How has Scotland changed since the indyref?

What has happened during this extraordinary period of political turmoil, and where does it leave us? Changing faces Image caption The SNP almost wiped their rivals off the map entirely in 2015 For the losers, the headline was Labour’s near wipeout, losing 40 seats. But the Lib Dems, fresh from five years of coalition with the Tories, also saw their vote utterly collapse, losing more than half their support and 10 seats. All of a sudden, the SNP were the …

No asylum seeker evictions ‘without a court order’

Court defeat for Glasgow asylum seeker lock-change case What is the Glasgow asylum row all about? Asylum seekers who have already been told they cannot stay in the UK will continue to be housed by Serco, pending the outcome of legal challenges. The new Mears deal was made with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF). ‘A better way’ A Mears spokesman said it had agreed an approach for …

Pet Shop Boys bring a pop masterclass to Hyde Park

Radio 2 In Hyde Park – full coverage The 40,000-strong crowd returned the generosity by joining in with classics like Suburbia, It’s A Sin and Left To My Own Devices. Never natural showmen, the duo provided visual spectacle via a large troupe of dancers, who energised Vocal with a spectacularly kinetic push-pull routine, and provided dashes of colour in their inflatable balloon costumes during the encore. Skip Twitter post by @BBCRadio2 pic.twitter.com/SFclaAb3CW — BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) September 15, 2019 …

Five things to look out for at Lib Dem conference

The Liberal Democrats gather for their annual conference in Bournemouth on Saturday with a real spring in their step. The venue may be familiar – it’s their third visit to the south coast in the past five years – but in every other respect things look rather different. The resurgent party has a new leader, quite a few more MPs, growing political momentum and a new-found hope of playing a pivotal role in the unfolding Brexit drama. So what can …

File shows no-deal Brexit ‘devastating’ for Wales

A “decrease” in certain types of fresh food and “shorter supply” of key ingredients Price rises for food and fuel, which would “disproportionately” affect those with low incomes “Disruption lasting up to six months” potentially affecting medicines and medical supplies Protests and counter-protests across the UK Lorries waiting for more than two days to cross the English Channel The file also said some businesses could cease trading, the black market could grow, and some adult social care providers might fail. …

PM denies lying to Queen over Parliament suspension

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson says he did not lie to the Queen Boris Johnson has denied lying to the Queen over the advice he gave her over the five-week suspension of Parliament. The prime minister was speaking after Scotland’s highest civil court ruled on Wednesday the shutdown was unlawful. Asked whether he had lied to the monarch about his reasons for the suspension, he replied: “Absolutely not.” He added: “The High Court in England …

PM’s brother quits as Tory MP and minister

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJo Johnson: “It’s time to move on” Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is resigning as an MP and minister, saying he is “torn between family loyalty and the national interest”. The business minister and Tory MP for Orpington, south-east London, cited an “unresolvable tension” in his role. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said it was “unbelievable timing”. Mr Johnson voted Remain in the 2016 EU membership referendum, …

Labour must unequivocally back Remain, says deputy

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatson: Labour should ‘unequivocally back Remain’ Labour should “unequivocally back Remain” in a fresh Brexit referendum and only then pursue power in a general election, its deputy has said. Tom Watson said there was “no such thing as a good Brexit deal” and the 2016 Leave vote had been “invalidated”. Jeremy Corbyn said he did “not accept or agree with” his deputy’s view. “Our priority is to get a general election in …

Sturgeon says she would ‘relish an election’

MSPs at Holyrood voted to reject the idea of a no-deal exit on Thursday afternoon, with only the Conservatives opposing the symbolic motion. Reaction as PM’s brother quits amid Brexit defeats Could an early election still happen? MPs set for fresh early election vote on Monday The SNP, Labour, Liberal Democrats and other opposition MPs say they will not back an election while the option of a no-deal Brexit remains open to the prime minister. A bill aimed at preventing …

PM: I’d rather be dead in ditch than delay Brexit

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: “I’d rather be dead in a ditch” than ask for Brexit delay Boris Johnson has said he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than ask the EU to delay Brexit beyond 31 October. But the PM declined to say if he would resign if a postponement – which he has repeatedly ruled out – had to happen. Mr Johnson has said he would be prepared to leave the EU …