EN4 Morning News Brief

Good morning. This is the EN4 news brief for Tuesday the second of October.

Here are this morning’s top stories.

  • The Scottish Tories plan to beat back Boris
    The Conservative Party Conference enters its third day today and the big news is likely to be Boris Johnson’s speech to the conference fringe. The former Foreign Secretary has made it rather plain that he plans to target Prime Minister Theresa May and her Brexit strategy with his speech (which was trailed with this picture of him running through a field of wheat). The Herald reports that Scottish Conservative ministers plan to rally around their leader Ruth Davidson, who is seen as perhaps the only challenger to a Johnson leadership bid.Also speaking at the conference today will be Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Justice Secretary David Gauke.
  • A date has been set for Alex Salmond’s legal challenge
    The former First Minister’s lawsuit against the Scottish Government for the handling of the sexual misconduct investigation against him has been given a date: the 15th of January 2019. The four-day hearing will take place in the Court of Sessions in Edinburgh. Read more on the BBC.
  • House of Fraser new owner sacks senior staff
    Mike Ashley, the businessman who recently acquired House of Fraser for £58million has abruptly sacked the director and the senior management staff of the department store chain. This is the latest development in the ongoing issues surrounding the company, which has included the planned closure of 31 shops, including the one on Edinburgh’s West End, due to close in November.
  • Nicola Sturgeon announces a nation-wide consultation on the tourist tax
    The First Minister used her speech this morning at the Scottish Tourism Alliance autumn conference to show a compromise to the local councils around the country who have been pushing for the power to introduce a ‘tourist tax’, Holyrood Magazine reports.

In Tech: 

Facebook’s Hack story still unfolding…
It’s come to light that the massive hack that affected over 50 million Facebook users may also have lead to data being taken from third-party websites- perhaps anywhere else that users have logged in to using their Facebook accounts. There’s talk of a class-action lawsuit in the US and a GDPR fine in Europe, and we don’t even know the full extent of the hack yet.


Meanwhile in Edinburgh

What’s happening in the council today?

Edinburgh Council are discussing the Tourist Tax issue today as well. The council has been especially keen on the idea, despite not technically having the power to introduce such a tax, mainly as part of their push to make up a budget for the upcoming year. Keep an eye out for our local government reporter Liam MacKay’s coverage of the council’s budget woes this afternoon.

What’s happening in Holyrood?

Holyrood is hosting some events throughout the day today to highlight issues relating to old people. In there morning there’s an event sponsored by Miles Briggs MSP to mark Hospice Care week, and in the evening there’s an event to mark 75 years of Age UK.

This afternoon, our Holyrood correspondent Emer Harrison will be asking MSPs what challenges old people face and what the government can do to help.

Full calendar of Holyrood events.

The Weather

The Met Office are predicting 12°C and sunny for most of the day.

Thanks and make sure to visit en4news.com for all the latest news and culture.


Have a great day!

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