Scottish independence: Plans announced for Scotland's 'biggest ever debate'

The Hydro Teenagers from across Scotland will question politician in Glasgow's Hydro

BBC Scotland is to host the biggest debate the country has ever seen in the week before the independence referendum.

Up to 12,000 first time voters from across Scotland will fill Glasgow's SSE Hydro for a BBC One televised debate on independence.

The 11 September debate will give 16 and 17-year-olds the opportunity to air their views and question politicians.

Every secondary school in Scotland will be invited to take part.

The programme will be broadcast across the UK on BBC One, a week before Scotland makes one of the most important decisions in its history.

The BBC will contact both campaigns to discuss the appropriate representative from each side to appear on the show.

John Boothman, BBC Scotland's Head of News and Current Affairs, said: "This will be the biggest political debate that has ever been televised in Scotland.

"We are proud to bring the nation's young people together to hear the arguments that will determine the future of the country."

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  1.  
    Silver sisters 14:23:

    Judo player Louise Renicks has told BBC Scotland's Keir Murray of her delight at reaching the final of the -52kg category - matching sister Kimberley's achievement in the -48kg event.

    Louise Renicks

    Both are now guaranteed at least silver medals when they fight in their respective finals later.

    "That's what the two of us came here to do - to reach the final and the two of us want to win it," said Louise.

    "It is feeling half emotional and half realising there's another fight to go. But it's just one more to go and that's us done."

     
  2.  
    Top Scots 14:19: Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

    tweets: Just to confirm, all six @Team_Scotland judo players in action today can win medals this evening. It's a great achievement.

     
  3.  
    Death crash family named 14:12:

    Police have named the West Lothian family killed in a crash in Polmont.

    Graham Lockhart, 23, and Shauna Robb, 20, from Bathgate, were killed along with their son Tyler, two, and 11-month-old daughter Arianna.

    Crash scene

    The family's Fiat car was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry on the A801, where it joins with the M9 at about 14:20 on Wednesday.

    Police Scotland are urging witnesses to come forward. The lorry driver was not hurt in the crash.

     
  4.  
    Party on 14:02:

    Long after the athletes and spectators had left Celtic Park following last night's Opening Ceremony, the cast partied on.

    Footage of volunteers after opening ceremony

    The BBC's Tony Nellany captured the moment volunteers continued to sing and dance and carry out an impromptu flag carrying procession.

     
  5.  
    Silver Scots 13:48:

    Scotland was guaranteed its first medals after sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks reached their finals at the Commonwealth Games judo event.

    The sisters were quickly followed by Stephanie Inglis, who has reached the -57kg final.

    Kimberley Renicks

    Kimberley Renicks was first to win her semi-final in the -48kg event.

    Sister Louise will face another Scotland-based athlete, Kelly Edwards, who fights for England, for the gold medal in the -52kg final.

    However, it means that both are guaranteed as least a silver.

     
  6.  
    Royal visit 13:38: Via Twitter

    Claire Gill tweeted us: Hockey fun at Glasgow 2014. We even saw the Queen!

    The Queen watches the hockey

    Tweet us your pics at #ScotlandLive, or email them to newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

     
  7.  
    Goldrush begins 13:27:

    The first gold medal of the Games has been won by England's Jodie Stimpson in the triathlon. Congratulations Jodie!

    Jodie Stimpson
     
  8.  
    Celtic 'fan' out of Games 13:19:

    Lomalito Moala, the Tongan who wore a Celtic strip at the Opening Ceremony of Glasgow 2014, has posted a message on his Twitter account revealing he will not compete at the Commonwealth Games.

    Lomalito Moala

    The boxer said he didn't make the weigh-in.

     
  9.  
    When Kieran met David 13:10:

    Kieran is a 15-year-old from Wick. He suffers from Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair.

    Kieran and David Weir sat next to each other

    On a trip to Glasgow, he toured some of the venues for Glasgow 2014 for a BBC Newsbeat report.

    Watch the moment the budding journalist was surprised by his hero - six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir.

     
  10.  
    International reaction 13:01:

    What did the world think of the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony?

    John Barrowman at the opening ceremony

    Find out here in our round-up.

     
  11.  
    Tough competition? 12:49:

    Tonight's 200m breaststroke final has just hotted up significantly after Team Scotland bagged a one, two, three finish in the heats at Tollcross.

    Michael Jamieson, who hopes to win gold later, came second to teammate Ross Murdoch, who set a new Games record of 2:08:78.

     
  12.  
    Macdonald to sing at Ryder Cup concert 12:23:

    Scottish singer Amy Macdonald will perform with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at a special concert to mark the Ryder Cup.

    Amy Macdonald

    The USA and Europe teams will be at the event at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 24 September.

     
  13.  
    Kenny progresses in track cycling 12:16: Via Twitter Alistair Bruce-Ball Cycling commentator

    tweets: Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes, Matt Crampton (Eng), Callum Skinner (Sco) & Lewis Oliva (Wal) all through to next rnd of men's sprint

     
  14.  
    Disappointment for Ramsay 12:11: Via Twitter Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

    tweets: My heart's aching for Connie Ramsay, who lost -57kg quarter-final v Canada's Jessica Klimkait. She gives everything to judo. Bronze maybe?

     
  15.  
    Keeping Glasgow moving 12:03:

    Police Scotland, the army and 15,000 volunteers are in Glasgow to help keep the host city running.

    Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games

    Read more about the logistical operation in place for the Games.

     
  16.  
    Medal alerts to your phone 11:52:

    If you want to know who wins when at Glasgow 2014, check out the BBC Sport app. Here is a guide on how to set up the alerts on your phone.

     
  17.  
    Bowls banter 11:41: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    As Norfolk Island begin their lawn bowls campaign today against Canada, read the story of the island's sports minister Tim Sheridan who has left his briefcase at home and will take part in his third Games in Glasgow.

    You can watch the lawn bowls competition live.

     
  18.  
    Bring it on... 11:30:

    Stuart Brown sent us this selfie with his wife Rachel and daughter Phoebe as they wait for the gymnastics to start at the Hydro.

    Stuart, Rachel and Phoebe brown

    Tweet us your pics using #ScotlandLive, or email them here.

     
  19.  
    Scottish clubs in action 11:23:

    Three Scottish clubs are in action tonight in second legs of Europa League qualifying.

    Motherwell will be in Iceland to play UMF Stjarnan, with the first leg finishing 2-2. Kick-off is at 20:15.

    Motherwell vs UMF Stjarnan

    St Johnstone, meanwhile, are at home to FC Luzern after drawing 1-1 with the Swiss last week. The action gets under way at 19:45.

    Finally, Aberdeen are in Holland to play FC Groningen. The sides played out a goalless draw in the first game. Kick-off for that one is at 18:30.

    There will be updates of all three games Radio Scotland and the BBC Sport website.

     
  20.  
    Opening ceremony - your views 11:17: Via Email

    James in Glasgow: The opening ceremony definitely gave a very warm welcome to all our visitors and made a great impression for the city on the world stage. I'm a very proud Glaswegian today! PS: Are there any Scottie dogs still for sale in Scotland?!?

    Steve Bruns tweeted: Embarrassing is the word that springs to mind.

    Alex Gray tweeted: I loved the Opening: great to see such variety esp my favourite musician, Nicola Benedetti.

     
  21.  
    Great Scotties 11:05:

    The wee Scottie dogs that stole the show as they accompanied each nation around Celtic Park at the opening ceremony have become an internet sensation.

    Scottie dog

    Fans have been taking to Twitter - of course, they now have their own hashtag, #ScottieDogs - to show their love. And it seems some of the canines lived up to their breed's reputation for stubbornness.

    Jacqui McKinnon told BBC Breakfast her pet Jock unexpectedly staged a sit-down protest.

    She said: "The dogs dealt with it really well; it's just Jock decided he wasn't walking. As soon as I put his Malaysia coat on he thought 'I'm sitting down'. So Jock was the one who was carried around the Celtic stadium."

     
  22.  
    Miley sets Commonwealth record 10:54:

    Hannah Miley has qualified for the 400m Individual Medley final after winning her heat at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

    Miley set a Commonwealth record to win the race with a time of 4:38.27. The final will take place just after 19:00 tonight.

    You can watch the swimming heats live on the BBC Sport website.

     
  23.  
    Unicef appeal reaches £3.1m 10:47:

    The fundraising appeal for children's charity Unicef made during the opening ceremony of the Games has reached £3.1m.

    James McAvoy and Chris Hoy

    More than 500,000 people in the UK responded after watching an appeal by James McAvoy and Sir Chris Hoy at Celtic Park.

    A total of 595,000 people have made donations by text alone, Unicef UK said, with many more contributing online.

     
  24.  
    Millions tuned in 10:33: Via Twitter BBC Scotland

    tweets: Last night's coverage of the #Glasgow2014 #OpeningCeremony was watched by a peak audience of 9.4m on @BBCOne!! #bbcglasgow2014

     
  25.  
    Opening ceremony - your views 10:24: Via Email

    Ray: The Opening Ceremony had warmth, humour and inclusivity in its organization. Loved it. It was also great to see John Barrowman pronouncing to the world through his same sex kiss, that it's safe to be LGBT in Scotland. Bravo Glasgow, Bravo Scotland, Bravo John Barrowman.

    Lorna: Wonderful event. Great idea to raise money for children, however why did red arrows not show Scottish colours of blue and white instead of red, white and blue?

    Sandra: Thoroughly entertaining display. But the gay kiss was completely unnecessary, with disregard for the feelings or attitudes of many of the other participating countries.

    Anna in Galloway: The first 10 minutes or so were cringeworthy and the singing was dire! It definitely improved as time went on, although I feel I must be alone in the country as I did not like the Scotland team's outfits or "the kiss"!

    Irene in Kinross: Sir Chris Hoy is an honorary Clydesider!!! I loved the way he graciously stepped forward to help with the baton and then stepped back. An example for us all.

    What do you think? Tweet using #ScotlandLive, email us here, or text to 80295.

     
  26.  
    Farah's 'tough' decision 10:04:

    Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has described his decision to pull out of the 5,000m and 10,000m events as Glasgow 2014 as "tough".

    Mo Farah

    Speaking from his training base in the south of France, he added: "I really wanted to add the Commonwealth titles to my Olympic and World Championships but the event is coming a few weeks too soon for me as my body is telling me it's not ready to race yet. Best wishes to my fellow athletes in Glasgow."

    Team England Chef de Mission Jan Paterson said: "It is a real blow for any athlete to miss out on a major championships through injury, but to have fought so hard to regain full fitness and to have to take such a difficult decision at this stage is particularly hard."

     
  27.  
    Farah out of Games 09:58: Via Twitter BBC Sport

    tweets: Team England have confirmed that Mo Farah will not compete at the #Glasgow2014 Commonwealth Games

     
  28.  
    Today's weather 09:55: Gillian Smart BBC Scotland Weather Presenter

    Mist and low cloud will burn off to leave another day of strong sunshine and rising temperatures.

    We'll see 25C to 28C quite widely, with 29C possible in parts of the north and south west. Eastern coasts will be cooler, with haar at times.

    See my full forecast.

     
  29.  
    Glasgow from the sky 09:52:

    Scotland's largest city has changed over the years in preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

    Glasgow from the sky

    BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin took to the skies to see how the Games have transformed the city's landscape.

     
  30.  
    BBC at the Quay 09:47: Via Twitter BBC Scotland

    tweets: Here's what we have in store @BBCthequay today: free entry, big screen & comfy deckchairs too!

    BBC at the Quay

    Some tickets are still available here.

     
  31.  
    Opening ceremony - your views 09:36: Via SMS

    Chris in Hamilton: Nicola Benadetti couldn't help smiling as the crowd joined in with her amazing performance of Loch Lomond.

    Calum: Nicola Benedetti was fantastic - shed a tear at that. Not so keen on Barrowman's pantomime singing but I thought it was pretty great and we should be proud.

    Anon: What a great idea to incorporate fundraising for such a good cause into this high profile event

    Letty from Aberdeenshire: Thought it was great, only complaint was Rod Stewart - why? He is not Scottish in any way, Proclaimers would have been better choice.

    Anon: The first part of the ceremony made me cringe with its tweeness. Why is so much Scottish TV so excruciatingly naff? And surely we have some great personalities who could have presented it? Parts of the ceremony were OK though.

     
  32.  
    Baton hitch 09:19:

    It spent ten months travelling around the world, but last night we had to wait just a little longer than expected to hear the Queen read her message from the inside the baton.

    Problem with Queen's Baton at opening ceremony

    Watch as Prince Imran of Malaysia, the Commonwealth Games Federation president, struggles to open the Commonwealth baton.

    Sir Chris Hoy - ever the hero - was on hand to help out, before Prince Imran eventually managed to remove the message much to the relief of the monarch... and the organising committee.

     
  33.  
    Glasgow Kiss 09:11: Via Twitter Nicola Sturgeon

    tweets: So many brilliant moments last night, but the new-style Glasgow Kiss had to be one of the best #openingceremony

    Glasgow kiss
     
  34.  
    Morning call 09:09: BBC Radio Scotland

    This morning, like everybody else, we're talking about last night's opening ceremony. presenter Kaye Adams wants your views: did it represent us the way you would want?

    Elsewhere, two prisoners serving life sentences say rules that bar them from voting in the referendum breach their human rights and are taking their case to the Supreme Court. We're asking: should prisoners be allowed to vote in the referendum?

    Lines are open. Call us on 0500 92 95 00, text 80295 or email morningcallscotland@bbc.co.uk.

    You can listen to the debate here.

     
  35.  
    Watch the Highlights 09:00:

    Did you miss it? Want to see the Scottie dogs again?

    Scottie dog

    Take four minutes out of your morning to watch highlights of the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony.

     
  36.  
    And we're off! 08:46: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    Day one of competition has officially started!

    Moments to look out for today include Scotland's Hannah Miley, a swimming gold medallist at the last Games in Delhi, starting the defence of her 400m Individual Medley in the pool just after 10:30.

    Elsewhere, Olympic cycling champion Jason Kenny will take part in the men's sprint at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at 11:00.

     
  37.  
    Opening ceremony - your views 08:44: Via SMS

    Anonymous: I thought Glasgow put on a fine show last night, and the text for charity at the end was a splendid touch. I sent my £5.

    Paul: I lasted 10 mins b4 heading to A&E to get my toes uncurled.

    Anne-Marie, Edinburgh: So, so proud of you for what you did, Glasgow. You were fantastic!!!

    Anna, St Andrews: Why John Barrowman....? Just cringemaking. Amy Macdonald & co magic!

    Alan, Brechin: Opening ceremony thumbs up, Rod Stewart thumbs down.

    Hil, Glasgow: The Scotland team outfits were incredibly beautiful & inspiring - after all the unjust criticism, designer Jilli Blackwood is to be congratulated.

    Keep them coming... Twitter #ScotlandLive, email newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk, text 80295.

     
  38.  
    Twenty golds to be won 08:36: Via Twitter BBC Sport

    tweets: Day one of #Glasgow2014: Triathlon, cycling & swimming among the Commonwealth games highlights

    BBC Sport day one
     
  39.  
    Today's front pages 08:30:

    Not surprisingly, the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony dominates Scotland's newspapers this morning.

    The Scotsman front page

    All thought it was a spectacular start to the Games, with the Scotsman's front page proclaiming "Pure dead brilliant", The Herald saying "Shining example" and the Daily Mail praising the "Tartan special".

    See the front pages here.

     
  40.  
    Opening ceremony - your views 08:10: Via Email

    Robert from Ayrshire: Such an amazing spectacle last night from Glasgow, a place I love so dearly. The people are just so friendly - what an 11 days we are going to have in this wonderful country of ours.

    Dmaceach2: As a proud Scot living south of the border, I thought the opening was a stereotype of what Scotland looks like to the rest of the world. Tartan and sea monsters. What a let down. I only hope they'll do us proud in the closing ceremony.

    Caireen McGregor: I have never been prouder of Glasgow after the opening ceremony last night. A very Glaswegian affair. I think it was a spectacular ceremony which was fun yet moving.

    TimR: Well done Glasgow - awesome. So so proud of you all.

    Do you agree? Tweet us using #ScotlandLive, email us here, or text on 80295.

     
  41.  
    Bowled over 07:56: Via Twitter Nicky Campbell Presenter

    tweets: Good morning from the Lawn Bowls from Kelvingrove #CommonwealthGames

    Kelvingrove bowling green

    The matches begin today at 08:45, with Scotland in action against India.

    Watch all the coverage on the BBC Sport website.

     
  42.  
    Murray to keep Mauresmo? 07:49:

    Following Andy Murray's defeat by Grigor Dimitrov at Wimbledon, there has been plenty of speculation about the future of his coach Amelie Mauresmo.

    Following talks between the pair, it's believed Murray will retain the services of the former Wimbledon champion after Mauresmo was pictured at Murray's training camp in Miami.

    Amelie Mauresmo pictured at Andy Murray's training camp
     
  43.  
    Watch live 07:43:

    Michael Jamieson and Sir Bradley Wiggins aren't the only ones getting their medal bids under way today - badminton, bowls and squash also start.

    Falkland Islands Lawn Bowls at Kelvingrove

    Coverage begins on BBC One and BBC Three at 9am, with updates throughout the day on Radio 5 Live and online.

    You can also watch live on BBC iPlayer.

     
  44.  
    From the Twittersphere... 07:30:

    Social media went wild before, during and after the opening ceremony, with many of the stars tweeting selfies from Celtic Park, including Sir Chris Hoy, who hooked up with fellow Scot James McAvoy. Not surprisingly, the Scottie dogs now have their own hashtag...

    Sir Chris Hoy and James MacAvoy

    Read more social media reaction here.

     
  45.  
    Today at the Games 07:20:

    It's the first day of competition at Glasgow 2014, with the first medals be won in the triathlon, cycling, gymnastics, judo, swimming and weightlifting.

    Michael Jamieson

    Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonny will be going for gold for England in the triathlon at Strathclyde Park, while Sir Bradley Wiggins will be in action for England in the track cycling at 4pm.

    For Scots, the big draw of the day doesn't come till 19:00, when Michael Jamieson is expected to feature in the final of the 200m breastroke. His heats start at 12:30.

     
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    Glasgow's big night 07:07:

    So, did you see it? Last night's opening ceremony from Celtic Park was a dazzling affair, with everything from Tunnock's Teacakes and Scottie dogs to royalty, SuBo and fireworks.

    Opening ceremony

    But do you think it did Glasgow and Scotland proud?

    We want to hear what you think. Tweet using #ScotlandLive, email us here or text to 80295.

     
  48.  
    Welcome 06:57: Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland Live, your minute-by-minute guide to all the latest news, sport, weather and travel across the country.

    It's the first day of competition at Glasgow 2014, and with so much live action to look forward to we'll be here until 23:00.

    Stay in touch and send us your pictures on Twitter using #ScotlandLive, by email at newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk or by text on 80295.

     

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