• Referendum never illegal in democracy, Ponsati tells SNP conference

    Referendum never illegal in democracy, Ponsati tells SNP conference

    • June 10, 2018

    A former Catalan minister who is fighting extradition to Spain has told SNP members a referendum can never be illegal in a democracy. Professor Clara Ponsati is being sought by the Spanish authorities on charges of violent rebellion and misappropriation of public funds over her role in Catalonia’s controversial independence ballot last year. Appearing at

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  • PSOE rebounds in polls after ousting Rajoy

    PSOE rebounds in polls after ousting Rajoy

    • June 10, 2018

    Support for Spain’s Socialists has jumped since leader Pedro Sanchez staged a successful no-confidence vote against previous Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, two polls looking at voting intentions showed on Sunday. The June 1 no-confidence vote, raised in parliament by the Socialists after dozens of high ranking politicians from the ruling conservative Partido Popular were sentenced

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  • ‘Stop obsessing’ on timing of second Scottish independence vote, Sturgeon says

    ‘Stop obsessing’ on timing of second Scottish independence vote, Sturgeon says

    • June 10, 2018

    Nicola Sturgeon has said people should “stop obsessing” about when the next Scottish independence referendum will take place. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, she said: “Let’s stop obsessing all the time about when we might get the chance to vote on independence again. “Instead, let’s engage people in the substantive arguments. Let’s address

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  • Where and what students study affects their earning power, minister warns

    Where and what students study affects their earning power, minister warns

    • June 7, 2018

    By Alison Kershaw, Press Association There are a clutch of under-performing degrees that are failing to boost earnings and provide students with value for money, the Universities Minister has warned. Sam Gyimah said that the variability between courses and institutions in potential future salaries is a cause for concern. In a speech to the Higher

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  • Ikea to remove single-use plastics from global range by 2020

    Ikea to remove single-use plastics from global range by 2020

    • June 7, 2018

    By Josie Clarke, Press Association Consumer Affairs Correspondent Ikea has pledged to remove all single-use plastic products from its global range and from the majority of customer and employee restaurants by 2020. The Swedish flat pack furniture giant also said it will design products to be repaired, resold or recycled as part of commitments to

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  • Heathrow can sue if expansion goes wrong, minister reveals

    Heathrow can sue if expansion goes wrong, minister reveals

    • June 7, 2018

    By Dan O’Donoghue, Press Association Political Staff Heathrow Airport will be able to recover “potentially billions of pounds of costs” if the third runway expansion goes wrong, MPs have heard. The decision to press ahead with expansion plan was announced on Tuesday after years of wrangling and delay. Former transport secretary Justine Greening, who secured

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