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  1. Move to make police firearms less visible
  2. Brown calls for 'promises' petition
  3. Angela Constance stands for SNP deputy job
  4. Craig Whyte given maximum 15-year director ban
  5. Nicki Minaj to host MTV European Music Awards in Glasgow in November

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By Thomas McGuigan, Louise Sayers, Laura Cuthill and Marianne Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Bye for now

Marianne Taylor

BBC Scotland news

That's all from the Scotland Live team for now. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with live updates from across the country.

Until then, you can keep up with developments on the

BBC News Scotland website.

Your views - further devolution

Mr and Mrs Wilson: We see Gordon brown smiling smugly in a photo on BBC Scotland and calling for 100,000 signatures on a petition on implementation of pre-referendum "vows". But WHAT implementation? From your report it looks like he is on about Labour's minimalist proposals and light years from Devo Max. Hope the Scots will not be conned again.

Alan in Perthshire: Well it seems pretty clear from Ruth Davidson's words (which were loudly cheered) that she and her party have no intentions of delivering substantive devolved powers to Scotland. She and her bosses should be challenged on each of 14 proposals set out by Gordon Brown. If the Tories renege on the pledges, Ruth Davidson and party will suffer a "wipe out".

Evening Express

tweets: Legal action could leave Aberdeen with no festive lights display.

Christmas lights
Evening Express

Read the full story here.

Brown on further devolution

Speaking to BBC Scotland's political correspondent Glen Campbell about his

14-point plan for further devolution for Scotland, Gordon Brown said: "These powers can unite the people of Scotland around a strong parliament."

He added that he did not support the devolution of all income tax to the Scottish Parliament as proposed by the Conservatives, calling it a "Tory trap".

Gordon Brown

"I don't think that's the right decision to lose our influence over budget decisions in the UK," he said.

You can see the full interview on

Scotland 2014 tonight at 10:30 on BBC Two.

Gold for being green

Edinburgh has won gold at Europe's biggest environmental competition.

Edinburgh wins 'Entente Floral' prize
City of Edinburgh Council

The city received the 'Entente Floral' prize for its urban green spaces.

Edinburgh was also given a special award for its work with disabled groups at the Grassmarket Community Project.

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

tweets: Craig Whyte can return to #Rangers - after Oct 2029. Til then, banned as a director. Un-contactable at both addresses.

Memorial for murdered aid worker

A memorial service for David Haines, the aid worker killed by Islamic Militants in Syria, is to be held in Perth.

David Haines

Mr Haines, who was born in Yorkshire but grew up in Perth, was kidnapped while working for an aid agency in Syria in March 2013.

A video showing his beheading was released earlier this month.

The service will be held at Perth Congregational Church on 18 October.

Tonight's outlook

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy end to the day with outbreaks of patchy rain. Overnight it'll dry up and skies will clear before another front pushes in from the west overnight. Overnight lows in double figures for most, but down to 8C or 9C in the north west and the Hebrides.

Your views

Kilted Ninja

tweets: So, Borrrris has given perrrmission to purrrr overrrr the rrrreferrrrendum.

Lesley Davidson emailed: Why is Mr Brown inviting the people of Scotland to sign a petition to get the powers the Westminster Three have already promised???

Craig Whyte banned

Former Rangers director Craig Whyte has been

banned from being a company director for 15 years.

Whyte purchased the club from his predecessor Sir David Murray but subsequently put them into administration in February 2012.

Craig Whyte
SNS (Scotland)

The SFA have previously deemed him unfit to run a football club.

Your views - Ruth Davidson on devolution


David Francis: So, Ruth Davidson says that Devo Max is a "non-starter", eh? Is that the same Ruth Davidson who shared a TV platform with George Galloway, under the official Better Together campaign, when Galloway not only called the leaders' vow Devo Max, but Devo SuperMax? Her total hypocrisy on this is totally astounding and exemplifies the blatant lies which were spouted by Unionist politicians when the polls went against them. A referendum result, built on false promises which are now being disowned, is a false result.

Brown outlines 'best deal for Scotland'

Gordon Brown has outlined a 14-point "practical plan" for new powers for the Scottish Parliament.

Gordon Brown

The former prime minister claims the powers - which cover areas such as welfare, taxation and transport - would give Scotland "the best deal within the United Kingdom".

Mr Brown has also called on 100,000 Scots to sign a petition, to be presented to the House of Commons next month, demanding that Scotland gets further devolution "with no strings attached".

Fight for your rights

A group of young people has created a handbook to help inform their peers about rights.


Child Rights Ambassador Handbook was created by Scottish Borders Youth Voice using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Scottish Borders Youth Voice
Scottish Borders Council

They hope the resource will encourage young people to inform others about their rights.

Inquest opens

An inquest into the murder of a Scots security guard by a colleague in Iraq has opened in Manchester.

Paul McGuigan

Danny Fitzsimons shot dead Scottish security guard Paul McGuigan and Australian Darren Hoare, above, in 2009.

Fitzsimons is serving a 20-year prison sentence in Baghdad. It later emerged he was on bail for firearms offences and was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Giving evidence, Mr McGuigan's mother Corinne Boyd-Russell told how her son, from Peebles, had been excited about the birth of his daughter when she last saw him.

The inquest continues.

Constance enters SNP race

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

A third name is set to enter the contest to become the next deputy leader of the SNP.

Angela Constance, a member of the Scottish cabinet, will declare that she will seek the post left vacant by Nicola Sturgeon's decision to seek the leadership.

Already in the race for deputy are Scottish government Minister Keith Brown and Stewart Hosie MP.

The contests are caused by Alex Salmond's decision to stand down as SNP leader and first minister in the aftermath of the referendum.

Rise in prescribed antidepressants

Statistics show that 778,180 patients were given at least one courser of antidepressants during 2013/14 - an increase of 4.2% from 2012/13 and an increase of 22.8% since 2009/10.

Science Photo Library

The council areas with the highest levels of prescribing were Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Ayrshire and Arran, while island health boards showed the lowest rates.

Opposition parties have raised concerns about the figures. Scottish Labour health spokesman Neil Findlay said: "We were told that mental health is a priority area for this government but we need to see bold ambition not just warm words from the SNP."

Prescribing for dementia was also by 16.7% during 2013/14 compared to the previous year, while the number of patients treated for ADHD had increased by 12.7%.

Cameron 'careless' on EU

Prime Minister David Cameron said on

BBC Radio 4's Today Programme this morning that he was "about 1,000 times" less concerned about the UK leaving the EU than Scotland leaving the UK.

He described being in or out of the EU as a "pragmatic" decision as opposed to Scotland's independence referendum, which he said was a matter for "the heart".

In response, SNP MEP Alyn Smith called Mr Cameron's comments "patronising" and added: "Mr Cameron was lectured and warned by senior UK business figures about the dangers of his in-out referendum on EU membership but his carelessness and obsession on this issue continues.

"If there is a vote on EU withdrawal - as threatened by the Tory-UKIP agenda - I believe Scotland will vote strongly in favour of staying in Europe, affirming our historic status as a European nation, and establishing beyond doubt the need for us to be represented at the top table in our own right."

Healing referendum divisions

Experts in conflict resolution will host a special online "day of dialogue" aimed at helping heal divisions caused by the referendum debate.

YES campaigners protesting outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh following the Scottish independence referendum result last week

Organised by the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR), the advice session will take place on Twitter this Friday.

SCCR development manager Diane Marr said, "Holding strong views, opinions and values that are different from others can generate division and conflict.

"We must get better at dealing with conflict and difference of opinion. Post-referendum we have no choice or we risk being a divided nation."

The charity is also encouraging members of the public to share their experiences of how they have resolved their own differences over the referendum through their

twitter page.

The Tories - your views

Nathan Matthews, Forres: Wow what a day. Ruth Davidson "warns" that Nicola Sturgeon will be the most left-wing FM Scotland has ever known - much better that than an ultra right wing hey Ruth? Then we have her saying the Scots have not trusted and voted for the Conservatives - very true and with good reason. Then there is Boris asserting that London will be the capital of England and the UK for our lifetimes; the Tories are doing well are they not? We then have Lord Smith dealing with "Scottish Labour, Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Lib-Dems". Hold on - what exactly can they do without the backing and direct involvement of their leaders in Westminster?

Asghar lawyers submit emergency application

Lawyers acting for a mentally ill Scot who was shot by a prison guard in Pakistan have filed an emergency application to keep him in hospital.

Mohammad Asghar

Mohammad Ashgar's representatives say the 70 year-old, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, would be at risk of further attack if he's sent back to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

Mr Ashgar was sentenced to death for blasphemy in January, four years after moving from Edinburgh to Pakistan.

Charity Reprieve has asked David Cameron

to act to ensure his safety.

'Devo Max is non-starter'

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has called so-called Devo Max - the devolving of all powers except foreign affairs and the armed forces - to the Scottish Parliament a "non-starter".

Ruth Davidson

During a speech to Conservatives at the party's conference in Birmingham, Ms Davidson said she wanted the SNP to take part in the

Smith Commission on further devolution "in good faith".

She added: "But if they are to enter in good faith, as Nicola Sturgeon has said, that means they cannot use the commission to try and push independence by stealth.

"That means ruling out so-called Devo Max. Such a plan ... is a complete non-starter."

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Stephen Parker

tweets: Get over the 'NO' vote. Our country deserves it and demands it. Democracy doesn't always deliver what you want.

Aberdeen death suspicious

The death of a man in the Torry area of Aberdeen is being treated as suspicious.

Police Scotland has confirmed a 49 year old Polish man died after an incident on Balnagask Avenue yesterday afternoon.

Enquiries are continuing, and officers want to speak to anyone in the area between nine am and 2pm.

A police spokesperson would not comment on claims the man had been stabbed.

Afternoon outlook

BBC Scotland Weather


Largely dry and bright across the east this afternoon with sunny spells. Temperatures in the best of the sunshine across northern Aberdeenshire and the Lothians reaching up to 19C or even 20C. Across the west however, it's cloudier as a weak band of rain progresses eastwards, with some heavier bursts over Argyll, the Highlands and the Galloway Hills.

The southerly winds gradually freshen as the day goes on, strongest over the Western Isles, then the Northern Isles later.

Teenager raped in Kilmarnock

Police are trying to trace a man who raped a 17-year-old woman in a Kilmarnock park.

Kay Park

The victim left the Fanny by Gaslight pub in West George Street at about 22:35 on Sunday and walked off with the suspect towards Portland Street.

They then made their way to Kay Park where the teenager was raped.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 20 and 25, about 6ft tall, with red hair and a local accent. He was wearing a dark red top and blue jeans.

Your views - Boris Johnson

Derek Gilchrist: Having just read the recent comments from both Boris Johnson and Ruth Davidson it has really just reinforced my opinion that they are now more out of touch with the electorate in Scotland than they ever have been. Superficial, selfish and supine. And I am a former Conservative voter!

James Alexander Morrison: Given the average age of Tory delegates, Mr Johnson is probably quite correct to say that Scottish independence won't happen in their lifetimes.

Gauld and May called up for Scotland

Ryan Gauld and Stevie May have received their first senior Scotland call ups.

Stevie May
Getty Images

Both were named in

Gordon Strachan's squad to face Poland and Georgia in the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.

They have previously represented Scotland as part of the under-21 squad.

Decrease in smokers

More than half of people who tried to stop smoking over the last three years came from Scotland's poorest areas.

Statistics from the Scottish government show that between April 2011 and March 2014, 70,162 people from deprived communities gave up smoking for at least a month.

Man smoking

In total 124,734 people from across the country kicked the habit for at least a month.

Public health minister Michael Matheson said, "We will continue to work to reach out to people in these communities and to help them to quit."

Boris thanks Scots

Boris Johnson has thanked the "wisdom of a clear majority of Scots" for London remaining as the capital of England and the UK "and will remain so for our lifetimes".

Boris Johnson
European Photopress Agency

Speaking during the Tory conference in Birmingham, the London mayor poked fun at Prime Minister David Cameron over the his post-referendum conversation with the Queen, giving delegates "permission to purr".

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Ruth Davidson speech

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

tweets: Davidson: "The people of Scotland haven't always rewarded us with trust or votes .. we haven't always earned them either. But that's changing"

Airport using Google glasses

Staff at Edinburgh Airport are using Google Glass headsets to help them deal with customer inquiries.

Google glass glasses

The smart glasses display digital information in the user's field of vision and can take photos and video.

Airport staff are trying out the wearable technology until December to provide flight information, translations and answer questions about the city.

'Left wing FM'

The Scottish Daily Mail's political editor Alan Roden

tweets: @RuthDavidsonMSP warns that @NicolaSturgeon will be "the most left-wing First Minister Scotland has ever known."

More Davidson

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Speaking in Birmingham, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says the Tories proved they were not too "toxic" to take part in the referendum campaign.

"We have blown that myth out of the water," she says.

Firearms to be 'less visible'

Firearms carried by police officers in Scotland are expected to be covered with a new type of holster to make them less visible to the public.

Police Scotland

Senior Police Scotland officers said trained officers should still be able to routinely carry the weapons, but their visibility should be reduced.

The policy on the carrying of firearms has proven controversial. The recommendation has been sent to Chief Constable Sir Stephen House for his agreement.

£1m funding for vision loss

Scientists in Scotland have been given a £1.1m grant to develop

new laser technology aimed at detecting early vision loss.

Eye with Age related macular degeneration

The funding given by Innovate UK will support work by Strathclyde and Kent Universities, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Dunfermline-based firm Optos. Clinical trials of the new technology are due to be completed by early 2017.

If they are successful, a further £9m will be invested to develop a fully-licensed new medical device by the end of 2018.

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

tweets: #indyref was about the heart, EU Brexit is about pragmatism, says

Grangemouth road open

Bo'ness Road, in Grangemouth, has now reopened.

A spokesperson for Ineos said, "We detected a leak of butane gas from a small vessel that was brought quickly under control.

"All personnel are accounted for and the incident team has stood down."

Incident over

Steven Godden

BBC Scotland

The incident at Grangemouth is over and emergency services have been stood down.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service say the on-site Ineos fire team dealt with a small butane leak on one of their vessels.