NICOLA STURGEON’S SPIN AND HOSPITAL PASSES

Responding to the news that Susan Deacon has quit,  Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP told the Justice Secretary that “the governance and accountability arrangements for policing in Scotland are fundamentally flawed in culture, structure and practice.” He added: “Susan Deacon did the best she could with a broken system. Liberal Democrats have been telling the SNP Government since day one that it hardwired flaws into the national force. It botched the centralisation [of the police under a single Chief Constable], causing chaos.

CANDLELIGHT MARCH MARKS SOARING DRUGS DEATHS

Statistics show that there were 1,187 drugs related deaths in Scotland in 2018, up 27% on the previous year. The death rate is higher than any other EU country. The handmade crosses, which are around  seven inches tall, were made by former addicts in recovery and will be planted ahead of a candlelight march through the streets of Springburn to remember all those who tragically lost their lives. Around 300 people, including elected politicians and those campaigning for seats in the House of Commons, are expected to take part along with public sector workers and representatives from Police Scotland. The church bells will toll as they process in sombre reflection as calls for a different approach to tackle the scourge grow.

SKERRYVORE TO CELEBRATE AT INVERARAY CASTLE

Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and an iconic and must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland. Set in beautiful grounds and gardens, with some of the most stunning scenery in the whole of Argyll on its doorstep, event go-ers will have the opportunity to not only access exclusive castle parking but also camp on the grounds and the surrounding area. Tents and campervan spaces will be available to buy when tickets go on sale.

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