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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.


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