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Scottish Government orders inquiry into undercover policing in Scotland

Scottish Government orders inquiry into undercover policing in Scotland

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The Scottish Government has today ordered its own inquiry into undercover policing following a decision by the Home Office not to extend the Pitchford Inquiry to Scotland. The Pitchford Inquiry was established last year to examine undercover policing in England and Wakes after it emerged that Met Police officers abused their powers during covert operations. Some officers entered into long term…

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University urged to lift fracking ban on professor

University urged to lift fracking ban on professor

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The University of Glasgow is under renewed fire for withdrawing online access from emeritus geology professor, David Smythe, because he was critical of fracking. The Concerned Communities of Falkirk (CCoF), a group of local residents opposed to plans to extract underground gas, has written to the university asking for Smythe’s access to be restored. The letter, published today by The Ferret,…

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MP urged not to bow to Saudis and ‘whitewash’ Yemen war crimes

MP urged not to bow to Saudis and ‘whitewash’ Yemen war crimes

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A Westminster committee has been urged not to bow to Saudia Arabia and “whitewash” alleged war crimes in Yemen in a report out this week. The Committees on Arms Exports Controls (CAEC) has been investigating the use of UK-made bombs in Yemen’s war. MP’s began an inquiry after allegations of war crimes against a Saudi Arabian coalition dropping bombs made in Fife. The Saudis support the ousted…

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Published: secret expert criticism of school tests

Published: secret expert criticism of school tests

The Scottish Government has been forced to release emails showing that it rejected expert advice on the reintroduction of standardised testing in schools. Ministers tried to keep the emails secret but were ordered to make them public by the freedom of information watchdog, Rosemary Agnew. They are being published today by The Ferret in partnership with CommonSpace. A year ago the First Minister,…

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Exclusive - Yemen’s Houthis accused of torture in new video

Exclusive – Yemen’s Houthis accused of torture in new video

A new video by a human rights organisation in Yemen alleges that Houthi rebels have tortured opponents. Mwatana has documented alleged violations of human rights by both sides in a 17 month long war that’s resulted in the deaths of an estimated 10,000 people. The conflict is between forces loyal to ousted President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and Houthi rebels…

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Ruling: government broke freedom of information law on porpoises

Ruling: government broke freedom of information law on porpoises

The Scottish Government has breached freedom of information law by delaying the release of information on harbour porpoises, according to an investigation by the Scottish Information Commissioner. The commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, has criticised officials for being “unnecessarily pedantic” and for taking an “overly narrow interpretation” when rejecting a request for information on proposed…

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University of Edinburgh funds 964 chauffeur driven car trips in a year

University of Edinburgh funds 964 chauffeur driven car trips in a year

Senior staff and important guests were provided with hundreds of chauffeur driven car trips by the University of Edinburgh, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. The response from the university explains that it maintains one car and a driver for the “non-exclusive” use of senior staff at the University. The highest priority for use of the car is given to the Chancellor and “senior…

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Scotsman loses sales and website visitors

Scotsman loses sales and website visitors

The latest circulation figures published by ABC show further circulation declines for Scottish newspapers. However, only The Scotsman has seen a year-on-year decline in both print and online readers. A series of UK-wide figures produced by industry auditor ABC and published by Hold The Front Page, show that both the Scotland on Sunday and The Sunday Herald have lost more than a fifth of their…

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Call for Scottish probe into spy cops

Call for Scottish probe into spy cops

In the wake of the Home Office decision not to extend the Pitchford inquiry to Scotland, a group of 24 core participants who were spied on by police have issued a statement asking the Scottish Government to set up its own inquiry into undercover policing. The Pitchford Inquiry was set up to examine undercover policing in England and Wales after revelations that undercover officers with Met Police…

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Names of dead babies stolen by police may be kept secret

Names of dead babies stolen by police may be kept secret

Parents of dead babies whose identities were stolen by undercover policemen might not be told if their children’s names were abused. A ruling by the Pitchford Inquiry, set up to examine undercover policing in England and Wales, says that anonymity and protection for police officers might preclude parents being told the truth. Bereaved parents have demanded that the Met Police reveal whether the…

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