Ex-first minister believed to be furious over treatment by SNP and Nicola Sturgeon’s officeAlex Salmond is expected to sue the Scottish government over the alleged role of its senior officials in his prosecution for sexual assaults, his allies have disclosed.Sources close to the former first minister said he believed senior figures inside the government and Nicola Sturgeon’s office helped orchestrate significant parts of the case against him, and that he intends to sue for extensive damages. Continue reading...
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Government recommends no social mixing between people from different households in these areas; NHS Test and...Government recommends no social mixing between people from different households in these areas; NHS Test and Trace going backwardsNurses barred from handling NHS 111 Covid calls after 60% found to be unsafeHancock announces restrictions in Merseyside, Warrington and TeessideAirport Covid testing could start within weeks, says Heathrow chiefGlobal coronavirus updates – liveEU launches legal action against UK for breaching withdrawal agreement 2.26pm BST NHS England has recorded 44 more coronavirus hospital deaths. It says that those who died were aged between 60 and 99 years old and all had known underlying health conditions. The details are here.A week ago the equivalent daily figure was 30. Two weeks ago the equivalent daily figure was 14. 2.03pm BST Edinburgh city council has just announced that the city’s hugely popular Christmas festivals will not go ahead this year, because further coronavirus restrictions mean “it is now clear that the best place to experience Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay will be from home”. The world-famous Hogmanay street party had already been cancelled in July.Stating that public health is their number one priority, council leader Adam McVey said: “Following the latest restrictions and through the development of plans, it became apparent that activities for Christmas were not going to be possible.” The festival normally attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the city and make millions of pounds for events organisers and local businesses. Continue reading...
Gordon Jackson was filmed on train talking about Salmond and sexual assault trialThe lawyer who helped...Gordon Jackson was filmed on train talking about Salmond and sexual assault trialThe lawyer who helped secure Alex Salmond’s acquittal over allegations of sexual assault has quit as the head of Scotland’s advocates body after a furore over remarks he made about Salmond and his accusers.Gordon Jackson QC announced on Friday he was standing down as the dean of the Faculty of Advocates, one of the most powerful posts in Scotland’s legal profession, because he is under investigation for professional misconduct. Continue reading...
A jury found Mr. Salmond, who led the push for independence in a 2014 referendum, not...A jury found Mr. Salmond, who led the push for independence in a 2014 referendum, not guilty of attempted rape and sexual assault.