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Independence referendum anniversary: prospect of second vote remains

The prospect of a second referendum remains. Credit: PA

One year ago today, Scotland voted to remain in the UK.

But on the anniversary of the independence referendum, the prospect of a second vote remains.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish National Party will set out the timescale for a possible second referendum in its manifesto for next year's Holyrood election.

But Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out a second referendum in this Parliament.

Top £110,000 job at Copeland Council facing axe

Chief Executive Paul Walker. Credit: ITV Border

The Chief Executive at Copeland Council looks set to lose his job, as part of a cost-cutting shake up.

Mike Starkie, Copeland's directly elected major, has put forwards the suggestion to remove the chief executive position.

The role is currently held by Paul Walker, who is thought to earn around £110,000 per year.

Mike Starkie wants to axe the role. Credit: Copeland Borough Council

Copeland Council say the proposal will be discussed at a meeting of the executive on September 22:

The mayor will be taking a report to a meeting of the Executive on September 22, where he will ask the Executive to consider the deletion of the role of Chief Executive from the establishment of Copeland Borough Council.

If accepted, the Executive will make recommendations to Council at its meeting on October 1 to consider the proposals, and in particular the statutory role of Head of Paid Service.”

– Copeland Borough Council spokesperson
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