Scotland's only Brexit Party MEP has resigned from the party and will now sit as an independent.Louis Stedman-Bryce was elected to the European Parliament in May, when the Brexit Party finished second in the election in Scotland.However he has now quit, saying his "personal values" are "in direct conflict with those of the party".He said he remained committed to Brexit and its backers in Scotland, and would "fight on" to represent them as an MEP.Mr Stedman-Bryce, who is openly gay, claimed the Brexit Party had selected a Scottish candidate who has "posted homophobic views across social media", something he called a "betrayal of the LGBT community".In a video posted on social media, he also said the party had "repeatedly failed to deliver" on its promises.He said: "The Brexit Party's position on Brexit may have changed, but mine has not - I remain committed to Brexit and to the people of Scotland who voted for me, and I will fight on unhindered as an independent MEP to ensure our voice … [Read more...] about Scottish MEP quits Brexit Party to sit as independent
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A little before midnight, the well-wined Ukip leader stood on a chair in a small Italian eatery in the Kent town to bellow out a rendition of New York, New York to the delight of his dining companions. That performance came after several renditions of Hi, Ho Silver Lining, with Farage hollering down the phone to whoever happened to be calling. A little unsteady on his feet, the Ukip leader then rounded off the night with The Wild Rover outside on the pavement, as aides persuaded him that moving on to a nightclub or revisiting his teenage days of skinny-dipping were not sensible for a party leader two weeks before the most important election of his life. The immediate cause of Farage’s celebration was a Survation telephone poll commissioned by party donor Alan Bown that suggests the Ukip leader is nine points ahead in his target seat of South Thanet in Kent. Halfway through the evening, after many glasses of red and some fresh seafood, he leaned across the table to his agent and … [Read more...] about Boozy Farage holds impromptu victory party after Thanet poll boost
Boris Johnson has dropped the strongest possible hint yet he will duck the seven-way television showdown between party leaders. It came in the form of a snub to the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon, who the Prime Minister said was not a contender in the race for Number 10 and was therefore not worthwhile debating. The Scottish First Minister this month threw down the gauntlet to her Conservative rival, challenging him to a debate and taunting him as 'scared'. But Mr Johnson has poured cold water on the idea of sharing a stage with Ms Sturgeon, because he is only prepared 'to contest the debates with whoever theoretically could be Prime Minister.' Boris Johnson has dropped the strongest possible hint yet he will duck the seven-way television showdown between party leaders (pictured on a visit to Jimmy Egan's Boxing Academy at Wythenshawe) The Scottish First Minister Nicole Sturgeon this month threw down the gauntlet to her Conservative rival, challenging him … [Read more...] about Is Boris Johnson going to skip seven-way leaders’ debate? PM says he will not go on TV with Nicola Sturgeon until she is an MP and ‘a serious contender to be PM’
Banning billionaire Donald Trump from Britain would “fix on him a halo of victimhood”, MPs were warned today. The extraordinary bid to bar the presidential hopeful from the UK was debated in a packed Westminster Hall after 570,000 people signed a petition calling for him to be kept out . The demands were triggered by the reality TV star’s controversial call last month for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US. He also claimed that “radicalised” Muslims had made police in London afraid to visit certain areas. MPs from across the political divide condemned the comments as they discussed excluding him from the UK, where he has substantial business interests. Read more: Mr Trump, who is bidding to become the next Republican president, has already threatened to pull planned investments from his Scottish golf resorts - Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire and the Trump Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire - if he is … [Read more...] about Banning ‘wazzock’ Donald Trump from Britain would give him the ‘halo of victimhood’ warn MPs in marathon debate
• Joke about Scottish independence • Catastrophic failure of audience participation • Minor celebrity seen eating • Joke about jokes about Scottish independence • Novelty Hamlet • "Immersive" • Cooking/gardening/hairdressing on stage • "It's great to be here in this cave/oven" • Excessive applause/laughter from performer's friends • Three stars on a flyer • More people on the stage than in the audience • Show in someone's flat • "World's first" something that won't have a second • Powerpoint • Performance that lasts 24 hours • Over-eager volunteer from the audience • "Does Scottish money work in England?" • Poster with quotes from performer's mother • Joke about past reviews • "Bush and Blair" • Famous person in the title (but not in the show) • Deliberate bad singing • Heckler gets biggest laugh of set • Musical version of Sophocles/Euripides … [Read more...] about Edinburgh festival 2014: play fringe bingo!