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Watch – Angus Robertson tells PM May indyref2 ‘will not be denied’

In a rousing speech, which will have SNP supporters beating their chests with pride, Angus Robertson told delegates that a second referendum "will not be denied." At virtually the same time PM May told her spring conference that Scottish and welsh nationalism needs to stop, and a united UK is needed. However, this would have been ignored north of the border, and this video clip is what they will be watching this evening. Watch video here 

George Osborne appointed as new editor of London Evening Standard

Ex Chancellor of the Exchequer and current Tory MP George Osborne has been named as the new editor of the London Evening Standard. Osborne will succeed Sarah Sands in early May as well as continuing to fulfil his other commitments as an MP, editing the paper on four days a week. Speaking following the announcement Osborne said: “This is such an exciting and challenging job and I’m thrilled to take it on. The Evening Standard is a great paper, testimony to...

Timelapse video shows Chicago River being turned green for St Patrick’s Day

A timelapse video has been released showing Chicago River being turned green in time for St Patrick's Day. The system of rivers and canals running through the US city is dyed green annually and usually lasts around five hours once it has been turned fully green. The tradition actually arose by accident when plumbers used fluorescein dye to trace sources of illegal pollution discharges. The dyeing of the river is still sponsored by the local plumbers union. Fluorescein dye was banned...

Incredible pictures take home underwater wildlife awards

From a charging great white shark to sunlight streaming into a sinkhole these are just some of the amazing prize winning underwater pictures in a worldwide competition. More than 5,000 pictures were entered for the underwaterphotography.com contest across 17 categories - from above water, to wide angle,sharks and even underwater fashion featuring models. Pictures range from a sperm whale with its mouth open warning off a diver to a turtle reflected in another diver's mask on the Great Barrier Reef....

Every school in UK faces “Brutal” cuts, says new report

Education Policy Institute study claims £74,000 will be slashed off primary school budgets while secondaries stand to lose £291,000 GMB, the union for school support staff, warned today every school in the UK faces a real-terms per-pupil funding cut thanks to the Government’s brutal national funding formula. According to a new report by the Education Policy Institute, primary schools will face budget cuts of £74,000 on average by 2019/20, and secondary schools will lose £291,000. This is the equivalent of...

“Truly shocking” figures show FOUR million children affected by poverty

New figures have shown that four million children are affected by poverty. These statistics are a damning indication of the circumstances that large sections of the country find themselves in on a daily basis. The Children’s Society have slammed the figures and said the situation is “clearly getting worse.” The charity has claimed that around a third of children are now living in poverty. In a time when the economy is growing this shows that many are being left behind...

Today irony died: Theresa May says no referendum without knowing what alternative looks like

Warning: this is what it looks like when irony dies. And it's not pretty. Outlining the reasons the SNP are calling for another Scottish independence referendum now that Scotland faces the threat of being dragged out of the European single market as well as out of the EU, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon explained: "Our precious union of nations is the most successful that the world has ever seen... We've worked together, we've prospered together, we fought wars together. And we have a bright future.... We should...

Conservative Party slapped with paltry £70k fine over election expenses abuse

The Electoral Commission has handed a fine of £70k to the Conservative party for not reporting electoral expenses appropriately. The level of fee is tiny and will easily be covered by the party machine. Even though the party made “numerous failures” during the 2015 general election and three by-elections, it hasn’t led to criminal prosecutions. It could have swayed the outcome of the election, but a fine was seen as appropriate punishment by the EC. The Tory Party’s 2015 UK...

Missing Banksy mural up for sale on Facebook

A famous Banksy once valued at a million pounds which "fell" off a wall appears to be for sale on Facebook. The elusive artist created 'spy booth' depicting three 'spooks' snooping on a phone box with listening devices near GCHQ in Cheltenham, Glos., in 2014. But it was reduced to a pile of rubble when builders worked on the wall above the artwork and it collapsed last summer. Building owner David Possee took the bits to the council for safekeeping,...

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