26/08/2016 Reporting Scotland


26/08/2016

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Jeremy Corbyn's allies are backing Kezia Dugdale to remain

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It comes after a former adviser to Gordon Brown suggested she'd face

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a challenge for her position from a pro-Corbyn MSP.

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Our political correspondent, Nick Eardley, has the story.

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Fresh from last night's hustings, Jeremy Corbyn in Edinburgh today.

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Voters have joined the Labour Party to support him but the leader

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in Scotland is backing his rival, saying Mr Corbyn

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It has been suggested that could lead to Mr Corbyn's supporters

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The deputy who supports him will probably challenge Kezia Dugdale.

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He is a man whose ambition may be in inverse proportion

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to his ability, but he is certainly ambitious.

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The UK candidates made their pitch to Scotland last night.

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What has gone wrong, they were asked.

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We have gone backwards on your watch in Scotland,

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You were meant to be winning back Scotland on the basis

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There is a big fight ahead and a long road back.

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The SNP are actually doing an austerity programme

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Think Kezia Dugdale is doing a Rhun job, a fantastic role model.

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I think she is doing a fantastic job and is a great role model for Labour

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What does that mean for the Scottish Labour leader?

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There has been angry response to Mr Sinclair's comments from some

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Alex Rowley says the idea that he would stand is rubbish.

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A leadership challenge, he says, is not on the cards.

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Neal Findlay is one of Mr Corbyn's closest allies in Scotland,

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He stood in the last Scottish leadership election

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We asked if he would consider standing again.

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Kezia Dugdale has a large mandate to lead the Scottish Labour Party.

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This former Labour MP thinks it is time to get behind

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I thought it was appalling and I don't envisage

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Kezia Dugdale has been elected by the Scottish party members

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and is working hard to make sure that Labour regains its electoral

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Can this man or his rival help with that, or might

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They were called "legal highs" but are now very much "illegal

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highs" and the police say that a change in the law three months ago

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banning their sale and distribution is having a "significant effect."

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But some say the new laws on psychoactive substances

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could actually be causing further problems.

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Our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson, reports.

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three months ago that name is no longer appropriate.

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New psychoactive substances can no longer be sold legally and importing

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Police Scotland say the new law has had a significant effect.

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Before it, there were 90 retailers selling the drugs across Scotland

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and now there are none, with premises closed,

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Police say there have been no arrests for offences under the act

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but they admit that they know it is still going on.

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There is a small minority of premises that are a persistent

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and resistant element continuing to sell them.

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That falls within the realms of the legislation, so the police

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and our partners will robustly target those individuals

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and we would encourage them to cease selling.

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The problem in the past was that legal highs could be easily

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chemically altered to help overcome any legal ban.

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The new legislation has been designed to overcome that.

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But in Ireland, where there is a similar law,

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consumption of new psychoactive substances has actually risen

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That is concerning this drugs awareness charity in Edinburgh,

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which fears that driving the sale of the streets might actually cause

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When these were on open sale was shocking to people but the fact

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that they were on open sale was perhaps suggesting incorrectly

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that they might be safe because they were being tolerated.

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Now that they are banned, I suppose the worry is that there

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If these are sold online, or through traditional drug dealing

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networks, we feel the price will go up and there is more

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The charity and police are warning users that buying the drugs online

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from overseas brings a risk of prosecution as it could be

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classed as importing them, which is prohibited

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Drivers in Edinburgh look likely to be asked to stay away

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The city's council has been piloting a scheme which bans vehicles

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from some areas to try and cut accidents and promote walking.

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Edinburgh's experiment with traffic movement around schools

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At nine of them, drivers were told they could not

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The result, confusion and frayed tempers.

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Nearly one year on, Edinburgh City Council says

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the scheme delivered real benefits, not least for children,

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many of whom now walk to and from school.

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It means signs like this are set to become a permanent feature

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But are all the drivers obeying the rules?

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This is another school that asked to take part in the pilot.

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When school finished at lunchtime today, some drivers were clearly

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I got a phone call to pick up my friend's child,

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because she is stuck in traffic, she is late.

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The police have been at the top of the road and they

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A report on the pilot scheme goes before the Transport Committee

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on Tuesday with a recommendation that it becomes permanent.

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One walking charity says all local authorities should consider adopting

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the scheme, but they will need to act tough.

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It can be soft to begin with but now we are one year on and parents

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should know the drill and it probably needs somebody to pick up

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people, possibly just warning them and going

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Edinburgh Council says that peer pressure might help.

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Parents are frustrated with those they cannot get onside,

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those who park on yellow lines and on corners.

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It is a minority who spoil it being a safe area for young

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East Lothian Council already run a similar scheme.

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So far, other areas have yet to signal that they are on board.

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Kilmarnock took on visitors Rangers at Rugby Park tonight

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The Ayrshire side dominated the first half and took

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But a free kick in the second half saw the visitors equalise

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Kilmarnock had a man sent off and had to withstand

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a late surge by Rangers, but they held on to claim a point.

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Let's get the weekend weather outlook now from Christopher.

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Good evening. It was the case of sunshine and showers today and a few

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rainbows around as well. Our weather Watch is taking plenty of pictures.

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There's showers fade tonight and tomorrow very little in terms of

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weather going on. Dry, fairly cloudy, but we have this weather

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front producing outbreaks of rain that will move north towards

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Midlands. In Scotland, a generally dry start, some brightness around at

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times and a few spots of rain in the south-west extending up to the

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north-west and perhaps one or two lighter spots in the central belt by

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mid-afternoon. Across the UK, that is where the real action is. You can

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see this plume of white weather from of the wash down to Dorset. It will

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be wet. For most of Wales and northern England and Northern

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Ireland, cloudy. Similar for us. Temperatures up to 19-20 with the

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chance of some rain at times, nuisance value than anything else.

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Across the West, spots of rain here but generally dry. The far north

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Northern Isles, or and Shetland, best chances of sunshine for you. In

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the evening, fairly dry. And then to Sunday we have a ridge of high

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pressure in the Atlantic and the wet weather pulling away towards

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Scandinavia. For us, and other dry day after a damp start. Certainly

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for the North and South. Through the afternoon, drying up with sunny

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weather pushing in from the West Coast. Look at the north-east and

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south-east, heavy downpours likely at times. That is the forecast for

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now. From everyone on the late team

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here in Glasgow and around

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