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  1. Brown 'to stand down as MP'
  2. Sturgeon wants competitive Scotland
  3. Childcare costs branded a route to poverty
  4. Power firm in living wage deal

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By Calum Watson, Rebecca Bailey and Laura Cuthill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Calum Watson

    BBC Scotland News

    That's it from Scotland Live for today. Join us again from 08:00 tomorrow for all the latest news, sport, traffic and travel as it happens.

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    The Scotsman

    tweets: Edinburgh Lectures - which once welcomed Kofi Annan - faces cuts due to lack of funding. Read the full story here.

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    Evening Express

    tweets: Two people cut free after car overturns on major Aberdeen road. Read the full story here.

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    BBC Scotland Travel


    To Aberdeenshire first, where a breakdown is causing slow traffic on the A96 between Inverurie and Huntly.

    Also, the unclassified road between the A96 at Tyrebagger and Craibstone Golf Course has been closed by police following an accident, so you'll have to divert.

    The Forth Road Bridge is busy northbound with congestion from the Echline Roundabout.

    In Edinburgh, the A7 Old Dalkeith Road is very slow at Little France with roadworks causing slow traffic in both directions.

    There's very slow traffic on the M80 Southbound at J8 M876, and congestion on the M876 to J1 A883 (Check Barr).

    There's slow traffic on the M8 Westbound between J1 A720 (Hermiston Gait) and J2 M9 / B7030 (Newbridge/Claylands).

  5. Sir Harry to join adviser council

    Former chief medical officer Sir Harry Burns is to join the Scottish government's Council of Economic Advisers.

    Sir Harry Burns

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told business leaders that his job would be to look at the issue of inequality.

    The council will continue to be chaired by Crawford Beveridge, with the advice of Nobel Prize winning economist Prof Joseph Stiglitz also retained.

  6. Your Pictures

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    John Dyer from Motherwell took this picture of sunset over Strathclyde Loch.

    Sunset over Strathclyde Loch

    Email us your pictures, or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

  7. Goodwin on 'last chance'

    Jim Goodwin admits his St Mirren career could be over if he finds himself in trouble with the Scottish FA again.

    The Buddies player-coach is now free to return from a ban for elbowing Dundee United's Aidan Connolly, his second such charge in as many years.

    "I hope the St Mirren fans give me one last chance and this will be the last chance because I've been well warned - it can't happen again," said Goodwin.

    Goodwin doing keepy uppies

    "I take full responsibility for my actions, it's unacceptable."

  8. Legacy of Harold Shipman

    Alicia Queiro

    BBC Scotland

    BBC Scotland's Alicia Queiro considers the legacy of one of Britain's most infamous serial killers.

    The medical world was shattered when trusted GP Harold Shipman was exposed as being responsible for the deaths of up to 215 patients.

    Harold Shipman

    Shipman killed himself in 2004 - but the spectre of his case still hangs over doctors.

    As Scotland's assisted suicide bill is considered, its supporters in the medical community explain how fear has changed the way doctors conduct palliative care.

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    BBC Scotland Weather


    tweets: Hi, Chris here. rain spreading south & east tonight to reach most parts. Drier after midnight with clear skies. Lows 3C in town, 0/-2C rural

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    BBC Scotland Travel


    In Edinburgh, the A8 Glasgow Road in Ingliston is partially blocked eastbound by an accident.

    In Aberdeenshire, the unclassified road between the A96 at Tyrebagger and Craigstone Golf Course has been closed by police following an accident

    Also in Aberdeenshire, Woodside Avenue in Banchory remains closed for emergency gas repairs

    In Dundee, the A85 Riverside Drive is busier than usual at the junction with the A90 Kingsway West

    In Glasgow, the M8 is slow eastbound between 22 Plantation and 15 Townhead and westbound 16 Craighall and 21 Seaward Street|

    The M77 is getting busy eastbound between 22 Plantation and J1 Dumbreck

    In Edinburgh, traffic is building up on the A720 City Bypass eastbound between Calder and Baberton

  11. Fine over lift shaft fall

    A company's been fined after a tool packer fell down a lift shaft and a loaded cage trolley landed on top of him.

    James Douglas, 62, severely fractured his right hip and heel in the accident at a tool factory in Jedburgh, in 2013.

    Jedburgh Sheriff Court

    He also damaged his sciatic nerve, knees and lower legs, and he had surgery to insert four screws in his hip.

    The LS Starrett Company was fined £3,000 over safety failings at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

  12. Family tribute to crash teenager

    The 19-year-old man who died following a road traffic collision in Aberdeenshire on Saturday has been named by police as William Sangster, from Auchnagatt.

    William had been a passenger in the red Ford Fiesta, which had been travelling on Station Road in Mintlaw.

    William Sangster with his brother Lewis
    Image caption: William Sangster with his brother Lewis

    His family today released a statement paying tribute to him.

    "William came from a big extended family and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He was well-known as a larger than life character and always had a big smile on his face.

    "He was very close to his sister, they did everything together. You would just always hear him laughing, he was popular with everyone, had lots of friends and was a devoted partner to his girlfriend."

  13. Shetland firm wins turbine contract

    A Shetland company has won a contract to manufacture blades for a bank of tidal turbines off the coast of Shetland.

    Shetland Composites secured the six-month contract from Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation.

    Nova turbine

    Nova is developing five 100kW tidal turbines known as the Shetland Tidal Array.

    The turbines will be developed in two phases, with commissioning of the first three devices by the end of 2015.

  14. Cameron on Brown

    David Cameron's tribute to Gordon Brown who is expected to confirm tonight he is standing down as an MP at the next general election.

    "Gordon's given a huge amount in terms of public service and his contribution in government and in parliament and I'm sure he'll go on contributing to public life even after he's left the House of Commons."

  15. Your Pictures

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    Julie Burnett from Carbost took this picture last Friday at Talisker Bay on the Isle of Skye.

    Sunset over Talisker Bay

    She was one of half a dozen people enjoying watching the sun set over the Western Isles after a glorious autumn day.

    Email us your pictures or tweet them using #ScotlandLive, and we will publish the best.

  16. Coming up on Newsdrive

    BBC Radio Scotland

    As Gordon Brown prepares to confirm he's stepping down as an MP, we'll be looking back at his Westminster career

    We'll also be finding out how business leaders reacted to Nicola Sturgeon's vision for a more competitive and fairer Scotland

    And why are Glasgow artists so successful when it comes to the Turner Prize?

    Tune in on 92-95FM, 810MW or listen on digital radio or online.

  17. Skye bridge closing system review

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    The system used to determine when the Skye Bridge should be shut during high winds is to be reviewed.

    Highland Council said islanders were concerned that they were not receiving enough warning before the crossing was closed in bad weather.

    Skye bridge

    Roads management company Bear Scotland is to make available automatic alerts via text and email.

    Bear Scotland's review will also include a look at where wind speed monitoring equipment is sited.

    The review was agreed during a meeting between Bear Scotland, police, NHS Highland and Highland councillors.

  18. Mobile flood prevention

    A mobile flood prevention unit has been unveiled in Newton Stewart.


    The flood pod is a container filled with absorbent sand bags and expandable floodgates.

    It has been put in place as a short-term measure to protect properties following major flooding in the town in November 2012.

    Although the pod will be based in Newton Stewart, it will also be available to residential and business premises in the surrounding area.

  19. Young voters in 2016?

    Glenn Campbell

    BBC Scotland news

    Holyrood could be given control of its own elections in time to give 16 and 17-year-olds a vote in 2016.

    The Scotland secretary, Alastair Carmichael, is considering a fast-track transfer of the necessary powers from the UK to the Scottish parliament.

    The Smith Commission on further devolution recommended this should happen when it reported last week.

    Mr Carmichael is due to discuss the issue with Scotland's new first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, when they meet on Thursday.

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    BBC Radio Scotland

    tweets: Marks out of 10 for @JohnCleese's Scottish accent in his chat w/ @JaniceForsyth @BBCJFCulture

    Have a listen and see what you think.

  21. Cloud clearing overnight

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Mostly cloudy this evening with rain, turning to snow on northern hills briefly before clearer conditions spread southeast to all areas later.

    Showers will affect the west coast, the northwest and far north, wintry on high ground, but most areas will become clear and dry with a touch of frost and some icy patches, temperatures down to minus 1 in places.

    Tomorrow, mainly dry in the south and east with some sunshine, a few showers in the northwest and far north and after a cold, start, turning milder again.

  22. West coast mainline closures

    Rail passengers are being advised to avoid travelling on the West Coast main line to London over Christmas because of severe disruption due to essential engineering work.

    The approach to Euston station on the West Coast Main Line

    The line will be closed between Euston Station and Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire after the final train on Christmas Eve until 29 December.

    It will also be closed between Stafford and Crewe after the last trains on Christmas Eve until 28 December.

    Network Rail, Virgin Trains and the London Midland Train companies are advising travellers to use alternative routes.

  23. Your Pictures

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    Clare Sladen from Sunbury on Thames took this photo in Oban, and remarked that it was unbelievable weather for November.

    Oban Harbour on a sunny November day

    Do you have any pictures of this unseasonably good weather? You can email us or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

  24. Sturgeon: 'Best wishes, Gordon'

    The First Minister has commented on Gordon Brown's announcement earlier today that he will stand down as an MP at the next general election.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    "It's no secret that my party has had its disagreements with Gordon Brown over the years, most recently in the independence referendum, but nobody can doubt the enormous contribution he has made over three decades to Scottish politics, UK politics, and indeed global politics," she said.

    "So, I'm sure we've not heard the last from Gordon Brown, I'm sure he'll continue to make a contribution, and he has my very best wishes for whatever he decides to do in the future."

  25. Armoured vehicle safety

    The coroner at the inquest of three Scottish soldiers killed in Afganistan says he will examine the safety of the Mastiff armoured vehicle.

    Cpl William Savage, 30, from Penicuik, Fusilier Samuel Flint, 21, from Edinburgh; and Private Robert Hetherington, 25, from Edinburgh, died of blast injuries caused by an improvised explosive device.

    Coroner Darren Salter said he would examine whether there were any defects in the vehicle, whether it was possible to detect the devices beforehand and what intelligence was available to the patrol.

  26. Your Views - Scottish Cup draw

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    Patrick : Dundee away about as tough as it gets - if Celtic are going to win the treble we're going to have to do it the hard way!

    Colin: I bet Spartans are happy with that home draw. Absolutely nothing to stop them reaching the Quarter Finals!

    Alan: I fancy Dundee against Celtic given Clarkson is as good as a 1 goal start.

    Ted: Excellent draw for Queen of the South. Holders out?

  27. Song for Keane

    Friends of an Edinburgh pupil who was killed when a wall collapsed at her school have written and recorded a song in tribute to her.

    Keane Wallis-Bennett

    Keane Wallis-Bennett died on 1 April when a free-standing partition wall at Liberton High School fell on top of her as she changed after a PE lesson.

    The charity single, written by her friends two days after the 12-year-old died, was released earlier on Monday.

  28. The lightsaber maker

    Star Wars fans - what did you think of the curiously proportioned lightsaber, tantalisingly glimpsed in the trailer for the new film?

    Some loved it, some loathed it - but BBC Scotland asked someone who's more qualified to comment than most for his opinion.

    The cross barred light saber

    Roger Christian won an Oscar for his set decoration on the original Star Wars film A New Hope, and also worked on other episodes in the Star Wars franchise - Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace.

    He made Black Angel, a short film shown in cinemas before 1980s sequel The Empire Strikes Back, using Eilean Donan Castle in Kyle of Lochalsh and Loch Eck in Argyll as locations.

    Find out what it was like to make lightsabers, and what he thinks about that new style here.

  29. Scottish Cup draw

    Dundee will host Celtic in one of two all-Premiership ties after the draw for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

    Scottish Cup trophy

    Partick Thistle have to wait until St Mirren face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Tuesday's replay before knowing their visitors to Firhill.

    Holders St Johnstone are away to Championships side Queen of the South.

    Rangers host Championship rivals Raith Rovers, while Lowland League side Spartans entertain Berwick Rangers or Albion Rovers from League Two.

  30. Your pictures

    This stunning picture of a young stag was taken by John Masterson on Harris.

    A young stag sunning himself

    He explained that groups of young stags tend to stay away from the main herds ruled by the dominant males, and this particular one had found a place in the sun overlooking Taransay, on North Harris.

    Email us your pictures or tweet using #ScotlandLive and we will use the best.

  31. Man injured in three-car crash

    A man has been injured in a crash which caused rush-hour delays in Galashiels.

    He was taken to Borders General Hospital in Melrose with minor injuries following the three-car crash.

    A Ford Focus, a Ford Fiesta and a Nissan Terrano were involved in the collision on Abbotsford Road just before 07:45.

    It partially blocked the main road into the town and a contraflow was put in place.

  32. Mommsen to captain Scotland

    Batsman Preston Mommsen has been handed the Scotland captaincy for next year's Cricket World Cup.

    Preston Mommsen

    Northants' Kyle Coetzer, who had that role until their recent tour of New Zealand, will be his vice-captain for Scotland's group matches in New Zealand and Tasmania.

    Coach Grant Bradburn, whose side start their campaign against the Kiwis on 17 February, praised both players.

    "We have a strong squad line-up and excellent leaders in Preston and Kyle," he said.

    "We don't underestimate the challenge, but we have been training hard and will be bringing our absolute best to this hugely important global event."

  33. Scottish Cup fifth round draw

    Football fans - don't miss BBC Scotland's coverage of the fifth round draw for the Scottish Cup.

    The Scottish cup

    The names should start coming out of the hat at 14:00 and our sports team are keen to hear your take on proceedings.

    Text them on 80295, tweet using #bbcscotfootball or post comments at the BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page.

  34. Look Who crashed the wedding

    A Scottish couple had an unexpected wedding guest in the shape of rock legend Roger Daltrey.

    Roger Daltrey alongside Carl and Susan Smith

    Susan and Carl Smith had already booked a band to perform at their wedding reception at Mar Hall resort, near Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

    The Who star was also staying at the hotel ahead of a gig at the Hydro on Sunday evening.

    Jumping on stage, the singer gave an impromptu performance for the delighted couple.

  35. Warships built on the Clyde

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed the UK's new warships will be built on the Clyde.

    BAE Systems' Govan shipyard

    He said there should be "no confusion" over where the work on the new generation of Type 26 frigates will be carried out.

    Mr Fallon made the commitment on his first visit to Scotland after controversial remarks from First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas, the head of the Royal Navy, suggesting the £4bn contract for the ships could be awarded outwith the UK.

    Defence contracts were a key issue in the run-up to the referendum, with pro-union politicians claiming Scotland's shipbuilding industry would not be able to secure MoD deals if Scotland left the UK.

  36. Sturgeon wants competitive Scotland

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set her team of economic advisers the task of making Scotland more competitive.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    But she also wants them to find ways of ending inequality.

    Ms Sturgeon's aims were outlined in a speech she made at the Glasgow offices of Scottish and Southern Energy, one of Scotland's biggest firms.

    She told the audience: "Equality and prosperity should not been seen as enemies of each other, but as partners. One reinforces the other."

  37. Your Pictures

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    Herons swooping over the River Nith

    Mick Welsh from Dumfries took this image of herons swooping low over the River Nith at Glencaple just as the sun set behind Criffel Hill.

    Email us or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

  38. Dennis, Gnasher and Walter join Minecraft

    Minecraft players need to watch out for "softy" Walter and his stinky pants.

    Dennis and Gnasher

    Walter, Dennis the Menace and his dog Gnasher, from The Beano, can now be added to PC versions of the game.

    Players can make a sausage for Gnasher and use all of Dennis' best pranks, including catapults and stink bombs.

    The Beano's publisher, Dundee-based DC Thompson, has already extended the Dennis the Menace brand onto a TV show, a photo-sharing app and a YouTube channel.

  39. Post update

    Edinburgh Evening News


    Ex-cop was benefits cheat for three years

    Read the full story here.

  40. Edinburgh 'tech centre'

    Edinburgh has the highest concentration of technology businesses in Scotland, according to a survey.

    It ranked ahead of West Lothian, Glasgow, Midlothian and East Dunbartonshire for the number of tech-focused businesses in proportion to the total number of private enterprises.

    Room with servers

    However, KPMG's Tech Monitor ranked Scotland eighth out of 12 UK areas.

    It was ahead of Wales and Northern Ireland but lagged behind London and the South East, among other regions.

  41. Song for Keane

    The Scotsman

    tweets: Charity single written by Keane Wallis-Bennett's friends released in her memory

    Read the full story here.

  42. Teenager in critical condition

    A teenager is in a critical condition after being hit twice by a car in Glasgow in a targeted attack that police are treating as attempted murder.

    The 18-year-old victim was walking in Inveresk Street, Carntyne, with two friends, when a small black car drove towards him and slightly struck him on Sunday night.

    A male passenger got out and argued with them before he left in the car, which returned a short time later and again deliberately struck the victim.

    He is being treated for a serious head injury at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

  43. T in the Park tickets

    Tickets are set to go on sale for the 2015 T in the Park festival at Strathallan Castle.

    T in the Park Strathallan

    Consultations are being carried out over the event's proposed move, which will need full planning permission from Perth and Kinross Council.

    DF Concerts chose to move the festival across Perthshire after concerns were raised over an oil pipeline running under its traditional Balado venue.

    Tickets for the event, which runs from 10 to 12 July, go on sale on Friday.

  44. Your Pictures

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    St Andrew's Day fireworks over Oban

    Nick Ray lives on a yacht in the marina on the island of Kerrera. He took these photos of Oban's St. Andrew's Day celebrations on Sunday night, and says it was wonderful to have a grandstand view of the fireworks from across Oban Bay.

    Email us your pictures, or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

  45. Fatal fire victim named

    A man who died in a fire during a "tragic accident" in a flat in Fife has been named.

    Baird Crescent, Leven

    Andrew Gibson, 65, was found dead in his ground-floor flat in Baird Crescent, Leven, on Tuesday.

    Police Scotland said it was not a suspicious fire.

  46. Murderer cleared of assault

    A man convicted of the sectarian murder of a Celtic fan has been cleared of assaulting a nine-year-old boy.

    Jason Campbell was accused of attacking the child in Dennistoun, Glasgow.

    The 41-year-old was cleared after the boy's mum said the attacks did not happen and a sheriff said she was troubled by the quality of evidence.

    Campbell was jailed in 1996 for killing 16-year-old Mark Scott as he walked home from a Celtic match. He was freed from his life sentence in 2011.

  47. Brown to stand down

    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown will announce later that he will stand down as an MP at the next general election, the BBC understands.

    Gordon Brown

    The Labour MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath has been in Parliament for nearly 32 years.

    He served from 1997 to 2007 as chancellor, in Tony Blair's government.

    Mr Brown was then prime minister from 2007 to 2010, when Labour was defeated, recording its worst general election result since 1983.

    The 63-year-old recently played a leading role in the campaign against Scottish independence.

  48. Never miss a Beatt

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Coming up on Radio Scotland, we'll be discussing today's main political stories - Gordon Brown's announcement that he'll be standing down at the next election, and Nicola Sturgeon's speech to business leaders today.

    We're also looking at the issue of head injuries in sport after the tragic death last week of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.

    And do we really still need landlines? With the news that three of the UK's biggest phone and broadband suppliers are putting up their monthly landline charges today, are they really an economical option in the modern world?

    Join in the conversation - text in on 80295.

  49. Windmill Brae closure

    Evening Express

    tweets: Aberdeen city centre street could close for safety of revellers

  50. Plans for new Nigg harbour

    Controversial plans for a new harbour on the Cromarty Firth are to be discussed at a public meeting.

    Global Energy Group has formally applied to the Scottish government to create the facility at Nigg.

    Cromarty Firth

    The Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA), which operates a harbour at Invergordon, has criticised the proposal.

    Representatives from Global Energy and the port authority have been invited to Thursday's meeting in Invergordon.

  51. Mommsen to captain Scotland cricketers

    BBC Sport


    Batsman Preston Mommsen has been handed the Scotland captaincy for next year's Cricket World Cup.

    Scotland captain Preston Mommsen

    Northants' Kyle Coetzer, who had that role until their recent tour, will be his vice-captain for Scotland's group matches in New Zealand and Tasmania.

    Coach Grant Bradburn, whose side start their campaign against New Zealand on 17 February, praised both players.

    "We have a strong squad line-up and excellent leaders in Preston and Kyle," he said.

  52. Aberdeen University energy centre

    Aberdeen University has announced plans for a £100m centre of excellence dedicated to energy research.

    Aberdeen University

    The building on its King's College campus will house departments studying how to maximise oil and gas recovery, carbon capture and storage, and renewable energy, as well as energy economics.

  53. This afternoon's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    There'll be a dry, mainly cloudy, start to the afternoon across southern and eastern Scotland with some limited brightness.

    Outbreaks of rain already affecting parts of northern and western Scotland will continue to spread south eastwards. Some of the rain may well be heavy, especially over the far northwest and Shetland. The Borders will remain dry until after dusk.

    Temperatures will be on the mild side at 8 to 10C. Winds will be mainly light, although a strong southerly wind will affect Shetland, and a strengthening north westerly will develop over the Western Isles.

  54. UNESCO award for Dundee

    Dundee has been named the UK's first UNESCO City of Design.

    It joins twelve other cities around the world including Beijing, Berlin and Montreal in being given the award.


    It recognises Dundee's contribution to design innovations including biomedical research into new cancer drugs, comics and video games such as Grand Theft Auto.

    The award also recognises how Dundee is re-inventing itself after the collapse of its traditional heavy industries.

  55. Your Pictures

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    Sunset on the River Tay

    Iain Caird captured this image of last night's sunset on the River Tay looking towards the Rail Bridge.

    We've had some cracking photographs in today, so keep on sending them - email us or tweet them to us using #ScotlandLive.

  56. Open visiting hours

    Two wards at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness are taking part in a trial which allows 'open' visiting of patients.

    Visitors will be allowed to go into wards 2A and Ground C at any time of the day.

    Raigmore Hospital

    NHS Highland will run the trial until the end of January.

    Ward 2A is for patients who have suffered a stroke and adult rehabilitation, while Ground C is for patients from haematology and oncology.

  57. Gary Anderson wins Players Championship

    BBC Sport


    Scotland's Gary Anderson defeated Adrian Lewis 11-6 to win the Players Championship in Minehead.

    Gary Anderson

    The 43-year-old, who is based in Somerset, claimed his first televised major since the 2011 Premier League.

    Stoke-on-Trent's Lewis, 29, levelled the final at 3-3 before Anderson took control with five straight legs.

  58. Sturgeon speech

    Nicola Sturgeon has told business leaders in Glasgow that she wants Scotland to "shoot up the league table of competitiveness".

    In her first major economic speech since becoming First Minister she said she will always be open to ideas on how to grow the economy faster and more sustainably.

    Our correspondent James Cook is at the speech - follow him on twitter for updates.

  59. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In Edinburgh, on the Old Dalkeith Road, there are 3-way temporary lights at the Royal Infirmary north access. Expected for 3 days, they are manually controlled at peak times.

    In Leith, on Greenside Lane, between Leith Walk and Marshall's Court Building, the road is closed due to demolition work.

    In Galashiels, on the A7 Abbotsford Road, there was an accident at the A6091 Kingsknowe Roundabout, east of the fire station. There's a contraflow in place now, and colleagues in Selkirk report some people are diverting via the old Melrose Road. Vehicles are also backed up from the Lowood Bridge to the BGH/Tweedbank roundabout.

    Finally, from the roads to the air - Lufthansa has cancelled around half of its flights due to industrial action by pilots, so check before you fly.

  60. Profit rise for Aberdeen Asset Management

    Fund manager Aberdeen Asset Management has posted a rise in underlying pre-tax profits, despite losing business in Asian and emerging markets.

    Aberdeen Asset Management

    It said full-year profits increased by 2% to £490.3m, while net revenue was 4% up at more than £1.1bn.

    Assets under management rose 62% to £324bn, helped by the (SWIP) from Lloyds Banking Group.

    However, net outflows amounted to £20bn over the year to the end of September.

  61. Post update

    Daily Record

    Barry Ferguson

    tweets: Barry Ferguson: coaching community mental health group has been one of the most enjoyable things I've done in football

  62. Your Pictures

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    Sunset over the River Forth

    Pat Boyd from Dalgety Bay took this picture of the sun setting over the River Forth with Inchcolm in the foreground. She said she had to stop to take this glorious sunset, from the view point between Burntisland and Aberdour, on Sunday.

    Email us your pictures, or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

  63. Spartans eye home tie

    BBC Sport


    Scottish Cup shock troops Spartans are dreaming of a home tie and further progress for the Lowland League club.

    Spartan's Ainslie Park

    The Edinburgh side earned their place in Monday's fifth-round draw after defeating League One leaders Greenock Morton 2-1 on Saturday.

    Director David Bryce told BBC Scotland: "The players are looking at Rangers, Celtic, Hibs, maybe a Premiership team.

    "I would just be happy with a home draw and let teams come down to Ainslie Park - we are doing quite well down there."

  64. Your Views - Black Friday

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Helen, Cumbernauld: Black Friday is driven by retailers who increase their prices on the run up to it so it looks like a bargain. It's greed by the retailers - were the staff paid extra & what crimes happened while the police were managing angry shoppers?

    Kenny: If the police felt like stopping Black Friday madness all that needs to be done is to implement over-crowding rules or capacity limits. The store I work in was like a battlefield, and if there had been a fire there would have been a tragedy with the rubbish thrown on the floors and crowds - it would have been impossible for everyone to get out.

    Boab, Linwood: I would keep Black Friday as I use online shopping. I missed it last year and thought I might as well try this year for just Mum's Christmas present. I saved 100 pounds, and will be doing all my Christmas shopping on Black Friday next year .

    You can join in the debate - text in on 80295 or email the team.

  65. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    tweets: #Glasgow M8 W/B exit slip part blckd broken down lorry and tyre debris J23 Dumbreck. Traffic is coping well

  66. Algae problems at Strathclyde park

    There are calls on the environmental regulator, SEPA, to take measures to improve the water quality in Strathclyde Park.

    The Loch hosted the triathlon during the Commonwealth Games, but it had to be closed just weeks later because of problems with toxic algae and pollution.

    algae at Strathclyde park

    Water sports enthusiasts were only allowed back on the water at the start of November.

    A floating barrier was installed for the Commonwealth Games to protect the swimming area but there are now calls for the water to be improved permanently, creating a long lasting legacy from the Games.

    SEPA say they plan to clean up the loch between 2021 and 2027.

  67. The Scot who died in Auschwitz

    Jane Haining was a quiet farmer's daughter from the south of Scotland who ended her life as a slave labourer in the most notorious extermination camp the world has ever known.

    Jane Haining

    She is the only Scot to be officially honoured for giving her life for Jews in the Holocaust.

    But her life began a long way from the barbed wire fences of Auschwitz - among the rolling hills of rural Dumfriesshire.

  68. Profits up at Aberdeen Asset Management

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Profits are up at Scotland's biggest fund manager.

    Aberdeen Asset Management made £490m before tax, in the year to the end of September.

    Chief Executive Martin Gilbert told Good Morning Scotland it had been a challenging year.

    "November, December, January February, we saw very big outflows from our emerging markets funds because we are very well known as an emerging market fund manager.

    "When they were tumbling we saw big outflows out of the funds which really hit us very hard. So these are a really good set of numbers."

  69. Your Pictures

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    Knockfarrel down to the Cromarty Firth

    Rob Hill from Avoch took this photograph yesterday, from Knockfarrel down to the Cromarty Firth.

    Keep them coming - you can email your pictures, or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

  70. Post update

    The Courier

    tweets: Plan to create 900 new jobs in Fife by boosting tourism

    Read the full story here.

  71. Car crash victim named

    A teenager who died in a crash in Aberdeenshire has been named locally as 19-year-old William Sangster from Auchnagatt.

    He was a passenger in a car carrying five people which hit a tree near Mintlaw on Saturday night.

    The 17-year-old male driver, two 17-year-old females, and an 18-year-old man were injured.

    Police want to speak to people who either witnessed the accident or saw the red Ford Fiesta before the crash.

  72. Dundee waterfront campaign

    A campaign is to be launched in a bid to attract new hotels, restaurants and cafes to Dundee's waterfront.

    V&A at waterfront

    The area is mid-way through a £1bn re-development which includes the V&A Museum project.

    It's hoped an additional 300,00 visitors a year will visit Dundee and the surrounding area.

  73. Your Views - New Drivers

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Shona: The Scottish Government reduced the drink drive limit recently. Does the Scottish Government have the power to put driving limits on our young drivers. I am very disappointed that they have done nothing to address this problem. Do they have the power to help stop this carnage?

    Laura, Glasgow: What about older new drivers? I was 27 when I passed last year and a mother of two. I sat it to make my family life easier, so these restrictions wouldn't help me at all! What would I do with my other child if I can only carry one passenger? Not fair on sensible adults!

    Jeff, Airdrie: The training for driving needs to be much more thorough! Including having experience of the limit of the car and also when a car is out of control.

    You can join in the debate - text in on 80295 or email the team.

  74. Oil Prices

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: Brent crude continues its slide, trading below $68. Five months of falls, from $115. Cheaper energy costs, but investment offshore in doubt.

  75. Under a cloud

    BBC Sport


    Stephen Maguire joked that he might need professional help to lift the gloom that has descended over him because of his recent snooker form.

    Stephen Maguire

    The 33-year-old Scot fought back from 3-0 down to defeat Yu Delu 6-4 in the UK Championship's second round in York.

    But he admits that he is not feeling much better about his game since suggesting earlier this month he might quit if his form does not improve.

    "Maybe I need a sport psychologist or something," said Maguire.

  76. Your Pictures

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    Jen Petrie from Dundee took this picture of the Finnieston crane from her hotel room on a bright Sunday morning, after attending War of the Worlds at the Hydro.

    The Finnieston crane

    You can email us your pictures, or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

  77. MSPs to consider elected conveners

    MSPs are to investigate whether the conveners of Holyrood committees should be elected by the whole parliament.

    Presiding officer Tricia Marwick has already said such a move could strengthen the Scottish Parliament.

    A committee

    It is currently the political parties who decide who should head up committees.

    The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee is to start looking at the potential benefits and disadvantages of changing the system.

  78. Your Pictures

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    Sunrise in Corstophine

    David Lamb snapped this sunrise at 8:00am this morning from his living room window in Corstorphine.

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  79. Scottish manufacturers 'remain optimistic'

    Scottish manufacturers are optimistic about the coming year despite reporting flat figures for the fourth quarter, according to a survey.

    Data suggested manufacturers had seen zero change in output in the past three months.

    A welder

    But the forecast for the first quarter of 2015 is much more bullish, with 16% more respondents expecting an increase in output.

    A net balance of 19% expect more orders and 12% forecast a rise in employment.

  80. 'More Powers' and 'Tartan Tax'

    Some of the stories making the front pages of Scotland's newspapers...

    Papers composite

    The Scotsman says Nicola Sturgeon has warned Ed Miliband the Scottish Parliament must get more powers if the SNP is to support Labour after the general election.

    The Scottish Daily Mail accuses Ms Sturgeon of plotting to target the middle classes with new tax laws.

    Scotland's new pro-independence paper The National says new powers for the Scottish parliament could "lock us in a spiral of cuts".

  81. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    There are a few train cancellations this morning, including the 08:07 Neilston to Glasgow Central, the 09:10 Cumbernauld to Motherwell and the 09:16 Glasgow Central to Whifflet, which is now due at 09:45.

    A few different services have been affected for different reasons, so check ahead with Scotrail if you can.

  82. Post update

    Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Coming up on Morning Call with Louise White:

    Should all new drivers have a year's probationary period. In the past a graduated test has been suggested with limits on the number of passengers that new drivers can carry. Would it save lives?

    And should we ban Black Friday? After last week's chaotic scenes as shoppers scrambled for bargains, it it just a cynical commercial ploy that encourages greed?

    Text us on 80295 or email us at

    Listen from 08:50 on BBC Radio Scotland on 92 - 95 FM and 810 MW as well as online and on digital radio.

  83. Childcare costs

    The cost of childcare in Scotland is a "route to in-work poverty" for many parents, according to a report.

    child in nursery

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) said the average cost of putting a child aged between two and five in nursery for 25 hours a week was £5,307 a year.

    This represented a rise of 8.2% in the past year, it said.

  84. SSE living wage contract

    Power firm SSE has awarded what is thought to be Scotland's largest living wage contract.

    The new subsea electricity link

    The £460m contract, awarded by SSE networks business SHE Transmission, will apply to a new subsea electricity link being built by engineers ABB Ltd.

    SSE said the contract for part of the Caithness to Moray Transmission Project would support at least 600 jobs.

    All staff and contractors will be paid at least the living wage of £7.65 per hour, and £7.85 from April next year.

    The living wage is based on the amount an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living.

  85. Travel latest

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In Blantyre, one lane's blocked by a broken down tanker on the A725 northbound between A724 Whistleberry Road and M74 J5 (Raith Interchange),

    There's heavy traffic on the M74 northbound between J2 Cambuslang Road and J1A Polmadie.

    On the M80, one lane has been blocked by a southbound accident between M9 J9 Bannockburn and J8 M876.

    In Edinburgh there's heavy traffic on the A902 Telford Road westbound at Groathill Avenue.

    In Galashiels, the A7 Abbotsford Road is partially blocked by an accident, with three cars involved at A6091 (Kingsknowe Roundabout).

  86. St Paul's Church fire

    A large fire at a church in Edinburgh is being treated as suspicious.

    Fire at St Paul's Church

    Emergency services were called to the vacant St Paul's on Muirhouse Avenue at about 21:30 on Sunday night.

    At its height, about 20 firefighters were battling the flames. No-one was injured.

  87. Dry start but rain on the way

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Patchy fog will lift, leaving most places dry but cloudy. Outbreaks of rain will spread from the west during the late afternoon and evening.

    Across the north west and Northern Isles it will turn wet from the west through the morning, and many places will have a wet afternoon.

    Drier weather with isolated showers will reach the Western Isles towards dusk with most places becoming dry during the evening.

    It'll also be a windy day across the Northern Isles with fresh to strong southerly winds, but lighter winds elsewhere.

    Highs today around 9 or 10C.

  88. Open for business

    Nicola Sturgeon is to insist she is not intent on class war, despite backing land reform and higher taxes on the rich.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Addressing company executives in Glasgow, she is expected to say she wants Scotland to be "an attractive, rewarding and value-creating place" to do business.

    In her first speech outside Holyrood since taking office, she will ask her audience for ideas to help "grow the economy faster and more sustainably".

  89. Post update

    Calum Watson

    BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and welcome to today's instalment of Scotland Live, bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens across the country until 18:00.