24/02/2017 Reporting Scotland


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The leader of Labour in Scotland has been setting out an upbeat vision

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for the future of the party, as part of a federal United Kingdom.

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By contrast Jeremy Corbyn, the UK leader, has been

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recovering from a bruising by-election defeat at the hands

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Our political editor Brian Taylor reports from Scottish Labour's

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It started with a kiss and a promise. Kezia Dugdale knows that

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the last thing that Labour wants to talk about is the constitution. But

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the argument persists and labour needs a new offer. Our vision, the

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Scottish Labour vision is for the radical reshaping of the UK that

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offers a post-Brexit solution that suits the four corners of the

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islands. It's time for a new, active union. Kezia Dugdale envisions a

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people's convention drawing up the details. On the fringe, she even

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suggested it could be put to the Scottish people. Another

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independence referendum is held? I don't want another referendum but I

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can certainly see a legitimate case for if there were to be a referendum

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you might put something as strong as a federal solution for the United

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Kingdom on the ballot paper. But this would require label to be an

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powder. This is not on the horizon according to one delegate. It has

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never been tougher to be a Labour member than it is now. From a UK

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perspective, it has never looked further from holding Government.

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Where is Jeremy Corbyn's leadership left after Copeland? Copeland is a

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very disappointing results and it is no doubt about it. I think that's

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Jeremy Corbyn is a leader. He has the support of the entire Labour

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Party. We cannot give documents to ourselves and we have to keep going

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forward. I didn't thought him but I will support. Unity? Absolutely. I'm

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100% hide Jeremy Corbyn. -- I'm 100% behind Jeremy Corbyn. I would

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continue to lead the Scottish Labour Party. The conference hears from

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Kezia Dugdale tomorrow and German Cochrane on Sunday. -- and Jeremy

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Corbyn on Sunday. There was more gloomy news

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for the Royal Bank of Scotland today, as it reported

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a ?7 billion annual loss, the ninth year in a row that it

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failed to make a profit. The bank is now looking to make

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savings of ?2 billion, which will mean job cuts

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and more branch closures. But its chief executive wouldn't be

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drawn on their scale. I have not put a number

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out and I will not. My view is to always talk

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to our people first and there will be job cuts in this

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organisation, there has to be, given that over the next

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four years we will take ?2 billion worth of costs out

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of the organisation to make These things are happening

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because banking is changing and it is changing rapidly

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as well and we need to be a Earlier I spoke to our business

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editor Douglas Fraser and I asked if these losses were better

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or worse than expected. They are a lot worse

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and the pain goes on for longer. There is a core bank in their

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somewhere struggling to get out. Set against that, you have

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?10 billion of fines and legal costs and restructuring,

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that is for mis-selling, for claims that they misled

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investors, rigging markets, ?2 billion for restructuring

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and a huge bill for trying to carve out a bit of Royal Bank of Scotland,

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which they called a different name, that has failed and they cannot sell

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it or float it and the costs of reintegrating it back

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into RBS and getting rid of the duplicating branches,

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that looks like billions more, effectively for

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achieving nothing at all. So, how does RBS hope

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to turn this around? There is that core bank,

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it is attracting customers as well. They need to get these fines

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and legal cases behind them, their plans have slipped for another

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year, they don't expect a profit from this year, 2017,

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and we are looking at ten years of losses,

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probably more than ?60 billion of losses by that time

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and because they have slimmed down from the one of the biggest banks

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in the world to focusing only by industry standards

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and they want to continue cutting costs, ?3 billion over

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the past two years. That means a lot of jobs, it means

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branch closures and that is partly Most of their customers use

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digital and mobile banking, one fifth use only that so financial

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technology is a threat and an opportunity and RBS wants

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to be at the forefront of it. The man who advises the UK

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Government on Scots law is to appear before a sheriff in Edinburgh,

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charged with a firearms offence. Lord Keen is accused of failing

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to secure a 12-bore shotgun It's understood Lord Keen

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was reported by police investigating Detectives investigating the death

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of a north-east man nearly a year Police had even turned to the BBC

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Crimewatch programme in what they described as a lengthy

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and complex investigation into the Brian McKandie's body

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was found here at his cottage The 67-year-old's death prompted

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a huge police investigation. Hundreds of motorists were stopped

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by officers in the weeks that followed and Brian's brother made

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an appeal on the BBC's Somebody must know what happened

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to Brian and we would ask them to look to their conscience

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and call the police. We have lost our brother and we just

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want to know what happened and why. With the anniversary

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of Brian's death approaching, On Monday this week,

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officers carried out a fresh surge -- fresh search on the roads

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and today they confirmed a 23-year-old man has

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been charged in connection with Brian McKandie's death

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and is expected to appear at The police says enquiries

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are continuing and a police hut has been situated

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here today for anyone with concerns. Police are in attendance at another

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property today as part Football and Inverness

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Caley Thistle moved off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership

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after beating Rangers two one Inverness took the lead just

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before half time through a Ranger hit back when Martyn Waghorn

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scored a penalty after Lee Wallace Inverness then missed a penalty

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before Billy MacKay hit an overhead shot into the Rangers net

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to seal victory. Rangers now sit six points behind

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Aberdeen who have a game in hand. Time now for the latest weather

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forecast, with Kirsteen. A cloudy and wet prospect across

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much of the country tonight. Persistent and at times heavy rain,

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especially across the west Highlands, DeVries and Galloway and

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the Northern Ireland. That will be accompanied by a stronger to give

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force winds. Becoming increasingly mild as the gold through the night,

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temperatures recovering to around 7-8 C for the most part. Tomorrow

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dawns with a lot of cloud and further outbreaks of rain and windy

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conditions for a time. However, the picture improves for most as he goes

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through the day, the bulk of the rain posted the south-east. The one

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exception tomorrow afternoon as the rain across the Southern uplands.

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Further north is a much drier prospect tomorrow as doomed. --

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tomorrow afternoon. Just a scattering of showers. Tomorrow

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morning will be very, very mild, especially in the north-east. Winds

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coming in from the west tomorrow afternoon. There will be a somewhat

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fresher feel. Across Northern Ireland tomorrow afternoon, that

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rain is clearing. For much of England and Wales, cloudy and

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outbreaks of rain. Brisk south-westerly winds. In contrast,

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clear spells and a touch of frost. Sunday, a dry stored in the east

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with some outbreaks of rain. -- a dry stored in the east.

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From everyone on the late team, goodnight.

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