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


Theresa May's plans for a general election in June


will mean that Scotland will have gone to the polls seven


The Prime Minister says the snap election will give the country


The First Minister described it as a huge political miscalculation.


Our political editor Brian Taylor reports.


Downing Street, she said she wouldn't, now she will.


I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet where we agreed


that the Government should call a general election to be


Straight out of a meeting of Scotland's Cabinet,


This is a big U-turn in recent political history.


But it's very clear that the Prime Minister's


announcement today is one all about the narrow interests


of her own party, not the interests of the country overall.


You know, clearly she sees the opportunity given the disarray


in the ranks of the Labour Party to crush all opposition to her,


to get rid of people that disagree with her and to give herself a free


hand to take the country in the increasingly right-wing


direction direction she wants to take it in.


SNP Cabinet ministers insist they already


have a mandate for a referendum from Holyrood votes.


At the last UK general election two years ago,


I don't take any voters force granted nor should any other party.


We are fit for this fight we are ready to go.


We think we can put on seats across the country.


There will be fewer SNP MPs after 8th June.


That is what I will be working towards.


They insist they are ready for the fight.


Whilst it's obviously a surprise, it's a great opportunity.


It's a chance to get Theresa May and the Tories out of office.


The Labour Party has been on a election footing


I will prepare to select candidates from this afternoon.


We a huge gamble with the future of our country.


It's an tuplet for us to put Britain at the heart of Europe,


but also Scotland at the heart of the United Kingdom.


This snap election looks like an opportunistic attempt


by the Tory party to seize on the weakness of the Labour Party


at UK level and simply secure themselves a stronger mandate


for the hard right deregulation hard Brexit agenda that they've now


Politics in Scotland is seldom calm it has gathered added bite.


Today's events will have taken all but one of Scotland's


But they say they are ready for the fight.


Our political correspondent Nick Eardley reports on a day


A political period that has been a roller-coaster


The Prime Minister had pledged this wouldn't happen.


Theresa May said she had changed her mind on a snap


The PM argues only her party will make Brexit a success that her


In recent weeks, Labour have threatened to vote


against the final agreement we reach with the European Union.


The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business


The Scottish National Party say they will vote against


the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership


On the face of it, this election will be all about Brexit.


Theresa May will portray her vision as one of stability versuses chaos


It will have massive implications for Scotland, not least


While this announcement may have been a surprise, the political


The SNP can win right across Scotland.


We did in the last election people didn't want an extreme Tory party


That will be a choice again with the SNP standing up


for mainstream opinion in Scotland against a hard Brexit Tory party.


Labour retained just one seat last time.


Polls suggest this time could be even harder.


We are always ready for an election when it comes to fighting


the Conservative Party by trying to get a Labour government


to put some of the issues in place that everybody


We said in 2015 this could be a dreadful Conservative government


that would have a a divisive and unnecessary EU referendum.


His party suffered in 2015 too, paying the price for coalition


The Liberal Democrats are going into this election


We are the only party that will stand up for Scotland's place


in the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom's


A political surprise of box office proportion.


Theresa May I thinks she has an opportunity


to increase her support in the Commons.


It's a decision that will involve risks too.


Another huge political choice for the country.


And Nick joins us live from Westminster now.


Nick, the SNP group has been meeting tonight.


Have they decided how they'll vote tomorrow?


Melo yeah, that's right. They've been meeting of the last couple of


hours. No official confirmation on the handover vote, sources say they


won't try and frustrate the process. I think it is likely they will end


up abstaining tomorrow. On the disillusioned voter. Will it make a


key difference? Know, most MPs will vote for it, meaning the PM will


certainly get that two thirds majority that she needs. In just


over 50 days, we will be going to the polls. In the face of it, this


is a shrewd move from the Prime Minister. The opinion polls suggest


that she could come back with an increased majority. And a stronger


mandate to negotiate Brexit. As today has shown and the last few


weeks, nothing is certain in UK politics at the moment. There are


always plenty of surprises am I wouldn't be surprised if we are back


discussing more in the near future. Nick Eardley in Westminster


thanks very much. Political debate here in recent


weeks has focussed on a second So how will today's


announcement affect that? Our political correspondent


Glenn Campbell reports. It's five weeks since


the First Minister called for another referendum


on independence between autumn next A choice of whether to follow the UK


to a hard Brexit or to become The Prime Minister was quick


to reject that idea. I say to the SNP,


now is not the time. Since then, Nicola Sturgeon has


written to Theresa May formally requesting the power


to hold indy ref2. While she has been waiting


for her official knockback from Number Ten she has been


thinking about what else to do to make the Prime


Minister change her mind. She was due to set out


her thinking here soon. All of that has been overtaken


by the announcement of an early general election and in that


campaign, the question of independence is likely


to be a big feature. The Conservatives will try to make


it about independence in part because it seems to help them


to try to shore up the vote for those who are opposed


to independence, who want The SNP will want to ensure


that the election assuming they do very well again,


will give them the strength, the mandate, to push for another


independence referendum But I don't think they will want


to put the independence issue front In 2015, the SNP had their best ever


general election result, The SNP's political opponents can


hardly do worse, can they? Well, they only have really one seat


a piece from the 2015 result. They will be hoping that they can


really gain momentum and knock a few The Tories particularly pushing


Labour back into third place in the Holyrood elections last year


will fancy their chances. When you look at the SNP,


they are still polling They will be hoping for another


resounding majority. There are 50 days of campaigning


to go, and as spring turns to summer, a new con text


for the debate over In other news,


members of the Church of Scotland are to be asked to permit ministers


to carry out gay marriages. Our Social Affairs Correspondent


Reevel Alderson reports. Attitudes towards gay


relationships have been changing in the Church


of Last year it's general assembly


voted to allow ministers in a same-sex marriage


to continue serving. Gay marriages are still


outlawed in Church. That could change


following publication of the report by the church's


theological forum it says: It has been a highly contentious


issue and senior church leaders say that is why they are also proposing


a an apology to gay men as the church. But they are being asked to


do this year is acknowledged and apologise for some of the harsher


things that have been said on both sides of this debate over the last


20 - 30 years. The general Aston Villa want to do that. In Aberdeen,


Scott Wren a what the Kirk's openly gay minister. He welcomes the


apology to those who have been hurt by the Church public attitudes. I


think it is important that the church appropriately recognises


that, and recognises that the fair treatment of LGBT people as part of


the church society, it is about the way that the church treats its own


members. There remains opposition from traditionalists in the church,


opposed to same-sex relationships, which they see as contrary to your


vehicle teaching. We don't bless that which is wrong. That has got to


be key in terms of the Gospel. If we are providing a hope for people of


transformation in their lives, of forgiveness for past wrongs, of


being different from what the world has done, then we have to be able to


stand up for that right in Christ. The current world seek protection


from prosecution 's for any Mr Brown to carry out the services.


It's over to Christopher now with the weather forecast


Largely dry but fairly cloudy conditions across the country


tonight. Not as cold as last night. If you spot of light rain, you can


see on a charter just edging south and east words, but many areas


remaining dry. That is how we start things tomorrow morning.


Temperatures around seven or eight Celsius, a few spots through the


Borders and part of East Lothian, further west cloudy but dry, missed


and hillfort the part of Argyll. Some sunshine on any fondues and


harass, and Gupta was part of Orkney and Shetland. Sunny weather in the


north-west will slowly edged its way south and east was the course of the


day. If you start cloudy, it should improve as we head through do was


lunchtime. Across Northern Ireland, outbreaks of rain and through parts


of the north of England and Wales, cloudy zone of weather. South of the


Midlands, generally dry and bright but cooler compared with today. It


will have a milder day tomorrow, temperatures into the low teens for


many. Given that sunshine in the afternoon, feeling pleasant, but you


will notice there will be a few further showers around the West


will notice there will be a few Coast. Stay on the coast until dusk


and enable enter their weight used words. First there is another fairly


cloudy day. High-pressure nearby but once again somehow breaks of rain,


mainly in the west, and some heavy rain later in the far north. He is


the detail. You can see fairly cloudy, dry, a few spots in the


west, the best of a brighter weather likely in the east. Quite wet for


the Northern Isles and far north, a bit breezy from the west, but


temperatures on the up, around 17 Celsius. High temperatures come down


again on Friday, because we change the wind direction. It is coming in


from a north, and there will be accompanied by some showers, and


those could be wintry on highest hills.


Our next update is during Breakfast at 6:25 tomorrow morning.


But, from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow


'A 24-year-old man has been charged with murder.'


You made sure an innocent man is charged!


What gives you the right to say he's innocent?


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