Scottish minister demands Labour expel councillor over racist remark

Scotland’s transport minister, Humza Yousaf, has demanded that a councillor who made an Islamophobic comment about him be expelled from the Scottish Labour party. Jim Dempster, a Labour member of Dumfries and Galloway council, told transport officials at a meeting on Tuesday that “no one would have seen [Yousaf] under his burqa”. This is the …

Winter Paralympics day seven: Medals for Brenna Huckaby and Bibian Mentel-Spee

On day seven of the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang Germany wrapped up double gold in the long distance sitting biathlon, with Andrea Eskau claiming her second gold of the Games in the 12.5km, while compatriot Martin Fleig won the men’s 15k event. There were also golds for Russian athletes Anna Milenina and Mikhalina Lysova in …

My gambler father cheated our family out of thousands and now I don’t want him at my wedding

When I was a teenager, my family found out that my dad had been secretly gambling for years. He had remortgaged the house and wasted more than £100,000 of family money. I am the only one in the family with whom he is still in contact, albeit irregularly (I have not seen him for five …

If the British can’t rely on the NHS, our identity is in crisis | Emma Brockes

Britain is smaller than the US and poorer than the US and, I have always believed, in some vague but ineffable way, “nicer” than the US – a conviction which, on examination, I find to be half-rooted in absurd notions of “fair play” and half in the concrete reality of the NHS. Perhaps, at its …

Ralf Little: ‘Jeremy Hunt’s arrogance towards doctors made me angry’ – video

In an interview with the writer Owen Jones, Ralf Little says he became embroiled in a Twitter row with Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, because he believed the government was trying to turn people against doctors. The actor, who starred in The Royle Family and 24 Hour Party People, accuses Hunt of arrogance in dealing …

Miami bridge death toll rises as officials investigate collapse

At least six people have been killed and 10 others taken to hospital after a pedestrian bridge collapsed on to a highway in Miami, police have said, as state and federal investigators worked to determine how and why the structure failed while under construction. “This has turned from a rescue to a recovery operation,” said …