UK shadow chancellor John McDonnell during an interview with journalist Graham Spiers at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he said that Labour would not block a second Scottish independence referendum. Photograph:  Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell on Wednesday waved aside opposition from Labour’s Scottish leader and some party members, insisting that Westminster (...)

First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon: will introduce legislation allowing for a second referendum on Scottish independence by 2021 if Brexit goes ahead. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Conservative MPs have asked Theresa May to set out clearly when she will resign but they rejected a proposal to allow a confidence vote in her leaders(...)

Nicola Sturgeon makes a statement at the Scottish parliament after the Court of Session ruled the Scottish government acted unlawfully regarding sexual harassment complaints against Alex Salmond. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that she will refer herself to the panel of independent advisers on the ministerial code over he(...)

Fionn Lyden from Baltimore in west Cork has begun a new Olympic campaign in the men’s heavyweight Finn dinghy for Tokyo 2020. Photograph: Robert Deaves

A new west Cork Olympic dinghy campaign got off to a flying start in Hungary this week when Irish youth champion Fionn Lyden sailed into the top five (...)