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Gay men who were accused of homosexuality before laws were
scrapped will be pardoned. There are also plans to remove this from
police records. This is from our political editor, Brian Taylor.
Same-sex matter for celebration. Gay activist
Derek Hogg says it is a wonderful act of reconciliation but he
remembers a very different time in Scotland before the law was changed.
Working-class gay men in Scotland where the fire to come out, they
faced physical brutality and shaming and ostracism from their community.
Middle-class professional people lost their professional status. It
was a catastrophe in the lives of people and of course just the
silence of living with that sense of guilt year after year after year
drove many people to suicide to, the self harm come to drink and drugs.
At Holyrood, the Justice Secretary put it simply. We must right this
At Holyrood, the Justice Secretary wrong. He explained how. Will want
to produce an automatic pardoned for people convicted so they know they
are absolved fully of that conviction. We want to address the
injustice that people experience in the because of their sexual
orientation. There will also be moves to disregard such conviction
and inform police records. In England, different reform is under
way following the posthumous pardon granted to Alan Turing, the wartime
computer code breaker. There is a long history here, while sexual acts
between women were not specifically outlawed, it was 1980, 13 years
after England, before gay sex was legalised in Scotland with men aged
over 21. In 1994, the age of consent was registered to 18, then the 16 in
2001, creating equality. The first same-sex marriage in Scotland was at
the end of 2014. Today's announcement won cross-party
the end of 2014. Today's support. That is a hugely welcome
announcement, in fact nothing short of an historic moment for Scotland
to be a more equal and respectful country. Both Kezia Dougdale and
Patrick Harvie raised the issue of a formal apology for past laws. While
many welcome a pardon, others take from it they are being forgiven for
having done something wrong. The Cabinet Secretary promised to look
seriously at that issue in the pardoned law is introduced.
Plans for the expansion of Heathrow's third runway has been
welcomed by the Scottish Government, Scottish airports and businesses
who want to see improved options for air connections.
But environmentalists are warning it's a backward step.
So what are the implications of this project?
Here's our Business and Economy Editor, Douglas Fraser.
One product you don't have two F rate the market. This patch will be
ready about the time the next Heathrow runway comes into use. This
distillery near Inverness has trouble requirements. Frustrated by
London's airport bottleneck. It is not that important for us to get out
because we know how to get out, but for distributors and their customers
coming in, they need a smooth transition, and Heathrow usually is
the airport of choice. London has lots of airport capacity but not
enough where it's needed, at Heathrow and Gatwick. That is where
feeder flights can link to the world, but what about the noise, say
Heathrow's neighbours, and aircraft emissions? The concerns are that we
received a significant increase, 70% by 2030. It will increase pollution,
make the demands that the planet is facing, carbon emissions, even more
stark. Frei Scottish airports link with Heathrow but the British
Airways monopolies wishes prices up. Airways monopolies wishes prices up.
-- pushes prices up. Not the setting has come at an economic cost, while
other global hubs have been grabbing market share. We need to have this
as soon as possible. Because of the delays we have had over many years,
what you are seeing is further development in western Europe, and
in Dubai and Istanbul, and that isn't the cost of the UK. After
consultation and potential legal challenges, a hard-fought Commons
vote, we are still a long way from the bulldozers moving in. Some
Gatwick supporters think Heathrow's plans will never happen. They face
too many large obstacles. I am frustrated as a taxpayer and a
businessman and an airport guy who just wants to see progress. This is
a vote for no progress. But in the end we just have to get on with what
we do. There is a catch, the aviation market is changing.
Edinburgh and other major Scottish airports are not just looking to get
people in and out of London, they are looking for direct routes,
indeed they are already flying them to European cities, North America
and the Middle East and eventually they hope to Asia. With that kind of
growth, Edinburgh might need another runway too, in at least 25 years.
Douglas Fraser, reporting Scotland. Well, our news reporter,
Steven Duff, is at Aberdeen Airport Steven, is it possible to say
what impact he heathrow expansion plans might have on people flying
to and from Scotland? What has been the reaction? We have
further consent from Edinburgh airport and from environmental
groups, but from the north-east, there has been long-time support for
an extension of Heathrow. The feeling is that was the best way to
maintain and improve connectivity, with London and abroad. The Grampian
Chambers of commerce says that the government finally appears to have
grasped the nettle and it will be at the forefront of the consultations
to follow. They are reporting since the Inverness- Heathrow link was
reinstated after 20 years in May there has been a surge in tourists,
1450% of those saying they connected internationally via Heathrow. Of
course it is also about maintaining links, Glasgow, Inverness and
Heathrow, and the government say they will have the links maintained
with this decision. It also could be new links. Prestwick has been
mentioned, even Dundee apparently. When decision is finally reached, it
will be well over a decade before passengers in Scotland notice any
difference. Scottish universities have raised
concerns about the future of European research funding
in the wake of Brexit. The principal of Glasgow
university says he believes it The University of the Highlands
and Islands says it's having to put major projects on hold
until the situation becomes clear. Our science correspondent
Kenneth Macdonald has this report. Scottish science punches above its
weight. They get a far bigger share of the UK's science budget than the
size of our population might suggest. Why? Because we are good at
it. In European funding, as in the UK, Scottish research attracts more
than our population's share, what is called the southern framework
programme between 2007 in 2013 attracted the support of almost 730
million euros. The current programme, a 2020, has brought us
almost 300 million so far. -- Horizon 2020. So while Brexit
meaning Brexit, what will it mean the Scottish research perhaps more
than all those Euros? Universities in Scotland are a fantastic asset in
this country, two in the top hundred, 45 in the top 200. That is
an asset that we really don't want to lose and it could be imperilled.
Of course it is one aim for us because science doesn't really
respect borders. I know from my own research background, to push back
the frontiers and to make real progress, much of it involves
international collaboration. The Scottish Government says it is
concerned about the uncertainty and points the finger at the UK
Government. The Treasury says funding for specific projects will
continue beyond the UK's departure from the EU but that may not be
enough for a major scheme to improve skills. A large part of that will be
funding higher level qualifications, including quite a substantial number
of postgraduate places, doctorates. Fine, we know that a lot of that
funding has been confirmed, in the short-term, but doctorate takes
three and a half to four years. We cannot in all honesty start any of
these big major projects when we don't know that the funding is going
to be confirmed 100% long-term. Are there any upsides? Science is
international and resilient. Scotland played a role in the two
biggest breakthroughs this entry, the Higgs boson and the discovery of
gravitational waves, both the result of collaboration is far bigger than
the EU. But what is happening now is that
Brexit has opened up a world of uncertainty, and although we may not
yet know exactly what is under threat, we do know what's at stake.
A bin lorry driver has been jailed for a year for causing the death
Scott Hamilton reversed his vehicle into a mobility scooter being driven
by Peter Wills near the pensioner's home at Dunblane in December 2014.
44-year-old Hamilton had earlier pleaded guilty at the High Court
in Stirling to causing death by careless driving by failing
A female police officer who was badly injured along
with a colleague in a hit-and-run attack in Glasgow has
The officers were trying to speak to people inside a blue
Nissan Qashqai in Glasgow on Sunday night when it was deliberately
Police have now confirmed that the vehicle, which was later
found burned out, had been stolen, and they are treating the attack
Scotland's prisons watchdog wants more help for offenders
who are released into the community at the end of their sentence.
The Chief Inspector of Prisons says too often people leave jail
without knowing where they'll sleep or whether their health care
needs will be met - and it makes reoffending
Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.
Scotland's prison population is the Losa seven years, and overall the
annual inspection report is positive. Praise for staff who work
with prisoners about to be released. This report please to be publishing
today. David Strand says there should be better integration of
their work with services provided in the community by local authorities,
the NHS and charities. I see too many people leaving prison not
knowing where they are going to sleep that night, people with health
care problems, not sure whether addiction support will come, and
people leaving with insufficient money to support them until their
benefits are June. This lack of support, he says, is one of the many
reasons why many offenders return quickly to prison. This challenge
for society is being tackled by charities like the wise group.
Mentors, many of themselves with prison records, help those about to
leave jail and four of the year until their sentence is ended. They
offer practical support and advice on how to keep out of trouble. It
has been six months, and there is a real empathy, because we do
understand. A lot of the guys I have worked with, from the team, there is
a real deep understanding in the whole team, and a real specialism.
But the charities concerned that funding could come to an end.
You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.
Gay rights campaigners welcome the Scottish Government's decision
to pardon men who were convicted of homosexual offences
Concern from Scotland rugby's head coach that his international squad
members with English clubs may not be released for the autumn
A world-wide forum of disability experts
The Rehabilitation International Congress was last held in the UK
The topics discussed and society's attitudes towards disabled people
has changed radically since then, as our reporter Ian Hamilton
One of the issues they will be discussing here at the
rehabilitation International Congress is that lack of investment
into people with disabilities. Governments were happy to win
Paralympic medals bending wave that way but what about other elements of
life? If you invest in employment, way but what about other elements of
training, independent living and other areas of their life, then we
will also hit gold in those areas too. Gathered here are some of the
top disability experts on the road. They will be developing ideas that
will influence government policy around the globe. What Edinburgh can
learn is to take on board and look at what other countries have got in
their systems. At a forum like this where you can have those
conversations with people just sat around a table, like we are now, it
is where you learn from each other I think more than anything. Greens I
think we need to do is also change our social access and our mentality
around disability because it is not just about having a really
accessible venue for accessible coding, it is about staff having
disability awareness training and having the right attitude to treat
disabled people with the respect they deserve. This week is all about
exchanging ideas. We all want to make sure we have policies that
allow people with disabilities to fulfil their potential. That means
having an inclusive approach to policy-making. So there's lots we
can learn but there's also lots of it we can offer other countries, in
terms of how we do things in Scotland. 1000 delegates, 200
speakers from 60 different countries will be here until Thursday to find
new ways of delivering services to an increasingly disabled global
population. Time for a look at other stories
from across the country. There's been a reduction
in the number of people with alcohol related problems
being admitted to hospital, There were almost 35,000 such
admissions last year - A new possible sighting of missing
Dunfermline airman Corrie Mckeague The 23-year-old, based in Suffolk,
vanished after a night out Police said they had
received another possible sighting of him heading
towards an industrial estate. Olympic gold medallist
Callum Skinner joined veterans today for the launch of this years
Scottish Poppy Appeal. The fundraising campaign will see
around five million poppies being sold to help support the
Armed Forces community in Scotland. The Armed Forces are still dealing
with challenges around the world. The veterans deal with the
challenges that they've faced from their service over many years. With
the Armed Forces community getting smaller in Scotland, it's important
that the wider public understand what they've done for us over the
years and that their service is never forgotten.
A new teacher has been found for a school with just seven pupils
It follows a social media appeal launched by residents
after the former teacher left for family reasons.
Work has started on a new multi-sport venue in Aberdeen city
centre that has the backing of two of Europe's greatest footballers.
The run down basketball court will become Scotland's
first Cruyff Court - the brainchild of the late Dutch
It's also received support from the Denis Law Legacy Trust.
A community bid to take over the former Portobello Old Parish
Church in Edinburgh, has been given the go-ahead
It will be the first urban community buy-out under new legislation.
Locals want to turn the church into a multi-purpose community hub.
In football, Sir Alex Ferguson says Scotland will need to beat England
at Wembley if they're to have a chance of qualifying for
After a disappointing start to their campaign
for the national team, the match is set for November.
Sir Alex, though, is optimistic that the Scots can get back on track
with a win against their arch rivals, as David Currie reports.
Two of Scotland's biggest personalities, and one of the
sport's biggest prizes. Although that's an oversized version of the
European Championship trophy. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and
Sir Alex Ferguson in Glasgow, highlighting its role as one of 13
cities hosting matches in the 2020 finals. The actual European final
trophy is on display in Glasgow today, too. But it will be fair to
say that the minds of most Scottish football fans aren't on that.
They're on the World Cup and Scotland's prospects of qualifying
for the tournament in Russia in two years' time. Strachan's Scotland
have just two points from three qualifying matches. His team face
England next at Wembley. But he wasn't talking to media types like
me about that today. The man who managed Aberdeen and Manchester
United was. I think that they have to win it. It's no problem, they can
win it. Scotland always do well against England. It's always a great
incentive, and the support will be fantastic. I don't know how many
will be that, but whatever they allocate in Scotland it will be
trouble that you will find tickets I. The Scotland boss's current
manager is also hoping he and his team deliver at Wembley. We need to
get our performance back on track at Wembley and get our position
improved if we have any chance of qualifying. Gordon knows how
important this is for the fans. The branding for the Glasgow part of
Euro 2020 features a graphic Clyde Arc, that is the squinty Bridge to
you and me. Scotland's Rugby head coach,
Vern Cotter, says no team should try to stop a player
representing his nation. The top English sides have voted
to not release Scotland players for the Autumn tests,
unless the SRU settle allegedly Cotter also revealed he's
"disappointed" to be Wildly the Next Generation honed
their skills on a tour of the national rugby stadium, the man in
charge of Scotland's first 15 fields questions about a row with top
English teams who say their players might represent Scotland and less
allegedly outstanding medical bills are settled. You can't deny people
the opportunity to play. Even though it may be frustrating at times when
you have players leaving or injured or coming back injured,
International rugby is important fixtures and it's pretty tough to
try and deprive a player of that possibility to play for his country.
A gig of the autumn Test series, the World Cup runners-up Australia are
here at Murrayfield one fortnight on Saturday. Head coach Vern Cotter
will need his strongest available squad. But because of the club
versus country row, he's not sure whether his English -based players
will be available to him. The five in question are the Saracens duo of
Sean Maitland and Duncan Taylor. Fellow back Tim Visser of
harlequins. Forward Moray Low of the Exeter Chiefs. And most crucially of
all, Gloucester's Greg Laidlaw, the Scotland captain. You cannot have a
Scotland test periods without the Scottish captain. Greg Laidlaw is in
there as the Scottish captain for three games. He should not be
deprived of the rights to play for his country. And he should not be
used as a political pawn between a group of clubs and a nation?
Absolutely. This is rugby politics group of clubs and a nation?
gone wrong. This is so bad for the game. It's a distraction Vern Cotter
gone wrong. This is so bad for the could do without as he prepares
gone wrong. This is so bad for the his last autumn test with Scotland.
He will be replaced next summer by the Glasgow Warriors head coach
Gregor Townsend. If you're doing the Glasgow Warriors head coach
something and you want to go somewhere and you've got objectives
in mind, that's the deal that done. We just move on. Moving on this
autumn will be less of an ordeal if key players like as captain can join
the party. All this month the festival Luminate
has been celebrating the creativity It shares stories of ageing and
explores what growing older means. And for one film-maker,
what began as a single film has inspired an entire festival -
within the festival. Our Arts Correspondent,
Pauline McLean, reports. For film-maker Duncan, this
Edinburgh care home was a starting point for his latest film project.
Having encouraged his reluctant grandfather put on film-maker,
he wanted to persuade other older people to the same.
Five residents took up the challenge and spent the last few months
Choosing the direction of themselves has allowed them
We have all opted for different styles of music, everyone
has a least one form of story and then to tell.
May is one of the newest residents and at the age of 86
decided her family was the most interesting story
My son seemed quite thrilled about it but they kept telling me
that Hollywood would be here and all of this kind
But in one week, it was quite exciting, in one way.
The film has been commissioned at the Luminate Festival
which encourages older people to continue to be creative and there
One of the residents spoke about how she wanted to do things like this
in her life but had not been given the opportunity and,
you know, I do not think at the age of 90 she expected to have this
opportunity to do this and dedicate this film that we made
The films will be shown at a special screening in the home
and it is all that it will reach a wider audience at
Who knows, if successful, there could be a sequel.
Now here's Shelley Jofre with details of Scotland 2016.
Tonight we're arresting how much economic benefit the new runway at
Heathrow would bring to Scotland. And at what cost to the environment.
And the international debate on improving disability rights comes to
Edinburgh. Join me over on BBC Two at 10:30pm.
There are some lovely blue skies for many of us, this was Glasgow this
morning. Later this afternoon, beautiful blue skies through the
capital. There is change afoot this week. The easterly that we have had
which has been so predominant is changing to a westerly. That means
we will see some weather fronts coming in off the Atlantic with more
cloud and wind around. Through the course of this evening, the cloud
that we've seen building today, you can see it on the satellite picture.
That's going to stay with us. You can see a weather front in the
north-west, cloud streaming its way in. We hold onto tonight. Cloudy,
breezy, much milder than last night. For some, a little bit damp. Here is
the rain edging in across the north-west. Fairly light and patchy
for many. The further south and east you are, the drier it will be. A dip
in temperature in the east, but temperatures here will recover. In
the West, much milder than last night. It was -5 Celsius in Tulloch
Bridge last night. Breezy, cloudier and outbreaks of rain moving their
way south and east through the course of the day on Wednesday.
Through the central belt by lunchtime and down towards the
borders before fizzling away. By mid afternoon for Central and southern
Scotland, cloudy with a few showers. Much milder than today. 13-14
Celsius. Further north, spells of sunshine coming through but also a
number of blustery showers. It will be a windy day tomorrow with a
strong south-westerly wind around the west coast and across the
aisles. Through the course of the evening, the showers seemed to fade
away. Fairly breezy and certainly not too cold. Thursday we do it all
again. A weather front in the north-west bringing outbreaks of
rain slowly edging south and eastwards. The further south and
east you are, generally, the drier it will be. Friday, the winds coming
from the West again. The best of any sunshine across the north and
north-east. Now, a reminder of
tonight's main news... Gay men who were convicted
of homosexuality before Scots Law was changed in 1980 are to be given
a full pardon. The Scottish Government's Justice
Secretary Michael Matheson said Our next main bulletin is just
after the ten o'clock news. Until then, from everyone
on the team - good evening.