Britain’s Labor Party loses its grip on Scottish Parliament

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – In a historic reversal, the separatist Scottish National Party emerged Friday as the biggest political grouping in Scotland, ending 50 years of dominance there by the governing Labor Party and redrawing Britain’s political landscape. The result was the most startling among a series of regional votes across Britain on Thursday, as Prime Minister Tony Blair began a long and choreographed farewell to British politics. The outcome represented a sharp rebuke to Blair and a troubled, embarrassing debut for Gordon Brown, a Scot who is expected to become Britain’s next prime minister. Although he was not a candidate, Brown, currently chancellor of the exchequer, had traveled to Scotland to campaign vigorously against the Scottish National Party, staking his prestige on a Labor victory. As the results were announced – after a chaotic night in which tens of thousands of Scottish ballots were ruled invalid – Alex Salmond, the Scottish National Party leader, hailed the “wind of change” in Scottish politics. “Never again will we say Labor has a divine right to rule Scotland,” he said. “They have no moral authority left to govern.” With all votes counted in the balloting for the 129-seat Scottish Parliament, the Scottish National Party increased its seats to 47 from 25, while Labor fell to 46, down from 50, according to the BBC’s tabulation. The Scottish National Party’s other gains were at the expense of smaller parties. The outcome meant, however, that no single party could dominate the Scottish Parliament without forming a coalition. It was not clear on Friday how that coalition might take shape. In a further setback for Labor, the opposition Conservatives expanded their position significantly at elections for local councils, claiming support outside their traditional heartland in the prosperous south of the country. With votes counted from most of 312 local councils, Conservatives had won about 5,000 of the 10,500 seats up for grabs. Both Labor and the smaller opposition Liberal Democrats lost heavily in the English local council voting. “We’re the one national party speaking up for all of Britain,” the Conservative leader, David Cameron, declared. “I think we can really build from this point, really go forward.”last_img read more

BC Hydro, Dene Tha’ First Nation come to agreement on Site C

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro announced today that they have come to an agreement with Dene Tha’ First Nation for construction and operations of the Site C energy project.The agreement says it includes a one-time payment and also commits BC Hydro to provide information on employment as well as training opportunities during the construction.The Dene Tha’ have a population roughy around 2,400 members. Aroun 1,800 live on the reserve and 600 more live off of it.- Advertisement -BC Hydro says the agreement “signifies a commitment to work together on the Site C project going forward.”Chief Joe Pastion says this agreement is a major milestone.“The agreement is a milestone in the relationship between BC Hydro and Dene Tha’. We are striving to strengthen our relations with industry and First Nations in our Traditional Territory. Dene Tha’s treaty rights will continue to be practised by our current members and future generations.”Advertisementlast_img read more