Unspun: the political diary

LABOUR’S Danielle Rowley is never destined for polyglot status, Unspun fears. Arriving late for a meeting of the shadow foreign affairs team in the Commons, the Midlothian MP breathlessly warned colleagues to fall silent as a person unknown was speaking Russian outside their room. An intrepid soul was duly sent to check if Putin’s spy was earwigging. It turned out to be someone making a phone call in Welsh. . https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17299032.unspun-the-political-diary/

David Coburn rebuffs calls to stand down after resigning from Ukip

UKIP’S former leader in Scotland has been urged to stand down as an MEP after leaving his party over a lurch to the far-right. . https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17299954.david-coburn-rebuffs-calls-to-stand-down-after-resigning-from-ukip/

A third ex-Celtic Boys Club coach found guilty of child abuse in space of six weeks

A former Celtic Boys club manager has been found guilty of sexually abusing eight teenagers. . https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17300112.a-third-ex-celtic-boys-club-coach-found-guilty-of-child-abuse-in-space-of-six-weeks/

Fifth day of ScotRail customer disruption hits new timetable high with more problems for flagship new trains

SCOTRAIL customers faced a fifth working day of travel disruption and frustration with the largest number of cancellations since the new winter timetables were brought in and a further fault with its flagship new Class 385 electric trains. . https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17300088.scotrail-customer-disruption-hits-new-timetable-high-with-more-problems-for-flagship-new-trains/

May threatens to crash Brexit process as SNP prepares to strike with confidence vote

AN exasperated Theresa May has warned the EU27 that she is prepared to bring down the entire Brexit process unless it is willing to consider key changes to the Withdrawal Agreement to help her push it through the Commons next month. . https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17300053.theresa-may-threatens-to-crash-brexit-process-as-snp-prepares-to-strike-with-confidence-vote/

Rangers fined by UEFA for ‘pitch invasion’ and ‘throwing of objects’

Rangers have been fined €16,000 by UEFA after a fan invaded the pitch in their Europa League match against Villarreal. . https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17299603.rangers-fined-by-uefa-for-pitch-invasion-and-throwing-of-objects/

The best images from around the world this week

Today’s featured photographs are taken from natural events, travel features and the top news and sports stories. . https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17299884.stunning-photographs-that-made-the-news-this-week-14th-december/

Britons will have to pay £6.28 for visa-free travel in EU post 2021

BRITONS will have to pay a fee when they travel to the European Union after the post-Brexit transition period from 2021, the European Commission has confirmed. . https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17299873.britons-will-have-to-pay-628-for-visa-free-travel-to-eu-post-2021/

Tories ridicule notion of Scottish party backing People’s Vote

THE prospect of the Scottish Conservatives backing a People’s Vote has been dismissed out of hand by senior Tories. . https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17299978.tories-ridicule-notion-of-scottish-party-backing-peoples-vote/

Scottish Tories deny reports they will back a second Brexit referendum

THE Scottish Tories have denied reports they will publicly back a second Brexit referendum as early as next week. . https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17299736.scottish-tories-deny-reports-they-will-back-a-second-brexit-referendum/