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Urgent action needed on prison pressures, say MSPs

Image copyright PA MediaImage caption Barlinnie dates from the 19th Century MSPs say “urgent action” is needed to address the pressure on Scotland’s overcrowded prisons. Holyrood’s public audit committee said conditions in the largest jail, HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow, were so poor that a contingency plan was needed in case it became uninhabitable. The report […]

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Brexit complicates EU budget plans

Image copyright Getty Images EU leaders are meeting in Brussels this week to discuss the bloc’s future budget plans. These negotiations are always challenging, tending to pit net payers against net beneficiaries. There are proposals from the European Commission and the Parliament that some countries think involve spending too much. This time, the talks are […]

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Julian Smith: Boris Johnson approved Stormont agreement

Image copyright PacemakerImage caption Julian Smith said the prime minister signed off on the Stormont deal The former Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith says Prime Minister Boris Johnson read and approved the agreement for the restoration of Stormont. Mr Smith was sacked during the cabinet reshuffle last week. There was speculation he was removed because […]

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HS2: Stephenson given new rail link role

Image copyright UK Parliament Andrew Stephenson has been appointed minister for HS2 – the high-speed rail link connecting London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. He also has responsibility for the Transpennine and Northern Powerhouse Rail routes. Earlier this month Boris Johnson said he would appoint a minister to “restore discipline” to HS2. It has come […]