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The Labour group on Aberdeen council is suspended from the party
after forming a coalition with the Conservatives against
This isn't about positions, this is about the job Labour councillors are
elected to do protect public service, to invest and defend public
We'll be live in Aberdeen with the latest.
As unemployment falls again in Scotland, we take a look at how
the so-called gig economy is changing the world of work.
The frightening moment a schoolgirl's tongue got trapped
It took hospital staff more than four hours to free her.
Why this multiple sclerosis sufferer is rethinking his plans
And, after another early defeat for Andy Murray,
can the world number one recover his form
Scottish Labour has suspended all nine members of the Labour group
of councillors in Aberdeen for breaching party rules
and forming a coalition to run the City Council with the Tories.
Fiona Stalker's there for us this evening.
Fiona, talk us through what's been going on there today.
Well, they say a week is a long time in politics, how about a few hours?
It has been a day of deal, resignation, and suspensions but a
coalition of, are now running Aberdeen but not even is happy.
Labour's 5.00 deadline came and went. Kezia Dugdale demanding the
nine Labour councillors remove themselves from a coalition with the
Tories are. They refused. Your reaction your suspension? I am
disappointed because I have been a member of the Labour Party for a
long time or group took the decision we wanted to go into coalition
because we feel it is best thing for the people of Aberdeen, we feel that
we have negotiated a good deal with our partners which means that we
have anti-austerity means within the programme that will be brought
forward. The controversial development seen by many as the
reason Labour got a thumping at the local elections but tonight they are
back in power. The deal don with the Tories. A Labour Lord Provost was
elected, nominated by Conservatives. The SNP, the biggest party left in
opposition What have seen is a dark day for democracy s they are the
three headed hound of hell. It it was a day of comes and goings, the
Tories giving up council leader hip to Labour, despite being the bigger
party. Has democracy I been done today? It is not the party with the
most councillor that formed the coalition, but the group is coming
together to have a storm partnership, so with 23 members I
think it is fantastic for the city. Amid the turmoil the Liberal
Democrats lost a councillor when one of theirs crossed the chamber to
join the independents. I think there will be anger among a large
proportion of the population in Aberdeen. They will be angry there
is no change. I am shocked at the behaviour of the Conservative Party
and Labour. One member of the public has made their feelings known about
the new coalition. What happens next? The nine councillors have been
suspended from Scottish Labour pending an investigation, they are
calling themselves Aberdeen Labour and they say they will continue to
campaign alongside the Scottish Labour colleague, for the up coming
Labour colleague, for the up coming general election.
Well, in the last half an hour, Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale
This isn't about position or golds round the necks of councillor, this
is about the job they are elected to do to protect public service and
defend thenment the deal coming from Aberdeen didn't pass that test, that
is why it was rejected by the democratic body of the Labour Party,
why that must be respected and why we have moved to suspend the
we have moved to suspend the councillors.
And with me now is our political editor Brian Taylor -
Brian, how damaging is this to the Scottish Labour
I certainly think the general election is concentrating minds that
it is what this row is about. Let us reremember a couple of facts in the
previous set of council, both Labour and the SNP in various guises,
whether in coalition or partnership with the Conservative, the SNP ruled
out a deal with the Tory, Labour ruled out not a deal with the
Tories, but any deal they said would increase austerity for communities
but to be fair to Labour, in advance of the agreement in Aberdeen, a
panel of the Scottish executive committee said they went happy with
the deal, they thought it was the wrong thing to do and they said it
should not happen, the councillors wept ahead regardless. How does this
affect Labour? There will be some voters in Scotland who will discount
this, they will pay no attention to it, they will pay no heed, they will
vote as they are going to vote regardless. Some will be impressed
at dug danger taking what is seemingly a tough stand, frankly
against member of her own party, but there another prospective. People
tend not to vote for parties that are pay tenially divided. It tends
to deter the voters. Earlier Kezia Dugdale was asked on our sister
programme on BBC Radio Scotland how she would rank her campaign and
Labour's campaign from one o ten, she gave it six or seven with three
weeks to go. I am not sure tonight she will be increasing that score
all that much. Thank you for that. And speaking of the general
election, the Liberal Democrats have published their UK election
manifesto and reaffirmed the party's opposition to Scottish independence
and a second indy referendum. But it's Brexit that's
at the heart of their campaign. Here's our political
correspondent, David Porter. Elections, battle buses and
manifestos go together. The Liberal Democrats key is Brexit is not cut
and dry. Do you have people based in markets to do the face to face...
How Brexit pans out will affect everyone, including this start up
company in Glasgow. It provides loyalty cards for the small business
sector. That deal ultimately will have to be signed off and the
question is who should do that? Who should have that choice about
whether that deal is good enough? I don't think it should up to the
Government or to Parliament, I think it should be the people that have
that final say, and the option to remain in the EU if it a bad deal
that Theresa May brings back from the negotiations.
Out on the stump the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon. She is keen to
frame Brexit debate from the nationalist perspective. The key
choice for people is whether we are going to give the Tories a free
hand, not just to pursue Brexit but to pursue an extreme form of Brexit.
An extreme Brexit could put 80,000 Scottish jobs on the line, my
message in this election is if you vote for the SNP, you are giving me
a mandate to demand that Scotland's interests around that negotiateling
table. Rights answer if you are a Tory, at
this nursery in Thornley bank the focus on early years education, but
Brexit is never far away. Once you have asked that question, I think
our experience in Scotland shows we shouldn't have to be dragged back
and reasked us until the side that lost get what they want out of the
end of it. We made the decision, we are leaving the European Union, the
idea now is who is going to get the best deal, Jeremy Corbyn or Theresa
May? I trust Theresa May, to get a much better deal than I would trust
Jeremy Corbyn. Labour's leader also clear of the
challenges ahead. I think the result of the EU
referendum should be respected and even has to work hard to get the
best possible deal from Brexit. That involves rejecting the Tories's hard
right-wing approach to Brexit, the way do that is to vote for a Labour
Government on 8th June. At Holyrood a different tone from the election.
A visit from Brendan cox whose wife Jo Cox was murdered last year. I
think it is more important during times where we disagree to remember
the things that are more fundamental to say of course we can disagree
with each other but there is no space for hatred within that debate.
The Scottish party leaders took time out from the cut and thrust of the
campaign, to sit down together for tea with Brendan cox. All agrees
some things are just more important. All agrees some things
are just more important. Unemployment in Scotland has fallen
by 14,000 in the last But the world of work is changing,
with more people now earning money through the so-called "gig economy"
- where one-off services - like taxi rides and takeaway meals -
are arranged by mobile phones. While some enjoy the freedom
of life off the payroll, there's concern about the level
of rights and benefits these workers are entitled to,
as our political correspondent, And relax. This mass Sergeant
therapist is enjoying her new career after being made redundant. Being
self-employed, Elizabeth is her own boss. She doesn't receive sick pay
or paid holidays but there is a Huang. A of freedom I am in charge
of everything. I think if I sat down with somebody, and spoke about the
plus points and also the challenges of being self-employed, to being on
a payroll we could probably come up we the same amount of items on each
list albeit they would be very different. There has been a rise in
traditional self employment like this since the recession. But the
world of work is changing. At the swipe of a screen, with the new gig
economy. Big companies link workers to customers for a one officer
advice, and take a cut. It's sold as giving workers more control but the
reality for in uber-driver is different. Deisn't set our own fare,
we are to in control of our own earnings, we have to do it the
uber-way or the high way. But on the high ways of Glasgow, uber-put us in
touch with one driver who sees the benefits of working for himself and
the company. You press a button you are working, you press a button you
stop working, nobody is there telling you what to do. That is the
foundation of flexible working as far as I'm concerned. There is
currently an independent review into the gig economy. In this election
the parties are making various promises round increasing works'
right and better pay. Budding Chancellors will want to make sure
they don't miss out of tax revenue as self employment increases. If the
next UK Government tries to address some of these issues round
differences in tax treatment, between the self-employed and
employees that has to go alongside changes in the employment rights of
people working in the self employment sector. So as office
staff enjoy a lunchtime rest in George Square politicians in this
general election campaign are working hard, to try to adapt to
this changing world of employment. Yesterday, we brought you
news of the longest running criminal A husband and wife were convicted
of fraud and money laundering, with victims finding out they no
longer owned their homes. The court proceedings
cost around ?7.5 milion. But the case raises questions
about the future of these trials. This trial has been
remarkable in many ways - it was originally scheduled
to take 4-6 months. It lasted more than
a year and a half. In that time, the judge officially
retired, but had to be kept on, a juror got married,
and a lawyer's baby was born. But can you imagine being called
for jury duty and finding, that your normal working life had
to be suspended for more Jurors do get paid, but if you're
in a higher paid job But this case also raises questions
about the legal system itself. The whole trial was on edge when
the number of jurors fell to 12 - the minimum number required
to reach a verdict. If another juror had
been unable to continue, So, are jury trials the best way
to achieve justice in long In terms of very very serious case,
involving very complicated financial concepts and influents the ordinary
person might not be familiar with you might well ask is this value for
money and is it good justice, the best way to deliver justice? I am
not sure on either test whether with are delivering that in Scotland
are delivering that in Scotland today.
The Scottish Government is planning to look at the work of juries -
it will be at least two years before we find out more.
Another question raised by the case is who is prosecuted.
Lawyers who carried out the property transactions which turned
out to be fraudulent, were not put on trial.
Some of the families I spoke to who lost their home in the scam
say the professionals involved should be tried too.
Every single home report, surveyor should be held account, in my eyes
Yet, because they gave evidence for the Crown they effectively have
immunity from prosecution in the criminal court
The BBC has discovered that two of the lawyers involved have been
struck off by their regulator and two have previously
been disciplined - all for other matters.
Other lawyers take these matters very very seriously, it is a
privilege to an extent to be able to handle money, and that being so,
there is a zero tolerance of mortgage fraud within the profession
The Law Society of Scotland, who regulate lawyers,
have said they will wait for papers from court before they decide
whether they will look at the actions of the solicitors
involved - but what's certain is there are problems with them
There is also, separately, an independent review under way
into whether lawyers need to be better regulated.
So there is plenty to look out for after what is now a historic case.
A child's travel mug has been withdrawn from sale across Europe
by The Disney Store after a school girl from Kirkintilloch
Hospital staff had to use bolt cutters, a hacksaw and drill
to remove the screw-top cup from the seven-year-old's mouth.
The company said it was an unfortunate incident
that they had taken seriously by immediately stopping sales
A day out in the park is the best way for a little girl to get over
her ordeal. Because this time last week the
seven-year-old spent hours in hospital with her tongue stuck
firmly in the lid of her drinking bottle They tried various tool,
scissor, bolt cut evers, eventually a hack saw. That was what worked the
best, they tried to use some local anaesthetic in her tongue which was
painful. She was screaming at that point. I had to held her down. The
mark on her tongue is healing nicely. Fortunately she doesn't
remember much about what happened in hospital, but her injury did make a
few things difficult. Talking and eating. I couldn't eat. It turns out
what happened to Megan wasn't an isolated incident. Another mother
from Midlothian has been in touch with this family, to say that her
nine-year-old son's tongue got stuck in a similar travel mug. The main
difference is her child didn't end up in hospital. It was a Disney cup
like this which caused the problems. In a
Three other mugs have also been withdrawn from sale, while there for
plans for a full recall, customers can return the mugs for a refund.
Komi An Inverness man who planned
suicide clinic next month is to defer the visit.
Colin Campbell, who's been encouraged to seek support
by a fellow sufferer, has called for more help for others
NHS Highland says support for MS patients is tailored to suit
individual needs and is very much driven by them.
how people should be looking at this is Colin is worn out with having had
this illness and his death will give him release. Colin Campbell speaking
earlier this month about his plan to end his life in Switzerland after
being unable to face another winter stuck in a second-floor flat with
multiple sclerosis. Isn't as nice? This is better than sitting indoors,
isn't it? Now his life has taken a different turn after being contacted
by a fellow MS sufferer who is encouraging him to access better
support for his progressive illness. I had to fight very hard to get my
help and I found lots of barriers. I now have carers, promote abilities
Cooter, and a great life now, but a few years ago, my story was very
different and I can see Colin the way I used to be. What did you think
of that, Colin, going on your scooter for the first time? I think
was excellent. I enjoyed it and I agree it's totally liberating. The
56 inroad has now decided to defer his visit to the Swiss clinic while
he seeks more help and treatment. My situation was extremely bleak. This
has given me some kind of optimism which I definitely didn't have, so I
owe that to her. There's a lot of people forgotten, who needs a lot of
help and are unaware there is help and that's why people like me go to
Switzerland. So a new direction and new hope for someone who felt he had
nowhere left to turn. You won't ever want to be slower game. It's boring
being slow. Jackie O'Brien, Inverness.
Andy Murray says he's still in with a chance of winning
the French Open tennis despite his recent slump in form.
It continued with last night's second round defeat
at the Italian Open, his fourth early exit recently.
Italy is Fabiola Fellini, sending Andy Murray packing. Getting the
crowd going. The world number 29, the latest player to beat the number
one. I wasn't creating enough chances on my own. Normally during
matches, your opponent might give you a few opportunities with some
errors. So you hope to create a few yourself but that certainly wasn't
the case today. In Indian Wells, it in March, he was knocked out in the
second round. After that, a third round exit at Monte Carlo. Signs of
a revival when he reached the semifinals in Barcelona, but it
proved to be short lived with defeats in Madrid in the third round
and Rome in the second. Often there's a to number one and I
remembered in December, he was beating Novak Djokovic becoming the
greatest player in the world. He's a couple of injuries with shingles, a
debilitating illness and also an elbow injury. The French Open, a
week on Sunday. Murray reach the semifinal in 2015. I have to work
harder these next ten days. Really prepare very well, make the most of
every single day. And then really work my way into the tournament.
This man may help Murray get back to his best comment grand slam coach,
Ivan Lendl, the men ten to three major titles. They will be reunited
in Paris. And the cream of Scottish
athletics is preparing for the World Championships
in London and next year's Commonwealth Games
on the Australian Gold Coast. Scots endurance running
is at an all time high with several Scots training at an elite
British Athletics high Rhona McLeod went to see
them in action and sends Welcome to Northern Arizona which
lies at an altitude of 7000 feet. It makes it absolutely ideal for
distance and middle distance runners to train. It's about fitting what we
take, eight weeks at home, into four weeks or so getting fitter a lot
quicker and also being away in this sort of environment, yeah, it's been
really good so far. Lindsay Sharp shares are trading house with fellow
Scot Andrew Prichard. To get the most from their high altitude
training, there oxygen levels are measured every day. 97 again. Every
morning we do this morning monitoring. We let the doctors know
we slept fine and we feel good in the morning and if there's anything
wrong they can come to us and find out what's happened and why. Mostly
just to check our oxygen levels. I'm happy. They currently tread these
trails along with Lindsay. Are they a new breed of Scott 's performance?
The Scottish teams in the past have enjoyed the trip and the tracksuit
and we saw them getting a lot closer to it in Glasgow where we were much
closer to medals than before. In in during this I have no doubt will
have the medals from the Gold Coast have the medals from the Gold Coast
-- in endurance events. The efforts being made are huge. Punishing
sessions. All planned to deliver a Scottish success at sea-level.
Finally, a shaggy dog story with a happy ending.
Nan the sheepdog has been rescued after falling over
She'd been chasing a rabbit and tumbled more than 100 feet
Nan managed to scramble back onto a ledge and a coastguard
She wasn't hurt, and was glad to be reunited with owners,
And time now to get the weather from Christopher.
Thank you. Good evening. Fairly pleasant conditions for many of us
today. On the satellite picture, the high cloud in the south-east,
showers feeding in across the West with some heavy ones in the
south-west of the moment. If you had the blue skies, very pleasant day.
This evening, though showers fading away and most places becoming dry by
the end of the night. Some clear spells around but temperatures in
towns and cities should hold around 7-8 and in the countryside, chilly,
not far off freezing in the north-east and south-east so
tomorrow a few showers to start the day for the Western Isles and
Glasgow. They moved north and east with through the day. For many,
reasonably dry with reasonably dry and sunny spells but the showers
will be pushing through at times. By mid-afternoon, 4pm, for many central
and southern parts of the country, largely dry and bright and there are
some further showers later. Further east, through parts of Fife,
Aberdeenshire, showers in the afternoon and the further north you
are, the heavier they could be with the odd rumble of hail in the mix.
Shetland likely to stay dry full for the rest of the afternoon into the
evening, heavy shower was arriving for Northern Ireland. Then, as we
head into Thursday night towards Friday, we have low pressure in the
Atlantic which will bring showers across western part of the country
on Friday morning and mainly for the Hebrides but one or two for the West
Coast, as well. And largely fine start to the day but through the
afternoon, the southerly winds delivering showers from down south
and temperatures once again in the mid teens. A quick look to the
weekend. Saturday, low pressure with us. Hello arriving by Sunday. Heavy
rain in the West -- a low arriving. It is one to watch. We will keep you
posted. That is the forecast. Now a reminder of
tonight's main news. I'll be back with the headlines at 8
and an extended late bulletin just Until then, from everyone on the
team, right across the country,