The Scottish Deficit myth, the mandate and causes ...22 Nov 2019 - Stewart Hosie, Scottish National Party, discusses the current mandate for a second Scottish Indepdendence Referendum, myth surrouding the Scottish Deficit, and Scotland's demands being ignored on Brexit by the UK Government.
General election: party leaders debate climate emergency28 Nov - Party leaders took part in a televised debate on the climate crisis on Thursday evening. Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson, Nicola Sturgeon, Siân Berry and Adam Price discussed issues such as HS2, net-zero emissions targets, and the leaders' personal climate change resolutions.
Are Corbyn and Johnson racist? | Question Time - BBCFiona Bruce presents an hour of topical debate from Swindon. On the panel: Brandon Lewis, chairman of the Conservative Party, Conservative; Andy McDonald, shadow transport secretary, Labour; Caroline Lucas, former leader of the Green Party; Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist; Lionel Shriver, writer and author of books such as 'We Need to Talk About Kevin'.
Suspended SNP candidate apologises 'unreservedly'...A candidate suspended by the SNP has apologised "unreservedly" over anti-semitic language in social media posts. The SNP has said it was taking "tough action" against anti-Semitism as it suspended Neale Hanvey, one of its candidates for next month's General Election.
Jeremy Corbyn reveals 451 pages of uncensored page...Labour has obtained official documents showing the US is demanding that the NHS will be 'on the table' in talks on a post-Brexit trade deal, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The Labour leader said the uncensored papers gave the lie to Boris Johnson’s claims that the NHS would not be part of any trade talks.
Nearly 700,000 apply to register to vote on deadline dayAlmost 700,000 people applied to register to vote on Tuesday, as the deadline to take part in next month's General Election arrived. It is the largest volume of applications submitted in a single day since registration data was first published in June 2014. Overall some 3.85 million applications have been submitted since October 29 this year – the day that MPs voted to hold an election on December 12.
Neil Mackay: Scottish Labour needs to reimagine its position on independenceLABOUR will be destroyed in Scotland at this General Election. An electoral bomb is going to drop on the party and blow what remains of it to smithereens. It seems the only person likely to be left standing once the dust clears will be Ian Murray. If polls are correct, Murray, the party's candidate in Edinburgh South, will be the sole Labour MP returned in Scotland.
Labour simply can't sustain such a blow and remain even marginally relevant. This would be the second time in less than five years that the party's Scottish contingent at Westminster has been reduced to a humiliating rump. At the 2015 General Election, Murray was also the only Labour candidate elected in Scotland. One Labour MP in 2015. And one Labour MP in 2019. It's an existential crisis.
The party also looks likely to face defeat in England, with a probable Conservative majority on the cards at Westminster. Perhaps Jeremy Corbyn and Richard Leonard will cling on to leadership after the beating is over – though it seems unlikely if the defeat turns out to be as colossal as predicted – but whoever is in charge, they'll have to completely reimagine Labour in Scotland if the party is to have any relevance after December 12.
If Boris Johnson secures a majority and has free rein over Brexit, then the clamour for a second independence referendum in Scotland will become deafening. The Yes and No sides of the independence debate in Scotland seem fairly equally balanced at the moment. One recent poll had support for independence at 50 per cent. With Johnson securely in power, the scales will tip in Scotland towards leaving the UK – that's inevitable.
The path to Labour recovering any relevance lies in how it reconfigures itself around the issue of Scottish independence.
Can the Tories really ‘get Brexit done’?Boris Johnson has launched the Conservative Party manifesto ahead of December’s general election vowing to "get Brexit done" and "forge a new Britain". But is it enough to win voters over?
How did Labour lose this Scottish stronghold? The Scottish National party's David Linden has a majority of just 75 votes in Glasgow East, with Labour in a close second. This constituency used to be one of the safest in the country for the Labour party. JOE met with David Linden, as he seeks re-election, in the Easterhouse estate, an area formerly notorious for its deprivation and violence.
SNP will go in collision with Corbyn if grants a 2nd referendumSNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford talks to GMB as the party launch their general election campaign today where they are expected to announce a bill which will protect the NHS from any trade deals. The MP also confirms that the party will not form a coalition with any other party so they can prioritise the people of Scotland.