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"We won't take any powers from Scotland after Brexit",
Prime Minister Theresa May tells us in an exclusive interview.
One of the greats of Scottish football, Celtic and Scotland
He was loved by fans for this goal and the Lisbon Lion 's victory in
the European cup. His goal that day was one of the great iconic moments
in Scottish football history. It is imprinted on the mind, not just
because of its significance but the spectacular nature of the goal.
A BBC investigation finds some hospitals are spending
as little as 94p on each meal for patients.
As the last council sets its budget, we'll have the details
of whether the council tax will go up or be frozen in your area.
And Aberdeen's chairman claims their proposals
for a new stadium could prevent the city becoming a backwater.
Fans and major figures from the world of football have been
paying tribute to former Celtic defender and Lisbon Lion
Tommy Gemmell, who has died at the age of 73.
He scored one of the goals in Celtic's 2-1 victory in the 1967
European Cup Final against Inter Milan.
David Currie is at Celtic Park for us tonight.
As night falls at Celtic Park, the mood is understandably sombre and
reflective. People have been dropping by all day to remember one
of the club's all-time greats. Tommy Gemmell was one of Scottish
football's biggest personalities in the 1960s and 70s, a world-class
player and, in 1967, a member of the first British team to win the
European cup. 50 years on from Celtic's greatest triumph,
supporters and fans of other teams remember one of the men who turned a
footballing dream into reality. Tommy Gemmell scored Celtic's
opening goal in their 2-1 win over Inter Milan in the European cup
final in Lisbon. Nobody could see us winning the match. We had eight
couldn't care less attitude and we played with the class and style that
we played with throughout the season. As I say, we didn't have any
pressure at all. Tommy Gemmell's goal that day was one of the great
iconic moments in Scottish footballing history. It is imprinted
on the mind, not just because of its significance but because of the
spectacular nature of the goal. He had a long stride, covering the
ground quickly, tremendous leg strength and a superb shot, and that
all came distilled into that one single iconic moment. Wood at Celtic
Park today, two of Tommy Gemmell's former team-mates shared memories of
a friend and former Lisbon Lion. He was one of the best fullbacks in
Europe at the time. Honestly. The most important thing for us was the
dressing room, because he was so close to each of us. Tommy thought
he was Danny Kaye. I know he looked like him, but he believed he was. He
was an entertainer. As well as a career with Celtic, Tommy Gemmell
played 18 times for Scotland, with mixed results. Oh that was uncalled
for. Everybody feels sorry for him but at the time it's just a sort of
thing, you can't stop yourself doing it. It's on the spur of the moment
and that's it. Everyone is sorry after the fact. The undeniable fact
is that Tommy Gemmell will be remembered mainly for his Celtic
performances and as a Lisbon Lion. For us in this particular year, the
50th anniversary, is so sad. Although we are mourning Tommy, I
would hope we can celebrate as well, celebrate who Tommy was and what he
did for this club and what that team did for Celtic.
The Prime Minister has accused the SNP of playing politics
with people's lives over the threat of a second independence referendum.
Speaking exclusively to Reporting Scotland on the eve
of her party's Scottish conference, Theresa May accused the Scottish
government of having "tunnel vision" over independence.
And she refused to drawn on whether the UK would block a referendum.
Nicola Sturgeon has said that the Scottish Government has been met by
a brick wall of Tory intransigence. To reason most folk the referendum.
We now face a hard Brexit. Doesn't that mean that you, in choosing a
hard Brexit, are potentially putting that bond that you care so
passionately about under pressure? First of all, we haven't chosen a
hard Brexit. We want a Brexit that is going to be right for the UK,
which means being right for all parts of the UK, so I don't talk
about terms like hard or soft Brexit. I want the right deal that's
going to work for us, the deal about a really good trade agreement with
the EU. I think that works for the EU and the United Kingdom. That will
be a good trade agreement that works for the whole UK, and crucially one
which works for Scotland as well. That no special deal for Scotland.
We are working very closely with the Scottish Government, talking to them
about the issues that particularly affect Scotland, but I want to
ensure that the deal that we get, the arrangements that we have, the
partnership we have with the EU when we leave is one that is good for
Scotland, is also good for the other constituent parts for the UK and
good for the UK as a whole. Scotland wants to remain part of the single
market. You have ruled this out. In the talks before triggering Brexit
with the devolved nations, you and other ministers used words like
involved, consult, engage. The Scottish Government argues you have
done nothing of the sort, that you haven't even issued, you haven't
taken cognizance of their views. There is a 60 page document of their
proposals of which they would claim they have heard nothing. What is
your response? We are looking seriously at the planned the SNP
government put forward. We are working with them on those plans.
The issues that they have raised that we have taken on board. But,
when we look at what we want to do in the future, in terms of the UK
and its access to the single market and the European Union, I want a
comprehensive free trade deal. I want to be able to see the best
possible trading arrangement with the European Union. From Scotland's
point of view, the single market that matters most in terms of trade
for Scotland is the single market of the United Kingdom. In recent days,
Sir John Major and Tony Blair have both warned that this hard Brexit
makes a second Scottish independence referendum more likely. I am sure
you have heard that Nicola Sturgeon describes it as all but inevitable.
The question isn't whether they could be a referendum but whether
they should be. I think in 2014 the people of Scotland voted to stay
within the UK. It was described by the SNP as a once in a generation
vote that took place at that time. I don't think people want a referendum
today. To me, politics isn't a game. It's about people's lives. It's
about delivering for people on the issues that matter to them on a
day-to-day basis. I can't help but feel that SNP has tunnel vision
about independence. I think people want the SNP government to get on
with dealing the issues they want to see addressed day-to-day, the state
of the economy, reforming schools. Education used to be such a great
flagship for Scotland, but sadly in recent years we've seen that
deteriorating. These are the issues that matter to people day-to-day.
They don't want a referendum. They want the SNP government to get on
with the day job. We know what the SNP government thinks, and they are
saying a second independence referendum is all but inevitable.
You have the power to grant that or not. If they ask for it, if there is
a vote in the Scottish parliament and they say, we demand a second
independence rapper Rendon, will you give permission? -- independence
referendum. I think the SNP needs to move away from the tunnel vision of
independence and focus on the issues that matter on a day-to-day basis.
You are saying that the Scottish Government has tunnel vision and is
playing games. You have the power to stop that by saying, you may want a
second but it isn't going to happen, focus on running Scotland. You have
the power to do that. Are you saying you are not going to do that? That
is a hypothetical question. At the moment, I think people in Scotland
are clear they don't want a referendum. I think the SNP is
exhibiting tunnel vision. I think people want an SNP government
getting on with the day job. So why was your clarion call, looking ahead
to the local council elections that, if you vote for the Conservative
Party, you are voting against a second Scottish independence
referendum? That is not a positive message. In that case, you are
playing the same game. No, we are saying something simple that I think
is resonating with people, which is that actually I think people want to
see people elected, as councillors, as MSPs, who are focusing on the
issues that matter to them, and the message of the Conservative Party is
that we will focus on those issues day-to-day. Do you believe the SNP
government has a mandate to call a second independence referendum?
Obviously, significant powers have been devolved to Scotland. The SNP
government have the opportunity to use those powers to improve the
day-to-day life of people in Scotland. In recent days, there has
been talk of power is being taken the Scottish Government post Brexit.
Can you clarify? I am clear, we are not going to take powers away. Will
they receive more powers? We need to look at those powers that currently
reside in Brussels, when they come back, when the UK leaves the EU, how
should we deal with them? In some areas, we will need to ensure there
is a UK treatment -- UK framework to make sure that the single market of
the UK that matters for Scotland is working properly. What we are
talking to all of the devolved administrations about is, when we do
that, when we bring powers back from Brussels, what should stay at a UK
level and what should be further devolved to the devolved
administrations. So no powers that are currently there will be taken
away. But more could come. But more could come. Thank you.
Our political editor, Brian Taylor, joins me now from Holyrood.
The Scottish Government had some hard-hitting words of its own this
evening. You won't be surprised to know that the First Minister takes a
different view of events. First of all saying that the Conservatives UK
Government have no mandate to govern Scotland had no mandate to take
Scotland out of the EU and the single market against the professed
will of the Scottish people but, as you mentioned, that argument that,
in the discussions that have taken place over Scotland's contribution
and role in Brexit, the impact upon but, Nicola Sturgeon argues that she
has offered consensus and compromise and has been met by a brick wall of
Tory intransigence. It might suit both governments to maintain
discussions at some level and in some fashion for a wee while. It
might suit the UK Government as they seek to find some way, anyway of
pre-empting a second independence referendum, and it might suit Nicola
Sturgeon as she seeks to demonstrate to the people of Scotland that she
has sought every avenue, pursued every potential by way within the
ambit of the UK short of moving instantly to that referendum. Do I
think there is likely to be a referendum on independence? Yes.
You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.
In an exclusive interview, Prime Minister Theresa May tells
us her government won't take any powers from Scotland after Brexit.
Aberdeen's chairman claims their proposals
for a new stadium could prevent the city becoming a backwater.
BBC Scotland has found that hospitals are spending as little
as 94p on each meal served to patients.
It's understood that several hospitals are importing products
like chicken and carrots - which could be produced
It follows another investigation, which discovered that chicken
from Thailand and raspberries from Serbia are going
Our correspondent Lucy Adams has this exclusive report.
In this hospital in Shetland, almost all the food is local. And almost ?7
per day is spent on making meals mouthwatering. The patients seem to
appreciate it. The food is wonderful. I had something the other
day that was baked fish, and you would have gone into a restaurant
and paid good money and been happy. But the BBC has found that some
hospitals are spending just 94p per meal, and there is huge variation
across the country. NHS Shetland is spending almost ?7 per patient per
day, but Ayrshire and Arran spends just ?3 20. NHS borders spends ?3
18. We took one expert some of the food currently being imported. Lumps
of material which are covered in a breadcrumb and inside is this kind
of shreds of presumably chicken. He says spending a little more on meals
could make a big difference to patients. There has to be a lower
limit. Nobody wants to spend over the odds for anything but, if you
start cutting costs below a certain level, you are going to jeopardise
quality, and that quality can be measured in a variety of ways, so
food and milk quality is affected in taste, appearance, texture. We found
that 12 out of 14 health boards are importing chicken from Thailand and
carrots from Belgium. Food which could be produced here in Scotland.
The Scottish Government says it is working with health boards to ensure
direct requirements are met. What we have is a set of very rigorous
nutritional guidelines that we expect all boards to adhere to. They
were refreshed this time last year. We expect all boards to take
responsibility for ensuring that food is nutritionally as good as it
can be. This woman says that food she received in hospital but that --
the care she received in hospital was brilliant but the quality of
food and the amount she received slowed her recovery. I kept fainting
and they couldn't work out why. After three or four days, I realised
it was because I was hungry. My husband started bringing me in
boiled eggs in the morning on his way to work and within three days I
was stronger and better and getting up. I think I was on hospital a lot
longer than I needed to be because I couldn't get the right food. I
wasn't getting enough food. A number of patients got in touch to say how
highly they waited the boot in hospitals across Scotland but, for
some, the journey there food takes and the quality of it when it
arrives remained a problem. A report into the death
of a fisherman from Newton Stewart has concluded that he might have
survived if he'd been been 31-year-old Scott Rennie never
recovered consciousness, after spending ten minutes
in the water when he fell overboard from the Kirkcudbright-based scallop
dredger King Challenger. Its owners have since issued
new safety guidance to crews. South Ayrshire Council has become
the last of Scotland's 32 councils Like most others, it will raise
the basic rate by 3%. But a third of councils have opted
to forego some of the rise or not to put up council tax
at all for most people. Our local government
correspondent, Jamie McIvor, As well as you say, Sally, all 32
councils have now set the council tax for the coming here and here in
South Ayrshire, it'll be a 3% rise in the basic bill. But now all 32
councils have named their figures for the Cogne year, how are things
looking nationally. Well 21 council also put up the basic council tax by
3%, that's the most they are allowed to put it up by, by the Scottish
Government. A further three councils have gone for a rise of less than 3%
and eight council, all run by Labour, have gone for voluntary
local freezes on the basic rate of council tax, even though that adds
to the pressure on what are already very tight finances. It's worth me
making the point, though, that roughly one-quarter of us, no matter
where we live in Scotland are facing much more significant increases,
because of changes to the way council tax is calculated but
certainly that is the situation as far as it looks across the country
as a whole. But it is certainly interesting politically, that so
many Labour councils have gone for voluntary local freezes. Let's hear
what was said at first ministers' questions today. For ten years the
SNP have said that the council tax is unfair. The question isn't why
Labour councils are freezing it, it is why the SNP haven't scrapped it?
For ten years we have had Labour councils, we have had Labour MSPs in
this chamber saying - end the council tax freeze. So as soon as we
end the council tax freeze, what do we have? We have Labour leaders in
councils like Inverclyde saying they are going to become the
longest-serving ever councils to freeze it. Labour doesn't know what
it is doing from one day of the week to the next. Now councils could
argue a freeze demonstrates efficiency or helps family budgets
but the elephant in the room is that there is council elections in two
months' time so the big question is how might a freeze or rise play with
the voters? Jamie thank you very much.
Aberdeen City Council is thinking about running its own bus company.
The authority's Labour-run administration says bus operators
have reneged on running services to certain communities
The main operator in the city, First Aberdeen, said
Council officials have been asked to prepare
The chairman of Aberdeen football club says their proposed
?50 million new stadium complex could help prevent the city
becoming a "backwater", after the recent decline
Stewart Milne wants to move the club away from Pittodrie,
to a new site just outside the city at Kingsford.
But, as Kheredine Idessane reports, there's opposition to the plan.
Hello. You can show me the way. Maybe I can try and sell you a
house. A home fixture for the Aberdeen Chairman, inviting us on to
his own property to this patch of land outside the city where he
his own property to this patch of wanted to lay foundations for the
future, a ?50 million stadium and training complex, ready for the
start of the 2020 football season, the third time he's tried to move
from Pittodrie. It will be setting up the Football Club hopefully for
the next half century at least. That can play a major deal in how
Aberdeen as a city is out there in the wider world. That we are a city
determined to go places. We want to build on the reputation we've got
and as the North Sea oil starts to fall off, end up being a backwater.
Not everyone agrees and one group is actively campaigning against the
proposalsful The city has a regeneration plan and that is
designed to keep the city vibrant. I don't see how removing hundreds of
thousands of fans over the year is going to support that, it's going to
be completely the opposite to the regeneration plan that's in place.
Leafletting the locals in the area has highlighted other objection,
including the road in. There's gaps in it all over the place. There's no
central barrier. It's a road waiting for an accident to happen. It might
actually bring some more wealth into this area It's really bad as it is
just now with the bypass going on, the queues for traffic and stuff
like that. I definitely think it is bad. This famous old stadium hosted
the has yob years for Aberdeen when Sir
A ex-Ferguson's side were not just winners in Scotland but in Europe,
too. The referee in this one is Aberdeen City Council who will
decide in the summer if the big move can go ahead.
Timeline is on at 7.30pm over on BBC Two Scotland
with Glenn Campbell and Laura MacIver.
Onp tonight's show: We'll hear from Sarah Brown about how much more
needs to be done to help babies born prematurely. The comedian Jop brand
talks to us about Red Nose Day, mental health and her dad's struggle
with depression. I was frightened of him. It is quite a weird thing being
with depression. I was frightened of frightened of your own dad T took
him years to seek help. Remember the kited yoga boys from last week's
show. It sparked an excellent parody which we will look at. And we've
asked the locals in Cumbernauld what guests will do while in town.
Now the weather. Well a mixture of sunshine and showers. Tonight
thikser cloud continues to spill in to the south, followed by some
outbreaks of rain. Some perhaps fringing in towards the central belt
during the early hours and as it meets relatively cold air it will
fall as snow over the hills and high ground. Further north tonight,
largely dry. The showers becoming fewer and further between. A fairly
widespread frost developing under clear skies with light winds.
Perhaps some icy stretches across the north and lows tonight of around
main us-3 for inland areas. So tomorrow undas with a fair amount of
cloud and outbreaks of rain across southern and central areas,
especially. The best of the sunshine tomorrow will be further north.
Taking a closer look tomorrow afternoon, across southern and
central areas, becoming largely dry. Perhaps just one or two showers and
some bright spells. East or north-easterly winds picking up
tomorrow afternoon, making for really a chilly feel. As I was
saying the best of theshine tomorrow afternoon across the Western Isles,
Skye the north-west high land, towards Inverness and Moray coast
and Northern Isles, with one or two showers and highs of around 8.
Tomorrow evening, again cloud will thicken across the south which will
be followed by outbreaks of rain tomorrow night gradually tracking
be followed by outbreaks of rain its way further north. By Saturday,
we firmly have low pressure in charge. Cloudy with outbreaks of
we firmly have low pressure in rain for most of us. That rain
continues to track its way northwards during the course of the
day of the the best of any dry, bright weather will be along perhaps
the north coast and Northern Isles. Again east or north-easterly winds
will be fairly brisk at times making for really quite a cold feel. As we
look ahead to Sunday, an improvement for some of us. Fairly cloudy
conditions, just some showers along western coastal areas. The best of
the brightness and sunshine will be in the east. That's the forecast.
Now, a reminder of tonight's main news:
The Prime Minister has accused the SNP of playing politics with
people's lives over the threat of a second independence referendum
but she refused to be drawn on whether the UK
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said the Scottish Government has
been met by "a brick wall of Tory intransigence".
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,