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The Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry has been charged
The first shipment of shale gas to the UK
arrives at Grangemouth but can't dock because
These people are queuing to get on the patients'
I will say that they are very non-compassionate. All the trying to
do is register. What are we supposed to do?
We look at the impact of Scotland's GP crisis.
Also on the programme, the Queen visits Ballater to see how
it's recovering from the severe floods earlier this year.
And the Olympic champion Callum Skinner says he's
released his medical records to prove he's a clean athlete.
Police have charged the Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry
Ms McGarry has been under investigation after the Women
for Independence campaign group reported discrepancies
The MP stood down from the SNP group at Westminster last year but always
A report will now go to the Procurator Fiscal.
Our political editor Brian Taylor has more details.
Natalie McGarry, Scottish National party, 24,000... Cheering. Triumph,
Natalie McGarry ousted Margaret Curran of Labour in Glasgow East at
the UK general election. It was part of a clean sweep for the SNP in
the UK general election. It was part Glasgow. Natalie McGarry was at
Nicola Sturgeon's side to celebrate that success. And the sense of
uplift continued when McGarry made her maiden speech in the House of
Commons. I am privileged to be here, serving the people of Glasgow East.
I was swept here on a tide of optimism. That tide seemed to turn
when concerns were raised about funding within the campaign group
Women for Independence. Natalie McGarry was a leading member. As
Women for Independence. Natalie those concerns emerged, Miss McGarry
resigned the whip in December last year, determined, she said, to clear
her name. Although no longer part of the SNP she has remained the Glasgow
East MP. She even more her wedding dress for a Commons photo shoot of
female MPs after having her marriage blessed in a historic chapel at
Westminster. Enquiries continued and her solicitor said his client
attended the police station this morning on a voluntary basis. He
said following an interview the MP was charged with several alleged
offences including embezzlement of funds, breach of trust, and an
offence under the Scottish independence referendum act 2013.
That is the statute which set out the rules for the referendum of
2014. It is understood the charges against Natalie McGarry relate both
to women for independence and to the SNP Glasgow regional Association.
From the outset the MP has stressed her innocence.
The first shipment of shale gas has arrived in Scotland from the USA.
It was destined for the Ineos refinery at Grangemouth,
but the tanker carrying it was unable to dock
The company says the shale gas, produced using the controversial
fracking technique, will replace dwindling North Sea supplies.
Fracking isn't currently taking place in Scotland,
while studies take place to examine the potential impact of the process.
Environmental groups are criticising the shipment.
Here's our environment correspondent, Kevin Keane.
A new dawn breaks over the North Sea. And a traditional water solute
welcomes the first shipment of shale gas to the UK. On the tip of the
bow, a lone piper heralds the arrival of this controversial
delivery. The petrochemical giant receiving it says it is necessary
for jobs. It's cost effective today, and looking forward it will take
some time to develop the shale gas industry in the UK. When that comes
that's going to be a benefit. In the meantime we will secure jobs to get
the business running. Ships come and go along the Firth of Forth but this
one was always going to attract attention. And this is the iconic
scene it's all about. 27,500 cubic metres of shale gas about to
disappear under the Forth Bridge on its way to Grangemouth. The
controversial shipment was meant to arrive at the quayside with a
fanfare, but high winds meant it didn't stop. When it's finally
off-loaded, the eating will be fed into the many miles of pipes here,
ultimately coming out as small plastic pellets Manufacturing. A
Scottish minister was there to greet the sheet -- no Scottish minister
was there to greet the chip today, they are keeping their distance
while the policy on fracking is considered. It is important that we
have a moratorium in place while we in Scotland understand the science
behind the proposed technology. It's not for the UK Government to tell
the Scottish Government what to do on this issue. We are clear on our
policy position in the rest of the UK. We believe there is significant
economic benefit that can come from fracking, but in Scotland it is a
matter for the Scottish Government. In the States shale gas has boosted
the economy but not without controversy. Seismic tremors and
water pollution among the issues some have felt. No fracking! No
fracking! Here protesters gathered, albeit in small numbers, to reflect
those concerns. The impacts of fracking are devastating wherever it
happens, and the refrain of the global anti-fracking movement is not
here, not anywhere. For now the shale gas ship remains anchored in
the first. It will make a fresh attempt to dog on tonight's high
tide. More than quarter of the jobs
supported by Britain's oil and gas That's according to
the industry's own figures. With the sharp fall in the price
of oil, spending and new investment So that's left the question,
will the North Sea industry be ready to grow again when this
downturn is over? Here's our business and economy
editor, Douglas Fraser. The past two years have brought
a big financial storm With the oil price well under half
of its level until 2014, firms have The cost of producing the average
barrel of oil is down The numbers directly employed have
fallen from 42,000 to 34,000 - four in every five of them
based in Scotland. But it's the supply chain and those
who benefit from its spending that The total number supported
by the oil and gas industry down from 450,000 two years ago,
to 330,000 this year - nearly two out of every five
of that total in Scotland. Those lower costs should
help to make more projects But firms are reducing the number
of projects in their business plans. And exploration is down to only six
wells sunk so far this year. So for every barrel newly
discovered, four are being extracted If you don't have the investment,
you don't have the exploration, you don't have to development, it
obviously leads into a drop in production in coming years. So we
think we'll see production continuing to go up because of
previous investment and efficiency improvements but it's the question
of what then after those years, we've gone through those years.
Just before the oil price plummeted, the offshore industry was seeing
As a result of that, we're now seeing output rise, a bit.
That's after steep falls from the peak, 16 years ago.
That's expected to level off soon and to fall unless those stranded
reserves are brought on-stream and new fields are found.
As for the tax take, ?330 billion has been paid to the UK
But because there's now very little profit, the tax on profits
Scottish Labour is to get new powers to set its own policy and send
a representative to the party's UK Executive.
The measures were agreed at the party's conference
in Liverpool, despite claims part of the package was undemocratic.
From Liverpool, here's our political correspondent Nick Eardley.
A vote she hopes will help Scottish Labour on the road to recovery. But
a victory that didn't come easy. One that brought the party's power
struggle to the fore. After days of wrangling, a final heated row over
whether Mr Dale should get a seat on the UK executive. The package going
forth will gerrymander the NEC and allow for the decision made at the
weekend to be vetoed. That contested by Ms Dugdale's allies. An
opportunity to close the door on our allies who make the accusation that
Scottish Labour cannot talk for Scotland. A challenge that
ultimately ended in failure. Resolution one on NEC will changes
was carried. This is about more than who has a say on which body within
the Labour Party. The Scottish party spent years trying to fend off
claims that it's controlled by London. And after days of wrangling
here in Liverpool, this is a victory for cosier Dugdale. She's got the
autonomy she craves and she has more of a say on what happens UK wide. It
delighted Ms Dugdale says she'll take the seat on the executive
herself. It's the biggest change to how the Labour Party organises
itself in a generation and it's been a long time coming. How do you
persuade the country to vote for you? I understand to a lot of people
this might seem like nasal gave in, internal to the Labour Party, but it
is clear that the Labour Party speaks up for Scotland and put
Scotland's first. Tomorrow this man will be beating the drum for his
policies, but how closely will that be echoed by the Scottish party?
A bin lorry driver has admitted causing the death of an 80-year-old
Scott Hamilton reversed a Stirling Council recycling lorry
into a mobility scooter used by Peter Wills.
At the High Court in Stirling, the 44-year-old was banned
from driving immediately and will be sentenced in October.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment.
Do we have a crisis in keeping doctors in general practice?
It's a question Holyrood's Health and Sport Committee
Since June 2014, more than 100 GPs have left the service.
That's left more than one in four practices with vacancies for GPs.
Doctors say spending on GP services has fallen over the past ten years
Well, the Health Secretary set out to MSPs her vision
Our social affairs correspondent Reevel Alderson has been
It Tuesday this GP surgery in Edinburgh offers a handful of places
on its patient list. Each week dozens are turned away. I think it's
quite degrading a wee bit, making people have to queue to sign up.
When really you should be able to walk in when you want to register.
It's the third unsuccessful attempt to join the practice for this
partially sighted woman. I will say they are very uncompassionate. All
we are trying to is register. What are we supposed to do? So is it a GP
crisis? Doctors leaders say the shortage of GPs is affecting the
wider NHS. It will mean more pressure on hospital services,
particularly accident and emergency. It means it's increasingly difficult
for patients to register with practice. We are beginning to see a
situation where lack of GPs mean there may not be a GP available
outside of hours. The Royal College of General practitioners has
launched a campaign to persuade more medical students like these at
Aberdeen University to join the medical students like these at
profession, emphasising its not second-best to working in hospital.
I don't really know what it is about community medicine, it's something
you have to be passionate about to want to do. I suppose you'd probably
get to know your patients are a lot better in community medicine but I
don't know. I liked the idea that you get to do a bit of everything
and build a community, build up a relationship with your patients,
follow progress. People, families, stuff like that. The GP crisis is
especially Knute Imro areas like Shetland. Here patients can be seen
by an advanced nurse practitioner who can diagnose, prescribe and
treat them without them seeing a surgery. It cuts down my costs,
obviously, and probably, I would think, cuts down on the National
Health Service costs. Because Chris, our community nurse, can come along
and check me at his convenience and our community nurse, can come along
mind. It's part of a new approach to government has developed to free up
GP time which is also seen as beneficial for patients. It's about
the choice and a better environment to be seen in. I see the patients in
their own homes which is a safe and friendly environment. The other
option is for them to go and visit their GPs. If we see them in their
own home it frees up GP time. It is all about cost and feasibility.
Nurses, pharmacists and other specialists are being recruited to
work in GP practices, which the government says is part of an
increased investment in primary care.
You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.
Police have charged the Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry
And still to come, Celtic's Champions League opponents
Manchester City limber up ahead of tomorrow's match.
The Queen has been meeting people in the Aberdeenshire town
of Ballater whose homes and businesses were hit by severe
Our reporter Andrew Anderson is in the town tonight.
Can tell you it's a blustery old night here in Ballater, but nothing
like it was when Storm Frank hit here back in December. That will
live long in the memory of many people here, memories they've been
sharing today with the Queen. A neighbour has come to call by
Royal Appointment. First stop, the Ballater butchers, one of the
businesses badly hit by last December's storm. The Queen listened
intently. Many in this town have stories to tell of the day the
waters came taking their homes and businesses. We were flooded out. We
were closed ford 13 weeks. As other businesses go, 13 weeks was a short
period of time. We pushed hard to get up and running again. The Queen
met the owners of a gift shop, they had only opened weeks before the
floodwaters came. We had only opened weeks before the
back to the roof and rebuild it. She was interested to hear about that
back to the roof and rebuild it. She and the process we went through to
do that. She went on to ask about how the business was trading now.
Had the visitors been coming to see Ballater and visit the shop. The
homes and businesses were devastated when the River Dee burst its banks,
Storm Frank won't are forgotten here for a while. The community rallied
around, everyone lending a hand. As winter approaches, images like this
will be playing on the mind of some in this community. Where the Queen
walked today, braving a chilly autumnal wind, was under several
feet of water in the days after Christmas last year. A short
distance away they are building up the defences to help protect
Ballater in years to come. This is where the nightmare had begun. The
town's golf course. It's been a long road back for them, too. We had a
Task Force put together quickly from the members. They appeared every
morning with barrels, rakes, everything, chainsaws and set about
the task of clearing up the mess. The Queen met representatives from
the emergency services and the The Queen met representatives from
council who played their part in protecting property and, more
importantly, lives. Elected residents of Ballater will be hoping
Christmas is quieter this year. Ballater was one of a number of
communities across Scotland that found themselves flooded out at the
turn of the year. We are being warned to expect more weather like
that in the years ahead. A Committee on Climate Change today called on
the Scottish Government to urgently review how well prepared the country
is for extreme weather. The Government's response is that it has
ambitions plans in place to ensure Scotland is protected from flooding
in the years ahead. Thank you very much.
The sister of a man accused of the murder of a restaurant worker
in North Lanarkshire almost 20 years ago has told the High Court
in Glasgow that he claimed to have got away with "the perfect murder".
Margaret Chisholm was giving evidence at the trial
He denies fatally stabbing Surgit Singh Chhokar in Overtown,
in North Lanarkshire, in November 1998.
The father of a vulnerable 16-year-old boy who went missing
from his home in Clydebank has made a direct appeal
Scott Diver hasn't been seen since the 17th of September
If you see this, please get in touch. You are in the in trouble. We
want to know you are OK and have you home safe. All your family ares ming
you especially your dad and family from Isle of Man. I ask anyone who
might be helping him to stay safe away from home will remind you he
does require medication. A look now at other stories
from across the country. Fears have been expressed
about the future of the Highland's main development agency,
Highlands and Islands Enterprise. There's speculation
the organisation's role is to be reviewed and that it could be merged
with Scottish Enterprise It's a bad idea. I don't think
centralisation works in every situation. We have fought for local
jobs and initiatives. I think it would be a mistake going back having
a faceless bureaucratic body. The maker of Irn Bru,
AG Barr, is shedding a tenth of its workforce as it
re-structures its business. The Cumbernauld-based drinks-maker
suffered a fall in revenue They say they faced tough
competition from rivals and poor weather in the early
summer subdued sales. Police investigating the murder
of the Aberdeenshire pensioner, Brian McKandie, say they've had
an "encouraging" response The 67-year-old was beaten to death
in a brutal attack at his home Detectives say they've been given
"a number of lines Almost half of Scots say
they're not religious. Figures from the Scottish
Household Survey - which provides a snapshot
of life in Scotland - show a 10% increase in the number
of people who report not having An animal welfare charity says up
to 4% of stray and abandoned dogs The Dogs Trust is urging owners
to ensure they keep details The annual 'Kirking of the Court'
ceremony has taken The procession of judges and Law
Lords from the Court of Session to St Giles Cathedral
marks the official start The Olympic champion,
Callum Skinner, says he has released his medical records
to prove he's a clean athlete. The Edinburgh cyclist has been
talking about his frustration after his medical files
were made public by hackers. Speaking to BBC Scotland,
in his first broadcast interview since events unfolded two weeks ago,
he says he has nothing COMMENTATOR: The Olympic Champion,
again, Callum Inner brings it home for Britain. He is now having to
explain himself. This is why. The 24-year-old had his medical data
stolen from Wada, the world Anti-Doping Agency, by a group of
Russian hackers calling themselves the Fancy K bears. They published
documents showing he had taken banned substances on two occasions,
but with permission. For me, who has a chronic condition like asthma, it
is means occasionally you have to take medication for the benefit of
your health. These certificates aren't signed off by a team doctor,
it's a collaboration between the team doctor and the governing
bodies. So your team doctor recommends medication and it's
signed off by two independent doctors. The TUE mentioned allow
athletes to use a substance on the banned list for medical reasons.
Skinner released his own set of medical records highlighting the
treatment he received from a young age for his asthma. I understand
where the sceptics are coming from. It went out with people willing to
interpret it as they wish. I'm just having an opportunity to present it
in the way that I want to present it and hopefully people will see
medication was required. It was reasonable and a history of it in
the past with the NHS. He will be hoping those leaked details are also
now in the past. Jane Lewis, Reporting Scotland.
The Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers, has revealed that Craig Gordon
will start in goal in tomorrow night's Champions League qualifier
Celtic will be determined to put on a better show after their 7-0
defeat away to Barcelona in the first Group game.
Here's our senior football reporter, Chris McLaughlin.
The they day before a huge game and a manager with a lottenen os had
yous mind. No goal keeping dilemma though. This goal for Kilmarnock at
the weekend did little to damage Celtic, who scored six in reply. It
injured the manager's number one. He isn't 100% obviously after the
weekend. He has trained and worked with the team. There is no need for
us to take any risk in a game like here when I've got an outstanding
goalkeeper beside him. Craig will play. He will play in a side looking
to make amends for a 7-0 thrashing in Spain two weeks ago. We have to
get that out of mind early doors. Believe that we are good enough to
be in the competition. Good enough to get something at home, especially
in front of those fans when they are supporting us. It's incredible, to
be perfectly honest, in Champions League nights. It's where this club
deserves to be. It's where their opponents believe they deserve to
be, Manchester City's multi pound players have their sights on winning
the competition. The opposing side would choose to trien here, but
Manchester City trained at home this morning. It's a squad bursting with
confidence because, if they win here tomorrow evening, they set a club
record of 11 con sective wins at the start of a season. For Celtic,
Barcelona was tough, but in the Champions League they huge matches
just keep coming. Let's get the weather forecast now,
and Christopher Blanchett is here. Hi. Thank you very much. If I could
sum up the weather over the next few days with one ward, the word would
be, "windy." Low pressure sweeping eastwards to the north of Scotland,
high winds and spells of rain. There will be Blursery showers by the end
of the week. Tonight will be windy, generally dry, bar the far
north-west where we will hold on to a feed of showers throughout the
night. Elsewhere it will be fairly dry. A mild night, temperatures in
towns and cities 10-13 Celsius. By dawn tomorrow the showers and winds
both easing down. To start tomorrow it's relatively calm. It's
relatively dry, a few morning showers, some morning brightness,
but it doesn't last because change afoot after that dry start we will
see a spell of wet weather arriving. It's edging in from the south-west
arriving around lunchtime. Wet during the middle part of the day as
the rain sweeps northwards. Heaviest in the west across south facing
hills. It will move through quickly. Mid afternoon it will be dry again.
18-19 Celsius. Cloudy, mist and murk at times over the hills. Heavy rain
to the western isles, north-west coast, far north and Auckney and
towards Shetland. Where we have the rain, the wind will be strongest.
The rest of the afternoon into the evening the warm front edging up to
Shetland. Cold front pushing in from the west. Another spell of wet
weather towards the evening time. The winds will strengthen. They will
be very strong as we head through towards Thursday. A Met Office
yellow be aware early warning in force for the strength of the winds.
Gale to severe gale force gusts widely. Some disruption likely, not
only on the ferries, potentially the bridges at times times as well.
Blustery showers with the winds. A cool feel. Sunshine in the mix too.
Very windy. That is the forecast. Thank you very much.
Now, a reminder of tonight's main news.
Police have charged the Glasgow East MP, Natalie McGarry,
The MP stood down from the SNP group at Westminster last year,
The company which operates the Alton Towers theme park has been
fined ?5 million for last year's roller-coaster crash,
which resulted in two young women having legs amputated.
I'll be back with the headlines at 8.00pm and the late bulletin just
Until then, from everyone on the team - right
across the country - have a very good evening.