02/09/2016 Reporting Scotland


02/09/2016

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Nicola Sturgeon says she's starting what she's calling

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a "new conversation" on independence with the people of Scotland.

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The First Minister says she wants to reach as many as two million

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people before the end of November, using face to face canvassing,

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an online survey and town hall meetings.

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But the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson,

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has accused her of ignoring people's priorities,

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in pursuit of a narrow nationalist agenda.

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Here's our political editor, Brian Taylor.

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The SNP promised a summer campaign on independence, but Brexit

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intervened to change the political brew, and so it is an autumn

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Nicola Sturgeon insisted she would work to protect

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Scotland's European interests within the UK framework, but if that

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I believe it is right that our party now leads a new

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Today I want to set out the principles

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The UK that Scotland voted to stay part of in

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That takes me to the second principle.

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Before we start talking, we must listen.

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If they listen, what might they here?

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Madness, absolute madness, financial suicide.

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If it came again, I would probably say yes.

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of the outcome last time, because they were

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promised things that did

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It definitely should be something that awaits perhaps until

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I don't know why they have to keep trying to get the vote they want,

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which is what they did in Ireland, which was shameful.

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The First Minister cited two new reasons for

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Labour's problems, entrenching the Tories in Downing

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Street and the Tories leaving the EU against Scottish opinion.

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If she was listening to people, she would know they do not

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want to be dragged back to another divisive referendum.

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People want the government to do what they well it

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did to do, improve hospitals and schools.

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Keep their eye on the day job, not drag a spectre a

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Nicola Sturgeon has announced a listening exercise and

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the majority will have hoped she was listening when the people

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She is a very powerful woman with the chance

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to go back into Parliament next week and transform lives.

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The First Minister told me the SNP needed to persuade

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Scotland is on a journey that will end with independence.

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I believe that is the natural state for our country.

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But I don't believe we get there simply by the

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enthusiasm of SNP members, important though that is.

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We have to engage with, listen to, understand the

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concerns and aspirations of people and answer the hard questions people

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Nicola Sturgeon says independence might involve

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challengers and complexities, and she argues that it would allow

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A hearing into a social worker, who's alleged to have failed

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the murdered Fife toddler Liam Fee and other children, has been told

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it should find every charge against her proven.

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The Scottish Social Services Council hearing has heard evidence that

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Lesley Bate was erratic, disorganised and chaotic.

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From the hearing, Andrew Anderson reports.

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Panel members have listened to days of evidence from colleagues of

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Lesley Bate, one of the child protection team.

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She had been asked to investigate concerns over Liam

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A childminder was worried about injuries, including a

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The mother claimed he had fallen out of

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The childminder was worried he had been knocked unconscious.

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The hearing heard that Lesley Bate excepted the mother's explanation.

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It is alleged she failed to follow up on further concerns about an

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injury to Liam Fee's neck, and there were no notes about it

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Liam Fee's mother and her partner are serving life for his

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murder in March 2014, more than a year after concerns

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The hearing was told Lesley Bate was erratic,

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disorganised and chaotic and her failings were not acceptable, and

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she had left another child at risk of harm.

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But the hearing was also told the child protection team was

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divided and dysfunctional, that some staff would not speak to others

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unless they had to, and that that had had an impact on other cases.

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It is not just Liam Fee that Lesley Bate is alleged to have failed.

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The charges include 15 other children.

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The most serious charges are that she failed to take

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necessary steps to minimise actual or potential risk

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of harm to children between December 2011, and August 2000 and 14.

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The lawyer for the Scottish social services Council told the panel the

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witnesses they had heard from where highly credible and experienced.

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The Chargers, he said, were supported by

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Lesley Bate has not attempt -- attended the

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hearing and has not been represented.

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The panel was told you does not admit to any of the

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The committee will convene at a later date when it will deliver

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Police officers on Scotland's railways are to be armed

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with Tasers, in a bid to increase security on the network.

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British Transport Police say it's a "proportionate response"

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in the face of a mounting terrorism threat.

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The force of a Taser gun, designed to stun.

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They are already used by Police Scotland.

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Now they are to be deployed by British Transport Police

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We looked at events in mainland Europe

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and nearer to home, and we looked at the options

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give officers the best protection for themselves, and to be able to

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protect the public on the railways and staff who work on the railways.

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He had already slashed one commuter and was

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British Transport Police in east London

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deployed a Taser before arresting him.

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But critics say the shock delivered can often be lethal.

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They are linked to at least 11 deaths in

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England and Wales in the last decade.

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Commuters in Glasgow had mixed views.

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I do not see it as an appropriate response to what is

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What if a police man was overzealous and it

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I am told that fewer than 350 officers will be issued with Taser

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's and they will be fully trained on how

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If a Taser is deployed, there will be an

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The officers selected to carry them will

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The weapons will be available for deployment across the rail

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Well, It's over to Kirsteen now with the weather outlook

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Good evening, today has brought a mixture of sunshine and showers.

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Tonight he showers are becoming creasing were confined to the

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north-west, otherwise a lot of dry weather with clear spells and a mild

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match to come for most. Tomorrow. Is with easy showers continuing across

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the north-west and otherwise dry and bright weather. That'll be short

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lived with cloud increasing to the south of the morning, followed by

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heavy and persistent across Dumfries heavy and persistent across Dumfries

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Galloway and the borders especially tomorrow afternoon.

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Generally the further north you come the more intermittent the rain will

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be. A lot of cloud red, certainly sunshine and brightness will be at a

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premium tomorrow afternoon. We might see some bright spells to watch

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Northeastern and coastal areas across the western isles, the likes

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of Sutherland and Caithness with a top temperature of around 18,

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perhaps making degrees. Generally though a fairly chilly fuel under

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the cloud and rain. Around 15 or 16 degrees with light to moderate

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southerly winds. We are underneath a blanket of close tomorrow with heavy

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pulses of rain at times and really quite strong and gusty

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south-westerly winds across this south-western corner, gusts of

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around 45 mph potentially at times. For Scotland for the evening period

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we continue along the theme of cloudy conditions and further

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outbreaks of rain, and we will see some list" across eastern coastal

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areas, too. By Sunday it is looking much drier and brighter, although we

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have this area of low pressure waiting in the wings for Monday. For

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Sunday for most was a lot of dry bright weather with spells of

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sunshine, a few showers across Scotland in the North of England in

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the present -- pleasant view in the sunshine.

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Thank you. And that is Reporting Scotland. The next update is

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tomorrow evening. From everyone here, goodbye.

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