Easdale brothers interested in Ferguson Shipbuilders deal

Ferguson Shipbuilders Administrators have made 70 staff redundant at Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow

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The owners of one of Scotland's largest bus firms have expressed an interest in saving the last commercial shipbuilder on the River Clyde.

Greenock-based businessmen Sandy and James Easdale, who own McGill's Buses, have contacted the administrators of Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow.

About 70 workers were made redundant on Friday after the firm went bust due to a lack of orders and cash flow issues.

Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney visited the yard on Monday.

In a statement issued through their media spokesman, Sandy Easdale said: "We have contacted the administrators, KPMG, through our accountants.

'Vital business'

"This is a highly-skilled workforce and it is a vital business for our area.

"With government assistance, both in Edinburgh and London, I am sure we can secure orders."

Mr Swinney attended a task force meeting at Ferguson Shipyard on Monday with the aim of looking at options to save the yard.

Afterwards, the Finance Secretary and Inverclyde Council leader Stephen McCabe said: "We will do everything in our power to secure a future for Fergusons and its employees.

"Our priority is to attract a new investor who will take the shipyard forward as a going concern. There are still orders to be completed and we will work with the administrator to try to secure this outcome.

"This is a highly skilled workforce and it is essential that these skills are put to productive use in the future."

Ferguson Shipbuilders, which dates back to 1902, went into administration following "significant cash flow pressure" in recent months.

Blair Nimmo, joint administrator and head of restructuring for KPMG in Scotland, said then that the shipbuilder was a "leading name in the industry with a rich heritage dating back more than 110 years".

He added: "A lack of significant orders and mounting cash flow pressure has led to the group's inability to continue trading."

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    on #Newsdrive at 16:00:

    • More on Dave King taking control of Rangers;
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    15:54: Labour urged to rule out SNP deal Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    The former Conservative Prime Minister Sir John Major has urged Labour leader Ed Miliband to rule out a power-sharing deal with the SNP in the event of a hung parliament after the UK election.

    Sir John Major

    He said the nationalists would enter any agreement with the aim of winning another independence referendum.

    As a former Tory PM, Sir John Major is understandably keen to see his party continue in power.

    So, he's endorsing David Cameron's claim that, if the May election is inconclusive, Labour and the SNP will join forces in government.

    Sir John says such a deal would a "tragedy in the making" and urged Labour to clearly rule it out now.

    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who's hoping to win enough seats to hold the balance of power, has suggested her party may support a Labour minority government on an issue-by-issue basis.

    That would be a long way off the kind of coalition deal which the Conservatives have suggested might happen.

    15:47: Home win for Murray BBC Sport Scotland

    @andy_murray beats Donald Young to give GB lead in #DavisCup tie against USA in Glasgow. Read more here.

    Andy Murray
    15:37: Royal Dornoch's youth future plan

    Royal Dornoch Golf Club is seeking to achieve Investors in Young People accreditation as a way of developing young members of staff.

    Royal Dornoch Golf Club

    The club is the first in Scotland to seek the award.

    Watch Jackie O'Brien's report here.

    15:30: Who did this?

    An animal charity has appealed for help in tracing the owner of an emaciated dog that was found straying in Glasgow.


    The male and tan crossbreed, thought to be about 12 months old, was spotted in poor condition in the city centre on Monday 2 March.

    He is now being looked after at the Scottish SPCA's rescue and re-homing centre in Cardonald, where staff have named him Archie.

    The charity aims to find Archie a new home when he fully recovers.

    15:24: News conference ends

    The first news conference of the Dave King era at Rangers is over. We'll now be going back to news updates from across Scotland.

    Murray, King, Gilligan
    15:22: Coach required, not manager

    "We need less of a manager and more of a coach," adds King. "We're not going out to buy a new team and ask someone to manage them. It takes a different type of manager. We need to be very smart."

    15:20: Delisting?

    King says it may be favourable in the long-run to delist from the stock exchange as such a move comes with less costs and would effectively allow them to have more freedom.

    15:18: Investment

    King says he envisages that "more than 50%" of the initial investment of more than £20m he said was needed would go on the club's infrastructure such as scouting and building maintenance.

    15:17: Promotion challenge

    "Promotion is going to be challenging this year," Mr King adds. "We are hoping that with the energy from the fans, things will improve.

    Dave King

    "Hopefully they can get across the line. In year two, with improved cash flow they will have a squad that can take them up."

    15:14: What about Ally?

    Asked whether Ibrox legend and former manager Ally McCoist had a future at the club, Mr King says: "In terms of the new manager, you want to take your time and get it right. We'll now need to sit down with Ally McCoist and see what his plans are."

    Ally McCoist
    15:12: Sports Direct contracts

    "It is important that we look closely at these given the concerns that have been raised," adds King.

    15:11: 'Here to stay'

    King: "If I'm deemed not to be fit and proper than I will remain a supporter and investor and stay involved from the sidelines."

    15:10: 'Strong mandate'

    Murray describes the 85% vote across the board as a "pretty strong mandate".

    Paul Murray
    15:07: New Nomad

    "Now that the meeting is over we can formally engage with the new Nomad [nominated stockmarket advisor]," says King. "My indication from the Nomad is that if I confirm that we were successful then they will start formally engaging on Monday and the process can take four weeks."

    15:05: 'Value system'

    King says: "There was a great danger that if this thing continued that there could have been a lost generation of Rangers fans. We want to take Rangers back to where it was. We want to restore the value system at the club."

    15:04: 'We'll take our time'

    New director Paul Murray says one of the main priorities is simply to stabilise things.

    "We'll go to Murray Park [the training ground] to talk to the staff," he says. "They need reassurance. We're going to take our time and do the right thing."

    15:02: 'Broken' Rangers

    King tells reporters Rangers is broken in many areas - pretty much everything has to be looked at. Information gathering has to be part of our immediate priority, he adds.

    Dave King
    14:59: Dave King speaks

    The news conference at Ibrox is now under way.

    14:51: Rangers First reaction

    Fans group Rangers First spokesman Ricki Neill said: "Rangers First members voted in favour of Dave King's general meeting resolutions so we are delighted with the confirmation there is a change at boardroom level at last.

    "Our club has been abused by those only interested in themselves for long enough and the rehabilitation of Rangers begins today with the appointments of Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan.

    "The Rangers supporters have voiced their discontent at the way the club has been run in recent years but we are confident the new board will treat the club and supporters with the respect they deserve after years of being taken for granted."

    14:45: Fit and proper person challenge

    King's plan is for Paul Murray to act as interim chairman while he satisfies the Scottish Football Association and financial regulators that he is a fit and proper person to run the club.

    His previous directorship with Rangers and his troubles with South African tax authorities represent challenges he must overcome if he is to be in charge at Ibrox.

    14:43: New appointment Chris McLaughlin BBC Sport

    Douglas Park also appointed to the board

    14:39: 'Turning point' Andy Campbell BBC Sport Scotland

    Speaking to supporters outside Ibrox, King said: "We've come a long road and the Rangers fans have suffered for too long now. What happened today is something that couldn't be understated. This is a turning point in the future of the football club.

    "It's a long road but it's a clear road. We want to work with the fans. We'll look to get fan representation on the board."

    14:37: Meet the new team

    The new men in control at #Rangers

    14:36: £20m for starters

    Dave King, speaking to reporters at Glasgow Airport last night, estimated that it would take £20m over the next two years to lift Rangers to second spot in the Scottish game. He also acknowledged that the club is in many ways broken and that it will take a long time to compete again with Celtic.

    14:32: Watch live

    Don't forget, you can watch a live stream of the Rangers press conference, which is due to start soon, by clicking on the link at the top of the full live page or clicking here.

    14:19: Four years for culpable homicide Ken Banks BBC Scotland North East reporter

    A teenager has been sentenced to four years in custody for culpable homicide after the death of a man in Buckie.

    Crime scene

    Reece Munro, 19, was convicted after 66-year-old James Robson was attacked in 2012 and died almost a year later.

    Munro's stepfather Garry Munro was previously jailed for life for the murder of Mr Robson. Both men had previously been jailed for attempted murder in the case.

    Reece Munro was sentenced at the High Court in Livingston.

    14:14: 'Applause for King' Jonathan Sutherland BBC Scotland

    Spontaneous applause and cheering from the assembled Rangers fans at the news Dave King has won control of the club. @BBCSportScot

    14:10: Mary Barbour statue fund

    A fund is being launched to erect a statue of a Govan woman widely regarded as one of the most important social reformers of the last century.

    Mary Barbour Mary Barbour was elected as Glasgow's first female Labour councillor in 1920

    Mary Barbour led the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915, forcing a change in the law with the introduction of the Rent Restrictions Act.

    She later became the city's first female Labour councillor, baillie and magistrate.

    Sir Alex Ferguson has already pledged £5,000 towards the memorial campaign.

    14:08: EGM votes Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    84%/85% of votes cast were for each of the resolutions. Llambias and Leach voted off, King, Murray, Gilligan voted on #rangersegm

    14:05: Changes confirmed Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    #rangersegm results. Boardroom changes confirmed. Read the stock exchange notice here.

    14:02: Rangers: King in EGM victory Chris McLaughlin BBC Sport

    #Rangers confirm Dave King's EGM resolutions have been passed. The old board has been voted off.

    14:00: Funds approved for castle tower Steven McKenzie BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Funding of £100,000 has been approved for a project to turn Inverness Castle's North Tower and its look-out into a new tourist attraction.

    Inverness Castle

    The money has been allocated from the Inverness Common Good Fund.

    Highland Council has set aside £200,000 and Highlands and Islands Enterprise could provide £60,000 to the £360,000 project.

    The rest of the 19th Century building would continue to be used as a sheriff court.

    13:50: Kitten killed by banned pesticide Angie Brown BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter

    An animal welfare charity is appealing for information after a kitten that was poisoned died in her owner's arms in Midlothian.


    The owner of Edgelaw Farm Livery near Gorebridge found her eight-month-old cat named Bootes fitting and unable to walk and called the Scottish SPCA.

    The toxicology results showed residues of carbofuran in Bootes' stomach contents and liver.

    Carbofuran is a highly toxic pesticide which is banned.

    13:42: Council apology over information leak

    A local authority has apologised after posting personal information online.

    Computer information

    It is understood that the data included details of redundancy payments to named Dumfries and Galloway Council staff.

    It was published in response to a Freedom of Information request asking for details of all invoices for more than £500 received and paid by the council from 2009-2013.

    The council said it had informed the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

    13:33: Rangers LATEST Jonathan Sutherland BBC Scotland

    Dave King press conference will happen at 2:30pm #RangersEGM @BBCSportScot

    13:27: Cash for women entrepreneurs

    A charity that helps women from some of Scotland's poorest communities become entrepreneurs has been awarded £200,000 from the Scottish government.

    Women from WEvolution

    WEvolution is a network of self-reliant groups of women who co-operate to develop ideas and learn new skills.

    Since the project was set up in 2013, 15 groups have established across Glasgow, Inverclyde, Edinburgh and Dundee.

    The network aims to set up a further 20 new groups across Scotland.

    13:20: Man arrested over raid on jewellers

    A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at an Edinburgh jewellers.

    Laing the jewellers in Frederick Street Pic: Brian Innes

    The robbery took place at Laing the Jewellers in Frederick Street on Monday morning.

    The man is being held after police carried out a search of a property in Chesser Grove on Thursday.

    Officers recovered a significant quantity of heroin with a street value of about £47,000, two firearms, ammunition and a quantity of cash.

    13:13: Warning of heavy rain and flooding Steven McKenzie BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" weather warning for Inverness and areas surrounding Loch Ness.

    Flood sign

    Persistent, heavy rain has been forecast for the area from Friday night until Sunday morning.

    It warns of the risk of flooding from burns and rivers that drain into Loch Ness in the Great Glen.

    Flood alerts have been issued for Easter Ross and the Great Glen, Skye and Lochalsh, Argyll and Bute, Wester Ross, and Caithness and Sutherland.

    The Met Office warning covers the period from 18:00 on Friday to 06:00 on Sunday.

    13:07: Weather disruption BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Strong winds are affecting the Skye, Kessock, Dornoch, Clackmannanshire and Forth Road Bridges. The Tay Bridge is closed to double deckers and has a speed limit of 30mph.

    In Dundee, an accident on the A972 Kingsway east is partially blocking the road eastbound and traffic is tailing back to Forfar Road.

    In the Borders, the A72 in Clovenfords is blocked by a lorry on fire near the Nest roundabout.

    In Edinburgh, Gorgie Road is partially blocked by an accident at the junction with Dalry Road.

    Also in Edinburgh, Main Street in Kirkliston is closed because of a fire in a shop. Police are directing traffic.

    In Stirling, Easter Cornton Road is partially blocked in each direction by an accident.

    And Calmac say ferries to and from the Western Isles and the Small Isles service from Mallaig have been cancelled because of poor weather/

    13:00: Your afternoon forecast BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A cloudy afternoon to come for many, with outbreaks of persistent rain across north Argyll, the west Highlands, the northwest, Skye and the Western Isles.

    Across southern Scotland we may see a few spots of rain blowing in the wind but remaining largely dry.

    Eastern areas will remain predominantly dry too although some patchy rain will reach Tayside and Angus at times.

    There will be some brightness for the Berwickshire coast, brightening up to across the Grampian area.

    A drier brighter look for Orkney with outbreaks of rain for Shetland

    South westerly winds will continue to strengthen during the day reaching gale force in exposed parts of the west coast along with Shetland.

    Possible severe gales at times over the far north west with gusts of 60mph. Mild with temperatures of 10C to 12C and 9C for Shetland.

    12:52: Three charged over 'bike offences'

    Three teenage boys have been charged with motorcycle offences in Aberdeen.

    A 15 and a 17-year-old were charged over a motorcycle incident the Kingswells area on Wednesday.

    And a 16-year-old was charged after an incident with a mini-moto on the Hardgate in Aberdeen on Tuesday.

    Police Scotland said the three would be reported to the relevant authorities.

    12:45: Dog found beaten to death in canal Philip Sim Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

    An investigation has been launched after the body of a dog which had been beaten to death was found in a canal.

    Falkirk Wheel

    The Scottish SPCA was called in after British Waterways staff at the Falkirk Wheel made the discovery on Monday.

    The black and white male terrier had suffered a severely fractured skull and broken ribs and officers said it had gone through "prolonged suffering" in a "horrifically cruel and brutal attack".

    CCTV is being reviewed and officers have appealed for information.

    12:39: Former head removed from register Ken Banks BBC Scotland North East reporter

    The former head teacher of Orkney's Stromness Academy has agreed to have her name removed from the teaching register.

    Stromness Academy

    Hilda Learmonth's case was due to come before a disciplinary hearing of the General Teaching Council for Scotland next week.

    More than two-thirds of the school staff signed a letter last year over an "atmosphere of fear and oppression".

    The case has been now designated as "removal with consent".

    12:33: Climate call

    The Scottish Human Rights Commission will today tell the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that action on climate change "must put justice and equity at the heart of responses".

    Melting ice

    Commission chair, Professor Alan Miller, will deliver a statement calling for climate justice to be integrated into the UN Sustainable Development Goals and international climate negotiations due to end in Paris at the end of the year.

    12:26: Why the need for guns? Reevel Alderson BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

    MSPs are to be given a further opportunity to question senior police officers about the controversial policy of deploying some armed police on routine duties.

    Armed police

    It follows yesterday's meeting of Holyrood's Justice sub-committee on policing which had to be curtailed for lack of time.

    The committee heard there had been more than 1,600 occasions since October that armed officers had engaged with the public at non-firearms incidents.

    The chief constable previously told MSPs that armed response officers would only be sent to firearms incidents, or when there was a threat to life.

    12:19: Ebola nurse to appear at hearing

    The Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is to appear before regulators in Edinburgh.

    Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey

    Pauline Cafferkey is being investigated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

    The watchdog has not outlined the exact grounds for the investigation but it is thought to relate to the screening process Ms Cafferkey underwent during her journey home.

    Friday's preliminary hearing will decide if she can continue working as a nurse until the full case is heard.

    That will most likely be sometime later this year.

    12:12: Second T in the Park consultation Philip Sim Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

    A second public consultation is to be held on the plan to host the T in the Park festival at Strathallan Castle.

    Strathallan Castle

    Perth and Kinross Council has requested additional information from event organiser DF Concerts and time will be allowed for comment on that.

    An initial 28-day consultation saw 570 responses, split "fairly evenly" between supportive and opposing views.

    A spokeswoman for DF Concerts said this was "standard" procedure and welcomed the extra time for consultation.

    12:05: Grounded ship reaches harbour

    A cargo ship that ran aground in the north west Highlands has been towed to Clydeport's Great Harbour in Greenock ahead of repairs at a dry dock.

    Lysblink Seaways

    The Lysblink Seaways, which was carrying paper from Belfast to Norway, ran aground near Ardnamurchan Point last month.

    It was later refloated and anchored in Scallastle Bay in the Sound of Mull.

    The 394ft-long (120m) vessel was towed about 172 miles (277km) down the west coast.

    12:04: Moving on... Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Right, with the Rangers EGM now well and truly over, we're leaving full-on live coverage of events at Ibrox for now.

    We will, of course, keep you updated with developments throughout the day.

    11:55: The man who would be King

    Shareholders in Rangers International Football Club have voted on resolutions put forward by Dave King as he seeks to oust the current board.

    Dave King arrives to applause

    Watch King being cheered into the EGM at Ibrox Stadium.

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 11:52: Tell us what you think

    David Sky: Except #GarryKing a new board do not have to continue down the road of taking a new loan from Cashley do they?

    Bob, Aberdeen: Yes the hard work certainly begins now. Let's hope Mr King lives up to his name. It's going to be hard work both on and off the field. All the best though.

    11:47: Waiting for change

    Rangers fans are waiting for news that a new board has been put in control of the club. Confirmation of the EGM results are not expected until this afternoon.

    Rangers EGM
    11:44: No sign of King Jonathan Sutherland BBC Scotland

    Stock Exchange announcement expected in next couple of hours. Might only see Dave King after that. @BBCSportScot

    11:42: Fans' views

    David Melville: How can these two Ashley puppets expect any kind of pay off? If I don't do my job properly in get sacked. Only in football do you get rewarded for failure.

    Kevan O' Neill: I think you should tell the Rangers fans that 10m loan plus another 20m adds up to 30m. King spinning already - maybe the SA judge was right about him.

    Matt: Am I being cynical, or does 'results to be announced later' mean that the board weren't voted off after all, but they won't announce that till the crowd has dispersed?

    11:40: Questions for King Jonathan Sutherland BBC Scotland

    Waiting outside Ibrox for Dave King to emerge. Hearing suggestions he may not emerge until after Stock Exchange announcement. @BBCSportScot

    11:39: When will it end? Tom English BBC Scotland

    Murray, Duffy, Whyte, Miller, Ng, Kennedy, Green, Ashley, Easdale, Easdale, Sarver, Modi. Is this the day the madness stops at Ibrox?

    11:37: Emotions run high... James Shaw BBC Radio 5 live Scotland correspondent

    An emotional moment for @SonsofStruth at today's #Rangersegm.

    Rangers EGM
    Rangers EGM - your tweets

    Garry King: #rangersegm Llambias and Leach voted off then put back on by Ashley next week as a condition of his loan? I can see that.

    Colin Mathie: Well that was short + sweet.

    John Boreland: #RangersEGM Monday is not good enough. It must be today, I don't have enough blood pressure medication let to keep me going till Monday.

    11:21: And that was that...

    After almost three years of growing calls for boardroom change at Rangers, the EGM takes less than 10 minutes to enact regime change (results later). Now for the hard work.

    11:21: Your views - Rangers

    Don Gordon: Unbelievable that Rangers supporters applaud a convicted criminal and a manager who tried his level. Best to further bankrupt the club...some people will never learn.

    Byers & Birrell: Can't believe the board haven't done the right thing and just stood down to save the club money.

    11:19: Meeting closed Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    #rangersegm Andrew Dickson closes meeting. Results to be published later.

    11:19: Number seven Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution 7: appointment of John Gilligan #rangersegm

    11:18: Six... Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution 6: appointment of Paul Murray #rangersegm

    11:18: Resolution five Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution 5: appointment of David King #rangersegm

    11:18: Rangers EGM - your views

    David Leighton: After Leach and Llambias are voted off the board, Dave King should immediately dismiss them from their respective positions, the justification being that "they have not acted in the best interests of the company". If they want to take their dismissal to an employment tribunal then so be it.

    11:15: Crunch time Alasdair Lamont BBC Scotland

    Votes for removal of Derek Llambias and Barry Leach are taken, followed by those to appoint Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan.

    11:14: And another... Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution 4: removal of Barry Leach #rangersegm

    11:13: Resolution three Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution 3: removal of Derek Llambias #rangersegm

    11:13: Resolution two Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution two: removal of James Easdale. Having resigned, this won't be moved #rangersegm

    11:12: Resolutions Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution one: removal of David Somers. Having resigned, this resolution won't be moved

    11:10: Voting time approaches Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Looks like no time is being wasted at Ibrox - they are going straight to the resolutions.

    Your tweets

    Philip Skelly: surely Dave King convicted of tax crimes in South Africa will fail fit and proper person test

    11:04: Ally McCoist arrives Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Ally McCoist has just arrived #rangersegm to widespread applause.

    11:02: Glasgow, not London

    So, after two aborted attempts to stage the Rangers extraordinary general meeting in London hotels, it's about to begin at Ibrox Stadium - where the fans wanted it to be held all along.

    11:01: Ready to go... Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    King. Murray and Gilligan take their seat at #rangersegm

    Rangers EGM
    10:57: King cheered into EGM

    Rangers shareholders cheer Dave King as he and others take their place for the EGM.

    Dave King
    10:55: Rangers EGM - Top table set Alasdair Lamont BBC Scotland

    No gazebo today at Ibrox as the Rangers EGM is about to get under way.

    Rangers EGM
    10:54: Rangers live... Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    We're going to focus on the events at Ibrox for the next while.

    Rangers shareholder Dave King has arrived for the extraordinary general meeting that he says will launch a "new era" for the club.

    Tweet us your views using #rangersagm or text us on 80295.

    10:54: Countdown to Rangers EGM Jonathan Sutherland BBC Scotland

    Rangers shareholders arriving at Ibrox for the EGM @BBCSportScot

    Rangers shareholders
    10:44: Home or away - your views

    Emma Moir: Unless you're in Aberdeen where you have to move because house prices are crazy.

    Liz Chambers: Travel broadens the mind and outlook, hence the move abroad in the first place. Family draws you back more than anything else, so you return, but you find you have changed so much and the folks you knew when you were in your teens have remained the same. So you stay in the country and move home a wee bit further from where you were brought up, but maintain your close family connections, and make new friends. Wouldn't have done it any other way because it taught me so much about life and living.

    Do you agree? Tweet us @bbcscotlandnews or email us here.

    10:39: Road closed after injured man found

    Part of the High Street in Edinburgh has been closed after a man was found with injuries in the street.

    High Street Pic: Steven Cassidy

    Emergency services were called after the man was found at about 09:15.

    He has been taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

    Police Scotland said it was carrying out an investigation.

    10:30: Pauline McLean BBC Scotland

    Missed veteran jazz musician Joe Temperley on GMS? More @BBCNewsdrive and Reporting Scotland later.

    10:22: Rangers - latest Alasdair Lamont BBC Scotland

    Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan are now inside Ibrox.

    King commented that he does not expect any last minute obstacles to him taking control at Rangers.

    10:19: Ferry cancellations BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Many ferry services on the west coast and the islands have been cancelled due to bad weather. For the full status update check the Cal Mac website.

    10:11: Call for cut in MSP gift limit

    An international anti-corruption body has recommended a cut in the value of gifts MSPs can receive before they must be declared.

    Gifts of £280 would be liable for inclusion in the MSPs' register of interests - half the current value.


    The recommendation by the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (Greco) comes as MSPs look to tighten up lobbying rules.

    MSPs could be prosecuted for agreeing inducements even if none is received.

    10:05: Rush hour crash

    One person has been taken to hospital following a crash involving a bus and two cars in Glasgow city centre.

    Emergency services were called to the scene in Sauchiehall Street at around 07:50.

    There were no serious injuries but one person was taken to hospital as a precaution, said Police Scotland.

    Part of the street was obstructed by debris following the incident.

    09:56: Isles 'ideal' for spaceport

    The leader of Comhairle nan Siar has said Stornoway on Isle of Lewis has "critical features" that make it the "ideal location" for a UK spaceport.

    Bristol Spaceplanes

    Stornoway Airport is on a UK government shortlist of potential sites that could host commercial space plane flights and satellite launches.

    Angus Campbell said Lewis' geography and access to research and development facilities were suited to a spaceport.

    UK ministers are keen to see the spaceport established by 2018.

    09:50: North bridge shut BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    #Edinburgh #A7 North Bridge clsd both ways between A1 Waterloo Place / A8 Princes Street and Chambers Street. Ongoing since around 09:30.

    09:46: Your views - home or away?

    Barbara Kelly: My two siblings and I were born in Edinburgh to a Scottish mother and Polish father and are now all in Perth, Australia. I guess we inherited the travel gene.

    Have you stayed closer to home? Tell us why @bbcscotlandnews or by emailing newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk.

    09:39: Man hit by car Philip Sim Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

    Police have warned of delays on the Kingsway in Dundee after a man was hit by a car.

    Officers and an ambulance are at the scene at the junction of Forfar Road, on the eastbound carriageway.

    The pedestrian suffered a leg injury in the collision.

    Police are investigating and said motorists should expect delays in the area and consider other routes.

    09:27: Homebird? Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    According to research, a third of Scots have never moved from the area where they grew up.

    Do you still live close to home? Or perhaps you or your friends or family have moved half way around the world to find happiness? Or maybe to the other end of Scotland?

    Tell us why you stayed - or why you moved - by tweeting @bbcscotlandnews. You can also email here.

    09:14: Close to home

    Around a third of Scots never move away from the area they grew up in, according to research.

    In the west of Scotland, 34% of people have lived there all their life - more than in any other part of the country.


    Liking the area, family links, good transport and affordable housing were identified as key reasons for staying in a particular area, according to the Bank of Scotland report.

    More than a fifth of 45 to 54-year-olds and almost a quarter of 25 to 34-year-olds have remained where they grew up, but only 16% of 35 to 44-year-olds have stayed in the same area.

    08:59: Controversial plan given green light

    Protestors have failed in their bid to get the controversial Marischal Square development in Aberdeen halted.

    Last night councillors voted by just one vote to continue with the project.


    Members of the public expressed anger at being thrown out of the debate because when confidential legal advice was heard.

    It emerged the authority's finance Convenor, Willie Young, accidently leaked some of that advice to one of the campaigners.

    08:47: Coming up on Morning Call... BBC Radio Scotland

    More than 450,000 Scots between the age of 40 and 65 are not on track to work the 30 years required for the full state pension.

    The 30 working years necessary to qualify for a state pension is being is raised to 35 years from April 2016 and research shows 28% of employees will not have been in work long enough.

    Darren Adam asks: Are you worried about your state pension?

    Lines are open now - call 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

    08:43: The Guardian's Scotland correspondent Severin Carrell

    tweets: Green party held talks on alliance with SNP & Plaid Cymru, @CarolineLucas discloses to @rowenamason @guardian http://gu.com/p/46cg8/stw #GE2015

    08:37: Murray ready for 'great' Glasgow showdown

    Andy Murray expects a "great" atmosphere for Great Britain's Davis Cup match with the United States in Glasgow.

    Andy Murray

    The 2013 Wimbledon champion says it will be "emotional" to play in Britain's first home contest in the elite World Group since 2002.

    Murray describes Davis Cup matches as "different" to the regular tour and talks of the need to "control your nerves and emotions".

    Watch the full interview here.

    08:28: 'Still a long way to go'

    Asked on Good Morning Scotland about his party's poor performance in recent Scottish opinion polls, Mr Murphy said: "There's still a long way to go. In voting for an SNP MP, people will get a Tory government."

    08:27: Murphy: Grand coalition talk 'nonsense'

    Asked whether he agreed with his Westminster Labour colleague Gisela Stuart MP that there could be a grand coalition with the Tories following a hung parliament after May's general election, Mr Murphy said: "Gisela is talking nonsense. That is not going to happen."

    Pressed on whether he would rule out a coalition with the SNP, he added: "The SNP has already ruled out a coalition with Labour. I'm not going to speculate on what will happen after the election. We're working to hold on to every one of our seats. Every seat we win is a seat closer to David Cameron losing office."

    08:14: Murphy: Election in Scotland's hands

    Labour delegates are preparing to gather in Edinburgh for their one-day Scottish party conference tomorrow.

    The gathering comes amid dismal poll ratings for the party in Scotland.

    Jim Murphy

    Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, the party's Scottish leader Jim Murphy said the UK's future was in the hands of Scots.

    "This is an important conference," he said. "We're going to set out the real difference between ourselves and the Conservatives.

    "Scots have the power to remove David Cameron from office. This really is in Scotland's hands."



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