Welcome to Stornoway where you start your tour of Scottish marginal seats next week. Regretfully, I can’t accompany you to the Western Isles, though having just returned from the place I call home I can report your arrival is eagerly anticipated. However, a word of caution. When you fly in next Wednesday, don’t fall for the illusion of being on the periphery of British politics. The Isle of Lewis is at the very nexus of global politics.
Thousands of the UK’s lowest paid workers will share £2million in back pay in a scheme to name and shame employers who have failed to pay the National Minimum Wage. Nineteen employers in Scotland, including hairdressing and retail firms, have been identified and ordered to pay 90 workers over £35,000. UK-wide, the biggest offenders were the Argos chain, who failed to pay £1.4million to 12,176 workers.
Alex Salmond has been urged to apologise for telling a “degrading” joke about female politicians, including Nicola Sturgeon. The former SNP leader cracked the joke at his show at the Edinburgh Fringe. He said: “I promised you we’d either have Theresa May, or Nicola Sturgeon, or Ruth Davidson, or Melania Trump, but I couldn’t make any of these wonderful women come.”Labour MSP Monica Lennon said: “This is a former first minister degrading female politicians.
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