Scottish Political Insider – Friday 27 July 2018

Scottish Political Insider – Friday 27 July 2018

Scottish Political Insider – Friday 27 July 2018

The anti-Semitism row against Labour has continued this week with the MP and MSP for the constituencies with Scotland’s largest Jewish population writing to Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard calling on him to end his silence on the ongoing issues within the Labour party. Paul Masterton MP and Jackson Carlaw MSP raised their concerns about the anti-Semitic developments emanating from the Labour party that are causing alarm within the Jewish community. The letter asks Richard Leonard to speak out against this decision, and calls him to immediately state his ‘unambiguous support for the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism’.

Donald Trump’s brief visit to Scotland ended but he left behind news that the Trump Organisation will submit a planning application for 500 homes at its golf resort in Aberdeenshire. It said £150m will be invested in the development at the Menie estate. The original vision for the golf resort included two courses, a large hotel, and hundreds of houses and holiday cottages. To date, one golf course, a clubhouse and a small hotel at the original estate house have been created. The plans will be considered by Aberdeenshire Council.

New figures this week have suggested that Scottish construction firms have experienced strong growth despite “significant headwinds”, according to the Federation of Master Builders. The FMB found small firms’ (SMEs) performance rose by 17 percentage points in the second quarter of 2018. The trades association praised the resilience of the sector.

Gordon Nelson, the director of FMB Scotland, said: “The second quarter of this year carried a lot of bad news for the Scottish construction industry with the loss of hundreds of jobs after some well-known firms collapsed. However, beneath these headlines, the outlook for most small construction firms has remained relatively bright.”

And finally … And as Westminster drew its session to a close for the summer, a Scottish MP (who is on maternity leave) has accused the government of a breach of trust over a key House of Commons vote on Brexit. Lib Dem Deputy Leader Jo Swinson was “paired” with Tory chairman Brandon Lewis so she could be at home with her new baby son during a Trade Bill vote. This should mean neither MP votes so their absences cancel each other out, but Mr Lewis did vote with the government – the row continues….


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