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By Jo Perry and Caroline Henderson

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  1. ...signing off for the weekend.

    That's it from the Scotland Live team for today but we'll be back between 07:00 and 19:00 on Monday 18 May, bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across Scotland.

    Until then, you can keep up to date via the BBC Scotland News website.

    Thank you for joining us and we hope you have a lovely weekend.

    BBC Scotland News website
  2. Brora dispelling rumours - Kirkwood

    BBC Sport


    Brora Rangers manager Davie Kirkwood insists his side have dispelled talk about them not wanting promotion with their performances on the pitch.

    Rangers defender Lee Wallace (right) is kept in check by Brora Rangers' Colin Maclean.

    The Highland League outfit travel to Montrose holding a 1-0 first leg lead in their SPFL pyramid play-off final.

    "These players are desperate to go up. These guys on Saturday will definitely give their all," said Kirkwood.

    "When you're a manager you want to play in as high a league as possible and you want to take your players with you."

  3. Councillors back 'grave re-use' plan

    Plans to re-use old graves have been backed by councillors in the Scottish Borders.


    Corpses would be exhumed and reburied at a deeper depth, under proposals put forward by the Scottish government.

    In a move which could ease pressure on cramped cemeteries, more bodies could then be added to the same grave.

    Lairs which are partially full could be dug up after 25 years while those which are full could be re-used 75 years after the last burial was made.

  4. Firearms and drugs seized in raid

    Firearms and a quantity of cannabis have been seized by police from a property in Ayr.


    Police Scotland said their officers made the recovery after an "intelligence led" operation in the town on Thursday.

    Three people - two men aged 17 and 50 and a 38-year-old woman - were arrested in connection with the seizure.

    They were expected to appear at Ayr Sheriff Court on Monday.

  5. Council cleared of Lothian Buses row

    The City of Edinburgh Council has been cleared of any wrongdoing in an independent report into its handling of a row between Lothian Buses directors.

    Auditors at KPMG found the city's officials respected legislation governing public transport bodies, as well as shareholder rules.

    The row started in August, when chief executive Ian Craig's three deputies lodged a grievance against him.

    Lothian Buses said it was moving on from the incident.

  6. Bursary boost for poorest students

    University students from the poorest backgrounds are to be given more financial support, Education Secretary Angela Constance has said.

    Angela Constance

    She said bursaries for students from a household with an income of up to £24,000 would increase by £125 a year.

    Ms Constance added that the threshold for receiving the maximum bursary of £7,625 would be raised to £19,000 next year. It was previously £17,000.

    She said widening access had long been a priority.

  7. DNA evidence led at 'Gerbil' trial

    A DNA profile matching the man accused of murdering Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll was found on a carrier bag in which a gun was discovered, a court has heard.

    Kevin Carroll

    Scientist Marie Campbell told the High Court in Glasgow she analysed the bag found in Coatbridge on 26 January 2010.

    She said the probability of the DNA being anyone other than William Paterson's was one in a billion.

    Mr Paterson, 35, denies fatally shooting 29-year-old gangland figure Mr Carroll in Glasgow on 13 January 2010.

    Mr Carroll was killed at the Asda car park in the city's Robroyston area.

  8. Live on BBC One Scotland

    BBC Scotland News

    The top stories on tonight's edition of Reporting Scotland:

    • Sturgeon meets Cameron
    • Jim Murphy's future as leader of Scottish Labour to be decided
    • The Andy Coulson perjury trial begins
    • Claims of doping in Scottish Rugby
    BBC Reporting Scotland webpage
  9. Dope claims by former Scotland rugby ace

    A former Scotland rugby union international has claimed that doping is still happening in Scottish Rugby.

    Craig Chalmers, whose son Sam was banned for two years after failing a doping test, has said that while the issue is not "rife", it is happening.

    Craig Chalmers - 1999 - East London, South Africa.

    He has called on Scottish Rugby to "take more responsibility" over the issue and has claimed that drug testing is not as widespread as it should be at lower club level.

    Scottish Rugby has responded to the claims by saying that the organisation is "fully committed to the fight against doping in sport in order to protect the integrity of the game".

    A spokesperson said: "As a governing body, we continually endeavour to educate players at all levels of the game on the consequences and repercussions which come with taking banned substances, from both a health and a sporting perspective.

    "Any intelligence received by the governing body is assiduously followed up and reported to UK Anti-Doping.

    "We would urge anybody with information or suspicion on the use of doping in rugby to immediately report this to the Scottish Rugby Union."

  10. Friday night football


    BBC Sport


    Live commentary on @BBCRadioScot from 6.30pm as @St_Johnstone_FC face @celticfc.

    Listen to the programme, here.

    BBC website
  11. Biker dies in crash with campervan

    A man has died after his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a campervan in the Highlands.

    The emergency services were alerted to the accident on the A832 Aultbea to Gairloch road at 12:55. An air ambulance has been sent to the scene.

    The crash happened about two miles (3km) south of Aultbea.

  12. BLOG: Caution on both sides at first meeting

    Brian Taylor

    Political editor, Scotland

    David Cameron has long since learned, like other prime ministers before him, to tread warily in dealing with the miasma of constitutional, electoral and strategic issues which comprise the body politic in Scotland.

    cameron sturgeon

    So it was again today when he met Nicola Sturgeon in Bute House. And yet there is caution too on the first minister's side.

    Why so? Competing mandates - and sundry thoughts as to how those mandates are most effectively exercised.

    Both leaders took pains to describe today's talks as constructive. Yet both leaders retain distinctly different visions as to the final constitutional construct which could emerge.

    Read on.

  13. Travel update - One for the commuters...

    On the roads:

    • From @trafficscotland: Network is VERY busy, please check ahead to avoid delays: #FridayPeak #BeAware #StaySafe
    • From @trafficscotland: #A87 Skye Bridge - Caution High Winds #WindyBridges #StaySafe

    On the water:

    • From @CalMacFerries: #Mallaig - #SmallIsles 16/5 Due to adverse weather sailings may be liable to disruption, delay or cancellation at short notice.
  14. Woman gave man's baby to gay friend

    A mother has been found guilty of duping her former partner into thinking she had an abortion in order to give his child to her gay friend.

    A jury at Perth Sheriff Court found the woman and her male friend guilty of an elaborate fraud.

    Perth sheriff court

    The court heard the pair hatched a "cynical and calculated" plot to cover up who the child's real father was.

    The woman, aged 29, and her 35-year-old male friend were warned they could face up to five years in prison.

    Sheriff William Wood described the offence as "very serious" and paid tribute to the child's father for his efforts to obtain justice for himself and his daughter.

  15. Troubled Arches club to close early

    Glasgow Licensing Board has told The Arches nightclub it will have to close early following complaints by police.

    arches logo

    The city council confirmed the board had "varied the licence", meaning the venue could no longer stay open until 03:00 and must close by midnight.

    Last month police made a bid to have the club closed after a woman was found unconscious and officers recorded 26 drug and alcohol-related incidents.

    It was rejected after a lawyer for The Arches argued this was inappropriate.

  16. Company puts care homes up for sale

    Care home operator HC-One has put two of its sites in Scotland up for sale following a financial restructuring of the company.

    The properties are Blar Buidhe in Stornoway on Lewis and The Birches in Crieff in Perthshire.

    Blar Buidhe had to stop taking new admissions amid concerns about the care being offered, but the temporary restriction was lifted last month.

    Residents of the two homes have been told of the sales.

  17. Captain Kellock gives Warriors a boost

    BBC Sport


    Captain Al Kellock returns for Glasgow Warriors for Saturday's Pro12 tie at Scotstoun, while Ulster make 12 changes to the side that drew with Munster.

    Glasgow captain Al Kellock

    Kellock comes into the second row with fit-again Sean Lamont named on the wing for the sold-out clash.

    Both teams are already assured of places in next week's semi-finals.

    But Glasgow, who are currently sitting second, are looking to secure a home play-off tie and are presently level on points with Munster and leaders Ospreys going into the final round of games.

  18. ...and now for the weather forecast


    BBC Weather

    BBC Weather Tweet
  19. Davidson on SNP - Who is 'pulling the strings?'

    Scottish Conservatives leader, Ruth Davidson, has called Nicola Sturgeon's SNP leadership into question, in the wake of the First Minister's meeting with David Cameron at Bute House today.

    Ruth Davidson and David Cameron

    Ms Davidson said: "The question facing the SNP is whether Nicola Sturgeon is really in charge, or is it the foreign office with Alex Salmond pulling the strings.

    "In office, Mr Salmond said that last year's referendum was once in a lifetime - he needs to front up and tell us, on the record, whether that is something he still supports."

    Meanwhile, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, criticised the SNP following today's meeting.

    He said: "Only a week after the result the SNP have returned to business as usual, stoking up divisions in their drive for an unstable constitutional settlement."

  20. Island estate buyout finalised

    People living on the Pairc Estate in Lewis have finalised a community buyout of the privately-owned estate.

    Residents launched Scotland's first hostile buyout four years ago, before an agreement was reached with landowner Barry Lomas, late in 2013.

    Last year, 166 residents voted for the buyout, with 77 against.

    It has cost the trust £500,000 to purchase the 26,775 acres (10,835ha).

  21. Scientists examine 'The Dress' craze

    Three academic papers have been published after a social media storm about the colour of a dress, which started in Scotland, went global.


    Alana MacInnes, of Uist, and Caitlin McNeill, from Colonsay, asked people online whether they saw the colour as gold and white or blue and black.

    The debate was picked up by fashion bloggers, Twitter, Buzzfeed and celebrities including Taylor Swift.

    Neuroscientists are among the authors published by Current Biology.

  22. On air now...

    BBC Radio Scotland

    On Newsdrive with Laura Maxwell:

    • Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron have been meeting to discuss more powers for Scotland
    • Labour Leadership hopeful Chuka Umunna has withdrawn his bid
    • Tributes from around the world have been paid to the blues legend, BB King, who has died, aged 89.
    BBC Radio Scotland website
  23. Murray's budget plea to SNP

    Shadow Scottish Secretary, Ian Murray, has urged the SNP not to accept a Conservative deal that "cuts Scotland's budget".

    Ian Murray

    It follows a meeting between the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, at Bute House earlier today.

    Mr Murray, said: "There is a real risk that what we get now is a Tory deal on fiscal autonomy, or some way towards it, that leaves Scotland worse off."

    He added: "Labour stood on a platform of ensuring that the final say on benefits rests with the Scottish Parliament and promising a Home Rule Bill within 100 days, so we welcome attempts to deliver quickly on further devolution."

  24. Dressing for the occasion


    Tweet by Ruth Davidson
  25. Union calls for Murphy to quit

    The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called for Jim Murphy to resign as leader of the Scottish Labour party.

    Jim Murphy

    Labour lost 40 seats to the SNP in last week's general election, leaving just one MP representative at Westminster.

    The CWU has described Labour's performance in the election as, "particularly disastrous in Scotland".

    A spokesperson said: "It is clear that the Labour Party needs to rebuild in Scotland and CWU believes that will be done most effectively under new leadership."

    It follows a similar move by Unite union yesterday however, Mr Murphy has received backing from Usdaw, which represents shop workers, and Community union.

  26. Woman killed in car crash fire

    A woman has died after her car caught fire in a road accident near Dumfries.

    She was driving a red Daihatsu which was involved in a crash with a black Vauxhall Zafira at 18:00 on Thursday.

    A spokesman for Police Scotland said the car caught fire and was burnt out as a result of the accident.

    He said neither the driver nor the front seat passenger in the Zafira were injured in the accident on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road at Holywood.

  27. Three men guilty of school abuse

    Three former care workers have been convicted of historical indecent assaults against boys at a school for vulnerable children in Kent.

    Colwyn Baker, 71, David Hennessy, 74, and Nigel Putman, 62, abused youngsters at the now closed Swaylands School, in Penshurst, between 1963 and 1979.

    Swaylands School, which closed in 1993

    Jurors at Maidstone Crown Court returned partial verdicts against them.

    Baker, of Craighouse Avenue, Morningside, Edinburgh, was convicted of five counts of indecent assault, Hennessy of two and Putman of one.

    Baker was cleared of one charge of sexual assault and one indecent assault.

    The jury is still considering 38 other charges.

    Baker had denied 24 indecent assault and three serious sexual assault charges.

  28. Shooting probe questions 130 people

    Police investigating a shooting and an unrelated attack in Glasgow have spoken to more than 130 people and dozens of motorists a week on from the incidents.

    Royston Road

    Officers questioned people close to Gary's Barber Shop in Springburn, where a man, 29, was attacked on 7 May.

    They also spoke to people in Royston Road where another man, also 29, was run over and then shot in a targeted attack later the same day.

  29. More snow forecast for hilltops

    Wintry conditions have been forecast for Scotland's hills and mountains.

    Buachaille Etive Mor

    The Met Office has warned of the "high risk" of southerly gales affecting peaks in the west Highlands on Friday.

    Snow showers are expected on Saturday with the most frequent and heaviest likely over Skye and the north west Highlands, according to the Met Office.

    The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has posted a picture of an avalanche in the Cairngorms to highlight the forecasted wintry weather.

  30. UDA murder plot accused 'a fantasist'

    One of four men accused of plotting to kill two former UDA leaders in Scotland was "a fantasist", a court has heard.

    Edward McVeigh previously told the High Court in Glasgow that his ex-cellmate Anton Duffy hated Johnny Adair and Sam McCrory and spoke of killing them.

    Johnny Adair

    Under cross-examination he admitted telling police he thought Mr Duffy was "a fantasist off his head on tramadol".

    Mr Duffy, 39, Martin Hughes, 36, Paul Sands, 31, and John Gorman, 58, deny a plot to kill Mr Adair and Mr McCrory.

    The court has already heard that Mr Adair and his best friend Mr McCrory were both former members of prohibited Loyalist terror organisations the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and its paramilitary wing the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).

  31. Andy Coulson perjury trial begins

    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has gone on trial in Scotland accused of perjury.

    Andy Coulson

    The 47-year-old journalist is accused of lying at the trial of Scottish socialist politician Tommy Sheridan at the High Court in Glasgow in 2010.

    Mr Coulson, from Kent, a former head of communications at Downing Street, has entered a plea of not guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh.

    His trial, before judge Lord Burns, is expected to last four weeks.

  32. Dunfermline release 18 players

    Cost-cutting Dunfermline Athletic have released 18 players after their failure to win promotion from Scotland's League One this season.

    Andrew Barrowman

    Among those exiting the Fife club are 35-year-old former Dundee United, Motherwell and Plymouth Argyle left-back Jim Paterson, who signed in January.

    Also leaving are 30-year-old striker Andrew Barrowman (pictured), who was in his second spell at East End Park, 22-year-old former Rangers defender Kyle McAusland and Gregor Buchanan, the 25-year-old centre-half who arrived from Airdrieonians last summer.

    Other players exiting East End Park are goalkeepers Ryan Goodfellow and Jamie Wilson, defenders Scott Mercer, Ross Millen, Declan O'Kane Jonathan Page, Stuart Urquhart and Alex Whittle, midfielders Paul George, Finn Graham, Gavin McMillan, Andy Stirling and Ryan Thomson, plus forward Allan Smith.

  33. McCall will have to apply for Gers job

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Rangers manager Stuart McCall says he will have to formally apply for his own job, even if he secures promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

    Stuart McCall

    And he insists that he has no problem with the Glasgow club speaking to other candidates.

    McCall agreed a contract until the end of the season when Kenny McDowall stood down in March.

    But the Ibrox outfit have since been taken over by a consortium led by shareholder Dave King.

  34. Football club launches fire appeal

    Spartans Football Club has launched an appeal to raise money for one of its supporters who lost his home and pets in an Edinburgh fire.

    Garry Betts, also known as Grim O'Grady, lost his family dog Buster and his cats in the fire in Crewe Terrace on Thursday.

    Garry Betts with his dog, Buster

    Mr Betts runs three disabled football teams at the club.

    Craig Graham, Spartans chairman, said: "Grim is a fantastic volunteer around the club so we want to help him."

    He added: "This is dreadful news."

  35. Four detained over 'disturbances'

    Four men have been detained in connection with a series of "related disturbances" in Aberdeen.

    Police Scotland said the incidents happened in the Springhill Crescent and Nigg Way areas of the city on Thursday night.

    Grampian Police

    Men aged 23, 24, 44 and 49 were detained.

    Vehicles involved were said to be a blue Toyota Corolla, a dark Ford Focus and a green car, described as a people carrier.

    A closed section of Nigg Way has re-opened.

  36. Man jailed for rape bid on teenager

    A man who admitted assaulting and attempting to rape a teenager in a wooded area in Irvine has been jailed for six years.

    Ryan Douglas, 25, dragged his 17-year-old victim from the North Ayrshire town's Bank Street on 7 August 2014.

    He ran off after her screams alerted passers-by who came to her aid, and was later traced to a house in the town.

    At the High Court in Edinburgh, Douglas was told he would be placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

  37. Dundee release Davidson and Reid

    BBC Sport


    Dundee have released midfielders Iain Davidson and Jamie Reid.

    Davidson helped the Dens Park side win last season's Scottish Championship title, but the 31-year-old has made only 14 appearances this term.

    Dundee midfielder Iain Davidson

    21-year-old Reid spent this season on loan with Stenhousemuir in League One and Elgin City in League Two.

    Meanwhile, out-of-contract goalkeeper Kyle Letheran has advertised his availability on PFA Scotland's list of players who are looking for new clubs.

    The 27-year-old, previously of Swansea City, Barnsley and Plymouth Argyle, joined Dundee in 2013 after leaving Kilmarnock.

  38. Man arrested over suspicious death

    Police have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with the death of a 33-year-old woman in Renfrewshire.

    Officers were called to a house where a body was found in Linwood near Paisley, at about 14:30 on Thursday.

    The man remains in custody and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

  39. Cost of new gallery to soar to £3m

    The cost of transforming Kirkcudbright Town Hall into a "gallery of national significance" is expected to cost £3.17m, according to a new report.

    Kirkcudbright Town Hall

    The plan is part of the Kirkcudbright Charter, which aims to make the best use of the town's public buildings.

    Council papers have revealed that the design team behind the project will ask Dumfries and Galloway Council for funding of £1.68m.

    It exceeds the authority's budget for the entire charter by £195,000.

  40. Drunken driver killed pedestrian

    A motorist has admitted knocking down and killing a man in Shetland after a day of drinking.

    Accident scene

    John Pottinger, 21, admitted causing the death of 39-year-old George Armour by dangerous driving when he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow.

    The collision happened on the B9074 at Hamnavoe in June last year. The victim was thrown up and over the bonnet of the car.

    Sentence was deferred on Pottinger until next month.

  41. Council staff bribed with lap dances

    Edinburgh council officials accepted lap dances, free drinks and hospitality at football matches in return for awarding lucrative building contracts, a court has heard.

    Edinburgh Council

    Charles Owenson and James Costello had been working for the council's property care services division.

    They took bribes from Kevin Balmer, 52, and Brendan Cantwell, 44, directors at Edinburgh firm ABC Limited.

    All four men admitted charges at the city's sheriff court earlier this week.

  42. In other news...


    Philip Sim

    Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

    The BBC's Philip Sim is covering the Andy Coulson trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

    Follow him on Twitter for the latest updates.

    Here is a snapshot of what he has been Tweeting so far.

    • The use of "live text based communication" has been permitted, so for the first time BBC Scotland will be tweeting throughout the trial.
    • Mr Coulson is charged with lying during the Tommy Sheridan trial in 2010.
    • Representing Mr Coulson, Murdo MacLeod QC tells the court that his client pleads not guilty.
    • Mr Coulson is charged with lying when he told the 2010 trial he didn't know about NOTW (News of the World) phone hacking or payments made to police officers.
    • An agreed "statement of uncontroversial evidence" from the defence is now being read to the jury.
    • Mr Coulson's defence statement quotes at length from Tommy Sheridan's reasons for calling him in 2010 trial.
    • Court to be adjourned until Tuesday. Lord Burns makes a final instruction to jury: "have a good weekend".
    High Court Edinburgh
  43. The Prime Minister took to Twitter to say...


    My message is clear - we can have a strong Scottish Parliament AND a strong United Kingdom. My video from Edinburgh - click here to view.

    Tweet by David Cameron
  44. 'All smiles'


    David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon

    Nicola Sturgeon tweets: All smiles as First Minister @NicolaSturgeon meets prime minister David Cameron in Edinburgh.

  45. Sturgeon meets Cameron

    Key points

    During their hour-long meeting at the first minister's residence - Bute House in Edinburgh - Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron agreed to work constructively to resolve their differences over future powers for the Scottish Parliament.

    David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon enter Bute House
    • Both agreed closer contact between ministers in the Scottish government and ministers at Westminster
    • Prime minister and first minster agreed to meet more often
    • Also agreed to discuss policies that impact upon Scotland at an earlier stage
    • Ms Sturgeon said the prime minister had committed to fully implement Smith Commission proposals
    • She said Mr Cameron also agreed to "consider" proposals on how much further powers could be devolved
    • Business taxes, employment law, the minimum wage and further powers over welfare were all discussed during the meeting
  46. Cameron and Sturgeon - the global view

    Today's meeting between Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has attracted global media attention.

    Here are some of the headlines from around the world:

    Foreign newspaper stand
  47. 'Another agenda'

    In quotes: David Cameron

    "The referendum was a once in a generation, once in a lifetime opportunity.

    David Cameron and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson

    "Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom, and now we should be focussing on the strongest possible Scottish Parliament inside a cohesive United Kingdom.

    "The choice now is what sort of future is there for Scotland in the United Kingdom.

    "My vision is a strong parliament, with tax raising powers, with spending powers - one of the strongest devolved parliaments anywhere in the world, but I wouldn't want to see Scottish taxpayers loaded with extra cuts or extra taxes because of another agenda."

  48. 'Support each other'

    In quotes: David Cameron

    "I don't support full fiscal autonomy.

    "I don't want to ask the Scottish people to find another £7bn in taxes, or make £7bn in additional cuts.

    "I believe in the solidarity of the United Kingdom, where all of the United Kingdom taxpayers stand behind the Scottish pensions, Scottish unemployment, where we support each other in our times of need.

    "That is the sort of United Kingdom I want to build."

  49. 'Solidarity in the UK'

    In quotes: David Cameron

    "Of course, if people want to make further proposals, I will look at them.

    "But I am a great believer in our United Kingdom. We want a strong Scottish parliament but we also want the solidarity between the different parts of the United Kingdom. I don't want to lose that.

    "Smith was the agreement made in Scotland by the Scottish parties."

  50. 'Keep the commitment I made'

    In quotes: David Cameron

    "What I am going to do is keep the commitment I made to people in Scotland.

    "I said the Smith Commission, which was a report made in Scotland, for people in Scotland, will be in a Scotland bill in the Queen's Speech implemented in full.

    David Cameron

    "Let's get that done first, because it does create a really strong Scottish Parliament - not just powers over health and education and those devolved matters, but taxing and spending as well."

  51. Smith Commission

    In quotes: Nicola Sturgeon

    "The Smith Commission proposals are a good starting point but they were before the election.

    "People in Scotland have now voted fairly convincingly for the SNP, sending a message that we want the Smith Commission to go further."

    She added: "The ball is in his court but I'm going into this in good faith."

    On the issue of a second referendum, Ms Sturgeon said talks around another vote on independence were "for another day".

  52. 'Commitment to more powers'


    Prime Minister David Cameron tweets: An important meeting with @NicolaSturgeon on delivering our commitment to more powers for Scotland

    David Cameron
  53. FM will argue for full fiscal autonomy

    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish government plans were priorities but that the SNP would continue to argue the case for full fiscal autonomy, or control of almost all taxation and spending except defence and foreign affairs.

    Asked whether she was confident of attaining additional powers Ms Sturgeon said: "I hope so and that's what I am intending to achieve."

    She said the two politicians had agreed to meet more regularly. "I am going into this in good faith," she added.

  54. Cameron to consider extra powers proposals

    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the prime minister has agreed to consider proposals for extra powers for the Scottish Parliament, beyond those already set out by the Smith Commission.

    Ms Sturgeon told the BBC that her meeting this morning with David Cameron in Edinburgh had been "constructive".

    She said they had agreed that legislation being drafted at Westminster would "fully implement the Smith Commission proposals" for extra powers but that "in parallel" the Scottish government would put forward plans for additional devolution over areas including 'business taxes, employment law, the minimum wage and further powers over welfare'.

    Ms Sturgeon said there was 'no agreement in terms of the substance' of those plans but said Mr Cameron had agreed to look at them.

  55. 'World of difference'


    Nick Eardley

    BBC News

    BBC journalist Nick Eardley tweets: Sturgeon on @SkyNews: There's a world of difference between PM and I, but we both have jobs to do

  56. Potential power

    In quotes: Nicola Sturgeon

    On the issue of potential powers, which go beyond the Smith Commission, Ms Sturgeon said there had been "no agreement in terms of the substance of that" but that the proposals will be submitted, which will then be considered by the UK government.

    Nicola Sturgeon talks to James Cook

    She added: "There will be a meeting in the first instance between the deputy first minister and the secretary of state for Scotland to look at how we take that further forward."

  57. Smith Commission

    In quotes: Nicola Sturgeon

    Ms Sturgeon described talks with David Cameron around the Smith Commission as a "fairly substantial discussion".

    There were two key areas of agreement on that issue, according to Ms Sturgeon.

    She said: "There was a commitment from the prime minister that the legislation that's being drafted now will fully implement the Smith proposals and take account of the views and comments that were made in the Holyrood report yesterday.

    "I've given a commitment that the Scottish government will work with the UK government to make sure that that is the case."

    Ms Sturgeon said the Prime Minister also agreed to look at proposals from the Scottish government to suggest if and by how much further powers can go beyond the Smith Commission.

  58. 'Mutual desire'

    In quotes: Nicola Sturgeon

    Nicola Sturgeon has described her meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron as being "constructive".

    David Cameron meets Nicola Sturgeon

    The first minister said the leaders had agreed to meet more regularly.

    She added that there was a mutual desire to have "much closer contact between Scottish and Westminster ministers to discuss issues of common interest".

    Ms Sturgeon added: "David Cameron and I are a world apart politically but where we can, I am determined that we do business in the interests of Scotland and the UK and I'm determined to have a constructive and business like relationship."

  59. 'Office junior'


    Laura Bicker

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    .@BBCJamesCook described as 'the office junior' by .@NicolaSturgeon as he forgets to switch his mic on. I'm not laughing - honestly (hahaha)

  60. Cameron and Sturgeon talks 'helpful'

    The Scottish government has described talks between David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon as "constructive and helpful".

    meeting inside Bute House

    The discussions in Edinburgh were dominated by the issue of further powers for the Scottish Parliament.

    The Scottish government said Mr Cameron indicated he was open to considering proposals which would go further than the Smith Commission.

    Mr Cameron is expected to comment on the discussions shortly.

  61. Cameron leaves Bute House

    Picture update

    David Cameron looked relaxed as he left Bute House following talks with Nicola Sturgeon.

    David Cameron leaves Bute House
    David Cameron
    David Cameron leaves Bute House

    The Scottish government has said the prime minister is open to considering powers further than those proposed by the Smith Commission.

  62. Sturgeon wants Westminster to listen

    Laura Bicker

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    What Nicola Sturgeon is trying to say is she has a mandate. She has 56 out of the 59 MPs elected in Scotland and she won 50% of the vote - unprecedented here in Scotland.

    She says that gives her leverage to push David Cameron. David Cameron says he wants to keep the nation together.

    The language coming out of Westminster last week was very much a cordial one. 'We will listen'.

    Nicola Sturgeon has warned him that if he doesn't listen, then the people of Scotland will judge him accordingly.

  63. Meeting: 'Constructive and helpful'


    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Scottish government says meeting between Cameron and Sturgeon was constructive and helpful. Smith to be implemented as agreed.

    Scottish government says David Cameron said he was open to considering proposals which would go further than the Smith Commission.

  64. Cameron leaves Bute House

    The Prime Minister David Cameron exits Bute House following his first face-to-face talks with Nicola Sturgeon since the general election.

    David Cameron exits Bute House

    During the meeting the pair discussed new powers for Scotland, with income tax thought to be high on the agenda.

  65. Cameron leaves Sturgeon meeting

    BBC Scotland News

    The Prime Minister David Cameron has left Bute House in Edinburgh following his first face-to-face meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon since the general election.

  66. Cameron Sturgeon meeting: Analysis

    Brian Taylor

    Political editor, Scotland

    It's a question of calculation for Mr Cameron, as it is for Nicola Sturgeon. How far can they make concessions and what level of deal can be reached? The starting point for the prime minister is very much deliver what was in Smith - that's what's been agreed.

    "He (David Cameron) is saying that any changes to Smith have to come about through parliamentary process. That's tabling amendments in the House of Commons. Given that he has an overall majority, that keeps the power very firmly in his hands.

    Nicola Sturgeon takes a different approach. She says there should be the involvement of Civic Scotland and discussion and debate in Scotland.

    It is challenging for David Cameron but it is also challenging for Nicola Sturgeon - what is the exit strategy if the prime minister says 'no'?

    Does she threaten a second referendum? She has said that she is reluctant to do so and it is not currently in her plans.

  67. Andrew Dunlop at meeting

    Andrew Dunlop, the new junior minister at the Scotland Office, sits alongside Prime Minister David Cameron at this morning's meeting.

    Andrew Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop was an adviser to David Cameron during the independence referendum.

    He was also working with Conservative Party HQ when the poll tax was introduced under Margaret Thatcher.

    Mr Dunlop has been given a peerage and will sit in the Lords. Yesterday, the SNP described his appointment and the peerage as "scandalous".

  68. 'Union decided by Westminster'

    Sir Bill Cash

    BBC News Channel

    Conservative MP Sir Bill Cash: "The whole question of the union is obviously to be determined by the 650 MPs at Westminster and that's where the legislation will be decided.

    Bill Cash on the news channel

    "Regarding English votes for English laws; there is no remotely common sense view that where we have exclusively English matters - when there's devolution in Scotland - that those MPs are deciding questions relating to those matters which are exclusively English, it just doesn't make any sense at all."

  69. Face-to-face talks

    David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon inside Edinburgh's Bute House.

    David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon meeting
    David Cameron and aides
    John Swinney and Nicola Sturgeon

    New Scottish Secretary David Mundell can be seen sitting next to David Cameron, while Deputy First Minister John Swinney is next to Nicola Sturgeon.

  70. 'Musings on the terrace'


    David Torrance, political commentator, Tweets: So today's unhelpful (for SNP) #indyref stories were the result of "musings on the terrace of a certain senior, well refreshed SNP figure".

  71. Conservatives giving 'really quite a lot' to Scots

    BBC News Channel

    Conservative MP Sir Bill Cash said his party had been prepared to offer "very considerable" powers to the Scottish Parliament.

    He said: "There was a debate over the question of independence and the SNP lost that debate.

    Sir Bill Cash on news channel

    "They'll have their say and we will listen.

    "The idea that we want a measure of hostility I think would be absurd."

    Sir Bill added: "I think that some of the language that was coming from Nicola Sturgeon before the election was based on the fact that she thought she would hold the balance of power and be able to force us to do this that and the other. That's now in the past.

    "Now is the time for rational discussion. We're giving really quite a lot. The income tax arrangements - David Cameron is right - they are very considerable."

  72. 'We want to grow our economy'

    Hannah Bardell, new MP for Livingston, spoke on the Victoria Derbyshire show about what the SNP want, following the General Election result.

    Hannah Bardell

    She said: "We had, a very brief time before the referendum, 'the vow' - scrabbled together and splashed across the front page of one of the major tabloids, promising near federalism.

    "We then saw the Smith Commission, which was much more watered down. We now see these proposals - Bruce Crawford, one of our MSPs gave it five out of 10 in terms of how it matched up.

    "Let's not forget that committee (Smith Commission) was a cross party group.

    "We want to see business taxes, employment legislation, the minimum wage and welfare powers come to Scotland so we can grow our economy and become a more prosperous nation."

  73. Cameron and Sturgeon on the airwaves


    Tweet from Victoria Derbyshire: First talks between David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon since #GE2015 result. More with @BBCLBicker on #VictoriaLIVE‏

  74. 'Different stand points'

    Laura Bicker

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Scotland correspondent Laura Bicker spoke on BBC News about David Cameron's arrival in Edinburgh to meet Nicola Sturgeon.

    Laura Bicker grab

    "David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon are both coming from very different stand points.

    "David Cameron has said he wants to make the Scottish Parliament's one of the most devolved parliament's in the world.

    "The fact that he's in Edinburgh is an indication of how seriously he takes that pledge."

  75. The media at work


    Photographers filing images
  76. Live - Victoria Derbyshire

    Voters and politicians are discussing the meeting of David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon on the Victoria Derbyshire show on the BBC News Channel.

    Victoria Derbyshire show

    Watch live now.

  77. Build up at Bute House


    FM @NicolaSturgeon & DFM @JohnSwinney talking ahead of meeting with the Prime Minister

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister John Swinney
  78. Cameron and Sturgeon meet

    The Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at Bute House in Edinburgh for a meeting with the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

    David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon
  79. Remembering McRae - 'the best ever'

    BBC Sport


    Former British touring car champion Gordon Shedden says the late Colin McRae should be remembered as "the best ever".

    Former world rally champion Colin McRae

    It is 20 years since McRae famously won the world rally championship and a special invitation event is being held in Fife to mark the occasion and honour his memory.

    McRae was killed in a helicopter crash in 2007.

    Shedden is one of several racing stars, present and past, who are converging on Knockhill racing circuit on Saturday and Sunday for the McRae Rally Challenge.

    Watch the full report here.

  80. Stormtrooper to scale Ben Nevis

    A Star Wars fan is to attempt to walk to the summit of Britain's highest mountain while dressed in his Imperial stormtrooper armour.

    Ashley Broomhall

    Ashley Broomhall's Ben Nevis trek will raise money for Cancer Research UK.

    Mr Broomhall, a member of Star Wars costuming club the 501st UK Garrison, set himself the peak challenge after his mother was diagnosed with cancer.

    He has already done a walk up the 1,335ft (407m) hill The Wrekin in Shropshire in his stormtrooper kit.

  81. Death of woman in house 'suspicious'

    Police are treating the death of a woman whose body was found at a house in Renfrewshire as suspicious.

    Police in Cowal Drive, Linwood

    A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said officers were called to the house in Cowal Drive, Linwood, near Paisley, at about 14:30 on Thursday.

    Part of the street was cordoned off while forensics officers carried out their investigation.

    The spokeswoman said a port mortem examination would be carried out in due course to establish how the woman died.

  82. Read all about it

    The appointment of Andrew Dunlop, The View's lead singer Kyle Falconer in rehab and talks between Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron all feature on today's front pages.


    Read our review.

  83. 'Lying down'


    Laura Bicker

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    The media at Bute House. Lying down on the job ...

    Media outside Bute House
  84. New £100m Inverness campus opens

    The University of the Highlands and Islands will open the doors at its new £100m campus in Inverness today.

    Entrance to new Inverness College UHI

    It will house some of the university's research facilities and Inverness College.

    The development is also aiming to attract a range of other research companies, particularly those in the field of medicine and science.

  85. Plan to play Scottish bridge 'songs'

    An instrument that allows its user to hear and play a road bridge's "song" could be brought to Scotland.

    Dancer Hollie Miller playing Human Harp on Brooklyn Bridge

    Called the Human Harp, it was clipped to New York City's Brooklyn Bridge in 2013 as part of celebrations marking the crossing's 130th anniversary.

    Artist Di Mainstone, whose team includes Edinburgh industrial designer David Ross, has plans for a tour of the UK, Europe and the USA.

    She hopes bridges in Scotland could feature in the tour.

  86. Police operation after shooting

    Police in Glasgow have carried out a stop-and-question operation in the north of the city - exactly one week after a man was run over by a car and then shot.

    Royston Road

    Officers spoke to drivers and passers-by about the attack, which happened on Royston Road at about 18:30 last Thursday.

    They were also investigating a separate incident in which a man was seriously injured in a barber shop in Springburn Way.

  87. Coming up...

    John Beattie programme

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Stephen Jardine sits in for John on today's programme, which will be taking your thoughts on;

    John Beattie programme
    • Are teachers being hounded off social media and could they make themselves more accessible?
    • Should there be more controls on elderly drivers?
    • Why are Scots so reluctant to embrace the 'Death Bed Choir'?
    • Why are the younger generation four times more likely to be off work sick?

    Send us your thoughts via text on 80295 or call 0500 92 95 00.

    Listen live here.

  88. Swinney: 'No referendum mandate'

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    John Swinney told Good Morning Scotland that the SNP were not planning a second referendum.

    He said: "We don't have a mandate for a second referendum. We didn't seek one in the United Kingdom general election.

    "We have set out the process by which Scotland could have a referendum on independence. That is a political party - the SNP - would have to put that in our manifesto, for a Scottish Parliament election.

    "That is an issue that the party will determine and consider in the run up to the 2016 election.

    "We are not planning a second independence referendum. We respect the outcome of the referendum last September."

  89. Rail workers announce strike date

    Network Rail workers are to stage a 24-hour strike from 5pm on bank holiday Monday in a row over pay.

    Network rail worker

    The UK-wide action will see signallers, maintenance staff and station workers, walk out from 25 May on the busy holiday weekend.

    The move follows a decisive vote for strikes from RMT union members.

    Network Rail have previously said they would do anything possible to keep services going if strikes go ahead.

  90. Via Twitter


    BBC Scotland Travel


    Queueing traffic on exit slip #M77 Southbound at J3 A727 (Nitshill Road). In the roadwork area. Due to lane closures on the exit slip.

  91. John Swinney interview

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Mr Swinney also outlined what the SNP are hoping to achieve from the meeting with David Cameron.

    He said: "We welcome the additional powers that come from the Smith Commission report.

    "We argued in the election for there to be a greater range of powers available to the Scottish Parliament - powers over the minimum wage, greater powers over welfare, greater power over business taxation and national insurance.

    " These are some of the areas we want to advance in the dialogue with the prime minister."

    Listen live here.

  92. John Swinney interview

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney said David Cameron had to implement the Smith Commission in full.

    He said: "Yesterday, there was a very substantial intervention in this debate by a cross-party committee of the Scottish Parliament which indicated that the proposals from the UK government did not implement Smith in the spirit or the substance of the report that had been published.

    "The very first thing the prime minister has to do is to respond positively to those cross-party concerns, expressed by five political parties, that his existing proposals did not even implement what the Smith Commission reported on.

    "Once the Smith Commission reported, what the UK government have then translated that into - in terms of legislation - doesn't even implement the final conclusions of the Smith Commission report.

    Listen to the programme live.

  93. Lamont targets first title success

    BBC Sport


    Glasgow winger Sean Lamont wants a league title to his name before he considers retirement.

    Sean Lamont attacks Munster's Simon Zebo

    "I've been going at it for a long time," said the 34-year-old before Ulster's visit on Saturday, which will help determine Pro12 semi-final places.

    Glasgow are second in the table, on the same points tally (70) as leaders Ospreys and third-placed Munster.

    "A big title, a league title, before I have to retire would be great," he said.

  94. Greenock set for town hall Ball

    Keir Murray

    BBC Scotland

    Sam Ball leaves the amateur ranks behind on Friday as Greenock hosts a professional boxing show for the first time since the 1960s.

    Greenock boxer Sam Ball

    The home town welterweight has eight Scottish national titles before losing in last year's final to Josh Taylor, who went on to win Commonwealth gold.

    Ball, 19, will make his paid debut against Oldham's Ashley Mayall in his home town.

    "After the Commonwealth Games qualifiers I wasn't wanting to wait four years for another go," he said.

  95. Rail strike


    David Miller

    BBC Scotland transport correspondent

    Rail workers to strike on bank holiday Monday

  96. Via Twitter


    BBC Scotland Travel


    #DALWHINNIE -all lanes open on the #A9 -Northbound after the A889 lane was partially blocked till about 0730.

  97. Cameron meeting with Sturgeon

    Good Morning Scotland

    Brian Taylor

    Political editor, Scotland

    Brian Taylor says the meeting between the two leaders will be the start of a process. He told Hayley Millar on Good Morning Scotland:

    • "It's a question of calculation for Mr Cameron, as it is for Nicola Sturgeon."
    • "How far can they make concessions and what level of deal can be reached? The starting point for the prime minister is very much, deliver what was in Smith - that's what's been agreed."
    • "He (David Cameron) is saying that any changes to Smith have to come about through parliamentary process. That's tabling amendments in the House of Commons. Given that he has an overall majority, that keeps the power very firmly in his hands. Nicola Sturgeon takes a different approach. She says there should be the involvement of Civic Scotland and discussion and debate in Scotland."
    • "It is challenging for David Cameron but it is also challenging for Nicola Sturgeon - what is the exit strategy if the prime minister says 'no'?
    • "Does she threaten a second referendum? She has said that she is reluctant to do so and it is not currently in her plans."

    Listen to the programme live here.

  98. 'Referendum won't be discussed'

    BBC News Channel

    Lesley Riddoch said she doesn't believe the prospect of a second independence referendum will be mentioned at the meeting between Mr Cameron and Ms Sturgeon later today.

    David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon

    "I think Nicola Sturgeon meant it when she said the election was not about another referendum," the broadcaster told the BBC News Channel. "She said there has to be some sort of material change in the outlook of Scots before she would be seeking to go for that again."

    Ms Riddoch believes issues such as the stymieing of attempts to have more powers for Scotland, an attempt to leave the EU if Scottish voters are against it, and the abolition of the Human Rights Act may result in that material change.

  99. Dunlop appointment 'slap in the face'

    BBC News Channel

    Broadcaster Lesley Riddoch believes the appointment of Andrew Dunlop to the Scotland Office will not help the relationship between the SNP and the Conservatives.

    She said the SNP were angered after a man who was advisor to Margaret Thatcher - who brought in the poll tax early to Scotland - was given the job.

    Ms Riddoch highlighted that the new junior minister had to be made a member of the House of Lords, which the SNP want to abolish, for his new role and he is known to be against any further powers for the Scottish Parliament.

    She told the BBC News Channel: "That (appointment of Andrew Dunlop) has been described as 'contemptuous', a 'slap in the face' and a 'lack of respect'. It doesn't bode well for any new understanding for the sensitivities in Scotland."

  100. Call for ambulance response shake-up

    Eleanor Bradford

    BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    A senior Scottish paramedic has called for a new system of targets for ambulance response times.

    ambulance crew

    Anthony Haley, a team leader in the Scottish Ambulance Service, said targets should be adjusted to reflect which incidents need a fast response.

    The Scottish Ambulance Service said it had already made changes to ensure the most appropriate response takes place.

    Mr Haley said: "Many, many hundreds of thousands of people (are) caught up in a system that is not fit for purpose."

  101. 'More gears needed' for Scotland

    BBC News Channel

    Increasing powers for the Scottish Parliament will dominate the agenda when David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon hold talks in Edinburgh later.

    Lesley Riddoch

    Broadcaster and journalist Lesley Riddoch argues Scotland needs more powers to make real change.

    She told the BBC News Channel: "It is only tax powers that are being given, not the power to raise more cash. They [the Scottish government] are complaining it only gives you a car that works in one gear.

    "If you want to be responsible for changing anything, you need more levers - like the minimum wage, like more powers over welfare.

    "These are the kind of things you would need to take the car in a different direction and not just be shuddering along with one income tax-varying power."

  102. Rain moving east


    BBC Scotland Weather


    Rain will edge into W coast this morning, persistent in the west, moving eastwards during today, becoming light & patchy. Brisk S'ly 12-14C.

  103. Scottish Power's 'record complaints'

    Scottish Power received the highest number of complaints ever recorded for a UK energy provider in a three-month period, according to figures from Citizens Advice.

    scottish power bill

    For every 100,000 Scottish Power customers, more than 1,100 made a complaint in the final quarter of 2014.

    In the year as a whole, complaints rose by 600% with problems caused by a new billing system believed to be a factor.

    The company has apologised and said it is working hard to improve its service.

  104. Coming up before 09:00

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    • A Stirling primary school has introduced a new scheme which sees every pupil from nursery to P7 run or walk a mile around the school every day
    • The Big Interview - Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron will hold their first face-to-face meeting since the general election. Deputy First Minister John Swinney talks about the new powers on the agenda for the Scottish Parliament.
    • The final episode of Mad Men is due to be broadcast stateside this week. New York correspondent Nick Bryant considers its appeal.

    Listen to the programme live here.

  105. PM and Sturgeon to discuss new powers

    Increasing powers for the Scottish Parliament will dominate the agenda when David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon hold talks in Edinburgh later.

    David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon

    It will be the first meeting of the prime minister and Scotland's first minister since the general election.

    Mr Cameron, who is visiting Scotland on a post-election tour of the UK, will promise a devolution bill in the Queen's Speech later this month.

    Ms Sturgeon will argue that his proposals do not go far enough.

  106. Injured deer


    BBC Scotland Travel


    #Dalwhinnie One lane blocked due to deer on road on #A9 Northbound after A889. An injured deer is in lane two (Of two). Traffic is light

  107. Scotland stay in Sevens World Series

    BBC Sport


    Scotland will continue to compete in the Sevens World Series despite losing their status as a host on the circuit.

    Scotland are currently ranked seventh in the IRB World Series Standings

    France will take over as one of the nine host nations, as BBC Scotland reported in 2014, although the switch has not yet been formally announced.

    As a result, Scottish Rugby had said there would be a "tough decision" regarding their commitment.

    But a board meeting has "unanimously" backed the decision to carry on with their support.

  108. Two hurt in ambulance collision

    Two people were hurt when a car collided with an ambulance responding to a 999 call in Aberdeenshire.

    Crash scene

    The accident happened shortly after 17:00 on Thursday on the A93 near Dinnet.

    Two injured people were treated at the scene and were expected to be flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by air ambulance for treatment.

    The Scottish Ambulance Service said their vehicle was responding to a 999 call when the accident happened but did not have a patient aboard.

  109. Union boss blames Tory win on Murphy

    The boss of the Unite union has called on Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy to resign for "making certain" the Conservatives won the general election.

    Len McCluskey talking to Emily Maitlis for Newsnight

    Scottish Labour lost 40 seats to the SNP last week, leaving just one MP representing the party in Westminster.

    Unite's Len McCluskey said the "anti-Scottish card" played by the Tories also led to Labour losses in England.

    The BBC understands Mr Murphy faces a vote of no confidence at the Scottish Labour Party Executive on Saturday.

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