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The Prime Minister attacks the SNP for being obsessed


They've accused her of "mind-boggling hypocrisy".


The dramatic rescue of five fishermen from the sea off


Shetland as their boat sinks in a matter of minutes.


A warning that Scotland's sweet tooth and bad diet


means the nation faces an increased risk of cancer.


We just eat what we want, as far as I'm concerned. I've got my bacon,


with all the fat stuff. But I enjoy it. I think a wee bit of chocolate


allowed. All the fun of the fair -


we take a look at an exhibition And disappointment for


Eilidh Doyle as she's caught on the line to go out of the 400


metres at the European Indoor The Prime Minister has promised


a new, more active union in an effort to strengthen the links


between Scotland and England. At the Conservative conference


in Glasgow, Theresa May warned against what she called allowing


the UK to "drift apart". She said unity would be more vital


than ever after Brexit. This from our political


editor Brian Taylor. They are Tory, Unionist, they don't


need convincing. The Prime Minister knows that others do. She argued


that Brexit made the unity of the UK more vital still. As Britain leaves


the European Union and we forge a new place in the world, the strength


and stability of our union will become ever more important. And the


core union values? Solidarity, Unity, family. Was that just a


little socialist sounding? Certainly not. She deplored a tendency for


Whitehall to forget Scotland. She wanted a new, active union, outside


the EU. At all times we will seek to strengthen and enhance the ties that


bind us together. I am determined to ensure that as we leave the EU, we


do so as one United Kingdom, which prospers outside the EU has one


United Kingdom. Farming and fishing, that might mean returning powers and


subsidy from Brussels, only to create new common structures across


the UK. Nationalists call it a power grab. Tories say it is practical


unionism. Still no word as to what the Prime Minister does if Nicola


Sturgeon demands the power to hold another independence referendum. She


should block it. But it might go towards Scotland's interests if she


does not, because if the SNP got another and lost, they can't have


another. As the British government, we should have a say on when the


referendum is held and what the question might be. We do street


stalls against a second referendum and people elbow each other out of


the way to sign the petition. The Scottish Secretary appeals to the


First Minister to ditch talks of a second referendum but confirmed a


possible process. If there is a request for an independence


referendum, the process is the same as previously. There would have to


be agreement between the governments. We have always been


clear there could be another independence referendum. Our


argument is that there should not be one. Back on stage, the final act


was the act of union. We are four nations, but at heart we are one


people. That solidarity is the essence of our United Kingdom and is


the surest, -- the surest safeguard of its future. Let us live up to


that high ideal and let us never stopped making loudly and clearly


the positive, optimistic and passionate case for our precious


union of nations, and of people. Thank you.


Brian joins us from the conference in Glasgow.


I do not think we are any clearer as to what she would do about a second


referendum if the Scottish Government decided to call one.


Where do we go from here? Well, the two sides,


the champions of unionism and nationalism, they are poles apart


might. Indeed, the SNP commented upon the speech by the Prime


Minister, saying it was surreal and hypocritical. Given that it was a


Conservative initiative which brought about the attendant


constitutional conundrum facing the UK in Scotland. Each side have been


chastising the other. Senior Tories say that the SNP talk consensus and


then ratchet up the rhetoric about independence. SNP ministers in the


Scottish Government say that they attend ministers -- they attend


meetings with UK ministers which are futile because ministers do not


engage seriously with the prospect of the situation regarding Scotland


post Brexit. So you have a situation here at the Tory party where Theresa


May's speech was trying to pre-empt a plebiscite. But it would equally


well work as a campaign speech in that referendum, should it happen.


Thank you very Ambulance staff in the north-east


are threatening industrial action over claims that emergency cover


is being compromised. It's in response to concerns that


ambulances are not available for 999 calls because they are being used


for non-emergency patient transport. Members of the Unite union also


claim that staff consistently work over their hours


and suffer from fatigue. It is about lack of staff, lack of


ambulances, about into hospital transfers, where ambulances are used


to transfer patients from one hospital to another, when we believe


the ambulance is not required for that transfer. But the management at


the top and people in the health service see fit to use ambulances as


a taxi service, and that has to stop.


What's the background? Well, the Unite union is claiming the problems


have been ongoing for two years. It says that ambulances cannot attend


my 99 calls because they are used to transfer patients to and from


hospital. It also says emergency cover in Aberdeen is propped up by


crews from rural areas, which is causing shortages of cover for those


communities. There is also concern about workers suffering from


fatigue, because they have been asked to work over and above their


scheduled working hours. 95% of those balloted said they had no


confidence in management. The Scottish Ambulance Service says it


has invested significantly in the North in the past few years,


recruiting around 100 extra staff, but it does admit that more can be


done. Is this confined to the north-east? Well, this is not a new


criticism that has been brought north-east? Well, this is not a new


earlier this week. The Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance


earlier this week. The Chief Service was in Sutherland to discuss


concerns about provision in the Highlands. Some residents had raised


concerns about patient transport Hospital in Inverness. They were


claiming that reaching hospital by ambulance or by public transport was


becoming increasingly difficult. As for the situation in Aberdeen, a


meeting is expected to take place between the union and management


within the next few weeks. Unite is threatening industrial action if the


matter is not resolved. Thank you. The crew of a fishing boat


are recovering tonight after a lucky escape when their boat began


to sink off Shetland. The crew of the Ocean Way


were forced to jump into the sea The final moments of the Ocean Way.


The crew prepared to jump for their lives. In less than a minute, their


60 foot boat sinks below the waves. Just as we got alongside, the boat


started to sink and the boys jumped into the water alongside the


lifeboat. We fished them in and hoisted them aboard. Once she


stopped moving and was rolling, it was more difficult, which was why


they jumped into the water. It was safer than getting trapped between


the boats. We hoisted them up, got them aboard. Two of our crew were in


the water with them, keeping them close to the boat. We got them on


board, got their wet clothes off and wrapped them in dry clothing. It was


just before 7am when the crew sent out a Mayday. It is believed the


vessel's trawl door may have struck the bottom of the boat. For over an


hour they battle to save the vessel, taking two pumps on board to try to


stem the surge of water, but it was not to be. Around 10am, the


fisherman arrived back in harbour. After a checkup from paramedics, who


boarded the lifeboat, they were finally back on dry land. The final


moments were the bow of the boat sticking out of the water. It went


down within seconds. Less than one minute from when they decided to


jump until she disappeared. Marine accident investigators have launched


an enquiry into the sinking. An investigation has been launched


after a man was found dead in a village near Stirling two days


after his family contacted police. The 51-year-old's body


was discovered at a house in Fallin The Police Investigations


and Review Commissioner inquiry will focus on Police Scotland's


response to a phone call There is a warning that we are


hurtling towards an epidemic of larger waistlines and with it


an increased risk of cancer. The charity Cancer Research UK says


it's being fuelled by our love It says being overweight


was the single biggest cause Tempting, isn't it, a shop full of


sweets? Guidelines say that sugar should form no more than 5% of our


diet, but on average adults and children in Scotland consume much


more than this. According to the report, 39% of Scots will have at


least one sort of confectionery everyday, including sweets, cakes


and biscuits, compared to 30% in England and 18% of us will have one


or more. And these statistics have led cancer specialists to give this


warning. Only one in four Scots recognise that obesity is the


leading preventable cause of cancer. It is the single leading preventable


cause after smoking. Levels of awareness are low, and we know the


biggest contributor to being obese is our diet. Physical activity is


important but diet is key, and we have seen no change in overweight or


obesity rates in Scotland in a decade. Two thirds of adults and


over court of children in Scotland are overweight or obese. One idea


from Cancer Research UK is to call on the Scottish Government act to


get restrictions put on promotions like multi-buys of foods that are


high in sugar, fat and salt. Ministers say they are committed to


tackling Scotland's obesity problems. We will be engaging with


the food industry, but we are already seeing some changes. Bars


have announced they are re-formulating their recipe. Tesco


and other retailers are changing practices as well. But why is the


healthy eating message not getting through? We eat what we want, as far


as I'm concerned. I have got my bacon with all of the fact and


stuff, but I enjoy it. Advertisements in shops, I do not


think they put enough out there to tell people that it is not good for


you. People have formed their own food traditions, and it is very


difficult to break those habits. I think a wee bit of chocolate is


allowed. So it seems changing tastes and attitudes will take far longer


than it does to choose in the sweet shop.


It's emerged that a primary school head teacher was taken to hospital


Janette Black, head of Springhill and Auchenback Primary School


in Barrhead, was seen at a minor injuries unit.


East Renfrewshire Council confirmed that the incident had


taken place and that an investigation was ongoing.


East Renfrewshire Council has confirmed that an incident happened


here at the school in Barrhead on Wednesday, and that the headteacher


attended a local hospital minor injuries clinic. The local authority


said that was a precaution and she had not suffered any serious


injuries. The council said, incidents like this are extremely


rare, and that it has a zero tolerance approach to violence at


work. A spokesman added that an investigation is currently underway


to establish exactly what happened. Once that has been concluded,


appropriate action would be taken. Police Scotland said the incident


had not been reported to them. The Prime Minister attacks


the SNP for being obsessed with independence at any cost


and tells Scottish Conservatives that the UK must remain united


as it leaves the EU. Runner Laura Muir


is in imperious form at the European Indoor


Athletics Championships. Plans to create hundreds


of new jobs at the Fort William aluminium smelter have taken


another step forward. The new owners of the aluminium


smelter in Fort William want to invest hundreds of millions


of pounds in the plant and build a new factory


using metal produced there. If anyone was sceptical about the


commitment of the new owners to this plant when they took over a few


months ago, here is the evidence, a ?10 million row of biofuel


generators to supply electricity to the smelter. The whole plant should


therefore run largely on renewable energy, producing the greenest metal


anywhere in the UK. It is waste oil. Whether it is fish waste oil, animal


fat, whatever, it is using that so it is not burning any actual


resource. The next phase of development will be the construction


of a new factory to manufacture car parts, like alloy wheels. That will


provide 300 direct jobs, but the ambitions of the new operators go


further, with recycling aluminium and steel. They say they could be


employing something like 1000 people on site within the next decade. For


the local economy, that could pose problems, so the public sector has


got involved, too. So, a range of public bodies sat around the table


today to map out how they can support this major expansion. If we


see a great number of new jobs created, a new factory built, and


much development on the wider estate, we need the public sector to


respond. We need to make sure there will be sufficient homes, a supply


of skills, working with the West Highland College and the company.


And we need in the public sector to work together and work quickly


together. The ?450 million investment represents a once in a


lifetime opportunity, according to Mr Ewing.


One of Scotland's international rugby players has been speaking


to the BBC about his fightback from years of depression


Fraser Brown, of the Glasgow Warriors, is now a key member


of the team trying to win this year's Six Nations.


But as David Currie reports, he's had to win physical and mental


battles to establish himself for club and country.


A key member of the Scotland squad, Fraser Brown could earn his 24th cap


against England. A few years ago it seemed like his youthful promise


could be unfulfilled. Injuries stopped him making a breakthrough at


his first pro club, Edinburgh Rugby. There have been campaigns in the


press about mental health and depression. It is a very real thing,


especially when you're young player who has been injured a lot. I went


back home, went to one of the clubs in Edinburgh and enjoyed being


around guys just having fun and playing rugby again. Then I did


sevens and was picked up by Glasgow. At Glasgow Warriors, Brown made the


grade, helping them to win the Pro12 league title in 2015 and he became a


Scotland international. The inner battle continues. You never really


get over it, it is something you come through gradually, it has taken


me five, six years. It's something where if I have bad times now I


might have low points, I need the result in myself that I can speak


about it, let it out and speak to people who can help me through it


and there is something at the end. Although Brown thinks the injuries


of his early career may have triggered mental health issues, he


feels the sport he loves also helps him to cope. It kick-started it but


it pulled me out of it as well. The reason it kick-started it is because


I couldn't do something I really enjoyed doing and on the back of


that, when I came back I didn't have to worry about the pressures of


professional rugby, I could enjoy what I'm doing, the rest of my life


around rugby. It's definitely helped.


Scottish athlete Laura Muir's ambitions of winning two medals


at the Indoor European Athletics Championships are on course.


The 23-year-old has reached the finals of the 1500 and 3000


metres, after qualifying in both events today.


But as Jane Lewis reports, there was disappointment for some


Much is expected from this Scott in Belgrade. What a 12 months it has


been for Laura Muir. There was no sign of her record-breaking form


during her 3000 metre heat. Laura Muir has decided that fifth is OK.


Doing just enough to qualify for the final. Little wonder she was taking


things easy, four hours later she was back on the track and this time


in the 1500 metres. Going to be tight on the line but Laura makes


sure. Not quite easy does it this time but her fans can look forward


to cheering her on as she faces another final. Physically I'm in


good shape so it should be OK, it is more mentally, it will be tough to


try and relax, gearing yourself up for each round again. A bit of both


but I'm as prepared as I can be. Fellow Scots aid is McColgan and


Steph Twell are going to take it on, joining your in the 3000 metres


final. The perils of indoor athletics were also on show in


Belgrade. Down she goes. A sore one in the 400 metres. A Lee Doyle


avoided such pitfalls but there was agony of a different kind. After


cruising to the semifinals of the agony of a different kind. After


400 metres she was looking at the final. Doyle is looking for it.


Doyle didn't make it. I knew I had to go hard because I wanted to win


the break and make it difficult, I wanted to win it to get a good lane


for the final, so to not even make the final is pretty heartbreaking.


Heartbreak for Guy Luzon and -- Kylie and. His 800 metres didn't go


as he'd hoped. The plan was just to run hard. I just lost concentration


over the last five metres, I think. Absolutely devastated. Painful for


him but at least he escaped unscathed. What did I tell you?


Indoor athletics can be a dangerous game.


The "shows" have been a part of Scottish cultural life


Yet little is known about the showpeople,


who've been bringing those rides and attractions to towns around


Now an exhibition aims to put it right.


Our arts correspondent Pauline McLean reports.


The shows have been part of Scottish cultural life for more than a


century, bringing innovation as well is old-fashioned entertainment. This


is a typical showman's vehicle. Melvin Thomas is from a long line of


show men and has been collecting fairground artefacts for 30 years.


Developed a lot of things themselves, their own engineers and


when they could eat something that could be bettered, if they couldn't


do it they knew someone who could. A lot of the fairground was adapted by


ourselves. If we could see an idea that was going to be better, they


would have a go at it. The shows brought elegance of the Anderson


Amartey towns who had none and offered welcome cheer and wartime --


brought electricity to towns. They were undercover, the blackout


sheets, but they were still open and it was a busy time. The shows have


changed and so have the show men and women, most living in Glasgow at


sites across the City. It is the largest concentration in Europe,


thanks to the draw of the annual Winter Carnival dating back to the


1930s. It is quite permanent, some even live in houses and travel in


smaller caravans but it is definitely the hub in Scotland for


most Scottish show families. Now a new exhibition at the Glasgow


Riverside Museum offers a rare insight into the shows and the


people who run them. As well as the chance to sample the sights and


sounds and smells. We've got two machines that emanate a vapour into


the air, one of them smells like caramel and candy floss and the


other one smells like steam and machinery because their grounds have


a strange mixture of machinery and sweet smells and corn and things


like that, so we've tried to recreate that.


Makes me sick just looking at the Walser! Best look -- let's look at


the weather. Once again these north of Scotland


has had the lion's share of the sunshine. In Central and southern


parts we had more cloud and that theme continues tonight. Rain


pushing in through Dumfries and Galloway, the borders, eventually


reaching Argyll and the central belt and Angus and as it bumps into this


cold air it is going to fall as snow. Across much of the North we


will hold onto the dry conditions with clear spells and perhaps some


frost. By the end of the night, temperatures recovering to around


3-5dC, the winds strengthening. Low pressure dominating tomorrow, quite


a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, which continues journey in North


during the day. And due to the persistent nature of it across the


likes of Fife, Perth, towards Dundee, Angus and Aberdeenshire, we


have a yellow warning in force to be aware. The risk of localised


flooding and hazardous driving conditions. Tomorrow afternoon


across much of the South, improving, perhaps some late brightness, cloudy


skies over the central belt, rain continuing to push across much of


the North, falling as snow over the hills and high ground of the


Grampians. The driest conditions coming tomorrow afternoon and may


hold on across the far northern coast of Lewis and perhaps some


brightness over the Northern Isles, coast of Lewis and perhaps some


but a cold feel with brisk north-easterly winds. For hill


walking and climbing, snow showers, wind from the east, 40 mph, blizzard


conditions and severe wind-chill, becoming drier across the Galloway


hills in the afternoon and the wind easing here. Similar for the more


eastern ranges, severe wind-chill, 40-50 mph and frequent snow showers


over the border hills becoming drier. Tomorrow evening the rain


continues to track North, becoming confined to the Northern Isles.


Elsewhere will be mostly dry, some showers across the south-west on


Sunday we will have some bright and sunny interlude is however we will


have bands of showers coming to the South and West. Feeling milder with


milder winds. Tonight's main news:


The Prime Minister has promised a new, more active union


in an effort to strengthen the links At the Conservative conference


in Glasgow, Theresa May warned against what she called allowing


the UK to "drift apart". That's Reporting Scotland. I'll be


back with the headlines at 8pm and a late bulletin after 10pm. Good




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