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Gay men who were convicted of homosexuality before Scots Law
was changed in 1980 are to be given a full pardon.
The Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said it was vital
It covers all convictions for same-sex activity,
There are also plans to remove these convictions from police records.
Gay activist Derek Hogg says it is a wonderful
act of reconciliation but he remembers
a very different time in
Working-class gay men in Scotland where they to come out, they
faced physical brutality and shaming and ostracism from their community.
Middle-class professional people lost their professional status.
It was a catastrophe in the lives of people
and of course just the
silence of living with that sense of guilt year after year after year
drove many people to suicide, to self harm and
At Holyrood, the Justice Secretary put it simply.
We want to produce an automatic pardoned for
people convicted so they know they are absolved fully of that
We want to address the injustice that people experienced
There will also be moves to disregard such conviction
In England, different reform is under
way following the posthumous pardon granted to Alan Turing, the wartime
There is a long history here, while sexual acts
between women were not specifically outlawed, it was 1980,
13 years after England, before gay sex was
legalised in Scotland with men aged over 21.
In 1994, the age of consent was registered to 18, then 16 in
The first same-sex marriage in Scotland was at
Today's announcement won cross-party support.
That is a hugely welcome announcement, in fact nothing short
of an historic moment for Scotland to be a more equal and respectful
Both Kezia Dougdale and Patrick Harvie raised the issue of a
While many welcome a pardon, others take
from it they are being forgiven for having done something wrong.
The Cabinet Secretary promised to look
seriously at that issue when the pardon law is introduced.
Plans for the expansion of Heathrow's third runway have been
welcomed by the Scottish government, Scottish airports and businesses
who want to see improved options for air connections.
But environmentalists are warning it's a backward step
This has been maturing for as long as it has taken to decide on a new
runway in London. This patch will be ready
about the time the next This distillery near Inverness has
trouble requirements. Frustrated by London's
airport bottleneck. It is not that important
for us to get out because we know how to get out,
but for distributors and their customers coming in,
they need a smooth transition, and Heathrow usually
is the airport of choice. London has lots of airport capacity
but not enough where it's needed,
at Heathrow and Gatwick. That is where feeder flights can
link to the world, but what about the noise, say
Heathrow's neighbours, and aircraft The concerns are that we receive
a significant increase, 70% It will increase pollution,
make the demands that the planet is facing, carbon emissions,
even more stark. Three Scottish airports link
with Heathrow but the British Not the setting has come
at an economic cost, while other global hubs have been
grabbing market share. We need to have this
as soon as possible. Because of the delays we have had
over many years, what you are seeing is further
development in western Europe, and in Dubai and Istanbul,
and that isn't the cost of the UK. After consultation and potential
legal challenges, a hard-fought Commons
vote, we are still a long way from Some Gatwick supporters
think Heathrow's I am frustrated as a taxpayer and
a businessman and an airport guy who But in the end we just
have to get on with what There is a catch, the aviation
market is changing. people in and out of London,
they are looking for direct routes, indeed they are already flying them
to European cities, North America and the Middle East
and eventually they hope to Asia. With that kind of growth,
Edinburgh might need another Police have been using a helicopter
in the search for a young French national who's gone
missing in Edinburgh. Antoine Maury, who's 21,
was last seen late last night after leaving his friends
in the city's Milton Road area. Officers say they're growing
increasingly concerned Scotland's prisons watchdog wants
more help for offenders who are released into the community
at the end of their sentence. The Chief Inspector of Prisons says
too often people leave jail without knowing where they'll sleep
or whether their healthcare needs will be met and it makes reoffending
more likely. Scotland's prison
population is the lowest annual inspection
report is positive. Praise for staff who work
with prisoners about to be released. This report pleased
to be publishing today. David Strand says there should be
better integration of their work with services
provided in the community by local authorities,
the NHS and charities. I see too many people
leaving prison, not knowing where they are going to
sleep that night, people with health care problems, not
sure whether addiction support will come,
and people leaving with insufficient
money to support them until their This lack of support,
he says, is one of the many reasons why many offenders
return quickly to prison. This challenge for society
is being tackled by Mentors, many of themselves
with prison records, help those about to leave
jail and for the year They offer practical
support and advice It has been six months,
and there is a real empathy, because
we do understand. A lot of the guys I have worked
with, from the team, there is a real deep understanding
in the whole team, But the charities concerned that
funding could come to an end. It will have to find other ways to
prevent offenders returning to prison.
Football and there was one game in the Scottish Premiership tonight.
The international rugby head coach Vern Cotter says no team should
try to stop a player representing his nation.
The top English sides have voted not to release Scotland players
for the Autumn tests unless the SRU settles what's claimed to be
The next generation honed their skills on a tour of the
national rugby stadium, the man in charge of Scotland's
first 15 fields questions about a row with top
English teams who say their players might represent Scotland unless
allegedly outstanding medical bills are settled.
You can't deny people the opportunity to play.
Even though it may be frustrating at times when
you have players leaving or injured or coming back injured,
International rugby is important fixtures
try and deprive a player of that possibility to play for his country.
To kick off the autumn Test series, the World Cup
runners-up Australia are
here at Murrayfield a fortnight on Saturday.
Head coach Vern Cotter will need his strongest available
But because of the club versus country row, he's not sure
whether his English-based players will be available to him.
The five in question are the Saracens duo of
Fellow back Tim Visser of Harlequins.
Forward Moray Low of the Exeter Chiefs.
And most crucially of all, Gloucester's Greg Laidlaw, the
You cannot have a Scotland test periods without the
Greg Laidlaw is in there as the Scottish captain for
And he should not be used as a political pawn between a
It's a distraction Vern Cotter could do without as he prepares for
He will be replaced next summer by the Glasgow Warriors head coach
If you're doing something and you want to go
somewhere and you've got objectives in mind,
Moving on this autumn will be less of an ordeal if
key players like the captain can join the party.
Experts who repaired the Forth Road Bridge have won
the coveted Saltire Society award for civil engineering.
Scotland's longest bridge was closed to all traffic in December last year
after fractures were found in the steelwork.
Judges have said the team deserved the Greatest Contribution to
Scotland award for their 'remarkable engineering achievement carried out
in adverse weather whilst ensuring public safety.
The weather is next. Lovely smells of sunshine earlier
today but in the cloud had built, a sign of things to come. We will see
some cloud and rain and some strengthening winds. The clouds did
build through the afternoon and are still with us as we head through the
ceiling and overnight. Quite breezy in the north-west with patchy
outbreaks of rain. To the south of the UK, some are fairly dense fog
patches to if you are catching a plane to airports in the London
area, perhaps Bristol, may be some disruption tomorrow morning. This to
home, for us tomorrow morning, is a fairly start -- cloudy start.
Nothing like the low temperatures this morning. Ten or 11 or 12
Celsius. A bit murky at times, though. Some early brightness
perhaps in the north-east and into the north-west, cloudy with
outbreaks of rain but improving for the Western Isles with some sunshine
coming through here because this weather front is slowly edging way
through the course of the day. It will tend to fizzle away as it does
so. Tightening up behind it and a breezy day for all with moderate to
fresh south-west race. Most of England and Wales, closet about
high-pressure that we saw earlier, it will be largely dry and bright.
Some Dems patches but once the sun comes out, temperatures responding,
into the mid-teens. Despite the sunshine in the north-west, a few
into the mid-teens. Despite the blustery showers in the afternoon.
Thursday, there's the high pressure in the Indus Channel. We are to the
north of it so more in the way of winds. Another breezy day on
Thursday. Outbreaks of rain in the north-west edging south and east
words but the further south and east you are, generally drier and
brighter. Come Friday, the winds are lighter, generally drier and the
rest of the sunshine is in the North.
Our next update is during Breakfast at 6:25 tomorrow morning.
Until then, from everyone on the late team here