminster this week, Mr Javid told the SNP’s home affairs spokeswoman Joanna Cherry that the government’s kept its policy on at risk adults in immigration detention under constant review, but failed to offer any commitment on ending the holding of children and pregnant mothers.

Ms Cherry has now written to the Home Secretary calling for a time limit to immigration detention, and a definitive end to the practice of holding children at Dungavel.

Mr Javid, who is running for Conservative Party leadership and has the backing of Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, has said he will introduce a fairer immigration system if he becomes Prime Minister, scrapping the 100,000 target for net migration.

After taking over the Home Office last year following the resignation of Amber Rudd over the treatment of the Windrush generation, he disowned the government’s so-called ‘hostile environment’ policy targeting illegal immigration.

But Ms Cherry described the continued detention of children “callous and inhumane” and claimed it was evidence of a continuing hostile environment towards immigrants, blamed for the Windrush scandal.

“Sajid Javid made the commitment to design a fairer immigration system – I ask him to stand by that promise as Home Secretary and re-think his government’s approach to immigration detention,” the SNP MP said.

“It is quite frankly hypocritical for Mr Javid to talk of a fairer immigration system whilst presiding over the only system in Europe that allows indefinite detention.

“It is also now incumbent on Ruth Davidson to say where she stands on this issue – and given her backing for Mr Javid as the next Prime Minister she should press him to do the right thing and urgently stop detaining children and vulnerable people, introducing a 28-day detention limit.”

Ms Cherry added: “If Sajid Javid will not do this, Scotland must have full control over these powers to take a new approach based on compassion and fairness – not punishment and isolation.”

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Her remarks on the BBC Radio 4 programme Heresy on Tuesday night led to public criticism, including from Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, and multiple complaints being made to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.

On Thursday, the Metropolitan Police said they were assessing Brand's comment following an allegation of incitement to violence.

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Appearing at an event in Henley, Oxfordshire, on the same day, the comedian apologised for making a "crass and ill-judged" joke.

But she reportedly told the audience she did not think that she had made a "mistake", adding she had not mentioned Mr Farage.

On Wednesday, the Brexit Party leader, who had a milkshake thrown at him while campaigning in Newcastle, accused Brand of inciting violence, although he did not say who against.

Commenting again on Twitter, he said: "I am sick to death of overpaid, left-wing, so-called comedians on the BBC who think their view is morally superior.

"Can you imagine the reaction if I had said the same thing as Jo Brand?"

It is understood the allegation reported to the police was not made by Mr Farage or the Brexit Party.

Ofcom said it has received 65 complaints about the episode of Heresy.

A statement from Scotland Yard said on Thursday: "Police have received an allegation of incitement to violence that was reported to the MPS on 13 June.

"The allegation relates to comments made on a radio programme. The allegation is currently being assessed.

"There have been no arrests and inquiries are ongoing."

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A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May called on the BBC to explain why it broadcast Brand's comments, saying that "violence and intimidation should not be normalised".

The BBC said it regretted any offence caused by the radio programme, which was never intended "to encourage or condone violence".

The corporation said comedy would "always push boundaries", but added that it would edit the Heresy programme, which is hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell.

In reply to a question about the state of UK politics, Brand had told the programme: "Well, yes, I would say that but that's because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the

fore and they're very, very easy to hate and I'm kind of thinking 'Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?'

"That's just me. I'm not going to do it, it's purely a fantasy, but I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do, sorry."

“Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken seriously. We carefully considered the programme before broadcast.

It was never intended to encourage or condone violence, and it does not do so, but we have noted the strong reaction to it. Comedy will always push boundaries and will continue to do so, but on this occasion we have decided to edit the programme. We regret any offence we have caused.”

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After scraping into the next round of the Tory leadership contest, Rory Stewart promised to “bring down” Boris Johnson if he seeks to suspend parliament in order to force through a no-deal Brexit.

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Mr Stewart, who won 19 votes in a surprise result, threatened to hold his own session of parliament across Parliament Square from Westminster if MPs are shut out of the Brexit process.

The international development secretary demanded that Mr Johnson be “straight” with the public about whether he was willing to prorogue parliament, after reports that the former Foreign Secretary has told some supporters he would suspend Westminster.

In public, Mr Johnson has said he is “instinctively averse to such arcane procedures” while pledging to leave the EU on 31 October come what may.

“I guarantee you, if he were to try, I and every other member of Parliament will sit across the road in Methodist Central Hall and we will hold our own session of Parliament and we will bring him down,” Mr Stewart said following yesterday’s result in the first leadership ballot of Tory MPs.

“Because you do not, ever, lock the doors of Parliament in this country or indeed in any other country with any respect in the world.”

He added: “Somebody who attempted to subvert our constitution, our liberties, our parliament, this place, who dared to stand as Prime Minister and claim they could lock the doors on Parliament would not deserve to be Prime Minister.

“And this Parliament would meet whether he locked the doors or not and we would bring him down.”

Mr Stewart claimed that “every Conservative MP with a very few exceptions would agree with me that an attempt to prorogue parliament would be unconstitutional and undermine the entire nature of our representative democracy.

“I would expect every one of them to be sitting with me in Methodist Central Hall holding a session of Parliament outside of this building if that man locked the door.”

Former Conservative chancellor Ken Clarke, who is supporting Mr Stewart’s leadership bid, became the latest Tory MP to claim he could quit the party if parliament is prorogued.

“I wouldn’t remotely support a prime minister staying in office who’s happy to contemplate doing that,” he said. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve made a similar threat this week.

Earlier, Mr Stewart warned the UK risks being stuck in a political “zombieland” where no decisions are taken if parliament fails to pass a Brexit deal.

He said Parliament “won’t allow” the UK to leave the EU without a deal in place, adding Brussels would not allow the deal to be renegotiated.

Persuading MPs to back the existing withdrawal deal is the “only logical position”, he added.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4939166.1560490447!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4939166.1560490447!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Tory leadership hopeful Rory Stewart","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Tory leadership hopeful Rory Stewart","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4939166.1560490447!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/royal-wedding-outfits-to-go-on-display-in-edinburgh-1-4947132","id":"1.4947132","articleHeadline": "Royal wedding outfits to go on display in Edinburgh","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1560488446000 ,"articleLead": "

The wedding outfits of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to go on display in Scotland.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, known as the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton in Scotland, married on 19 May 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

From 14 June, a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will also include the special exhibition – A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress with boat-neckline bodice was created by British designer Clare Waight Keller, artistic director at Givenchy.

It will be displayed with the silk five-metre-long veil which was held in place by a diamond and platinum bandeau tiara, presented to Meghan by the Queen, and a replica of the bridal bouquet made from artificial flowers for the exhibition.

Harry’s wedding outfit was a frock coat uniform of the Household Cavalry (the Blues and Royals), specially commissioned for the occasion and made by tailors at Dege and Skinner on Savile Row.

He has loaned an identical uniform to the exhibition which includes a single-breasted blue doeskin jacket and the trousers, officially called overalls, made from a blue and black barathea.

In a recording for visitors, the pair discuss their wedding plans, including the choice of outfits, music and flowers.

Harry says: “I chose the frock coat as a uniform, with permission from my grandmother, because I think it’s one of the smartest Household Cavalry uniforms.

“It’s one of my favourites, and I was very fortunate to be able to wear that on the day.”

Another display of the exhibition will include Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s page and bridesmaid outfits.

George, one of four pages, wore a miniature version of the Dege and Skinner frock coat while Charlotte, one of six bridesmaids, wore a high-waisted ivory silk dress designed by Waight Keller.

In the recording, Meghan adds: “A great level of detail went into the planning of our wedding day.

“We knew how large the scale of the event would be, so in making choices that were really personal and meaningful, it could make the whole experience feel intimate.”

The exhibition runs until 6 October, with tickets and information available on the Royal Collection Trust website.

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A motorist has been charged with alleged dangerous driving after he was caught in a vehicle travelling at 109mph on a Scottish road.

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Another man was also charged after he was caught driving at 65mph in a 30mph zone elsewhere in Aberdeenshire.

The first incident happened at around 7pm on Wednesday when police stopped a 29-year-old man who was driving at 109mph on the A952 Mintlaw to Cortes road.

Later that evening at around 10.20pm, a 17-year-old man was stopped for driving at 65mph in a 30mph limit area at South Road in Peterhead.

Police said that at the time of the incidents the road surface was wet following heavy rain and driving conditions were poor.

Both drivers have been charged in relation to alleged dangerous driving and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

" ,"byline": {"email": "pa@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "PA Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4947094.1560447359!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4947094.1560447359!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "A man has been charged with alleged dangerous driving.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A man has been charged with alleged dangerous driving.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4947094.1560447359!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/the-balmoral-at-number-one-princes-street-in-running-for-world-s-best-hotel-1-4947074","id":"1.4947074","articleHeadline": "The Balmoral at number one Princes Street in running for world's best hotel","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1560443221683 ,"articleLead": "

The Balmoral in Edinburgh, whose address is number one Princes Street, has been nominated as Hotel of the Year by luxury travel network Virtuoso.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4947073.1560443591!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Balmoral is a landmark on the Edinburgh skyline."} ,"articleBody": "

The hotel, with its Michelin-starred Number One restaurant, began life as a grand railway hotel in 1902.

It features in a list of only five hotels in the world including Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris and The Lowell, New York City.

Gleneagles, located in 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, has been included in the Best Family Programme category.

Meanwhile The Flying Stag at The Fife Arms in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, which features specially commissioned portraits of Braemar residents, has been nominated for Best Bar.

The annual Best of the Best Awards recognises the top 50 hotels and figures in the hospitality industry.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of Visit Scotland, said: “This hat-trick of nominations reflects the strength and depth of Scotland’s position in international luxury travel and is a testament to the work of our industry in adapting to the ever-changing demands of visitors.”

Virtuoso is currently casting votes for their favourite categories. The winners of each of the ten categories will be announced at a ceremony at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas on 14 August.

" ,"byline": {"email": "shan.ross@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Shan Ross"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4947073.1560443591!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4947073.1560443591!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The Balmoral is a landmark on the Edinburgh skyline.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Balmoral is a landmark on the Edinburgh skyline.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4947073.1560443591!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/sport/other-sport/scots-racing-legend-sir-jackie-stewart-celebrates-80th-birthday-with-the-queen-1-4947049","id":"1.4947049","articleHeadline": "Scots racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart celebrates 80th birthday with the Queen","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1560441508438 ,"articleLead": "

The Queen was among guests celebrating the 80th birthday of former racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart.

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The Royal Automobile Club in London honoured the triple world champion at a lunch on Thursday, which also marked his first British Grand Prix win 50 years ago.

Sir Jackie, who received a knighthood in 2001, was pictured escorting the Queen to her car following the event.

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He had earlier said it was \"enormously impressive\" that she would be among the distinguished guests.

Speaking to the Press Association on his birthday on Tuesday, Sir Jackie said: \"It is a tremendous honour to have Her Majesty agree to be there for that celebration.

\"It is enormously impressive for me.\"

He added that he never thinks about his age and was surprised to learn in the \"last few weeks\" that the milestone was approaching.

The Formula One star is one of motor racing's most decorated drivers with a remarkable 27 victories from 99 grands prix.

" ,"byline": {"email": "mclean@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "PA Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4947048.1560441851!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4947048.1560441851!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Sir Jackie Stewart was pictured escorting the Queen to her car. Picture: PA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Sir Jackie Stewart was pictured escorting the Queen to her car. Picture: PA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4947048.1560441851!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/entertainment/sparkling-wine-festival-to-shine-light-on-italian-gem-1-4946438","id":"1.4946438","articleHeadline": "Sparkling wine festival to shine light on Italian gem","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1560428536000 ,"articleLead": "

Just what is Franciacorta?

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It’s a delicious sparkling wine made using the traditional bottle-fermented method – the same process used to make champagne – from Brescia, in northern Italy’s Lombardy region. These are small production wines made by boutique producers, some of the most prestigious of which will be at The Hub in Edinburgh next Tuesday to introduce Scottish wine lovers to an Italian classic.

How is it different from 
Prosecco?

Although both sparkling wines, they are made using different methods producing very different results. Prosecco is made using the quicker and therefore less-expensive tank method, where the second fermentation takes place in a pressurised tank or vat rather than in the bottle, resulting in a lighter style of sparkling wine. But with the traditional bottle-fermented method, which is used in champagne, the second fermentation takes place in the bottle. After this second fermentation, the wine ages on the dead yeast cells or ‘lees’, which form following the fermenting process. The wine is then aged for a minimum of 18 months for a standard Franciacorta to five years for a Franciacorta Riserva. This ageing process gives the wine its more complex, yeasty and utterly delicious character. It’s all quite labour intensive and a lengthy, more expensive process, but well worth it.

If you had Prosecco in one glass and Franciacorta in another, what would be the most obvious differences?

The Franciacorta will have a lot more flavour, it is finer with more elegant bubbles and complex in character.

Is Franciacorta Italy’s answer to champagne then?

There are many similar characteristics, being produced using the same method and the same grape varieties, chardonnay and pinot noir. However, they each have their own characteristics. In the north of Italy, where Franciacorta is produced, it’s warmer, so often the grapes are picked when they are riper, thus producing a wine with perhaps richer characteristics.

Is it a ‘foodie’ wine?

It’s everything – it’s perfect as an aperitif, but it works really well with food too, particularly shellfish and white meats.

Why haven’t we heard of it before?

Franciacorta actually dates back to the 16th century, Napoleonic records show that apparently 1,000 vineyards were in existence in 1809. In the 1960s, when it began its comeback, there were 11 producers with 29 hectares of vineyards making 217,000 bottles. Franciacorta received DOC status in 1967 and DOCG status – Italy’s highest wine classification – in 1995. Now there are 116 wineries, which produce 17.5 million bottles a year.

Any tips for festival visitors?

Talk to the producers – they are so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do, they will be able to guide you. It’s a rare opportunity and a real treat to be able to compare and contrast sparkling wines, so this is a great chance to explore the flavours and styles around.

Pace yourself. There will be 15 producers at the Franciacorta Sparkling Wine Festival, giving visitors the chance to try around 100 different wines. To get the most out of the experience, make like an expert and, especially during the early part of the evening, spit the wine out after you have tasted. It allows you to try more wines, find what you like, then go back and enjoy your favourites.

There is a masterclass at the start of the event, which will be hosted by Franciacorta UK Ambassador Tom Harrow and Scottish wine writer Peter Ranscombe. They will explain about Franciacorta, the region, the wines and the styles, and offer a tutored tasting, which is a great way of being able to find out a little more about the wines before trying them in the main tasting hall.

Wine styles generally depend on sweetness, so try comparing a Brut and an Extra Dry (lots of people think Extra Dry must be drier than Brut, but it isn’t). One particularly interesting style is the Satèn, made from 100 per cent chardonnay grapes. Due to the production process, there is less pressure in the bottle and it’s aged for longer on its lees, resulting in a gentler, creamier style, with much softer bubbles – a perfect example of a Franciacorta you will want to fill your glass with.

Franciacorta Sparkling Wine Festival, 18 June, 6:30pm-9pm, The Hub, Edinburgh. Tickets cost £18; Masterclass, £5; group of six tickets, £15 each from Wine Events Scotland (www.wineeventsscotland.co.uk)

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Diana Thompson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4946437.1560428534!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4946437.1560428534!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "This is the first Franciacorta Sparkling Wine Festival in Scotland.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "This is the first Franciacorta Sparkling Wine Festival in Scotland.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4946437.1560428534!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/boris-johnson-accused-of-driving-uk-to-no-deal-brexit-cliff-edge-1-4946423","id":"1.4946423","articleHeadline": "Boris Johnson accused of driving UK to no-deal Brexit cliff edge","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1560416716000 ,"articleLead": "

Chancellor Philip Hammond accused Boris Johnson of trying to drive Britain towards a no-deal Brexit “cliff-edge at speed” last night after the former Foreign Secretary delivered his pitch to become Tory leader and Prime Minister.

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Mr Johnson insisted he was not seeking a no-deal Brexit but warned his party that it would face “mortal retribution” if the UK does not leave the EU by 31 October. And he claimed he could unite a divided country but made no specific mention of Scotland or plans to strengthen the Union.

He said: “I think it will be very difficult for friends in Parliament to obstruct the will of the people and simply to block Brexit.

“I think if we now block it, collectively as parliamentarians we will reap the whirlwind and we will face mortal retribution from the electorate.”
He insisted he wanted a “sensible, orderly” departure from the EU but said the country had to prepare “vigorously and seriously” for a no-deal Brexit.

“The best way to avoid that is to prepare for it and be absolutely clear to our friends and partners that we are prepared to do that,” he said.

He warned that failure to deliver on the referendum result would create an “existential threat” for both Labour and the Conservatives.

“Around the country there is a mood of disillusion, even despair, at our inability to get things done,” Mr Johnson said.

“After three years and two missed deadlines we must leave the EU on October 31.”

His comments were seized upon by Mr Hammond, who said it would be “very difficult or impossible” to leave the EU by that date.

“I don’t think it’s sensible for candidates to box themselves into a corner on this,” he said.

“I think it will be very difficult - in fact I think it will be impossible - to do this by October 31 and I don’t think it will be in our national interest that we drive towards this cliff-edge at speed.”

The former Foreign Secretary’s momentum appears unstoppable, with dozens of MPs from both sides of the Brexit divide turning out to cheer him on. The first ballot of Tory MPs that will begin narrowing the field of ten candidates takes place today, with 81 of the Tory group in the House of Commons declared as backing Mr Johnson.

As he made his pitch for the party leadership yesterday, Mr Johnson said he represents “sensible, moderate, modern Conservatism”, despite courting fresh controversy by defending past comments - including comparing veiled Muslim women to letterboxes.

Mr Johnson also declined to clarify his past illegal drug use at his campaign launch event yesterday, which saw journalists jeered by his supporters.

He drew extensively on his experience as Mayor of London rather than referring to his controversial tenure as Foreign Secretary, arguing that strikes and riots in the capital meant he has “experience of managing real short-term difficulties in the confident expectation of long-term success”.

While Michael Gove has faced calls to quit the race over an admission of past cocaine use, and other candidates have revealed their histories with illegal substances including cocaine and opium, Mr Johnson appeared to side-step the issue when challenged by journalists.

The front-runner to become the next Prime Minister has been accused by rivals of “hiding in a bunker” because he has only faced media questions once this year, and took just six questions from reporters.

Mr Johnson said he “cannot swear that I have always observed a top speed limit, in this country, of 70mph” when asked whether he had ever done anything illegal.

Sky News political editor Beth Rigby was booed and jeered by supporters of Mr Johnson, including some MPs in the audience, as she asked about a newspaper column in which he wrote that “it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes”.

Mr Johnson said that “of course I’m sorry for the offence that I have caused”. But he went on: “Occasionally some plaster comes off the ceiling as a result of a phrase I may have used, or as a result of the way that phrase has been wrenched out of context and interpreted by those who wish for reasons of their own to caricature my views.

“But I think it’s vital that we as politicians remember that one of the reasons why the public feels alienated now from us all as a breed, is because too often they feel we are muffling and veiling our language, not speaking as we find - covering everything up in bureaucratic platitudes, when what they want to hear is what we really think.”

At least one candidate in the Tory leadership race will see their campaign come to an end today. Candidates need at least 17 votes to go through to the second round.

Even if all the hopefuls meet this target, the one with the lowest votes overall will be eliminated. The result of the first ballot is due at 1pm. A second ballot takes place on 18 June, when candidates will need at least 33 votes to go through.

Ballots continue until just two candidates remain in the contest, with a third scheduled for 19 June and a fourth and fifth on 20 June if necessary. The two candidates left at the end of the ballots will then spend a month campaigning across the country.

Conservative Party members will receive ballot papers through the post. The winner will be announced in the week beginning Monday 22 July.

Four TV debates have been scheduled, with Channel 4 inviting all remaining candidates on 16 June and the BBC doing the same on 18 June. The final two candidates will face off in July on the BBC and Sky News, with the dates to be determined.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4946422.1560416712!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4946422.1560416712!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Boris Johnson during the launch of his campaign to become leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Boris Johnson during the launch of his campaign to become leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4946422.1560416712!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"5967347971001"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/regions/discrimination-over-guide-dogs-in-uk-branded-shocking-1-4946405","id":"1.4946405","articleHeadline": "Discrimination over guide dogs in UK branded ‘shocking’","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1560363791000 ,"articleLead": "

Britain’s leading sight loss charity has condemned the “shocking” discrimination faced by guide and assistance dog owners, more than three quarters of whom said they have been turned away from shops, restaurants, and taxis.

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Some 76 per cent of people with guide talks said they have been refused service, a breach of the Equality Act 2010.

While private hire cars and minicabs are the worst offenders, accounting for 73 per cent of those businesses who refused to take guide dog owners, more than seven out of ten people who visited a restaurant (71 per cent) were also turned away.

The Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) called on people to challenge discrimination and said it was “vital that people are aware of the law.”

One Scottish guide dog user said he has encountered “aggressive” taxi drivers, and others who have simply driven away without accepting his fare.

Robert Meikle, from Glasgow, who has the sight conditions, aniridia and glaucoma, said:.”One taxi came, evidently saw Winnie my guide dog, and decided on a three point turn exit without picking us up.

“There was another instance when the driver says he ‘has not been told I have a dog with me’ and has refused to take me - after getting in I might add.”

He added: “I have had a driver flip flop between claiming he feels sick around dogs because they are ‘filthy’ to ‘I may be allergic, you don’t know’. On another occasion, I sat outside a cab with a very aggressive man for 35 minutes one morning attempting to get to college because he insisted he was in the right.”

The survey, carried out by Guide Dogs charity, found cafes (59 per cent) and convenience stores (50 per cent) were also among the most commonly reported businesses refusing access.

The two charities have created a new equalities toolkit which informs guide dog owners of their legal rights.

Kirstie Bower, director of skills, information and support at Guide Dogs, said: “Often establishments, businesses and services don’t fully understand their obligations in law, but ignorance is not an excuse. This discrimination has a devastating impact on people’s lives, their confidence, and their sense of belonging to society.“

David Clarke, director of services at RNIB, said: “Although I have experienced access refusals first-hand, it is shocking to see just how widespread everyday discrimination against blind and partially sighted people really is.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4939881.1560363789!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4939881.1560363789!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The treatment of guide dogs and their owners has been described as 'shocking'","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The treatment of guide dogs and their owners has been described as 'shocking'","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4939881.1560363789!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/hundreds-of-asylum-seekers-face-new-threat-of-eviction-in-glasgow-1-4945875","id":"1.4945875","articleHeadline": "Hundreds of asylum seekers face new threat of eviction in Glasgow","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1560354882000 ,"articleLead": "

Hundreds of failed asylum seekers living in Glasgow face a new threat of eviction after an outsourcing company announced it would hand back properties under its care to their owners.

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Serco said it would change the locks on around 300 homes in the city as its contract with the UK Government to provide free accommodation to those claiming asylum comes to an end later this year.

The corporate giant first announced the programme of works last summer but it was delayed after it faced a backlash from politicians and charities as well as a legal challenge from two asylum seekers.

Serco said it was informed in January by the Home Office that it had been unsuccessful in its bid to supply accommodation for asylum seekers in Scoltand from 2019 onwards.

READ MORE: Serco loses housing contract after lock change row

In a statement today, the company said: \"By the end of September 2019 we will no longer have any people providing housing services in Glasgow, neither will we have a license to provide accommodation.

\"Accordingly, in the coming months we are going to return all the housing we rent in Glasgow to its owners at the end of the leases. We will therefore be restarting our lock-changing programme so that properties may be returned to their owners with vacant possession in accordance with our contractual obligations.\"

The lock-change programme is to be rolled out in a phased manner over the next four months, with no more than 30 people being issued with notices in any one week, the company said.

Most of those affected are single men or women. No children will be left homeless, Serco added.

Glasgow City Council is prevented by law from offering assistance to asylum seekers who have exhausted all legal avenues to remain in the UK, except for in exceptional circumstances.

Council leader Susan Aitken has written to UK immigration minister Caroline Noakes to voice her concern at Serco's plans.

\"This is a deeply concerning development,\" she wrote. \"In order for Glasgow City Council to provide support I would have to instruct them to break the law.

\"It is a sorry and utterly unacceptable state of affairs when a UK Government contract legally obliges its contractor to force people from their homes and leave public servants to choose between either breaking the law or allowing mass destitution on the streets of our city.

She continued: \"I therefore ask you once again that as minister for immigration, you intervene, firstly to prevent these planned evictions from taking place and, secondly, to prevent future repetition of this situation.\"

Scottish Government communities secretary Aileen Campbell called on the Home Office “to live up to its responsibilities” and find a long-term solution for asylum seekers that would not “leave them destitute and homeless”.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “The Home Office takes the wellbeing of asylum seekers and the local communities in which they live extremely seriously.

“We have and will continue to work closely with local authorities and partners to ensure that those who have no right to be in the UK leave their accommodation in a safe and secure way.

“We have been working with Glasgow City Council and other partners to ensure those at risk of potential eviction have the necessary advice on their options.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "chris.mccall@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "CHRIS McCALL"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4945874.1560338410!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4945874.1560338410!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "A protest outside a Serco office in Glasgow last year after the company announced its programme of lock-changing properties housing failed asylum seekers","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A protest outside a Serco office in Glasgow last year after the company announced its programme of lock-changing properties housing failed asylum seekers","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4945874.1560338410!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/brexit-party-at-risk-of-receiving-impermissible-donations-warns-regulator-1-4945970","id":"1.4945970","articleHeadline": "Brexit party 'at risk of receiving impermissible donations', warns regulator","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1560344239938 ,"articleLead": "

The fundraising structure adopted by the Brexit party leaves it at risk of receiving impermissible donations, the Electoral Commission warned today.

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The UK regulator said the party, which was established by Nigel Farage following his resignation from UKIP last year, was using an online system to receive donations which could be open to abuse.

The Electoral Commission visited the Brexit party's London offices last month to review the systems it had in place to receive funds.

It concluded the fundraising structure adopted by the party leaves it open to \"a high and on-going risk of receiving and accepting impermissible donations\".

The commission has since made recommendations that it said would, if implemented by the party, achieve and maintain robust procedures for receiving funds and help it comply with its legal requirements.

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Louise Edwards, director of regulation at the Electoral Commission, said: “It is legitimate for any political party or campaigner to adopt a fundraising strategy that focuses on raising small sums.

\"Our visit to The Brexit Party has enabled us to make specific recommendations to the party that will support it to meet its legal responsibilities when it comes to receiving funds. Should it fail to meet those responsibilities, this will be considered in line with our Enforcement Policy.”

The Brexit party was the success story of last month's elections to the European Parliament, where it returned 29 of the UK's 73 MEPs.

Last week, Mr Farage handed a letter to Downing Street to demand involvement in the Brexit negotiation process.

The letter, addressed to the Prime Minister and copied to all the Conservative leadership candidates, reads: “The electorate have asked for us to come into the negotiating team and we are ready to do so immediately.”

But the party faced a set-back when it failed to win the Peterborough by-election, which would have seen it return an MP for the first time.

When asked about losing the by-election in which his party’s candidate came a close second to Labour, Mr Farage said: “Did we? I don’t know, if you think zero to 29 per cent in a couple of weeks is losing, then it’s losing.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "chris.mccall@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "CHRIS McCALL"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4945969.1560344526!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4945969.1560344526!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Nigel Farage launched the Brexit party in November 2018 after quitting UKIP","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Nigel Farage launched the Brexit party in November 2018 after quitting UKIP","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4945969.1560344526!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/nick-knowles-banned-for-six-months-after-using-phone-behind-wheel-at-85mph-1-4945892","id":"1.4945892","articleHeadline": "Nick Knowles banned for six months after using phone behind wheel at 85mph","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1560339670715 ,"articleLead": "

TV star Nick Knowles has vowed to drive with his mobile phone in the boot of his car after being given a six-month ban for using it at 85mph.

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The DIY SOS host, 56, was also ordered to pay nearly £1,500 in fines and costs today for using the device at the wheel of his Range Rover.

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He was driving at 85mph in a 70mph speed limit at the time of the offence on the A417 in Gloucester on January 28.

Knowles pleaded guilty to two charges via post and appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates Court to be sentenced.

He was caught by a camera which can see what drivers are doing from about a kilometre away.

Knowles, of Coates, Cirencester, was fined £666 for using a handheld device while driving and £666 for speeding.

He must also pay a victim surcharge of £66 and prosecution costs of £85, taking his total bill to £1,483.

Speaking after the hearing, the star said he \"wholeheartedly\" accepted the punishment and vowed to change his behaviour.

He said: \"I received a six-month ban which is appropriate given what I was doing.

\"I used my mobile phone and I shouldn't have used my mobile phone and it has made me rethink having the phone even in the car so now I stick it in the boot when I do long distances - which I won't be doing for a while because I've been banned for six months.

\"If that's the charge and I was guilty of it I can't complain about it.

\"I'll take it on the chin and actually modify my behaviour and hopefully so will other people - they'll take this as a warning and modify their behaviour too.

\"It's astounding when you start looking in cars how many people are using their mobile phones and it's dangerous - and I don't want to be that person.

\"I'm not surprised at the sentence and accept it wholeheartedly.\"

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Presiding justice Andrew Hill told Knowles the ban would be enforced as it would not cause him \"exceptional hardship\".

Knowles asked: \"I can drive home, right?\" to which Mr Hill replied: \"No.\"

The presenter responded: \"I'm joking.\"

He gave his name as Nicholas Simon Augustine Knowles.

Knowles, who represented himself in court, was spotted by police on the A417 Brockworth Bypass at its junction with junction 11A of the M5.

He said he was using a hands-free kit but had a dodgy power cable and had to hold his mobile phone.

Martin Surl, Gloucestershire's police and crime commissioner, sat in the public gallery.

He told Knowles during a break in proceedings: \"Thank you very much for the attitude you've taken - doing the responsible thing and not fighting it.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "catherine.salmond@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Alex Shipman"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4945890.1560340147!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4945890.1560340147!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Nick Knowles outside Cheltenham Magistrates' Court. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Nick Knowles outside Cheltenham Magistrates' Court. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4945890.1560340147!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"3000000011030372"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} ]}}} ]}