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The Labour group on Aberdeen council is suspended from the party

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after forming a coalition with the Conservatives against

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This isn't about positions, this is about the job Labour councillors are

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elected to do protect public service, to invest and defend public

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We'll be live in Aberdeen with the latest.

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As unemployment falls again in Scotland, we take a look at how

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the so-called gig economy is changing the world of work.

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The frightening moment a schoolgirl's tongue got trapped

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It took hospital staff more than four hours to free her.

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Why this multiple sclerosis sufferer is rethinking his plans

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And, after another early defeat for Andy Murray,

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can the world number one recover his form

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Scottish Labour has suspended all nine members of the Labour group

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of councillors in Aberdeen for breaching party rules

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and forming a coalition to run the City Council with the Tories.

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Fiona Stalker's there for us this evening.

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Fiona, talk us through what's been going on there today.

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Well, they say a week is a long time in politics, how about a few hours?

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It has been a day of deal, resignation, and suspensions but a

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coalition of, are now running Aberdeen but not even is happy.

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Labour's 5.00 deadline came and went. Kezia Dugdale demanding the

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nine Labour councillors remove themselves from a coalition with the

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Tories are. They refused. Your reaction your suspension? I am

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disappointed because I have been a member of the Labour Party for a

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long time or group took the decision we wanted to go into coalition

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because we feel it is best thing for the people of Aberdeen, we feel that

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we have negotiated a good deal with our partners which means that we

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have anti-austerity means within the programme that will be brought

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forward. The controversial development seen by many as the

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reason Labour got a thumping at the local elections but tonight they are

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back in power. The deal don with the Tories. A Labour Lord Provost was

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elected, nominated by Conservatives. The SNP, the biggest party left in

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opposition What have seen is a dark day for democracy s they are the

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three headed hound of hell. It it was a day of comes and goings, the

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Tories giving up council leader hip to Labour, despite being the bigger

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party. Has democracy I been done today? It is not the party with the

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most councillor that formed the coalition, but the group is coming

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together to have a storm partnership, so with 23 members I

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think it is fantastic for the city. Amid the turmoil the Liberal

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Democrats lost a councillor when one of theirs crossed the chamber to

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join the independents. I think there will be anger among a large

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proportion of the population in Aberdeen. They will be angry there

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is no change. I am shocked at the behaviour of the Conservative Party

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and Labour. One member of the public has made their feelings known about

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the new coalition. What happens next? The nine councillors have been

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suspended from Scottish Labour pending an investigation, they are

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calling themselves Aberdeen Labour and they say they will continue to

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campaign alongside the Scottish Labour colleague, for the up coming

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Labour colleague, for the up coming general election.

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Well, in the last half an hour, Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale

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This isn't about position or golds round the necks of councillor, this

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is about the job they are elected to do to protect public service and

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defend thenment the deal coming from Aberdeen didn't pass that test, that

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is why it was rejected by the democratic body of the Labour Party,

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why that must be respected and why we have moved to suspend the

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we have moved to suspend the councillors.

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And with me now is our political editor Brian Taylor -

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Brian, how damaging is this to the Scottish Labour

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I certainly think the general election is concentrating minds that

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it is what this row is about. Let us reremember a couple of facts in the

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previous set of council, both Labour and the SNP in various guises,

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whether in coalition or partnership with the Conservative, the SNP ruled

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out a deal with the Tory, Labour ruled out not a deal with the

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Tories, but any deal they said would increase austerity for communities

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but to be fair to Labour, in advance of the agreement in Aberdeen, a

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panel of the Scottish executive committee said they went happy with

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the deal, they thought it was the wrong thing to do and they said it

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should not happen, the councillors wept ahead regardless. How does this

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affect Labour? There will be some voters in Scotland who will discount

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this, they will pay no attention to it, they will pay no heed, they will

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vote as they are going to vote regardless. Some will be impressed

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at dug danger taking what is seemingly a tough stand, frankly

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against member of her own party, but there another prospective. People

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tend not to vote for parties that are pay tenially divided. It tends

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to deter the voters. Earlier Kezia Dugdale was asked on our sister

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programme on BBC Radio Scotland how she would rank her campaign and

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Labour's campaign from one o ten, she gave it six or seven with three

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weeks to go. I am not sure tonight she will be increasing that score

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all that much. Thank you for that. And speaking of the general

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election, the Liberal Democrats have published their UK election

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manifesto and reaffirmed the party's opposition to Scottish independence

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and a second indy referendum. But it's Brexit that's

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at the heart of their campaign. Here's our political

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correspondent, David Porter. Elections, battle buses and

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manifestos go together. The Liberal Democrats key is Brexit is not cut

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and dry. Do you have people based in markets to do the face to face...

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How Brexit pans out will affect everyone, including this start up

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company in Glasgow. It provides loyalty cards for the small business

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sector. That deal ultimately will have to be signed off and the

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question is who should do that? Who should have that choice about

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whether that deal is good enough? I don't think it should up to the

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Government or to Parliament, I think it should be the people that have

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that final say, and the option to remain in the EU if it a bad deal

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that Theresa May brings back from the negotiations.

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Out on the stump the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon. She is keen to

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frame Brexit debate from the nationalist perspective. The key

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choice for people is whether we are going to give the Tories a free

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hand, not just to pursue Brexit but to pursue an extreme form of Brexit.

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An extreme Brexit could put 80,000 Scottish jobs on the line, my

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message in this election is if you vote for the SNP, you are giving me

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a mandate to demand that Scotland's interests around that negotiateling

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table. Rights answer if you are a Tory, at

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this nursery in Thornley bank the focus on early years education, but

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Brexit is never far away. Once you have asked that question, I think

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our experience in Scotland shows we shouldn't have to be dragged back

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and reasked us until the side that lost get what they want out of the

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end of it. We made the decision, we are leaving the European Union, the

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idea now is who is going to get the best deal, Jeremy Corbyn or Theresa

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May? I trust Theresa May, to get a much better deal than I would trust

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Jeremy Corbyn. Labour's leader also clear of the

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challenges ahead. I think the result of the EU

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referendum should be respected and even has to work hard to get the

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best possible deal from Brexit. That involves rejecting the Tories's hard

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right-wing approach to Brexit, the way do that is to vote for a Labour

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Government on 8th June. At Holyrood a different tone from the election.

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A visit from Brendan cox whose wife Jo Cox was murdered last year. I

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think it is more important during times where we disagree to remember

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the things that are more fundamental to say of course we can disagree

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with each other but there is no space for hatred within that debate.

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The Scottish party leaders took time out from the cut and thrust of the

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campaign, to sit down together for tea with Brendan cox. All agrees

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some things are just more important. All agrees some things

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are just more important. Unemployment in Scotland has fallen

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by 14,000 in the last But the world of work is changing,

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with more people now earning money through the so-called "gig economy"

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- where one-off services - like taxi rides and takeaway meals -

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are arranged by mobile phones. While some enjoy the freedom

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of life off the payroll, there's concern about the level

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of rights and benefits these workers are entitled to,

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as our political correspondent, And relax. This mass Sergeant

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therapist is enjoying her new career after being made redundant. Being

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self-employed, Elizabeth is her own boss. She doesn't receive sick pay

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or paid holidays but there is a Huang. A of freedom I am in charge

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of everything. I think if I sat down with somebody, and spoke about the

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plus points and also the challenges of being self-employed, to being on

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a payroll we could probably come up we the same amount of items on each

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list albeit they would be very different. There has been a rise in

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traditional self employment like this since the recession. But the

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world of work is changing. At the swipe of a screen, with the new gig

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economy. Big companies link workers to customers for a one officer

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advice, and take a cut. It's sold as giving workers more control but the

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reality for in uber-driver is different. Deisn't set our own fare,

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we are to in control of our own earnings, we have to do it the

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uber-way or the high way. But on the high ways of Glasgow, uber-put us in

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touch with one driver who sees the benefits of working for himself and

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the company. You press a button you are working, you press a button you

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stop working, nobody is there telling you what to do. That is the

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foundation of flexible working as far as I'm concerned. There is

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currently an independent review into the gig economy. In this election

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the parties are making various promises round increasing works'

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right and better pay. Budding Chancellors will want to make sure

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they don't miss out of tax revenue as self employment increases. If the

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next UK Government tries to address some of these issues round

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differences in tax treatment, between the self-employed and

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employees that has to go alongside changes in the employment rights of

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people working in the self employment sector. So as office

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staff enjoy a lunchtime rest in George Square politicians in this

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general election campaign are working hard, to try to adapt to

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this changing world of employment. Yesterday, we brought you

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news of the longest running criminal A husband and wife were convicted

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of fraud and money laundering, with victims finding out they no

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longer owned their homes. The court proceedings

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cost around ?7.5 milion. But the case raises questions

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about the future of these trials. This trial has been

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remarkable in many ways - it was originally scheduled

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to take 4-6 months. It lasted more than

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a year and a half. In that time, the judge officially

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retired, but had to be kept on, a juror got married,

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and a lawyer's baby was born. But can you imagine being called

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for jury duty and finding, that your normal working life had

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to be suspended for more Jurors do get paid, but if you're

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in a higher paid job But this case also raises questions

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about the legal system itself. The whole trial was on edge when

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the number of jurors fell to 12 - the minimum number required

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to reach a verdict. If another juror had

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been unable to continue, So, are jury trials the best way

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to achieve justice in long In terms of very very serious case,

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involving very complicated financial concepts and influents the ordinary

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person might not be familiar with you might well ask is this value for

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money and is it good justice, the best way to deliver justice? I am

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not sure on either test whether with are delivering that in Scotland

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are delivering that in Scotland today.

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The Scottish Government is planning to look at the work of juries -

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it will be at least two years before we find out more.

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Another question raised by the case is who is prosecuted.

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Lawyers who carried out the property transactions which turned

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out to be fraudulent, were not put on trial.

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Some of the families I spoke to who lost their home in the scam

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say the professionals involved should be tried too.

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Every single home report, surveyor should be held account, in my eyes

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Yet, because they gave evidence for the Crown they effectively have

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immunity from prosecution in the criminal court

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The BBC has discovered that two of the lawyers involved have been

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struck off by their regulator and two have previously

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been disciplined - all for other matters.

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Other lawyers take these matters very very seriously, it is a

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privilege to an extent to be able to handle money, and that being so,

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there is a zero tolerance of mortgage fraud within the profession

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The Law Society of Scotland, who regulate lawyers,

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have said they will wait for papers from court before they decide

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whether they will look at the actions of the solicitors

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involved - but what's certain is there are problems with them

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There is also, separately, an independent review under way

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into whether lawyers need to be better regulated.

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So there is plenty to look out for after what is now a historic case.

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A child's travel mug has been withdrawn from sale across Europe

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by The Disney Store after a school girl from Kirkintilloch

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Hospital staff had to use bolt cutters, a hacksaw and drill

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to remove the screw-top cup from the seven-year-old's mouth.

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The company said it was an unfortunate incident

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that they had taken seriously by immediately stopping sales

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A day out in the park is the best way for a little girl to get over

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her ordeal. Because this time last week the

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seven-year-old spent hours in hospital with her tongue stuck

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firmly in the lid of her drinking bottle They tried various tool,

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scissor, bolt cut evers, eventually a hack saw. That was what worked the

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best, they tried to use some local anaesthetic in her tongue which was

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painful. She was screaming at that point. I had to held her down. The

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mark on her tongue is healing nicely. Fortunately she doesn't

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remember much about what happened in hospital, but her injury did make a

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few things difficult. Talking and eating. I couldn't eat. It turns out

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what happened to Megan wasn't an isolated incident. Another mother

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from Midlothian has been in touch with this family, to say that her

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nine-year-old son's tongue got stuck in a similar travel mug. The main

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difference is her child didn't end up in hospital. It was a Disney cup

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like this which caused the problems. In a

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Three other mugs have also been withdrawn from sale, while there for

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plans for a full recall, customers can return the mugs for a refund.

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Komi An Inverness man who planned

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suicide clinic next month is to defer the visit.

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Colin Campbell, who's been encouraged to seek support

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by a fellow sufferer, has called for more help for others

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NHS Highland says support for MS patients is tailored to suit

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individual needs and is very much driven by them.

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how people should be looking at this is Colin is worn out with having had

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this illness and his death will give him release. Colin Campbell speaking

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earlier this month about his plan to end his life in Switzerland after

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being unable to face another winter stuck in a second-floor flat with

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multiple sclerosis. Isn't as nice? This is better than sitting indoors,

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isn't it? Now his life has taken a different turn after being contacted

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by a fellow MS sufferer who is encouraging him to access better

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support for his progressive illness. I had to fight very hard to get my

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help and I found lots of barriers. I now have carers, promote abilities

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Cooter, and a great life now, but a few years ago, my story was very

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different and I can see Colin the way I used to be. What did you think

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of that, Colin, going on your scooter for the first time? I think

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was excellent. I enjoyed it and I agree it's totally liberating. The

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56 inroad has now decided to defer his visit to the Swiss clinic while

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he seeks more help and treatment. My situation was extremely bleak. This

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has given me some kind of optimism which I definitely didn't have, so I

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owe that to her. There's a lot of people forgotten, who needs a lot of

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help and are unaware there is help and that's why people like me go to

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Switzerland. So a new direction and new hope for someone who felt he had

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nowhere left to turn. You won't ever want to be slower game. It's boring

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being slow. Jackie O'Brien, Inverness.

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Andy Murray says he's still in with a chance of winning

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the French Open tennis despite his recent slump in form.

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It continued with last night's second round defeat

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at the Italian Open, his fourth early exit recently.

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Italy is Fabiola Fellini, sending Andy Murray packing. Getting the

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crowd going. The world number 29, the latest player to beat the number

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one. I wasn't creating enough chances on my own. Normally during

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matches, your opponent might give you a few opportunities with some

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errors. So you hope to create a few yourself but that certainly wasn't

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the case today. In Indian Wells, it in March, he was knocked out in the

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second round. After that, a third round exit at Monte Carlo. Signs of

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a revival when he reached the semifinals in Barcelona, but it

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proved to be short lived with defeats in Madrid in the third round

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and Rome in the second. Often there's a to number one and I

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remembered in December, he was beating Novak Djokovic becoming the

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greatest player in the world. He's a couple of injuries with shingles, a

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debilitating illness and also an elbow injury. The French Open, a

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week on Sunday. Murray reach the semifinal in 2015. I have to work

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harder these next ten days. Really prepare very well, make the most of

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every single day. And then really work my way into the tournament.

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This man may help Murray get back to his best comment grand slam coach,

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Ivan Lendl, the men ten to three major titles. They will be reunited

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in Paris. And the cream of Scottish

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athletics is preparing for the World Championships

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in London and next year's Commonwealth Games

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on the Australian Gold Coast. Scots endurance running

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is at an all time high with several Scots training at an elite

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British Athletics high Rhona McLeod went to see

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them in action and sends Welcome to Northern Arizona which

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lies at an altitude of 7000 feet. It makes it absolutely ideal for

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distance and middle distance runners to train. It's about fitting what we

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take, eight weeks at home, into four weeks or so getting fitter a lot

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quicker and also being away in this sort of environment, yeah, it's been

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really good so far. Lindsay Sharp shares are trading house with fellow

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Scot Andrew Prichard. To get the most from their high altitude

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training, there oxygen levels are measured every day. 97 again. Every

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morning we do this morning monitoring. We let the doctors know

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we slept fine and we feel good in the morning and if there's anything

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wrong they can come to us and find out what's happened and why. Mostly

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just to check our oxygen levels. I'm happy. They currently tread these

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trails along with Lindsay. Are they a new breed of Scott 's performance?

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The Scottish teams in the past have enjoyed the trip and the tracksuit

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and we saw them getting a lot closer to it in Glasgow where we were much

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closer to medals than before. In in during this I have no doubt will

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have the medals from the Gold Coast have the medals from the Gold Coast

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-- in endurance events. The efforts being made are huge. Punishing

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sessions. All planned to deliver a Scottish success at sea-level.

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Finally, a shaggy dog story with a happy ending.

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Nan the sheepdog has been rescued after falling over

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She'd been chasing a rabbit and tumbled more than 100 feet

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Nan managed to scramble back onto a ledge and a coastguard

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She wasn't hurt, and was glad to be reunited with owners,

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And time now to get the weather from Christopher.

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Thank you. Good evening. Fairly pleasant conditions for many of us

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today. On the satellite picture, the high cloud in the south-east,

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showers feeding in across the West with some heavy ones in the

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south-west of the moment. If you had the blue skies, very pleasant day.

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This evening, though showers fading away and most places becoming dry by

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the end of the night. Some clear spells around but temperatures in

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towns and cities should hold around 7-8 and in the countryside, chilly,

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not far off freezing in the north-east and south-east so

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tomorrow a few showers to start the day for the Western Isles and

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Glasgow. They moved north and east with through the day. For many,

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reasonably dry with reasonably dry and sunny spells but the showers

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will be pushing through at times. By mid-afternoon, 4pm, for many central

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and southern parts of the country, largely dry and bright and there are

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some further showers later. Further east, through parts of Fife,

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Aberdeenshire, showers in the afternoon and the further north you

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are, the heavier they could be with the odd rumble of hail in the mix.

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Shetland likely to stay dry full for the rest of the afternoon into the

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evening, heavy shower was arriving for Northern Ireland. Then, as we

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head into Thursday night towards Friday, we have low pressure in the

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Atlantic which will bring showers across western part of the country

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on Friday morning and mainly for the Hebrides but one or two for the West

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Coast, as well. And largely fine start to the day but through the

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afternoon, the southerly winds delivering showers from down south

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and temperatures once again in the mid teens. A quick look to the

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weekend. Saturday, low pressure with us. Hello arriving by Sunday. Heavy

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rain in the West -- a low arriving. It is one to watch. We will keep you

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posted. That is the forecast. Now a reminder of

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tonight's main news. I'll be back with the headlines at 8

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and an extended late bulletin just Until then, from everyone on the

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team, right across the country,

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