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for the news where you are. The SNP narrowly avoided defeat
on council tax reforms tonight, because Labour leader
Kezia Dugdale failed to vote. Earlier, a majority of MSPs backed
a Conservative amendment which said the Government's
council tax proposals But when it came to
the final decision, Labour insists its Scottish leader
did vote on the motion, which was defeated only
on the casting vote of Yes, 63. No, 63. There were no
abstentions. As the boat is tight and we have been unable to reach a
view on emotion, I have to exercise my casting vote. In line with the
approach taken by my predecessors, I will cast against the motion. The
Well, the Scottish Parliament says its checked the electronic
voting system in the chamber and found it to be
Our Correspondent, Andrew Kerr reports.
It was a day of high drama here at Holyrood after a rather pedestrian
start to the afternoon. Labourer, Lib Dems and the Greens are angry
with the Scottish Government because they promise to scrap council tax,
but haven't done so. The Conservatives are upstairs to --
upset, to. They say money will be taken from the local authorities to
pay for and attainment gap fund. There was a final vote when MSPs
were tied at 63 - 63. There was a bit of a mystery, who was that
missing MSP? The Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh had to use his casting
vote and it saved the Government from defeat as he would do to
preserve the status quo. It emerged that the missing vote, the missing
MSP, was none other than the Scottish Labour leader Kezia
Dugdale. She says she did vote demanding an investigation. I
categorically voted in the parliament might. I know that, my
colleague was at my site and soggy vote register. We have to know from
the pilot meant why my vote was not registered. The SNP made a promise
saying they would scrap council tax, they have failed to do that. But
despite opposite parties are uniting to make. Ruck she is very upset at
the unfolding of events. The SNP have released a statement calling
her a Lone Ranger. They say she is taking her new-found autonomy
literally. This is the date because of labourer making changes to
structures. Labour are calling for an investigation into the Parliament
putts voting system. The parliament said they have checked the voting
system and are satisfied it is working properly. A bit of a mystery
tonight, but real frustration from the opposition today that the
Scottish Government managed not to be defeated tonight.
Scotland's independent police watchdog is to carry out a review
of undercover policing, after the UK Government refused
to extend an investigation currently underway in England and Wales.
The Scottish Government has asked the Inspector
of Constabulary to investigate, claiming there's evidence
that units from south of the border operated here.
There have been claims that some English officers worked
undercover with activists, who were planning to disrupt the G8
meeting at Gleneagles in 2005, and had sexual relations
Offshore workers have voted to accept a new pay
The dispute sparked the first strikes offshore
Members of the Unite and RMT unions, who work for oil services company
Wood Group, have voted for a revised offer.
A series of stoppages took place on seven Shell platforms
Police are investigating after messages were posted
on the internet featuring convicted religious killer Tanveer Ahmed.
They were apparently recorded in phone calls
from Barlinnie Prison, and contain mainly religious thoughts.
Ahmed was convicted last July for murdering Glasgow
The way some of our most vulnerable people are cared
for needs to change, to stop costs getting
That's according to the public spending watchdog.
Otherwise nearly ?700 million will need
to be found to pay for social work and social care by 2020.
Here's our local Government correspondent Jamie McIvor.
Karen is one of Scotland's's army of unpaid
She gets a lot of help from charity worker Susan.
Karen's partner is diagnosed with a form of
He went into the doctors office as a working man, and left as
The practical help Karen is receiving makes a huge difference.
Even a advice on household goods that are suitable for people with
It all means social services do not need
to get involved, at a cost of
People support them, to maintain their own confidence as
This all highlights a very big debate -
just what sort of social services can the taxpayer ruler
Are elderly people are consuming more of the social
work budget, the demand in the system, demographic change,
highlighted the fact there is not enough money, it is making things
But it is hard to divorce this debate about what is
best to those who need help from simple questions of saving cash.
This led to fierce exchanges at Holyrood.
And the truth is, the
accounts commission report tells us that overall spending is falling,
In fact, it says that these cuts or unsustainable.
And the truth is, they do not have to happen.
I'm only asking because Sturgeon to do what she has wanted
to do her retire political life, make different choices from the
I would ask her to reflect on the position she
She stands up regularly and says that the future
looks to be a Tory future in terms of the Westminster government, and
yet she has got the nerve to come here and lecture me about the
implications of Tory cuts that her party are powerless to do anything
One important thing the Scottish Government has been doing
is integrating health and social care.
The report argues that the people who rely on the service
and the wider public must be more involved in shaping its future,
saying fundamental decisions have to be taken on how services
are provided, and calls for a wider debate on the level, nature
What would seem clear from this report is that the status
Six more men have been arrested in connection with disorder
Police have now made a total of 76 arrests,
following the pitch invasion at the Hibernian-Rangers match
A Celtic fan is to stand trial, charged with displaying an offensive
banner and blow-up figures at an Old Firm match.
27-year-old Ross Brady entered a plea of not guilty
at an appearance at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
Prosecutors claim he acted with others in behaviour
that might be likely to incite public disorder.
Brady faces a single charge under the Offensive
Rangers will play Celtic and Aberdeen will play Martin.
The songs of Robert Burns are often performed in a way that
focusses on the words rather than complex musical arrangements.
But researchers at Glasgow University have recorded some
of his works as they would have been performed in the 18th century.
The result has more in common with middle class Edinburgh drawing
rooms than Dumfries drinking howffs, as Aileen Clarke reports.
This song doesn't sound half as bawdy in this very refined
Burns, of course, wrote the lyrics using
But when he submitted the songs to his
Edinburgh publishers well, those tunes were given a very classical
What we've never really appreciated is that most of those
songs, the vast majority of Burns's songs were collected or written for
two rather posh, published collections of songs.
And because they were part of an 18th-century
musical culture they sound a bit classical,
they sound a bit fancy in
comparison to the more, kind of, songs on guitar or songs with fiddle
or the more folk settings that a lot of people appreciate.
Burns, the 18th-century remix, has been recorded and has been published
The culmination of a five year research project funded to
the tune of ?1 million by the UK arts fund.
This would have sounded quite fancy played on a drawing-room harpsichord
and it has given this classical musician involved in the recording
I was quite surprised at the beginning of
the project to learn of
composers such as Beethoven who have written musical settings for Burns's
poetry, burns's international reach is expanding all the time and able
to influence these men classical composers.
His appreciation of Burns came from her father in the musical Bill.
For him I think Burns worked better unaccompanied, or with a nice
setting that kind of, you know, brought out the nuances of the text.
Burns for these collections were so important
that he gave his songs for
Burns, of course, is warmly regarded as the people's poet.
But it's clear that he himself was also
keen to be celebrated in the smart drawing
style that echoed that of his artistic peers.
But as he would have said himself a man's Dame Ann for
Aileen Clarke, Reporting Scotland, Glasgow.
Well, It's over to Kirsteen now with the weather outlook
Did evening. But had heavy and thundery downpours across the
Western powers and coastal areas. Over the next few hours that wet
weather will continue to track its wheat used words, eventually
clearing to eat much tyre and clear conditions behind it and each chilly
night for some sheltered and rule a serious, with perhaps a bit of
frost. Into tomorrow morning we dawn on a dry note. Plenty of sunshine to
come tomorrow morning. Daily chilly still. Around eight o'clock tomorrow
morning, more especially across eastern areas. Ten or 11 Celsius for
western coastal parts. A bit more cloud across western and Northern
Isles tomorrow morning, with just a huge sherries lingering. A gusty
west of the UK, high pressure gives decent autumnal weather. It's all
changing as we go through the afternoon across Northern Ireland
and Scotland with rain moving in companies by wind. Across the
north-west of Scotland when that rain set in, it really stays with us
during much of Friday night and well into Saturday. As a result, the Met
office has issued a yellow warning. Risk of localised flooding,
hazardous driving conditions and the winds will increase reaching glial
forest alone western coastal areas. Into Saturday we still hold onto
that wet, windy weather. Heaviest and most persistent across the west
Scotland and Northern Ireland and eventually moving in the south-west
of England and parts of Wales, too. Further south and east a lot of dry
and bright weather with spells of sunshine and with southerly winds
temperatures could reach the rent 23,000 years. The wind eventually
easing later. Presenting we have a southwesterly flow winging frequent
and at times heavy showers into the north-west and a fresher feel.
Our next update is during breakfast, at 6.25am tomorrow morning.
But from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow and around