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UK’s most premature baby thriving as she celebrates 2nd birthday

11th Jun 2019
James Mildred

The most premature baby born in the UK to date at 23 weeks and four days is thriving as she celebrates her second birthday. Edie Madoc-Jones weighed just 1lb 4oz when she was born at University Hospital, Wales and was the size of her mother’s hand.

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End-of-life care is a postcode lottery, say experts

10th Jun 2019
James Mildred

End-of-life care is a postcode lottery which means too many people are missing out on quality support at the end of their lives, experts will warn this week.

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Woman who was told to have abortion 10 times then gave birth to a healthy baby girl

6th Jun 2019
James Mildred

A mum who was offered ten abortions by doctors has given birth to a healthy baby girl. Natalie Halson was repeatedly warned that her unborn baby would have a poor quality of life, after the 22-week scan showed the baby had spina bifida.

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Sturgeon urged to make buying sex illegal

6th Jun 2019
James Mildred

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged by campaigners to bring in new legislation that would criminalise the purchase of sex in Scotland.

Modern slavery victims being sent back to homes they were abused in

4th Jun 2019
James Mildred

The Home Office has been accused of failing to provide safe housing for victims of modern slavery after they are released from immigration detention.

A Good [Online] Society

3rd Jun 2019
Stuart Weir

We live in a cyber age. I pay my bills online. I check my bank account online. I communicate with my friends on social media. I write emails to my MSPs. I set up an online shop for my weekly groceries. I book my tickets to the pictures online.

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Will Robots Take Your Job? A plea for consensus

3rd Jun 2019
Nigel Cameron

Technology really is going to roil labor markets. Even if there’s a happy ending. And there may not be. In my new book Will Robots Take Your Job? A Plea for Consensus (Polity Press, 2017) I set out why.


Faith and Politics? It's non-negotiable

31st May 2019
Stuart Weir

We are in a moment in time in the United Kingdom that demonstrates great tension. Many of us are almost bald with the amount of infuriated hair pulling we’ve done due to party politics and Brexit over the last year or two.

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International research reveals positive role faith plays in marriage

30th May 2019
Jonathan Williams

Research from the Institute for Family Studies ‘World Family Map 2019' has revealed the positive role that faith plays in marriage.

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How to keep the faith in the digital revolution? - The power of context

29th May 2019
Matt James

This is the final in a series of blog posts by Matt James, looking at how we can keep the faith in the digital revolution. Read the rest of the series here.

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Scottish abortion numbers at 10-year high

28th May 2019
James Mildred

Figures released by the NHS Scotland Information Services Division have revealed that the level of abortions in Scotland has hit a 10-year high.  In total, there were 13,286 abortions in 2018, an increase of 843 from 2017. 

Aberdeen University

Pro-life group wins recognition from Aberdeen Student Union

28th May 2019
James Mildred

A pro-life group at Aberdeen University has been granted a presence on campus after threatening legal action.