Mark McDonald suspended by SNP after party receives 'new information' on his behaviour

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 16 November 2017 in News

Party confirms Mark McDonald, who stood down as children’s minister last week, has been suspended from both the SNP parliamentary group and the party while an investigation takes place

Chancellor must urgently rethink UK approach to welfare, UK’s four children’s commissioners warn

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 15 November 2017 in News

With the Institute for Fiscal Studies projecting a rise in child poverty, the children’s commissioners for Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland came together to issue a joint warning to Philip Hammond on welfare policy

Theresa May's government "smells of decline", warns Tory MP

Written by John Ashmore on 13 November 2017 in News

Questioning May’s choices for cabinet positions, the Tory backbencher said the Conservatives still seem "punch drunk" from June's disastrous election performance

Michel Barnier: EU is preparing for 'no deal' Brexit

Written by John Ashmore on 13 November 2017 in News

In an interview with the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, Barnier made clear he was not looking for a 'no deal' outcome, but said both sides must prepare for the eventuality

Ken Macintosh to meet with party representatives to discuss gender balance of parliamentary bodies

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 9 November 2017 in News

Both the Parliamentary Bureau, which makes decisions on debates and committee membership in parliament, and the Corporate Body, which makes decisions on parliamentary property, staff and services, have an all-male membership

EU migrants to Scotland contribute £4.4bn in GDP each year

Written by on 8 November 2017 in News

Analysis submitted to the Migration Advisory Committee shows that each of the 128,000 EU nationals working in Scotland contribute an average of £34,400 to GDP every year

Child asylum seekers are being denied vital services, warns UNISON

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 6 November 2017 in News

UNISON Scotland and the Scottish Association of Social Work issue guidance to social workers on dealing with "intrinsically oppressive" immigration system

Anonymised survey sent to Scottish Parliament users to investigate barriers to reporting inappropriate sexual behaviour

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 31 October 2017 in News

Writing to all Scottish Parliament users, the Presiding Officer said a new confidential phone line for anyone wishing to report sexual harassment will be operational before the end of the week

SNP launches investigation into claims of unacceptable sexual behaviour

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 31 October 2017 in News

Investigation follows an announcement from Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh and chief executive Paul Grice that a confidential phone line will be established for people working at the Scottish Parliament to report sexual harassment

DUP and Sinn Féin given more time to reach power-sharing agreement

Written by Agnes Chambre on 31 October 2017 in News

Stormont executive collapsed in January after Sinn Fein withdrew from the power-sharing agreement over a heating scandal