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Adjournment

SNP ACTION ADJOURNED The latest news from The Court of Session is that the action has been adjourned for the evening until 10am Wednesday 28 April 2010 when the legal debate will continue.

SNP v BBC?

The SNP, and particularly it seems, their leader Alex Salmond MSP, are so incensed by the bias towards the three main parties in the General Election campaign that they intend raising the matter in an action in the Court of Session in Edinburgh this week, according to various reports in the newspapers on Monday 26 April. They will apparently request...

BBC Trust decision

The BBC Trust decision dismissing the appeal by SNP and Plaid Cymru against the refusal by the BBC to allow them to take part in the Leaders' Debates, is laid out in full on the web and you may access that decision here. The SNP and Plaid Cymru had appealed the decision of the BBC not to include them...
The SNP reached its target of raising £50,000 by Monday afternoon in order to fund the court action regarding the BBC election leaders' debate scheduled for this Thursday evening. The party has lodged the necessary papers instigating the action at the Court of Session and the legal arguments have been heard by Lady Smith over the course of Tuesday afternoon. Welcoming...
Former BBC correspondent and Independent MP Martin Bell said on Monday that he supported the SNP's proposed court action to ensure the final election leaders' debate hosted by the BBC in Birmingham this Thursday is fair and balanced. Mr Bell, who worked for the Corporation for 35 years and was Independent MP for Tatton from 1997 to 2001, said the...

OFCOM code

THE OFCOM BROADCASTING CODE and THE BBC During election campaigns, broadcasters have to be particularly careful of observing rules as to impartiality. Whilst they must, in general, always comply with the provisions of the Ofcom code there is a special set of rules for the BBC. At times of elections and referenda it is the BBC Trust which regulates on...
We did have the Scottish Leaders Debate on Sky to watch in late April but it was easy to miss as it was aired at 10.30am. Who in their right mind would get up at such an ungodly hour to watch political debate? Well, there were a few in the audience at The Hub in Edinburgh for a start. On one...
One of our readers has asked where our list of Green Party candidates for Westminster is. We had intended only giving you details of the main parties but here is the list of Greens for you! KATE JOESTER EDINBURGH NORTH & LEITH Kate is a health promotion worker and mental health trainer. She has lived in Edinburgh North & Leith...
A new secure website allowing patients to access and update their own health records online has being launched in Ayrshire and Arran. The online Patient Portal is to be trialled in two GP practices - Townhead Surgery in Irvine and the Kilwinning Medical Practice - over the next six months. It allows patients to take more control of their own...
SNP have been urged to drop their action against the Information Commissioner The Times reports that the SNP are being encouraged to stop legal proceedings in The Court of Session to challenge the Scottish Information Commissioner’s right of access to government documents when dealing with appeals relating to public authorities’ responses to Freedom of Information requests. Until now the Commissioner...

Salmond adieu

Alex Salmond made his last speech in Westminster today. He had already indicated that he would be resigning as an MP at this election and so this was not entirely unexpected. You may read the whole text of his speechhere
Minutes of the last meeting can be read here From these minutes you will see that one of the matters under consideration was an objection to the proposed wind turbine to be constructed on Corstorphine Hill.... Did you know about it? See the whole planning application here
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