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Nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who survived ebola, is cleared
of all charges of misconduct over claims she'd hidden
She is delighted the panel has made a decision that she has no case to
answer. Also on the programme,
The First Minister says Scottish interests must be embedded
in the plans to negotiate Brexit. The unemployment rate in Scotland
has fallen below the UK level. The Scots sniper fighting
with the Kurds on the front And Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
says he's not embarrassed by the club's 7-0
defeat to Barcelona. The nurse, Pauline Cafferkey,
who contracted ebola while working in Sierra Leone, has been cleared
of misconduct over her return It had been claimed she allowed
an incorrect temperature to be recorded during the screening
process at Heathrow airport. But today a disciplinary panel
of the nursing and midwifery council in Edinburgh dismissed the charges
after hearing she'd been Public Health England, who raised
the complaint, have said they support the judgment.
Pauline Cafferkey looked visibly relieved as the disciplinary panel
cleared her of all charges. Her lawyer spoke of the effect the
prolonged investigation has had on her health. She would never have
knowingly put anyone in danger. Pauline was lucky to survive. Since
her return from Sierra Leone she has continued to suffer from ill-health.
The NMC disciplinary process has been upsetting and stressful for
Pauline, however, she was delighted the panel made the case she has no
case to answer. It has been almost two years since Pauline Cafferkey
left for Sierra Leone, working on the front line of the fight against
Ebola. One former patient recalls how she saved his life. She was a
kind lady. She gave advice and we listened to her and her colleagues.
And because of that we survived. Pauline Cafferkey was exhausted when
she arrived at Heathrow. The screening area managed by Public
Health England was chaotic and understaffed. What happened here is
key to this case. The panel here heard that in the chaos at Heathrow
that night some members of Pauline Cafferkey's team decided to take
their own temperatures. Although hers was high, she allowed somebody
in her group to record it as normal so they could pass through
screening. She heard that person say, let's get out of here. Ms
Cafferkey did then disclose her high temperature to start. Even then the
stakes were made. Hours later she was critically ill. The misconduct
committee ruled it would have been inconceivable a nurse of their
experience would have left the area without mentioning her temperature
so why was she put through this ordeal? I think what's clear today,
I have not apologised, in answer to your question, what's clear today is
very much what the panel said. Our overriding duty is to protect the
public and maintain confidence in the profession. There was support
for her at the practice where she hopes to return. She devoted herself
to do the fairly selfless work. It just seemed just. Fairly happy, yes.
It's high time she was back, yeah. Pauline Cafferkey wanted only to
help others. She risked her own life for that. She will hope today's
outcome will be the final hurdle in her long road to recovery.
The First Minister says Scottish interests must be embedded in plans
to negotiate Britain's departure from the European union.
Nicola Sturgeons was giving evidence to Holyrood's European Committee.
This from our political editor Brian Taylor.
Three parliaments today. In Strasbourg, Westminster and
Holyrood. One topic, Brexit. In Strasbourg, Jean-Claude Juncker
urged European integration including a new military headquarters. He
warned the departing UK could not expect to stay in the single trade
market without also allowing free movement of labour. TRANSLATION:
Only those can have unlimited access to the single market that accent
there will be free access for labour and goods. There can be no a la
carte access to the single market. But what's on the Westminster menu,
a la carte or otherwise? The SNP's Angus Roberts and urged the Prime
Minister to specify her name is post-Brexit. Again she sidestepped.
Is the Prime Minister in favour of protecting Visa free travel, yes or
no? There was a very clear message from the British people at the time
of the referendum vote on June 23, that they wanted to see an end to
free movement as it operated. They want to see control of movement of
people from the European Union into the UK and that's what we will
deliver. At Holyrood, the First Minister faced questions. She
reminded them and voters that Brexit hadn't happened yet and in her view
by far the West was yet to come -- the worst was yet to come. Nobody is
doing anybody any favours by suggesting we are through the worst,
we have not even started this process yet. The potential of a lost
decade for the UK should make us sit up and take notice and in Scotland
it should make us think very carefully about whether there are
better alternatives than accepting we just have to be part of that. She
castigated the UK Government for failing to clarify the consequences
of Brexit three months on from the referendum. She said it was:
gobsmacking, to use non-Parliamentary language. Later
the Scotland Brexit minister urged all MSP is to back full membership
of the single market. The Tories stressed any Scottish aspirations
must be agreed with the UK Government. And a Brexit meeting in
London tomorrow? Yes, we are expecting Mike Russell to meet David
Davis who is the UK minister responsible for enabling or
facilitating Brexit. And one thing I think they will be discussing, the
process, the terms of engagement between the UK and the Scottish
Government. One thing Mike Russell will be keen to remind Mr Davies of
is that in key European areas like fisheries and farming, that these
are devolved responsibilities. Mike Russell calls it distributed
democracy. Trying to stress the place of the Scottish Government
within these talks. And sure that it will become central tomorrow, I'm
sure it will be polite. Ultimately there could be tension down the road
because I think that UK ministers with regard to Scotland are keen to
consult, I'm not sure they will be so eager to embed. Thank you.
The unemployment rate in Scotland has fallen below the UK level
and the number of people seeking work between May and July was
Meanwhile the number in work was also up.
Not much sign of a Brexit meltdown there.
Our business and economy editor, Douglas Fraser, is here with more.
There's been lots of business gloom about the economic impact
of that referendum result, but it's not backed up by these figures.
The number of Scots seeking work down 29,000 to 130,000.
That takes the unemployment rate to 4.7%, a low rate,
and it's below the 4.9% rate in early summer
The number of Scots in work: up by 51,000, a record
There may have been a data quirk earlier this year,
when survey numbers were much weaker.
But underlying this is a shift to more self-employment -
that's been almost all the jobs growth in Scotland over
And while the number of those in work has
risen over the past year, the number who are so-called
'economically inactive' - choosing not to work,
for various reasons - has risen by much the same
Often it's down to lifestyle choices. Lots of households these
days have more than one earner. So people can flex the number of people
with jobs in their household as circumstances can change. It may be
the type of work they are looking for simply isn't available at the
moment. Does this tell us anything
about the economic impact of But that's what's on the mind
of politicians concerned about future job numbers -
one of them today visiting Standard Life, a big
Edinburgh employer. We see from different places,
pension funds and others, concerns about future investment levels,
concerns over confidence. As these figures demonstrate we have been
building up to, I think, are very resilient economy in terms of
employment, but those things do represent danger. It's up to us to
make sure we mitigate any effect of Brexit. No question we'd be in a far
better position if we did not have the uncertainty that Brexit
represents. Part of the weakness in the jobs
market has been the downturn More evidence of that today,
with official figures showing a rise last year in output from under
Scotland's seabed: up 21% to 70 million tonnes,
ending a long run of decline, That's due to lots of investment,
peaking two years ago. But that's when the price plummeted,
so the value of that oil and gas Also news from the
shopkeepers today, with retail sales down more than 2
per cent last month. They can't blame the weather,
but non-food shop sales down by more, clothing
and shoes in particular. Analysts wondering if shopping
habits have changed for keeps, or if the summer fashion collections
were just a bit uninspired. A former Scottish soldier fighting
the so-called Islamic State in Northern Iraq has told the BBC
he wishes he'd gone there sooner. Alan Duncan left Scotland to fight
alongside the Peshmerga in He doesn't want it known exactly
where in Scotland he's from because of fears
for his family's safety. On the front line against so-called
Islamic State. These are Kurdish soldiers trying to drive back IS.
But among them, a Scot. Sniper Alan Duncan. I was fed up of watching the
world doing nothing, and I can help in a very small way. I'm nothing
here. The peshmerga are the ones. This is what IS has left behind as
they flee and advancing Iraqi army, burning oil wells. Shattered lives.
Children haunted by horrors they witnessed. These were enough to join
a war in a foreign land for one foreign soldier. The next step would
be nothing to what we would see, so this is the West's fight. The
peshmerga don't just fight for themselves. This area here is
Christian villages. These people are fighting and dying to take these
Christian villages. These people are villages back. They want people to
move back safely into their homes, no matter what your faith. They
don't care about faith. It is about humanity, this is humanity's fight.
And what of those he's fighting? Nothing, these people are nothing.
It is training, but also knowing what Daesh is, what they represent,
what they do. UK authorities have urged people not to join the
conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Alan Duncan, though, has only one regret.
That I didn't come sooner. You're watching BBC
Reporting Scotland. Nurse Pauline Cafferkey,
who survived ebola, is cleared of all charges of misconduct
over claims she'd hidden She feared she wouldn't make it to
Rio, but Scottish sprinter Libby Clegg is now the double Olympic
champion. Andy Murray says he's delighted
to be back in Glasgow, playing in an atmosphere
he describes as the best The Olympic and Wimbledon champion,
alongside big brother Jamie, are the backbone of
the British Davis Cup team. He's always in demand on trips back
home. Now more than ever. Practice pays off. He's one win then and
Olympic gold in what he describes as the best year of his career. Now
it's time to give back. Obviously unhappy to back. Obviously a lot of
good memories from this place -- obviously I'm happy to be back. Good
times here, big wins, amazing atmosphere. Probably the best
atmosphere you could play in the ever. Andy Murray is back in
Scotland after a terrific year not just for him but for big brother
Jamie, too. The Murray family trophy cabinet now boasts six grand slam
titles between them, two Olympic gold medals, and of course a Davis
Cup. I wanted to try to do as best I can in my career and make sure that
when I finish I could look back with no regrets. To come from a small
town, don blame, to be able to come through there is just brilliant, and
brilliant for the sport because it shows it can happen. It takes a lot
of work and dedication but it can happen. His success is inspiring
others. We all look up to him, a role model. He's really inspiring
for us because we see how hard it is to achieve what he has achieved. We
want to be like him when we are older, to get to that level.
Annoyingly his skills are not confined to the tennis court. This
is Andy Murray scoring and five-a-side the other day. Playing
on one of the five-a-side pictures the other day and I have not played
five-a-side football for it must be about two years now. That was the
first game we played, ten minutes each way. I've not lost it. If he's
that accurate this weekend, Argentina are in trouble.
NHS Tayside is investigating a number of linked cases of E. Coli
involving a small number of children in Angus. Possible sources are being
looked at. A playgroup has voluntarily closed well this
continues. The bug can cause stomach pain, fever and nausea.
Documents have been found that belonged to a Church of Scotland
missionary who died at the Auschwitz concentration camp, have been found.
Jane Haining is the only Scot to be officially honoured
for giving her life to help Jews in the Holocaust.
This was very exciting to open up the box and find this envelope with
Jane Haining's last will and testament too.
Her handwritten will meticulously lists what is to happen
The wireless to remain part of the home.
In 1932, she left her home to be a Church of
Scotland missionary in Budapest, working with Jewish children.
As the Nazis swept through Europe, the
church urged her to come home, but she refused, saying that
In 1944, she was arrested on suspicion of espionage.
Importantly, a typed up a report from the Bishop of the reformed
Church in Hungary... This discovery sheds
more light on her final Trying to get Jane out of the prison
before she was then moved She was so committed
to being in Hungary and so part of the Hungarian
people that she declared, I would stick to my
post no matter what. She died in Auschwitz
later that year. We have seen over
the last 12 months in particular, migrants
crossing into Hungary. The response of the Church,
especially Saint Columba 's Church in Budapest, to offer education,
accommodation and supporters of the It really connects us to some
of the work that Jane Haining These items are being placed
in the National library of Scotland, to ensure the memory
of Jane Haining lives on. A look at other stories across the
country. The operation to move
the Transocean Winner rig which ran aground last month on the west coast
of Lewis, will begin next week. The rig is now anchored
on the isle's east coast. A public meeting in Stornoway last
night, heard that the rig will be piggy-backed onto a heavy lifting
ship and transported to Turkey, A lot of preparation is to be done.
We are very minded of the weather but we will not take any chances. We
will make sure we are ready and do the operation as soon as possible.
A transport group has warned that congestion in Glasgow is behind
an increase in bus journey times and an alarming drop
Greener Journeys concluded that bus speeds in Glasgow were falling
faster than anywhere else in the UK, and services could be threatened
Bus operator, First Glasgow, has now called for action
A site on the shores of Loch Lomond could be turned into a
leisure resort, after Flamingo Land Limited
was appointed the preferred developer.
Plans for the 20 hectare site at West Riverside in Balloch -
which is within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park -
include lodges, a hotel and glamping pods, as well as family
An independent inquiry has backed plans for parking permits in areas
around the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Glasgow City Council proposed annual parking permits in a bid
Despite objections, an inquiry backed the principle,
setting the charges at ?15 for residents and ?210
for businesses - less than a third of the cost originally proposed.
70 individually designed sculptures of "Oor Wullie" have
fetched almost ?900,000 at a charity auction.
They were part of the comic strip character's Bucket Trail,
which saw 55 of the sculptures displayed across Dundee, with
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says there was no embarrassment
in losing 7-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League last night.
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as the Spanish giants demolished
So where does it leave the Scottish champions?
Today's newspapers reflecting on Celtic's misery, but also looking
back at a Barcelona masterclass. It was a sobering night Scottish
football. The country's best completely outplayed and ultimately
taught a footballing lesson. Celtic wanted it to be over long before the
seventh went in. It was a long, long night in the Nou Camp. For our
players, this is a competition that is going to be a brilliant learning
season for us in the Champions League. Tonight is one of those
tough nights you take at this level. As I said, there can be no
embarrassment because they do that too much better teams than
ourselves. The lesson started early. Lionel Messi got them going. He
linked up with Neymar for the second. But it was after the break
that most of the damage was done. Cut the goalkeeper have done
anything better with a Neymar free kick? The fourth from Iniesta was
unstoppable. It was a Messi hat-trick before the hour. And Luis
Suarez swivelled to score the sixth look simple. Celtic Captain Scott
brand called it unacceptable. This graph shows the goal margins between
the teams since they first met in European competition. Above the
line, a couple of narrow Celtic wins. There have been some massive
defeats. 7-0 is difficult. There is no question there will be talking
about it today. The best thing is to get back out on the training pitch,
get back into the league campaign and get a result. It was Celtic's
worst ever European result. The man who helped to inflict the damage
laying bare ankles in quality that should come for no surprise. But for
Celtic and Scottish football it stings nonetheless.
The decision to hold the next Old Firm match on Hogmanay has been
The Scottish Police Federation have called the decision "insanity",
and MSP Brian Whittle, the Scottish Conservatives'
sport spokesman, described it as "baffling".
Police Scotland have defended the decision saying it was reached
after discussions between police, football authorities
and the broadcasters, believing to be the best option
to minimise the wider community impact.
Double Paralympic champion Libby Clegg admits she never imagined
she'd make the Rio Games, let alone win two gold medals.
The Scottish sprinter completed a memorable double after she won
the 200 metres, four days after taking the 100 metres title.
Jane Lewis has more on Clegg's remarkable achievement.
And emotional night and little wonder. Already the 100 metres
champion, now the 200 metres champion. Her second Paralympic
final in Rio. Yet she feared she would not make these games after
missing the European and world Championships. She was in danger of
missing out and selection. Throw into the makes a change of coach and
guide, not to mention her deteriorating eyesight, which
resulted in reclassification. But she dealt with all of that and how.
Libby Clegg sprinting towards the line takes the gold for Great
Britain! I'm a bit shell-shocked. I could never have imagined this. I
wasn't sure if I would make an on the team. To be here is absolutely,
a dream come true. The Scottish sprinter has certainly had a
Paralympics to remember, adding to her medal haul. Her gold medals in
Rio follow a silver from London 2012, to go along with the silver
she won in Beijing in 2008. She also has five world championship and two
European medals to her name, as well as Commonwealth gold from Glasgow
2014. They make a noise. They are quite cool. They are a little bit
different. Two symbols of her remarkable achievement.
It grew out of the London Paralympics, but now a festival
celebrating the work of disabled artists is to make
The Unlimited Festival showcases art, music and dance,
with many of the best known performers working
Our arts correspondent Pauline McLean reports.
Clare Cunningham started out as a singer, but she is now better
She isn't limited by her use of crutches
and most of her work they are centre stage.
It is a duet and also in collaboration with a philosopher.
Looking at the subject of perception, one of
And yeah, it's looking at the idea of how we
perceive the world around us and how we are perceived within the world.
Raise your hands above your head, please.
It is one of a number of shows being staged as part of the Unlimited
Festival. Originally created alongside
the London Paralympics, a chance
to celebrate artistic achievements as well
as sporting ones. Scottish artists have
had a big showing. They went to London,
showed the work, and so many of those artists have now toured
the world with the work Work like a collaboration between
Scotland and Brazil which grew out of the first festival and has now
been premiered at this. At the moment it is important for it
to be seen on the main stages. This is a great opportunity for artists
to get their work seen online -- limescale venues.
For audiences, it's a chance to see brand-new work
For would-be performers, some inspiration to
Pretty gloomy today. There was some sunshine today in the south-west,
where we had warm sunshine. 21 degrees in Stranraer. Where we had
the clout it was rather cool. Tonight is largely dry, cloudy once
again. Quite mild. And also quite murky. Some wet weather across the
Western Isles and the Northern Isles. That should clear away. A few
showers towards Argyll. Mr and Mark around North Sea coast is extending
its way inland overnight. It is going to be a mild night.
Temperatures in the towns and cities in the mid teens. High teams in the
south-west. To start the day tomorrow it is dry but cloudy.
Fairly murky. Some outbreaks of rain around the west Coast and the
Hebrides. For much of the mainland, after a cloudy start, the cloud
should thin and break. Spells of sunshine. It will be pleasantly
warm. Further north, Highland Perthshire into Speyside, around
Inverness, 24, 20 five Celsius. It will be cooler. Still some rain for
the Hebrides. Fairly misty and murky for Orkney and Shetland. Through the
rest of the afternoon into the evening, the wet weather gets its
rest of the afternoon into the act together. It shuttles its way
further east as we head overnight towards Friday. It sounds fairly
intense at times. At the same time we have got a number of heavy
downpours pushing up from England. That means there is a recipe for a
lively start to the day for eastern Scotland on Friday morning. That
weather clearing away. Bright and breezy elsewhere. It is fresher.
Those bright and breezy conditions still with us for the first half of
the weekend. Saturday not too bad. Turning wet in the north-west later.
Now, a reminder of tonight's main news.
The nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted
Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, has been cleared of misconduct
over her return to the UK suffering from the virus.
It had been claimed she allowed an incorrect temperature to be
recorded during screening pat Heathrow airport.
Until then, from everyone on the team,