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Nicola Sturgeon starts what she's calling a "new conversation"


with the people of Scotland about independence.


Before we start talking, we must listen. Today we launched the first


phase in our new campaign, the biggest listening exercise in our


party's history. If she was listening to people in Scotland, she


would know that the majority do not want to be dragged to another


divisive referendum. We'll be looking at how Brexit has


changed the discussion. A hearing into the social worker,


who's accused of failing the murdered toddler Liam Fee


is told it should find every It's a poor outlook for engineering


companies, as orders slump Transport police in Scotland


are to be armed with Tasers to increase security


on the rail network. And should the Scotland squad be


worried about their defence, Nicola Sturgeon says she's


starting what she's called a "new conversation" on independence


with the people of Scotland. The First Minister says she wants


to reach as many as two million people before the end of November


using face to face canvassing, an online survey and


town hall meetings. But the leader of the Scottish


Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, accused her of ignoring


the priorities of the people in pursuit of her own narrow


nationalist agenda. Here's our political editor,


Brian Taylor. The SNP promised a summer campaign


on independence, but Brexit intervened to change the political


brew, and so it is an autumn intervened to change the political


manoeuvre instead. Nicola Sturgeon insisted she would work to protect


Scotland's European interests within the UK framework, but if that


failed... I believe it is right that our party now leads a new


conversation on independence. Today I want to set out the principles


that will guide that debate. First, it will be a new debate. It will not


be a rerun of 2014. The UK that Scotland voted to stay part of in


2014 has changed. That takes me to the second principle. Before we


start talking, we must listen. If they listen, what might they here?


Madness, absolute madness, financial suicide. Not for me. If it came


again, I would probably say yes. A lot of people might change because


of the outcome last time, because they were promised things that did


not happen. It definitely should be something that awaits perhaps until


we know what Brexit has in store. I don't know why they have to keep


trying to get the vote they want, which is what they did in Ireland,


which was shameful. The First Minister cited two new reasons for


independence. Labour's problems, entrenching the Tories in Downing


Street and the Tories leaving the EU against Scottish opinion. Her rivals


dissent. If she was listening to people, she would know they do not


want to be dragged back to another divisive referendum. People want the


government to do what they well it did to do, improve hospitals and


schools. Keep their eye on the day job, not drag a spectre a


referendum. Nicola Sturgeon has announced a listening exercise and


the majority will have hoped she was listening when the people clearly


said no to independence. She is a very powerful woman with the chance


to go back into Parliament next week and transform lives. She should get


back to that job. The First Minister told me the SNP needed to persuade


and cajole. Scotland is on a journey that will end with independence. I


believe that is the natural state for our country. But I don't believe


we get there simply by the enthusiasm of SNP members, important


though that is. We have to engage with, listen to, understand the


concerns and aspirations of people and answer the hard questions people


have. Nicola Sturgeon says independence might involve


challengers and complexities, and she argues that it would allow


Scotland to take back control. There seems to be more than one


conversation going on here, Brian. Very much so. I listened to the


First Minister today and was struck by how often she married passion for


independence alongside directly following hard pragmatism about the


challenges involved. She said nationalists might say that the


union was responsible for Scotland's economic deficit. She said that


still meant there had to be hard answers on that. She announced a


growth commission, chaired by former MSP Andrew Wilson. Another element


is the business of Brexit being counterbalanced with the


independence far. That is one reason why I think if there is a further


referendum it will not be instant, not in the immediate future, because


I think the SNP will want to see the shape of wrecks it, what it actually


means, and then and only then, if they are still unsatisfied, they


would come to oppose that with their independence offer, if it happens at


all. A hearing into a social worker,


who's alleged to have failed the murdered Fife toddler Liam Fee


and other children, has been told it should find every


charge against her proven. The Scottish Social Services Council


hearing has heard evidence that From the hearing,


Andrew Anderson reports. Panel members have listened to days


of evidence from colleagues of Lesley Bate, one of the child


protection team. She had been asked to investigate concerns over Liam


Fee's welfare. A childminder was worried about injuries, including a


massive bruise to his forehead. The mother claimed he had fallen out of


a cot. The childminder was worried he had been knocked unconscious. The


hearing heard that Lesley Bate excepted the mother's explanation.


It is alleged she failed to follow excepted the mother's explanation.


up on further concerns about an injury to Liam Fee's neck, and there


were no notes about it on council computers. Liam Fee's mother and her


partner are serving life for his murder in March 2014, more than a


year after concerns for his safety were first raised. The hearing was


told Lesley Bate was erratic, disorganised and chaotic and her


failings were not acceptable, and she had left another child at risk


of harm. But the hearing was also told the child protection team was


divided and dysfunctional, that some staff would not speak to others


unless they had to, and that that had had an impact on other cases. It


is not just Liam Fee that Lesley Bate is alleged to have failed. The


charges include 15 other children. The most serious charges are that


she failed to take necessary steps to minimise actual or potential risk


of harm to children between December 2011, and August 2000 and 14. The


lawyer for the Scottish social services Council told the panel the


witnesses they had heard from where highly credible and experienced. The


Chargers, he said, were supported by documentary evidence. Lesley Bate


has not attempt -- attended the hearing and has not been


represented. The panel was told you does not admit to any of the


Chargers. The committee will convene at a later date when it will deliver


its findings. Output and exports are down among


Scottish firms, and one in three At the same time, research


into the defence sector shows how employment has dropped,


leaving shipbuilding all the more According to Scottish engineering,


the first waves of an economic tsunami following the vote


to leave the European Union And that's with the slump in the oil


and gas sector already affecting This industry body asks members


if things are up or down, and the gap is a measure of how good


or bad things look. Here's the way they look with output


over the past three years, many more companies down


than up during summer. It's been negative


for more than a year. The weaker pound since June has


helped some tourism firms, but many engineering companies have


seen export orders drop, and costs are up for those raw


materials with prices set They are as bad as we have seen


since the recession in 2009. What we are seeing is that Brexit,


apparently, had a significant effect on the small to medium enterprises


of Scotland. We are not seeing the benefit that is being accrued


elsewhere by the weak pound helping exports. It is maybe that we are on


a slow burn, because our largest market is the rest of the UK, and we


may see a feed through of the improvement that has been seen


elsewhere. Recruitment doesn't look too good


in that survey either. And a study of the defence sector,


out today, shows how employment has dropped, particularly


at the Ministry of Defence. There are 3700 civilian jobs now,


2800 fewer than eight years ago. In uniform, there are 10,000


roles based in Scotland, That matters most in Argyll,


where defence accounts for one job in eight,


in Moray, one in 12. Scotland has a big role


in shipbuilding for the Royal Navy, and this report for the GMB union,


carried out at Strathclyde University, found it supports


10,000 jobs on the Clyde, building these offshore patrol


ships, and at Rosyth in Fife, where aircraft carriers


are being assembled. The economic impact of those wages


and on the supplier firms - reckoned to total ?268


million per year. That's why the shop floor union


is keen to see an end to delays Shipbuilding is absolutely crucial


to the Scottish economy, and 10,000 jobs are dependent on shipbuilding


and another 5000 dependent on work at Faslane. These are real jobs,


real wages, supporting real families in working-class


With that Brexit vote casting a long shadow over the economy,


we'll be looking in more detail at the consequences so far, here on


You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.


Nicola Sturgeon says she wants to have a new conversation


with the people of Scotland to find out what support


We look ahead to the start of the new pro-12 rugby season.


And how a 90-year-old film is being given a new twist


Police officers on Scotland's railways are to be armed


with Tasers, in a bid to increase security on the network.


British Transport Police say it's a "proportionate response"


in the face of a mounting terrorism threat.


The force of a Taser gun, designed to stun. The weapon delivers 50,000


volts. They are already used by Police Scotland. Now they are to be


deployed by British Transport Police in Scottish train stations. We


looked at events in mainland Europe and nearer to home, and we looked at


the options we feel are necessary to give officers the best protection


for themselves, and to be able to protect the public on the railways


and staff who work on the railways. This man has a knife. He had already


slashed one commuter and was threatening others. British


Transport Police in east London deployed a Taser before arresting


him. But critics say the shock delivered can often be lethal. They


are linked to at least 11 deaths in England and Wales in the last


decade. Commuters in Glasgow had mixed views. I do not see it as an


appropriate response to what is going on. I would not mind. For


security reasons, I suppose. What if a police man was overzealous and it


was a drunk person? It is a step in the wrong direction. For terrorism,


yes. For drunken people fighting, no. I am told that fewer than 350


officers will be issued with no. I am told that fewer than 350


's and they will be fully trained on how and when to use them. If a Taser


is deployed, there will be an automatic review by specialists. The


officers selected to carry them will be trained over the next few weeks.


The weapons will be available for deployment across the rail network


in October. Aberdeen's crematorium will not be


part of this year's Doors Open Day, In June it was revealed that staff


at the Hazlehead Crematorium had been telling bereaved relatives


that the bodies of babies and infants were too


small to leave ashes. Aberdeen City Council says


the facility will no longer open to the public as planned next


weekend, as a mark of respect A look at other stories


from across the country. BBC Scotland has learned


that the oil rig that ran aground on the Isle of Lewis is likely to be


transported to Turkey later this The damaged installation will be


taken there on a giant The Transocean Winner


was successfully refloated just over a week ago and has been undergoing


inspection at a safe anchorage Police say the two people who died


when their motorcycle and a car crashed near Rosewell in Midlothian


late last night were the 65-year-old motorcyclist


and his 59-year-old woman passenger. A 26-year-old man was


treated at the scene. The funeral of 37-year-old


Julie Walker and her six-year-old son Lucas who drowned


in an accident at Aberdeen beach and two other people


needed hospital treatment after going into the water


to try to save them. A celebration of their lives


was held at Aberdeen Crematorium. Appeals against the decision


to evict independence campaigners from their camp outside the Scottish


parliament will be heard in the Court of Session


in Edinburgh in October. Holyrood's Corporate Body won


the right to evict the campers from their site in a judgment issued


by Lord Turnbull in July. Four different groups have lodged


appeals against the ruling, making a range of arguments


against eviction. Pupils from Rockfield Primary School


in Oban have made a short film they hope will help get them


a new Gaelic teacher. The post has been advertised


by the school several times The ten- and eleven-year-olds


hope their production - viewed hundreds of times now


on YouTube - will finally attract the right


candidate. It was strictly old bags today


at a charity auction in Edinburgh to raise money for


the Princes Trust. Ambassador Judy Murray was joined


by members of Scottish ballet and a clutch of celebrities


at Prestonfield House Hotel. The event is expected


to raise over ?500,000 Scotland's footballers


begin their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign this weekend


with an away game in Malta. concern if Scotland is to qualify


for its first major Willie Miller says the country needs


to get its act together when it On the hunt for the great Scottish


centre back. John Souter, 19, lauded in Scottish football circles as


potentially the next big thing in central defence. Do you believe you


can be a world-class defender one day? Yes, I've got self-confidence,


I think I can. I've got a lot to learn, but I always take in what


everyone says to me. I learn all the time, I am always open to ideas and


don't get me wrong, I am nowhere near it now, obviously. But one day


it is the aim. He has some illustrious fans, who think he could


be the future of Scottish defending. Big, tall lad who can use the ball.


Not frightened, he anticipates it well. I watched him against Aberdeen


recently, in the right place, at the right time. I think somebody has got


to take it on. I think John Souter is one we should be looking at for


the future. In the 1980s, Scotland had a selection of top-class centre


backs, Willie Miller, Alex McLeish and David Nehra. Now in 2016, the


issue is quality. They have got and David Nehra. Now in 2016, the


big problem. How we solve it is a long and complicated question. But I


do think we need to get our act in order, particularly at the


development level. We need to encourage young players to come


through with the right stature and standing, particularly defensively


in the hope that in the future it will get better. Hard work required


and the John Souter, still part of the under 21 squad, there remains a


long way to go. Defence is just part of the equation, when it comes to


quality, questions surrounds the Scotland squad. Qualification for


the 2018 World Cup is the answer we want.


Well, tonight there's been another withdrawal from the Scotland squad,


The Rangers skipper Lee Wallace was sidelined in training


The SFA say he has a niggling injury and that there'll be no


Wallace has travelled with his club team-mates to Belfast,


where Rangers are playing a testimonial game.


Laura Muir has won the ?30,000 jackpot for winning the overall


Diamond League title for the 1500 metres.


A second place finish in Zurich last night was still enough to secure


top spot in the series for the Glasgow


It was Muir's third fastest time of the year and the third fastest


The new pro-12 rugby season starts this weekend,


with both of Scotland's professional teams in action.


Glasgow and Edinburgh are once again taking on the best teams in Ireland,


Wales and Italy over the next nine months.


One of the Scots sides has enjoyed success in recent years,


But for both this season could be the end of an era,


Is this the beginning of a long and perhaps meandering blood by from


this gentleman? He is leaving Glasgow Warriors at the end of this


season, when he will take over the national team. You must be feeling a


tiny bit different at the start of the season, your last one. You are


saying you don't, but the guys tell a different story. I will be honest


with you, as always. The fact the announcements were made a couple of


weeks ago and obviously the future for the club is secure, getting the


new coach next season. It is focusing on this season. In four


seasons, Townsend has delivered for top three finishers, including one


championship in 2015. Compare that with Edinburgh under their head


coach, Adam Solomons. In his three seasons in charge, they have always


finished in the bottom half. He has done a splendid job as a coach and


we mustn't take on anything away from what he has done. But the


proliferation of international players they have had is made an


enormous difference. One of those internationals has left Glasgow to


join Edinburgh. He thinks his new team is capable of emulating his


former one. The target is high at getting in the top four. I believe


we have a squad capable of doing that, it is just about making sure


we do our talking on the field. Edinburgh will be doing their


talking against Cardiff blues in Wales tomorrow. Glasgow will be in


Ireland. They are side won the Pro12 last season, but can Glasgow win it


back? All of the players are capable, but we have to work


back? All of the players are week in, week out. I have big belief


in the squad that we can take on anybody. Winning the championship


again would make parting sweet sorrow for Glasgow and Gregor


Townsend. A film documentary about the herring


fishery in Scotland has begun a tour of fishing communities


in the north of Scotland It's a silent, black-and-white film,


but it's been given a modern Mike Grundon reports on this


coming-together of old film-making Back in 1929, heron fishing in the


North Sea was a tough and dangerous job and it was recorded by


ground-breaking documentary film-maker, John Grierson, in a film


he called Drifters. People are getting to see that film now in its


entirety, but with a very modern soundtrack. This is com pose, sound


engineer and beat boxer, Jason Singh, using his voice to create


sound effects and music. He is live on stage when the fishing film gets


shown. Traditionally people would have seen a pianist, band or an


orchestra playing, I am a solo show, creating the whole thing with my


boys. It is a unique experience, both as a creative and also from the


audience's perspective. Here in Shetland at the start of the tour,


the numbers of people turning out to see the film shows how important


this piece of heritage still is, 86 years on. The organiser says Jason's


modern contribution is enhancing the experience and is getting a good


response. They will be watching a silent film with a live, vocal


score. It is an unusual experience in some cinemas, but it is a trend


increasing across Scotland. The 40 minute film with its beatbox


soundtrack was commissioned by the British film Institute for DVD and


Blu-ray release. Taking it back home with live performance was resonating


with the film-makers and the fishing community themselves.


Let's get the weekend weather now, from Kirsteen.


Today has brought a mixture of sunshine and showers. Thank you for


this beautiful picture. Sunshine and showers theme continues into this


evening. Very gradually as we go through to night, the showers will


be confined to the north-west. Otherwise a lot of dry weather


developing with some clear spells around. For some parts of the


north-east for sheltered, rural areas, under clear skies,


temperatures made it to around six or seven. But the most part we held


up around ten, 13 degrees. Brits, South Westerly wind across the


Northern Isles. Into tomorrow, we started with showers across the


north-west, otherwise a lot of dry, bright weather. Fairly short lived


and we will see cloud increasing from the south in the morning,


accompanied by outbreaks of rain. By tomorrow afternoon persistent and at


times heavy rain across the likes of Dumfries Galloway, the Borders


area too. Generally tomorrow afternoon, cloudy with outbreaks of


rain and a chilly feel under the cloud and rain with highs of around


16 Celsius. Perhaps something drier and brighter for the north-east


coast, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross announced tomorrow afternoon,


with highs here of 18 or 19 and winds from the South will generally


be light to moderate. For hill walking and climbing tomorrow for


the North West and Rangers, there will be showers, but driver the


Cairngorms, the Angus hills. Temperatures on the top around


seven, nine Celsius and the winds will be 15 to 25 mph. For the more


southern Rangers, more rain to come in the afternoon, extensive hill fog


again. Celtic Southwest in ruins, 15 to 20 miles an hour. The evening in


Scotland, one batch of rain in the South clearing away, although


another batch of rain will move into the south-west and gradually across


the country during tomorrow night. However, by Sunday, and much drier,


brighter day in prospect, although this area of low pressure looming in


the Atlantic coming our way by Monday. For Sunday, any remaining


rain clears away during the morning to leave a fine day for most with


spells of brightness and sunshine. Just a few showers across the


Highlands and Borders. And with light winds in the sunshine, it will


feel quite pleasant. That's the forecast.


Now, a reminder of tonight's main news:


Nicola Sturgeon says she's starting what she's called


a "new conversation" on independence with the people of Scotland.


Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, accused her


Serving Royal Marine has been of the people in pursuit of her own


Serving Royal Marine has been charged with terrorism offences.


Kieran Maxwell is accused of storing ammunition and weapons England and


Northern Ireland. I'll be back with the headlines


at 8:00 and the late bulletin just I will bring you down if I ever


catch you up to something larcenous.


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