Maximo Park, Example and Ella Henderson added to TRNSMT line-up

Organisers have also announced the dates acts will appear at the Glasgow Green music festival.

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TRNSMT: The festival will take place next July 8-10.

Maximo Park, Example and Ella Henderson are among the acts set to play TRNSMT next year, organisers have announced.

The annual music festival at Glasgow Green has also added Nina Nesbitt, Sam Fender, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Self Esteem, Griff, The Lathums, Tom Grennan and Brooke Combe to the line-up.

TRNSMT will take place from July 8-10, with pre-sale tickets available from Thursday and general release at 10am on Friday.

Organisers have also announced the dates acts will appear.

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Headliner Paolo Nutini will play on the Friday as will Sam Fender, who topped the charts this year with his second album Seventeen Going Under, and Nile Rodgers & Chic.

Tom Grennan, who collaborated earlier this year with Calvin Harris on the summer anthem By Your Side, will also join the Friday line-up with Ella Henderson, The Lathums, Callum Beattie and punk rock band The Regrettes.

Luke La Volpe, who picked up the Scottish Music Award for Breakthrough Artist in 2020, has also been confirmed for Friday alongside Brooke Coombe.

On Saturday, Brit Award Rising Star Award winner Griff will perform as will Self Esteem, Example, Wet Leg, Pip Bloom and Maximo Park.

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The Strokes will headline Saturday, with Foals, The Snuts, Fontaines D.C and Jimmy Eat World also already announced as appearing.

Lewis Capaldi will headline on Sunday, which will also feature Nina Nesbitt, Mimi Webb, Mae Muller, Easy Life, Thomas Headon and DJ and producer Sigala.

Maximo Park said they were looking forward to returning to Glasgow.

They said: “We finished our recent UK tour with a fantastic gig in Glasgow, so we’re really looking forward to heading back – the crowds there are always so passionate.

“It’s great to be on the same stage as exciting acts like Self Esteem and Wet Leg.”

Nina Nesbitt said: “I can’t wait to play my first festival back in over two years.

“I’m even more excited that it’s in Scotland at TRNSMT. I can’t wait to play to a home crowd again.”

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Easy Life said Scotland shows “always go off”, while Callum Beattie added: “You can get your singles played all over the world and sell a shed full of albums, but as a Scottish artist, I know I’m making real progress when I get asked to play at TRNSMT, Scotland’s biggest and best festival.”


‘It was a small decision that changed my life irreversibly’

Niki Smith supports festive drink and drug driving campaign after being left paralysed in road crash 24 years ago.

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Niki Smith was paralysed in a crash involving a drink driver in 1997.

Niki Smith had been enjoying a night out with her sister in 1997 when she unknowningly accepted a lift from someone who had been drinking.

The vehicle was involved in a collision and Niki was left paralysed after breaking her neck. Her sister broke her collarbone and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Now, 24 years later, Niki is urging people to take care this festive period and reminding drivers that drink-driving can have devastating consequences.

She has thrown her support behind this year’s drink and drug driving campaign, which was launched by the Scottish Government and Police Scotland on Wednesday.

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Recalling the day of the collision, Niki said: “It was a Friday evening and my sister and I were having a great night out. I enjoyed letting my hair down in between working as a carer and being a busy mum.  

“We accepted a lift from someone we knew, although we had no idea he’d been drinking. It was a small decision that changed my life irreversibly.  

“It must have been heart-breaking for my family and partner to be told I’d broken my neck and was paralysed. My sister, who was in the car with me, broke her collarbone and was later diagnosed with PTSD. I’m glad it was me, as I would have struggled to accept her having my injury.”

Niki, from Aberdeenshire, got involved with Spinal Injuries Scotland last summer and became a peer support volunteer. She says their workers have inspired her to come forward and share her story in the hope of raising awareness of the dangers involved in driving while under the influence.

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“There has definitely been years of stress, physical pain and frustration for me and everybody involved in my life,” she said.

“I have now found ways to enjoy special moments and not just sit at home and dwell on the difficult times. I’ve had to become a more confident person so people see me and not just the wheelchair. If I hadn’t had my kids I don’t think I’d be the person I am today.  

“I hope that by sharing my own experience I can help raise awareness of the devastating consequences drink-driving can have on so many lives. I wouldn’t want anyone to go through the same as me and my family.”

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Transport minister Graeme Dey and chief superintendent Louise Blakelock, Police Scotland’s Head of Road Policing, launching festive drink and drug-drive campaign.

With Christmas parties returning this year, the festive enforcement campaign warns motorists of a zero-tolerance approach to drink and drug-driving.  

In the last two months, 852 roadside drug tests have been carried out across Scotland, resulting in 395 positive tests.

Police Scotland and transport minister Graeme Day launched this year’s festive enforcement campaign to tackle drink and drug-driving on Wednesday, highlighting the criminal and personal consequences of being found guilty of driving under the influence.  

Dey said: “The consequences of drink and drug-driving can be devastating and those found guilty of breaking the law could face a criminal record, a large fine, and up to six months in prison.

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“Driving while under the influence puts not only the driver, but passengers and other road users at risk of serious injury, or even worse. Our message is clear, if you’re having a drink, leave the car at home and if you’re driving, the best approach is none.”  

More than 20,000 drivers are stopped by the police in Scotland every month.

On average, specialist road officers encounter 40-50 motorists a week who have taken drugs. Drivers who provide a positive roadside drug test are arrested and taken to a police station where a blood sample is obtained and sent for further analysis. In the same time period, 600 drivers were arrested for drink driving related offences.  

The campaign draws attention to the significant consequences – criminal as well as personal – of being found guilty of driving while under the influence of alcohol or with drugs in your system.  

Chief superintendent Louise Blakelock, Police Scotland’s Head of Road Policing said: “We want everyone to enjoy this festive season for all the right reasons and so we are urging motorists to help us keep the roads safe for all. We continue to see motorists put others at considerable risk by driving under the influence of alcohol or after taking drugs, despite repeated warnings about the dangers of drink or drug driving.  

” As we approach the festive season, our officers will be focused on targeting drivers who recklessly put others at risk by driving after consuming alcohol or drugs.

“Driving under the influence reduces reaction times and continues to be a factor in serious and fatal collisions. The fact you could kill or injure yourself or another member of the public should be reason enough not to risk it.”

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Sarwar ‘will not rest’ until there is justice for QEUH families

The Scottish Labour leader said the staff, patients and families 'cannot be silenced'.

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The Scottish Labour leader urged MSPs to back a vote of no confidence in the leadership of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Anas Sarwar has pledged that he “will not rest” until there is justice for those who have lost loved ones at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

The Scottish Labour leader made the promise as he urged MSPs to back a motion of no confidence in the leadership of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sarwar held a press conference in Edinburgh alongside Louise Slorance and Kimberly Darroch, who called for immediate action to be taken.

Ms Slorance’s husband Andrew died aged 49 last year having gone into the hospital for cancer treatment.

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However, she believes that the full details of his illness were concealed to protect the reputation of the hospital.

Ms Darroch is the mother of Milly Main, who died aged ten in 2017 after contracting an infection at the hospital.

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Raising the issue at Holyrood, Sarwar accused the health board leadership of letting down staff and called for the Scottish Government to escalate the board to Stage 5 of the performance escalation framework.

“Two years ago, I stood up in this Parliament and exposed the failures at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow,” he said.

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“What has been uncovered in the two years since is a human tragedy on an unimaginable scale. It is beyond doubt the biggest scandal in the lifetime of this Parliament.

“Where we have reached today is only possible because of the bravery of senior clinicians who were willing to whistleblow.

“The response from the health board then was the same playbook they’re attempting to play now – cover up, spin, denial, bullying, silencing, and calling into question the integrity of senior clinicians and families.

“So, let me start with a direct message to the frontline staff at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital – thank you for everything you’re doing.

“I have every confidence in you and know that you and working day and night to do your best for your patients.

“I have no confidence in the leadership of your health board. You deserve a leadership that doesn’t try to silence you, that doesn’t try to bully you, and perhaps most of all as we have seen this week, you deserve a management that doesn’t disgracefully try to spread the blame to staff.

“I know they are letting you down, and this fight is as much for you as it is for the patients and families.”

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From Left to right: Scottish Labour health spokesperson Jackie Baillie, Louise Slorance, Kimberly Darroch and Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar. (STV News)
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Sarwar said that the staff, patients and families “cannot be silenced” by the health board.

He told MSPs: “I say directly to the health board leadership – listen to the words of Dr Christine Peters; ‘do not gaslight the entire staff base at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in order to protect your jobs at the top’.

“‘Do not underestimate the resolve of the staff, patients and families. They cannot be silenced, they cannot be managed away.

“I have spoken to them and I have made them a promise, as a representative, but more importantly as a father.

“I will not stop, I will not go away, I will not rest, until I get the answers and the justice that you, your families and the staff deserve.”

Public health minister Maree Todd told MSPs that concerns will be “investigated and acted upon”.

She said: “I want to begin by stating that my thoughts and condolences are with all families who have lost a loved one while in the care of the health service.

“Various claims have been levelled against the health board and throughout we have worked to ensure that these are investigated and where necessary, acted upon.

“Clearly, when we are considering these individual claims, it is vital that specific consent is given on an individual basis before comments can be made.

“It would be totally inappropriate for me, or any other member of this Chamber, to discuss cases where that consent is not explicit from the families involved.”

She added: “Where there are concerns, they will be investigated and acted upon.”


Kevin Bridges adds three more Hydro shows amid scramble for tickets

The comedian's Overdue Catch Up tour will be his first live shows in four years.

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Kevin Bridges: Comedian adds three extra dates to upcoming tour.

Comedy star Kevin Bridges has added three extra Glasgow shows to his upcoming stand-up tour.

The Overdue Catch Up tour was announced last week with six shows at the Hydro in September next year, followed by another Scottish date at Aberdeen’s P&J Arena on October 1.

Due to demand, an additional three shows on September 8, 15 and 22 have now been announced for the Hydro after fans scrambled to get tickets for the initial run.

Kicking off in Liverpool in July 2022, his tour will run for five months and take in cities across the UK and Ireland, including Manchester, Dublin, Belfast and Cardiff, before finishing up in London in December.

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The tour will be Bridges’ first live gigs since 2018, when he sold out the Hydro for a record 19 nights.

Bridges thanked fans for their support on Twitter ahead of the announcement, teasing that more dates would soon be announced. 

He tweeted: “Some extra tickets will be coming soon and then there’s the general sale on Friday. 

“Very much appreciated and I’ll try my best to make sure everyone gets along for a laugh.”


Pupils not wearing masks ‘putting school bus services at risk’

Parents and carers have been urged to speak with young people over reports of non compliance on bus journeys.

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School buses: Pupils 'refuse to wear face masks on transport'.

School bus services are being put at risk by pupils refusing to wear face masks and use hand sanitiser, East Lothian Council’s head of education has warned.

Nicola McDowell has urged parents and carers to speak to young people amid reports of increased incidents of non-compliance during bus journeys.

She has warned the council only has a “finite number of drivers”, with home-to-school transport facing disruption if they are forced to self isolate or catch Covid.

Ms McDowell, who took on the role in June, also defended the decision not to allow families to attend nativity plays and Christmas concerts this year.

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The decision, which follows Scottish Government guidance against allowing additional people into schools, has sparked some anger from parents.

However, Ms McDowell insists the council’s strict approach will keep schools open as well as avoiding families risking having to self isolate over Christmas itself.

She said: “I make no apologies for saying we are taking a very strict approach, we have to do that.

“We would love to be celebrating not holding back the celebrations, for the staff as well as families, this is something everyone looks forward to so we are doing what we can in the classrooms.

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”Schools are allowed to have Christmas parties within their own classrooms so we will be having that type of event and ensuring there is lots of festivities for our pupils.”

Parents and carers across East Lothian are being sent letters this week by Ms McDowell explaining the nativity decision.

In a separate letter also due to go out, she appeals for help keeping school bus services on the road.

She said: “The risk of not having transport is that the staff are not well. The incidents of non-compliance has increased with some pupils taking off their face masks and not using the hand sanitiser on the buses.

“It increases the risk of transmitting Covid and we only have a finite number of drivers.”


Man charged after heroin and cocaine worth £200,000 seized by police

The Class A drugs were recovered from a property in Aberdeen on Tuesday by officers.

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Drugs: Police seized cocaine and heroin worth more than £200,000 from the property.

A man has been arrested and charged after Class A drugs worth more than £200,000 were seized by police in Aberdeen. 

Heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine were recovered from the property on Craigevar Terrace on Tuesday by officers.

A 55-year-old has been arrested and charged in connection with the recovery. 

He is expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

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Detective Inspector Robin Sim said: “We are committed to disrupting the illegal and harmful supply of drugs in our communities in the north east. We will use every tool and tactic at our disposal to remove these illegal substances from our streets.

“If you have any information or concerns about drug misuse or connected criminality in your area, do not hesitate to contact us on 101 or report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”


Police appeal after teenager Amber Gibson found murdered in woodland

Family of 16-year-old Amber Gibson 'devastated' after body found in wooded area of Hamilton on Sunday.

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Police investigating the murder of a 16-year-old girl are appealing for the public’s help to provide answers to her “devastated” family.

The death of Amber Gibson, also known as Amber Niven, is being treated as murder after her body was discovered in a wooded area of Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, on Sunday morning.

She had last been seen on the town’s Cadzow Street just before 10pm after leaving her home in the Hillhouse area around 9.15pm that night.

Her body was discovered near to Cadzow Glen at 10.10am on Sunday.

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Detective superintendent Raymond Brown, from Police Scotland major investigations Team, appealed for the public’s help at a news conference on Wednesday.

He said: “At this time, our primary line of enquiry is to understand Amber’s movements on Friday evening.

“What we are really needing from the community is to understand her movements on Friday night and indeed if we can fill the information from the time she left her home address up until the period she was found.

“We know Hamilton would have been busy at that time of night – anybody who was in the area, whether it be they were pedestrian, shopping, out for the evening or passing by in their car – if they saw Amber to come forward and provide us with information about any sightings.”

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Brown also said police launched a murder inquiry following a post-mortem, having previously treated the death as unexplained.

He added: “Amber was a young 16-year-old girl at the start of her life

“Obviously, like every young kid at that age, she was out doing what a young woman would do – what I would say is a 16-year-old death is absolutely tragic and certainly one that is a homicide, so our focus is to understand Amber’s last movements so that we can provide answers to her loved ones.

“Amber’s family are absolutely devastated, as would be expected.”

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Amber’s body was discovered near Cadzow Glen in Hamilton on Sunday morning.

Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting incident 1281 of November 28. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Proposed heating benefit would give 400,000 households £50

The Scottish Government is aiming to replace the UK-wide Cold Weather Payment.

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Heating: Proposed new benefit payment would give 400,000 households in Scotland £50.

A proposed new benefit payment would give 400,000 households in Scotland £50 each every winter to help with heating bills.

The Scottish Government is aiming to replace the current UK-wide Cold Weather Payment in the winter of 2022.

It has opened a consultation on Low Income Winter Heating Assistance, which is expected to cost £20m annually.

The current benefit pays £25 for each seven-day period where the temperature is forecast to be below freezing.

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Under the new scheme, households receiving income-related benefits would automatically receive £50 every winter.

Social security minister Ben Macpherson said: “Although Cold Weather Payments have been a valuable support for some during periods of very cold weather, there have been some years when hardly any payments have been made at all by the UK Government.

“If winters, as predicted, are due to become generally wetter and warmer then this may also reduce the numbers of Cold Weather Payments in the future. We want people to have certainty about receiving a payment.

“Our proposed new benefit will be the equivalent to two payments of Cold Weather Payment and should ensure that most people will be better off.

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“Significantly, it will also enable us to provide assistance to more households that are at risk of fuel poverty.”

Last week, experts told MSPs around 100,000 more households are expected to go into fuel poverty as a result of rising energy bills.

More than 600,000 households are currently estimated to be in fuel poverty.


Douglas Ross to be investigated by Westminster’s standards watchdog

Last month, Ross said he had made a 'huge mistake', having failed to declare outside earnings.

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An investigation has been launched by Westminster’s standards watchdog into Douglas Ross.

It comes after it emerged he failed to declare thousands of pounds in outside earnings while serving as an MP.

Last month, Ross said he was “deeply sorry” and admitted he had made a “huge mistake”, having also referred himself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Stone.

The Herald newspaper reported that Ross had failed to declare £28,218.57 in outside earnings from his second job as an MSP and third job as a football referee.

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After he realised his mistake, Ross explained, he contacted the Office of the Register of Interests and made them aware of the situation.

He added that all payments had now been declared, including those from his MSP salary which are donated to charities.

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg is also set to be investigated by the Commissioner.

Labour had previously demanded an investigation into a £6m loan they said the MP did not declare properly.

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The commissioner does not confirm what claims she is investigating once a probe has been declared.

According to the commissioner’s website, Rees-Mogg and Ross are both being investigated over “registration of an interest under category one of the Guide to the Rules (Employment and Earnings)”, and it refers to paragraph 14 of the Code of Conduct.

The relevant paragraph in the code states: “Members shall fulfil conscientiously the requirements of the House in respect of the registration of interests in the register of members’ financial interests.

“They shall always be open and frank in drawing attention to any relevant interest in any proceeding of the House or its committees, and in any communications with ministers, members, public officials or public office holders.”


New poll suggests there are two key assets for Yes campaign

Support for Scottish independence rises to 55% in latest STV News/Ipsos MORI poll.

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The constitutional question has long dominated and largely defined Scottish politics.

In 2014, voters were asked the question ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’. The answer was clear from more than 3.6 million votes – Yes 45%, No 55%.

The latest STV News/Ipsos MORI poll is a mirror image of that, but it is just a snapshot of 1107 voters taken over the last week.

It comes after the SNP conference when Nicola Sturgeon promised to start the campaign for another referendum in earnest next year.

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Four polls in the run-up to that conference offered a different view, putting No ahead of Yes by 52 to 48. On the basis of that, some will say this latest Ipsos MORI poll is an outlier, but others might hope it is the start of a new trend.

What is absolutely clear is that the constitutional question is still at the forefront of Scottish politics – it certainly hasn’t gone away.

The poll comes on the back of the latest Westminster sleaze scandal and the Prime Minister’s infamous Peppa Pig speech.

That probably goes some way to explaining an even further drop in satisfaction ratings with Boris Johnson’s performance. Satisfaction with all the party leaders has slipped a bit, but nothing compared to his.

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This poll makes it look like the Yes campaign has two key assets – Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson.


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