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Charlie Fox

Charlie joined the Scotland team in October 2020, having just completed his degree in politics and history. Bouncing around from Bradford to Newcastle and finally to Glasgow, he has a passion for serving disadvantaged communities and seeing the church at the heart of local life. Charlie loves getting out into the wilds for some foraging and he also enjoys wild camping for quiet reflection.

May lockdown update: Scotland moves to level 2

13 May 2021From Monday, all areas of mainland Scotland, with the exception of Moray due to its high COVID-19 rate, will move to the second level of the Scottish Government’s Five-Tier system. Moray will remain in the third level of restrictions whilst several Scottish islands will move to the first level of restrictions. To check the restrictions in your area, see the Scottish Government’s postcode checker.

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Scottish Green Party election profile

21 April 2021The Scottish Green Party is an environmentally focused party, with their policies often being classified as left-wing, which currently holds five parliament seats. Whilst they are only the fourth largest party in the Scottish Parliament, their status as one of the only parties supporting Scottish Independence makes them important to the political prospects of parties across the spectrum. The Scottish Greens don’t have one leader like the rest of the major parties, their party constitution…

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Scottish Liberal Democrats election profile

21 April 2021The Scottish Liberal Democrat Party is a centrist party which currently has five MSPs in the Scottish Parliament. After Scottish devolution in 1999, the Scottish Liberal Democrats governed in a coalition with Labour, they are now the joint fourth largest party in Scotland. Whilst the Liberal Democrat Party throughout the UK has always promoted closer relations with the European Union, campaigning for Remain since the Brexit referendum, they are currently campaigning against Scottish…

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Scottish Conservative Party election profile

21 April 2021The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party (Conservatives) is a centre-right party opposed to Scottish independence. For the last parliamentary term, the party has had the second largest number of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament, the second largest number of Scottish MPs in Westminster, and has been the official opposition party in Scotland. The party has never been the largest party in Scotland. The Conservatives are led by Douglas Ross, an MP for Moray, north-east Scotland, who became…

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Scottish Labour Party election profile

21 April 2021The Scottish Labour Party (Labour) is a centre-left party that traditionally supports labour rights. The party is opposed to a second independence referendum and the idea of independence. Since the foundation of the party in 1900, it has enjoyed strong support in Scotland; the first two devolved governments in Scotland have been led by Labour. Since 2007, Labour has slowly declined as the SNP has continued to gain support; now, the party is the third largest in the Scottish Parliament and has…

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Scottish National Party election profile

21 April 2021The Scottish National Party (SNP) is a centrist party founded on the aim of delivering an independent Scotland. They are currently the largest party in Scotland in terms of their membership, MSPs in the Scottish Parliament and Scottish MPs in Westminster. They have formed the three devolved governments of Scotland since 2007. In the 2011 Scottish parliamentary election, the SNP formed Holyrood’s first majority government and secured their aim of an independence referendum. The SNP are led by…

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2021 Scottish Parliament online hustings

9 April 2021Here are six of the major themes that we believe are integral to our vision of Scotland now and in the future: Rebuilding: How can we rebuild better after the pandemic?Freedom: How can we safeguard Christian liberty, protect freedom of expression, and cultivate better relationships between Christians and politicians?Environment: How can we act as better stewards of the natural environment?Addiction: How can we best help those affected by addiction?Poverty: How can we provide for our…

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Scotland: Churches to open immediately after Scottish high court ruling

25 March 2021In a balanced judgment the court found that while closing places of worship for the purposes of public health was a legitimate aim and justifiable reason for interfering with human rights and the freedom of worship, the action the Government took in this instance was not a proportionate response. Unlike England, Wales and Northern Ireland, in this latest round of restrictions Scotland has taken a different approach; and while the judgment will make little difference as the restriction was due…

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Scotland: Places of worship to open and church travel restrictions to be lifted from 26 March

24 March 2021The latest statement from the Scottish Government came after the First Minister commented on the significance of gathering to worship on the anniversary of the nationwide lockdown in March 2020. Nicola Sturgeon said: “On this National Day of Reflection, I know that many of us will be thinking about people we have lost during the last year, whatever the cause of their death. “It is a natural human response when someone dies to gather with others, to mourn our loss and to celebrate their life.…

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MSPs set to debate Stories of Hope

17 March 2021The report highlighted the huge impact that churches and other Christian groups have had in delivering support and responding to the needs of their communities during lockdown. Produced by the Evangelical Alliance in partnership with Serve Scotland, the report submitted its survey of projects across Scotland between May 2020 and July 2020 to the Scottish Government in December 2020. You can find the Stories of Hope report here. It found that over 212,214 individual acts of support had been…

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Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: update on the third stage

4 March 2021For a bill to become law through the Scottish parliamentary system, any potential legislation must pass through three stages. The first stage establishes the bill’s basic principles, the second stage sees the bill amended and clarified, and the third stage allows MSPs to vote the bill into law. The third stage of the bill will take place on Wednesday, 10 March. See this update for a more detailed summary of the bill’s progression and why it is so important. As mentioned in our previous Hate…

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