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and on BBC one we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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The Scottish Labour party gathers in Perth.

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Federalism is on the agenda, but those by-election

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More bad news for the Royal Bank of Scotland, as it reports

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The school that's teaching pupils how to deal with the stress

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and depression caused by life as a teenager.

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If you're on one social media it is like you have to have all the

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profiles, everyone has to see everything you are doing in your

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life and you have to keep up with them and you are maybe telling

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people think she would not normally tell them.

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Scotland will attempt to record their first win over Wales since

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2007. And, the plan to protect

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the RED squirrel, by eradicating the rival grey

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squirrels in Aberdeen. The leader of Labour in Scotland has

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been setting out an upbeat vision for the future of the party as part

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of a federal United Kingdom. By contrast Jeremy Corbyn,

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the UK leader, has been recovering from a bruising by-

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election defeat, at the hands Our political editor Brian Taylor

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is in Perth at Scottish Labour's Brian, Kezia Dugdale

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wanting to focus on federalism but was that

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overshadowed by Jeremy Corbyn and Labour's chances of government

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ebbing further away? Let's put it this way, there are two

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elements to politics, there is policy and in that regard Labour

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think that the announcement on federalism gives them a big

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cardboard alongside that is power. In opposition you get to say things

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but in government you get to do stuff. Kezia Dugdale is stressing

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the autonomy of the Scottish Parliament but she is only too well

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aware that difficulties for Labour south of the border tend to wash

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north to Scotland. Nice to see you. It started with a kiss, and a

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promise. Kezia Dugdale knows the last thing Labour wants to talk

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about is the constitution. Labour needs a new offer. Our vision, the

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Scottish Labour vision is for a radical reshaping of the UK that

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offers a poster Brexit solution that delivers for it the four corners of

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these islands. It is time for a new act of union. Your speech was great!

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Kezia Dugdale visualisers a People's Convention. More clout for the

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regions of England. On the fringe, she even suggest that it could be

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put to the Scottish people if another independence referendum is

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held. I don't want to be another referendum. I can certainly see a

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legitimate case for if there were to be a referendum that you might put

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something as strong as a federalist solution the ballot paper.

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Implementing that would require Labour to be in power, not on the

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horizon, according to one delegate. It has never been tougher being a

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Labour member then now from a UK It has never been tougher being a

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wide perspective, we have never looked further from forming a

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government. Labour held of Ukip in the Stoke by-election but lost

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Copeland to the Tories, so where does that leave the leadership of

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Jeremy Corbyn. It is a disappointing result. I can't help but think, it

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is to blame for that. Jeremy Corbyn is our leader, he has the support of

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the entire Labour Party because we have to get on with it. Personally,

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I didn't vote for him but he is my leader, so I'll support him. The

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voice of the members, what does the leader think? Should Jeremy Corbyn

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consider his position? I am 100% behind him. I have a job to do here

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in Scotland. It is an autonomous party. I'm going to continue doing

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that. The conference will hear from Kezia Dugdale tomorrow and from

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Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday. Brian -- and Kezia Dugdale has been

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talking about the pressures Yes. That was also at that fringe

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meeting, reflecting that since the beginning of the years she has split

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from her partner of nine years and her best friend has died. She said

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it was dreadful and appalling to cope with but she did so simply by

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taking it one step at a time. But there will be huge pressures in the

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party and Labour need to take some galloping strides to advance its

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position both north and south of the border. In one regard, I think there

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will be movement on that idea of the

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People's Convention and I think that Tom Watson, the Deputy Leader of the

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party may give it its backing tomorrow and it is expected in the

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next few weeks or months that there will be an actual move to set up

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such an initiative. There was more gloomy news

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for the Royal Bank of Scotland today as it reported a 7 billion pounds

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annual loss -- the ninth year in a row that its

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failed to make a profit. The bank is now looking to make

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savings of two billion pounds, which will mean job cuts

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and more branch closures. But its chief executive wouldn't be

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drawn on their scale. I have not put a number out and I

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will not. My view is to always talk to our people first and there will

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be job cuts in this organisation, there has to be, given that over the

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next four years we will take ?2 billion worth of costs out of the

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organisation to make us a really good bank. These things are

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happening because banking is changing and it is changing rapidly

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as well and we need to be a competitive bank.

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I'm joined now by our business and economy editor Douglas Fraser.

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Douglas, are these losses better or worse than predicted?

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They are a lot worse and the pain goes on for longer. There is a core

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bank in their summer struggling to get out. It made not a bad figure in

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profits. That was last year. Set against that, you have ?10 billion

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of fines and legal costs and restructuring, that is for

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mis-selling, for claims that they misled investors, rigging markets,

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?2 billion for restructuring and a huge bill for trying to carve out a

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bit of Royal Bank of Scotland, which they called a different name, that

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has failed and they cannot sell it or floated and the costs of

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reintegrating it back into RBS and getting rid of the tuba gating

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branches, that looks like billions more, effectively for achieving

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nothing at all. So, how does RBS hope

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to turn this around? There is that core bank, it is

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attracting customers as well. They need to get these fines and legal

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cases behind them, their plans have slept for another year, they don't

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expect a profit from this year and we are looking at ten years of

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losses, probably more than ?60 billion of losses by that time and

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because they have slimmed down from the one of the biggest banks to

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focusing only on the UK and Ireland, costs are high relative to income by

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industry standards and they want to continue cutting costs, ?3 billion

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over the past two years. That means a lot of jobs, it means branch

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closures and that is partly because the industry is changing. Most of

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their customers use digital and mobile banking, one fifth use only

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their customers use digital and that so financial technology is a

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threat and an opportunity and RBS wants to be at the forefront of it.

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Thank you. The man who advises the UK

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government on Scots law is to appear before a sheriff in Edinburgh,

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charged with a firearms offence. Lord Keen is accused of failing

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to secure a 12-bore shotgun It's understood Lord Keen

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was reported by police investigating Leuchars in Fife is to

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become the centre of Army The Defence Secretary Sir Michael

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Fallon was in Scotland for a meeting of the MoD defence board,

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which met in Edinburgh He confirmed spending of one point

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seven 7 billion pounds on HM Naval Base Clyde,

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the site of the UK's nuclear submarines, and on the Lossiemouth

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fighter jet base in Moray. The Scottish government said

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it was "too little, too late". One in ten adults are currently

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on anti-depressents. And its estimated that almost half

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of adults with mental health problems developed them before

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they left school. Now, a school in one

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of Glasgow's most deprived areas is training parents,

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pupils and staff how The aim is to intervene

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early, BEFORE mental Our correspondent

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Lucy Adams reports. They do have worries, but what kind

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of impact does it have a new? These fourth-year pupils at St Paul's high

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school in Glasgow are learning how to manage stress. Other people can

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judge how they look on social media and back and get them stressed. From

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exams, obviously, you need them for your future to get a good job, go to

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university. Pressure from your friends because you feel if they do

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better than you, you feel as if you have done something wrong and it

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knocks your confidence. Relax. The eight-week course offers pupils

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practical ways of dealing with eight-week course offers pupils

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anxiety. The aim, not just for these pupils, but for their parents and

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their teachers is to learn new ways to cope with stress. So that they

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can get on with their lives. It started with a psychological test of

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all the pupils. We were a bit surprised at just how many of the

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pupils were already showing signs of difficulties with anxiety and

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depression, around numbers back or out of ten of them at the start of

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the programme. By the end of the programme, we had cut that in half,

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but when we followed that up, we were seen that they were still

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continuing to improve. Lauren was so stressed that she ended up in

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hospital before her preliminaries last year. My foot was getting very

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sore and I was not able to walk on it. My mother took me to the

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hospital and they said it was an explained what it was but because I

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was at explaining that it was about exam time, they said it was really

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due to stress. It is not just about exam pressure,. If you're on one

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social media, you have to have all the profiles, everyone has to be

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able to see what you are doing in your life when you have to keep up.

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You are telling people may be things that you would not usually tell

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them, where you are going, what you are doing all the time. It is

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constantly, so everyone has an insight into your life. The modern

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world is not just stressful for pupils. Classrooms can be stressful

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situations, both for pupils and for teachers. It really helped me to be

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able to identify what stress was happening. The council says it will

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now assess the results and look out which other schools could benefit.

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Those involved believe stress management could help everyone,

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young and old. Lucy Adams, Reporting Scotland.

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A memorial service has been held for the former

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The veteran politician, who spent 43 years as an MP,

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The ceremony at St Michael's Parish Church in Linlithgow was attended

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by prominent Labour figures from Westminster and Holyrood.

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Among those was the former Labour MP Brian Wilson, who paid tribute

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There was a privilege to know him, to work with him, to agree with him

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and sometimes even to disagree with him. He was, by any standards, and

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utterly unique political figure and in a generally grim period for

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politics, it is a bleak thought that there is even less respect in his

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career for the importance of being awkward and even fewer politicians

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with the diligence and independence of mind to pursuit that designation.

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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The Scottish Labour Party gathers in Perth.

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Federalism is on the agenda, but those by-election

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And still to come - Scotland's women footballers are going full-time

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ahead of this summer's Detectives investigating the death

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of a north-east man nearly a year Police had even turned to the BBC

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Crimewatch programme, in what they described as a lengthy

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and complex investigation into the death of 67-year-old Brian McKandie.

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Rebecca Curran reports. Brian McKandie's body was found here

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at his cottage on March 12 last year. The 67-year-old's death

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prompted a huge police investigation. Hundreds of motorists

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were stopped by officers in the weeks that followed and Brian's

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brother made an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme. Somebody must

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know what happened to Brian and we would ask them to look to their

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conscience and call the police. We have lost our brother and we just

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want to know what happened and why. With the anniversary of Brian's

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death approaching, police stepped up investigations. On Monday this week,

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officers carried out a fresh surge on the roads and today, they

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confirmed a 23-year-old man has been charged in connection with Brian

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McKandie's death. Expected to appear at Aberdeenshire Crown Court on

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Monday. The police says enquiries continuing and a police hut has been

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situated here today for anyone with concerns. Police are in attendance

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at another property today as part of their investigation.

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The Cowdenbeath football player who'd admitted betting

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against his own team has been released by the League Two club.

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Dean Brett told BBC Scotland he hoped to have a future

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with Cowdenbeath, but would accept their decision at a

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disciplinary hearing. He's now been told he has no

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future at Central Park, and has had his contract terminated.

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This week, he was also banned for four matches,

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with a further four suspended, for using homophobic

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A look now at other stories from across the country.

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Detectives investigating the rape of a woman in Renfrewshire have

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asked for help to trace her missing trousers.

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The woman was attacked by a man on a path near

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Wallace Primary School in Elderslie, on Monday evening.

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Police have urged people to check gardens and bins

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Profits at Standard Life have increased by nine

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The Edinburgh based insurer and asset manager made

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a pre-tax profit of more than ?7 hundred million.

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a pre-tax profit of more than ?700 million.

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The assets it manages increased by 16%.

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The company says it will add staff in Frankfurt and Luxembourg

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after the Brexit vote, as part of its contingency plans.

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The Scottish government has defended the Borders Railway after claims

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the infrastructure vision for the project was "short-sighted".

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Think-tank Reform Scotland said the route had been left with limited

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potential for expansion, and that the Edinburgh

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to Tweedbank line had shown thinking was "too small"

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The Scottish Government said the railway had proved a huge

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success and it expected more investment in future.

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Three Scottish dogs are being honoured by a vet

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charity for their bravery and devotion to duty.

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Police dog Ozzy is getting the prestigious PDSA gold medal

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for disarming a man who threatened to blow up a block of flats.

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Fellow police dog Sweep has won the order of merit for his work

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detecting drugs and firearms, and civilian dog Sabby will also get

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the award for supporting people with learning disabilities.

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The difference they can make, the lives they have saved, whether it be

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taking the dog of the street or finding the person with dementia

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that has gone missing. I feel very lucky to have a job that you

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genuinely get up in the morning and think, I wonder what'll happen

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today? In sport, it's another big

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weekend for Scotland, They play Wales at Murrayfield

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tomorrow, from where our sports And David, this is a really

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important match for both teams. Yes - with one win and one defeat

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each so far in the tournament - whoever wins tomorrow's match

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still has a chance to Not so for the losers -

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so plenty at stake tomorrow Scotland have home advantage

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but this is a venue Welsh players and supporters seem

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to love visiting. Not quite tourists, more like

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pilgrims. Upholding a tradition with a biennial visit to Edinburgh. What

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is so special about this fixture? Friendly, happy people and to us, we

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come to Scotland and we have a fabulous time. It is brilliant. How

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many times have you been coming? 40th year this year that I have been

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coming. That tried by Luke Phil Bennett, legendary drive. Absolutely

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brilliant try. They were a brilliant team in the day as well. Wales are

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usually associated with... It tends to be a high-scoring game and lots

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of good tries. Certainly, if you look at the teams on Saturday, lots

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of firepower. If the weather holds up and it is a decent day, I would

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expect quite a lot of tries scored. Ten years, Scotland haven't beaten

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Wales. I thought it was eight. Is it ten? Obviously not a big issue for

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you! I am the eternal optimist but it will be a tough game. There have

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been many references to the training and it will be a different animal we

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play against this week than we have done in the past. The Welsh of

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course are not unbeatable any more and contrary to myth that every

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Welsh person has a good voice. SINGING

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I can't predict the score - but I'm confident the rugby will be

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much better and more entertaining than the singing.

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Scotland's women footballers are going full-time ahead of this

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summer's European Championship. National coach Anna Signeul

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is calling it a real breakthrough for the women's game.

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A new funding package is allowing the players who work

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Kheredine Idessane went to meet one of them to find out more.

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Let's go. Listen to the referee. Sound advice to the footballers of

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the future. Female footballers of the present in Scotland work before

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they play. This one is normally an active schools coordinator but from

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now until the summer's European Championships, she gets to go

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professional. What difference will it make. Hopefully a big difference

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in terms of being able to be rested and recovered going into sessions

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and able to give 100%. We are in preseason but the next thing we need

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to look at now is the technical aspects of the game and tactics

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going forward into the Championships. Having the time to

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focus on that should make a huge difference to each player and the

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team in general. Patron of the team, the First Minister, helped with the

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announcement today and she will no doubt remember a similar arrangement

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which allowed the Scottish women's hockey team to go full-time in the

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run-up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. How much has

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been provided for our female footballers to go professional? The

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overall package could be worth over ?100,000. A third coming from the

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Scottish football partnership, a ?100,000. A third coming from the

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third from sport Scotland and a third from energy provider SSC. So

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many young girls would look at these players and this team and want to be

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one of them. I think it will actually have so much benefits,

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positive benefits coming on after this.

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Any more reds? LeAnn Ross is giving up the day job to become a full-time

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footballer, at least for a while, but she's hoping she and her

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Scotland team are paving the way for girls just like the ones she has

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been teaching for one day to become full-time footballer is right here

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in Scotland. Hundreds of volunteers are to be

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enlisted to help ensure the long term survival of Scotland's

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native red squirrel. The scheme aims to reduce grey

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squirrel numbers in southern and central Scotland,

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and eradicate them Our environment correspondent,

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Kevin Keane reports. It might look like free food but

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this cute little red squirrel is giving a piece of himself every time

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he lifts the lid. Inside, little sticky pads take a tiny sample of

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the of the animal brushes against it. These are collected and examined

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to find that the prevalence of the red and grey squirrels. We have two

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here that are from the two species and without much doubt, the one on

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the right is grey and the one on the left is red. Sometimes you find

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both. That is when you really need a microscope to look at these pads

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because you have crisscrossing hairs from two species on the same piece

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of Velcro and you have to look very carefully. The ?2.5 million funding

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from the lottery fund will be used to set up large-scale community

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monitoring. They will then be able to target areas where grey squirrels

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are advancing and reduce their numbers. That is happening already

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in Aberdeen with huge success and now there is a new aim of

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eradicating grey squirrels entirely. It behaves like an island population

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so it is spread out and what we have managed to do is restrict them and

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eradication is feasible. This scheme has its critics. People asking,

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should we be killing one animal in favour of another? Conservationists

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argue this is an invasive species whose presence is causing the

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decline of a native animal. It is estimated just 120,000 red squirrels

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survive in Scotland and if the grey squirrels are controlled, the team

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hope that number can increase. A fairly decent day of weather in

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the east particularly. The rain A fairly decent day of weather in

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clouds have been moving in from the west during the afternoon and indeed

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tonight, it looks west for most of us and fairly windy. The rain will

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turn to snow for a brief period across the hills and the very

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highest roads but fought turning back to rain and it will be fairly

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persistent. Strong to gale force south-westerly winds, especially

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across western and northern isles and through Sam Northeast in coastal

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areas. Becoming increasingly mild as we go through the night with

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temperatures recovering to around seven to nine Celsius during the

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early hours. Tomorrow, we have a lot of cloud and further outbreaks of

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rain and gale force winds. It is an improving picture through the day,

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the bulk of the rain going to the south east and leaving behind much

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drier and brighter conditions in the afternoon. Sunday perhaps holding on

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among the southern uplands. Further north, a mixture of bright sunny

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spells and a scattering of mostly light showers. After a very mild

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morning, I think things will feel fresher tomorrow afternoon with the

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arrival of westerly winds although they will be easing a little bit

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compared the morning. If you are heading to Murrayfield tomorrow for

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the Six Nations, favourable conditions, bright or sunny spells,

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highs around eight Celsius and light to moderate westerly winds. For hill

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walking and climbing, a very wet and windy morning although improving for

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most come the afternoon. For the Galloway hills, perhaps some light

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rain. West or south-westerly winds, 30-40 mph. We will have some rain

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across the border hills perhaps, otherwise, some showers and winds

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from the south-west ranging from 30-60 mph. Tomorrow evening,

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remaining rain clears away and a few showers holding on across northern

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areas, especially a tossed of frost perhaps developing under clear

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skies. Sunday, we start dry in the east although generally we will have

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a fairly cloudy day with some outbreaks of rain. Some drier and

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brighter interludes and winds strengthening from the south-west.

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Now, a reminder of tonight's main news.

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Kezia Dugdale, The leader of Labour in Scotland -

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has been setting out an upbeat vision for the future of the party,

:27:30.:27:34.

By contrast Jeremy Corbyn, the UK leader, has been

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recovering from a bruising by- election defeat, at the hands

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I'll be back with the headlines at 8pm - and the late bulletin just

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