The First Minister (Nicola Sturgeon): I think the conduct is unacceptable and I will not make any attempt to say otherwise or to minimise in any way its seriousness. Based on what I knew about this last night, it was clear to me then that Derek Mackay’s conduct fell far short of what is expected of a minister. Indeed, he offered his resignation to me and I accepted. It was not an option for him to remain in Government.
The 72-year-old from Glasgow said that since the Leave Campaign narrowly won the referendum on June 23, 2016, he was among the millions of British citizens who did not believe that a UK secession would actually happen.
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The meal started with a tower of haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by herb-crusted venison with a haggis sausage roll and for dessert there was a lavender and honey crème brulee served with shortbread.
Charities are now calling for urgent action after National Records of Scotland (NRS) estimated 195 people died across Scotland in 2018, with a further 164 deaths recorded in 2017.
With only 48 hours to go until polls open, we have finally entered the very last stretch of the Irish election campaign. The exhaustion and emotion in the various camps is obvious, but, given the top three parties are within touching distance of each other in the polls, the fight for every last vote continues.