05/04/2017 Reporting Scotland


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The Scottish economy is hovering close to recession, according

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They show output fell during the last three

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months of last year, and fell well behind UK growth.

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That continues a trend of lower growth here.

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Our business and economy editor, Douglas Fraser, assesses the impact.

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It takes a microscope to find signs of growth at this business

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And as the Finance Secretary is learning, evidence of economic

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Bioscience is one of the hopes for the future of the Scottish

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economy, but it will need something inventive to shake about the near

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stagnation of the past year, for the figures covered the final

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three months of last year, but the output from the whole

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Production, construction down most, the services sector flat compared

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with 0.7% growth for the UK economy as a whole.

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Take the whole of the year and in 2016 the Scottish

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economy grow by only 0.4%, very weak growth, the UK growing

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The downturn in oil and gas is a likely culprit.

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The Scottish Government says it also has a lot to do with consumer

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confidence following the Brexit referendum decision even know that

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It seems to contrast between Scotland and the rest

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of the UK, maybe the people of Scotland had more

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awareness of the impact that it is going to have

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on the Scottish economy and of course there is a different

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Still strong economic foundations to our Scottish economy

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Slow growth has to do with choices made by business

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If that shrinking of the Scottish economy is repeated at the start

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of this year we will be in a recession.

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That is troubling for a number of reasons.

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But it is a call to action for the UK and Scottish Government.

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These figures ought to signal a red alert to government at all levels

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and its response to that ought to be a recognition that businesses

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But we need a competitive economy in Scotland and competitive taxes.

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Forging change in Scottish finances, income tax divergence from the rest

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of the UK begins tomorrow for the new financial year

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and there are some signs that the economic engine is sparking

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Inflation is back to put a squeeze on household budgets.

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And there is also uncertainty in the economy.

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Scotland's longest-serving MEP has predicted the UK will no longer

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exist if there is no flexibility during Brexit negotiations.

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Labour's David Martin was speaking as the European Parliament

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debated its negotiating objectives after the triggering of Article 50.

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Our political correspondent Nick Eardley reports from Strasbourg.

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The various arguments on Brexit are well rehearsed.

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The city where the EU's directly elected politicians come to vote.

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Strasbourg is where the European Parliament will accept

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Today those politicians set out their priorities and heard how

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Including from this Labour MEP who says he's no longer sure how

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If the UK does not show flexibility in these talks,

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then it will not only be the UK leaving the EU but the UK

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Nigel Farage has been one of the fiercest critics of this

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He says they're making unreasonable Brexit demands.

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You think we are a hostage, we are free to go.

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From the European side a desire for future partnership.

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But also a warning, they plan to be united and firm

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Colleagues, we are going to remain partners and friends,

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but the United Kingdom has got to accept the fact that there

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will be a tough negotiating position on the European Union side.

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So what are the European Parliament's priorities?

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MEPs say the UK must fulfil all of its obligations up

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Echoing other institutions, they say the UK cannot enjoy similar

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They call for fair treatment of EU citizens and the motion highlighted

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the fact that Scotland and Northern Ireland voted

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This SNP MP hopes that could prove useful.

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That keeps the door open for later things, whatever they may be.

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This is the start the process and we keep all options open.

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There will be a lot of attempts by member states perhaps to divide

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The European Parliament has become the first institution to formally

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Later this month European leaders will meet to hammer

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Fans and former players are threatening to boycott

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Clyde Football Club until the club's board rethinks its decision

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The former Scotland player was ruled in a civil

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court to be a rapist, although he's appealing

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David Goodwillie scoring for his country in 2011.

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In January the Court of Session ruled that David Goodwillie

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Denise Clare in 2011 and they were ordered to pay

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In the civil case Denise Claire said she was incapable of consenting

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The judge found her to be cogent, persuasive and compelling.

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But the Crown Office said there was not sufficient evidence

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Today Denise Clare told the BBC she is dismayed that he had

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been allowed to return to professional football.

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He was a promising footballer, but when he left Plymouth FC

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in January by mutual consent, many thought it was

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But last week Clyde Football Club announced they had signed him.

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Former Clyde player Stephen Tennant says many think

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He suggested fans who own the club could try to force the board

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On the whole I do not like it when footballers

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are set out as role models, I think is probably over

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for David Goodwillie in terms of football,

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I do not feel he has a place in the game any more.

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Many fans today said they will boycott the club from now on.

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George Lennox has been to games since he was eight years old.

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Today he wrote to the club to say he will not return until they get

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As far as I'm aware a large number of people are not coming back.

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A few of my friends have written big essays on Facebook justifying

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It seems the club is more interested in staying in the professional

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At the end of this scene -- season Clyde face falling out of the top

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leagues for the first time in the history. Some say that justified the

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decision but critics including fans say that is no excuse for such a

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signing. A campaign to vaccinate girls

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against a cancer-causing sexually transmitted infection has led

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to a dramatic drop in Researchers found a 90% reduction

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in levels of the human papillomavirus in women

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since the vaccine was The virus is thought to account

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for about 80% of cervical cancers. Public health specialists say

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the large numbers of girls taking up The whole success stems

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from the fact we have got a very high uptake of the vaccine and have

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done since the inception of the programme and so a 90% uptake

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of all three doses and when you do that you start to remove the virus

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from the population. Women are well represented

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at the highest levels of Scottish politics,

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but it's emerged that only one in three candidates

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for the forthcoming council elections here are female,

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according to analysis Last month two of the most powerful

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politicians in the land met on the eve of one of the biggest moments in

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British political history. This coverage was met with outrage among

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many but it also turns the spotlight on the role underrepresentation of

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women in politics, and according to campaign group 50-50 there is still

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some way to go. They say only around one third of candidates for the

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forthcoming cantonal elections are women and are calling for gender

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quotas to introduced. The women 50-50 campaign advocates for candid

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quarters which means all parties that at at least 50% women

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candidates and that means the ballot paper reflects society more. We need

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to aim for that and that for me prevent the democratic deficit we

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have that woman. The Scottish Greens have 45% followed by the SNP on 41%.

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Scottish Liberal Democrats on 32% and Scottish Labour on 32%. Only 17%

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of Scottish Conservative candidates and 18% of independent candidates

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are female. Scottish Conservatives admit it is disappointing. I don't

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think it is right. I think we need to do more and when I started as an

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MSP 11 months ago I made it my priority to speak and say that we

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need to do this and they have been working close with our candidates

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board as well to make sure even the selection process is suited to

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females as well. Some would argue that females are already a force in

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Scottish politics with three of the main parties led by women, but the

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claim levelled that all parties today is that more needs to be done

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to ensure that the door for females entering politics is firmly open.

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Four games in the Scottish Premiership tonight.

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It was goalless at Rugby Park in the Kilmarnock

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against Rangers game, as it was between

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Good evening. It has not been a bad night so far. Mostly dry, clear

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spells around. A lovely sunset here from Motherwell early this evening.

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The rest of the night it will be fairly cloudy but some clear spells

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more central and eastern areas. Across the West the cloud will

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continue to thicken during the night and outbreaks of light and patchy

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rain mainly over high ground in the north-west. Breezy across the far

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North. Around 8am you can expect some showers across Shetland where

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it is still breezy. The far north and north-west could have some light

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and patchy drizzle but drier further east especially across the borders.

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Temperatures 7-8. The day remains rather mild and most of the cloud

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will be towards the West. The best brightness along the east coast.

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They're so compared to today. More cloud. At the rest of the UK more in

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the way of cloud for all of us. Largely dry conditions for much of

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England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Just a few showers across higher

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ground for the north-west of Scotland. Temperatures are around 12

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to 15 at best. This settled weather has been responsible because of high

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pressure that is with us across the UK. It is with us for Friday and

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Saturday. You could see these weather fronts to the north of us

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edging in across Shetland bringing showery rain for Friday. Here is the

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picture, rain, mist and Michael were Shetland and Orkney. For the

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north-westward will see some thicker cloud bringing more patchy rain at

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times. The best weather for more central and eastern areas. Your

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temperatures could reach 13 or 14. Saturday is similar. Looking at

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mainly dry conditions. Across the West 's some thicker cloud and

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patchy light rain or drizzle. The best brightness along the east

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Coast. Temperatures 10-12 C for most but maybe 14 or 15 for the

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north-east. Our next update is during Breakfast

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at 6:25am tomorrow morning. But, from everyone

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on the late team, good night. Marine Le Pen has her eyes

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on the French presidency.

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