18/04/2017 Reporting Scotland


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

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Theresa May's plans for a general election in June

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will mean that Scotland will have gone to the polls seven

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The Prime Minister says the snap election will give the country

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The First Minister described it as a huge political miscalculation.

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Our political editor Brian Taylor reports.

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

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

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that the Government should call a general election to be

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Straight out of a meeting of Scotland's Cabinet,

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

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

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announcement today is one all about the narrow interests

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

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You know, clearly she sees the opportunity given the disarray

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

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

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hand to take the country in the increasingly right-wing

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direction direction she wants to take it in.

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SNP Cabinet ministers insist they already

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have a mandate for a referendum from Holyrood votes.

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At the last UK general election two years ago,

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

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

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We think we can put on seats across the country.

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There will be fewer SNP MPs after 8th June.

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That is what I will be working towards.

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They insist they are ready for the fight.

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

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

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The Labour Party has been on a election footing

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I will prepare to select candidates from this afternoon.

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We a huge gamble with the future of our country.

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

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but also Scotland at the heart of the United Kingdom.

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This snap election looks like an opportunistic attempt

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

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at UK level and simply secure themselves a stronger mandate

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

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

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

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But they say they are ready for the fight.

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Our political correspondent Nick Eardley reports on a day

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A political period that has been a roller-coaster

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The Prime Minister had pledged this wouldn't happen.

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Theresa May said she had changed her mind on a snap

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

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In recent weeks, Labour have threatened to vote

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against the final agreement we reach with the European Union.

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The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business

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The Scottish National Party say they will vote against

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the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership

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

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

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It will have massive implications for Scotland, not least

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While this announcement may have been a surprise, the political

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The SNP can win right across Scotland.

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

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That will be a choice again with the SNP standing up

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

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Labour retained just one seat last time.

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Polls suggest this time could be even harder.

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

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the Conservative Party by trying to get a Labour government

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to put some of the issues in place that everybody

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We said in 2015 this could be a dreadful Conservative government

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that would have a a divisive and unnecessary EU referendum.

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

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The Liberal Democrats are going into this election

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

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in the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom's

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A political surprise of box office proportion.

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Theresa May I thinks she has an opportunity

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to increase her support in the Commons.

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It's a decision that will involve risks too.

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Another huge political choice for the country.

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And Nick joins us live from Westminster now.

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Nick, the SNP group has been meeting tonight.

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Have they decided how they'll vote tomorrow?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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discussing more in the near future. Nick Eardley in Westminster

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thanks very much. Political debate here in recent

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

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announcement affect that? Our political correspondent

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Glenn Campbell reports. It's five weeks since

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the First Minister called for another referendum

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

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

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to reject that idea. I say to the SNP,

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

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written to Theresa May formally requesting the power

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to hold indy ref2. While she has been waiting

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for her official knockback from Number Ten she has been

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thinking about what else to do to make the Prime

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Minister change her mind. She was due to set out

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her thinking here soon. All of that has been overtaken

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by the announcement of an early general election and in that

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campaign, the question of independence is likely

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

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it about independence in part because it seems to help them

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

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to independence, who want The SNP will want to ensure

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that the election assuming they do very well again,

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

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independence referendum But I don't think they will want

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

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general election result, The SNP's political opponents can

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

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

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really gain momentum and knock a few The Tories particularly pushing

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Labour back into third place in the Holyrood elections last year

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

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they are still polling They will be hoping for another

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resounding majority. There are 50 days of campaigning

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

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for the debate over In other news,

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

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to carry out gay marriages. Our Social Affairs Correspondent

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Reevel Alderson reports. Attitudes towards gay

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relationships have been changing in the Church

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of Last year it's general assembly

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voted to allow ministers in a same-sex marriage

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to continue serving. Gay marriages are still

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outlawed in Church. That could change

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following publication of the report by the church's

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theological forum it says: It has been a highly contentious

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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think it is important that the church appropriately recognises

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

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

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members. There remains opposition from traditionalists in the church,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It's over to Christopher now with the weather forecast

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Largely dry but fairly cloudy conditions across the country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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those could be wintry on highest hills.

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

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But, from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow

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

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You made sure an innocent man is charged!

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

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I've come to you because you're AC-12.

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