Beyond England

Ian Blackford has announced he will step down as leader of the Scottish National party at Westminster and will be replaced at next week’s parliamentary party AGM. Blackford’s surprising statement comes just a week after he told the Scotsman newspaper he had no intention of quitting and that he looked “forward to being the MP that leads the SNP group...

Sturgeon fights on after Supreme Court rules against IndyRef2

Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to make the next election a referendum on Scottish independence after the UK’s Supreme Court ruled against the SNP’s bid for a ballot in 2023. Scotland’s first minister Sturgeon said she respected the unanimous judgment but...

Transgender bill passes first Holyrood hurdle despite SNP backbench revolt

The Scottish parliament has overwhelmingly voted through the first stage of a transgender recognition bill despite a revolt by Scottish National party (SNP) backbenchers and the resignation of a...

NI Assembly in last ditch attempt to avoid December election

Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol have in effect kept the doors at Stormont shut. The election earlier this year saw Sinn Fein take pole position, but the DUP...

Scotland’s homes, pensions and incomes aren’t safe under Westminster rule, says Blackford

Ian Blackford has told Scottish voters their homes, pensions and incomes “are not safe under Westminster” days before the Supreme Court decides if an independence referendum can go ahead. The...
United Ireland conversation

United Ireland conversation – Alliance Party snubs Dublin event

On Saturday, politicians, business representatives, and the general public are gathering at the 3Arena in Dublin for the "Ireland's Future - Together We Can" event. The Alliance Party would have been the only non-nationalist...

Bin strikes spread in Scotland; London’s bus drivers to strike

Bin strikes in Scotland have started in 13 more local authorities after councils and unions failed to reach a pay agreement. The “international embarrassment” that is the bin strike in the middle of Edinburgh’s famed...
Truss v Sunak

Truss v Sunak and the Northern Ireland Protocol

As the leadership race enters its final phase and the Truss campaign continues to gather momentum, the candidates' stance on the Northern Ireland Protocol is worth examining. While Truss was the architect of the...
Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

NI Protocol bill cleared through the House of Commons

On Wednesday, the internationally controversial NI Protocol Bill passed through the House of Commons and is now due for reading in the House of Lords. The government has said the Bill is a "top...
Welsh independence

Welsh independence march – time to have a discussion about the Union?

As Scotland moves toward a second indyref, calls for Welsh independence are growing louder. On top of that, a vote on uniting Ireland, north and south, is also likely in the not too distant...