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INTERVIEW: The Man Behind the Crisis Bunker Evacuating Afghans Airs on Heartland with The Week in Holyrood on Saturday

Speaking with Heartland Multimedia’s reporter Ramsay Beattie is Gerry McGurk as part of The Week in Holyrood’s special coverage of events unfolding in Afghanistan. Mr McGurk, MBE, is the Scot born central belter HM Consul-General leading the race against time to evacuate people out of Afghanistan. He explained: “The pace was relentless. It was exhausting …

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Nursing union moves congress online following allegations of sexual harassment

Nursing union moves congress online following allegations of sexual harassment

The union, which represents some 465,000 health workers, said that after “independent legal advice”, the elected members of its council had decided to “move this year’s meeting to a fully virtual event”. The RCN Congress was due to be held in Liverpool across three days from September 18. The union said that “as a matter …

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Scottish Greens to join SNP in government after members back powersharing deal

Scottish Greens to join SNP in government after members back powersharing deal

The agreement will see the Scottish Green co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater become government ministers – the first time any Green representative has held political office in a government in the UK. First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon announced the plans for the parties to work together, having agreed a “transformative” policy programme. …

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Final dedicated evacuation flight to UK departs Kabul as troops set to leave

Final dedicated evacuation flight to UK departs Kabul as troops set to leave

Further flights leaving from the airport would be able to carry evacuees but would also be transporting UK diplomatic staff and military personnel as the operation winds down. It comes as British ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Laurie Bristow said it was “time to close this phase” of the evacuation effort. In a video posted on …

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‘Very few’ civilian flights still to leave Afghanistan

‘Very few’ civilian flights still to leave Afghanistan

Civilian evacuations from Afghanistan will finish on Saturday, the head of the UK armed forces has said as troops prepared to head home following a “heartbreaking” effort. General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said Operation Pitting – the effort to evacuate UK nationals and eligible Afghans from Kabul airport – had …

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