19th March 2018

Isles MSPs to launch bid to ‘island proof’ existing laws

Calls will be made this week for a major review of existing laws to assess whether they negatively impact on the islands – including the creation of the national police force. Northern isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur have revealed they are poised to lodge a series of amendments to the Islands Bill which is going through Holyrood.  The draft legislation will enshrine a requirement to “island proof” future laws and policies to ensure they do not harm the interests of the islands.



Witness in cop’s collapsed rape trial lied to police after alleged victim offered him £10,000 bribe

A witness in a cop’s coll­apsed rape trial lied to police after the alleged victim offered him a £10,000 bribe, he admitted last night. Hugh Walker, 37, said his pal promised him the bung to testify against Sergeant Blair Pettigrew as she reckoned a guilty verdict would net her £250,000 in compo.  The IT worker claimed she coached him for hours on what to tell police about the officer, 35.  But guilt-ridden Walker, of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, retracted his made-up statement last year after getting cold feet.  Slamming his pal — who we cannot name — he said: “She told me exactly what to say and kept going over and over it.


Over 300 sex offenders in Ayrshire, report reveals


Anas Sarwar speaks out after alleged racism towards Humza Yousaf

Anas Sarwar has urged his party to take action on tackling racism within its ranks after one of its councillors was suspended last week following an Islamophobic comment he reportedly made about the Scottish Government transport minister Humza Yousaf. Dumfries and Galloway councillor Jim Dempster has been suspended from the party pending an investigation into his remark about Humza Yousaf. Dempster reportedly said that if Yousaf had visited the region, “he may have been at Springholm but no-one would have seen him under his burka”.


Demand for extra £1m to tackle sectarianism as cash set to run out

Labour has launched a campaign calling for increased funding for projects to tackle sectarianism across Scotland. The party claimed current schemes have just two weeks before funding runs out and it has not been told when applications for more money will open. Scottish Government funding has fallen in the last three years from £3million in 2015/16 to £500,000 in 2017/18. Labour MSP James Kelly called on the Government to announce new funding of at least £1m urgently.



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