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Scottish Labour's verdict on the leak of the Jeremy Corbyn's


The Craig Whyte fraud trial hears that previous Rangers owners


were "desperate to get the deal over the line'.


A former Catholic monk accused of abusing boys


at a boarding school in the Highlands is eligible


Relaxing in a specially designed environment -


a holiday alternative to respite care for people with dementia


It's just lovely. It makes all the difference in the world, having


that. The Scottish Rugby Captain Greg


Laidlaw won't be starting for his club tomorrow,


when Gloucester play at Murrayfield Rival parties have pounced on a leak


of Labour's election manifesto - which includes the renewal


of Trident on the Clyde. Scottish party leaders said the leak


showed Labour in disarray. But after talks in London,


the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the package had been endorsed


unanimously, after changes. This from our political


editor Brian Taylor. In hot pursuit of Jeremy Corbyn, not


a great day for the Labour leader. Worse for an eager BBC cameraman,


when the Corbyn car ran over his foot. Mind the Gap. From Labour in


London, an update on the manifesto was leaked overnight with its plans


for ownership -- public ownership of rail and royal energy. Kezia Dugdale


told me the leak was far from ideal. She stressed that Scottish Labour


would publish its own manifesto, reflecting devolved powers. But how


about Trident? The manifesto backs renewal of the nuclear deterrent


while urging extreme caution about its use. Renewing Trident runs


contrary to Mr Corbyn's own views and a vote by the Scottish Labour


conference. I always said we would give our party membership the space


to debate these issues. We took a position against the renewal of


Trident. The final vote of the Labour Party is to renew Trident,


but also to work on the basis of discussion. So the Scottish Labour


Party was overruled? It was part of a democratic process and this was


the result. The manifesto promises to campaign tirelessly against any


repeat of the 2014 independence referendum, and it backs a new


constitutional settlement for the UK.


I understand that Scottish Labour wanted changes firmly backing the


Barnett formula, making clear that some social security powers are in


Holyrood hands and undermining support for the North Sea oil and


gas industry. But rivals say the row leaves Scottish Labour looking like


tartan onlookers. For the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon was visiting St


Andrews university. She marks Labour done. When you look at Labour, you


are not looking at a party that is fit to be in government. On Trident,


the SNP position is clear. We are against nuclear weapons in


principle. These are weapons of mass destruction. But at a time when


public services are under so much pressure, spending tens of billions


of pounds on new weapons of mass destruction is the wrong thing to


do. The Liberal Democrats published what they called a commit card,


headed by thwarting an independence referendum. The question Labour's


political ability. There are of competence about the Labour Party.


They can't even run their own party. Nobody is seriously thinking they


can be a party of government. But now people are questioning whether


they can be a party of opposition. The Liberal Democrats are clear. We


are prepared to step up and be that strong opposition if people back us


in this election. And the Conservatives say Labour's plans are


unsustainable. The only thing which hasn't been leaked seems to be how


they would pay for all the suggestions. Even Jeremy Corbyn's


enemies don't seem to want to leak how they would deliver these


policies, so it is clear from that that they have no idea. And the


injured cameraman? Recovering in hospital with two broken toes.


Apologies for the problems at the beginning of that report.


While candidates for Westminster are out on the campaign trail,


Education, the NHS and Brexit were just some of the topics raised


at First Minister's Questions this afternoon.


John McManus watched the proceedings.


Four weeks today, the polls will be open to the general election. But at


First Minister's Questions at Holyrood, it was business as usual.


Since last year, this government has spent more time debating the


constitution than debating education, health, transport and


justice combined. And we have had enough. After ten years, don't the


people of Scotland deserve a government that will for once focus


on their priorities and not on hers? But the First Minister said the


Conservatives had a reason for wanting to change the subject. When


Ruth Davidson talks about the time spent in this chamber debating the


constitution, what she's trying to distract attention from is that that


constitution, what she's trying to has been time debating the


implications of Brexit, the Brexit disaster. Labour were keen to


highlight their campaign on NHS funding. Our hospitals don't have


enough nurses. Those nurses don't have enough money in their pocket.


Our hospitals don't have enough doctors, but there is enough money


Our hospitals don't have enough for private health firms. Is this


what the NHS looks like when the government is more interested in


running a referendum than running the NHS? The performance of


Scotland's schools and in particular a decline in some literacy and


numeracy skills has made the headlines this week, a point made


repeatedly in the chamber. The mother of a 15-year-old schoolboy


said to me yesterday that she is worried that her son could be one of


those statistics. He is struggling with reading and writing. She is


anxious about his future, and she is also angry with the SNP, who have


been in charge for the whole of her son's education. Scotland's issues


debated inside this building. In the coming weeks, the politicians will


step out into the sunshine to chase your vote for the general election.


A lawyer who handled Craig Whyte's takeover of Rangers in 2011


has told a court that the club's owners were "desperate to get


Gary Withey's comments came as he gave evidence


in the trial of Mr Whyte, who's accused of acquiring


Our correspondent David Henderson reports.


Gary Withey, the London lawyer at the heart of the deal to buy


Rangers. He was back in court today, giving evidence for a second day.


Six years ago, his client was a company run by Craig Whyte, which


launched a takeover bid for the Ibrox club. Mr White is on travel


fraud and accused of funding most of the deal with the club's season


fraud and accused of funding most of tickets. Rangers was being sold by


the role Leave Murray group, controlled by this man, Sir David


Murray, and Mr Withey told the jury he came under pressure to get the


deal done. One Murray group director, he said, wanted reassured


that this didn't turn into an almighty mess and embarrass


everyone. Mr Withey said the sellers didn't ask how Craig Whyte's team


were financing the deal. They didn't seem to care, he claimed. This is


the only girl I know where the vendor, the seller, is pushing more


than the purchaser. He said, I have never been pushed so hard on any


deal. They were desperate to get the deal over the line. Mr Withey said


he was repeatedly asked for assurances that Craig Whyte had the


money to buy Rangers. He did supply them, he said. If I didn't trust my


client, I would have walked away. But the prosecution claims the deal


was mostly funded through the sale of Rangers' season tickets to


was mostly funded through the sale accompany. The prosecutor asked Gary


was mostly funded through the sale Withey, where steps taken to conceal


it? Gary replied, I was told that Ticketus must not be shown. Mr


Withey told the defence advocate it was impossible to keep the


involvement of Ticketus a secret when so many people were involved.


Mr Findlay asked him, were people coming up to you, saying, I hear you


are in with Ticketus to do a deal for Rangers? Mr Withey replied, yes,


they did. Gary Withey returns to the witness box on Monday. Craig Whyte


denies the charges and the trial continues.


A former Catholic monk, who's accused of abusing boys


at the Fort Augustus Abbey boarding school in the Highlands,


is eligible for extradition to Britain, according


The decision on whether to send Father Denis Alexander back


to Scotland for trial now rests with the country's Attorney-General,


The magistrate here in Sydney has decided that the former Catholic


monk will be eligible for extradition, but this case appears


to be far from over. The defence in court today raised no objections to


the magistrate's decision, and the defence barrister told me later,


because in her opinion, the Lord gave her very limited scope in which


to challenge that decision -- the law gave her little scope. It is now


up to the Attorney General here in Australia to decide whether Father


Alexander will face a trial in Scotland. It seems the defence is


saving its powder for the Attorney General, and its submissions are


expected to be lodged within the next four to five weeks. We don't


know what sort of arguments the defence will use in those


submissions to the Attorney General. We do know that if the decision goes


against the defence, it can seek a judicial review. Denis Alexander is


in his early 80s. He was in court today, wearing a green prison


uniform and using a wheelchair. He didn't say anything during the brief


30 minute hearing, but he did appear didn't say anything during the brief


to be very frail and for most of the time fairly detached from


proceedings. He has always denied any allegations of wrongdoing at the


Fort Augustus Abbey School in the Highlands, and he was arrested


earlier this year. He has been remanded back into custody into the


hospital wing of the jail here in Sydney.


Poorer people are more likely to die, or become ill,


Researchers at Glasgow University examined the health records of more


They say the stress of poverty can lead to a less healthy lifestyle,


The reason that poor people experience greater levels of alcohol


harm is not because they are drinking more. Actually, it seems


that even if someone who is more disadvantaged in society drinks the


same amount of alcohol as someone who is richer, there are still at


increased risk of harm. Even accounting for things like binge


drinking, smoking and obesity. Hopes are rising that there could be


a resolution to an industrial Today lecturers across the country


have been holding their fourth one-day strike over


pay and conditions. The EIS says progress is being made


in talks with the colleges and that More strike action is still


scheduled for next week. MSPs have been told


that the chairman of the Scottish Police Authority isn't


fit to remain on its board. It follows the resignation


of a board member, Moy Ali, in a row over meetings being held


behind closed doors. Ms Ali told Holyrood's


Audit Committee that when she dissented over the policy,


she received a letter from the chairman,


Andrew Flanagan on Christmas Eve. She was asked if she regarded that


as amounting to bullying. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. Scottish Labour leader


Kezia Dugdale describes the leak of the Jeremy Corbyn election


manifesto as "far from ideal". The new owner of basketball


team Glasgow Rocks on why he got rid of


the club's head coach. A stone's throw from one


of Scotland's busiest streets, one of the world's most powerful


lasers is hard at work. It's replicating radiation levels


in space - and one of its aims This report from our science


correspondent Kenneth Macdonald Not far from Glasgow's George


Square, this ten tonne door floats on air, guarding the entrance to a


concrete bunker. Inside, they're in to recreate the harsh types of


radiation encountered in space. It can be a deadly environment for


satellites and astronauts. The particles can be very intense and


this is dangerous for electronics on board satellites, but also for


this is dangerous for electronics on astronauts. Sometimes, these are


called killer electrons. The reason is because they are dangerous. That


radiation has been be produced by the Scottish centre for the


application of plasma -based accelerators. Here is an example of


application of plasma -based how far the technology has come. In


the old days, you would have had to turn a laser beam into electrons


the old days, you would have had to using a linear accelerator 100


metres long. Now, this is the accelerator. But you need enormous


amounts of power, which is one reason why they have just installed


?3.5 million worth of laser light upstairs. This the highest average


power laser system in the world today, extremely unique to a


university enrolment. It delivers 350 terawatts at five hertz. Or to


put it another way... If you think about the power from the sun


reaching the UK, this laser actually produces the same amount of power,


but only for a very short time. This is about more than space. The system


will produce high-energy particles and radiation pulses for experiments


in science, engineering and medicine. Very high-resolution x-ray


imaging, for example, in hospitals. Radiotherapy is an ongoing


interesting project cars well looking at electron beams as a


potential radiation therapy technique, as opposed to x-rays or


proton beams. Among the other applications, experiments in nuclear


proton beams. Among the other fusion, so we may finally produce


energy in the same way the sun does. Scotland is one of the locations


being used by a new travel company that's running holidays specifically


for people with dementia Mind For You says the short


breaks are an alternative Andrew Thomson reports


from Granton on Spey. Caring for someone with dementia can


be a 24/7 job, but here on this supported holiday in Granton on


Spey, help is on hand. Guests can get a bit of pampering, some company


and for the care, a well earned break. It can be very stressful for


somebody living with dementia to be away from their carer. We see


ourselves as an alternative, that they come on holiday together, that


our support staff are there to help, and also to give the carer time for


themselves. The person with dementia gets time for themselves. And the


concert is proving popular with these guests. He has Alzheimer's and


two types of dementia. No more holidays are not suitable any


longer, so we were looking for somewhere that provided a care


environment, but also allowed us to do many of the things we have always


been interested in, which is outdoor activities. These folk look after


you really well, and they are all nice and they are all trying to do


things for you. It is something that has been missing since I have been


ill. A range of daily outings are run, this one to the Highland folk


museum, which is perhaps the perfect place to help bring back happy


childhood memories. We always had good holidays. But once my husband


developed dementia, that went. I was told about Mind For You by an


organisation in Edinburgh, and I found them marvellous. You're never


alone. There is always plenty of help, and it just gives us a break


that we really need. Everyone needs a break sometimes from their normal


routine, and supported holidays like these, with good accommodation and


care and also interesting day trips to places like this, seems to be a


winning formula for these dementia sufferers and their carers.


It's been a bittersweet sort of week for the captain


A few days ago, Greig Laidlaw was called up to the British


and Irish lions squad for their summer tour.


Today it was announced that he won't start for his club Gloucester


in the European Challenge Cup final in Edinburgh tomorrow.


But as David Currie reports, he's not too disappointed.


Greig Laidlaw leads Gloucester on a training session, but won't lead the


Greig Laidlaw leads Gloucester on a team against Murrayfield, he will be


Greig Laidlaw leads Gloucester on a on the bench. He's not bitter. I'm


just glad I'm back fit and that's the way I want to stay. For me it's


about being sharp now when I get the way I want to stay. For me it's


opportunities. Life was sweet for the Scotland skipper at the start of


February. Captaining the national the Scotland skipper at the start of


team to win over Ireland in the Six Nations. He was injured in the next


match against France, missing the rest of the tournament. It's been a


season of ups and downs for you, hasn't it? Yes, looking back I


suppose it has. You get injured, then you get back. Obviously I have


been selected for the Lions squad. Greig Laidlaw... Will being benched


on Friday a fact his prospects for playing in the Lions? It might


reflect in the Lions tour coming up, having limited game time might not


be a bad thing. It will reduce his chance of injury which is probably


his real fear at this moment in time. He will be joining the French


club Clermont, and they are in action here on Saturday.


Andy Murray's struggles this year continue.


The world number one has suffered another early exit,


With a place in the quarterfinals at stake, the top seed was a strong


But the young Croatian won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.


Murray has just one tournament left before the second grand


slam of the season - the French Open -


The new owner of the Glasgow Rocks basketball team says it came down


to a gut feeling to dispense with head coach Sterling Davis.


After losing out in the quarter final play-off last season,


Duncan Smiley hopes a new approach will help guide Scotland's only


professional side to UK glory, as well as build on a growing


interest in the sport amongst the young.


Silverware or the lack of it can be costly in sport. The Glasgow rocks


today in the presence of the euro basket Trophy at the Emirates arena.


The rocks themselves without a trophy this season. The new owner


wants change, the first parting company with head coach Sterling


Davis. I was certainly disappointed, I would have liked to work with him


this year but my gut instinct was we needed to do something different and


Sterling Davis was on board with that as well and as a consummate


professional. So they are searching for a new coach and looking for


grand slam trophy success next season. Safe to say, they have got


some pretty big ambitions. What do you want to see achieved next


season? For me it is win as much as we possibly can. I believe we have


the pieces to win championships but we possibly can. I believe we have


it takes a lot of effort. Success breeds success but building on youth


interest key in a sport on the up. I think basketball is getting more and


more popular. Now a lot of people are playing it. Membership of


basketball Scotland has trebled in the last six years, so is there


scope for second franchise in Scotland? There is definitely


potential there. There is certainly enough interest in the sport that


there could be two franchises in the future. I think the rocks would


benefit from that in terms of having a local derby. Have you ever been to


see the Glasgow rocks? Yes, two or three times. They do have their off


nights but most of the time they are good. And how about some tricks? Can


you come up with tricks right here on the spot? I have zero tricks but


I can scare you a little bit. Definitely not scared!


Timeline will be on BBC Two tonight at 7.30pm.


Here are Glenn Campbell and Shereen Nanjiani


Tonight we look at like calling directory inquiries 118 services can


now cost a minimum of ?9, and hear from money saving expert Martin


Lewis about what should be done. Also we are joined by Commonwealth


Games medallist Stephanie Ingles a year on from a motorcycle accident


that almost cost her her life. Plus meet scooter gran and find out all


about her superpowers. Let's see what the


weather has in store. Good evening. Many parts of Scotland


haven't recorded a drop of rain for about two weeks since the 28th of


April, today no different for most of us. Call up around the east coast


with stubborn cloud. Plenty of evening sunshine pretty much across


the board, but overnight there will be some cloud forming around eastern


coasts, some low cloud drifting inland through the central belt at


times and a few showers pushing towards Galloway, Kintyre and the


Hebrides. But for most dry night with temperatures no lower than


around five Celsius, but at school in the countryside. Showers for the


Hebrides tomorrow, but a good part of Central Scotland bright and


sunny, then come the afternoon showers pushing in across the south.


This time yesterday we were expecting those showers to be


further west. Certainly a change, further south expect showers through


the afternoon. North of here, in eastern areas thicker cloud stubborn


to go, call on the east coast. Quite breezy around these north-eastern


coast from the south-east. As we had through into the evening, these


showers in the south-west heavy for a time. That is low-pressure moving


its way north was and still with us as they head into the weekend.


Saturday looks fairly cloudy and rather wet at times. A rash of


showers across the country, some quite heavy with the odd rumble of


thunder in the mix as well. Still breezy around the coast, and the


temperatures similar despite the cloud and rain so quite busy


midfield but it will improve later from the south. Sunday, writer,


breezy, fewer showers with temperatures around the same but


here is Monday, more rain on the way.


I'll be back with the headlines at eight and the late bulletin just


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