Welcome to The Press & Journal’s morning politics briefing, it’s everything you need to know about politics in your region, and across the country, before you start your day.
New this morning:
- Action needed to make Scottish Parliament ‘work for women’.
- Ministers eye rising Indian coronavirus variant cases with concern.
- The SNP has held the Airdrie and Shotts seat in a Westminster by-election, with Anum Qaiser-Javed returned as the new MP for the area.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson to meet Irish premier Micheal Martin to discuss Brexit tensions and Northern Ireland’s troubled past.
- Think tank urge UK Government to increase Covid-19 self-isolation support.
Coming up today:
- Cop26 president Alok Sharma will give a speech outside Glasgow this morning, ahead of the landmark climate conference taking place in the city in November.
- First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to provide an update on the Covid restrictions Moray and Glasgow will face as Scotland prepares to move to level two.
- MSPs will vote to elect two deputy presiding officers this morning. It comes after Green MSP Alison Johnstone was elected presiding officer on Thursday.
In case you missed it
- What does jailing of Craig Murray and end of Wings Over Scotland mean for political bloggers?
- New Holyrood presiding officer Alison Johnstone says Scotland must focus on climate emergency.
- Oaths and allegiances: Holyrood’s new MSPs prepare to clear the cobwebs.
- ‘Very little has changed’: Scottish Secretary Alister Jack dismisses SNP election win.
- ‘When you’re so poor at your job I will personally attack you’: Douglas Ross in furious row with SNP MP.