Despite a disappointingly low turn out the SNP’s Niall Coleman has retained the seat of Bonnybridge and Larbert for the party in yesterday’s Falkirk council by-election.
The turnout of just 26.5% was considerably down on the 45.1% who voted in the original election last May. In total 3,355 votes were cast with 30 ballot papers being rejected with the following results:
Number of First Preference Votes
% Share of Votes
Change in % Share of Votes Since May 2017 Election
Scottish National Party (SNP)
Scottish Conservative and Unionist
Labour and Co-operative Party
As you’ll notice the SNP, Labour and the Conservatives all increased their share of the vote. Read more
Despite the UK government recently announcing a crackdown on unpaid internships it seems that the housing minister, Dominic Rabb, failed to read the memo:
Rabb last week issued the above advert seeking an unpaid intern for his Esher and Walton constituency which would only offer the successful candidate travel expenses to Westminster. Recent research by the Sutton Trust says that an unpaid intern would need to find a minimum of £1,019 a month to live in the capital. Read more
According to reports in The Guardian Northern Ireland may well stay within the Customs Union and Single Market, even after the end of the 21 Month “transition period” that follows the UK’s departure from the European Union next March, in order to prevent the need for a hard border between the North and the Irish Republic.
If NI stays in single market, the case for Scotland also doing so is not just an academic ‘us too’ argument – it becomes a practical necessity. Otherwise we will be at a massive relative disadvantage when it comes to attracting jobs and investment. https://t.co/Y9YNkA6Ma9
Sources in Brussels claim that this will be part of the conditions set out in the draft separation agreement between the UK and the EU which is due to be published in the next couple of weeks. The deal, which the UK government is expected to sign off on, will see Northern Ireland remain subject to EU Law wherever it is relevant to the north-south economy, and the requirements of the Good Friday agreement. Read more
Following our earlier article about the UK government’s Brexit impact analysis report, details have emerged of the arrangements put in place for Scotland’s MSPs to view the report.
Joan McAlpine, the SNP MSP for South Scotland has tweeted a copy of a letter sent by Robin Walker of the Department for Exiting the European Union to MSPs. In the tweet she describes herself as “Incredulous and angry” at the content of the letter and remarks on the “total contempt” shown to the Scottish Parliament by the department and by David Davis.
An interesting tweet yesterday from the Tory MP for Stirling, complete with dubiously edited video, claiming he got no answers to a question about what the Scottish government is doing with its benefit powers.
In 2016, the Scots Gov received considerable powers over application of benefits.