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Here on BBC One it's time for the news where you are.

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The former Labour MP for Linlithgow Tam Dalyell has died

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A family statement says the parliamentary veteran,

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who spent 43 years as an MP, died after a short illness.

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In these days of complaints about identikit politicians, Tam Dalyell

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Not many Labour MPs could boast that they had their own

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pride of peacocks living in their back garden.

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A 17th-century castle overlooking the Forth, but Tam

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He went to Eton, then onto Kings College, Cambridge,

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He served his National Service with the Royal Scots Guards.

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One of his ancestors set up the regiment.

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But the conditions experienced by the Scottish miners near his home

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were one of the reasons that brought him into politics.

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I founded the socialists both at home and in

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Cambridge all congenial people, because I suspect I am a bit of

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In 1962, he won a by-election in West Lothian and embarked on a

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unique political career marked by a willingness to ask

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If you are really doing your job well, and you believe in things.

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I know how much effort has gone into 500...

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An assiduous constituency MP, he never held

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Do you regret not having been offered ministerial office?

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Over a 43-year parliamentary career, he was famous for his numerous

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A fully paid-up member of the Commons Awkward Squad,

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he famously campaigned against Margaret Thatcher and her Government

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over the sinking of the Argentinian cruiser the Belgrano in the

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Ministers and the Prime Minister have told

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History has many examples of perfidy and deceit.

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He also campaigned against the first Gulf

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War and his challenges even won the admiration of opponents.

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Tam Dalyell asked the most devastating question

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had answered the question had Tam Dalyell stood

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It is devastating, and I have never seen anyone else do that.

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He also fell out with his own party over military action.

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I think going to war in Afghanistan and the bombing of

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On Lockerbie, he went against conventional thought

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and refused to blame the then Libyan leader

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Colonel Qaddafi for sanctioning the atrocity.

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But perhaps he is best known for his opposition to devolution.

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We will go down a motorway to a separate state,

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a journey which many others won't want to embark.

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He coined the West Lothian question, concerning the

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rights of Scottish MPs to vote at Westminster after devolution.

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He was a lifelong opponent of the Scottish Parliament.

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The difficulty is that if you have an institution that

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calls itself a Parliament, they want more and more and more.

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He was the most fearless and the most

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independent minded member of Parliament in my lifetime and the

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He also had this combination of persistence and courtesy.

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He was the most relentlessly courteous politician

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Like his peacocks, in life, Tam Dalyell was always

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willing to ruffle feathers if he saw fit.

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Well, our political correspondent Andrew Kerr has an update on some

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Leading distributes, a Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said the

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labour movement had lost a giant. She said Tam Dalyell was one of the

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most influential MPs, writers and thinkers of his generation. She

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added that his legacy will live on in the Commons for decades. The

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former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was widely respected

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and admired for his insight, integrity and eloquence. The First

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Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid her tribute saying he was a real giant

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of Scottish politics. Across the political spectrum he was admired

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with the Conservative leader Ruth Davidson saying he was unique and

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utterly tenacious. The Liberal Democrat leader said Tam Dalyell was

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a huge political character who will leave an even bigger impression well

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beyond his life. Child health in Scotland ranks among

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the worst in Europe, The Royal College of Paediatrics

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and Child Health says poverty remains the biggest cause and calls

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on the government to take "bold" The Scottish Government says

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it's making progress, Our Health Correspondent,

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Lisa Summers reports. At this community centre,

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this group is a valued weekly event. North Edinburgh faces problems

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with poverty and deprivation but these parents are determined

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to give their Is not easy and, you know,

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you are working but it didn't work out and

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now you are pregnant. The report looks at child health

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across the UK and it doesn't paint a good picture

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but, in Scotland, some of the statistics

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are 210,000 children are living

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in poverty and around 28% of In areas of deprivation,

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around 30% of women continued to smoke

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during pregnancy, but that figure falls

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to If a mother smokes, she's been

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addicted from an early age she wants to quit but she lives

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on the eighth floor of a sky rise, how can

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she possibly go outside

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to smoke was to mock life can be compensated

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for issues such as alcohol abuse, drug

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abuse, drug abuse domestic abuse. Added together, these

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make life very difficult for a large proportion

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of The report makes a series

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of recommendations including extending the smoking ban to schools

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and sports field, setting targets In Parliament today,

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the First Minister was challenged on why the

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government wasn't doing more after ten years

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in The report's view that, and I quote,

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there is much that the Scottish Government

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is doing to reduce there is much of Scotland that can

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be celebrated and learned from. That said, I agree

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with the report that there is much more required to be

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done and we cannot be complacent. The government points to successes

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such as tackling smoking and childcare provision so that parents

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can get back to work. It says it will be

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introducing a child poverty Bill, but the authors

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of this report say that children have to be

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at the heart of policy and decisions must

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be made if we are to secure a At Holyrood, there's a new row over

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whether the Scottish Parliament Our political editor

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Brian Taylor has the details. At Westminster, the bill to trigger

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Brexit is published. What ultranationalist MPs

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will challenge that bill because there is no detail yet

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in Scotland's Parliament The Scottish Secretary told Scottish

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ministers there would be no Holyrood vote on that trip the bill,

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but he said MSPs would asked to consent to the eventual great

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repeal bill, which will undertake detailed EU

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powers and return them to the UK. The purpose of the great repeal Bill

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includes incorporating into Scots law the laws which

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currently exist in the EU EU, there isn't a black hole

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in terms of the legal vacuum. I am sure that the

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parliament will want to ensure that that happens here

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in Scotland, and that is one of the main reasons that it's very

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important that we do get agreement The EU currently

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controls issues ranging The great repeal Bill would ensure

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that those laws were made in force initially by bringing them

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back into UK statute, Should those powers go

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back to Westminster, or should Hollywood be in charge

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of issues which are Take farming, a Hollywood

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power, but UK ministers are pondering whether there should

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be a Common Agriculture Policy for the UK once power is

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returned from Brussels. UK ministers suspect the industry

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might not entirely favour Then there is the one and only

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a question, the Belgian region which held up a European

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trade deal with Canada. The Prime Minister has made clear

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privately she doesn't want the same issue

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to a rise in Brexit UK. David Mundell says that the Scottish

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cup and will get new powers but Scottish

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ministers are suspicious. I think Theresa May's vision

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of the UK is a narrow, hard Brexit, Tory vision with everything

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centralised in London. That isn't the vision

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of the Scottish Government and it isn't

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what the majority of Scottish people voted for, so it isn't something

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we will There are policy questions

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but it's also a question of The UK Government is inviting

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the Scottish Parliament to talk about the details

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of life of Brexit. Scottish ministers say, hang on,

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that presumes we are accepting the shape, nature and

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outline of Brexit itself. It's over to Judith now

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with the weather forecast We had one of those beautiful days

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that made you smile and indeed that were sent in by one of our weather

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watchers. Look at these blue skies. Not everywhere saw those blue skies,

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across a good part of the south and we had very bleak weather. Minus the

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Celsius along the coast compared to what we saw in the Highlands. If you

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degrees higher than what we expected, this is the earlier

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satellite picture. It will be a cold night with Frost. It will be dry

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across the board tomorrow with mist and fog patches through the central

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lowlands, you may have to scrape your cars. Do wrap up warm.

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Temperatures below freezing a land, there will be more of a breeze and

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beverages will be above freezing. Wind across the Northern Isles,

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lasting too much of the day. A good sunny spells on first light, and we

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will see the best of the sunshine across eastern Scotland is cloud

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starts to increase across western areas with a fuse box of rain into

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the Western Isles. It when a fright is approaching from the Atlantic

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bringing rain into Northern Ireland and the far south-west of Wales and

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England. Cloudy skies hanging on generally in England but

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temperatures do start to rise as we draw our weather from the Atlantic.

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We could see double figures in temperatures tomorrow afternoon.

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They will struggle in inland parts with two or three Celsius at best.

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Though BBDO conditions further north. That weather front is the

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journey across the country turning to snow over higher ground. It was

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they can fight in the south and west with the north staying largely dry.

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It weather front is just printing across eastern Scotland on Saturday,

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but it does clear away. We will see showers with another weather front

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approaching. The rain were clear on Saturday, brightening up for the

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next band of showers feeds into the west and it won't be as cold as

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we've seen this week. Our next update is during Breakfast

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at 6:25 tomorrow morning. From everyone on the late team

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here in Glasgow, goodnight.

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