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Media Watch - BBC Scotland 24-hour news blackout on Scottish Labour rift over two-child clause

Viewers of BBC Scotland’s news coverage on TV, radio and their website early this week heard nothing about a major rift in the Scottish Labour ranks for more than 24 hours. There was a bizarre radio  silence on the issue from them – while other stations and media outlets reported the story. 

A raft of prominent figures in the Scottish Labour movement, the STUC and  Holyrood one by one stepped forward to denounce Keir Starmer’s decision to maintain the controversial two-child benefit cap, despite previously promising to abolish it. 

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How can independence benefit young people in Scotland?

Too often in the debates on Scottish independence, the voice of one group is overlooked. The 16 and 17 year olds who voted in the 2014 referendum almost 10 years ago are now in their mid-20s. Many of them, like myself, will remember the referendum as the first point in their life in which they were politically active. Can we still say in Scotland that the current political situation both here and in Westminster has anything to offer young people today?

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The NHS is celebrating its 75th anniversary…but it is in danger

Today is the 75th anniversary of the creation of the National Health Service. On the 5th of July 1948, the Scottish NHS was launched, along with the then-unified NHS England and Wales. It is regarded as one of the crowning achievements of post-war Britain, providing healthcare for all – free of charge. Seventy-five years later, it is in a perilous position, squeezed by Tory cuts and vulnerable to both health and economic crisis. 

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5 things you need to know about today’s independence paper announcement

Today the Scottish Government released its fourth paper in the ‘Building a New Scotland’ series. This paper covered the constitutional future of an independent Scotland. Following independence, Scotland would move away from the UK constitutional system by adopting a written, codified constitution, enshrining the rights of all citizens and describing the powers and limitations of the branches of government (such as parliament, government and the courts of law). 

Here are five things you need to know from the announcement of today’s independence policy paper: 


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