23/11/2017 Reporting Scotland


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Here on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening.

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New figures show that day-to-day

spending on Scottish public services

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will be cut by nearly £200 million

in the coming year, after inflation

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is taken into account.

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But the overall package

for Scotland - including

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capital spending and loans

- is up.

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The fallout from yesterday's UK

Budget provoked furious

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exchanges at Holyrood,

watched by our political

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editor Brian Taylor.

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The Chancellor in Leeds today

with the Prime Minister insists

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he has delivered for Scotland.

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£2 billion more over four years.

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But Scottish ministers

say it is a con.

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Nicola Sturgeon said that

more than half the money

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is in financial transactions -

that is loans or funding

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for private projects.

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It is not for front line public

spending and it has to be

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repaid to the Treasury.

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But Ruth Davidson of the Tories said

that they were happy with such cash

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deals when they were announcing

Scottish investment.

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She accused Nicola

Sturgeon of hypocrisy.

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Only the First Minister

could be handed an extra

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£2 billion of spending power

and still sounds...

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Like someone has stolen her scone.

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The First Minister insisted that

Scotland was left short.

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Scotland is facing a real-terms cut

in our day-to-day budget next year

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of more than £200 million.

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If Ruth Davidson is prepared

to stand up in this chamber today

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and somehow argue that

that is a good deal for Scotland,

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then Ruth Davidson is even

more of a party stooge

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for her Westminster masters

than I thought she was.

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The Independent Scottish Parliament

Information Centre has

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crunched the numbers.

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They found that the Scottish block

grant from the Treasury

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is up 0.1% in real terms.

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But within that, capital

investment is up 6.2%.

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And those financial

transactions are up 8.1%.

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Day-to-day spending on health,

education and the rest is down

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by 0.8%, or £199 million.

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Richard Leonard, the new Labour

leader, used his first appearance

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at First Minister's Questions

to demand higher spending

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and higher taxation.

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A quarter of a million children

in Scotland living in poverty.

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Hundreds of thousands of pensioners

this winter facing the choice

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between eating and heating.

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More of the same.

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It just won't do.

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Scotland needs real change

and radical change.

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Nicola Sturgeon said

she would defend public services

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but also protect the lowest earners.

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To do so she may need a deal

with the Green Party.

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Glasgow University and the SFA's

Hampden Sports Clinic are leading

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a major study into whether former

footballers develop

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conditions like dementia

because of repeatedly

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heading a ball.

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It comes after growing concerns

about the link between excessive

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heading and long-term brain damage.

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Here's our sports

reporter, David Currie.

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A centre forward who scored many of

his 60 plus goals with his head.

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He admits to being concerned.

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There is a possibility

that the job he loved may lead

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to problems later on in life.

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If there is a link.

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I would be quite worried

about getting dementia later

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but I can't worry about something

I don't know.

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Until the study becomes more clear,

we won't stop talking about it.

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More than half a century ago,

the scorer of this goal

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was helping Kilmarnock become

Scottish champions.

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Now in his 80s, he has dementia.

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His son is convinced that heading

a football was to blame.

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About 50% of Dad's squad have

brain-related illnesses,

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but Scotland as a whole

is only about 6%.

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That is an awful lot of difference.

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A lack of research data has meant

that experts can't prove or disprove

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that repeated heading of a football

can cause long-term

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damage to the brain.

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Staff here at the Hampden Sports

Clinic and Glasgow's

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Elizabeth University Hospital

will address that.

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They will compare dementia in 15,000

former professionals with that

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of the public to determine

if there is a specific link.

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It is a very big moment,

not just for football but for sport.

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This is a great opportunity

to look into a sport

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without any bias or influence,

look at the dementia risk

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that we have been concerned

about for many years now.

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If a link between repeatedly heading

a football and dementia

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is established, there will be

wide-ranging implications for anyone

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who plays the sport.

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There have been some calls in some

quarters for a ban or restriction

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on heading the ball at some levels

of youth football.

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Police Scotland officers are under

investigation for gross misconduct

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for their response to concerns

raised about the Emma

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Caldwell murder inquiry.

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The officers were found to have

obtained communications data

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without judicial permission

while trying to identify

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a journalist's sources.

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The inquiry's being conducted

by the Police Service

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of Northern Ireland.

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Ms Caldwell was working

as a prostitute when her body

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was found in woods in Biggar

in Lanarkshire, 12 years ago.

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The Scottish Youth Parliament

is being investigated by the police

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after claims of possible harassment

and inappropriate behaviour

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by members and former members.

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SYP says it referred the matter

to Police Scotland after becoming

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aware of a new series

of historic allegations.

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Lisa Summers reports.

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The last time the Scottish

Youth Parliament met

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it was here at Holyrood last month.

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Normally they will meet at various

places across the country

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to campaign about issues that

concern young people,

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like mental health or poverty.

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There are 150 MSYPs

aged between 14 and 25.

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It is unclear, the exact nature of

these claims.

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They issued a statement to us

earlier this afternoon whereby

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they said they take any allegations

very seriously and investigate

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in line with their policies.

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They said they referred the matter

to the police when it became clear

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about a new series of historic

claims earlier on this month.

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The police say that an investigation

is underway and enquiries continue

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to see whether there are any

criminal allegations being made.

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Dundee's bid to be European Capital

of Culture in 2023 has been

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stopped in its tracks.

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The European Commission has

announced that no UK city can now be

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considered for the title

because of Brexit.

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Dundee was one of five UK cities

vying for the accolade.

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Andrew Anderson reports.

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Not the Christmas present

Dundee was hoping for.

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More of a bombshell.

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Just a few month ago hopes were high

that the city could win

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a huge cultural prize.

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Now Brexit has put paid to that.

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It seems unfair.

Willing to pay that

price for Brexit.

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It is going to put a stop

to all these kinds of things.

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It cannot be good

for Dundee as a city.

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Dundee came together in a blaze

of colour last month to send

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off its bid to be European Capital

of Culture in 2023.

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If successful, huge

benefits were anticipated.

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Like this museum due to open next

year on the waterfront.

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The news that it and the other four

UK contenders can't take part just

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days before they were meant

to meet the judges.

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Our transport was all arranged.

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We were flying down to London

on Monday to make that page.

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It is gutting for all

involved and it is gutting

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to everyone in the whole city.

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It was a great bid and it was

energised and refocused people's

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mindset on what Dundee was becoming.

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The European Commission

said that given...

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Back in 2013, Dundee lost out

on its bid to be this

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year's UK City of Culture.

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The Capital of Culture prize

would have been even bigger.

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I wrote one year ago

to the UK Government to make

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sure that they would do

what they could to make sure that

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Dundee could be a City of Culture.

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They need to be making sure

that they rectify this

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issue, that they contact

the European Commission and they put

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these bids back on track

if that is at all possible.

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So Dundee's hopes from a month ago

may have been dashed, but tonight

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there was a determination

to bounce back.

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Setting a minimum price

for tobacco could drive down

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the number of smokers,

according to public health experts.

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A study published by the University

of Edinburgh and NHS

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Health Scotland also suggests

reducing its availability.

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The Scottish Government is due

to publish its tobacco strategy next

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year but says it has no current

plans to look at minimum pricing.

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The UK Government has

revived its plans to re-privatise

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Royal Bank of Scotland,

aiming to sell £15 billion

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worth of shares by 2023.

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It wants to have the first tranche

sold by the end of March 2019.

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Derek McInnes will not be

leaving his job at Aberdeen

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to become the Rangers manager,

according to his club chairman.

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Stewart Milne says McInnes has

told him that he has no intention

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of leaving the club any time soon,

and wants to win more

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trophies for the Dons.

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McInnes has been Rangers' preferred

candidate since the departure

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of Pedro Caixhina a month ago.

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The former Scottish Labour

leader Kezia Dugdale faced

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a stomach-churning task

as she made her debut

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on the reality TV show

I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

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She struggled to complete

a challenge to retrieve a number

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of red stars buried in boxes filled

with raw meat, fish guts

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and a variety of creepy crawlies.

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Ms Dugdale was denied permission

by political bosses to take

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part in the programme,

and her appearance

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has divided opinion.

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Now over to Christopher

for tomorrow's forecast.

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How's it looking?

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Cold. Good evening. A cold night

ahead. Frosty and icy. We have a Met

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Office be aware yellow warning in

force from now until mid-morning

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tomorrow. Overnight, we hold on to a

number of showers. A mixture of

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rain, sleet and snow, mainly in the

West. Also in the north. Many

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central and eastern parts it is dry

but cold. Ten bridges in towns and

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cities down to freezing if not

lower. In the countryside, as low as

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-52 minus eight. Especially with

snow on the ground. Tomorrow

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morning, a cold morning and icy in

places. Especially on untreated

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roads and services. Across western

parts, cloudy with frequent showers,

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a mixture of rain, sleet and snow.

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a mixture of rain, sleet and snow. A

great start but still cold in the

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south. Temperatures well below

freezing weather is snow on the

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ground. Final, frequent showers and

we with gales or gale force gusts

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coming in from the west. Through the

cause of the morning tomorrow,

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cloudy in the West with frequent

showers. Mixture of rain, sleet and

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snow. Perhaps some snow to low

levels. At the East, sunshine,

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reasonably dry. A few showers here

through the cause of the day. Across

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the UK as a whole, for England and

Wales, plenty of sunshine and after

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cloudy start around southern coastal

areas, it improves, drier and

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brighter. A crisp date for Northern

Ireland. 10 degrees in the cell.

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Volley, much colder. Three to 5

degrees at best. Add the winds

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degrees at best. Add the winds in

the far north and the Northern Isles

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and that will give a bitter feel. In

the sunshine, a crisp feel. Tomorrow

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night, frequent showers once again.

Frosty and icy. The weekend,

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Saturday very similar to tomorrow. A

brisk north-westerly driving in

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showers. Winter it, perhaps to low

levels. Drier the further east and

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south you are. It will be cold.

Sunday probably the better of the

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two days. A small ridge of high

pressure affording largely dry, fine

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and sunny weather but will be cold.

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Thanks, Christopehr.

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And that's all from us tonight.

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There are updates from 6.25 tomorrow

morning, during Breakfast.

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From everyone on the late

team here in Glasgow,

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and around the country, goodnight.

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