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Scotrail and the RMT agree on a deal to end the dispute over driver
The fight for the skies over the capital -
Edinburgh airport receives thousands of responses to a consultation
Also on the programme, Willie Rennie tells the Lib Dem
conference that the SNP and the Conservatives
are the terrible twins of British politics.
Rangers suspend Joey Barton for three weeks following
And going the extra mile - the runner who's about to tackle his
ScotRail says its reached agreement in principle with the RMT union
to end a dispute over driver only operated trains.
The company says it includes a guarantee that a conductor will be
kept as a second member of staff on new trains being
Here's Huw Williams with the latest.
This dispute has always been about who operates
The RMT said having a second member of staff working on a train is vital
But now Scotrail says the deal which has been agreed in principle
guarantees that that second person will be there.
It should mean an end to the industrial action
which disrputed some trains earlier in the year.
And in fact more strikes were planned, but they were suspended
earlier this month to allow talks to go ahead.
Scotrail has welcomed the development.
It says it'll make its services more efficient and effective.
The union says its officials will be reporting to the RMT
National executive tomorrow, where the proposals will be
It'll make its position clear after that.
But there'll need to be a ballot of union members to ratify the deal.
I think we can confidently predict that both sides will be claiming
Edinburgh airport says it has received thousands of responses
to its public consultation on changing flight paths.
The first phase ends today, a week later than planned
after the airport was forced to apologise after losing
Scotland's busiest airport is getting even more popular. Passenger
numbers are up 12% on this time last year. And it plans to expand. Just
the sort of news, owners of this West Lothian golf club want to hear.
Certainly the airport expansion will hopefully raise the profile of the
area and raise the profile of West Lothian, the more people we can draw
to the area and the more awareness we can raise our golf club and clubs
in the area, it can only be good. Edinburgh airport wants to get more
flights in but it also wants to increase the frequency of outbound
flights to one a minute and to do that, it says it wants to expand the
flight path it uses. This consultation gave the public they
say on proposed envelopes of air space that could be utilised. They
change the flight path... In some parts of the countryside like
blackness, local residents say the tranquillity has already
disappeared. We are fighting against a giant and we are a small group of
people, because of their oral area, there are not that many people
living here. It is like David and Goliath. One every two minutes, a
few thousand feet above you, the rattle in the air, it is very
unpleasant. The air space here was designed in the 1970s. Back then, it
handles around 1 million passengers a year and now it handles over 11
million. The modernisation programme has had a bumpy ride, a cancelled
flight path trial last week and an admission of lost data, but the
airport says it is listening. We have a chance to redesign the sky,
we could design routes that better balance our group with their
requirements as well and we can look to try and alleviate some of the
problems that are there through a variety of things, either
modernising the flight routes or using different routes at different
times. The airport says the results of this phase will inform their
designs, but no changes to air space of this phase will inform their
will take place before December, 2017.
The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has accused the SNP
and the Conservatives of campaiging on "fear, not hope" in his speech
Willie Rennie said the Lib Dems needed to be "progressive,
Our political correspondent David Porter is in Brighton.
They're not the party of government they were two years ago -
do the Lib Dems seem up for the fight?
No, they are not and I think that is part of the reason that the language
we are hearing from Willie Rennie. He is keen like other senior Liberal
Democrats to get a hearing for his views, over the last couple of
years, with the UK General Election and Holyrood elections, it is fair
to say that the Liberal Democrats are feeling pretty marginalised at
the moment. They only have one Scottish Liberal Democrat MP in
Westminster and five MS peas and to that end, Willie Rennie is saying
that his party will be progressive and outward looking and optimistic.
Willie Rennie is acutely aware that in political times, the only show in
town at the moment is Brexit and the reaction to that, hence the comments
he has been making today. He has accused both the SNP and the Tories
are trying to make party political advantage of that EU referendum,
almost three months ago now. It is a dismal scene that has been visited
upon us by the Conservatives and the SNP. Stalled investment, uncertain
future for EU citizens, divided families, split communities,
economic instability, tensions between the nations of the UK. This
is the work of the terrible twins of divisive politics.
And I believe the former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown
Yes he has, three months on sense that EU referendum, he has been
thinking about what it will mean for the UK and also Scotland and whether
it remains part of the UK. In his words, he believes that three months
on, the prospects for the union are in his words less dire than they
were directly after that referendum and he says that he believes that
any moves for a second independence referendum, Nicola Sturgeon will, in
his words, try to play things long, but he says that if Britain does not
stay part of the single market, he believes that that will strengthen
Nicola Sturgeon's hands in any call for a second referendum in Scotland.
Looking at what will happen in Westminster, he says depending on
the way the Brexit negotiations go, he thinks the Prime Minister could
be tempted to call an early UK General Election, perhaps as early
as May next year. Thank you. And we will be bringing you further
reports with the other Scottish political leaders
as their conferences happen over A report has found that some
of Glasgow's iconic Red Road flats withstood a blast demolition last
year because they were built An inquiry was ordered after two
of the blocks remained partially standing following
the operation last October. It said the contractor, Safedem,
had identified discrepancies between the construction records
and the size of the steel The report concluded that Safedem
had followed good practice and had been "reasonable"
to "err on the safe side". A massive transport ship
is preparing to head for Lewis to move the stricken oil rig
Transocean Winner. The heavy lifting vessel the Hawk
is due to transport the structure The rig ran aground on the island
last month after it broke It's been controversial from
the start but Aberdeen City Council has announced what it hopes to do
with the 500 year old Campaigners had been fighting
to save the historic building as a controversial office and retail
development is built around it. Now there are plans to create
a museum about the people Kevin Keane has been
given a guided tour. Quietly hunkering down in the middle
of this building site, Provost Skene House holes half a millennium of
history. Inside, little has changed since the builders moved in next
door, but plans are being hatched to create a new museum here, to the
Aberdonians who made their mark on the world. What we want to do is try
and turn it into a Who's Who from Aberdeen, people who went out into
the big world and made a huge difference and that can be through
science or through food or music, sport... It is about connecting the
relevance of them to people who live in Aberdeen and visit today. The
city 's affections for this building span the decades and centuries, the
late Queen mother visited in 1953 to mark a previous refurbishment. This
time almost ?2 million will be used to make it attractive to a
21st-century visitor. But there have been protests about the effect
Marshall Square will have on Provost Skene House as it nestles between
the tall structures. You use the word nestle and I would say the word
entombed. I think that this is not sympathetic. We have never had a
very good view of Provost Skene House since the 1960s, but it was
certainly not the density we are seen at the moment which really
distracts from the area. Plans are now being drawn up about which
Aberdeen notables will feature in these historic rooms and how the
16th and 21st-century 's can sit comfortably together. It does not
look great in the middle of a building site but will it look
impressive when it is finished? At will. We will have baronial gardens
around, I historical arch, you will be able to see on the ground floor,
glass buildings and the thing that will catch your eye, the gardens.
The aim is to have the refurbished museum finished and ready for when
the Square reopens in less than one year.
Accusations of homophobic language have been made after a satirical Rap
song was performed on Sunday at an Independence convention.
The all-female group Whatshirface impersonated female
Scottish political leaders - and one of them the Tory leader
This was the sketch that was performed at the Scottish
independence convention on Sunday, singers representing the female
political leaders of Scotland struck the stage, making political jokes
and innuendo. What has caused controversy is that the Ruth
Davidson character is introduced and was the term offensive? An MP was at
the event and call the hilarious social media but Annie Wells who is
also gay, disagreed and has written to her asking her to apologise.
There is no way, we are trying to educate and have inclusive
education, yet we have got a member of Parliament saying that that was
OK, it was hilarious and it was just satire. It certainly was not. Ruth
Davidson recently announced that she was engaged to her partner, Jennifer
Wilson, but she has made jokes about lesbians as well. The Labour and
Green Party also have gay leaders but Stonewall Scotland says
homophobic language can still be heard in the classrooms in Scotland
and workplaces. Not everyone thinks that language leads to
discrimination. There is a real problem that we have lost the
distinction between words and actions. There is a difference
between people saying things are cracking crude jokes and people
being violent and we should get back to
recognising there is a great difference and one does not directly
lead to the other. Joanna Cherry has issued a response to the criticism
saying, I thought the performance yesterday as a satirical comedy
sketch written by lesbian women and performed by lesbian women which
mark representatives of all political parties including the SNP.
In that context, I do not believe that was intended to be offensive,
but I do understand why some find it to be. She says she regrets the
offence that was caused and will continue to champion gay rights.
John McManus, reporting Scotland. You're watching BBC
Reporting Scotland. Scotrail and the RMT agree on a deal
to end the dispute over driver And still to come...Rangers suspend
Joey Barton for three weeks following a training
ground argument. A small number of children
from the Angus area have been quarantined in hospital
as investigations continue NHS Tayside says they're
being treated within a dedicated area of Ninewells
hospital in Dundee. Some of the children are confirmed
to have the infection while others The health board says it can't
disclose the number of cases A vigil will be held
outside the central mosque in Edinburgh following an attack
on the building yesterday. Police are investigating a hate
crime in which an object was thrown The vigil has been called
by Edinburgh United Against Fascism, and will feature speeches from local
councillors and a minute's Scottish Paralympians
are on their way home from Rio after helping to ensure these
Paralympics were a great success Paralympics GB surpassed their medal
tally from London 4 years ago and the Scots competing in the GB
team did likewise. Our reporter Jane
lewis joins us now. Thank you, the Paralympics came to
an end overnight with a closing ceremony at the Myra, stadium
marking the end of 11 days of action across 22 sports. Paralympics GB won
147 medals, including 64 goals -- The Paralympics in Rio came
to an end overnight, with the closing ceremony
at the Maracana Stadium, marking the end of 11 days
of action across 22 sports. Paralympics GB won 147 medals -
including 64 golds - making these Paralympics their most
successful since Seoul, 1988. And the Scots competing
for Paralympics GB played their part Scottish Para athletes won
17 medals - five Gold, eight Silver and fourBronze,
across five sports. Visually impaired sprinter
Libby Clegg had a great Games - she was crowned
a double-Paralympic Champion, while 16 year old Maria Lyle from
Dunbar won three medals and swimmer Andrew Mullen also bagged
a hat-trick of medals. While tennis player Gordon Reid won
Paralympic Gold in the singles Andy Murray has always been a big
inspiration of Reid's and that there is a photo of him from London,
from 2012, his gold medal, the last when you see just before you enter
the court. I glanced at that every day before I had a match. He
inspires me. He is an incredible athlete. A true professional. And
obviously comes from the same part of the world as me. It is amazing,
obviously comes from the same part what he did, a real honour for me to
be able to emulate his success on the court.
Scottish Paralympians are on their way home from Rio
after helping to ensure these Paralympics were a great success
Like Gordon Reid, the majority of the Scots on Paralymics GB
are on world class programmes run by UK Sport so were entitled
to a share of the funding from that body in the build up to Rio.
Over the 4 years leading to Rio - UK Sport invested just
over ?70 million pounds in to Paralympic Sports -
a forty three per cent rise in funding from the previous 4 year
Or as each of those athletes will receive a competition awards and
Dickie you put that together, it allows each of them to be full-time
athletes. Our job in Scotland is to produce that pathway to allow the
next generation of talent is to get into those programmes and we have
invested ?60 million in the same cycle to add to the UK total and
take things forward. Unlike UK Sport,
Sportscotland integrate that ?60 million funding
you heard mentioned there across Olympic
and Paralympics sports. They say after the success of both
Games in Rio from a Scottish point of view, the next step is to carry
out a review as they look to setting their funding
for the next four years. Thank you. And now for a look at
other stories across the country. MSPs are to challenge the government
about the... It comes as Scotland prepares to set up its own social
security framework and are taking on extra welfare powers from
Westminster. Restorers working on the reconstruction of the
fire-damaged Glasgow School of art have been given access to Charles
Rennie Mackintosh's original plans in their new home at the Kelvin
Hall. This in a document is proving vital for rebuilding work. We are
seeing them thinking out loud on these drawings. There are pencil
marks, crossings out, and we are seeing things that he thought about,
and maybe thought were not a good idea. For us it is essential because
we have to get under the skin of that man to understand exactly what
was in his head when he was designing that building. The stars
of the musical five guys named Moe have helped launch plans for
Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations. Attractions will be commented by new
additions in the West End and George Street. 10,000 free tickets will be
given to children for the ice rink, which is returning to St Andrews
Square. It is about what it says of the city at this time of year. We
are up there in terms of Christmas and Hogmanay, up there with London
and Rio de Janeiro. And we want to maintain that because we are proud
of it. The world's leading experts on canals are gathering in the east
this week. Delegates will discuss how canals can be used as a tool in
urban regeneration as well as the opportunities available for
sustainable tourism. The Countess of Wessex is cycling a 450 mile palace
to palace right, starting from Holyrood house to Buckingham Palace.
Prince Phillip and her husband, the Earl of Wessex, waved to the
Countess off as she began her bike ride in support of the 60th
anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
Rangers have suspended their footballer Joey
It follows a training ground dispute with his teammates
and his manager last week, and a meeting this morning at Ibrox.
The 34 year old came to Glasgow this summer,
in one of Scottish football's most high profile transfers.
Here's our senior football reporter, Chris McLaughlin.
The usual procession of sports cars at the Rangers training ground this
morning, but one was missing. A few miles south, Joey Barton was in a
meeting here to discuss his future after being told to stay away
following a heated training ground argument last week. Minutes after he
emerged, a club statement reading: that could be interesting in itself.
The midfielder releases a book on Thursday. The title, no nonsense. He
has a number of TV and radio commitments in the next 48 hours to
promote it. Ferguson! It's brilliant! More than likely the end
of the road, according to one former captain. Rangers probably knew what
they were getting with joy when they signed him. In terms of him being
suspended for three weeks, I am surprised at that. I don't know what
is going to happen after it. It looks to me that maybe his Rangers
career is over now. Mark Warburton bought a Joey Barton in the summer
to add experience but also to send a message out to Scottish football
that after years of turmoil here, Rangers could still attract the big
names. Some said it was a bold move, others that it was a gamble. No
matter who is right and who is wrong, weeks after arriving here,
Joey Barton's future at this club looks increasingly in doubt.
One of Scotland's Olympic gold medallists has had his
stolen medical files made public by hackers.
The cyclist Callum Skinner, who won gold and silver in Rio,
is among numerous athletes to have their records posted
It says he was granted an exemption to use the banned substance
There's no suggestion Skinner has been involved in any wrongdoing.
A man from Orkney is gearing up to tackle his 100th ultra marathon.
William Sishel, who's in his sixties, was inspired to take
up the sport after he found he had just too much left in the tank
If successful, he'll join a very small group of people worldwide
Meet the man who found a marathon simply too short. 20 years since his
first ultramarathon, this weekends William Sishel will be looking to
complete his hundredth. During that time he has tackled everything from
40 kilometres all the way up to the world's longest certified race, some
3100 miles. The oldest man ever to complete it, he put that down as his
biggest challenge to overcome. I went to areas where men had never
been before. The demands of the event, you have to start at 6am
every morning and finish at midnight. You can go home early if
you want but it leaves you less time to do the distance. It is on an open
street circuit in Queens in New York. It was noisy, and I was
homesick. This one here is from the world's hottest ultramarathon. 135
miles. Taking up the sport at 40, William has amassed 18 wins and 183
records. All from a space on the small -- a small island in Orkney.
This weekend, the fight is against the 24-hour road race in
Switzerland, a century insight. In total, William has run a staggering
20,000 miles in races. Add that to a further 57,000 in training and it is
the equivalent of going around the world three times. During that
period he has gone through 150 pairs of socks and 65 pairs of trainers.
Yet despite the fact he is approaching pensionable age, there
was no sign of retirement for the 62-year-old. Absolutely not. I don't
wake up every morning and look at my birth certificate. I am fighting fit
and loving every minute of it. Why would I want to retire I am doing
well at it. Now here's Graham Stewart
with details of Scotland 2016. The dream will never dies says Alex
Salmond but to years on from the referendum, are the prospects for
Scottish independence any brighter? Will we be asked to vote a second
time and if so, how soon? The debate is over on BBC Two at 10:30pm.
Now, a new list of names has been published by the met office.
It includes Penelope, Malcolm, Wilbert and Fleur,
and not forgetting Dorothy and Angus too.
They're the names to be used for storms when they happen this winter.
I notice my name is not there. They are all suggestions by members of
the public, actually. And they compiled these lists, and that is
what we have got for this winter. 11 named storms last winter. Thankfully
no signs of our first one yet. They are only named when the impact is
deemed severe enough. But you are right, now Christopher Aurora, but
there was a Jackie on there. It is pretty settled weather across the
country at the moment. Here is the satellite picture from earlier. The
cloud bubbling up through the course of the day. This was what we
cloud bubbling up through the course Ullapool, picture from a weather
watcher. Tonight it is dry and the cloud tends to melt away, to give
long, clear spells. The wind is generally light away from the West
Coast, with temperatures in towns or cities nine or 10 degrees. Tomorrow,
there is a weather front out in the Atlantic but it will stay there for
most. Another dry and bright day for many. Early mist patches will
quickly lift and cloud will bubble up during the course of the day.
Still bright or sunny spells to be had. By mid-afternoon, we are
looking at temperatures of 15 or 16 with light winds. For most, it is a
dry day with decent spells of sunshine on offer. The rest of the
afternoon, into the evening, and the showers in the North West will merge
to give a longer spell of rain. That is the start of the next system
arriving as we had overnight towards Wednesday. On the pressure charts,
we can see that rain edging its way in, giving us a spell of wet and
windy weather through the Hebrides come Wednesday. Elsewhere, dry and
British. Cloudier than today or tomorrow. -- dry and bright. Later,
that wet weather will dry inland, bringing a spell of rain for all. It
will be gone by Thursday to bring a dry and bright day. Breezy from the
south with a number of showers in the West. Looking ahead towards the
end of the week, weather systems arriving off the Atlantic. An
unsettled scene. Breezy and windy at times. Also, quite wet as we start
the weekend. That is the forecast. I'll be back with the headlines at 8
and the late bulletin just
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