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travel -- treble treble. That is all from

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Ten years after he won his defamation case against the News

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of the World, judges tell Tommy Sheridan

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The owners of the oil rig that ran aground on the Isle of Lewis

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Also on the programme, with hopes of more medals

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for Scottish athletes in Rio, we catch up with one of the

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He's the fictional master of the dark art of spin -

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today we hear from his real life counterparts at Holyrood.

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And Scotland captain Scott Brown brings his international career

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to an end to concentrate on Celtic's European campaign.

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Judges have turned down a bid by the owners of the News

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of the World to get a retrial of the Tommy Sheridan

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They've also ruled that the award of ?200,000 to Mr Sheridan back

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In August 2006 Tommy Sheridan with his wife at his side merged from a

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court room in Edinburgh, victorious. He denied lurid stories about his

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sex life published in the News of the World and sued the newspaper

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group for defamation. Likening it to a David and Goliath battle to

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protect his reputation What we have done in the last FIA weeks is the

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equivalent of regret that taking on Real Madrid, in the Bernabeu, and

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beating them on penalty, that is what we have done. Thanks very much.

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These were the headlines which prompted that case. Allegations that

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MrSheridan had adulterous relationships and attended a

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swingers club. Four years later MrSheridan was back in court, this

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time to High Court in Glasgow, where he was convicted of lying, during

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that defamation case, an sentenced to three years in jail.

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The real reason why he has been imprisoned today, is because he has

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fought injustice, inequality, with every beat of his heart.

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Now that MrSheridan was a convicted perjurer news group argued the

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verdict should be set aside, along with the ?200,000 he had been

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awarded in damages. Three Court of Session judges

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rejected that today, saying for example the jury in the defamation

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case were entitled to conclude that MrSheridan was not perfect, that he

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lied to hem in some respects but that he was not someone who drank

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champagne, participated in orgies and indulged in kinky sex.

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Tommy Sheridan the long time campaigner was firmly focussed on

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family matters today, with his father recovering after a heart

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attack last night. He posted on Twitter. Beat criminal cancer which

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Murdoch's NGN respects. -- respects. The News of the World at the centre

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of case has of course being closed, the newspaper group today expressed

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their disappointment in the ruling and said they are considering their

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options. They will have to reflect on the

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view of the judges that a court should be slow to interfere with

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juriry's decision, meanwhile the Sheridans await payment of the

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damages awarded to them here, ten years ago.

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Efforts could be made this weekend to refloat the stricken oil rig

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which ran aground in a storm on the west coast of Lewis

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Salvage experts have today continued their work to assess

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the damage to the structure and carry out necessary repairs

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in order to pull the rig off the shoreline.

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Last night, senior figures from Transocean, the rig's owners,

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were at a public meeting in Carloway last night which was attended

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The meeting was cordial and Transocean promised to make good any

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damage caused by all the representatives skirted round the

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question of why the rig stranded in the first place. A lot of

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preparation work has been done and the salvage teams moved most of the

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remaining diesel from tanks below sea-level to tanks higher up. We

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have compressors and everything coming which is critical to the

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operation, we will start testing in a critical area of the rig itself.

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Compressors arrived today to start pumping come pressed air into

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damaged tanks to increase buoyancy There will be a lot of work round

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that over the next 24 hours, the personnel onboard the rig itself, up

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until this time, they have been working up to the hour hour of

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darkness, but a decision has been made they will start working 24/7,

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so there will be a lot more happening onboard the rig itself, in

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preparation for the refloat. The question uppermost in people's minds

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now is when the rig will finally be towed away. I think at this point,

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until we know what must be done for the refloat it is difficult to say,

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so I think the best tide is on Sunday, we still have some

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assessment to do. I honestly think it is unlikely, but it is possible,

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but until we fully understand what we must do to refloat, we can't

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answer that question. This morning anti-pollution equipment was

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deployed just as an exercise in case it is needed to safeguard fishing

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sites to the south-west of The Stranding site. Everything now

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depends on the progress made with a flooded tank, if the salvage crew

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isn't confident, that the rig can be moved safely on this weekend's high

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tides, the unexpected visitor will have to wait here for another two

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weeks for the next high tides. Six teenagers have been arrested

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in connection with an alleged It comes after unconfirmed reports

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they found a baby's remains in a bag NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said

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it could not comment on the alleged discovery at the secure facility

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which is used to store The teenagers, who are aged

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13 and 14 years old, have been reported to the Children's

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Reporter. A video appearing to

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show the discovery has Scotland has lost almost 1,000 Fire

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and Rescue staff since the single The drop includes both front-line

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firefighters, and people The Fire and Rescue Service

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says the drop reflects planned efficiency savings,

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but concerns have been expressed Andrew Black is with us for more

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on the story. Our fire and rescue services play

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a vital role in keeping us safe. And back in 2013, with money tight,

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Scotland's eight regional services merged into a national one,

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the idea being to save cash while protecting

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front line services. Today we learned that since that

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merger, there's been a fall of 667 In addition, the number of people

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working in support or control room Now, making savings

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is what the merger was supposed to do, but what's worrying

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the Fire Brigades Union is that front line firefighters

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are leaving and aren't In some cases the union says that

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means fire engines having The engines we are talking about are

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whole time crew, they have been put there in a manner and that is based

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on risk. So also we talk about firefighter is down to speed of

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response, for effective intervention, now there is a chance,

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if these appliances are unavailable, that risk increases of not getting

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In response to these concerns, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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says this staffing fall reflects its planned reforms to make

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Since we became a single service, we still have these the number same

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number of fire stations when we were eight. So we had 356 fire stations

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prior to reform. We still have those today, and we have not removed any

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vital emergency vehicles from those stations either. How we deploy them

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has changed in becoming a single service to harmonise and transform

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and standardise the way they go about our business.

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So right now the general message is that there's no cause

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for major concern just yet, and a firefighter recruitment drive

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But given that the spending watchdog last year warned that Scottish Fire

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and Rrescue faces a budget gap of more than ?42 million by 2019,

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there may yet be more tough decisions to take.

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There are just over two days left of the Olympic Games in Rio. It has

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been the best overseas games for Scotland with 12 medals so far and

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still chances of medals. We spoke tour judo bronze medallist who say

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success in lie owe has been infectious. This is the athlete

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villages home to those who have been competing here and also home to

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those who have been winning medals, like this one here, Olympic bronze

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medal for Sally cop way, many congratulations, afew days for it to

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sing in now. Reflect on that bronze medal for us. On the fifth day of

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the Olympics so I have had a couple of days to let it sink in. I can't

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believe I am standing here with this medal round my neck. I have to keep

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reminding myself sometimes and go in my bag and keep looking at it. Oh my

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God I have an Olympic medal. It has been a wonderful Olympics from a

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Team GB point of view. You were among one of the early medal winner,

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do you think people like yourself helped inspire the team to galvanise

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them if you like? I think, so when you see the other team members doing

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so well and the medals are like rallying up, and think this inspires

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people to think I want one of them. I think the momentum carries on, now

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we are second in the table and it is amazing. You are a proud Scot,

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Edinburgh is your home, you compete for Scotland at the Commonwealth

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game, here it is for Team GB. Scottish athletes have been doing

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well. A special feel grorg to be part of that? It is. You have Team

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GB and Scotland within that, and everyone is doing so well. I think

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everyone who is looking up to the Scottish athletes, or Team GB

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athletes it can inspire everybody to chase their dreams and you never

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know, you could be standing here one day holding an Olympic medal and

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having your dreams complete. What what about you in the few churks

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back here, or Tokyo? It is not out of the question, at the moment I am

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going to celebrate my medal, enjoy the moment. Go on holiday and then

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take it year-by-year and, as long as I am still enjoying judo I am not

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going anywhere. Hold your medal up, proud for people back home. Thank

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you for talking to us. Sally Conway, an impressive win other after bronze

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medal in the judo, elsewhere today Catriona Matthew continues her third

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round at the Olympic golf course and later this evening, our time at 1.40

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Eilidh McColgan goes in the final of the 5,000 metres.

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To the Edinburgh Festival now and the Festival of Politics,

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where light is being shed on what is often

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Spindoctors are loved and loathed in modern culture -

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the best known being the fictional foul-mouth Malcolm Tucker

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But some very real former special advisers gathered

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at the Scottish Parliament today to explain their role,

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and our political correspondent Andrew Kerr joined them.

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No phones, come on. I have to go. Terry. Yes. Get on the phone to the

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BBC. Come on. Malcolm Tucker t art of the special adviser, the ironic

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title at the festival of politics, audience members are keen to hear

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about the Dark Arts, which can be a bit of a mystery.

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I think that spin-doctors have a very strong hand in telling people

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how to present themselves, how to conduct themselves in their own live

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TV or whenever they are speaking to the public. I don't think we need to

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rely on them entirely to be able to communicate with politicians. We

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have that conshin or misconception from things on the television and

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things like west wing and stuff like that, you wonder what goes on behind

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closed doors. Now a rare opportunity to find out what goes on behind the

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scenes in the corridors of power. Five characters who sold their

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skills to political masters. One of the most famous Alistair Campbell

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was a controversial character, many question whether such people are

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necessary. Paul Sinclair who worked for Gordon Brown certainly thinks

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so. In Government, politician needs special advisers to make sure agreed

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policy is implemented. I would describe them as drain cleaner, to

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make sure there is no blockage in the system and what we agreed

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happens and largely that happens harmoniously. Kevin Pringle was Alex

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Salmond's right-hand man, known as a harmoniously. Kevin Pringle was Alex

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gentleman but he could get frustrated too. What I would tent

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tend to do was swear but only after I come off the phone, that is why I

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suspect they didn't hear me swear very often, because I would get rid

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of this frustration after I had the conversation and try to get it out

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of my system. And Ramsey Jones, fresh from Downing Street, explains

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how special advisers negotiate the Civil Service. There were one or two

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times when I was tempted to be like Tonguer but I like to think I used

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the power of persuasion rather an vocabulary. You would get frustrated

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at journalists too Never, they are the most wonderful breed of people

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it has been my misfortune to deal with. They emphasise the importance

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of the truth. We managed to get one blast. I wouldn't compare myself to

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Malcolm Tucker but I remember a time at the Labour Party Conference when

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your questions were completely and utterly out of order.

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Scotland captain Scott Brown is retiring from international

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football, after earning 50 caps in a decade.

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The 31-year-old Celtic midfielder says he can no longer juggle

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the demands of domestic and European club football

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One former teammate says the pressure of having Rangers back

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in the Scottish Premiership may have played a part in his decision.

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Here at the Celtic training complex the manager Brendan Rogers is

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putting Scott Brown and the rest of the squad through their paces. Scott

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Brown's in top form, in great condition, so why at the age of 31

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is he quitting international football? The player himself said it

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is no secret that I have suffered some injuries in his career, once

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you get over 30, you have to protect your body more.

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As for the Scotland manager, he said:

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The 200018 World Cup qualifying campaign is about to commence, while

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he has suffered injury problems at 31 is he retiring too soon I respect

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his decision, but I think for the sake of the nation it is a bit early

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because I think he has a lot to contribute. When you consider the

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campaign over two years, would extend it a bit further, so I think

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with respect to his commitments at Celtic, it might be a wise decision

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on his part. But a former team-mate thinks new

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challenges on the domestic fronts may have played a part in his

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decision The pressure of having Rangers back in the league and

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wanting to excel couldout weigh the schedule. A tough decision for the

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player but the right call is how the Celtic manager described it, good

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news for Celtic as well he admits as playing for the Scottish champions

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now becomes Scott Brown's sole Football Focus.

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European football's governing body Uefa has begun disciplinary

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It comes after some of the club's supporters

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displayed Palestine flags during their Champions League

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qualifier against Israeli side Hapoel Be'er Sheva on Wednesday.

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Andy Murray has had an easy passage through to the quarter finals

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The Olympic Champion beat the South African Kevin Anderson

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That sets up a meeting with Bernard Tomic in the final eight.

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Elsewhere, the second and third seeds Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal

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A look at other stories from across the country.

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A cyclist who sustained serious head injuries when he came off his bike

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earlier this week has died in hospital.

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22-year-old James Murray was from Wanlockhead

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in Dumfries and Galloway, where the accident

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Danus Skene, the SNP candidate who narrowly lost against Orkney

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and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael in last year's general

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He died in the early hours of this morning following surgery in London.

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Mr Skene was 72 and also stood for the Shetland seat in the recent

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The Trussell Trust's opened its first foodbank in Shetland.

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The Salvation Army has been handing out food parcels on the islands

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for many years but demand for help has increased.

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It's been blamed on the downturn in the oil industry,

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the end of some big construction projects, and changes

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A drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes for more than 50 years could also

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Researchers at Dundee University say Metformin could potentially be used

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It's already believed it could help treat

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The First Minister has launched a Reading Challenge,

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aimed at encouraging a love of books amongst children.

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Nicola Sturgeon joined pupils at the Edinburgh

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International Book Festival, making origami books -

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but had to be given a hand by author Alice Melvin.

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Ms Sturgeon says a love of reading can help boost attainment

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In rugby, the New Zealander Dave Rennie will take over

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as Head Coach of Pro12 team Glasgow Warriors next year.

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He's currently in charge of the Chiefs in his homeland.

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Meanwhile, the man in charge of Scottish Rugby Union says it

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wants to attract substantial private investment in the country's two

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Pro12 teams, otherwise the game in this country will fall further

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Glasgow Warriors are a success story. Like the country's other

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professional team, Edinburgh, they are funded by the Scottish Rugby

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union. It costs the governing body about ?10 million per season. Now,

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the man at the top wants some serious private investment. But

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there are conditions. We would have to have very, very rich people. Rich

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people that share our values and what we think we need to deliver for

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Scottish rugby and for the national team. We have two teams here in the

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pipeline for the Scottish national team, by and large, so we have to

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protect that and have like-minded people with big pockets.

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protect that and have like-minded Warriors the wading in cash from

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sugar daddies? There are doubters. I think he knows it's not go to

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happen, but he has every right to put it out there and say to people,

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if you have a spare ?60 million, invest in Scottish rugby. He is also

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talking about shares, it's just a glorified sponsorship agreement

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because you will have no say. To make it more attractive, they want

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the Pro12 league expanded. It's currently made up of teams from

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Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy. They want new teams from North

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America to be added. What we have done his work with people that are

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testing those markets. We are going to find out if it is feasible. The

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early indications are that there is a good deal of interest. Bailey

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Gwynne with warriors in 2015 has joined a team in France. The

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Scottish Rugby union fears if there is not substantial new investment in

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Scottish rugby, more players will leave for higher wages.

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Perth has launched a bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2021. It

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is the latest to bed, with Paisley, commentary, Sunderland and

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Stoke-on-Trent in the running. It started with a flash mob, a

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celebration of what Perth can offer all year round if it wins the title

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of City of Culture. They've got the concert hall, a wonderful asset to

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the city. We are currently refurbishing Perth Theatre. The

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building behind us will be refurbished, it will be an

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exhibition Centre. Perth Museum and Art Gallery is go to have a major

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refurbishment as well. There is a lot going on, and we have the

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infrastructure that can support it. But there is competition for the

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title, which comes with the promise of a multi-million pounds economic

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benefit. Paisley is among several places already in the running. I

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think it is healthy to have good competition, and fair play to the

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fair city of Perth, they will be good competition, it is a very

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different offer from Paisley. We want to be Scotland's bid, of

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course. But we have good competition and we absolutely believe that

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Paisley has what it takes to win the competition. What makes Perth's bid

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different from the others is the location, the amazing landscape,

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community arts and the people that want to be part of it. Although

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there are still some hearts to win on home turf. I don't think so. Not

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enough going on? No, too small. Local people, I think they could

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support it better. One home-grown actor that still lives here believes

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Perth has what it takes. I would not say people would say, yes, of

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course, that is the City of Culture, but I think culture is the people

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and there was a lot to offer. We come from an historical background

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of culture. We have William Souter, Andy Gray, Ewan McGregor, but people

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have a lot to offer. I think something like this will excite them

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into creating something and bringing Perth to life. That ?20 million

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lifeline for the city's cultural development will continue,

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regardless of whether they win or lose. The winning city is announced

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next spring. Lets see what we can expect from the

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weather. What a wet day for some parts. There

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was some sunshine coming across the coast. On the satellite picture, the

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main event is the stripe of blue, rain edging northwards. While there

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was some sunshine on offer, many weather watchers captured scenes

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like this. Staying rather cloudy and dumped tonight. There is the rain,

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edging northwards, which in all parts in towards Orkney as well.

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Behind it, a number of showers developing. Dry overnight, but still

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wet at times. Temperatures in towns and cities are about 11 or 15

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Celsius, not a cold night. Low pressure still win us. The rain is

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edging towards Shetland and the centre of the lower means that we

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will see some heavy, potentially thundery downpours across central

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and southern Scotland. It starts promising enough. Watch what

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happens, the showers gathering force and edging across the South into the

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central belt. The exact northern extent is open to some doubt. Most

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likely, to the central lowlands and the South, heaviest across the

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borders, in towards the capital. The wind will be fresh at times from the

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east. After a dry morning, the north-east coast will see some

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showers to the afternoon. Further west, dryer, decent spells of

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sunshine across the North West, 21 or 22 Celsius. All the improving,

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shuttle and having reigned for most of the day. If you are hill walking

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or climbing, across the north-west, sunshine on offer. Wind speed at the

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summit and temperatures across the Galloway and border hills, some

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heavy rain showers merged together. For many eastern areas, after a

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bright and sunny morning, expect torrential downpours for the

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afternoon. The showers continue to swirl around with the low-pressure

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system as we head through Saturday evening and overnight. Sunday, and

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the low is pulling away lull in proceedings, something a bit more

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cheerful for the west and proceedings, something a bit more

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south-west. Sunshine on offer and feeling a good deal warmer. Cloudier

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towards the East with one or two showers around. In the sunshine, 20

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or 21 Celsius. Next week, high pressure loading the continent,

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low-pressure and the Atlantic and a weather front in between. That is

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the dividing line between warmth coming in from the continent and

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unsettled conditions and West. Where that goes will determine whether we

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are likely to get. We will keep you posted.

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Judges have turned down a bid by the owners of the use of the world to

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get a retrial in the Tommy Sheridan defamation case. They have also

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ruled that the award to Mr Sheridan in 2006 will stand.

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I'll be back with the late bulletin just after the ten o'clock news.

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With just two days of Olympic action still to come,

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we'll leave you tonight with a look back at some of those Scottish

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Great Britain are in the lead, but only just! Callan Skinner brings it

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home for Great Britain. Hanging in for Great Britain! 100 out, the

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heads are still high. They defend their Olympic title and they have

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done it in such style! Carnival time here! Bennett, Polly Swan, a real

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driver and powerhouse in the middle of this. Sally Conway has wasted

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hardly any time. What are we going to see from David? Just outside.

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Silver again. Great Britain are on the board, they have something from

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the final. Great Britain leading in the race for gold in the women's

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team pursuit, with Laura Trott still on the track, Elinor Barker and

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Katie Archibald. Katie Archibald, in on the track, Elinor Barker and

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her first Olympic Games. Coming away with a silver medal, that is

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brilliant. Catherine, vindicated, coming back.

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