News in 5 Minutes: Police Scotland slammed by former assistant chief constable, Mark Carney considers his options at the Bank of England and the kippers falling like flies


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (31 October) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes Police Scotland’s debts, Mark Carney’s leadership of the Bank of England and the kippers falling like flies.

News: Police Scotland slammed as it heads for £17.5m overspend

Former assistant chief constable criticises force over debts and effectiveness

Police Scotland have been heavily criticised by one of their former assistant chief constables for alleged overspending and underperformance. John Mauger told the Sunday Post that the tenure of former Police Scotland head Stephen House’s management of the unitary force saw profligate spending, inaccurate recording of crime which has exaggerated the decline in crime in Scotland and blunders which have affected public support for the police including the routine arming of police. Police Scotland are projected to record a £17.5m overspend at the end of 2016.

Politics: Mark Carney expected to defy Brexiteer pressure to remain at Bank of England

Leading Brexit figures want rid of Carney for pre Brexit vote predictions

Mark Carney is expected to extend his stay as head of the Bank of England until around 2021, in defiance of calls from some pro-Brexit politicians who want him to stand down over his claims that Brexit would damage the UK economy. Carney made the statements before the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU in June.

Sport: Andy Murray set to challenge for world number one in Paris

Novak Djokovic prepares to defend his status as world best

The world’s tennis number one Novak Djokovic is set to defend his standing against Andy Murray at the Paris Masters this week. Murray is riding high after the most successful year of his career to date.

Weather: Unseasonably warm with rain sweeping in from the North

Clammy weather continues

Humid and unseasonably warm weather will continue over the next couple of days, with a front of rain sweeping from the Highlands down into the central belt overnight.

And another thing: UKIP leadership candidates still dropping like flies





Raheem Kassam latest UKIP figure to fall away from potential leadership

It’s hard to lead UKIP it would seem, or even want to lead it, as the favourite of the rightwing of the party, Raheem Kassam, drops out after failing to make much ground. The party has already lost its long-time leader, Nigel Farage (or has it?), Diane James quit the post after just 18 days, favourite Steven Woolfe left the party after what he claimed was a physical altercation with a fellow UKIP MEP. How many more leading figures will the black hole at the top of the party take?

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