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Theresa May launches the Scottish Conservative manifesto,
saying she'll never let the union drift apart.
We will have reaction from the other parties.
The college lecturers' dispute is resolved.
Scallop fishermen are banned from a Highland loch where dredging
Could Celtic make history this weekend as the first Scots side
to complete an undefeated league season since the 19th century?
And billionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie is remembered
with the opening of a new complex in his hometown, Dunfermline.
The Prime Minister has promised a personal campaign
to preserve Scotland's place in the United Kingdom.
After launching the Scottish Conservative manifesto in Edinburgh,
Theresa May told BBC Scotland there was more to the union
She said, "We are at heart one people".
But opponents say Tory policies are divisive and damaging.
This from our political editor Brian Taylor.
Ruth Davidson said the Tories want to bring the SNP down to size, to
curb Nicola Sturgeon's ambitions. That is to send the SNP a clear and
unequivocal message. No to their unwanted plan for another referendum
on independence. To do that, she needs a little help. She claimed
Labour was engaged in civil war and urged Labour voters to switch. In
swathes of the country it is only the Scottish Conservatives who are
strong enough to take on the SNP, and in many places we can only win
if you join us. The Prime Minister said that she would handle Brexit
talks. She would consult Nicola Sturgeon but there was no place for
the First Minister at the Brexit negotiation table. That was for the
UK Government. The Tories say they would use cash returned from the EU
for a shared prosperity fund, spreading resources across the UK. A
promise no return to the Common Fisheries Policy, and they would
support North Sea oil and gas. Although this is a UK election, the
leader has also flagged up policies in devolved areas, education reform
and house-building. I am now travelling with the Prime Minister
across Scotland. Theresa May characterises contemporary politics
as a journey. Step one, the best possible deal from Brexit. Step two,
turn attention to the other union, the union of the United Kingdom.
Theresa May says it is her personal priority to strengthen that union.
Visiting an East Lothian all each firm, she said the UK worked for the
economy but there was more to the union than that. As well as being an
economic issue, is this an emotional issue for you as well? It is a
personal priority for me. There are good economic arguments for the
union but there are also, I think, the deep historic ties that we have.
If you look across the United Kingdom, we are four nations but we
are at heart one people. She declined to forecast how many
Scottish seats the Tories will take, and sidestepped questions about how
to measure wind Scotland might be ready for a second independence
referendum. Brian Taylor joins me now from Edinburgh. Why are the
Conservatives unwilling to spell that out. They do not want to say no
to a referendum because they do not want to sound arrogant or
undemocratic. But they set two criteria for the referendum, saying
Icher be after Brexit is not just settled in negotiation terms but
actually concluded and implemented. That could take several years. They
say there should be a second criterion, the issue of popular
consent. Theresa May was asked repeatedly at the news conference
how you measure that. Is it opinion polls, is it the election is
currently being held? The Tories declined to say. They are saying not
now during Brexit, but in practice they hope it is not ever. They hope
they can undermine, cajole people to turn away from the cause of
independence from the cause of nationalism and towards the cause of
unionism and the Conservative Party. They hope steadily over time to
pre-empt the issue of an independence referendum returning.
Naturally, there SNP opponents take a different view.
Elsewhere on the campaign trail in Scotland, the other main
parties have been attacking the Conservatives manifesto plans
for social care, pensions and the winter fuel payment.
Kezia Dugdale, being put to the test that Glasgow's Science Centre this
morning. The Scottish Labour leader is keen to highlight the importance
of subjects like technology and maps for Scotland's next generation, but
attention quickly turned to the older, and the Conservative
manifesto plans for less pension protection. This is a slash and burn
manifesto from the Tories which will Britt apart the fabric of society.
If you want to protect pensions, those benefits we invest in through
the tax system, it is only the Labour Party placed to do that.
Meanwhile, in Moffat, Nicola Sturgeon was seeing double, but the
triple lock was on her mind, too. The First Minister says the SNP
should be in the driving seat at Westminster to stand up
Conservatives. The benefit freeze, the removal of support from disabled
people, these are leading to what has been described as the greatest
increase inequality since Margaret Thatcher. The reason there are no
costings is because they don't want to talk about the reality. He has
been to the butcher, the baker, and now the candlemaker. Willie Rennie
continued his quirky campaign. The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader
also took time today to condemn the Conservative plans. It is a
cold-hearted, mean-spirited approach by the Conservatives. By cutting
back on social care and free school meals, cutting back on pensions, it
is going to damage the living standards of people who need
support. With less than three weeks until you go to the polls, it seems
these party leaders have found some common ground.
Within the past hour, a deal has been struck to end the college
lecturers strike. Lecturers were Jude to walk out of three days next
week. Jamie MacColl I've joins me. What can you tell us? This had
escalated into the most serious industrial action in Scottish
education for 30 years, and at its heart was a dispute over pay.
Lecturers were angry that a deal reached last year to help equalise
pay at different colleges across Scotland had not been put into
practice. The colleges argued that pay could not be separated from
conditions. We have seen six strikes in recent weeks and that was due to
escalate to a three-day strike next week today, intensive talks took
place to try to head off next week's strike. A breakthrough happened, an
agreement has been reached in principle and the strike is now off.
Some of the details have still to be finalised but the crucial bit is
that lecturers will get their pay rise. But talks lie ahead when it
comes to sorting out differences in hours and holidays across the
country. But the crucial bit is that lecturers will get their pay
increase, the strike is over and this will be a huge relief to many
students who had been becoming increasingly concerned as exams and
deadlines approached. A key associate of Craig Whyte has
revealed that could have been misleading not to have revealed the
role of a ticket firm in the takeover. He was questioned about
cash flow projections made ahead of the buyout years ago. The
involvement of picketers, said to have helped fund the deal, was
removed. Craig Whyte denies fraud by pretending he was buying Rangers
with his own money. Scallop fishermen have been banned
from a Highland loch after a rare The emergency move follows
an investigation into damage caused to the flame-shell reef
on Loch Carron near Plockton. Our environment correspondent
Kevin Keane reports. This is scallop dredging, a
legitimate industry, key to the economy of communities along the
West Coast, but this sector is often in conflict with local creel boats,
and now conservationists. In a single go, one dredger caused huge
damage to this rare flame shell reef. It should be buzzing with
marine life, but instead Starfish had arms torn off, and broken shells
scatter the sea bed. As a result, an emergency marine protected area has
been declared, which makes dredging here banned. It was not completely
destroyed. Part of it was destroyed but much of it was still intact, so
this will allow that to recover. We will take measures over the period
to make this area permanent. The reef is rare but not unique. The
restrictions imposed today cover only the one at this site. There is
now much concerned that others close by remain unprotected. It is not
enough, simply not enough. It is one area of our inshore waters. And
everyone knows that we are not managing our inshore waters as well
as we should be. Local fishermen tell me it is unusual but not
unheard of to dredge for scallops in this part. But they emphasise that
the fishermen responsible for the damage were doing nothing illegal.
The Scottish Government says it is urgently looking at other sites, to
see whether they also need closing off.
A new system of training medical staff at the Royal Hospital
for Sick Children in Edinburgh is saving money
The mother of one young girl who was treated under
the new programme says it saved her daughter's life.
In a training room, a dummy is wired up to monitors. He is programmed to
assimilate a child with a deteriorating medical condition. He
was brought to the emergency department... A specialist team is
briefed on the background. Now they can respond to a call from the ward.
This is a PET in action, a paediatric emergency team. We want
to recognise the problem, start treatment and escalate as quickly as
possible to get the most senior and appropriately trained people into
the room. We managed to show that by generating that culture in the
hospital, whether the team are there or not, that behaviour in the
doctors reduces unexpected admissions. That is the training
over and the staff are going through a debrief. This training takes place
across Scotland roughly about once a year. The difference here is that it
is taking place once a week, and it is bringing together staff from
different departments. There is a cost involved, around ?75,000 a
year, but this study has found that the savings are potentially more
than ten times that. At home, cuddled up with mum, five-year-old
Natalia. She has long-term medical conditions and has to spend many
nights in hospital. Her mum, Ashley, recalls the night a paediatric
emergency team operating under the new system was called for her. They
did lots of things, giving her oxygen, antibiotics. It still wasn't
helping. And within a couple of hours she was in intensive care. If
they were not as quick at getting her into intensive care, she might
not be here today. As well as the cost savings, the doctors behind the
trial say that there is clear evidence that the number of deaths
also dropped. In the year before we introduced it, we had seven kids
tying after getting more and well on the wards. And in the two one-year
periods after, we had two each. Small numbers, but they clear trend.
It is difficult to prove it scientifically from one study in one
hospital, because lots of factors can come into that. Doctors are
analysing how the findings can be used in other units across Scotland.
Theresa May promises to not let the union drift
apart as she launches the Scottish Conservative manifesto.
Former Great British Olympian Zola Budd gears up
for the first Stirling Marathon on Sunday.
Now we return to the general election, and tonight we're
Aberdeen, with its dependence on the offshore industry,
has been suffering from the sharp drop in the oil price,
although in recent months there have been some signs of recovery.
In his latest report, our political correspondent
Nick Eardley has been to the Aberdeen North constituency,
A city synonymous with oil and gas, an industry which brought wealth and
jobs. But after a slump in the price of oil, one in which some have been
left struggling. Like here. This food bank is one of nearly 40 in
Aberdeen and it is getting busier. A lot more than we used to get. It is
kept going by volunteers. They also sell donated items to locals. A food
bank varies between 20-25, up to excess of 50 individuals on a daily
basis. This time last year we were doing up to 100 food parcels a week.
We can now do up to 170. He blames welfare changes for rising demand.
It is to do with the ?20,000 benefit cap on families which stops them
claiming in excess of ?20,000. It has reduced a lot of payments for
people and reduced their disposable income. We put John's views to the
Conservative candidate. They have seen a big spike in demand. We
obviously want to support families and the caps were introduced because
we want to ensure that people are encouraged to go to work, and that
is why we want to improve job opportunities for people. She is one
of those trying to unseat the SNP's Kirsty Blackman. The welfare state
should be a safety net and it is not catching those people. The economy
is clearly not working for everybody. The weekly shop is much
more expensive than previously while wages are not rising. They don't
feel the economy is working for them. But is it working for others?
We travelled along union Street to speak to a local business owner. It
has been a tough time with the downturn in oil and gas. We are
still a popular venue but we are not getting the customers we used to
before. Until the last election, Labour held this seat since the
1930s. Labour has always been on the side of working folk and that is our
pitch again. A ?10 minimum wage, investment in education, more money
in the NHS, which will trickle to Scotland. Substantial cuts in some
people's wages, but they still have the same bills to pay. But we need
to look at a much wider economy. Did you have anything in mind?
Diversification is a buzzword and Dean Walker is something of an
expert, retraining oil and gas workers to cut. I think they are
glad not to be just relying on the oil and gas sector, and it being as
vulnerable as it can be and how quickly it can change. How is
business? Fantastic. Would you say the economy was working for you?
Absolutely. At the food bank, the views on diversification are echoed
by John is less optimistic about the future. I am not sure about the
economy in Aberdeen. I can only see it getting worse.
There are five candidates in the Aberdeen North constituency.
You can find more information on the BBC Scotland News website.
The Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says the club is on the brink of
"a unique bit of history" this weekend.
If the champions don't lose at home to Hearts on Sunday,
the Parkhead side will complete an undefeated league season
in Scotland's top division. That hasn't been done since 1899.
Another day, another set of awards for Celtic. This time, the sponsor
's manager and Player of the Year. No prizes for Sotec's greatest win
last night, just plaudits. That's magnificent! What a golfer Patrick
Roberts. In particular for Patrick Roberts, due to return to parent
club Manchester City, his captain would love him to stay. Yeah,
definitely. He's a top quality player, he's young. He's got a lot
of learning to do as well, but he will get better and better. Roberts
hasn't been the only Celtic star this season, Scott Sinclair made
quite an impact on his debut on day one. There was the Dembele Derby,
when a hat-trick humbled Rangers. After the League Cup was won in
November, the league title was wrapped up before Easter, 45 matches
in all domestic petitions, no defeats. On a point of creating a
unique bit of history, the players are very much focused on performing,
like we have been all season. There is a consequence to playing well and
winning. And for us, that will be the focus and the result of that,
hopefully, will be that we goes the season unbeaten. This weekend
promises to be a record-breaking one for Celtic on several fronts if they
can win. They two short of a new goals record and a victory away from
the most points in a season, and the most wins. So this group of players
is one match away from a piece of sporting history. Arsenal did it in
England in 2004, but not since the early days of football in the 1890s
have the Scottish champions gone through an entire season without
losing a match. That stat might need to be updated on Sunday afternoon.
The city of Stirling will host its first marathon on Sunday,
and there's a reunion taking place between two legends of the sport.
South African born Zola Budd competed for Great Britain
in the 1980s, often against Scotland's Commonwealth
The rivals will meet on the start line again, for the first time
in over two decades. Rhona McLeod reports.
Put that behind you and I might start fast! All joking aside, the
start may not be as fast as before, but these two women are serious in
their intentions for the Stirling Marathon. Zola Budd was the
controversial import to the British team for the Los Angeles Olympic
Games in 1984, and that drama was followed by another as America's
sweetheart went tumbling. Dekker is down! The World Champion and one of
the favourites is now flat out on the infield. Now aged 50, Zola
coaches at an American university, her running is for fun, and the
Stirling Marathon presented a unique appeal. I jumped at the chance
because of the history. I love history. To be able to run in an
environment like this, it is really privileged. People are spoiled by
being around this history, and they don't really appreciate it as much a
someone like me from somewhere else, and not having access to this. I
mean, this is amazing. So what about long-time rival Liz McColgan, the
ultimate competitor? Who will have bragging rights for the over 50s
soup but that title? Gone are the days when I am worried about who I
beat. I am more worried about having gel in my hair now! I just want to
go round and enjoy it. For me, personally, because I was an elite
athlete, you don't get the same enjoyment because everything is so
focused on winning, you missed the fun side of it. For me, personally,
to go out and enjoy that aspect of it, it will be amazing. You are
going to be lining up alongside Liz McColgan, is there any rivalry at
all, a tiny bit, perhaps? I think the marathon is a discipline that
teaches you humility. I still have that apprehension, will I finish
not? Is it going to be OK or not? Yes, I respect the distance. 6500
will respect the distance on Sunday, but there are views and plenty of
history along the way. The story of the philanthropist
billionaire Andrew Carnegie is remembered with the opening
of a new complex in Dunfermline, As well as the world's
first Carnegie Library, it houses a museum, galleries
and reading rooms. And while it bears
the industrialist's name, it also celebrates other people
from the town who've gone Our arts correspondent
Pauline McLean reports. This is the first public library
Andrew Carnegie built. Opened in 1883 in the town where he was born,
it was the first of 2500 built worldwide in his name. But now this
19th-century treasure is at the heart of a 21st century complex,
which brings all the town's cultural collections under one roof. There's
a really rich history and heritage here. This building is a fantastic
building, but what happens in the building is important. It is about
the library, but also telling the Dunfermline story, telling the story
of the people of Dunfermline, whether that is the history we have
gathered in, which is so rich, or the objects on display. From Kings
to musicians, the town has many different stories to tell. Even if
some of them are surprised to find themselves in a museum. It makes you
feel old. You are in a museum! I am really chuffed. This was where the
band was born. We formed here, we are named here. We are Dunfermline.
We still live here. There is even a thread running between the local
mill and the Queen's wedding dress, silk made in secret in 1947. She
turned up for work one day, the bosses said, you are not doing your
normal work, Barbara, sit at the loom, there is an extra bowl of
water and cloth, keep your hands extra clean. She says she only
discovered she was making special silk when she received an invitation
to the wedding. Ten years in the planning, the complex is already
open for business, but local school children were among the first to
visit. They heard stories of the people that made their town and took
its name around the world. Time for the weekend
weather forecast. It has been sunny for some of us
today, but most of us have had fairly cloudy skies with drizzle
down the east coast. You can see more clearly on the satellite
picture, there is the strip of sunshine around the west Coast.
Elsewhere, cloudy, and rain affecting eastern parts of the
country as well. As we head through the next few hours, that wet weather
edging westwards. The few showers across the south-west as well. As we
head overnight, cloudy and increasingly damp with outbreaks of
rain, mist and Merc to Shetland and at times around the closed as well.
Not a cold night, around eight Celsius in towns and cities. What it
means is, starting the weekend, it is cloudy and dank. For the central
lowlands, northwards, brain in first light, central belt southwards, a
cloudy start, but as we head through the afternoon, more bright and sunny
spells. But fairly frequent and at times heavy showers, a rumble of
thunder in the mix. By mid afternoon, around 4pm, sunshine
coming through, particularly through South Ayrshire towards Kintyre, but
eastwards, it could be heavy. North and central lowlands, likely to
still be fairly cloudy at this point with fairly light and patchy rain,
but persistent nonetheless. We will start to see an improvement as the
rain pulls away. It will be a slow process. Wind freshening in the
east. If you are walking or climbing more than Rangers, cloudy and damp.
The wind is light coming from the west. Temperatures there around
four. A number of heavy showers develop, the odd rumble of thunder
but bright spells interspersed, too. The rest of the afternoon into the
evening and overnight, showers still with us. But sunshine to end the day
across the south-west quadrant of the country. The general theme as we
head overnight toward Sunday, low pressure responsible for Saturday's
whether pulling away, high-pressure starting tonight in from the
continent. For most of us, Sunday is a better day whether - wise.
Clouding over by the afternoon and a little weather front tickling the
west Coast. East of that, unsettled, but on balance, Sunday is better
than Saturday. That is the forecast. Now, a reminder of
tonight's main news: Sweden drops a long running rape
investigation into the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange,
he calls it an important victory. And Theresa May launches
the Scottish Conservative manifesto, saying she'll never let
the union drift apart. I'll be back with the headlines
at 8pm and the late bulletin just Until then, from everyone
on the team around and across the country,
have a very good evening.