Scottish independence: Alex Salmond outlines childcare 'savings'

From Democracy Live: Alex Salmond leads the debate on the White Paper

Childcare plans in the independence White Paper would see families save up to £4,600 per child each year, First Minister Alex Salmond has told MSPs.

During a debate on the newly published independence blueprint, he insisted the move would be "transformational".

But the leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Johann Lamont, challenged Mr Salmond to meet her so they could find the money now to deliver the policy.

MSPs are being given the chance to debate the 670-page White Paper.

Ms Lamont accused the first minister of only just recognising the matter of childcare, while she had known it to be an issue "all of my working life".

She added: "He [Alex Salmond] should put his money where his mouth is and make a difference right now."

The first minister hit back, saying he had discussed the issue with Ms Lamont previously and she had offered no new plan of action.

Nursery class

The White Paper says the education system could play a greater role in lifting people out of poverty

A referendum on Scottish independence will be held on 18 September next year, with voters being asked the straight yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

The White Paper, which contains the arguments in favour of independence and is intended as a guide to what might happen if it is achieved, was launched by Mr Salmond at Glasgow's Science Centre on Tuesday morning.

Proposals included extending the support available to young people and their families and to expand childcare provision to match the best in Europe.

Under its plans, it said children would be entitled to 30 hours of childcare each week - the same number of hours as a child at primary school - benefiting about 240,000 children.

During a heated debate in Holyrood's main chamber, Mr Salmond said he was looking to bring more than 100,000 women into the workforce.

He said the childcare plan would cost £700m, money that could be found through an independent Scotland choosing not to fund nuclear weapons - what he called a choice between "weapons of mass destruction and educating our children".

He added that a 6% increase in participation would raise £700m in extra tax revenue.

However, Ms Lamont said the money would be required "upfront".

She said: "If it was 'transformational', if [Mr Salmond] believed it was that important, he would start now."

She said she had previously offered to work with Mr Salmond on a new childcare commission, adding: "I'll offer him that now. I'll work with him on his budget to make sure that childcare is properly funded."

In reply, Mr Salmond said a "childcare revolution is impossible under devolution" and challenged Ms Lamont to say what public services she would cut to fund the plan.

The White Paper confirmed that Scotland would seek to secure a Sterling currency union with the remainder of the UK after independence, and asserted that the country would negotiate for a smooth transition to EU and Nato membership.

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, said the SNP was "grasping at straws" over EU membership, adding that the average joining time for new EU states was eight years.

She said: "The Scottish government is desperate to prove that they don't have to come out of Europe before they get to go back in. They are contorting themselves. But the weight of evidence just doesn't add up."

Meanwhile, responding to the White Paper, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie called Mr Salmond "the patron saint of blind optimism".

The document makes a series of pledges to be fulfilled if the SNP forms the first government in a newly-independent Scotland.


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These included:

  • Thirty hours of childcare per week in term time for all three and four-year-olds, as well as vulnerable two-year-olds.
  • Trident nuclear weapons, currently based on the Clyde, removed within the first parliament.
  • Housing benefit reforms, described by critics as the "bedroom tax", to be abolished, and a halt to the rollout of Universal Credit.
  • It would be in Scotland's interest to keep the pound, while the Bank of England would continue as "lender of last resort".
  • BBC Scotland replaced at the start of 2017 with a new Scottish broadcasting service, continuing a formal relationship with the rest of the BBC.
  • Basic rate tax allowances and tax credits to rise at least in line with inflation.
  • A safe, "triple-locked" pension system.
  • Minimum wage to "rise alongside the cost of living".

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    23:00: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    That's it for the Scotland Live page today.

    It was another day to remember for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, with Dan Keatings winning gold on the pommel horse, Eilidh Child winning silver in the 400m hurdles, Daniel Purvis winning bronze in the gymnastics rings and wrestler Alex Gladkov also earning bronze.

    Tomorrow, Scotland are guaranteed two medals in the lawn bowls. The Men's Fours and Darren Burnett in the singles will be hoping to add two more golds to Scotland's collection.

    Four of Scotland's boxers, who will all win at least a bronze medal, are also in action.

    Join us again at 07:00 tomorrow when we will bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel and of course the latest on the Games. You can hear all the latest news at Radio Scotland and on the website. Good night.

    Getting excited 22:41:

    Team Scotland are getting excited. With 43 medals now in the bag, and another six guaranteed in the boxing and lawn bowls, they tweeted:

    Bring on Day 9. #GoScotland

    Team Scotland medal graphic
    Tonight at the Games 22:33: BBC Sport

    The studio audience are already in place for @BBCOne at 10.40pm this evening. Send your comments #TonightAtTheGames

    Tonight at the Games audience
    Gladkov success 22:20:

    Watch Scottish wrestler Alex Gladkov win a "war" to claim bronze at Glasgow 2014.

    Alex Gladkov at Glasgow 2014
    Scot in the discus final 22:13:

    Scotland's Kirsty Law has qualified for the women's discus final at Hampden tomorrow night.

    Watch Eilidh Child's medal-winning race 22:08:

    Eilidh Child won the silver medal in the 400m hurdles tonight.

    Eilidh Child

    Watch the race again and re-live her special moment.

    Clyne and Gillen-Buchert beaten in squash 22:07:

    Alan Clyne and Frania Gillen-Buchert have been beaten by New Zealand's Paul Coll and Amanda Landers-Murphy in the squash mixed doubles.

    Friday's weather 21:56: Christopher Blanchett BBC Weather presenter

    Friday will be another day of sunshine and showers. These showers could appear almost anywhere and some will be heavy with the risk of thunder.

    There will be some good spells of brightness or sunshine too outside of the wet weather. Given the random nature of these showers not everyone will see them.

    Temperatures should reach a high of around 18C - 19C through the central belt and Grampian. A couple of degrees lower elsewhere.

    Pain in Spain for Dons 21:45:

    Real Sociedad 2 Aberdeen 0. Two second half goals leave the Dons facing an uphill task if they are to progress into the next round of the Europa League qualifiers.

    Aberdeen beaten in Spain

    You can read a full match report coming up soon on BBC Sport.

    St Johnstone 1 Spartak Trnava 2 21:36:

    St Johnstone pull a goal back in injury time against Spartak Trnava.

    Dave Mackay is the man who sends the home crowd wild after a good spell of pressure from the Saints.

    Six more medals to come for Scotland 21:27:

    Scotland are guaranteed another six medals at the Commonwealth Games, meaning the team will finish Glasgow 2014 with at least 49 medals.

    Earlier today, in the lawn bowls at Kelvingrove, the Men's Fours beat Australia 15-10 in the semi final and Darren Burnett made the men's singles final after beating Aron Sherriff 21-15.

    Darren Burnett

    The men's fours final will start at 12:45 tomorrow, with Burnett in action from 17:45.

    Boxers Charlie Flynn, Josh Taylor, Stephen Lavelle and Reece McFadden are all guaranteed at least a bronze each after making the semi-finals.

    All four men are in action tomorrow, starting with McFadden at 13:45.

    St Johnstone 0 Spartak Trnava 2 21:17:

    St Johnstone lose a second goal at home to Spartak Trnava. A defensive mix-up means that Ivan Schranz is able to tap the ball in despite Alan Mannus' best efforts.

    Travel update 21:02:

    In Glasgow all roads used in the cycling time trial are now open again with restrictions lifted.

    Tonight's athletics at Hampden means that drivers are urged to avoid the stadium and surrounding areas.

    The Edinburgh Tattoo means that there is also a number of restrictions in place across the city with traffic heavier than usual on the George IV Bridge and South Bridge.

    Real Sociedad 2 Aberdeen 0 20:56:

    Aberdeen lose a second goal in their Europa League qualifier against Real Sociedad.

    Keeper Jamie Langfield is beaten by a powerful, long-range effort from Sociedad substitute Sergio Canales.

    Real Sociedad 1 Aberdeen 0 20:46:

    Real Sociedad have taken the lead over Aberdeen in Spain.

    Aberdeen's right-back Shaleum Logan couldn't get the ball clear after making a block, and Sociedad's David Zurutuza scored.

    Child celebrates as Scots move to 43 medals 20:43:

    Child did a lap of honour at Hampden Park after winning the silver. The crowd cheered her on and sang The Proclaimers hit I'm Gonna Be (500 miles).

    Scotland have now won 43 medals at the Commonwealth Games.

    Amy Child celebrates her silver medal

    Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: "To move onto 43 medals is another fantastic milestone for Team Scotland, and with three more days of competition still to come I can't wait to see how many more we can add to the tally.

    "Daniel Keatings produced a faultless routine on the pommel horse to take gold, while Eilidh Child performed magnificently in front of a vocal home crowd at Hampden to take silver in the 400 metres hurdles.

    "The bronze medals from Daniel Purvis on the rings and wrestler Alex Gladkov meant it was four medals for Team Scotland on another successful day at the Games."

    Silver for Child 20:31:

    Eilidh Child has finished second and won the silver medal in the 400m hurdles at Glasgow 2014. The winner was the Jamaican Kaliese Spencer.

    Amy Child
    20:23: Football latest

    It's half-time at the Anoeta Stadium in Spain with Aberdeen drawing 0-0 with Real Sociedad.

    Real, as expected, have had most of the ball and the chances, but Jamie Langfield has yet to be forced into a meaningful save.

    In the other tie, St Johnstone trail FC Spartak Trnava 1-0 at McDiarmid Park. Ivan Schranz grabbed the goal in the 33rd minute.

    Get ready for Eilidh Child 20:20:

    It is nearly time for Eilidh Child's race in the Women's 400m hurdles.

    You can watch it all on the BBC Sport website.

    Watch Keatings success again 20:16:

    Team Scotland gymnast Daniel Keatings won the gold medal after pipping Great Britain teammate Max Whitlock of England in a tightly contested men's pommel horse final.

    England's Louis Smith took bronze to make it an all-British podium.

    Daniel Keatings

    Watch again as Keatings delivers a golden performance.

    Europa action 20:07:

    As well as the Commonwealth Games, it's another big night for Scottish football.

    Both Aberdeen and St Johnstone are in action in the 2nd qualifying round of the Europa League with the Dons taking on Real Sociedad in Spain while the Saints entertain Spartak Trnava at McDiarmid Park.

    You can keep up to date on all of the action on our BBC Sport live page

    Amos wins the 800m 20:00:

    Botswanan sensation Nijel Amos has won the 800m Commonwealth title, with Kenya's Olympic champion David Rudisha in second place.

    After Amos won the Olympic silver over the distance at London 2012, his nation's government honoured him with a gift of six cows. He can expect some more presents now.

    Scotland's Guy Learmonth finished sixth with a personal best of 1:46:69.

    Live netball 19:44:

    Scotland are currently in action against Trinidad and Tobago in the Glasgow 2014 netball competition and are winning 18-10.

    Watch the match live.

    Scots denied in T54 final 19:41:

    Scotland's Samantha Kinghorn and Meggan Dawson-Farrell were denied in their quest for Commonwealth glory in the women's T54 1500m final.

    Australia's Angela Ballard won the para-event with Kinghorn placing fifth and Dawson-Farrell coming in seventh.

    19:28: Heatly's mid-table finish

    James Heatly finishes 8th for Scotland in the men's 3m springboard diving final with a points total of 393.35.

    The gold was claimed by Malaysia's Ooi Tze Liang who finished the event with a points total of 457.60.

    James Heatley

    England's Jack Laugher and Oliver Dingley took silver and bronze respectively.

    Dons ready for Real test 19:00:

    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes says his team are confident they can produce a positive result in the Europa League qualifier against Real Sociedad in San Sebastián tonight.

    Derek McInnes Europa League qualifier

    McInnes feels that having faced four competitive fixtures already in Europe, the Dons have an advantage with the Spaniards only having played a number of friendly matches.

    "We want to do as best we can," he said. "We feel we as a team are in a good place just now and take the confidence from the start we have had to our season."

    Another medal for Scotland 18:55:

    Daniel Purvis has won the bronze medal in the gymnastics rings final.

    18:46: Golden chance

    Tonight's athletics session has started in front of a packed Hampden. There are gold medals up for grabs in the following categories.

    19:15 Women's Long Jump

    19:20 Women's Para-Sport 1500m T54

    19:20 Men's Para-Sport 1500m T54

    19:50 Men's 800m

    20:15 Men's 400m Hurdles

    20:25 Women's 400m Hurdles

    2045: Women's 200m

    2110: Men's 200m

    Taps Oan 18:42:

    It is well and truly back to normal for the weather, as sunny days are replaced with rain and cold.

    The Scottish Daily Mail's Brian Marjoribanks spotted this on the big screen at Hampden ahead of tonight's athletics session of Glasgow 2014.

    Taps Oan tweet
    Jamaican athletics expert wants Scottish sprint link 18:27: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    Anthony Davis, a 62-year-old Jamaican who is one of the leading sports administrators from the Caribbean island, wants to create a link between Jamaica and Scotland that could see Scottish sprinters train with the best in the world.

    Davis, who competed at the 1980 Olympics, is a student in Glasgow and has studied how Scots organise athletics events.

    Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Yohan Blake

    He has held initial talks with athletics bodies to create a programme where Scottish sprinters would train in Jamaica while Jamaican officials would come over to Scotland to learn more.

    Read the full story here.

    Guards axed after Bolt selfie 18:13:

    Three security guards have been removed from duties at the Commonwealth Games after reports they took "selfie" photographs with sprinter Usain Bolt.

    The guards are alleged to have approached the Jamaican sprinter as he trained beside Hampden Park earlier this week.

    Usain Bolt at Lesser Hampden

    It is understood they were removed from their roles at Glasgow 2014's training facilities at Lesser Hampden after breaching conditions of employment.

    Arabs sign keeper 18:02: Jim Spence BBC Sport

    Dundee United have signed Polish Under-21 internationalist goalkeeper Michal Szromnik. The 21-year-old joins the Tayside club on a three-year contract.

    No racquet? No worries! 17:49:

    Northern Irish squash player Michael Craig showed a bit of improvisation when he tried to to hit the ball with his hand after losing his racquet.

    Michael Craig

    Craig and mixed doubles partner Madeline Perry went on to beat Cayman Island's Cameron Stafford and Marlene West 10-11 11-8 11-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

    You can watch a video of his hand-shot here.

    David Millar still targeting medal 17:38:

    Scotland's David Millar has targeted a medal in Sunday's cycling road race after failing to defend his Commonwealth Games time trial title.

    David Millar is targeting a medal in Sunday's road race

    The 37-year-old could only manage eighth place on Thursday, with fellow Scot Katie Archibald finishing fifth in the women's event.

    "It's what I expected, my time trialling hasn't been great the last few years," Millar told BBC Scotland.

    Gold for Scotland! 17:28:

    Daniel Keatings wins gold in the men's pommel final. The 24-year-old upset the odds to pip England's Max Whitlock to the gold.

    Daniel Keating gold medal

    It is Keatings' third medal of the Games, having already claimed two silvers.

    There's also another medal for Scotland in the wrestling as Alex Gladkov claims a bronze in the freestyle 65kg category.

    Hampden hopes 17:15:

    Scottish athletes Eilidh Childs and Guy Learmonth will get the chance to win Commonwealth medals tonight at Hampden.

    Eilidh Child is after a 400m hurdle medal

    Eilidh Child will be a favourite for one of the medals in the 400m hurdle finals after she produced a strong performance to win her last heat with a time of 55.56 secs. She will face still competition from Jamaican runner Kaliese Spencer and Lauren Wells from Australia who will both fancy their chances of causing an upset.

    Guy Learmonth proved a crowd favourite when he managed to qualify for the 800m final by two hundredths of a second on Wednesday night. However, the 22 year-old from Perth admits that he will need to run the race of his life if he is to beat Olympic gold medalist David Rudisha in tonight's final.

    Travel update 17:05:

    Aberdeenshire: A90 Fraserbugh - Peterhead road remains closed just south of Fraserburgh at Rathen because of an accident. For the southbound diversion, take the A981 to Memsie then on to the B9032 back to the A90, and vice versa for northbound.

    Forth Road Bridge is already very busy, with 5 - 10 minute delays both north and south bound approach.

    Edinburgh: Boswell Green partially blocked by an accident at Granton Road. Traffic slow in both directions here.

    A74(M) Lockerbie is now closed northbound at 18 Lockerbie South to recover an accident. Traffic is being taken off at Junction 19 Ecclefechan along the B7076 then back onto the motorway at Junction 17. Traffic queuing back to J20 Eaglesfield.

    Man stabbed on street 16:50:

    An investigation is under way after a man was stabbed in the street in the east end of Glasgow.

    Police Scotland said they were called to the incident in Tollcross Road, near the Commonwealth Games swimming venue, at about 13:20 on Thursday.

    Police generic

    The man was taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment. His condition is not yet known.

    A police spokesman said inquiries into the incident were at a very early stage and were ongoing.

    Two Dans go for gold 16:40:

    The two Dans - Keatings and Purvis - are coming up shortly in the Glasgow 2014 pommel horse final.

    You can watch live coverage here.

    Games travel update 16:39:

    Roads throughout Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire should be re-opening shortly following the cycling time trials. Duke Street, Saltmarket and High Street are open, but Avenue End Road to Crowwood roundabout is open for exit only.

    There are events on this afternoon at the SECC Precinct, Kelvingrove, Tollcross and Hampden. The following stations will be very busy today: Bridgeton, Bellgrove, Dalmarnock, Exhibition Centre, Scotstounhill and Mount Florida.

    What could be your 'lifetime' sport? 16:28: Andrew Southwick BBC Scotland

    With the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, has there ever been better motivation to take up a new sport?

    The Vandals softball team play in fancy dress in the last game of every season

    Surely the hardest task is getting through the door.

    Perhaps you feel you're too old, not fit enough, or don't have the required experience?

    I asked a number of people to share sporting experiences that show it's never too late to get started.

    Scots bowler in the medals 16:21:

    Scotland's Darren Burnett has guaranteed himself at least a silver medal after victory in the men's singles semi-final at Kelvingrove.

    Darren Burnett at Kelvingrove

    After a slow start, Burnett saw off Australia's Aron Sherriff 21-15 after 25 ends.

    He will now face Canada's Ryan Bester in Friday's final.

    Lennon backs Deila 16:13:

    Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon says his replacement Ronny Deila can bounce back from last night's 4-1 defeat in the Champions League qualifiers to Legia Warsaw.

    Neil Lennon took time out to back Ronny Deila as the former Celtic manager watched the lawn bowls

    It was a nightmare result in only Deila's third competitive game in charge, but Lennon reminded the Norwegian of his own poor start before he went on to be a success in the Parkhead hotseat.

    Lennon also praised the Commonwealth Games as he took in the lawn bowls at Kelvingrove this morning.

    Weather update 16:07: BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Bright spells and a few showers to end the day. Rain continues to move through Kintyre and the south west towards Glasgow.

    You can watch a full forecast here.

    We want your selfies! 16:07:

    With the Commonwealth Games in full swing, one of the most popular things for sports fans to do is snapping a selfie at the events across Glasgow, even at the risk of someone "photobombing" it.

    Prince Harry photobomb

    If you have a picture of yourself at the Games, either with a friend or even an athlete you can send them to us and we'll feature the best ones online.

    You can send them to us via email or on twitter using #scotlandlive

    Moran and Clark miss out 15:58:

    Kevin Moran and Alex Clark have failed to reach the squash mixed doubles quarter finals after going out to Pilley and Brown of Australia.

    Unlucky Keatings 15:51:

    Scotland's Dan Keatings comes agonisingly close to a gymnastics medal, finishing fourth in the men's floor final. He was 0.023 points away from a bronze.

    However the 24-year-old can console himself with a silver in yesterday's all-round men's competition.

    Daniel Keatings failed to add a bronze to his silver medal he won yesterday

    Scotland's David Millar has finished 8th in the men's cycling time trial with a time of +2:14.45, and afterwards he paid tribute to the Glasgow crowd by saying "It was like a Tour De France stage out there."

    Meanwhile, in the lawn bowls, Scotland have defeated South Africa in the men's fours quarter-finals and will play Australia at 17:30 for a place Friday's final.

    Glasgow 'tremendous' 15:39: Nick Hope BBC Olympic sports reporter

    International Paralympic Committee spokesperson Craig Spence says the public response to para-sports at Glasgow 2014 has been "absolutely tremendous".

    Erraid Davies
    Aberdeen helicopter drama 15:32:

    This picture captures the dramatic moment ground crew manually released the landing gear of an offshore helicopter as it came into land at Aberdeen International Airport.

    Helicopter hovering while ground crew fix the front wheel.

    The CHC-operated S92 helicopter - with 16 people on board - reported a problem with the landing gear when the front wheel of the aircraft would not deploy so crew on the ground had to do it manually as it hovered around 8ft above their heads.

    Read more in the Evening Express

    Daley mania begins 15:26: Heather Dewar BBC Scotland

    tweets: #tomdaley and #matthewdixon at #glasgow2014

    Tom Daley poses with young Matthew Dixon
    A90 car crash 15:10:

    Two children have been airlifted to hospital after a two-car crash on the A90 near Fraserburgh.

    Five people were involved in the incident, which happened earlier today just south of Rathen.

    A/M74 delays 15:05:

    @BBCTravelScot tweets: A74/M Lockerbie - half hour delays northbound - down to one lane at 18 Lockerbie South to recover RTA. Long Qs back to J20 Eaglesfield. T.T.

    Dan the man 14:59:

    @BBCSportScotland tweets: @DanKeatings is about to go for glory in the #gymnastics Men's Floor final.

    You can watch Dan in action live

    Go David! 14:53:

    BBC Scotland reporter Kevin Keane watched David Millar whizzing past.

    David Millar
    Glasgow lessons 14:46:

    @BBCScot2014 tweets: Australia gets ready to take over the #CommonwealthGames - what lessons can they learn from Glasgow's example?

    Scotland 2014 is on BBC Two Scotland from 22:30.

    Kenny Ireland 14:41:

    Actor Kenny Ireland - best known for his role in TV comedy Benidorm - has died, aged 68, following a battle with cancer.

    Kenny Ireland

    The veteran Scottish actor and director had played swinger Donald Stewart in the ITV show since 2007.

    Mr Ireland was director at Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre for more than a decade until 2003.

    Ballroom blitz 14:34:

    Lorna Cassidy took this picture at the time trials in Glasgow. A rider was passing one of the city's landmarks.

    Millar time 14:31:

    Commonwealth Games champion David Millar is on his way in the cycling time trial.

    Watch it live here.

    Goose control 14:25:

    A project to control the goose population in Orkney has been renewed for a third year.


    Local residents will be licensed to shoot greylag geese, with the meat available for sale at shops on the islands and online.

    The population of greylag geese nesting in the area has increased over the last 20 years, but shooting in recent years has helped keep numbers down.

    Merrilees on court 14:18:

    BBC Sport Scotland tweets: Kieran Merrilees is on court in the #badminton singles - watch it live here

    Kieran Merrilees
    Wales warning 14:01:

    Team Wales has sent an email to its athletes about their behaviour for the rest of the Commonwealth Games, BBC Wales has learned.

    Gareth Evans

    The message, signed by Chef de Mission Brian Davies, tells them it would be "disrespectful" if anyone "were to let themselves, their team-mates and their families down by misbehaving in any way during their time here in Glasgow".

    The move follows the arrest of an Australian weightlifter, following an alleged assault on Welsh weightlifter Gareth Evans.

    Expensive deliveries 13:36:

    The UK government has unveiled new principles aimed at tackling "ridiculous" delivery charges faced by shoppers in "remote" parts of the UK.


    Ministers have set out best practice for businesses such as couriers, online retailers and delivery firms.

    13:22: Meet the namesakes

    Anne Shepherd emailed us this fantastic picture of her son Kit with his (near) namesakes, from St Kitts and Nevis.

    Kit Shepherd with the St Kitts and Nevis table tennis team

    Members of the islands' table tennis team were delighted to pose with their biggest Scottish fans, Kit and his cousin David.

    13:10: Heatly progresses

    Scots diver James Heatly has eased his way into tonight's final of the 3m springboard event at the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

    Scottish diver James Heatly

    The 17-year-old from Edinburgh, grandson of Sir Peter Heatly, who won three Commonwealth diving golds in the 1950s, qualified in fifth place for his favoured event following a great performance in yesterday's 1m springboard.

    12:58: 'One big family'

    One of the great successes of Glasgow 2014 has been the Clydesiders, the red and grey volunteer army tasked with keeping the Games running and keeping the spectators smiling.

    Clydesider doing high-five

    BBC Scotland's Laura Pettigrew meets the "warm and friendly" faces of the Games.

    12:37: Starstruck

    @Team_Scotland tweets: The moment 13 year old Erraid Davies met her fans for the 1st time.

    Erraid Davies
    New towns 12:24:

    Scotland may need up to eight new towns to help avert a potential housing crisis, a special commission has said.


    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors-led group called for several new communities, which could be new towns or extensions to existing ones.

    The Scottish Housing Commission also said the private rental sector needed to be expanded.

    Show cancelled 12:14:

    An Israeli show at the Edinburgh Fringe has been cancelled after only one performance following a protest by a pro- Palestinian group.

    The City, a hip-hop opera by a theatre company from Jerusalem which receives funding from the Israeli government, was already the focus of a campaign.


    Two weeks ago, 50 Scottish artists and writers signed a letter calling for the cancellation of The City.

    Boxing fan 12:05:

    A man who was watching his brother compete in the Commonwealth Games has been fined for throwing a plastic bottle which struck a child.

    Laith Samardali, 25, from Perth, Australia, admitted throwing the bottle at a man during a boxing event where his brother Jordan was competing.

    The bottle missed the man and hit the seven-year-old boy.

    Rain warning 11:58:

    The Met Office says we could be in for a soaking on Sunday.

    Met Office webiste

    "A developing low pressure area will move north across Scotland on Sunday. Rainfall totals will be very variable but could well exceed 50 mm in 12-24 hours in places, whilst winds are likely to gust 40-50 mph over some coasts and hills."


    @strathearnrose tweets: Jamaican athlete not impressed by Scottish weather? Most Scots aren't impressed by the Scottish weather! @usainbolt

    Travel news 11:45:

    @BBCTravelScot tweets: A74(M) N/B clsd RTC two lorries involved between J19 B725 (Ecclefechan) and J18 B723 (Lockerbie South). Police directing traffic.

    Cycling 11:38:

    Linda Villumsen of New Zealand takes gold in the women's time trial.

    Linda Villumsen

    Emma Pooley of England takes silver and Australia's Katrin Garfoot takes bronze.

    Katie Archibald of Scotland was in fifth after a brave ride that ran out of steam.

    Spectators' view 11:27:

    Samantha and Tom from Uddingston sent us this great shot of the athletics at Hampden on Wednesday.


    They say they had perfect seats to watch the likes of Kirani James and Greg Rutherford win gold medals.

    On her way... 11:15:

    BBC Scotland's Kevin Keane tweets: Scotland's Katie Archibald passing the crossing point near Stepps. Big cheers here. #Glasgow2014

    Katie Archibald in the time trial
    Celtic suffer heavy defeat 11:08:

    Away from the Games, Celtic suffered a nightmare first-leg defeat in the third round qualifying for the Champions League.

    Celtic defeated in Poland

    The Parkhead side lost 4-1 to Legia Warsaw last night after taking an early lead in Poland.

    Read more and listen to an interview with Celtic manager Ronny Deila here.

    Bottle fine 11:00:

    A 25-year-old man from Perth, Australia has been fined £400 for throwing a bottle at a man at the Commonwealth Games boxing event.

    Laith Samardali is the brother of Australian boxer Jordan.

    He missed the man and the plastic bottle hit a seven-year-old child.

    Bolt quotes 10:53:

    The Times has released its transcript of a conversation in which it claimed Usain Bolt made disparaging remarks about the Commonwealth Games.

    Usain Bolt

    The newspaper reported on Wednesday that the Olympic 100m champion said he was not enjoying the Glasgow Games.

    But Bolt described the article as "nonsense" and "lies" on Twitter and later told reporters the Games were "awesome".


    @millarmind tweets: 14:28 start time today for me. Going to be a proud moment rolling off the start ramp.

    Yesterday's highlights 10:31:

    BBC Scotland's Andy Burke presents a video round-up of all yesterday's highlights from the Games, including Dan Keating's fantastic silver in the all-round gymnastics, and Guy Learmonth, who ran the race of his life to qualify for the 800m final alongside David Rudisha.

    Guy Learmonth

    Watch the video here.

    You can also read about all yesterday's best bits.

    Time trial latest 10:29:

    BBC reporter Kevin Keane captured this image of Antri Christoforou of Cyprus.

    Antri Christoforou

    The leading riders in the Games time trial are passing Hogganfield Loch on their way to East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire.

    They're off! 10:17:

    @BBCSport tweets: Live women's road cycling on @BBCOne next - Olympic medalist Emma Pooley's last race before retirement #Glasgow2014

    Emma Pooley

    Or, if you live to the north and east of Glasgow, you can just get out and watch it.


    @NetworkRailSCOT tweets: The line at Lenzie has now reopened however residual delays will be experienced until after the morning peak. Sorry for the disruption.

    Cycle man 09:59:

    @BBCJohnBeattie tweets: Interviewing the man who lent the Malawi team some bikes

    John Beattie

    Catch John on BBC Radio Scotland from 12:00.

    Legacy? 09:49:

    Glasgow will benefit from the vast amount of money spent hosting the Commonwealth Games - according to Clyde Gateway Regeneration.

    Over £500m pound has been spent on hosting and an entire athlete's village built in the east end - which will be used as housing after the games.

    Especially if you live in Glasgow, how much do expect by way of lasting change?

    Contact us on or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

    Paper review 09:36:

    BBC Scotland has a guide to this morning's papers.

    Front pages 31 July

    As well as Glasgow 2014 (of course) there are reports on Nato and the Baltic states, and the challenge to the NHS in Scotland of treating an increasing number of older pensioners.

    Keep smiling 09:27:

    Debbie Paterson sent us this picture of Clydesiders at the hockey arena having fun with the local police.

    Clydesiders and police officers

    We'd love to see your images from Glasgow 2014. Send them to

    Medal haul 09:18:

    Scotland's Daniel Keatings took silver and Viorel Etko claimed bronze on day seven of Glasgow 2014.

    Medal table

    Keatings finished second in the men's all-around gymnastics final at the Hydro. Etko defeated Malta's Adam Vella to win the wrestling bronze medal in the 61kg.

    Team Scotland is currently in fourth place in the table, with a total of 39 medals. England are top with 105.

    Australian athlete held by police 09:10:

    An Australian weightlifter who won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games has been held by police following an assault on a Welsh athlete.

    Francois Etoundi, 29, is due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff court.

    The alleged assault on the unnamed athlete is said to have taken place at the athletes' village in Glasgow at about 06:00 on Wednesday.

    A Team Wales spokesman said: "We're aware of an incident that occurred involving a member of Team Wales."

    More rail disruption 08:59:

    Scotrail tweets: services between Glasgow Queen Street and Stirling may be cancelled, delayed or diverted via Cumbernauld at short notice

    Taking flight 08:57:

    An independent economic group has called for the future expansion of London airports to take Scotland and other parts of the UK into consideration.

    Busy airport

    The Scottish Council for Development and Industry has also lobbied for action to increase long-haul services from Scottish airports.

    Mapping the route 08:42:

    The cycling time trial is a gruelling course that takes in North Lanarkshire and parts of East Dunbartonshire before heading back to Glasgow.

    Time trial map

    Thousands are expected to line the route - don't forget to send us your pictures as the cylists whizz by. You can tweet them using #ScotlandLive or email them here.

    Today at the Games 08:29:

    Scottish athletes are in action in plethora of events today.

    Away from David Millar and Katie Archibald in this morning's time trial, individual apparatus finals in the gymnastics start at 15:00, with all-round silver medal winner Dan Keating holding Scottish hopes in the pommel-horse.

    In the athletics, Eilidh Child goes for gold in the 400m hurdles, while para athletes Meggan Dawson-Farrell and Samantha Kinghorn will compete in the T54 1500m.

    Eilidh Child

    Full coverage of every Games event is available on the BBC, across TV, radio and online.

    08:23: Contact us

    Much of the cycling time trial today can be watched free - if you can find a good vantage point.

    What has been your favourite free event of Glasgow 2014?

    And if you are at the cycling, send us your thoughts and your pictures.

    Text 80295, email or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

    08:15: Coming up Louise White Presenter, Morning Call

    Parcel delivery firms are to be given a "statement of principles" to try to improve things for people in "remote" parts of the UK. I'll be asking: When it comes to deliveries are you being punished by your postcode?

    And more than a dozen family pairings are competing in Glasgow 2014. Has sibling rivalry helped or hindered you in life?

    Morning Call on BBC Radio Scotland starts at 08:50. Phone me on 0500 92 95 00; Text 80295; email

    Listen live from 08:50.

    07:58: Train disruption

    @BBCTravelScot tweets: Disruption trains GW Queen St/ Edn Waverley,/GQS and Perth and GQS and Alloa All services through Croy being delayed or disrupted.

    07:55: Local hero

    Who to cheer on at the cycling time trial?

    David Millar

    A favourite with the crowds is likely to be defending Commonwealth Games champion David Millar.

    Also watch out for England's Alex Dowsett, who won silver at Delhi 2010.

    In the women's race, young Scottish talent Katie Archibald will get her chance to shine.

    07:40: Wild paths

    More than 120km of paths across Scotland's national parks are set to be renovated thanks to a £3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Highland glen

    Eroded pathways in the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are to be restored and upgraded as part of the People and the Mountains project.

    07:30: Cycling trials

    Major road closures are being made in and around Glasgow ahead of the cycling time trial.


    The 40km route - 30km for women - starts and ends at Glasgow Green.

    The single loop course takes in a huge swathe of countryside in North Lanarkshire and cuts across East Dunbartonshire before coming back to Glasgow via the city's east end.

    07:17: Kylie confirmed

    Kylie Minogue will perform alongside Lulu, Deacon Blue and Dougie MacLean at the closing ceremony of Glasgow 2014.


    (OK, it was confirmed yesterday, but who can resist another picture of Kylie?)



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