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May 17, 2015

Jim Murphy announces resignation as Scottish Labour Party leader

Jim Murphy announces resignation as Scottish Labour Party leader

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Jim Murphy yesterday announced he intends to stand down as Scottish Labour Party leader next month, after narrowly surviving a no confidence vote. Murphy said he will present a list of suggested reforms to be made to the party, including changing the system for electing party leader to one member, one vote, upon offering his resignation at the next meeting of its national executive in June. Murphy also said he will not stand for the Scottish Parliament election in May 2016 and will “do something else”.

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At a meeting in the Scottish city Glasgow yesterday, the party’s national executive held a vote of no confidence in Murphy; he won by 17 votes to 14. “Today I received more support in the executive vote than I did from members of the executive when I stood for election five months ago”, Murphy said. Murphy became Scottish Labour leader in December 2014, following Johann Lamont‘s resignation from the role. Until Scottish Labour holds a fresh leadership election — its sixth in a span of eight years — Kezia Dugdale, currently the party’s deputy leader, is to assume the role of acting leader for the time being. Murphy cited concerns about Scottish Labour being divided as a contributory factor to his decision. “Scotland needs a strong Labour party; Scotland needs a united Labour party”, he said yesterday. “We have been the greatest force for change in our nation’s remarkable history. The Scottish Labour party will rise again. It will be under someone else’s leadership and I am confident about my party’s future.”

The announcement came nine days after the party lost all but one of its 41 Scottish seats, including Murphy’s East Renfrewshire constituency, to the Scottish National Party (SNP) in a UK general election, and eight days after Ed Miliband said he would stand down as leader of the UK Labour Party.

There was controversy regarding whether Murphy should retain his role following this performance. Labour Party supporters were reportedly asked to sign a letter supporting Murphy’s leadership, to be presented at the executive meeting yesterday. Calls for Murphy to resign came from multiple quarters, including trade unions Unite and ASLEF, as well as Labour MSPs Alex Rowley and Elaine Smith. Earlier in the week, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said “the anti-Scottish card that was played by Lynton Crosby and the Conservatives” had caused them to win a majority in the general election, before going on to say: “I lay the blame for that very squarely at the feet of Scottish Labour. Not only have they lost Scotland but I think they’ve been responsible for making certain that the Conservatives were back in power in Westminster.” However, trade unions USDAW and Community were amongst those supporting Murphy’s continued leadership.

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In a speech, Murphy suggested he did he did not want the party to be divided as a result of his leadership. “It is clear that the small minority who didn’t accept my election as party leader by the majority five months ago also won’t accept the vote of the Executive today and will continue to divide the party if I remain”, he said. Murphy singled out McCluskey for criticism, claiming to have “been at the centre of a campaign by the London leadership of the Unite union in blaming myself and the Scottish Labour party for the defeat of the UK Labour party in the general election. That is a grotesque insult to the Scottish Labour party.” He went on to criticise what he called McCluskey’s “destructive behaviour”, commenting that: “Whether in Scotland, or in the contest to come across the UK, we cannot have our leaders selected or deselected by the grudges and grievances of one prominent man. The leader of the Scottish Labour Party doesn’t serve at the grace of Len McCluskey and the next leader of the UK Labour Party should not be picked by Len McCluskey.”

Reacting to the news, SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “I wish Jim Murphy all the very best for the future. Leadership is not easy and he deserves credit for standing up for what he believes in.” Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie said: “Credit to [Murphy]. He stepped up and energetically campaigned for his beliefs. I wish him the best for the future.” Harriet Harman, the acting leader of the UK Labour Party, said Murphy had been a “hugely important figure” for them, adding: “Jim has given so much to the Labour Party over the last twenty years. He, I know reluctantly, took the responsibility for leading Scottish Labour at the most difficult election they have ever faced. He did so with incredible energy, purpose and dignity […] He leaves with the best wishes and thanks of our movement.”

Scottish Green Party co-convenor Patrick Harvie was more critical in his response, arguing the Greens should be the opposition of the Scottish Parliament instead. Harvie said Murphy’s resignation was “almost inevitable, but even as he announced it he promised to further weaken Labour’s relationship with the wider labour movement. People haven’t left Labour because of the trade unions, but because the party itself long ago strayed from its principles. Without a clear sense of purpose, it has seemed to care only about holding office instead of creating new ideas for a better society. It’s clear that the Scottish Parliament needs an opposition that’s creative and challenging, but which can act constructively too.”

Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson tweeted: “Jim Murphy announces a managed exit in order to help the party, which is to his credit. But leaves a tough gig for whoever comes next.”

Wikinews asked Unite the Union to comment on the story and has yet to receive a response. However, Pat Rafferty, Unite’s Scotland leader, earlier stated: “Jim has done the decent thing. Scottish Labour needs to recover, re-engage and reform. It can now begin that process.”

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December 22, 2014

Multiple fatalities in bin lorry crash in Glasgow, Scotland

Multiple fatalities in bin lorry crash in Glasgow, Scotland

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At least six fatalities have resulted this afternoon from a bin lorry crashing in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland.

The accident occurred at about 1430 UTC today, when the vehicle hit multiple pedestrians on Queen Street, then crashed into Millennium Hotel alongside George Square, located in the city centre. BBC Scotland reporter Laura Bicker reported witness accounts the vehicle “careered out of control” and the driver “slumped over the wheel” when the crash occurred.

It is not yet clear how many people have been killed or injured, although Police Scotland have reported “a number of fatalities and people injured”, with “all casualties, including the driver of the bin lorry”, alternately being taken to Southern General Hospital, Western Infirmary and Glasgow Royal Infirmary. They later said on Twitter at least six people have died and eight people are receiving hospital treatment. Police Superintendent Stewart Carle said at least seven people suffered serious injury, although the total number of those injured may be greater than this. Sky News has reported six fatalities and a larger number of people injured.

Superintendent Carle further explained that police will investigate what the force has described as a “major incident” for the rest of the day and overnight, although they do not suspect there was any “sinister” activity behind it. They told the council to leave Christmas lights on to help the investigation; the council had offered to switch them off as a mark of respect. A winter wonderland attraction has been operating in the area this month. Anyone with photos or video is asked to email the police at georgesquareincident@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

Social media is abuzz with Scots and their loved ones checking each other are safe, and offering condolences. “Absolutely gutted for the families of the people killed today, to think[…] I could’ve been killed too is a shock,” said one woman, who passed the scene shortly before the crash. She added she had “seen people in body bags” and was reluctant to go to get her train in Queen Street Station “incase I see more bodies”. “Genuinely don’t care about Xmas shopping now[, I] was getting so stressed over silly things when other people are losing their family… will be thinking of them at Xmas” she said, later telling well-wishers “Thanks so much guys send your good vibes to their families though they’re the ones that really need it”.

Another local woman said she is “stunned” and she had “stood in that exact spot yesterday afternoon. Taking pictures of the lights”. She says the city now faces “Another sad Christmas.” She was referring to a police helicopter that crashed into a Glasgow pub on November 29 last year. Three on board and seven on the ground were killed.

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April 22, 2014

Glasgow cannabis enthusiasts celebrate \’green\’ on city green

Glasgow cannabis enthusiasts celebrate ‘green’ on city green

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Coinciding with Easter Sunday, Glasgow Cannabis Social Club’s annual 420 event was held on Glasgow Green, under sunny blue skies, and overlooking the river Clyde. Despite the city’s council attempting to revoke permission for the gathering at the last minute, police were happy for it to go-ahead with approximately a dozen officers attending in high-visibility vests.

Setting up the stalls, with the river Clyde and Adelphi distillery as a backdrop
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Good weather, albeit tempered with a cool breeze, saw higher numbers than the prior year’s event
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Glasgow Green, in the East End is the city’s oldest park
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A speaker from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) explained his organisation’s position on cannabis
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Police were in-attendance from early-on, with Monday’s issue of the Daily Record reporting five arrests, but no trouble
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A section of the crowd, with the People’s Palace in the background
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One of the bands setting up to entertain the crowd
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A neon-bright sign for the Glasgow branch of the UK Cannabis Social Club
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Home-made sign for the Legalise Cannabis Campaign Scotland
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People buying refreshments from the stall
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Several attendees wore clothing with slogans openly advocating cannabis
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A view of the tents over the stage and stalls from across the Clyde
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Attendees watch the stage entertainment while police look on
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Small groups of attendees regularly walked away from watchful police once it was made clear people would be arrested and cautioned for smoking
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View of the stage area from opposite bank of the Clyde
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Trumpet player in one of the Reggae bands that performed
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A small stand offered hydroponic supplies
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Clear view of the hemp products stall
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Close-up of some hemp-based products on sale
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The Daily Record reported five arrests were made for minor offences, likely smoking and possession of small quantities of cannabis. Taking a less-sensational — and more accurate — line of reporting, the Monday edition of Glasgow’s Evening News stated five were referred to the Procurator Fiscal who is responsible for deciding if charges should be brought.

Official figures provided by the police were that 150 attended. With people coming and going, Wikinews reporters estimated upwards of 200 attended, compared to nearly 700 who had signed up for the event on Facebook. Hemp goods were advertised and on sale at the event, and some attendees were seen drinking cannabis-themed energy drinks.

“I was searched and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act (which is a lot of bollocks)” one attendee noted online, adding “not fair to happen on a brilliant day like it was, other than that I had a great day!” A second said they were openly smoking and ignored by police, who “were only really focusing on people who looked particularly young”.

Cannabis seeds were openly and legally sold at the event and a hydroponics supplier brought a motortrike towing an advertising trailer. Actually growing cannabis is, however, illegal in the UK.

With the event openly advocating the legalisation of cannabis, speakers put their arguments for this to a receptive crowd. Retired police officer James Duffy, of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, spoke of the failed United States alcohol prohibition policy; stressing such policies needlessly bring people into contact with criminal elements. Highlighting other countries where legalisation has been implemented, he pointed out such led to lower crime, and lower drug use overall.

One speaker, who produced a bottle of cannabis oil he had received through the post, asserted this cured his prostate cancer. Others highlighted the current use of Sativex by the National Health Service, with a cost in-excess of £150 for a single bottle of GW Pharmaceuticals patented spray — as-compared to the oil shown to the crowd, with a manufacturing cost of approximately £10.

Similar ‘420‘ pro-cannabis events were held globally.


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February 16, 2014

Man in Glasgow, Scotland seriously injured after being hit by car

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Man in Glasgow, Scotland seriously injured after being hit by car

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A man has been admitted to hospital, having been seriously injured when hit by a car in Glasgow, Scotland. The accident took place at approximately 0345 UTC on Sunday morning. The 30-year-old victim was run over by a Vauxhall car in the vicinity of John Knox Street and Wishart Street in the east end of the city.

The pedestrian was transferred to the Southern General Hospital after initially being transported to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. The condition of the passenger, who experienced a serious head injury, was described as serious albeit stable by hospital staff. The 48-year-old driver, who alerted emergency services to the incident, was uninjured but apparently shaken.

Sergeant Jo McPherson of Police Scotland said of the area in which the accident occurred: “Despite it being in the early hours of the morning this route can often be busy with taxis and cars as people make their way out of the city centre.” Appealing to potential witnesses for information, Sergeant McPherson said: “The area is also overlooked by residential flats and it’s possible someone may have witnessed the crash from their flat.”



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June 5, 2013

Scottish court jails Joseph Kearins for culpable homicide of Jordan McGuire

Scottish court jails Joseph Kearins for culpable homicide of Jordan McGuire

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A judge at the High Court of Justiciary in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday sentenced Joseph Kearins to eight years in prison after he pled guilty to culpable homicide. The 23-year-old fatally injured his friend, 23-year-old Jordan McGuire, when he stabbed him in a Glasgow apartment on October 1, 2012, according to BBC News Online.

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The court was told of how Kearins had got into an argument with McGuire after consuming what judge Lady Scott called a “staggering amount of alcohol” and diazepam. McGuire, who had also been consuming alcohol and drugs at the time, attacked Kearins during the argument. “It was Mr McGuire who started the fight and you were subjected to a quite serious assault,” the judge said.

During the fight, Kearins took hold of a knife from the kitchen of the Shettleston Road flat and stabbed McGuire through his heart, causing him to collapse. The judge commented on how Kearins “expressed remorse at the scene”. The court was told that as McGuire was dying of his injuries, Kearins said: “Don’t die. What the fuck have I done?”

The court was told of how Kearins had experienced a problematic childhood in which he had commenced consuming cannabis when he was aged nine and had been committing offences as young as twelve. Kearins had 23 prior convictions.

After being initially charged with murder, Kearins gave a guilty plea for the lesser charge of culpable homicide. Derrick Nelson, the defence counsel, said Kearins “has always accepted responsibility for stabbing Mr McGuire. He is remorseful for what he did.”

As well as the eight year prison imprisonment, judge Lady Scott also sentenced Kearins to a four month supervision order after his release from prison as she considered him a public threat. As she passed sentence, Lady Scott warned Kearins: “If you keep drinking you will have no future and will continue to offend.”



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April 15, 2013

Nuclear weapons protest at Faslane leads to 47 arrests

Nuclear weapons protest at Faslane leads to 47 arrests

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250 protesters gathered today at the Faslane Naval base in Scotland to call for the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons programme to be scrapped. A number of protestors chained themselves to the gates of the base and were cut free by Police Scotland officers. Around 47 people were arrested including the Green Party Edinburgh councillor Chas Booth.

HMS Vanguard at HMNB Clyde, Faslane
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The protest was organised by the Scrap Trident Coalition, which is campaigning to persuade the UK Government to scrap the Trident programme. The Scrap Trident Coalition claims that the estimated £100 billion (US$152.8 billion) to be spent over the next 50 years should be diverted to fund what the coalition defines as human needs including welfare, pensions, disability benefits, and green jobs. The protest was attended by a number of different organisations including Scottish Green Party MSP Patrick Harvie, and the Chair of the UK Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Dave Webb, as well as activists from the Stop the War Coalition.

This follows a demonstration by around 2000 people on Saturday at George Square in Glasgow, and comes during three days of protests organised by Scrap Trident in Scotland. The action is also associated with as many as 100 other protests around the world as part of a “Global Day of Action on Military Spending”.

Faslane in Scotland is the home of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde which provides support to the British Navy fleet of nuclear submarines which carry the Trident nuclear missile system. The UK Government is due to make a decision on the renewal of the UK Trident programme in 2016.



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March 31, 2013

Thousands take to streets protesting \’ratbag\’s Bedroom Tax

Thousands take to streets protesting ‘ratbag’s Bedroom Tax

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Protester at Edinburgh’s anti ‘bedroom-tax’ demonstration.

Protesters assembling around the modern art in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh with Jenners department store in the background.
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Demonstrations took place across the UK over the holiday weekend, echoing the message personally delivered to Iain Duncan Smith at a Capita-sponsored talk last week. Chants of “Axe, axe, axe the bedroom tax” could be clearly heard throughout Edinburgh’s demonstration. At the end of his minute-long tirade at the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Willie Black labelled Duncan Smith a “ratbag”; several people turned up with this printed on their tee shirts.

Wikinews photographed the march from Edinburgh’s St. Andrew’s Square to the Scottish Parliament. Various estimates put the number in-attendance between 1,200 and 1,600.

Other protests took place in London, with an estimated 1,000 at Trafalgar Square and Downing street. Glasgow saw around 2,500 take to the streets. Those demonstrating equated the package of changes that see benefit rises at a below-inflation 1%, and housing benefit cut by 14% for those with one spare room, 25% if they have two or more spare rooms, with the ‘poll tax’ which saw riots in England during Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister.

Head of the UK’s National Housing Federation David Orr commented: “It’s bad policy, it’s bad economics, it’s bad for hundreds of thousands of ordinary people whose lives will be made difficult for no benefit — and I think it’s about to become profoundly bad politics.”

With the policy coming into effect now, protesters are intent on a “can’t pay, won’t pay” civil disobedience campaign.

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Panoramic shot of the protesters gathering outside the Scottish Parliament.
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There was a widespread belief amonst the protesters that the cuts being imposed by Westminster are the upper-class attempting to reassert themselves.
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Protesters gathering in Edinburgh’s St. Andrew’s Square.
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One protester’s hand-made signs demands rent controls.
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The ‘Yes’ campaign for Scottish independence attended.
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Some Edinburgh members of the UNISON union joined the march.
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The Grim Reaper puts in an appearance at parliament.
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The Scottish Green Party‘s banner arriving at Parliament.
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Protesters setting off from St. Andrew’s Square, marching to the Scottish Parliament.
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Police, who gave an on-the-spot estimate of 1,200 at Parliament, prepare to close streets for the march.
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Protesters walking out of St. Andrew’s Square, with wheelchair user’s sign reading “Do you want my carer to sleep in my bed?”
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Marchers line up whilst press talk to police in-attendance.
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“Axe the Tax”, a popular slogan and chant during the march.
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St John’s Episcopal Church, at Edinburgh’s West-End, has a mural skewering the tax with a religious theme.
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Many disabled people face benefit cuts over a spare bedroom a carer may sleep in a few nights each week.
Image: Brian McNeil.

The march heads down towards Princes Street.
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Princes Street, with the Scott Monument in the background.
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The head of the march passing the £310-a-night Balmoral Hotel
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The march waits as the last people join from St. Andrew’s Square.
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Press, foreground, photographing protesters sitting in the road.
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More join the sit-down protest.
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The march moves up onto Regent Road, which skirts the city’s Calton Hill.
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View of the march from the foot of the steps to the City Observatory.
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The march towards the Scottish Parliament with the city skyline as a backdrop.
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The march around Calton Hill passes the Dugald Stewart Monument.
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Slogans and visuals on placards equate David Cameron with Margaret Thatcher.
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There is genuine anger behind some of the messages aimed at Westminster, by people who feel they are being penalised to enrich bankers and the country’s richest.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Pro-Scottish independence supporters arriving at parliament; many feel the current UK government does not represent Scotland, which returned only on Tory MP at the last election.
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The lead marchers stopped several times to allow people to catch up, but some gaps between groups were noticeable when arriving at the Parliament.
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Passing the gates to Holyrood Palace.
Amongst the chants during the march were “They say cutback, we say fight back.”, “Tory, tory tory, scum, scum, scum!” and “We won’t pay your bedroom tax!”
Image: Brian McNeil.

All ages took part in the march to the Scottish Parliament.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Many see the bedroom tax as a policy which would not be in-place were the country independent.
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Edinburgh’s James Connolly society arriving at the Parliament.
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A small section of the crowd assembled at the Scottish Parliament.
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Occupy protesters rub shoulders with ‘Yes’ campaign supporters, observed by part of the contingent of Lothian and Borders Police in attendance.
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February 25, 2013

Scottish police arrest two over Glasgow apartment death

Scottish police arrest two over Glasgow apartment death

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In the United Kingdom, Strathclyde Police arrested a 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman in relation to the death of a man in Glasgow, Scotland, reports said yesterday. Paul Cunningham, a 35-year-old male, was discovered dead February 11 at approximately 18:15 UTC, in his apartment on Aberdour Street in the Dennistoun district of Glasgow.

The two suspects are scheduled to appear before Glasgow Sheriff Court today. The procurator fiscal is expected to receive a report about the incident.

Strathclyde Police announced the launch of a murder inquiry into Cunningham’s death on February 14. On that day, Detective Chief Inspector Colin Carey from Strathclyde Police’s Major Investigation Team reported the last sighting of Cunningham being made by a friend at approximately 11:00 UTC on February 8. “I am anxious to speak to anyone who saw him after this, or anyone who knew of his whereabouts over the past weekend,” Carey requested.

DCI Colin Carey said police were also conducting local enquiries and examining CCTV footage as part of information gathering for the investigation “Officers are also working to gather as much information as possible on Mr Cunningham, including details on his lifestyle and the people he associated with,” he added.



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February 24, 2013

UK police arrest two over Glasgow apartment death

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In the United Kingdom, Strathclyde Police have arrested a 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman in relation to the death of a man in Glasgow, Scotland, reports said yesterday. Paul Cunningham, a 35-year-old male, was discovered dead February 11 at approximately 1815 UTC, in his apartment on Aberdour Street in the Dennistoun district of Glasgow.

The two suspects are scheduled to appear before Glasgow Sheriff Court tomorrow. The procurator fiscal is expected to receive a report about the incident.

Strathclyde Police announced the launch of a murder inquiry into Cunningham’s death on February 14. On that day, Detective Chief Inspector Colin Carey from Strathclyde Police’s Major Investigation Team reported the last sighting of Cunningham being made by a friend at approximately 1100 UTC on February 8. “I am anxious to speak to anyone who saw him after this, or anyone who knew of his whereabouts over the past weekend,” Carey requested.

DCI Colin Carey said police were also conducting local enquiries and examining CCTV footage as part of information gathering for the investigation “Officers are also working to gather as much information as possible on Mr Cunningham, including details on his lifestyle and the people he associated with,” he added.



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January 14, 2013

Glasgow 2014 calls for 15,000 volunteers

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Monday, January 14, 2013

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Glasgow 2014 today issued a call for 15,000 volunteers to assist with the preparation and running of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport

The Chairman of Glasgow 2014, Lord Smith of Kelvin, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona, London 2012 Olympic Boxing Gold Medallist Anthony Joshua and Badminton player Susan Egelstaff joined in the call for volunteers.

“Volunteers will be the life blood of the Games, helping to create the atmosphere, energy and enthusiasm that drives success. From presidents, to spectators, to athletes, our volunteers will welcome people from all over the world to Glasgow and to Scotland.” Robison said.

A web site has been set up to take applications. Applications can also be made by phone or in person at the Volunteer Centre in Glasgow.

The Games will be held from 23 July to 3 August 2014, and will feature 4,500 athletes competing in 261 medal events in 17 sports. It is expected that 1,000,000 tickets will be sold.



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