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The First Minister formally requests the power to hold a second


independence referendum, arguing there's "no rational reason"


The bin lorry driver that crashed in Glasgow, killing six


people, walks away with a three year ban for a separate offence.


These foster parents say they deserve the same protections


We are getting involved, we are trying our best, we are doing


everything on our own. Why are local authorities scared to give us


employee rights? Also on the programme,


Celtic could clinch the Premiership title tonight


without kicking a ball, if Aberdeen lose


away to Dundee. And how the beekeeping boom


could be putting the future The First Minister has formally


requested the transfer of powers from Westminster to hold


an independence referendum. In a letter to the Prime Minister,


Nicola Sturgeon says there is "no rational reason" why this request


should be declined. But Downing Street says it


would be wrong to hold talks while the details


of Brexit remain uncertain. And the Scottish Tories


accused the First Minister On a sofa, the image of shoes off


relaxation, the First Minister signs a letter urging an Independence


Referendum, an obvious contrast with the Prime Minister, signing goodbye


to the EU at a desk below a portrait of Britain's first Prime Minister.


One I sit around the day goes shipping table... Nicola Sturgeon


One I sit around the day goes says she wishes Theresa May every


success in Brexit talks, promising full and constructive support. The


motion is agreed. But she reminds the Prime Minister that the Scottish


Parliament has now voted for an Independence Referendum to coincide


with the inclusion of those Brexit negotiations. The First Minister


adds that there appears to be no rational reason for you to stand in


the way of the will of the Scottish Parliament, and I hope you will not


do so. I asked the First Minister why now, when she knew the Prime


Minister had already said no. I'm writing to the Prime Minister today,


to set out the rational case for the will of the Scottish Parliament. But


you know the answer. She has said no. Let me finish. I'm writing to


her to formally request that she respects the view of the Scottish


parliament. What we're dealing with his natural gas me or the SNP, this


is the will of Scottish Parliament. If she refuses to enter into these


discussions, what I said very clearly is this. In my view the will


of the Scottish parliament must be respected. It is a question not of


if it is respected, but how. Spokesman for the Prime Minister


confirmed she would not enter any talks now about independence. The


Scottish Tories say the focus should be on Brexit. It is a highly


theatrical gesture we have all been anticipating. This is a request for


a referendum which the people of Scotland don't want, and the Prime


Minister has made it clear she does not believe now is the time. In many


respects this is pure theatrical politics. It will not serve any


meaningful purpose and we will not be having a referendum in the


immediate future until our future outside of the European Union is


clear. Nicola Sturgeon insists Scotland must be given a choice. For


now, stalemate. And Brian is in the Scottish


Parliament for us this evening. Holyrood is now in recess. Nicola


Sturgeon says she will return after the fortnight's resellers -- recess,


fairly early in the new term, and set out the options and what she


intends to do to implemented. She has a mandate for a referendum. The


more radical options would include obliging able -- an election here in


Holyrood, resigning and mass and forcing by-elections. Another could


be noncompliance with the Brexit procedure. Nicola Sturgeon says she


will set out the details as and when she returns to Parliament here. In


the meantime, she is waiting for the formal response from the Prime


Minister. We don't have that yet. We will get that in due course. She


didn't agonise, she didn't fret. It will be a no.


The driver of a bin lorry which crashed in Glasgow, killing six


people in December 2014, has been banned from driving


for three years and will have to wear an electronic tag


Arriving at the sheriff court knowing he could face a custodial


sentence. Last month, Harry Clarke, on the right, pleaded guilty to


culpable and reckless driving. His licence was taken away after he lost


consciousness at the wheel of a bin lorry which crashed in Glasgow city


centre in December 20 14. Six people were killed. Many others were


injured. But just nine months after the crash, he was seen back behind


the wheel on a public road. Harry Clarke admitted driving on this road


in the East End of Glasgow. Neighbours had seen him from a


window getting into his car in the private car park near his home,


turning on the headlights and driving onto the road. His car was


back two hours later. In his defence, Harry Clarke's lawyer said


he had driven the car 30 yards from the car park to the front door and


returned it a couple of hours later. In court last month, Harry Clarke


admitted or should have known he was unfit to drive following the bin


lorry tragedy, and an episode more than four years earlier when he


worked as a bus driver for first bus. But a fatal accident enquiry


also held here heard he had a history of fainting and blackouts


over 30 years, and had been to the doctor 300 times in that period. The


enquiry found he had lied on forms to get jobs and keep his license.


And the crash could have been avoided had he told the truth about


his medical history. Harry Clarke's lawyer said nothing he said today in


mitigation is intended in any wait to diminish the events of December


2000 and 14. Sentencing Harry Clarke today for driving again, the sheriff


told him the decision he had taken to drive on the road, even for a


short distance, was wholly irresponsible and reprehensible, and


placed the safety of the public at risk. He said, you must have been


acutely aware of the possible consequences of you losing


consciousness while driving. Harry Clarke has been banned from driving


for three years, although his license had already been revoked


indefinitely on medical grounds. He will be supervised for a year, is


tagged and on a curfew between 7pm and 7am for four months. He has to


do on paid work. If he breaches this, the consequences could be


extremely serious, said the sheriff. An employment tribunal case taken


by two foster carers in Glasgow, could have wide ranging implications


for the future status of foster The case will consider


whether these carers should be treated as an employee


by local authorities, with all Just tea for two these days. The


Johnsons have been fostering youngsters, including some with


behaviour issues, since 2011. But they say they haven't had a child to


look after for almost a year. They want to take Glasgow City Council to


an employment tribunal, citing unlawful deduction of wages


following a whistle-blowing incident. To do that they need to be


regarded as employees. But that is not the kind of arrangement local


authorities currently believe they have with foster carers. We work


with vulnerable young people, we are helping, we're not walking by. We're


getting involved, we are trying our best. We are doing everything in our


home. Why local authorities kicks -- scared to give us employee rights or


workers' rights? The Johnson is also believe that if they were recognised


as employees, then the council in this city and councils elsewhere,


would have a clear duty of care towards foster carers and not just


the children they look after. Many foster carers do work with local


authorities are independent fostering agencies. They have a


written agreement that says what they have to do, they get paid. They


are often trained. Sometimes expensively. Yet they have no


employment rights whatsoever. Glasgow City Council did not wish to


comment but said they provide combines of support to foster


carers. carers.


-- comprehensive support. It expected the tribunal will sit


early in the summer. And its determination as to whether foster


carers are actually employees full employment rights, or it should be


termed as workers, but still brings some rights, or should stay on the


same arrangement at the moment without those benefits. That will be


of huge importance not just to foster carers themselves, but to


local authorities throughout the country.


Aileen Clarke. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has


called for people who wish to appear during its first public


hearings, to come forward. The hearings will begin at the end


of May, and will hear evidence from survivor groups and large care


providers, as well as The inquiry says evidence


is continuing to be taken Production has been partly shut down


on a North Sea installation Dana Petroleum says there was no


safety risk from the release, which was discovered when bubbles


appeared on the surface near its The Health and Safety Executive


is investigating. Celtic could secure


the Premiership title this weekend If Aberdeen lose to Dundee tonight,


or the Parkhead club beat Hearts on Sunday,


they'll secure six league So what does all of that


say about the standard Here's our Senior Football Reporter,


Chris McLaughlin. Once again it has been Celtic's


season. Unstoppable, at times unplayable. There is every chance


the spoils will come to be victors this weekend. And when they do, this


is the man who will be held above all others. Brendan Rodgers, Celtic


manager and architect of recent success. What he has brought to


Celtic has meant they have moved forward massively quickly. This is


by far is the best title because they are so far ahead. And they are


playing some great football as well. Grid Portal -- football but a


predictable outcome. Success has led to questions about the lack of


competition. Juventus are on the verge of winning their sixth


consecutive title. Other teams, PSG, the challenge of Monaco this season,


you look to Germany, iron have won it hundreds of times that make many


times. The club can do much no more. We want to keep pushing on the


field. Who will push back? This was the last time another team won the


league, Rangers in 2011. Can they are anybody else stop Celtic in the


near future due We simply do not know. There has been so much


instability about the Ibrox club that you cannot say with any


assuredness that even next season or the season after that, they will


mount that traditional challenge. This area in front of Celtic Park


has become known as the Celtic way. Celtic's away on Brendan Rodgers has


been win and win in some style. But the former Liverpool manager has


brought more. A hunger, a ruthless efficiency. The League Cup is


already in the bag and the title will soon join it. All that is left


is the Scottish cup to complete a clean sweep, the domestic trouble.


Where once there was hope, now there is expectation.


Scotland captain Scott Brown will declare himself


available to play for his country in June's World Cup qualifier


The BBC has learned the midfielder will be given some time off once


Celtic win the Premiership title, which could be as soon


Brown has been available for Scotland on a game-by-game basis


since reversing his international retirement decision last November.


You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.


The First Minister has sent a letter, formally asking


the Prime Minister for the power to hold another


And in rugby, both Glasgow and Edinburgh are aiming


to reach the semifinals in European competitions.


Stroke patients are helping scientists at Edinburgh University


understand what might cause bleeding in the brain.


A new powerful combined scanner is being used to detect a build up


of abnormal proteins in people's brains.


Our health correspondent, Lisa Summers reports.


It is a high-tech and powerful device which could hold the key to


causes of bleeding in the brain. Mick Burns is one of the first


patients to be involved in this new research. He had a stroke last May.


I went to work and I realised something was going wrong. I wasn't


able to sign in. I knew something was telling me I need to do


something about this. I contacted my GP at the time. And he suggested I


get to hospital as quickly as possible. His recovery has been good


but he doesn't know what caused his stroke. That is why he signed up to


this study. The sophisticated scanner combines MRI scanning that


shows structural details, with PET scanning, that follows things like


brain activity. The scientists are tracking the build-up of an abnormal


protein. They hope it will lead to a better understanding of what


triggers conditions like a stroke. At the moment it is difficult to do


it. You need not opted to it. That is obviously difficult to perform.


What we are trying to do is almost use the scanner to look at the level


of the protein in real life to see if we can identify patients whose


stroke was due to this. The technology will be eventually used


to investigate other diseases, particularly dementia. It is part of


a huge project tracking patients across the UK. You can have lots of


small strokes, one can of dementia. Other people have Alzheimer's


disease. That is a build-up of abnormal protein in the brain,


causing the connections in the brain to fail. That is when patients


develop Alzheimer's. It is hoped a clearer picture of what causes


conditions like dementia and strokes will lead to better diagnosis and


ultimately better treatments. East Kilbride, Scotland's first


new town is celebrating its 70th East Kilbride has grown into one


of Scotland's largest towns. Its continued expansion is not


without its critics. It may not look like it, but this


was a vision of the future. The first of many roundabouts which


directed family is flowing out of nearby Glasgow and into what was to


become Scotland's most successful new town. All housing development


areas have main roads and bus routes going round them. The original plan


was to accommodate 45,000 people. Families moved here for better


housing, jobs and more opportunities. There was a great


sense of optimism. This is a place where people choose to live and


raise a family. A place where people can make a good life and enjoy


themselves. East Kilbride was a traditional rural village until the


new town was built. The old Parish Church, I met up with some of the


early residents. The concept was a relatively small new town, and now


they tell us its 70 5000. I think they must have forgotten 25,000


people, I don't know where they are. Now the village is swamped by new


housing. It's lovely to see new people getting housing, but it's


swamped. It has changed tremendously. Do you think a new


term has ever got as big as this? No, that wasn't the original


concept. Up to 50,000, there was still to some extent a village


tradition and village life. There was a spirit. But as we have moved


on since that stage, it's lost its way to some extent. The green belt


surrounding the town brought ample opportunity for recreation and fresh


air. East Kilbride has grown way beyond that original plan with a


air. East Kilbride has grown way population today of 70 5000. And


air. East Kilbride has grown way that growth is threatening to


swallow up nearby villages. Much to the alarm of locals. There is a


disappearance of the community that was here when I first moved here in


1989. The town of East Kilbride is indeed getting closer. The green


belt spaces are disappearing. If you look at the amount of green farmland


left between East Kilbride, Jackson and Eagleson, is diminishing very


rapidly. These young people of East Kilbride will now be retired. 70


years on, I wonder if they feel whether that sense of optimism is


justified? A leading biologist says


Scotland's native honey bees are being threatened by imports


brought in because of the hobby's A new group has been formed to help


protect the indigenous species and convince more


keepers to convert. Our environment correspondent


Kevin Keane reports. They are Scotland's only native


honeybee and now there are fears this buzzing insect is at risk.


There is honey or syrup they have converted into the equivalent of


honey. That's their winter food. The threat is not from population is


dying out, but new species been brought in from across Europe. They


are arriving to meet the growth in popularity of beekeeping and


crossbreeding with the natives. We are concerned that they are on their


way out if we don't do something to ensure that there's going to be


these Bees in the future. It's a case of no real focus to date from


the keepers of interest. There are about 3000 bee keepers in Scotland.


Without them there would hardly be any bees at all. It's the growth in


popularity of this hobby that's putting these bees at risk. To the


untrained eye, this species looks quite similar to its European


cousin. The imported variety is cheaper to buy but a lot less


resilient. These bees will have involved in environments with damp


conditions, damp winters. -- involved in environments. They can


fly in lower temperatures which are more normal in Scotland. That makes


them more hardy and adapted to the environment. We will need to inspect


all our clients roughly once a week. The beekeepers say their role is


vital for the protection of all bees. They say the risk of disease


is high and colonies need to be managed. That remains the biggest


threat to survival. Beekeepers now need to intervene to treat colonies


and reduced numbers to help these through the winter. This new group


wants to raise awareness of the native bee and lobby the government


for their protection. It's an important weekend


for Scotland's two Glasgow and Edinburgh playing


for places in the semifinals Our sports reporter


David Currie joins us now Certainly is. Good evening. A couple


of weeks after the six Nations, our top rugby players get the chance to


test themselves again, this time against a couple of the best club


teams in Europe. Firstly in the Challenge Cup, the equivalent of


football's Europa League, Edinburgh play this evening at Murrayfield


against French league leaders La Rochelle. With me to talk about that


is the former Scotland international Peter Wright. Edinburgh's form in


the pro 12 lead has been nothing short of dire. They have lost their


last five games but have been superb in Europe. Does that make tonight


difficult to call Costa it does. They have only won four times in the


league, but they have beaten Harlequins home and away in the cup.


We don't know how it will go. They are a team when it comes to cup


rugby. They have good pedigree and were in the cup final couple of


years ago, just losing to Gloucester. I think they've got a


chance. No doubt about the big game of the weekend. Glasgow Warriors in


the Champions Cup, the more prestigious tournament, and they are


away to defending champions Saracens in London on Sunday. I've been along


to watch the Warriors training for what could be the biggest game in


their history. Formed 21 years ago with the aim of


competing with Europe's best, it could be said Glasgow have come of


age. Making ready for their first European Champions Cup quarterfinal.


This is something the club has been working on for a long time. They


know how important work to get it, how the effort and disappointment


we've had in previous seasons in Europe, we have to throw everything


at Saracens. Their opponents can call on talents like England


superstar Owen Farrell and their culture of success at the highest


level. Saracens, after all, our English Premiership champions. And


also the defending European champions. The London side haven't


lost a match in European competition for two years. Probably better than


what we had in the pool stages. We will have to up our game, but that's


why we play footy, to be in this situation. Warriors are winners too.


Regularly reaching the Pro12 league play-offs, beating the best Irish


and Welsh sides to the title two years ago. I think having that


victory in Belfast in the Pro12, the final against Munster, but in terms


of the result, being European champions away from home in our


first quarterfinal, that will be the best result we've had. Reaching the


semifinals isn't the limit of Warriors' ambition. Some are


reaching for the stars. We're not just wanting to stop there. We want


to create even bigger history and go to the final and win that. If we


play well and everything goes to plan on the day, we know we can do


it. You can listen to both matches on


BBC radio Scotland, starting with Edinburgh against La Rochelle


tonight. Now time for the weather. Most of us had rained today but it


has been steadily marching northwards leading to drier and


brighter conditions behind it. Tonight we will hold onto some light


and patchy rain across the Western Isles, the far north-west Highlands


and Shetland. Saubers developing across the far south. Otherwise dry


and fairly cloudy. -- showers developing. Temperatures falling in


Aberdeenshire to just one or two Celsius, but clouding over later. A


mild nights to come for most of us, temperatures widely six to eight


Celsius with the light wind. The beginning of April dawns on a fairly


cloudy note with some outbreaks of rain, particularly across the


north-west. The general theme tomorrow is brightness and sunshine


and also some April showers, initially in the West and becoming


more widespread as we go through the day. By tomorrow afternoon, I think


we will continue to see a scattering of showers across Dumfries and


Galloway, through the Borders and through central and eastern areas.


Some of the showers will be heavy and slow moving. The odd rumble of


thunder isn't out of the question. Some bright or sunny spells in


between the showers and highs of 12 or 14 Celsius, not feeling too bad


with light wind. Showers becoming fewer and further between across the


Western Isles and western coastal areas tomorrow afternoon. For hill


walking and climbing tomorrow, in the more western ranges the same


story. Sunshine and showers. I think the showers will lead to poor


visibility at times, but in the sunshiny visibility will be fairly


good. North-westerly wind around 15 mph. Similar story in the more


eastern ranges. Sunshine and showers, 2-4 C on the tops.


North-westerly winds around 10-15 mph. Tomorrow evening, a ridge of


high pressure essentially killing off the showers so it becomes dry,


clear, fairly chilly, with perhaps a touch of Frost developing in


sheltered rural areas. By Sunday, the ridge of high pressure staying


with us. The better day of the weekend. Dry, bright and plenty of


sunshine and highs of around 13 or 14. By Monday we will have rain


moving into the south-west, especially drier further east and


the rain will be accompanied by strengthening Southwest wind. By


Tuesday, it looks like it will be mostly dry. We might just see some


light rain in the West and it looks fairly breezy.


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