Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Nicola Sturgeon reshuffles cabinet
  2. John Swinney named deputy first minister; Shona Robison health secretary
  3. New first minister named politician of the year
  4. Honour abuse group wins lottery cash
  5. Early Mackintosh artwork restored

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Paul McLaren and Laura Cuthill

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Bye for now

Thomas McGuigan

BBC Scotland News

That's it for this week from the Scotland Live team. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Wave power 'challenges'

Scottish Renewables has said the news that wave power technology firm Pelamis is calling in administrators showed "the challenging conditions in which this sector operates".

Pelamis wave generation device

The industry body said it also highlighted the risks "inherent in developing new technology".

Senior policy manager Lindsay Leask added: "Pelamis Wave Power's contribution to this emerging industry has helped cement Scotland's position as a global leader, and it is important to remember that the prize from the eventual commercialisation of wave energy remains hugely significant."

Councillors face standards probe

Kevin Keane

BBC Scotland reporter

Seven senior councillors in Aberdeen are to face a Standards Commission investigation into a letter sent to residents ahead of the independence referendum.

aberdeen city council
Anthony foster

The letter was sent with council tax bills urging people in the city to back a "No" vote.

The Commission will examine whether the seven councillors broke its code of conduct over the use of council facilities by sending out the letters in March - six months before the referendum.

Labour's Barney Crockett, who was council leader at the time, his successor Jenny Laing, finance convenor Willie Young and Labour colleagues Neil Cooney and Ross Grant all face the charge alongside then Conservative leader Fraser Forsyth and his successor Ross Thomson.

The Standards Commission has scheduled the hearing for next February.

Junior ministerial team

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has completed her cabinet reshuffle by announcing her junior ministerial team. It is:

Nicola Sturgeon
  • Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism - Fergus Ewing
  • Minister for Parliamentary Business - Joe Fitzpatrick
  • Minister for Transport and Islands - Derek Mackay
  • Minister for Youth and Women's Employment - Annabelle Ewing
  • Minister for Children and Young People - Aileen Campbell (During Ms Campbell's maternity cover, Fiona McLeod will serve as acting Minister for Children and Young People)
  • Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages - Alasdair Allan
  • Minister for Public Health - Maureen Watt
  • Minister for Sport and Health Improvement - Jamie Hepburn
  • Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment - Marco Biagi
  • Minister for Housing and Welfare - Margaret Burgess
  • Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs - Paul Wheelhouse
  • Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform - Aileen McLeod
  • Minister for Europe and International Development - Humza Yousaf

Meanwhile, Scotland's senior law officers, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland and Solicitor General Lesley Thompson, will continue in their current jobs.

Body found in caravan

The body of a man has been found in a fire-damaged caravan in Midlothian.

Emergency services were called to the fire at Hedge Row in Loanhead at 05:00.

Police Scotland say an investigation is now underway.

Unplanned outage at reactor

A nuclear reactor at the Torness power station in East Lothian

has gone offline in an unplanned outage, its operator has said.

Torness nuclear power station

EDF Energy said the 640MW Torness 2 reactor went offline at 01:16 on Friday.

The unit was expected to remain unavailable for seven days, the firm said. It means nearly 5 gigawatts of British nuclear capacity is offline.

The reactor normally has a capacity of 640 megawatts.

Missing girls found

The three girls missing from a residential school in Stirling have been located in the Raploch area of the city, police have confirmed.

Missing girls
Police Scotland

Officers had said they were "very concerned" for the wellbeing of Annalise McMillan, 13, Nicole Scott, 14, and Samantha King, 15.

The three "vulnerable" girls were previously last seen at Snowdon Residential School on Thursday evening.

Calton Hill attacks

Police are warning visitors to Calton Hill in Edinburgh to take care following two attacks.

calton hill

Two men were assaulted and robbed in separate incidents during the early hours of Wednesday and Friday.

One of the men, who was a tourist, was punched in the face and had his phone and wallet stolen.

The other man was knocked to the ground and robbed.

Bags of improvement

Plastic carrier bag use has been slashed by more than 90% in some Scottish stores after the introduction of a 5p charge.

carrier bags
Getty Images

The mandatory levy for single-use carrier bags was brought in by the Scottish government in an effort to tackle litter and a "throwaway" culture.

Supermarkets have reported a dramatic reduction in the use of the bags since the charge came into effect on 20 October.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "This is excellent news for the environment."

Deila delight at Brown deal

BBC Sport


Celtic manager Ronny Deila plans to build his team around Scott Brown,

after the club captain signed a new four-year deal.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila with skipper Scott Brown

Midfielder Brown, 29, has committed his future to the Scottish champions by extending his stay until 2018.

"It's fantastic. He's the captain and he has a lot of knowledge and skills that we need in this team," said Deila.

"We want to build the team around him. He is a leader and he has the values we want on the pitch."

Curling hopes

Eve Muirhead says Scotland are in good shape to challenge for honours at the European Curling Championships.

Her rink line-up changed after winning Winter Olympic bronze for Great Britain in Sochi, with former nurse Sarah Reid replacing lead Claire Hamilton.

Eve Muirhead

"We've had a solid start to the season and Sarah's fitted in really well,"

skip Muirhead told BBC Sport.

"It's a work in progress but we're still one of the best teams around and our chances in Switzerland are good."

Tune in....

BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive is getting under way. It will include the latest on Nicola Sturgeon's cabinet reshuffle.

BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive

Listen live


Wave power woes

Wave power technology firm Pelamis is calling in administrators after failing to secure development funding.

Pelamis wave generation device

The Edinburgh-based firm has been testing its wave energy converters at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney for a number of years.

But in a statement, Pelamis said it was "reluctantly" moving to appoint an administrator.

It added that the administrator would assess options for the future for the business and its 56 employees.

Cabinet who's who

We've been talking about them all day, but who's who in

Nicola Sturgeon's cabinet?

Find out which minister is a former Royal Marine and who is known as the 'Republican Rose'.

Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland

Missing girls

Police say they are are "very concerned" about the welfare of three girls who have been reported missing by Snowdon Residential School in Stirling. They were last seen at the school on Thursday evening.

Annalise, Nicola and Samantha
Police Scotland

Annalise McMillan is aged 13, and described as having long dark/red hair and around 5ft in height. She has family and friends in the Cadder and Maryhill areas of Glasgow.

Nicole Scott is aged 14, and described as having long dark blonde hair, 5ft3in in height, blue eyes. She has family and friends in the Bathgate and Livingston areas.

Samantha King is aged 15, and described as having long red/auburn coloured hair, 5ft4in in height, blue eyes. She has family and friends in the Dundee area.

It is not clear what clothing they are wearing and they may be with each other.

The big one - Hearts or Celtic?

David Currie

Reporting Scotland presenter

tweets: #Rangers fans: Ally McCoist says game with #Hearts is bigger than league cup semi with #Celtic do you agree? For #ReportingScotland tonight

Drugs woman jailed

A woman

caught with cocaine and heroin worth thousands of pounds in Aberdeen has been jailed.

Carol Dixon
Not specified

Carol Dixon, 51, from Jamaica, was caught with drugs in Powis Place in March.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard she was given bail but was caught again in the city's Market Street in June.

Jailing Dixon for four-and-a-half years, judge Lady Rae said: "Illegal drugs bring so much misery into our communities."

Cabinet tweets

Alex Neil

tweets: Proud of my time at Health and looking forward to the new challenges ahead in my new portfolio. #reshuffle

Fiona Hyslop

tweets: Delighted to be appointed to the new Cabinet and serve Scotland as Cab Sec for Culture, Europe and External Affairs

Scottish cabinet

Richard Lochhead

tweets: Huge privilege to be in
@NicolaSturgeon Cabinet & continue serving Scotland as Cab Sec for Env, Food & Rural Affairs

Roseanna Cunningham

tweets: Thanks to all who have tweeted congrats on my appt to Cabinet. Big job & a lot to do. Will respond to all when I can!!

Two in court over cocaine seizure

Two men are expected to appear in court after

cocaine worth up to £53,000 was found in a van on the A7 in the Scottish Borders.

The vehicle was stopped and searched near the village of Heriot on Thursday.

Police Scotland said two men, aged 54 and 58, were due to appear in court in connection with drug supply offences.

They said drug search warrants had been enforced at addresses in Midlothian and West Lothian where other amounts of cocaine and drugs equipment were recovered.

Your pictures - Get involved

This photo of Loch Faskally in Pitlochry was taken by Ian Thomson, from Inverness.

Loch Faskally
Ian Thomson

See the rest of

your pictures for this week here.

for next week's gallery and we'll use the best.

Pro-indy newspaper

Scotland's first

pro-independence daily newspaper is to be launched.

The National will be produced by Newsquest, the company behind The Herald and Sunday Herald newspapers.

sunday herald

BBC Scotland understands the new 32-page title will cost 50p, have an initial print run of about 50,000, and be edited by Richard Walker, the current editor of the Sunday Herald.

Pitch perfect

Liam McLeod

BBC Scotland

Gregor Townsend has backed the decision to play Scotland's final autumn Test

on the artificial surface at Rugby Park.

Gregor Townsend

The Scots take on Tonga on Saturday in what will be the first international Test on an artificial pitch.

Playing on a synthetic pitch has sparked debate but Glasgow head coach Townsend is all for it.

"It's a great concept, we've played a couple of times on Cardiff Arms Park, which created a really fast-paced game," he told BBC Scotland.

Son jailed for attacking mother

A son who

attacked his mother and tried to strangle her in their Perthshire home has been jailed for six years.

Greg Smith, 23, punched and kicked Jill Smith at the property in Victoria Place, Blairgowrie, before telling her he was going to kill her.

At the High Court in Perth, Smith admitted endangering his mother's life and restricting her breathing on 27 January.

He was initially facing an attempted murder charge.

Double trouble

Alex Salmond's departure from his role as Scottish first minister has hit one man especially hard -

his lookalike.

Lookalikes for David Cameron and Alex Salmond
ALison Jackson

John MacLeod, from Blackburn in Aberdeenshire, has seen bookings dry up since Mr Salmond declared he was stepping down.

But he told BBC Radio Scotland he still hoped the work may return.

Teenager raped woman, 91

A teenager has admitted

raping a 91-year-old woman at her home in North Lanarkshire.

Kriss Strachan

Kriss Strachan, 17, assaulted the pensioner after forcing his way into her Bellshill home in July this year.

Strachan was held after his mother ordered he hand himself in. He later told police: "I cannot believe I done it. I am a scumbag."

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on Strachan was deferred and he was remanded in custody.

Park life

A European

Marine Science Park has been opened in Argyll in a bid to encourage new businesses in Scotland's growing life sciences sector.

European Marine Science Park at Dunstaffnage

The development, at Dunstaffnage, near Oban, aims to build up a centre of excellence for new and expanding firms and support up to 125 jobs in future.

When complete, it will have 20,000 sq ft of office and laboratory space.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) owns the park and supported phase one of the build with a £7.5m grant.

Woman 'killed by intruder'

An 86-year-old man has told a trial how he was stabbed and his partner murdered by an intruder in their Glasgow home.

Isabelle Sanders
BBC - police handout

Norman Busby told the High Court in Glasgow that he was stabbed three times in the chest by a man who barged his way in and demanded car keys.

He said the intruder stabbed Isabelle Sanders, 51, "several times" after she tried to stop him from stealing items.

Paul McManus, 22, denies murder and attempted murder at the couple's house in Crookston in April.

'Talk liberal, walk liberal'

Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said

the new cabinet needed a new approach.

Willie Rennie

Mr Rennie attacked Mr MacAskill's handling of plans to end the requirement to corroborate evidence in criminal trials, as well as the "routine" arming of police and the carrying out of stop-and-search procedures on children.

"Nicola Sturgeon likes to talk liberal, but the real test is whether she'll walk liberal," he said.

"The SNP cabinet stood behind Kenny MacAskill's illiberal centralisation agenda at every twist and turn."

Festive cheer

Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations have started

with the opening of the festive market along Princes Street.

Police Scotland has used the opportunity to remind people how to stay safe during the party season.

Edinburgh's Christmas market has opened

Extra police patrols will be out on Friday and Saturday nights and people have been warned not to allow too much alcohol to ruin their evening.

On Sunday, Edinburgh's Christmas lights are officially switched on. Light Night runs from 13:30 to 17:00.

As part of the celebrations 60 local community groups, with more than 1,350 members from across the capital, will perform on seven stages along George Street.

Locals want T party

T in the Park's proposed move to Strathallan Castle

has won the backing of almost two-thirds of residents who attended public meetings.

New T site
Chris James

Festival organisers DF Concerts held public meetings about the proposed move in Auchterarder and Crieff.

A survey of attendees found 49% of respondents strongly supportive of the move, while 20% were opposed.

Consultations continue and a full planning application will be submitted to Perth and Kinross Council.

Raise your glass...

A firm which has developed a way of using whisky residue for salmon feed has been awarded up to £575,000 from Scottish Enterprise.

Whisky production

Horizon Proteins' method involves recovering protein from pot ale - liquid residue left over from the whisky-making process.

The firm hopes it will replace traditional proteins used in salmon feed, such as soya bean meal.

It aims to achieve a £5m turnover within five years.

Celtic consult on living wage

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Celtic are to consult their staff about adopting the the living wage after calls from shareholders and fans to sign up to the scheme.

The club confirmed about 180 staff currently earn less than the £7.85 an hour but say they will hold discussions in an effort to change that.

Celtic chairman Ian Bankier said signing up to the living wage would hand control of their wage scheme to an external agency.

Cabinet departures

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Nicola Sturgeon says Kenny MacAskill and Mike Russell told her they wanted to quit.

Meet the cabinet

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy - John Swinney MSP.

john swinney

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities - Keith Brown MSP

Keith Brown
Keith Brown is standing to be SNP deputy leader

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training - Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Legal Affairs Minister Roseanna Cunningham

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning - Angela Constance MSP

Angela Constance
Getty Images

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport - Shona Robison MSP

Shona Robison

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights - Alex Neil MSP

Alex Neil

Cabinet Secretary for Justice - Michael Matheson MSP

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment - Richard Lochhead MSP

Richard Lochhead Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs - Fiona Hyslop MSP

Fiona Hyslop

Cabinet reshuffle latest

Nicola Sturgeon has announced here new cabinet team.

Deputy First Minister - John Siwnney. Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure - Keith Brown. Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training - Roseanna Cunningham. Cabinet Secretary for Education - Angela Constance.

Cabinet Secretary for Health - Shona Robison. Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice - Alex Neil. Cabinet Secretary for Justice - Michael Matheson. Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs - Richard Lochhead. Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs - Fiona Hyslop.

Cabinet reshuffle

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Angela Constance is the new Scottish education secretary, Shona Robison gets health, and justice goes to Michael Matheson.

Drugs woman jailed

A woman caught with cocaine and heroin worth thousands of pounds has been jailed.

Jamaican Carol Dixon, 51, was caught with drugs in Powis Place, Aberdeen, in March.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard she was given bail but was caught again in the city's Market Street in June.

Jailing Dixon - who admitted the drugs offences last month - for four-and-a-half years, judge Lady Rae said: "Illegal drugs bring so much misery into our communities."

Russell's pride

BBC Sport


Derby County striker Johnny Russell has told BBC Radio Derby about his pride at winning his first international cap for Scotland.

Johnny Russell
Getty Images

Russell came on as a late substitute in the 3-1 friendly defeat against England and set up Scotland's goal, but says he was surprised to get the chance to play.

The 24-year-old said it was "special" to represent his country, but says his English club colleagues have been quick to tease him about the result.

Listen the interview here.

Cabinet reshuffle - Russell leaving

Michael Russell has confirmed that he will be leaving the post of education secretary following Nicola Sturgeon's cabinet reshuffle.

Mike Russell

Mr Russell tweeted that he has been "hugely privileged" to serve in the SNP cabinet and wishes his successor well.