Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is facing calls to resign amidst fresh claims that she lied to parliament. It follows the Scottish government's publication of legal advice surrounding a court challenge by Alex Salmond in 2018. It shows that legal counsel warned the Scottish government of a "very real problem" more than two months before they were forced to concede in court. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Sturgeon denies cover-up accusations Mr Salmond has accused Ms Sturgeon of breaching the ministerial code by not halting her government's legal challenge and costing the taxpayer more than £600,000 in legal costs. Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Douglas Ross said his party would be submitting a vote of no confidence in Ms Sturgeon. Advertisement He said: "There is no longer any doubt that Nicola Sturgeon lied to the Scottish Parliament and broke the Ministerial Code on numerous … [Read more...] about No confidence vote in Nicola Sturgeon to be submitted after Alex Salmond case legal advice published
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Nicola Sturgeon will be asked about an undeclared meeting with her top civil servant after it emerged notes of their conversation may have been destroyed. Scotland's first minister held at least one meeting with her government's permanent secretary four months before she says she knew of harassment complaints against Alex Salmond, her predecessor. The meeting in November 2017 wasn't included in a timeline of events the Scottish government gave to Holyrood's harassment committee, despite MSPs asking for details of all meetings. Now Sky News has seen statements, given under oath by the permanent secretary Leslie Evans, stating that she may have made a note of a meeting with the first minister but wouldn't have kept it because: "I destroy all my notebooks." An opposition MSP has told Sky News she will query this when the first minister gives evidence to the Holyrood committee investigating the government's mishandling of its 2018 investigation into harassment complaints … [Read more...] about Nicola Sturgeon to be questioned about undeclared meeting with top official who may have destroyed notes
CURTIS Pritchard has become a familiar face on our TV screens. He has appeared on reality TV shows Love Island and Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion – but what else do we know about AJ 's baby brother? Who is Curtis Pritchard? Curtis Pritchard , 25, was born in Cheshire on February 7, 1996. He started dancing at a young age alongside his older brother AJ , learning his craft from his mum and dad Adrian and Debi’s dance school, Pritchard’s Dance and Fitness Academy. He began to dance professionally from the age of 11 and has represented the UK in several World and European Championships. He starred on Dancing With The Stars in Ireland in 2017 and Curtis explained: “I got into dancing through my parents. “But what got me seriously in to it was when dad would take me to major competitions he judged. Seeing professionals dance was my biggest inspiration.” Curtis rose to fame after appearing on popular reality TV show Love Island . When was Curtis on Love … [Read more...] about Who is Curtis Pritchard and does he have a girlfriend?
On Monday, a letter was leaked in which Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita suggested to his prime minister that all Morocco government offices suspend their relationship with the German embassy in the capital, Rabat, as well as with other German cultural and political organizations in the country. Bourita said this was necessary because of "deep misunderstandings" on "issues fundamental for Morocco." The foreign minister said that his ministry had already suspended contact with German diplomatic representation in Rabat. Germany's embassy is in the Moroccan capital and it has two consulates in Casablanca and Agadir. Although there has been no official German government statement on the matter, the word from Berlin is that the German government sees no reason to disrupt the two nations' good relationship like this. The Moroccan ambassador had been invited to come to the German Foreign Office urgently and explain the letter, insiders said. Deliberate leak As one source, … [Read more...] about Behind Moroccan-German diplomatic crisis, a list of grudges
Rishi Sunak will tomorrow give his second Budget after a year that has seen £280bn spent on coronavirus . You can scarcely believe the Commons was packed for last year's spectacle with Tories patting the Chancellor on the back. This time the Chancellor will stand up at 12.30pm to a near-empty chamber in Parliament to announce a plan for recovery. Prepare for an hour-long blizzard of announcements followed by endless spin about how the announcement will change the country. But for all the big policies and the many details, chances are your response to the Budget will come down to just one or two vitally important things. Here are some of the biggest changes you need to look out for that will affect your life. 1. Furlough and business support Furlough is expected to be extended until at least the end of June. And self-employed people will be given a fourth grant under the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS). But the terms and the eligibility will be … [Read more...] about Budget 2021: 5 big changes to look out for from furlough to your taxes