Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson warns early indyref 2 would be "strategic error"
Former SNP leader cautions Nicola sturgeon against calls from "enthusiastic but inexperienced" membership
GORDON WILSON has urged the first minister to "resist calls for a fixed time commitment" on holding a second Scottish independence referendum.
The former SNP leader said "the time is not yet ripe" for a second vote.
"Support for independence is falling, indeed sunk to 43 per cent. It would be a strategic error to commit to a referendum until you know you are going to win," he said
Lord Sewel called on to resign from parliament over drugs claims
Senior peer held key posts for maintaining standards in House of Lords
LORD Sewel has been called upon by parliamentary colleagues to resign his membership of the House of Lords as footage emerges of alleged drug taking with prostitutes.
The 69 year old former Labour member has already resigned from his positions as chairman of the Lords privileges and conduct committee and Lords Deputy Speaker. But BBC sources have alleged that Sewel plans to stay on as a peer.
5,500 North Sea jobs lost due to oil price crash
More job losses to come industry experts warn
AN estimated 5,500 jobs have been lost in the North Sea as fears mount over a long term stagnation in world oil prices.
The figures from Oil and Gas UK, a lobby representing the offshore energy industry, are similar to an estimate from the Unite Union, which represents many North Sea oil workers, of 4,000 job losses. Industry experts project continuing low prices will see more jobs lost in the sector.
Alex Salmond: Second independence referendum "inevitable"
Scottish secretary claims 'no plans' have been made for a second referendum
ALEX Salmond has said that another referendum on Scottish independence is "inevitable" and that the issue "is not the inevitability, it is the timing".
The former first minister and now SNP foreign affairs spokesperson at Westminster made the comments in an interview with Andrew Marr .
Clutha bar re-opens after helicopter crash
Nicola Sturgeon to speak at reopening of the bar closed by helicopter crash that killed 10
GLASGOW'S Clutha bar is set to re-open more than a year and a half since it was the site of a fatal helicopter crash.
The bar has been closed since 29 November 2013 when a police helicopter crashed through its roof killing 10 people.
Barack Obama urges UK: Don't leave EU
US President urges UK to stay in the European Union to maintain "transatlantic union"
THE president of the United States Barack Obama has said he wants the UK to remain in the EU for the benefit of the US and Britain.
The comments were made in an interview with the BBC's North American editor Jon Sopel in which Obama reflected on his two terms in office and referred to the UK as "our best partner".
Police Scotland refuse to provide information on police offences
Scottish Police are among several authorities UK wide who refused to comply with a Freedom of Information request into criminal offences
POLICE SCOTLAND has refused to answer a Freedom of Information (FoI) request regarding the number of criminal convictions of its officers.
Twenty of the UK's 45 police forces refused or did not reply to the request.
George Square bin lorry accident driver 'blacked out before' at wheel of bus, inquiry hears
Fatal Accident Inquiry hears that lorry driver had previously blacked out while working as a bus driver
THE investigation into a fatal accident which killed six people in Glasgow in December 2014 has heard testimony that bin lorry driver Harry Clarke had previously experienced a blackout when working as a bus driver with First Bus.
Mhairi Black: "You're the primitive, Mr Blair"
Paisley MP hits back at former prime minister over SNP "caveman" jibe
SNP MP Mhairi Black has branded former Prime Minister Tony Blair a "primitive" after he attacked the SNP for its "politics of the first caveman council" which he claimed were based on "blaming someone else" and branded a "reactionary political force".
Black attacked Blair for his record over the Iraq war and said he was "badly out of touch".
Greek Government passes bailout reforms
Anti-austerity protests outside the Greek parliament turn violent
GREECE'S Syriza government has passed reforms that are a precondition for negotiations with its lenders on an EUR86bn bailout package.
The measures have been passed by the Greek Parliament after a long debate which lasted into the early hours of the morning. The parliamentary session was met by anti-austerity protests which ended with violent clashes between police and protestors.