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  1. Rangers & shareholder Mike Ashley accused of breaching dual interest rules
  2. Trident key to SNP election deal
  3. Doubts over killer nurse conviction
  4. Jim Murphy pledges Scottish Labour's 'rebirth'
  5. Celtic drawn against Inter Milan in last 32 of Europa League

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By Graham Fraser, Louise Sayers, Thomas McGuigan and Laura Cuthill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    That's all from the Scotland Live team tonight. We're back tomorrow at 07:00. Hope you can join us then.

  2. Rangers latest

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist is looking for about £400,000 if he is to leave immediately, rather than work his 12-month notice period. McCoist will meet the Rangers board on Wednesday, with Rangers seeking an "amicable solution". But with the Ibrox outfit still in dire financial straits, finding such a sum may be difficult.

    Ally McCoist
  3. Ally McCoist - Your Views

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    John from Kirkcaldy: There is more to Ally McCoist's actions than meets the eye. The man has simply had enough and it may be the case that he is having to make a stand. Nobody would have put up with this situation and, whilst results on the pitch are poor, Rangers fans must never forget he kept our club together. Despite this media obsession with his salary he did previously work for nothing, unlike others who have bled the club dry.

  4. Tune in...

    Reporting Scotland has started on BBC One Scotland.

    Reporting Scotland

    Watch the programme here.

  5. Jim Murphy - Your Views

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    Norman, Borders: Labour Party problems not London or personalities, but having same policies of neo-liberal cuts as all other parties.

  6. Tune in...

    BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound is getting under way on 810 MW, with the latest on the Rangers/Mike Ashley story.

    You can listen live to the programme here.

  7. Smoke and mirrors

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Should smoking in cars carrying children be a criminal offence? That's Morning Call tomorrow.

  8. Rangers & Ashley accused of dual interest breach

    Rangers and Mike Ashley have been accused of breaching several Scottish Football Association rules relating to his dual interest in Rangers and Newcastle, the SFA has announced.

    Ashley owns 8.29% of the Ibrox club and will not increase that shareholding to above 10%.

    Both Rangers and Ashley have been issued with a notice of complaint.

    Mike Ashley

    The case will be heard on 27 January of next year.

    Newcastle owner Ashley increased his influence at Ibrox in October when he provided a £2m loan to the cash-strapped Scottish Championship club.

  9. Mountain call after fatal fall

    A sheriff has suggested that mountain guides require regulation after a fatal accident on Skye in 2012.

    Graham Paterson, a 60-year-old experienced guide, fell while leading a client with no previous experience of hillwalking in a Scottish winter.


    After several attempts, the woman managed to descend and raise the alarm.

    But because she had no map to allow her to give rescuers a grid reference, it was two days after the accident before Mr Paterson's body was found.

  10. Man charged with Stranraer attack

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    A 21-year old man has appeared in private at Stranraer Sheriff Court charged with assaulting a man to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

    David Watson, from Stranraer, made no plea or declaration.


    It followed an incident in the town in the early hours of Sunday morning which left a 40-year-old man in Glasgow's Southern General Hospital.

    Mr Watson was released on bail pending further examination.

  11. Rangers latest

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    #Rangers and Mike Ashley issued with Scottish FA notice of complaint for dual interest in Rangers and Newcastle. Hearing on 27th Jan.

  12. Sexual assaults on bus

    Police have released an image of a man who officers believe may be able to assist them with their inquiries after two women were sexually assaulted on a bus in Glasgow city centre on 20 July 2014.

    The incident happened between 14:00 and 14:30 hours on a number two bus travelling between Argyle Street and St Vincent Terrace.

    CCTV image of man

    The man is described as approximately 5'5 in height and of medium build with black cropped hair. He is aged between 34 to 39-years-old. He was wearing dark lenses glasses, dark striped polo shirt, dark jacket and dark denims and green trainers.

    Detective Constable Lisa MacDonald of Glasgow west end police office is appealing for any witnesses to this incident, or anyone who can identify the man in the CCTV image to come forward to police.

  13. Four-figure theft from bistro

    Police Scotland are appealing for information following a theft from the Alford Bistro & Coffee Shop on Main Street in Alford.

    The cafe was broken into between 23:30 on 13 December and 09:25 on 14 December.

    A small black hotel safe which contained cash as well as some gift vouchers and cash from the till were stolen. The cash stolen was estimated to be a mid-four figure sum.

    The Alford Bistro

    Police Constable Neil Duncan said: "I would ask members of the public who may have been offered gift vouchers for the Alford Bistro & Coffee Shop, or have come across anyone in a possession of a large quantity of these gift vouchers, that they contact us.

    "We are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have seen any person or vehicle acting suspiciously on the night of Saturday 13 December."

  14. Colin Norris case

    The innocent serial killer? Mark Daly says the case of Scottish nurse Colin Norris is "immensely troubling'.

    Colin Norris was convicted of murdering four elderly patients

    "My relationship with his case started back in 2011. My latest Panorama/BBC Scotland Investigates is the second programme I've made on it. And there is now even more reason to question the convictions," writes Mark.

  15. Man arrested over 'rare' stolen car

    Angie Brown

    BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter

    A man has been charged by police in connection with the theft of a rare car during a break-in at a West Lothian house.

    The purple Nissan Skyline was stolen along with £150,000 worth of jewellery and cash from a Livingston house last Wednesday.

    Nissan Skyline

    The car, which was later recovered in London, is said to be worth £47,000 and is one of only about 20 in the UK.

    A 31-year-old will appear at Livingston Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

  16. Trident key to SNP election deal

    The SNP will not lend its support to any party that favours Trident renewal if there is a hung parliament after the UK general election next year.

    The party's leader and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been laying out her key demands in the event of the SNP being asked to do a deal.

    John Swinney and Nicola Sturgeon at Downing Street

    She ruled out any electoral pact with the Tories, but hinted she could reach agreement with Labour.

    She also repeated calls for the SNP to be included in pre-election TV debates.

  17. Strachan 'feels' for McCoist

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has expressed sympathy for Ally McCoist.

    Rangers confirmed earlier today that McCoist has resigned and is serving a 12-month notice period.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and Rangers boss Ally McCoist

    "I feel for him because over the last two years he's been speaking about Rangers Football Club, the financial state of it, who's the chairman, who's not the chairman, and the only time you actually speak to him about football is when they get beat," said Strachan.

    "I do feel for every football manager, but it's not going to change."

  18. Jim Murphy - Your Views

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    John: Jim Murphy is well in with Westminster Labour - warts and all - and they will be very happy to see this Labour right winger dictate policy for Scotland.

  19. Serious road accident closes A7

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    A serious accident has led to the closure of the A7 in the Scottish Borders at Selkirk.

    Traffic Scotland said the incident, reported shortly before 16:00, involved a lorry and a pedestrian.


    Emergency services have been sent to the scene and the road has been closed in both directions.

    Drivers should avoid the area if possible and seek an alternative route or expect delays.

  20. Weather update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It's a cold night to come with a band of wintry showers spreading across northern Scotland. The showers will fall as sleet, hail and snow, with some thunder possible too.

    It will be drier in the central belt and south although there is the risk of a few passing showers at times. It will be cold for all with a widespread frost, icy in places and lows around freezing.

    There is a Met Office yellow 'be aware' warning for snow and ice valid until Tuesday morning affecting the Northern Isles, Grampian and the Highlands.

    Tomorrow a weak ridge of high pressure will bring a better day for most. Ice will be a risk first thing and it will be mainly dry day with some sunshine especially in the east.

  21. St Andrews case

    A student from St Andrews University has told a jury she was terrified when a man pushed her to the ground.

    The 19-year-old said she was walking from her halls of residence in St Andrews along a tree-lined footpath towards a bus stop, when she was grabbed.

    She was giving evidence at the trial of Pasquale Galianni, 31, who denies sexually assaulting her with intent to rape in North Haugh, St Andrews on 28 November last year.

    Mr Galianni also denies raping and sexually assaulting another woman in the town in April this year. He has lodged a special defence of consent to the rape charge.

  22. Tune in...

    Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland, with the latest on the Sydney cafe siege.


    You can listen live to the programme here.

  23. Forrest on fire

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is relishing the prospect of having fit-again winger James Forrest available for selection.

    Forrest scored one and set up another in Sunday's 4-1 win over St Mirren.

    Celtic winger James Forrest

    It was great to see him, the way he eliminates people with his first touch, his change of pace, it's terrific," said Strachan, who revealed his side will face Northern Ireland in a friendly in March.

    "James will add to our squad when we get him back. He's got to work back to fitness with Celtic and if he does well with them then he'll get involved with us again."

  24. Sturgeon on Trident

    David Porter

    Westminster correspondent

    Scotland's first minister and the leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, has been laying out her key demands in the event of a hung parliament after the next general election, including a commitment not to renew Trident.

    Speaking at Westminster, Ms Sturgeon ruled out any electoral pact with the Tories, but hinted she could reach agreement with Labour.

    The Trident Nuclear Submarine, HMS Victorious, on patrol off the west coast of Scotland.

    However, she said she could not lend her support to any party that wanted to go ahead with replacing Trident. She would not use the phrase ''a red line'' but made it plain a refusal to invest in a Trident replacement would be necessary before her party could reach any agreement.

    Ms Sturgeon also urged an end to ''austerity politics'' and repeated her call for the SNP to be included in any TV debates in the run up to next May's general election. She said a refusal to do so would be ''indefensible'' because the SNP was now the third largest UK party in terms of membership.

  25. Your Pictures


    Morag Macdonald from Aberdeen sent us this picture of her dad, Ron, enjoying a walk with her dog, Mac, on Newburgh beach.

    Mac the dog

    Send in your photos to and we'll put a selection in our weekly gallery.

  26. Party's 'rebirth'

    Brian Taylor

    Political editor, Scotland

    This was Jim Murphy's Clause Four moment: a mirror of the initiative 20 years ago when Tony Blair rewrote his party's historic stance on economic policy. Mr Murphy told a party audience in Glasgow today that he wanted nothing less than the rebirth of Scottish Labour.

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy

    He said devolved policies must be driven in Scotland and Scottish party staffing must be firmly in the hands of the Scottish leader.

    Autonomy, he said, would be specified in a redrafted Scottish Labour constitution. Critics say it's gloss; Mr Murphy says he's signalling a determination to change.

  27. Murphy's vision

    The Herald

    "Politicians with visions, the former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt once remarked laconically, ought to go and see an optician."

    Read David Torrance's column on Jim Murphy becoming the new leader of Scottish Labour.

  28. 'Night to remember'

    Sir Chris Hoy, the six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist from Edinburgh who was given the lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year last night, tweets: Thanks again for all the kind messages that are still coming in after last night at SPOTY. A night to remember :-)

  29. Chased with golf club

    Evening Express

    tweets: Brave Aberdeen shopkeeper chased knife-wielding robber with a golf club

    Read the full story here.

  30. Borders financial settlement 'fair'

    The financial settlement allocated to the Scottish Borders Council is "fair", according to its leader.

    The authority will receive about £203m in 2015/16 from the Scottish government, under plans outlined by finance secretary John Swinney.


    Council leader David Parker said: "The settlement is a difficult settlement in difficult, austere times but it's a fair settlement."

    The council will outline their plans for the budget on Thursday.

  31. Click and collect on the rise

    Scottish retailers expect to see a 47% rise in click and collect orders this Christmas.

    A woman online shopping on a tablet

    Barclays say click and collect, where people order an item online and collect it in store, is expected to grow three times faster than home deliveries by 2018.

    They also say nearly half of retailers are investing in click and collect as a delivery option and more than two thirds believe its critical to their business.

  32. 'Give me a chance'

    Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

    "Haha the viewing from the stand will be decent. Tweet was a bit tongue in cheek, I'm buzzing for the draw, hopefully the manager decides to give me a chance. Great for the club #67

  33. Life of a football reporter

    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    tweets: Quick cuppie before heading up to Pittodrie

    Man Flu cup
  34. Car chase court appearances

    The Press and Journal

    tweets: Ten people expected in court today following Friday's car chase through Inverurie and Aberdeen

    Read the full story here.

  35. Appeal over attempted murder

    Police have issued a fresh appeal for help in tracing a car that was used in the attempted murder of a teenager in Glsgow.

    The 18-year-old was walking with two friends in Inveresk Street, Carntyne, when the car struck him at 20:00 on 30 November.

    Inveresk Street, Carntyne

    A male passenger then argued with them before leaving in the car, which returned and hit the victim again.

    Police believe the car was a black Volkswagen Golf. The teenager remains in a serious condition in hospital.

  36. New education strategy

    The Scottish government has launched a seven-year strategy to help schools, colleges and employers work together more effectively.

    The plans include increasing the number of tie-ups between schools and employers as well as improving careers guidance.

    School pupils

    They follow a major report earlier this year on developing Scotland's young workforce.

    The government hopes the plans will lead to a significant cut in youth unemployment by 2022.

  37. Online ordering

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: Retailers expect click & collect to grow 47% this Christmas, 41% say they'd struggle with online orders without it: research for Barclays.

  38. Man admits killing his friend

    A man has admitted killing his friend while awaiting sentence for an earlier attack on him.

    William Jackson, 51, fatally assaulted 56-year-old Walter Littlejohn at his flat in Govanhill, Glasgow, in July.

    He was originally charged with murder but had a guilty plea accepted to the reduced charge of culpable homicide.

    At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on Jackson was deferred for background reports until January and he was remanded in custody.

  39. Celtic v Inter Milan - Your Views


    David in Argyll: If you reflect on how Celtic got to this stage in this competition, it is hard to see how their luck can continue.

  40. Rapist jailed

    A teenager who raped a sleeping woman months after being released early from prison has been jailed for six years and three months.

    Ross Wright, 19, attacked the 25-year-old woman at a house in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, in May.

    He claimed the woman was awake and had consented to have sex but was convicted following a trial last month.

    Wright was on early release from detention for a serious assault charge when he carried out the rape.

  41. Sports Personality - Your Views

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    Anon: Sports Personality award is an outdated format. It's just a publicity showcase for the BBC.

    Moira in Fife: Rory McIlroy should have won and, as for the English ladies rugby team winning team of the year, what a joke! The Ryder Cup Team were robbed.

    Lewis Hamilton was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014

    Gary in Stepps: Clare Balding - great coverage of Commonwealth Games and plenty of personality.

    John: Folk are just about sick of the rich meeting to congratulate themselves at an expensive do. Hence the reduction in viewing the Sports Personality Of The Year.

  42. Baby killer fails in review attempt

    A man convicted of murdering a six-week-old baby in Aberdeen has failed in his bid to have his conviction reviewed.

    Mark Simpson was jailed for a minimum of 20 years in 2010 for killing his then girlfriend's daughter, Alexis Matheson, by assaulting her in 2007.

    Alexis Matheson

    He had asked the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission to look again at his conviction and sentence.

    But a spokesman for the SCCRC said Mr Simpson's application had been rejected at the first stage.

  43. Celtic 'the better side'

    Former Celtic midfielder and assistant boss Murdo MacLeod has described his former club's task against Inter Milan as "tough".

    Reacting to the draw for the last 32 of the Europa League, BBC Sportsound pundit MacLeod added: "There's a great history between the two clubs. I'm really looking forward to the game.

    Murdo MacLeod

    "Inter are 12th [in Serie A] which isn't great. The plus point for them is they have a few weeks to turn themselves around.

    "If Celtic play, I think they're a better side than Inter Milan just now."

  44. Get Involved

    What do you think of Celtic's draw in the Europa League? What will happen at Rangers in light of Ally McCoist's resignation?

    How will Jim Murphy fare as Scottish Labour's new leader?

    Share your views via text to 80295, visit our Facebook page, email or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

    BBC Scotland Live
  45. Previous meetings

    Celtic FC

    Celtic FC tweet: The last time Celtic played @Inter in a competitive match was in the semi final of the European Cup in 1972. However, the most famous meeting between the 2 sides was in Lisbon on May 25, 1967. Celtic won 2-1 to lift the European Cup.

  46. 'Good draw'

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    Celtic v Inter Milan. Good draw. Inter 12th in Serie A. Four league wins all season. Not insurmountable if Ronny Deila can sort his defence.

  47. Dog rescue

    Fire crews rescued a dog which fell through ice while chasing a duck across a frozen pond.

    Dog rescued from frozen pond

    The animal was plucked from the water by firefighters after falling through the thin ice in Arbroath on Saturday.

    Crews used axes to break up the ice before wading in to rescue the animal, which was safely returned to its owners.

    Station manager Fraser Scott issued a warning about the dangers of frozen waterways.

  48. Celtic face Italian giants

    Celtic have been drawn to face Inter Milan in the last 32 of the Europa League.

  49. A&E waiting time target questioned

    MSPs have questioned whether a key target for Accident and Emergency (A&E) waiting times in Scotland is "reasonable or achievable".

    NHS boards are supposed to see then admit, transfer or discharge 98% of patients attending at A&E units within four hours.


    In September the target was met for only 93.5% of patients.

    Members of the public audit committee at Holyrood have asked ministers to reconsider the national standard.

  50. Ex-police officer jailed over sex attacks

    A former police officer convicted of sex attacks on two women and a string of assaults has been jailed for 12 years.

    The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Kevin Storey had a long and honourable record of police service in the Scottish Borders and other parts of the UK.

    Kevin Storey

    But Paul Arthurson QC said: "Your appalling crimes render you a disgrace to your former uniform."

    He was put on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

  51. Safety reminder for farmers

    Safety guidelines have been issued following the death of a sheep farmer from the Borders.

    Jim Sharp, 66, suffered multiple injuries in an accident at Newbigging Walls farm, near Lauder, in March.

    Jim Sharp
    Image caption: Mr Sharp died as a result of multiple injuries after being dragged into the grain machine

    A fatal accident inquiry heard that his shoe lace became entangled in a rotating blade inside a grain silo.

    NFU Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive have reminded farmers to use the safe stop procedure when working with any agricultural machinery.

  52. Never Miss A Beatt

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    What did you all think of the #SPOTY last night?

    The John Beattie Show

    You can listen live to the programme on BBC Radio Scotland, from 12:00, here.

  53. Winds of change

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Most seabirds avoid offshore wind farm sites, research suggests.

    The review found that over 99% of seabirds were likely to alter their flight paths in order to avoid collision with turbines.


    The British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Highlands and Islands' Environmental Research Institute in Thurso did the study.

    However, the researchers said what affect the farms have on some vulnerable species remained unclear.

    The research was carried out on behalf of Scottish government body Marine Scotland Science.

  54. What a year

    In the year that fire gripped Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh's trams got up and running, a few well-known faces took part in the ice bucket challenge, there were moments of sporting greatness in the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup came to town and the political scene was dominated by the referendum.

    Celtic Park during the Commonwealth Games

    Watch again as the Sunday Politics Scotland team looks back at the big events of 2014.

  55. Deliberate fires

    Police are investigating a spate of deliberate fires which have damaged property in Bo'ness.

    Bo'ness Recreation Centre

    Firefighters have attended blazes at Mingle Place, Ewart Grove, Shafto Place, Ritchie Place, Pennelton Place and the Bo'ness Recreation Centre (pictured) on Gauze Road in recent weeks.

    Property damaged includes wheelie bins, trees and garden furniture.

    PC Craig Towler from the Bo'ness and Blackness Community team said concern was growing over the deliberate fires.

  56. Drive to cut youth unemployment

    A plan aimed at cutting youth unemployment in Scotland by 40% by 2021 has been unveiled by the Scottish government.

    The new youth employment strategy will focus on forging closer links between schools, colleges and employers.

    It comes in response to a report by Sir Ian Wood's Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce.

    The commission concluded that Scotland was not preparing or equipping its young people for work.

  57. Nursery fire

    Firefighters tackled an early-morning blaze at a nursery in Dundee.

    Technotots Nursery in Dundee

    Four engines and a command support unit were sent to the Technotots Nursery at the Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate at 06:30.

    The blaze was contained within an hour, but crews remained on the scene to ventilate the building.

  58. Let It Snow!

    Snowsports enthusiasts have been making the most of snow in the Cairngorms.

    Sled dog racers, skiers and snowboarders have been among those revelling in the white stuff.

    Photographer Paul Campbell has also captured animal life, including the polar bears and European lynx at the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig, in the wintry landscape.

    Sled dog racers
  59. Ally McCoist - Your Views

    You have been discussing the Ally McCoist story on the BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page.

    Robert C. Sutherland: He doesn't want to stay and no one wants him at the club so they have to reach an agreement for him to go now.

    Ally McCoist

    Aaron Wilkie: OK, everyone is rightfully entitled to their opinion and as fans we have the right to complain. However, why not focus more energy on venting frustration and anger at the board and do more about that? Ally has got a lot wrong and yes Rangers should have carved out a new approach and philosophy at the club but didn't. OK, we've signed dud after dud but stop and ask yourself would any manager in world football hold a club together like McCoist has?

  60. Fish talks

    Fisheries ministers from across the EU are gathering in Brussels to thrash out the rules under which the industry will operate next year.

    Much of the discussion will centre on how to deal with a ban on discarding unwanted fish back into the sea.

    This will come into force in January for species such as herring and mackerel, and a year later for cod and haddock.

    Agreements have already been reached on quota levels.

  61. Votes at 16 - Your Views


    Isabell Millingen: It seems odd to me that they will allow 16 and 17-year-olds to decide who will govern the country but not let them make decisions, such as play video games like Call of Duty, buy a pint in a pub, watch 18-certificate films, smoke, or get a tattoo.

  62. Pensioners robbed

    A man has been arrested after a 79-year-old man and a woman, 77, were robbed in the Buckie area.

    Police Scotland said the incident with the man happened on 6 December and the other incident happened five days later.

    The 41-year-old man has also been charged with breaking into a house in Strathlene in November and stealing property.

    He was expected to appear at Elgin Sheriff Court on Monday.

  63. Jim Murphy - Your Views

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    John, Kirkcaldy: I was a member of the Labour Party at 16-years-old. I have voted Labour in every General Election since I was allowed to vote. I am now 44 and will vote Conservative at the next General Election rather than support Jim Murphy.

    Mary: I have never voted Labour in my life. I've voted Conservative in the General Election and SNP in the Scottish elections. Since hearing Jim Murphy in the referendum campaign, and listening to his vision for a new powerful Scotland, I will be voting for him: i.e. Labour in both General and Scottish elections. He speaks with genuine conviction and heart in an inclusive manner.

    Jim, Castlemilk: Those who voted No in the referendum effectively voted for Tory rule . Whether it's David Cameron or Ed Milliband: they have the same policies.

  64. Rennie: 'Revenue Scotland may have misled Parliament'

    The Scotsman

    The head of Revenue Scotland may have misled parliament when giving evidence to a Holyrood committee, the Liberal Democrats have said.

    Willie Rennie MSP said a statement made by Eleanor Emberson while giving evidence to the Finance Committee was at odds with the findings of a recent report about the progress of the body.

    Read the full story here.

  65. Cancer protein discovery

    Research teams at the universities of Glasgow and the West of Scotland have found how a protein in our cells stops cancer developing.

    A brain tumour

    The work has been done at the Beatson Institute of Cancer Research.

    Lead Author Dr Taranjit Singh Rai of the University of the West of Scotland said that the while the discovery could lead to new treatments, that is still a long way off.

    He said: "We have found one way whereby the cell can stop cancer but there are potentially many many other ways so we are actually quite far off from translating into therapy or into drugs."

  66. 'The Hoff' in Panto

    Organisers of the annual pantomime at Glasgow's SECC have announced David Hasselhoff will star as Captain Hook at next year's show.

    David Hasselhoff as Hook

    The Baywatch actor will be the star at the Clyde Auditorium.

  67. Can Jim Murphy turn things around for Labour?

    John Curtice

    Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Part of Jim Murphy's problem in Scotland is, that pretty much everybody who voted 'Yes' in September is now backing the SNP. Around a third of those who voted for Labour in 2010 voted 'Yes', and that is the immediate source of Labour's losses.

    We've historically known that there was this big gap in Scottish parliament voting intentions and Westminster voting intentions - people being much more likely to vote for the SNP in the Scottish parliament than in Westminster. That gap has almost disappeared.

    All these things Jim Murphy plans to do - addressing the autonomy of the Scottish party; developing policy for the party within Scotland - all of it is necessary.

    The problem is that it's probably not going to be sufficient for him to be able to turn things around for the Westminster general election next May, because he needs to persuade people that the offer being made by the Labour party across the UK as a whole is one that they want to have enthusiasm for.

  68. 'Rangers: The Movie'

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    Ally McCoist's pay goes up while Rino Gattuso reported as a possible replacement. 'Rangers: The Movie' now in the realms of science fiction

  69. Labour's trade union links

    On the issue of Labour's links with trade unions following the election of Jim Murphy (08:51), Labour activist and blogger Duncan Hothersall said: "Forty percent of the trade union vote, voted for Jim Murphy, despite 90% of union leaders backing someone else.

    "I think it's the union leaders that need to take a closer look at themselves.

    "A lot of big names backed him, so to caricature him as somebody who isn't popular in the union movement is just dishonest."

  70. Today's back pages

    All the latest on the future of Rangers, as Celtic look forward to the Europa League draw.

    Ally McCoist

    Read the football gossip.

  71. Sniffer dog

    Discover the story of Barra, a dog which can detect bodies under water.

    Barra the dog
  72. Labour's trade union link

    Scottish Labour have entered a new era with the election of Jim Murphy as leader. But after trade unions Unite, Unison and the GMB recommended their members back the MSP Neil Findlay, how does the result leave party relations with the unions?

    Jim Murphy

    Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme, trade unionist Suki Sangha thinks it's time for unions to consider breaking the link with the Labour Party.

    She said: "I think that we need to recognise that in Scotland the political landscape has changed and I think the questions about the trade union link with the Labour Party is actually now a question fundamentally linked to a question of democracy - especially as the membership of other political parties has increased."

  73. Small businesses 'cautious'

    Small business confidence has fallen for a second consecutive quarter in Scotland and continues to lag behind the UK average, according to a survey.

    Office scene

    The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found firms were much more cautious than earlier in the year.

    However, more companies said they were planning to invest over the next 12 months than was the case a year ago.

    Almost a third expected their prospects to improve over the next three months, while 25% expected them to worsen.

  74. Peter Pan plans

    Plans to preserve a Dumfries house which inspired JM Barrie to write Peter Pan have been given a major financial boost.

    Peter Pan

    A grant of £1.78m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will be used to create Scotland's first centre for children's literature and storytelling.

    It is part of £4.8m the HLF is donating to five projects across Scotland.

    Others include Campbeltown Picture House, which will receive £1.1m to fund restoration and improvements.

  75. Votes at 16 likely to go ahead

    David Porter

    Westminster correspondent

    Today Nicola Sturgeon will push for Holyrood to be given the power over granting votes to 16 and 17-year-olds, during talks with the Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street this morning.

    It was recommended in the Smith Commission on further devolution, and she's very keen to get it going so it's in time for the 2016 Holyrood elections.

    All the indications coming from the UK government are that they will say 'Yes, that will go ahead'.

  76. Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland

    With Jim Murphy Scottish Labour's new leader and Kezia Dugdale his deputy, we'll be discussing if new leadership is the fresh start Labour needs in Scotland?

    And from next Saturday, restaurants and takeaways across Europe will be required by law to tell customers if their food contains ingredients known to trigger allergies, including nuts, milk, celery, gluten, soya and wheat.

    But who should take responsibility for food allergies? Should restaurants be liable if they fail to inform customers, or is it up to the individual customer to ask?

    Text 80295 with your views, email us, or tweet #ScotlandLive.

  77. On the roads

    BBC Scotland Travel


    There is queuing traffic for five miles on A720 Edinburgh City bypass westbound between Gilmerton and Dreghorn.

  78. Hoy wins lifetime achievement award

    Six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy was given the lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

    Sir Chris Hoy

    The Scot, 38, was honoured at the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow.

    "It's very hard not to get emotional when you hear amazing words from people you respect and get this amazing reception," said Hoy.

    "I never thought I'd see my name alongside Sir Steve Redgrave, David Beckham and Seve Ballesteros."

  79. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A cold start with some icy patches around on untreated surfaces. It will remain wintry over high ground, with snow to lower levels over the Northern Isles. There will also be some hail and thunder at times.

    Showers will become scattered during the morning and will continue to affect northern and western Scotland. Elsewhere, mainly dry although one or two showers will push through the central Lowlands towards Edinburgh and East Lothian.

    Temperatures for many will reach just 4 or 5C, closer to 1 or 2C in parts of the north, where the bitter north-westerly wind will continue to be strong with gales over the far north.

  80. Votes at 16

    Prime Minister David Cameron is to give the Scottish parliament the power to lower the voting age in time for the 2016 election.

    Young voters

    Mr Cameron is expected to confirm the move in a meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Downing Street later.

    Voters aged 16 and 17 took part in the Scottish independence referendum.

    All five political parties represented at Holyrood support the reduction of the voting age.

  81. McCoist's resignation

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Mr Alastair McCoist's resignation from #Rangers FC, gets him a huge pay rise:

    McCoist statement to the Stock Exchange
  82. £750k a year for McCoist

    In the statement to the Stock Exchange regarding McCoist's resignation, it states the Rangers manager's salary "will increase significantly to £750,000 per annum".

    It adds the directors will hold discussions with McCoist and expect to make another announcement before the end of the week.

  83. Rangers confirm McCoist resignation

    Rangers have confirmed to the Stock Exchange that manager Ally McCoist has resigned and is serving 12 months' notice.

    Ally McCoist
  84. Today's front pages

    The Scotsman leads with the news that Jim Murphy will today set out the "biggest change in Scottish Labour's history" with a radical plan to rewrite its constitution in a flagship speech promising a rebirth of the party.

    Front pages 15 December

    The Times reveals that Paul Sinclair, who served alongside former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, has said that the party has an "intellectual deficit" because it is filled with "time-servers" given seats to keep them quiet.

    Read our paper review.

  85. Broken-back skier works towards return

    A top Scottish skier who broke her back in training hopes to return to fitness in time for the world championships next February.

    Charlie Guest

    Charlie Guest, the UK number one female alpine slalom skier, is rehabilitating three weeks after breaking four vertebrae in the crash in Sweden.

    The 20-year-old qualified for the World Championships in the USA before her injury.

    She said she "hasn't ruled out" being fit in time for the tournament.

  86. Sex abuse inquiry

    BBC Scotland has learned that a public inquiry into historical sex abuse is to be announced this week.

    Sex abuse victim

    The move, to be confirmed by Scottish government ministers, is supported by opposition parties.

    The announcement is expected to confirm a timetable, although the precise terms of reference have yet to be drawn up.

    The move follows a number of scandals involving the abuse of children in care, including at institutions run by the Roman Catholic church.

  87. Murphy's plan

    The new Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy plans to rewrite his party's constitution to stress that Labour will run its own affairs in Scotland.

    Jim Murphy

    In his first big speech since his election, Mr Murphy will indicate that he wants to create his own "Clause 4 moment".

    Such a change will "represent the re-founding and rebirth of our Scottish Labour Party," he will argue.

    The new constitution will be voted on by party members in the spring.

  88. Economy 'growing'

    Bank of Scotland chief economist Donald MacRae has said the Scottish economy appears to be "growing but slowing".

    Job centre sign

    His comments came as the bank's latest Report on Jobs found a slower rise in the number of staff placed in permanent jobs by recruitment consultancies.

    The number of temporary staff placed in employment increased in November.

    But the report also found the rate of growth easing to its slowest pace since April.

  89. Welcome

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    Good morning, and welcome to today's Scotland Live blog.

    Join us throughout the day for the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around the country.