06/01/2017 Reporting Scotland


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Nicola Sturgeon says she would put on hold plans for a second

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independence referendum if the UK government pursues

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The First Minister wants Scotland to remain in the European

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single market and if that happens she's made clear

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she would not call for another vote on Scotland leaving the UK,

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while Brexit negotiations are under way.

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The Conservatives are urging her to rule out another

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Here's our political correspondent, Glenn Campbell.

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Within hours of the EU referendum result, Nicola Sturgeon said

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it was highly likely that Brexit would trigger another

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I am pleased today to publish Scotland's Place in Europe.

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Six months on, she proposed a compromise, to accept

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that leave means leave, if Scotland, either on its own,

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or with the UK as a whole, is able to remain inside the European single

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market, in a Norway-style arrangement.

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On Radio Scotland this morning, the First Minister confirmed that

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accepting her single market proposal would put independence on hold.

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If we can find a way of protecting Scotland's economic interests,

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protecting our democratic interests within the UK, I am up for that.

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In terms of the timescale of Brexit, that is what I

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Am I going to stop believing in or arguing for independence?

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I am putting this forward in good faith, deliberately saying

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I will put my preferred option to one side and asking people

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if we can look at a consensus and compromise option.

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So Nicola Sturgeon will not push for another vote on Scottish

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independence within the next couple of years if Scotland

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or the wider UK is able to stay inside the European single market.

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That is what she means by soft Brexit.

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The snag is that that kind of arrangement does not seem very

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Unlikely, because the UK Government wants to curb the freedom of EU

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And that is not compatible with keeping full access

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Separately, the Chancellor has appeared to rule out a special

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Officially, Theresa May has said she will seriously consider

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Nicola Sturgeon's suggestions, even though some of them

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At Holyrood, the Scottish Conservatives called on the SNP

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Nicola Sturgeon has spent the last six months trying everything to make

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Brexit a reason to increase support for independence,

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Today was her giving herself an escape route.

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She should not be just taking an independence referendum off

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the table for the short-term, but altogether, so we can

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get on with growing business in Scotland.

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In the 2014 vote on independence, the No side won by 55% to 45%,

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and opinion polls suggest not much has changed.

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A manager at a plant hire firm has been jailed for two years,

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after a cherry-picker collapsed in the centre of Glasgow,

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killing one worker and seriously injuring another.

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Donald Craig, of Craig Services, was convicted of breaching

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health and safety rules following the incident,

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Craig Services was also fined ?61,000 and another

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39-year-old Gary Currie died and 38-year-old

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Doctors' leaders are urging the Scottish Government

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to target funding towards tackling health inequalities.

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The Royal College of General Practitioners says

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there should be a "sharper focus" on

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supporting GPs who work in the most deprived parts

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Here's our health correspondent, Lisa Summers.

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In our poorest communities, life expectancy is lower,

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and on average, people become ill younger.

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Health inequalities are stark, which is why the Royal College

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of GPs wants funding targeted at those working in

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The practices with most need not getting the resources they need,

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which means that patients are having to be seen more often.

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Rather than getting a longer time which they need,

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they are getting less time, and that seems wrong.

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Figures showed GPs in the most deprived areas only receive an extra

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?3.79 per patient to those in the most well-off

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They need greater support and funding is a crucial

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The Greens want to see this addressed.

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There is not enough of a differential.

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In less affluent parts of towns and cities are not

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receiving a great deal more funding, in some cases less, than those

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In Scotland there is a huge inequality in life expectancy

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and we can start addressing if we look at GP funding.

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For most of us, our first contact with the health

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Some experts argue that more investment is vital

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It is not just resources, it is about restoring the balance

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in the health service between general and

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At the moment, it is unbalanced after a decade of preferential

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The ship is in danger of capsizing because there is too much

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The Government says it is taking steps to tackle health inequalities,

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funding deprived areas to support GPs and patients, but setting

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up GP hubs like this, where people should be able

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to access a range of health and social services in one stop.

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It is part of a ?500 million investment that they have

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The proportion of funding in primary care is rising to 11%

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who can develop and address these underlying problems is the most

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In the changing landscape of the NHS, the government wants

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more of us to access health services in the community.

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The call from doctors is for equal funding,

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A consultation on whether to give more powers

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The Scottish Government wants to give more powers

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to schools and parents - but some critics fear the changes

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risk reducing the role of councils in the education system.

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Firm plans are likely to be announced in the coming months.

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It's a new year, but the same story for tennis and Sir Andy Murray.

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Murray is in Doha, for the Qatar Open, where he beat

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the Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets earlier this evening,

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It means the new world number one faces Djokovic in tomorrow's final,

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with the Australian Open just ten days away.

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Football now and Hibernian open up a four-point lead at the top

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of the Scottish Championship after beating closest

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rivals Dundee United at Easter Road tonight.

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Two first half goals from Jason Cummings put the home

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side in a strong position, and substitute John McGinn killed

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off a lacklustre United with a solo effort with nine minutes left

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in front of a crowd of just under 20,000.

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Over to Christopher now for the weather outlook

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It was fairly cloudy and for some wet day. Most of that rain has gone.

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The legacy is missed, Merck and low cloud particularly on the south and

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West coasts. For most it is a dry start. I cloudy start. Slowly

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brightening up. The best of the sunshine will be across the

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north-east tomorrow. Scotland are feeling quite well weather-wise

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tomorrow because south of the border it is grey, dismal, and cloud will

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stay for most of the day. Miles, yes, but a draughty. We will have

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something a touch brighter by the afternoon. But further north across

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Stirlingshire, Perthshire, towards Fife, Aberdeenshire, the Highlands,

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that this with the base of The Sun will be. Cooler but sunny. Towards

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the West Coast thicker cloud. Similar for the far north and the

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Northern Isles. Winds light from the south-west. The rest of the

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afternoon into the evening, little in the way of change. If you spot of

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light rain or drizzle in the West and north-west. High pressure in

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charge. It holds on into Sunday. Another drive but cloudy day. Low

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pressure is waiting in the wings, coming our way on Monday. Sunday,

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and other settles, largely dry day. Outbreaks of rain in the Highlands

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and other settles, largely dry day. and Islands. Patches in the West

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central belt but for many cloudy and dry.

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But, from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow

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