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Libby Brooks
Guardian Scotland correspondent ; co-chair ; author of The Story of Childhood; gingerbread enthusiast
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Libby Brooks Feb 27
Failures in treatment and policing behind 'boom in illegal drugs' as Kit Malthouse dismisses Scottish calls for drug consumption room as ‘a distraction’
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Kezia Dugdale Feb 27
As the column inches pile up as yet another women under 45 walks away from elected life, can we make an extra effort not to make this “a woman’s problem” - It’s the culture of institutions we need to examine not the choices women make
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Libby Brooks Feb 27
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Black said that involvement of children using and supplying drugs was the element that shocked her most while compiling the report
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Libby Brooks Feb 27
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She also calls for a “re-think” of short term sentences for drug possession which leaves addicts on a “hamster wheel”
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Libby Brooks Feb 27
Presenting findings of her review to UK drugs summit in Glasgow, Carol Black says: “It’s very difficult to think we have a health problem where we have no national standards to which people can work, no accountability, no requirement to show results & surely that has to change.”
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Libby Brooks Feb 27
Kit Malthouse tells reporters at UK govt drug summit: “The problem is so acute we can’t do enough talking about it” but outside the conference recovery campaigners hold their banner
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Libby Brooks Feb 26
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Just had a call from Scotland Office, who assure me that an invite was sent to me on Tues. Sadly I didn't receive it and the Home Office were unable to direct me correctly. Still, it does mean I can be there from 9...now, is there anyone on here who can take my kid to nursery?
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Libby Brooks Feb 26
It's the evening before the UK government's drug summit in Glasgow & I'm still waiting for any word on media arrangements having called & emailed numerous times. We had full access to Scottish gov/Glasgow city council event today. Hugely frustrating
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Libby Brooks Feb 26
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Audience member from Wales is critical of emphasis of SG conference: “50% of ppl not going into treatment is the problem - it’s too easy to say you need a drug consumption room and it’s too expensive”
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Libby Brooks Feb 26
Message from former addicts to Scottish govt’s drug deaths summit: Recovery communities save lives and also save money; time for a radical rethink about distribution of resources
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Kate Proctor Feb 26
Mhairi Black SNP asks PM if he thinks her pregnant constituent, who has £111 a month to live on through the universal credit system, has enough to get by. Johnson says "no" Incredible admission of faults in the system.
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becky gardiner Feb 26
Teachouts about to begin on day 5 of the Strike: at 10.30 and at 12, plus staff-student assembly, zine-making and discussions on islamophobia and marketisation ... then off to the march
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Libby Brooks Feb 25
As Scottish government drug deaths summit begins in Glasgow today, experts hope for change in prosecutions across UK
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Adele Merson Feb 25
The period poverty bill from has passed its first hurdle. MSPs voted 112 (with one abstention) in favour of its general principles. Scotland now one step closer to becoming the first country in the world to make period products freely available by law.
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Libby Brooks Feb 25
“There’s been a lot of talk about the timing of these conferences, but the real story here is still drug deaths”
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Libby Brooks Feb 25
Bring ex-addicts on board to tackle drug deaths crisis, say experts
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Libby Brooks Feb 25
Politics live: no proxy contest on SNP leadership, writes Angus Robertson - live news
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WIJ Scotland Feb 25
. head of news & current affairs talks about helping her workplace become the first UK media company to have a menopause policy. Dorothy was earlier discussing it w/ .
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Libby Brooks Feb 23
Nicola Sturgeon tells Marr that she "emphatically" believes that she is still the best person to lead SNP; says that frustrations with direction "can be slightly overblown in this heated world we live in"
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Libby Brooks Feb 22
This really will be one to watch: Joanna Cherry and Angus Robertson vying for selection, both SNP heavyweights but with significant differences about the way forward to a second independence referendum
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