29/05/2017 Reporting Scotland


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it's time for the news where you are.

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The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been forced

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to re-state his opposition to a second independence referendum.

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It came after he said in an interview he would

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"open discussions" with the Scottish government on the issue

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The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have been

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voicing their opposition to a second vote, while the SNP leader's

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preparing to launch her manifesto tomorrow.

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Here's our political correspondent, Andrew Kerr.

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UK leader Jeremy Corbyn was in Scotland yesterday, caused

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controversy in one radio interview today. He said he would open

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discussions with the Scottish Government on independence if he

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became Prime Minister. Perhaps hearts sank for Scottish Labour

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campaigning in Edinburgh. They rushed out a statement saying they

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and Mr Corbyn were opposed to a second referendum. Speaking before

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Mr Corbyn made his latest comments, Labour's Iain Murray restated his

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opposition. We have been saying right through this election

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campaign, the best way to stop the SNP to get a second referendum of

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the table, is devote labour. The polls are very encouraging. Their

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vote will really count in the general election campaign. Revving

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up their opposition to a second referendum, the Conservatives were

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campaigning in Perthshire. Ruth Davidson said Jeremy Corbyn was

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willing to sell Scottish Labour voters down the river. But they

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denied they UK campaign was stuck in a rut as the poll suggested the gap

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between them and Labour had narrowed. The leader hit out at both

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camps. Yesterday we saw Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted to do a

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deal to put Jeremy Corbyn into Number Ten. We have already seen the

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Labour Party in Scotland do deal with

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the SNP in town halls across the country. We all know that would mean

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a second referendum and Jeremy Corbyn has said he would be fine

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with that. Only the Scottish Conservatives would stand up against

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the SNP and a second referendum. Nicola Sturgeon met women

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campaigning against state pension changes. The finishing touches are

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being put to the party's manifesto, launched tomorrow. Labour were

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dispensed with as the First Minister's focus was very firmly on

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the Conservatives. The reality of this election is even with the poll

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is narrowing it looks like the Tories are on course to win it. The

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question boss got them did how do we hold the Tories in check, how do we

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have strong Scottish voices? The only way to get that in Scotland is

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to vote SNP. And now the chance for you to ask the questions. The

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Liberal Democrat's Willie Rennie was at the BBC HQ for the first ask the

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leader programmes. He wants a referendum on the Brexit deal but

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not on independence. What did he have to fear, he was asked. The last

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time around the number of people I met who have fallen out with

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brothers, sisters, friends, neighbours over this issue, it

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caused huge division. And the huge economic uncertainty as well as the

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huge division, I don't want to go through all that again. I think we

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should reject the SNP's plan for another referendum. That is what you

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get with the Liberal Democrats. All the leaders will be in the hot seat

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this week. The have questions. The Scottish Greens have

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launched their manifesto They promise that any Scottish Green

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MPs will stand against a hard Brexit and in favour

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of a second independence referendum. They will push for what they call

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"a new industrial revolution" - transitioning from fossil fuels

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to green industries. They also back

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a universal basic income. Now more than ever it is important

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that Scotland has a green voice at Westminster. Some of the many

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achievements that the Greens have built up at European level will be

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in the hands of the Westminster Parliament, from the capping of

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bankers' bonuses, to the control of toxic chemicals. We absolutely need

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to stand up for the social and environmental protections which have

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been won in Europe and will be in the hands of the UK Parliament.

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The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been forced to re-state his

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opposition to a second independence referendum after he said

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in an interview he would "open discussions" with the Scottish

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government on the issue if he became Prime Minister.

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Last week Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said she was giving

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a "cast iron guarantee" that her party would oppose

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Our political correspondent Nick Eardley has the details.

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Monuments of Scotland's mining past. Discards from old shell minds, a

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reminder of the role the industry played here. A heritage remembered

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in local museums. There are whole communities which have grown up on

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the minds, fathers, grandparents were minors. Many in those

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communities would have voted Labour, but much has changed. There are

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still communities here who remember those days, the parents, the

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grandparents. In places like Livingstone here, there have been

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tremendous changes in population. Ria Wilson is a prominent supporter

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of Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland. I think for a long time communities

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like this were taken for granted and the SNP have something to offer

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which was independence but we have now seen the reality, Jeremy

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Corbyn's message is clear and I think that is cutting through. Is

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it? Some support for the Labour leader, the landmark of Livingston's

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new economy. I am of a socialist background that he has come back to

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the true grass-roots socialist principles. Down the road, another

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five sisters, this time a zoo built an old mining land. What about

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Jeremy Corbyn? The man is an idiot. Not a fan? No. Not tempted to vote

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for him? No. I hate the Tories. They are good for England, not

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necessarily for Scotland. The SNP candidates think she is best placed

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to serve voters here. I have done everything in my power to raise

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constituency issues on the floor of the House. There have certainly been

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big changes in Livingston and West Lothian and we are good at bouncing

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back. What the SNP have offered is support for new industries, the

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emerging industries. Other think the Labour Party have lost their

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understanding of this area. The Tories think they can beat them in

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this race. There two types of conservative, the bogeyman

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Conservatives and the real Conservatives, the likes of myself

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and I think at last the message has got out there that we are party for

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everyone. There is only one party that is standing up for the two

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unions that they believe in. Livingstone voted to remain in the

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UK back in 2014, Livingstone voted to remain in the EU. Back at the zoo

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the political debate is not for everyone. Do you know how you will

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be voting? Not sure? The Barra schoolgirl injured

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in the Manchester bomb attack which killed her friend has been

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able to talk to her parents According to her family,

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15-year-old Laura MacIntyre has made remarkable progress,

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despite sustaining horrendous Laura's parents said in a statement

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today that their daughter had been taken off a ventilator and had

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recognised them and talked to them. The charity Alzheimer Scotland

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says many people with dementia say they lose

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friends following diagnosis. It's released the findings

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of a survey to mark the start The charity says with around

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90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland,

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the public should become better informed and stand

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by their friends and family. Nature enthusiasts are being asked

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to help save Scotland's smallest butterfly -

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the Small Blue. Changes to its habitat mean it's

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becoming increasingly rare. The wildlife charity

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Butterfly Conservation Scotland is asking volunteers to look

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for the butterfly at sites where work is being undertaken

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including Aberdeenshire, Sport now and one of Andy Murray's

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former coaches says despite his poor The player's first match

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at the French Open is tomorrow. After the five of opening -- after

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the fun of opening weekend, the serious work continues for the

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French Open's top seed. In a season soured by illness, injury and loss

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of form, those who know him best say he will bounce back. I think he is a

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terrific champion. He has a number visible mindset, he has a great team

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around him. I can see him working his way into this tournament and

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nothing would surprise me to see him going very deep ear. We know when it

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gets to the grass that he is playing very well on this surface. The

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service is very good for him. The problem is, Andy Murray hasn't

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reached the quarterfinals of any of this year's big tournaments. He lost

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in the fourth round of the Australian open, before falling at

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the first hurdle at Indian Wells. More exits followed in Monte Carlo,

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Madrid and Rome but the champion is not worried yet. The struggles are

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part of what makes the good times so enjoyable. I need to accept that I

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am struggling and then find a way to get through it. It all gets underway

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for Andy Murray here at Roland Garros tomorrow with the first round

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match against the world number 73 from Russia, Andre Kuznetsov.

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Well, let's get the weather forecast from Christopher.

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The evening. Very cloudy and damp across many parts of the country

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today. That is how we start tomorrow morning, fairly cloudy, grey and a

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little bit of rain around. There will be some brighter moments

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through the Borders and Edinburgh. For many of us, cloudy, great start.

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Towards the west coast and the Hebrides, some outbreaks of rain.

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Those will continue to head eastwards through the course of the

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day. Let's take a closer look at the course of the morning. You will see

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the rain in the West. A cold front is moving its way eastwards. A

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cloudy morning, expect some rain at times, but then it should brighten

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up by the afternoon with some sunshine for most. Across the UK as

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a whole, you will see that weather front draped across Scotland,

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through the North of England, Wales and the south-west. Ahead of it for

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the Midlands and South East, largely dry, fairly cloudy, some bright

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spells lifting the temperatures into the 20s. Behind the weather front

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some sunshine. A bright and breezy afternoon for Northern Ireland and

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Scotland. The winds will be strong making any showers for the

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north-west blustery. The rain clinging on through the north-east

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of Aberdeenshire. Plenty of sun for others and the rain eventually leave

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Orkney and Shetland by around dusk. High-pressure overhead. Low pressure

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over my shoulder, that is Thursday's weather. You will see it is largely

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dry with some lighter winds. Perhaps a more cloud for Shetland with a

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brisk north-westerly. Elsewhere, the sunshine lifting the temperature to

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the mid to high teens. First there gets off to a promising start. In

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the West the crowd gathers, rain arrives later. Temperatures up to 20

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degrees by mid-afternoon. That

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