Wednesday , 20 February 2019

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Scotland’s government opposes Human Rights Act repeal

The Scottish Government has expressed its opposition to repeal of th Human Rights Act

The Scottish government has made clear its opposition to Conservative Party proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act. Responding to yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, in which the plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British “Bill of Rights” were put on hold, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned that the UK government’s ongoing commitment to scrapping the legislation must be ...

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Ireland says a historic YES to Marriage Equality

Yes Ireland

Ireland made history today with an overwhelming majority of the electorate voting YES for marriage equality in its referendum. The results announced from Dublin Castle are an overwhelming vote for Marriage Equality, 62% and 37% against. Over 1.2 million voters backed a Yes vote and only one constituency voted against, with 42 voting in favour. Ireland made history as the Republic became the first country to put to a ...

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Church of Scotland votes to ordain gay ministers


The Church of Scotland has voted to allow congregations to call ministers in same sex civil partnership. Delegates voted 309 in favour and 183 against, during today’s General Assembly, in a debate, that lasted almost four hours and included 31 of the Church’s presbyteries endorsing the move to 14 who opposed it. #GA2015 votes 309 to 182 in favour of ...

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Sturgeon: Scotland says NO to scrapping Human Rights Act or ECHR

EU and Saltire

Nicola Sturgeon said that Scotland would remain opposed to the repeal of the Human Rights Act (HRA) or withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Sturgeon said: “I oppose the repeal of the Human Rights Act, I think it’s an appalling thing to be doing. “Human rights are there to protect all of us, for example it was the ...

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SNP manifesto pledges LGBTI envoy and devolved equality

The Scottish National Party has launched its manifesto pledging its commitment to establish a special LGBTI rights envoy, protect the human rights act and devolve power over equality to Scotland.  Its manifesto pledged support for the plan to create a special envoy for the promotion of LGBTI rights: “SNP MPs will also make the case for the establishment of a special ...

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Wood and Sturgeon slam Farage for scaremongering against HIV positive people

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage was shamed for branding HIV positive people as being an example of “health tourism” and a burden on NHS funding. The UKIP leader was openly criticised by Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru and Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, for prejudice against HIV Positive people, during a televised pre-election debate. Farage branded HIV positive people as a burden ...

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SNP member suspended over homophobic tweet

Ruth Davidson

Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson has spoken out after being the victim of homophobic abuse on a popular social media site. Ms. Davidson was tweeted by an SNP member using the name Laird Mark O’Callaghan: “@RuthDavidsonMSP needs a good fuck, not a lesbian battery one, but a real cock one, miserable cunt that she is. Tory fanny muncher.” No stranger ...

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Scotland dismayed at UK Gov rejection of LGBTI rights envoy

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

Scottish politicians have voiced their disappointment at the UK Government’s rejection of the creation of a special Foreign Office envoy to promote the rights of LGBTI people throughout the world. Responding to a Parliamentary Question from SNP MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford, Foreign Office minister David Lidington said that the UK Government did not support the creation of such an envoy ...

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Scottish government prioritises equality


In advance of today’s launch of Scotland’s Economic Strategy today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the true cost of inequality and austerity can no longer be disputed or ignored. The Scottish Government pointed to recent research published by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which found that increased inequality had reduced the UK’s growth potential. Considering the ...

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First Minister voices support for LGBTI envoy

Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has pledged support for the plan to create a special envoy for the promotion of LGBTI rights. Ms Sturgeon confirmed that the SNP would support the move, initially suggested by Ed Miliband, to establish the post as a specific diplomatic role under the jurisdiction of the Foriegn Office. Mr Miliband stated, in March 2014, that ...

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