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Stan Collymore tweeted that he had joined the SNP, following last night's vote on Syria. Picture: Getty
Stan Collymore tweeted that he had joined the SNP, following last night's vote on Syria. Picture: Getty
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TODAY’s top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond, including votes on Syria, Stan Collymore and Tynecastle.

MPs vote in favour of military action

Missile attacks went ahead within hours of last night’s late vote in the House of Commons which saw the Prime Minister win a majority for his controversial plan to assault IS from the air without the support of British troops on the ground.

Mr Cameron succeeded in his attempt to take the UK into another conflict, despite MPs from across the parties, including his own, expressing deep reservations about his strategy for extending military action into Syria.

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Stan Collymore joins SNP after Syria vote

The ex-Liverpool and Nottingham Forest striker, who is a prominent supporter of the Republic group that campaigns for an elected UK head of state, tweeted on Wednesday night: “Only rejoined Labour a couple of months ago. Have to cancel again now. Can an Englishman join the SNP?”

The former Aston Villa forward later tweeted a screenshot appearing to show an email from the SNP, with the subject ‘SNP payment received’ and a message saying: “Thank you for your payment to the SNP.”

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Sturgeon under fire over climate change record

Nicola Sturgeon today faced claims of “hypocrisy” over her record on climate change ahead of an appearance at keynote global talks in Paris next week. Labour today said that the Scottish Government has never met its “world leading” targets in tackling global warming since these were published in 2009.

Ms Sturgeon insisted that there has been a reduction in carbon emissions at First Ministers Questions today, but said the failure to meet targets was down to “baseline changes.”

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University less likely for poor Scots than English

Poorer youngsters in England are twice as likely to make it to university as their Scottish counterparts, an official has report today found.

The Universities UK report found that 16.9% of its students going to university in 2013 came from the least wealthy backgrounds - compared with 8.8% in Scotland. Youngsters north of the border are also lagging behind Northern Ireland (15.8%) and Wales (14.1%).

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Hearts to build new Main Stand at Tynecastle

Ann Budge confirmed Hearts will remain at Tynecastle and will soon unveil plans to increase the capacity of the stadium by rebuilding the Main Stand.

She said: “In case anyone is still in doubt, the board has decided that Hearts future is here at Tynecastle. I am very confident that by this time next year we will be well down the road in terms of developing our new Main Stand.

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