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The general election campaign kicks off at Holyrood,
with heated exchanges at First Minister's Question Time.
Campaigners say unhealthy school dinners may be contributing
How cycling to work could almost halve your risk of heart
We meet the two footballing brothers on opposing sides in
And, from being busy with her classroom studies to taking
part in an offshore drama - we catch up with the schoolgirl
who's taken part in her first lifeboat rescue.
I was inspired by my older brother. He's been a crew member since I was
very young. It went really good. There have been furious
exchanges at Holyrood, The First Minister
dismissed Labour's Jeremy And the Tories came under
sustained attack over This from our Political
Editor, Brian Taylor. It is absolutely despicable,
disgusting and unacceptable... Outside Holyrood, political leaders
joined a protest against a law which once women to prove that they have
been raped if they want tax credit for a third trial. The First
Minister challenged her Conservative opponent. Do you support the rape
clause in principle, or do you, like me, think it is utterly boring?
Answer the question. -- it is utterly apparent. Is the First
Minister does not like the two child tax policy, she can change it. Shame
on Ruth Davidson and the Conservatives. She broaden the
attack, arguing that only the SNP could protect Scotland. The rape
attack, arguing that only the SNP clause has been introduced by a Tory
government at Westminster with a clause has been introduced by a Tory
tiny majority. If that's what a Tory government can do with a tiny
majority, let's just think of the damage a Tory government, an
unfettered, out Tory government can do with a bigger majority. Yesterday
in Westminster, Nicola Sturgeon indicated she might contemplate a
Progressive alliance with Labour if the numbers stacked up. Ruth
Davidson seized upon by. And we will say no to a second referendum so
that Scotland can get on with building better schools and public
services. What about the plans of the SNP? The First Minister's very
first intervention in this election has been to say that she would put
Jeremy Corbyn in number ten. Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out
a collision with the SNP, and Nicola Sturgeon steered clear of such talk
today, arguing that Labour had no transfers winning. You only have to
take one look of the polls to know that Jeremy Corbyn ain't going
anywhere near number ten Downing St on his own or with the help of
anywhere else. They said that they wanted the Tories to win UK power to
drive Scots towards independence. It wanted the Tories to win UK power to
suits the SNP for the Tories to stay in power, because the only thing the
SNP has ever cared about is independence. Willie Rennie wanted
early sight of the SNP manifesto. He suspected it wouldn't contain a firm
commitment of the European Union. We know what she and her government or
up to. She's trying to get Brexit supporters back onside, so she is
going soft on Europe. Nicola Sturgeon said her manifesto would
emerge in due course. For now... I support membership the European
Union. Brian Taylor, Reporting Scotland, Holyrood.
Our Political Editor Brian Taylor joins me from Holyrood.
That's the general election campaign well and truly started, Brian!
What about the issue of independence?
Will this election be, as some have suggested,
The issue was certainly raised repeatedly at questions, you know,
tactical and strategic exchanges. I think from Nicola Sturgeon's point
of view she does not want this to be or intend this to be, I have spoken
to several Government ministers here at Holyrood, and they don't expend
-- expect this to be a referendum on a referendum. They held at the last
election 56 out of the 59 Scottish seas. They see it as a possible trap
that if they fall even a fraction below that extremely high level than
perhaps their Conservative opponents would say, you are slipping back,
the demand for a referendum has eased, slacken, gone away. So why do
not think they want it to be about that. They want to be, as they put
it, standing up against a hard Brexit and Tory austerity. Does that
mean that Nicola Sturgeon has given up a referendum? The answer to that
would be no. As Brian said there,
the idea of a so-called progressive alliance between Labour,
the SNP, the Greens and Liberal Democrats has been
floated by those hoping for a united But Labour has ruled out any deals
with the SNP after the 8th of June. Our Political Correspondent,
Nick Eardley, reports. The next Prime Minister of the UK,
Jeremy Corbyn. It is an ambitious aim if you believe the polls. But
Jeremy Corbyn think this election is still up for grabs. But you might
put him in ten Downing St in seven weeks' time. Much of the media and
the establishment are saying, this election is a foregone conclusion.
But of course they do not want us to win. Because when we win, it is the
people, not the powerful, who wins. Many think it is unlikely that will
happen. Especially without the help of other parties. He says no to a
coalition. But what about an informal arrangement? If we were to
become the largest single party but not have a majority, we would then
set out our policies. It would then be for the SNP, policy by policy, to
decide whether they thought they should vote with us or not, that is
the honest way of doing politics. For now, it's hypothetical. Many
think it is likely to happen. But the Conservatives say it is a
danger. There is a very clear choice between strong and stable government
with strong leadership under Theresa May and the Conservatives, or a
coalition of chaos with Jeremy Corbyn propped up by the Scottish
National Party and the Liberal Democrats. The SNP says it would be
interested in alliances, if that could keep the Conservatives out of
Government. But they think it is unlikely. There is no prospect of
Labour coming back into power on the back of this election. Of course, in
the unlikely event that there were to be ways we could oust the Tories
from office and support our progressive alliance, we could do
that. It is not just the Nationalists that have been rooted
as potential members. The Greens say they are disappointed that Labour is
ruling out a formal deal. I'm deeply disappointed, and people up and down
the country are disappointed because it is yet more of the same kind of
politics that puts their own political self interest above the
interests of the country. Labour have ruled out a deal so early in
this campaign because they think that rumours of one seriously
damaged them last time around. But that is exactly why the
Conservatives will talk up the prospects. Opinion polls suggest it
is extremely unlikely. But at the end of the day it is all down to
you, the voters. Jeremy Corbyn think this race is far from over.
Too many sweet puddings and not enough fresh vegetables -
that's verdict of health campaigners on some of our school dinners.
Obesity Action Scotland says improvements to school meals
could play an important part in reducing childhood obesity.
The Government is reviewing the guidance it gives to local
authorities on what should be in the meals we give to pupils.
Here's our Education Correspondent, Jamie McIvor.
For some youngsters, their school dinner is the most important meal of
the day. At this school, fresh fruit and vegetables are always an option.
It's important that you always healthy and you get your five a day.
It's not OK to have pizza and chips every day because it's bad for your
help. Is it OK to eat sweets some of the time? It is only for treats, not
everyday. There are Government guidelines to try to make sure that
the meals on offer are healthy and varied. Councils are responsible for
the local service. Scottish Government have strict legislation
that we followed to the letter. Chips only appear on the menu once a
week. What is most important is making sure that the other options
that are available are healthy and enticing for the young people point
many schools and councils would highlight what they see as good
practice. But although there are national guidelines, is their
national consistency? The quality of school meals that are offered across
Scotland varies dramatically. Local authorities tended to offer puddings
more often than soup, and they regularly serve processed food and
red meat. We feel that needs to change. They also want schools to
cut down on processed foods, and the change. They also want schools to
vegetables, soups and salads should take priority over puddings. The
Government is currently reviewing the guidance. What I would say to
parents is that the standards that we have in place or enforced that
Jude, they are of the highest quality, they guarantee that young
people are getting high-quality, high nutritional value food in their
schools, but we are constantly considering and assessing those
regulations to make sure that the high standards that we to set are
able to be delivered in practice and we set up inspections to make sure
that is the case. Back in this dining hall, healthy choices seem to
be popular choices. Councils can be held to account for the quality of
school meals, and the council elections are just a fortnight away.
The campaigners say candidates elections are just a fortnight away.
across the country should commit to improvements.
The former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has gone on trial accused
of a fraudulent acquisition of the club.
The 46-year-old faces two charges relating to the purchase
Our Business Correspondent David Henderson is at
Well, Sally, the case got underway here today. No evidence was led, but
a jury was selected for this case. It's made up of eight men and seven
women. Craig Whyte faces two charges relating to the way the club changed
hands some six years ago. He is charged with fraud and with a breach
of the companies act. The first charge, the fraud charge, alleges
that Craig Whyte pretended to the then owner of Rangers, Sir David
that Craig Whyte pretended to the Murray, that he had sufficient funds
to take a controlling stake in the Ibrox club. And the Crown claims
that in fact Mr Whyte did not have sufficient money, but funded the
deal through a loan taken out against future season ticket sales
for Rangers. The second charge under the companies act centres on the ?18
million payment between Mr Whyte's company and Rangers to clear a bank
debt. Mr Whyte has pleaded not guilty to both these charges. David,
there has been a lot of publicity in this case, hasn't there? What did
the judge have to say about that? Well, that's right. The judge, Lady
Stacey, asked the jury to consider matters before evidence was to be
heard. She said, do you know Craig Whyte? Were you a Rangers
shareholder or a season-ticket holder at the time of the deal? Is
there any good reason, she said, why you can't be impartial in this case?
In the event, none of the jurors had to be excused, and the first witness
is expected to begin giving here tomorrow in a trial which could
last, Sally, up to 12 weeks. David, thank you. David Henderson at
Glasgow Crown Court. The Scottish Government has asked
the Chief Inspector of Constabulary to speed up his investigation
of transparency within It follows concerns,
voiced at a Holyrood committee, that senior SPA figures were acting
as if they were running the Kremlin. The watchdog responsible for holding
the police to account itself on the end of some tough questions. This is
not the Kremlin you're running. The Scottish police authority taken
not the Kremlin you're running. The task over what the committee chair
described as a culture of secrecy. Today's exchanges at Holyrood stem
from a review of governors carried out by the SBA chairman at the
request of the Justice Secretary. Among the more controversial
elements of the new framework, a decision to hold committee meetings
in private. But what really exercised MSPs was the fact that
many of those discussions about the new framework were also held behind
closed doors. Something has opened this governance, as basic as
governors, being decided, all behind closed doors in a way that is going
to be nodded through by the obviously compliant nonexecutive
members of the SBA, without saying a Dickie bird about it, and we're all
supposed to accept that as a good example about open, transparent
governance?! The document is probably about this thick and they
had to distil it down to get it into a proper document. They had to have
these discussions among the members. Shaking her head in the public
gallery, a former board member who describes herself as collateral
damage. Forced out, she claims, for publicly raising concerns about
transparency. I do understand the need to try to keep a control on
things. But I think it's the wrong answer. I think the only way ever,
in any public body, to live is in an open and transparent and accountable
way. Have you thought about drawing position at all? No, I haven't. I
think we're on a journey. Is it perfect? Their is not perfect. But I
think in the last 12 months or so there have been significance that
is. What another SPA review of governors was planned for June, MSPs
is. What another SPA review of were. But tonight the inspection
timetables has been accelerated, agreeing to the Justice Secretary's
request to provide a report within one month.
Cycling to work could cut your risk of cancer and heart
That's the conclusion of a five-year research project by experts
Cycling to work is something many people across Scotland do each
morning. Former rugby star John people across Scotland do each
Beattie is a recent convert, and now does it pretty much every day. I
started off doing three miles each way. And now at ten miles each way,
and it's not difficult. I'm not some kind of road cycling demon. I'm just
getting on a bicycle and going a few miles to work. But many of us don't
commute to work by bike. Maybe we put off by sharing the with cars all
the time it takes to get to the office. But could the latest
research on the issue change minds? Glasgow University research is
logged into the habits of 250,000 commuters across the UK over a
five-year period, and said there was a link between regular cycling and a
45% reduction in getting cancer. It suggests the activity could cut the
risk of heart disease by 46%. In fact, the study said regular cycling
could cut the risk of death by any cause from 41%. This organisation
collects old bicycles to be done up and sold an affordably. It has also
carried out a successful project with local companies to get more
people to bike to work. You are just used your daily routine of getting
the car and going. But once you get people to make that first step, it
is easier to keep going, because it is a very fun thing and they are
saving money and it is faster get is a very fun thing and they are
around town. But one of the researchers from the Glasgow
University said he says boosting cycling will need new
infrastructure. If you look at places like Amsterdam and
Copenhagen, the majority of places like Amsterdam and
cycle. They don't do that because they are being virtuous, they do it
because it is the easiest way to get around town because the
infrastructure is there, they have cycle lane separate from the
traffic, places you can safely lock your bike. I have been the kind of
person who has cycled to work on the past. But on the basis of this
latest study, it's about time to give it a go. Andrew Black,
Reporting Scotland, Glasgow. When Hibs and Aberdeen meet
on Saturday in the Scottish Cup semifinal at Hampden,
brothers Graeme and Andrew Shinnie will face up, hoping
for very different outcomes. The midfielders have never
played against each other in a competitive match,
so how do they feel about doing it Our Senior Football Reporter Chris
McLaughlin has been finding out. On Saturday this place will be
packed to capacity, thousands of Aberdeen fans over there and
thousands of Hibs fans over there. But right here, right in the middle
of Hampden will be a set of parents absolutely torn. I think we will
have to get the kit man to stitch a half Aberdeen, half Hibs top. For
our parents is a great occasion. One of us will be missing out on the
final, on the other hand they will be delighted to have one in the
final. Graeme lifted the cup two years ago, this was him securing the
semifinal spot this time around. I think they are both good players.
Graeme tells me he's so much better than his brother but I've watched a
lot of Hibs lately and I know Andrew was a very good footballer himself.
Who can forget last year and Hibs ending their long wait for the
trophy. Just days after securing promotion, this time the pressure is
off. We know we have a real acid test on Saturday, but they are the
cup holders, they will want to hold onto the trophy as best they can.
And so back to the brothers. I think it will be a good scrap, I'm going
to back myself. Andrew is a bigger boy than me, but I'd like to fancy
me. Probably me. I was the younger ones I used to get away with more
than what Andrew did. I'm going to go for myself. Me.
than what Andrew did. word to Hibs striker, Jason
Cummings. He's not interested in arm wrestling, when a wrestler came to
the club he decided to take diving to a whole new level.
Andy Murray says he's disappointed to be out
of the Monte Carlo Masters after throwing away a strong lead,
but feels he's moving in the right direction
The world number one was beaten in the third round.
Kheredine Idessane reports on another early exit
In magnificent Monte Carlo, could Andy Murray live up to his
surroundings? The early signs were promising indeed. His opponent was a
Spanish clay court specialist, and took the first set. Although the
Spaniard hit back immediately to force the deciding third. It was
textbook Andy Murray as he raced to the lead, but despite shots like
this the winning script was ripped up as 4-0 became 4-4. Being 4-0 up
in the third, I haven't lost many matches like that in my career so
I'm disappointed but my elbow felt pretty good, I served much better
today than I did yesterday and that will only get better so hopefully I
will keep going in the right direction. His year as world number
one started with defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Doha final but the
grand slam ended early in the fourth round. It emerged Andy Murray was
suffering from shingles, which made his win in Dubai all the more
repressive. -- impressive. After one month out, he survived one round in
Monte Carlo. A disappointing year so far but his status as world number
one isn't yet under threat. Could Monaco's lost the Portugal's gain?
The special Toblerone to show we cannot stop thinking of you because
for us you are more than number one, you are a real superstar and we love
you... What's more likely is Andy Murray playing an extra clay court
tournament next week either in Barcelona or Budapest.
A schoolgirl has taken part in her first lifeboat rescue,
after getting the call-out when she was in class.
Eighteen year old Danielle Marr joined other crew members to help
a vessel that had broken down off the Fife coast yesterday.
Lifeboats on a rescue mission. 25 foot vessel suffered mechanical
failure. A short time earlier Danielle Marr was in class, busy
with her studies. Alerted by a pager message, Danielle was on her way to
her first rescue. I thought, this is the first time, I wasn't really sure
what to expect when I got down there. Danielle made it here on foot
in a matter of minutes ready to play her part in the rescue. She has been
a lifeboat volunteer for several months. She has carried her pager
since January. When it goes and off, the waterproofs replace the blazer.
I have been inspired by my brother, following in his footsteps. What
went through your mind as you headed out? I was pretty unsure because
I've never been on a shout before but it went really good. The RNLI
depends on volunteers like Danielle. It is essential. Without the
Youngblood, we would stagnate, we would get to the point where we
don't have people fit all young enough to do the job, and hats off
to the school for their support and allowing her to do it. One rescue
under her belt, Danielle is waiting for the next time you call goes out
but not during the exam she is sitting in a few weeks' time.
Let's get the latest on the weather outlook.
It is turning quite cold. Some lovely spells of sunshine around.
The best of the sunshine in the east, which topped 19 degrees.
Further west with the cloud it was cool but if you had blue skies in
Aberdeen it was a very pleasant day indeed. Tonight pretty cloudy across
the board, outbreaks of rain across the north and west extending
southwards, but the good part of the central lowlands and the south dry,
and on the mild side. Cold across Shetland, windy too from the
north-west. Tomorrow a cloudy morning, this rain edging southwards
through because of the day but the further south and east you are any
wet weather light and patchy and it should brighten up as we head
through the afternoon. In mid-afternoon still available cloud
in the south. Temperatures ten and much cooler, further north it should
be brightening up by this point. Forget the 19 degrees we had today.
With it a few showers coming on the strong winds, some of those showers
could be a touch wintry across Shetland. Overnight some late spells
of sunshine, and relatively calm as we had through towards Saturday.
High pressure nearby. Still that north westerly flow but largely dry
and fairly cloudy. Some morning brightness around, but showers
across the far north and north-east. Wintry across the hills and
temperatures reaching to Celsius but again wintry for Shetland. On Sunday
an area of low pressure moving across the country, and a spell of
wet and windy weather focused across northern areas. As it clears as we
had through to next week, we open the floodgates for really cold
arctic air. April showers of rain, sleet and snow. That's the forecast
for now. I will be back with the late bulletin just after ten o'clock
news. From everyone on the team and right across the country, goodbye.