Senedd drinking: Caterer faces ‘Covid breach’ investigation

In the letter, SRS says: “This department has received a complaint regarding in connection with potential offences under Health Protection (Coronavirus restrictions) (Wales) No 4 Regulations 2020 namely that the catering premises, Tea Room, Welsh Parliament, carried on the service other than in accordance with the regulations. In addition, food and alcohol was supplied and… Continue reading Senedd drinking: Caterer faces ‘Covid breach’ investigation

Scottish election 2021: Nicola Sturgeon pledges ‘transformational’ NHS funding

Who can I vote for in my area? Enter your postcode, or the name of your English council or Scottish or Welsh constituency to find out. Eg ‘W1A 1AA’ or ‘Westminster’ Note: This lookup covers national elections in Scotland and Wales, the Hartlepool by-election, as well as council and mayoral elections in England and Police… Continue reading Scottish election 2021: Nicola Sturgeon pledges ‘transformational’ NHS funding

Government’s LGBT advisory panel disbanded

Nancy Kelley, chief executive of campaign group Stonewall, who is one of the remaining panel members, said: “Many key commitments from the UK LGBT Action Plan remain incomplete, including delivering an effective ban on conversion therapy, and the pandemic has only deepened the inequalities LGBTQ people experience, particularly in mental health.” Source

In full: David Cameron’s statement on Greensill row

I later became an enthusiastic advocate for Greensill’s pay product, Earnd, which enabled employees to see and access their pay as they earn it, in real-time and, crucially, for free, with no charges or interest rates, rather than having to wait until the end of the month. This was, to my mind, an antidote to… Continue reading In full: David Cameron’s statement on Greensill row

Covid-19: People can start thinking about foreign travel – Shapps

“But for the first time I think there is light at the end of the tunnel and we’ll be able to restart international travel, including cruises by the way, in a safe and secure way, knowing about the vaccinations, everything we know about the disease this year, and of course that abundance of caution –… Continue reading Covid-19: People can start thinking about foreign travel – Shapps

Analysis: What is Brexit doing to Northern Ireland?

One government advisor also suggested to me that Unionist leaders were whipping up their supporters, risking a “self-fulfilling prophecy” where politicians use inflammatory language, which winds up the public, which then demands an ever-tougher response. Source

Greensill lobbying row: Rishi Sunak texts to David Cameron released

But Labour’s shadow chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, said the messages “raise very serious questions about whether the chancellor may have broken the ministerial code”, saying they suggested the firm “got accelerated treatment and access to officials” and Mr Sunak “pushed officials to consider Greensill’s requests”. Source

Douglas Ross ‘not sure’ if PM Boris Johnson will campaign in Scotland

Asked if he thought Scottish voters were put off by the UK Conservatives party leader, Mr Ross responded: “I think that what the voters in Scotland look at right now is the protections they have received in the furlough scheme, the self-employed income support, the 90,000 businesses across Scotland who have been helped by business… Continue reading Douglas Ross ‘not sure’ if PM Boris Johnson will campaign in Scotland