Kate Forbes appointed Scotland’s first female finance secretary | Politics

Nicola Sturgeon has appointed Kate Forbes as Scotland’s first female finance secretary in a mini-reshuffle forced by the abrupt resignation of Derek Mackay earlier this month. Forbes was appointed to the post 11 days after being asked to present the Scottish government’s draft budget for 2020 with about 14 hours notice, after Mackay’s sudden resignation … Read more Kate Forbes appointed Scotland’s first female finance secretary | Politics

Italian man, 95, resident in UK for 68 years, told to prove it | UK news

A 95-year-old Italian man who has been in the UK for 68 years has been asked to prove he is resident in the country by the Home Office in order to remain after Brexit, despite receiving the state pension for the past 32 years. Antonio Finelli came to the country in 1952 when he answered … Read more Italian man, 95, resident in UK for 68 years, told to prove it | UK news

Politicians condemn press intrusion after Caroline Flack’s death | Television & radio

Politicians have condemned press intrusion, calling for more regulation of both traditional and social media after the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack. The former Love Island presenter is understood to have taken her own life on Saturday at her home in Islington, London. She had been charged with assaulting her partner and was due … Read more Politicians condemn press intrusion after Caroline Flack’s death | Television & radio

The Guardian view on apprenticeships: failing the young | Editorial

By turning their attention to the muddle surrounding on-the-job training, ministers could prove ‘levelling up’ is more than a slogan That the government’s apprenticeships programme in England is in trouble is generally accepted, even if it is not widely enough known. While the particular problem most likely to catch the government’s attention is probably funding, … Read more The Guardian view on apprenticeships: failing the young | Editorial

McDonnell warns UK faces decade of disappointment under Tories | Politics

John McDonnell has warned that Britain risks a decade of disappointment under the Conservatives as Boris Johnson “steals” Labour policies without sufficiently ramping up spending to turn the page on austerity. In his first pre-budget interview, the shadow chancellor said he thought Labour could win the next election in 2025. But, he warned that if … Read more McDonnell warns UK faces decade of disappointment under Tories | Politics

This government threatens the heart of the BBC | Jane Martinson | Media

Over the past seven years, there has been one director general of the BBC and eight culture secretaries. Oliver Dowden MP, who was given the job in last week’s reshuffle, can, at the very least, hope to attend one Wimbledon final before moving on from his cabinet post. But this time the new director general … Read more This government threatens the heart of the BBC | Jane Martinson | Media