Tory complaints mount on Cummings

61 Conservative MPs have now called on Dominic Cummings to stand down from his role as senior adviser, as constituents inundate their MPs over his lockdown breaches. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on his party and country to “move on” from the scandal. (Guardian)

Controversy has gripped the BBC over its response to Newsnight complaints

Controversy has gripped the BBC over its decision to suspend its Newsnight anchor Emily Maitlis on Wednesday (27 May) for a monologue critical of the UK Government’s handling of special adviser Dominic Cummings’ breaches of lockdown rules. A BBC statement said the segment “…did not meet our standards of due impartiality. Our staff have been reminded of the guidelines.” (BBC

A majority of Scots want an independence referendum within the next five years

A majority of Scots want an independence referendum within the next five years, according to an Ipsos Mori poll (27 May). 53 per cent desire the referendum, while only 34 per cent believe it should never take place. (Herald)

Decline in global energy investment expected to hit renewables hard

An unprecedented $400 billion decline in global energy investment is expected to hit renewable energy sources hard. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned that any transition away from fossil fuels will be disrupted. (Guardian)

The American continent is becoming the new global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organisation has announced that the American continent is becoming the new global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. The US is expected to soon reach 100,000 deaths, with growing fears about the spread of the disease in Central and South America. In recent months Europe has been the centre of the contagion. (Guardian)

Glasgow’s global climate summit may be re-scheduled for November 2021

Glasgow’s global climate summit, postponed from November this year may be re-scheduled for November 2021. The UK Government will push for the date at a meeting of the UN climate conference bureau on Thursday 28 May. (STV)

Funding of cycle and walking paths is to be hiked

Funding of cycle and walking paths is to be hiked as part of the transition from lockdown in Scotland. An additional £30 million will be set aside for cycle infrastructure and the widening of pavements as part of the Scottish Government’s ‘transport transition plan’ which will also see bus and train users expected to wear face masks. (Scotsman)

Scottish Government has confirmed that its new ‘test and protect’ scheme

The Scottish Government has confirmed that its new ‘test and protect’ scheme will be rolled out from Thursday 28 May. The scheme is designed to test all those with coronavirus symptoms, with those testing positive to report all those they have had “close contact” with. The Scottish Government has declared it now has the capacity to carry out 15,000 tests for the virus a day. (BBC)

Barlinnie Prison has been deemed “no linger fit for purpose”

Barlinnie Prison has been deemed “no linger fit for purpose” by inspectors after it was found it lacked suitable medical facilities, among other shortcomings. Inspectors found that Scotland’s largest prison had facilities in such disrepair and so outmoded that they could be in breach of prisoners’ human rights. (Daily Record)

Scots have taken up walking at a greater rate than in any other nation or region of the UK, in response to coronavirus. 61 per cent of Scots are walking more now than they did at the start of the crisis, according to a YouGov poll. (Third Force News)