Sturgeon’s political crisis deepens as she undermines her own gender laws

However, prominent critics such as MP Joanna Cherry and Ash Regan, a former minister who quit to vote against the plans, have continued to speak out against party policy.  Many more SNP figures are privately dismayed over Ms Sturgeon’s refusal to back down over an issue that opinion polling suggests puts her at odds with … Read more

Bird flu spreads to foxes and otters

“We’ve recently detected events both here in and around the world – evidence that this virus can on certain occasions jump into other species,” he said. “To be clear, though, this is still a bird virus essentially, that wants to be in birds.” There have been 279 cases of (HPAI) H5N1 in England since the … Read more

Tories turn heat on Nicola Sturgeon to drop £1.3bn social care overhaul

Her intervention came ahead of a vote by MSPs on whether Mr Swinney’s Budget for the coming financial year should clear its first parliamentary hurdle. The SNP and Greens, the two coalition parties in Ms Sturgeon’s government, together enjoy a majority at Holyrood that should ensure its passage. The National Care Service would transfer responsibility … Read more

EU judges to keep power over Northern Ireland under new Brexit deal, Brussels insists

The commission told the ambassadors it was keeping the details of the negotiations close to its chest to prevent leaks. It was confident the source of this leak was in London rather than European capitals. “Is this Westminster testing the waters towards Belfast and the DUP or trying to leverage negotiations with Brussels?” the diplomat, … Read more

Tories relaunch 90s Eurosceptic group to hold Rishi Sunak to account on Brexit

Senior Tories vowed to hold Rishi Sunak’s feet to the fire over Brexit at the relaunch of a Eurosceptic campaign group on Tuesday night. Sir Bill Cash, a veteran backbencher, has revived the European Foundation, which was originally set up to support the Maastricht rebellion. He said it would focus on “protecting our sovereignty” while … Read more

RAF diversity drive ‘discriminated against 160 white men’

The RAF has been accused of discriminating against 160 white men in its effort to meet “aspirational diversity targets”. Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the defence select committee, told MPs that the RAF’s former head of recruitment had identified the cases before she resigned in protest. After the revelation, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, head … Read more

Neighbours win Tate Modern privacy fight over viewing platform that turned them into a ‘public exhibit’

Tate Modern may be forced to close off part of a controversial £260 million viewing platform after losing a legal battle over privacy with neighbours in nearby luxury flats. Residents of four flats in the Neo Bankside development, which boast walls almost entirely made of glass, complained that the panoramic Blavatnik viewing platform – opened … Read more

How the typical British diet is fuelling the risk of cancer

Foods that make up half of the typical British diet are fuelling the risk of cancer, a major study suggests. Scientists said common daily fare – including most breakfast cereals, breads, snacks and convenience meals – appears to be endangering the nation’s health. A number of studies have previously linked “ultra-processed” foods, which are mass … Read more

Rishi Sunak faces rift with Boris Johnson over Ukraine weapons

Mr Johnson is expected to be on the US east coast until at least Wednesday, as he makes the case to support the Ukrainians “to win this year”. It was unclear whether Mr Johnson had informed Downing Street of his plans in advance. He was due to address GOP lawmakers at the Capitol Hill Club, … Read more