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  1. Good night

    Rachel Grant

    BBC Scotland news

    That's all from us tonight. We'll be back with the Scotland Live page from 07:00 tomorrow.

  2. Cabinet office: no action on Carmichael

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    The Cabinet Office has said there will be no further inquiry into whether the former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael breached the ministerial code of conduct by leaking a confidential memo about the first minister.

    For a breach of the code to be undertaken, the prime minister would have to sanction it.

    This is separate to complaints being considered by the standard's commissioner.

    The Cabinet Office has also dismissed as untrue claims that the inquiry into Mr Carmichael's actions cost £1.4m - saying the cost was minimal.

  3. The top stories tonight

    Andy Coulson trial: Phone hacking was 'systematic': The Andy Coulson perjury trial has been told the former News of the World editor knew about phone hacking as the practice was "systematic" at the paper.

    Jogger dies following Livingston cycle crash: A jogger who was knocked down by a cyclist on a Livingston footpath has died.

    Colin Hendry denies harassing and assaulting ex-girlfriend: Former Scotland football captain Colin Hendry has appeared in court to deny harassing and assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

  4. Carmichael funding bid reaches £15,000

    Almost 1,000 people have helped a campaign to fund a legal bid to overturn Alistair Carmichael's victory for the Liberal Democrats in Orkney and Shetland at the general election.

    The online fundraising campaign aims to raise £60,000 for an election petition in the courts after it emerged the MP was behind a leak which claimed Nicola Sturgeon wanted to see David Cameron remain in Downing Street.

    The People Versus Carmichael fund has received more than a quarter of its target in its first 20 hours. It has had £15,826 from 989 people so far.

    Carmichael protest in Orkney and Shetland at the weekend
  5. On now: Reporting Scotland

    BBC Scotland News

    Reporting Scotland

    You can watch the programme on BBC One Scotland or online here.

  6. Driver dies in A90 crash

    A driver has died in a collision on the A90.

    The crash happened just after 15:00 on the westbound carriageway near Kinfauns and is reported to have involved a van and a lorry.

    Police Scotland has warned drivers to expect delays.

  7. Aberdeenshire Council control wrangle


    Kevin Keane

    BBC Scotland reporter

    Aberdeenshire Council leader Jim Gifford has legal advice that SNP bid for administration on vote-by-vote basis not competent & would fail.

    @geva_blackett Councillor Gifford says "business as usual" until a group is put together that can replace them.

  8. Question Time in Aberdeen


    BBC Question Time tweets: Our #bbcqt panel in Aberdeen: @RuthDavidsonMSP @LesleyRiddoch @MrJohnNicolson @alexmassie and Lord Falconer.

    Question time panel

    You can watch the programme on BBC One at 22:45 on Thursday.

  9. Hibernian exit for captain Craig

    Hibernian have released captain Liam Craig as the Edinburgh club prepares for a second Championship campaign.

    Liam Craig applauds fans following Saturday's 1-0 win over Rangers

    The 28-year-old midfielder scored 12 goals in two seasons at Easter Road.

    He was part of the team relegated via the play-offs and this term ended in more play-off disappointment, losing to Rangers in the semi-final.

    The skipper's armband will now pass to 27-year-old full-back David Gray, who has extended his contract by a year until 2017.

  10. Ross looks ahead to Scottish Cup final

    BBC Sport


    Nick Ross recognises the weight of expectation as he eyes living out his dream of becoming a local hero in the Scottish Cup final.

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Nick Ross with the Scottish Cup

    The Inverness-born midfielder is vying for a place in the Caley Thistle line-up for their first-ever Scottish Cup final, against Falkirk on Saturday.

    "I think I'll turn the phone off just to focus on the game," Ross said of the excitement generated in the Highlands. "I've dreamt of this all my life, but you can't let it get in your head."

    Read the full interview here.

  11. Tonight's weather


    BBC Scotland Weather


    Mostly dry to end the day; showers across the N/NW. These merge to give longer spells of rain tonight through the Highlands.

  12. Travel latest

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In Edinburgh, an accident on the A6095 Peffermill Road means traffic is slow westbound at Cameron Toll.

    In Midlothian, the B704 between Bonnyrigg and Lasswade is partially blocked by an accident and delays are likely.

    Heading for the Forth Road Bridge, there are 10-minute delays northbound.

    In Perth and Kinross, the westbound A90 still has one lane closed following a serious accident between Kinfauns and the Broxden Roundabot. Traffic is able to pass but there are delays of around 15 minutes and police suggest you take another route if you can.

    In Glasgow, roadworks on the M74 are causing very slow traffic southbound at J1a Polmadie Road.

    In Motherwell, long delays are likely in the area with the A723 Hamilton Road closed for a cycling event until around 19:30.

  13. Uni to divest from three fuel firms

    Edinburgh University is to fully divest from three of the world's biggest fossil fuel producers within the next six months.

    The decision has been taken by the university's investment committee, which met earlier.

    It follows the end of a 10-day student occupation of one of its buildings in Chambers Street.

    Campaigners said it was a "big step forward" and represented a "significant shift" in the university's position.

    Edinburgh student demo for divestment
  14. Colin Hendry denies assaulting ex-girlfriend

    Former Scotland football captain Colin Hendry has appeared in court to deny harassing and assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

    Colin Hendry

    The retired Blackburn Rovers player, 49, is accused of approaching beautician Sarah Kinder in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, on 18 April and grabbing her arm several times.

    He is also alleged to have harassed Ms Kinder between 1 March and 24 April.

    Blackpool Magistrates bailed Mr Hendry until his trial on 3 August.

  15. Tax powers wanted to fund education

    The Scottish government has been urged to commit to increasing the top rate of tax in Scotland to 50p to fund education.

    Labour education spokesman Iain Gray called on SNP ministers to make the pledge now.

    Mr Gray said the additional money should be used for education in the poorest parts of the country.

    He said the government could make "a signal of intent" that it would increase income tax on high earners.


    You can follow the debate here.

  16. Aberdeen council control


    Kevin Keane

    BBC Scotland reporter

    Democratic Independent and Green group agree to support potential SNP-led alliance bid to take control of Aberdeenshire Council.

    SNP Group leader at Aberdeenshire Council says he's confident they can form an administration in the coming days.

  17. Murray bros v Sousa


    Kheredine Idessane

    BBC Scotland

    There's a chance @joaosousa30 may strike the Murray family off the Xmas card list; plays @jamie_murray in doubles tomorrow, then @andy_murray Thurs.

  18. NHS stats some of 'worst ever'

    The NHS in Scotland has recorded one of its worst ever performances since patients were given a legal right to quick treatment.

    People who are waiting for planned appointments have a right to be treated within 12 weeks.

    However, new statistics suggest 26,000 people waited longer than that, compared to 6,000 people when the law was introduced at the end of 2012.

    Meanwhile Scotland's main Accident and Emergency departments are still struggling to treat patients within the Scottish government's target time of four hours.

    The latest weekly statistics suggest 92% of people were seen and discharged within that time, compared to a target of 95%. More than 200 people spent more than eight hours waiting to be treated.

  19. BBC Scotland Big Debate


    BBC Scotland News

    You can be in the @bbcbigdebate radio audience - see more details about upcoming shows here.

    Big debate
  20. Charity embezzler jailed

    A North Lanarkshire woman who admitted embezzling over £700,000 from trusts set up to help charities has been jailed for 40 months.

    Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that 34-year-old Susan McMahon, from Motherwell, used some of the stolen money to buy designer clothes and expensive cosmetics - which she later gave away to charity shops to hide her spending from her family.

    McMahon had been an assistant manager with chartered accountants Grant Thorton UK for seven years until she was caught in 2013.

  21. Broadford Works fires


    Kevin Keane

    BBC Scotland reporter

    Historic Scotland aware Broadford Works owner has been looking at security options with council and would be happy to be part of discussions.

  22. Serious accident at Kinfauns


    DundeePolice tweets: Westbound carriageway A90 Dundee - Perth road at Kinfauns. Expect delays due to serious road traffic collison.

  23. Fox hunts 'flout ban'


    David Miller

    BBC Scotland environment correspondent

    League Against Cruel Sports claims Scottish fox hunts are flouting the ban on hunting with dogs following covert surveillance operation.

    Fox hunting claims relate to "flushing with dogs" exemption. No guns present, say campaigners. Allegations rejected by hunts themselves.

  24. Coulson trial: Jury to return on Friday


    Philip Sim, Reporting from the High Court in Edinburgh

    Following the evidence from former News of the World news editor James Weatherup, the Andy Coulson perjury trial heard a joint minute of evidence agreed between the prosecution and the defence. That concluded the Crown case.

    • Joint minute: A police investigation did not identify any officer who had sold a "green book" royal directory to Clive Goodman.
    • Joint minute agrees that various emails, voicemail transcripts and productions used in the trial are "true and accurate" copies.

    Lord Burns asked the jury to return on Friday, after a legal matter is dealt with.

  25. Coming up at 16:00


    BBC Radio Scotland

    Mhairi Stuart presents breaking news and sport from Scotland, the UK and around the world, plus regular travel and weather updates.

    Coming up on the programme;

    • The complaints mount up against the former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, who admitted leaking a memo claiming Nicola Sturgeon preferred David Cameron in Downing Street.
    • Figures seen by BBC News show that more than half a million pre-payment gas and electricity meters have been forcibly installed in people's homes, under court warrant, over the past six years.
    • Distilleries across Scotland have reported a record high number of visitors in the last year.

    Listen live.

  26. Glasgow hospital like 'war zone'

    Eleanor Bradford

    BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    There are claims that Scotland's newest super-hospital is in chaos, after its opening just a few weeks ago.

    One woman told the BBC the hospital was like "a war zone" over the bank holiday weekend.

    Hospital from above

    Her terminally ill husband had to wait eight hours to be admitted.

    One patient told the BBC that the queue at the reception desk of the immediate care ward was six-deep on Friday.

    This ward was designed to be a faster route for patients sent by their GP, but it was apparently crowded with patients who faced waits of 8 hours for admission.

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has apologised, and Scotland's health minister Shona Robison said, as of yesterday, the hospital was performing very well.

  27. Funding bid to unseat Carmichael

    More than 600 people have pledged over £10,000 to fund a legal bid to overturn Alistair Carmichael's victory for the Liberal Democrats in Orkney and Shetland at the general election.

    Carmichael protest in Orkney and Shetland at the weekend

    The online fundraising campaign aims to raise £60,000 for an election petition in the courts after it emerged the MP was behind a leak which claimed Nicola Sturgeon wanted to see David Cameron remain in Downing Street.

    It has also emerged that a member of the public has complained to the police about the conduct of the former Scottish Secretary

    The BBC understands the complaint was made in person at a police station in Wishaw, Lanarkshire - not in Mr Carmichael's constituency in Orkney and Shetland, where protests were held over the weekend.

  28. College evacuated after gas leak

    A college has been evacuated and closed for the rest of the day due to a gas leak.

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called to South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride at about 09:30.

    South Lanarkshire College

    About 1,300 students and staff were inside the building at the time and were moved to a safe area.

    Roads around the site have been closed and local residents warned to remain indoors. All classes have been cancelled.

  29. 'Unfinished business' 75 years on from La Paradis battle

    On Reporting Scotland

    Willie Johnston

    BBC Scotland

    A recently discovered mass grave of Royal Scots dating from 1940 suggests they were murdered in cold blood after surrendering.

    Willie Dickson

    Willie Dickson - the son of veteran, Colonel Seaton Dickson - who survived the Le Paradis battle in northern France - says he has found circumstantial evidence that around 21 Royal Scots were murdered in a field.

    The battle played a key role in history and helped save thousands of lives by stalling the Germans' advance on Allied troops trying to escape in the great Dunkirk evacuation.

    See the full interview on Reporting Scotland or catch up online.

  30. Commission receives Carmichael complaint

    The Electoral Commission says it has received a complaint about the conduct of the Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael.

    Alistair Carmichael in 2013

    It follows confirmation from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards about a number of complaints to her office following his admission last week about the leak of a memo regarding the first minister.

    The Electoral Commission however says it does not investigate such matters and has referred the complaint to the Standards commissioner.

  31. Holyrood education debate

    BBC Scotland News

    Holyrood's 'equity and excellence in education" debate is under way.

    It comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday that Scottish education was "not good enough" after studies showed falls in literacy and numeracy skills in Scotland's schools.

    Follow the twists and turns of the debate here.

  32. Fassbender tackles 'the Scottish film'

    Emma Jones

    Entertainment reporter, BBC News

    "The Scottish play" - as William Shakespeare's Macbeth is known among actors - has become "the Scottish film" starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as the infamous couple who murder their way to the throne of Scotland.

    Michael Fassbender

    But the movie, directed by Australian Justin Kurzel and which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend, has a new interpretation of Shakespeare's tragic hero and why he sets out on his doomed path to power.

    Read the full story here.

  33. Clingan among five Kilmarnock exits

    BBC Sport


    Sammy Clingan's two-and-a-half year spell at Kilmarnock has ended after he was named among five experienced first-team players being released.

    Kilmarnock midfielder Sammy Clingan

    The Northern Ireland cap is joined by fellow midfielder Paul Cairney, defender Chris Chantler, plus strikers Lee Miller and Nathan Eccleston.

    Skipper Manuel Pascali and midfielder Alexei Eremenko are also likely exits.

    Both have been offered one-year contracts, but they have indicated that the offers are not acceptable.

  34. Coming up on the Janice Forsyth show at 14:00


    BBC Radio Scotland

    Today: as exhibition Lee Miller and Picasso opens @NatGalleriesSco, her son Anthony Penrose talks about discovering her work.

    Also today, @Birds0fParadise theatre's new play Crazy Jane, a beautiful new children's book about JM Barrie, and @ianhoey on Bob Dylan's art.

  35. MPs election sparks council poll

    A date has been set for two Aberdeen City Council by-elections following the election of two councillors as MPs.

    Voters in Kincorth, Nigg and Cove will go to the polls on 30 July to elect a replacement for Callum McCaig, who is now the SNP MP for Aberdeen South.

    The other will be held in the Hilton, Woodside and Stockethill ward to replace Kirsty Blackman, the new SNP MP for Aberdeen North, on the same day.

  36. Coming up after 14:00

    Scottish Parliament

    BBC Democracy Live

    Coming up at Holyrood.

    Topical Questions selected for answer on 26 May 2015

    1. Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish government what action it has taken to ensure that the concerns of 56 doctors at the Beatson Cancer Centre regarding patient safety are fully addressed. (S4T-01028)

    2. Mike MacKenzie: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government on the subject of HS2. (S4T-01033)

    3. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that Police Scotland has been using facial recognition technology on images stored on the police national database. (S4T-01034)

    Follow the debate here.

  37. No change to A96 speed limit

    The Scottish Government has rejected a call to increase the speed limit for lorries on the A96 trunk road, between Inverness and Aberdeen.

    Cars driving on roads

    Most of the route is single carriageway, and lorries have to stick to a speed limit of 40mph

    There have been calls for this to be increased to 50mph to prevent lengthy tailbacks, but the Scottish Government says there isn't "sufficient evidence" to support the plan.

  38. Two arrested over Paisley 'hit-and-run'

    Two people have been arrested following a hit-and-run incident which left one man hurt and a woman seriously injured in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

    The 23-year-old man and 35-year-old woman were hit by a Mini car after a disturbance in the town's Blackstoun Oval at about 22:55 on 11 May.

    Police Scotland said a man, 30, and woman, 26, had been arrested in connection with the incident.

    Both were due to appear from custody at Paisley Sheriff Court.

  39. Reporting Scotland at 13:30

    Watch Reporting Scotland live on BBC One and online now.

    Reporting Scotland
  40. Jogger knocked down by cyclist dies

    A jogger who was knocked down by a cyclist on a Livingston footpath has died.

    Peter Craig, 49, sustained a head injury following the incident at about 09:00 on Saturday on the Loan Footpath, at its junction with Fergus Avenue.

    He was taken to the Western General but later died.

    Police Scotland are trying to trace the cyclist, who did not swap details with the jogger at the time.

  41. Child mental health target missed

    A group of children's charities says six of Scotland's health boards aren't meeting waiting times for children and adolescent mental health services.

    Teenager depressed on stone steps

    The 18-week target was set in December last year. The Scottish Children's Services Coalition says NHS Forth Valley, NHS Lothian, and NHS Tayside aren't even meeting a 26-week deadline for treatment from two years ago.

    Jamie Hepburn, minister for Mental Health, said waiting times had come down significantly. He said a recently announced £100m fund would ensure that improvement continues.

  42. Gas leak


    Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

    Emergency services in attendance at gas leak at South Lanarkshire College, East Kilbride - More here -

  43. Afternoon weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A mainly dry afternoon with bright or sunny spells for the Central Lowlands, the south and eastern Scotland. Bright with showers over the Northern Isles, with the odd sharp one in the mix.

    Cloudier skies over the Northwest, West Highlands and northern parts of Argyll, here we will see a few light showers with some edging into northern Aberdeenshire.

    Temperatures will reach 17 Celsius for parts of the east, the Borders, Fife and Perthshire, 13 to 14 further west, a cooler 11 degrees over the Northern Isles.

  44. 'Gerbil' trial: Phone linked with car park killing

    A murder trial has been hearing that a mobile phone believed to belong to the accused was used in or around the Asda car park where the killing took place shortly before and after the murder.

    Kevin Carroll

    The same phone was also located in Coatbridge shortly afterwards, close to where the gun used in the shooting was found.

    William Paterson denies the murder of Kevin Carroll in an Asda car park in Glasgow in 2010.

    The trial continues.

  45. Dundee cut Kyle Letheren

    BBC Sport


    Dundee have confirmed that Kyle Letheren will be released when the goalkeeper's contract ends at the end of this month.

    Kyle Letheren

    The 27-year-old Welshman joined Dundee after leaving Scottish Premiership rivals Kilmarnock in 2013.

    Letheren, previously with Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Plymouth Argyle, helped Dundee win the Championship title last season,

    But he lost his place to Scott Bain for the second half of this campaign.

  46. Snake owner jailed for cruelty to live bait

    A man who kept mice, rats and rabbits in appalling conditions to feed to his pet snakes has been jailed for 150 days and banned from keeping animals.

    Steven Riddell, 43, was found with 130 small animals stored in cages in a greenhouse at his home in Erskine, Renfrewshire, in April last year.

    Many were dead, dying, dehydrated, starving and stuck in their own faeces.

  47. Distillery plans for tiny island

    Planning permission is to be sought for a whisky distillery on the tiny island of Raasay off the Isle of Skye.

    Borodale House

    It would be one of Raasay's largest employers if it opens as planned in January 2017 with 11 jobs on an island with a population of 120 people.

    R&B Distillers has proposed turning Borodale House, a derelict Victorian hotel, into a distillery and visitor centre. The first batch of whisky could be produced by 2020.

  48. French Open: Murray v Sousa


    Kheredine Idessane

    BBC Scotland

    @andy_murray 's 2nd round opponent on Thursday is Joao Sousa of Portugal, a 63/76/61 winner over Pospisil. Murray 5-0 v Sousa, 2-0 2015.

  49. Sectarian graffiti sprayed on church

    Picture update

    Police are investigating an incident of sectarian graffiti sprayed on a church in West Lothian over the weekend.

    St Andrew's RC Church in Livingston
    Church graffiti Pic: Brian Innes

    The priest at St Andrew's RC Church in Livingston said anti-Catholic messages have been painted all over the listed building.

    The vandalism happened between 19:00 on Saturday and 09:00 on Sunday.

  50. Coulson trial: James Weatherup


    Philip Sim, Reporting from the High Court in Edinburgh

    Former News of the World news editor James Weatherup tells the Andy Coulson perjury trial that to suggest he made up claims that phone hacking was "systematic" at the paper are a "gross slur" on his character.

    • Mr Weatherup confirms he has had unfair dismissal claim in against News International for four years.
    • He says his claim is that phone hacking was "part and parcel" of life at NOTW, and that he shouldn't have been sacked for it.
    • Defence QC Murdo MacLeod asks Mr Weatherup if he is trying to "underplay" his role on the newsdesk. "Not at all," he responds.
    • Cross examination is at an end, and the advocate depute rises to re-examine Mr Weatherup.
    • Mr Weatherup confirms that he would have mentioned Mr Mulcaire "by name" during the meeting with Mr Coulson over his budget.
    • In a statement given to the sheriff in Glasgow, Mr Weatherup said "he (Mr Coulson) would have known who Glenn Mulcaire was exactly".
    • Mr Weatherup says suggestion he has made up claims is a "gross slur on my character". "I have not come here to lie."
    • Mr Weatherup was last prosecution witness; court is to be adjourned while a joint minute of evidence is agreed, jury told.
  51. A&E waiting times breach target

    Scotland's main Accident and Emergency departments are still struggling to treat patients within the Scottish government's target time of four hours.

    Ambulance at A&E unit

    The latest weekly statistics suggest 92% of people were seen and discharged within that time, compared to a target of 95%.

    Over two hundred people spent more than eight hours waiting to be treated in the week ending 17 May.

  52. John Beattie Programme

    Pauline McLean

    BBC Scotland

    Pauline Mclean sits in for John. On today's show we're talking education - Are teachers being made scapegoats for problems with the Scottish education system?

    We're also talking about future books. Margaret Atwood has become first of 100 authors to provide book which you can't read till 2114! Which authors do you think are worth a 99 year wait?

    Text us on 80295 with your views to get involved.

    Listen live.

  53. Coulson trial: James Weatherup


    Philip Sim, Reporting from the High Court in Edinburgh

    Witness, former News of the World journalist James Weatherup, says he is "100%" certain that he discussed private investigator Glenn Mulcaire with former editor Andy Coulson while they both worked at the newspaper.

    • Mr Weatherup says he made a hand gesture holding up an imaginary phone during conferences to signify story had come from hacking.
    • He tells the court that Mr Coulson was once told during a conference that a story had come from "the dark arts, boss".
    • Mr Weatherup says Mr Coulson told the executive who mentioned "dark arts" not to use that kind of language any more.
    • Prosecution has no further questions for Mr Weatherup. Murdo MacLeod QC rises to cross-examine.
    • Mr MacLeod tells Mr Weatherup that the amount paid to Nine Consultancy was 3% of the news desk budget.
    • Mr Weatherup explains: "Glenn Mulcaire was Nine Consultancy. He was on the payroll as Nine Consultancy."
    • Says he concedes that Mr Mulcaire's name was not on the payroll, but repeats: "Nine Consultancy was Glenn Mulcaire."
    • Mr MacLeod suggests that no conversation took place between Mr Weatherup and Mr Coulson about Mulcaire. Mr Weatherup replies: "That's not correct".
    • Mr Weatherup says he is "100%" certain that the conversation took place.
    • Mr MacLeod presses Mr Weatherup on the issue of the hand gesture, which he used to indicate phone hacking. He says he is 100% certain about this too.
    • Mr MacLeod says to the witness: "Can I suggest that this is nonsense? Are you making this up?" Mr Weatherup responds: "I have no reason to lie. I feel sorry for Andy, I feel sorry for his children."
  54. Your views...Scottish Business Pledge

    Kaye Adams programme

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Businessman Brendan Burns, who operates a forestry company and is a past UK policy chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, told the Kaye Adams programme that government needs to address more than just the implementation of the living wage, a key point in the new Scottish Business Pledge.

    He said: "I pay more than the living wage, but that is not the point.

    "To be able to pay the living wage, you have to get more efficiency into Scottish businesses.

    "At this moment, that is what we don't have. Every businessman I meet will always say 'I would like to pay the living wage', but you can't pay out of a business if the profit isn't there.

    "The profit is there when the business is more efficient."

    Listen to the programme live.

  55. Coulson trial: James Weatherup


    Philip Sim, Reporting from the High Court in Edinburgh

    Witness James Weatherup tells the Andy Coulson perjury trial that phone hacking was "systematic" at the News of the World.

    • Mr Weatherup says he questioned private investigator Glenn Mulcaire's employment several times, with Stuart Kuttner and other senior figures.
    • He says he was told to take the issue up with editor. He says he told Mr Coulson, who referred him back to Mr Kuttner.
    • Mr Weatherup says he met with Mr Coulson in his office and told him "we didn't need Glenn Mulcaire on the payroll."
    • Advocate depute asks the witness if Mr Coulson asked "who's that? What does he do?" (about Mulcaire). Mr Weatherup answers: "No."
    • Mr Weatherup says there seemed to be "no appetite" within senior management for getting rid of Mr Mulcaire.
    • He tells the court that all this occurred within days of his arrival at the paper in 2004. He said he "soon found out" that Mulcaire was "a phone hacker".
    • Mr Weatherup says he used the services of Mr Mulcaire "137 times", although less than the majority of times as a phone hacker.
    • He tells the court that "hacking phones was systematic at the News of the World. Andy would have known that Mulcaire was hacking phones".
  56. Your views...Scottish Business Pledge

    Kaye Adams programme

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Business owners in Scotland react to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for businesses to commit to paying the living wage and promoting fair practices.

    If companies want to sign up for the government's Scottish Business Pledge, they must agree to pay the living wage to all direct employees over 18.

    Joseph Byrne, who runs a building firm which employs 15 people, told the programme that the pledge was a great idea and he would be signing his business up for it.

    He added: "The living wage is an aspirational thing. If you pay people a fare wage, you get a happy employee, you get productivity, and you get that person spending and business profits from that."

  57. Coulson trial: James Weatherup


    Philip Sim, Reporting from the High Court in Edinburgh

    Former News of the World journalist James Weatherup has begun his evidence at the Andy Coulson trial. He tells the court he joined the paper in 1987 and left in 1999 before rejoining the paper in 2004.

    • As news editor, Mr Weatherup reported to the editor, Andy Coulson. He points him out in the dock.
    • In July 2013 Mr Weatherup pleaded guilty to a charge of phone hacking, he confirms. He was given a suspended sentence a year later.
    • Mr Weatherup confirms that he pled guilty to conspiring to hack phones with Clive Goodman and Glenn Mulcaire.
    • He says he met Mr Mulcaire once outside the office in Wapping, and also spoke to him on the phone and by email.
    • Mr Weatherup says he first came across Mr Mulcaire's name on a budget sheet, after Stuart Kuttner had asked him to cut the budget.
    • He says he "didn't see the point" of having a private investigator paid full time. He tells the court: "He was paid more than the reporters. It was a huge sum."

    Andy Coulson is accused of lying under oath in the 2010 perjury trial of former MSP Tommy Sheridan. He denies the charge.

  58. Itching to help

    Lovers and haters of midges have been asked to help with this year's Scottish Midge Forecast.


    More than 100 volunteers are needed to hang up sticky traps to catch midges and later send the traps away for analysis for the project running between June and August.

    The forecast's Dr Alison Blackwell said she hoped it would be possible monitor a wide range of habitats across the country.

  59. Justice Committee at Holyrood

    MSPs are taking evidence on the inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Bill at Holyrood.

    Holyrood Live page

    You can read more on the Holyrood Live page.

  60. Eight years for rapist and abuser

    A convicted sex offender who was found guilty of rape, indecent assault and abduction charges against three women has been jailed for eight years.

    High Court in Edinburgh

    Calan Morrison, 29, raped one woman at houses in Fernhill, Glasgow, and at Galston, East Ayrshire.

    He indecently assaulted another woman in Clydebank and Elderslie and abducted two women who were left locked in a flat in Faifley, Clydebank.

    Morrison has a previous conviction for sex with an underage girl.

  61. Andy Coulson trial coverage


    Philip Sim, Reporting from the High Court in Edinburgh

    There's been a later than usual start to proceedings at the Andy Coulson trial today as we waited for the last prosecution witness to arrive from London.

    But the jury are now in place, and James Weatherup, another former News of the World journalist, is being sworn in.

  62. SNP rule out Moray bid


    Kevin Keane

    BBC Scotland reporter

    SNP rules out bid to take over Moray Council, despite gains in recent by-elections making them the largest group

  63. Your views... Killing your own food

    Kaye Adams programme

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Michelle from Aberdeen: People are well aware animals are killed in slaughterhouses to feed the meat eaters of this world but mentally face the other way. They don't come looking like that on supermarket shelves. Disney has a lot to answer for!

    Cristina in Coatbridge: What I find really terrible is people throwing meat away. No respect for the animal that died to feed you. Shocking. It's ok to kill for hunger, it's not ok to waste a life.

    All, Dunblane: Not veggie but only eat meat a couple of times a week so I can afford to buy from decent ethical sources like my local butchers & farmers market.

    Sandy, Kirriemuir: Vegetarians should pay extra income tax to keep their share of animals in the fields and on the hills.

    Contact the programme on 0500 92 98 00 or by texting 80295.

    Listen live here.

  64. Carmichael complaints


    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    Parliamentary commissioner for standards Kathryn Hudson confirms several complaints have been received regarding Alistair Carmichael's conduct in relation to the memo leak.

    She is considering whether the matter is within her remit and whether the complaints merit a full investigation.

  65. Young singer causing a storm

    A young singer-songwriter from Lewis, who won an award in a UK music competition, told the BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme: "I've been singing and humming tunes ever since I was really young.

    Rosie Sullivan

    "I wrote my first song Dollies on the Road when I was three years old. My auntie told me this. I don't remember singing it."

    Rosie Sullivan, 12, won the seven to 12-year-old category of the Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition with Runs from the Storm.

    Rosie won a recording session at EMI's studios in London.

  66. More visitors to Scots distilleries

    Scotland's distilleries have seen a record number of visitors, according to a survey by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

    Whiskey in bottles

    It said more than 1.5 million people visited the 54 distilleries which were open to the public last year.

    That is up about 6% on the figure for the previous year.

    The statistics also suggested that visitors spent almost £50m on distillery tours and in the shops and cafes, almost double the spend in 2010.

  67. Every cloud has a silver lining...

    The cold weather has meant it's been a bad year so far for midges.

    But The Scottish Midge Forecast told BBC Radio Scotland that the low temperatures might mean only a week's delay in the pesky bugs reaching numbers that cause problems for humans.

    Scottish Midge Forecast screengrab

    Midges are tiny insects that suck blood from the skin, causing itching and swelling.

  68. Sectarian graffiti sprayed on church

    Police have been called to investigate reports of sectarian graffiti on a church in West Lothian.


    The priest at St Peter's Church in Livingston said the anti Catholic messages have been sprayed all over the building.

    It's thought the attack happened on Saturday evening.

  69. Scottish gold for boxing team


    Team Scotland tweets: Boxing: Huge congrats @bringbackboxing at Lah Nimani Tournament, Kosovo with 5 GOLD & 2 SILVER! Great job guys!

    Team Scotland boxing
  70. SNP bullying Carmichael, says Bruce

    The House of Commons would be cleared out very fast if every MP, cabinet minister and prime minister who told a brazen lie had to quit, a former MP has said.

    Sir Malcolm Bruce made the claim as he defended former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael's conduct in relation to a leaked memo.

    Nicola Sturgeon and Alistair Carmichael pictured at a public event last month

    The former Liberal Democrat deputy leader accused the SNP of attempting to "extinguish all opposition" in Scotland, adding that Mr Carmichael should stay in his post to avoid seeing the SNP "bully a very good MP out of office for a mistake he has acknowledged and apologised".

    Listen to the full interview on BBC Radio 4 here.

  71. On the back pages

    BBC Sport


    Tottenham Hotspur have stepped up their interest in Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk after watching the Dutchman in Sunday's 5-0 thrashing of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, while Everton are also keeping an eye on the 23-year-old. (Daily Express, print edition).

    The Gosspi website

    Get the full roundup here.

  72. 'Lost children of Maryhill' memorial

    A service is being held this morning in Glasgow's Western Necropolis for three unknown children who died in the Quintinshill train disaster a hundred years ago.

    Glasgow Necropolis

    The "lost children of Maryhill" were among 227 people killed near Gretna Green in Britain's worst ever rail disaster.

    Most of the victims of the multi-train crash in 1915 were soldiers. Royal Scots on their way to fight in WW1.

    But three children were also buried following the accident. No one ever came forward to claim their bodies, and their identities and reasons for being on the train remain a mystery.

  73. Watch Sturgeon speech

    BBC Scotland News

    Watch Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's first major economic speech since the general election in full.

    Nicola Sturgeon speech
  74. Nicola Sturgeon speech


    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    @NicolaSturgeon setting out how she thinks Scotland can attain that elusive goal for UK business and politicians: increased productivity.

    First Minister @NicolaSturgeon outlines "key challenges" to economy: improve productivity, increase exports, diversify, tackle inequality.

    First Minister @NicolaSturgeon says she'll make a speech on the European Union in Brussels a week today.

    If the UK government sticks to spending cuts, we will argue for ways in which the impact on Scotland can be lessened says @NicolaSturgeon

    First Minister @NicolaSturgeon: proposed cuts would slow economic recovery and make deficit reduction more difficult.

    Scottish First Minister @NicolaSturgeon: we will continue to oppose "scale and speed" of UK government's proposed cuts.

  75. Swinney on Sturgeon speech

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney said his government's business pledge was about encouraging companies to innovate to increase productivity. He said;

    • "My fundamental view is that I want to see as many people in employment as possible. When people get into employment to me that solves many of the issues and challenges that we face.
    • "My priority is to get people into employment and then to make sure that as much of that employment as possible is high quality, productive employment that is making a high value contribution to our society.
    • "That's why the business pledge places such as heavy emphasis on encouraging companies to innovate - because innovation is the key to improving productivity in our economy.
    • "It's why we place such heavy emphasis on the development of skills to ensure that we invest in our people and to make sure that they can strengthen their capability and their contribution to companies.
    • And it's why we put such emphasis on international business activity: so that companies more and more are able to sell their goods to other countries and other areas, and to boost their economic performance as a consequence.
    • "There are various private companies looking to what the government is setting out today and saying this is exactly what we need to focus everybody's efforts on making sure that we strengthen the capacity of our companies to create wealth.
    • "I think what we see here is the business community responding positively to the government's challenge in this respect. And the government indicating that we are determined to work in partnership and in collaboration with the business com munity to strengthen the Scottish economy as a consequence.
    • "The government set out its economic strategy in commanding detail back in March, looking at a number of key aspects of where we need to strengthen the performance of the Scottish economy.
    • "The strategy envisages taking forward initiatives to take forward innovation to support internationalisation, to boost investment in infrastructure and skills and to promote inclusive growth.
    • "Our wider economic strategy is about ensuring that we recognise that every company in Scotland has got to be an innovator; every public sector organisation has got to be an innovator, and the strengthening of the Scottish economy as a consequence."
  76. Coming up at 09:00

    Kaye Adams

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Join Kaye Adams for her daily discussion on the issues behind the headlines.

    Coming up on today's programme;

    Are meat eaters hypocritical? And if you want to eat it, should you be prepared to kill it?

    What does the Scottish government's business pledge mean for employers and employees across the country?

    According to a recent survey, today's children are travelling further afield and are starting even younger. But is their enjoyment of a family holiday enhanced by visiting foreign climes? Is it really worth the money and the hassle?

    Listen live here.

  77. Sturgeon's speech Live

    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has used a speech in Edinburgh to attack the "scale and speed" of spending cuts planned by the UK government.

    Nicola Sturgeon on the News Channel

    Speaking ahead of the Queen's Speech, the SNP leader is also reiterating her party's support for Britain's continued membership of the European Union.

    In her first major economic speech since the election Nicola Sturgeon is arguing that the prime minster cannot ignore the democratic will of the Scottish people.

    Speaking at Heart of Midlothian football club Ms Sturgeon said that continued austerity will slow economic recovery and make deficit reduction more difficult.

    She'll argue that David Cameron must either change his approach or find ways to lessen the impact on Scotland. The first minister will also say that business employees and government need to work more closely together to build a prosperous and more cohesive society.

    And she'll again insist that the United Kingdom should only withdraw from the EU if there is a majority in favour of exit in all four nations of the UK.

    Watch her speech live

  78. Swinney on Sturgeon speech

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney tells BBC Scotland that the 'living wage' is at the heart of the Scottish government's business pledge, which aims to promote "fairness, equality and sustainable economic growth".

    He said:

    • "It is the government setting out, in collaboration and consultation with the business community, the interventions and the approaches that are good for business; that will strengthen economic performance; that will create better quality employment - but we recognise that it will not be possible in all sectors
    • "It's been described by the first minister as "a shared national endeavour" and I think that's exactly how we should look at this: of government and business coming together.
    • "What we do in government is that we invest in companies very substantially through the support that we give to the enterprise development of individual companies, to support them in exporting, and taking forward their skills development activity.
    • "Only by strengthening the economic performance of individual companies do we improve the value of employment and do we strengthen the company base within Scotland."
  79. Today at Holyrood

    BBC Democracy Live

    Coming up today on Democracy Live.

    • The Justice Committee will begin looking at the Prisoners (Control of Release)(Scotland) Bill which will end automatic release for all long term prisoners. The committee will also take evidence on the inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Death (Scotland) Bill.
    • The solicitor general and procurator fiscal will give evidence, to be followed by Community Safety and Legal Affairs Minister Paul Wheelhouse.
    • In the afternoon, after topical questions, the Scottish government will lead a debate entitled 'Equity and Excellence in Education' following the first minister's announcement of a £100m educational attainment fund.
    • SNP MSP Christine Grahame will lead a member's debater, titled Through our Eyes, which looks at the role of kinship carers generally and grandparents in particular.

    Follow all the twists and turns here.

  80. Lorry breakdown


    Traffic Scotland


    #Fife - #A92 S/B - there's a broken down lorry @ the Redhouse R/bout affecting traffic towards Dunfermline so #BeAware

  81. Travel update


    BBC Scotland Travel


    #calmac Mull Oban - Craignure Due to technical issues, passengers are advised that there could be significant delays throughout the day.

    #BOTHWELL - SOUTH LANARKSHIRE- 1 lane clsd cos of a breakdown on #A725 Eastbound before the Bellshill Road junction, congestion to A724.

  82. EU referendum date

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University has said he thinks it's unlikely the EU referendum will take place on the same day next year as the Scottish election.

    As yet the date of the vote isn't known, but both the SNP and Labour have already warned it shouldn't be held on the same day.

    Professor Curtice told Good Morning Scotland:

    • "There are two arguments as to why it probably won't happen. Probably the most crucial one is that it is pretty likely that the Conservative Party is probably going to end up being divided over the referendum and that different members of the party are going to be on different sides of the fence.
    • "Anybody who has listened to Owen Patterson, the former environment minister, or John Redwood, the former cabinet minister, in recent days, and our own commissioner in Brussels, Lord Hill, would reckon that these are not people who are on the same page on this issue.
    • "And therefore the Conservatives will not be wanting to fight elections - not only in Scotland, in Wales - but the London mayoral contest and local elections in England, at a time where probably members are going to be on different sides of the issue.
    • "The second reason is that where very many people were not terribly interested in how the House of Commons should be elected and the subtle difference between single member party and alternative vote, it's perfectly clear that this referendum is going to be a big gig.
    • "We're already effectively in the pre-campaign period and to that extent there really is an issue as to whether you really want to mix together what will be important elections for Scotland, for London, for Wales, and which in themselves may be important for the future of the union, at the same time as this crucial issue with the European Union."

    Listen to the programme live.

  83. Gallacher and Warren set for US Open

    BBC Sport


    Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and Marc Warren have both earned a spot in next month's U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

    Stephen Gallacher and Marc Warren

    Both players have been named in the top 60 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Gallacher at 51 and Warren 59.

    It follows a disappointing week for Gallacher, 40, who had to pull out of the PGA Championship at Wentworth with a wrist injury.

    He made his Ryder Cup debut last September, but missed the cut in last month's Masters.

  84. Read all about it

    Making the front pages of Scotland's papers today: Dundee United striker "biting storm" continues, privacy concerns over Police Scotland's use controversial face recognition software, and one man's "last supper".

    Scotland's papers

    Read the full paper review here.

  85. Business update


    Laura Maciver

    BBC Scotland Business

    • Full year profits at Ryanair jump 66% to €867m. Traffic was up 11%.
    • Scottish landlords meeting housing minister later to discuss upcoming legislation for rental sector
    • O2 network 'back to normal'
  86. Queens' McShane joins Ross County

    BBC Sport


    Ross County have completed the transfer of Queen of the South midfielder Ian McShane on a three-year contract.

    Ian McShane celebrates with Queen of the South

    A fee had been agreed on Friday for the 22-year-old, who played under Jim McIntyre while he was Queens manager.

    "I am very delighted to get Ian on board at the club," McIntyre told the Ross County website.

    "He brings with him a great deal of footballing qualities and experience which will blend very well into the team".

  87. Drew Morris EIS interview

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    The 2014 School Education Report, discussing the resourcing of teaching in Scotland, said council spending on education had fallen by 5% from 2010 to 2013 in real terms.

    Mr Morris said he blamed both the austerity agenda and decisions of the Scottish government for this decrease.

    He told Good Morning Scotland:

    • "There is no doubt that the austerity agenda is putting enormous pressure on Scotland's local authorities and on schools, but the Scottish government have spending decisions to make.
    • "In the run up to the last Scottish parliamentary election we were told that there would be significant reductions in class sizes - that hasn't materialised.
    • "Teachers are the key to educational improvement, and certainty over class sizes; certainty over teacher numbers; the removal of teachers from working with early-years children - all of these are factors that can have an impact on educational performance."

    Listen to the programme live.

  88. Drew Morris EIS interview

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    The EIS is warning that teachers must not be used as scapegoats for falling standards in Scottish schools.

    The union's Assistant Secretary for Employment Relations Drew Morris told Good Morning Scotland:

    • "At the moment the teaching profession is under an enormous degree of pressure. We've had a period of significant change through Curriculum for Excellence, and through changes in the exam system.
    • "Scotland's teachers are continuing to work 10 hours above their contractual requirement to try to improve the education system.
    • "In the previous debate Nicola Sturgeon emphasised the need for dialogue with business leaders. We need the same ongoing dialogue with Scotland's teachers and with local authorities to look at the system.
    • "It's quite curious that when the system seems to do well everyone takes time to praise teachers and the work that's going on in schools. When there's a 'but' in the system attention seems to be turned back to teachers
    • "I think we need to look at some of the broader, structural issues underpinning education - the uncertainty over teacher numbers, and the increased workload that is placed upon teachers.
    • "One league table that Scotland's teachers are at the top of, across Europe, is the time that teachers spend in the front of classrooms.
    • "So if we are going to have a debate, that debate must extend not just simply to what teacher deliver, but also to look at the resourcing of education, and the demands placed on teachers."

    Listen to the programme live.

  89. M8 breakdown


    Traffic Scotland


    *CLEARED 07:27* #M8 E/B J14 to J13 - Lane 1 now *open* but breakdown remains on hard shoulder so please #SlowDown & take extra care!

  90. Sunny spells


    BBC Scotland Weather


    A dry start, cloud breaking to give some bright or sunny spells, esp in the east. Showers for the N/W & N Isles. Brisk w'ly. 12 to 15C.

  91. Health board facing GP shortage

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Dumfries and Galloway could face a serious shortage of GPs unless 25 new recruits are hired by the end of next year, BBC Scotland can reveal.


    About 19% of the workforce of 132 family doctors in the region will need replaced before December 2016.

    In addition to the 11 posts which are currently vacant, 14 GPs are expected to retire within 18 months.

    Some doctors already work long hours "under considerable pressure", according to the local health board.

  92. Coming up before 09:00

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Join Hayley Millar and Andrew Kerr for the nation's news.

    Still to come on the programme;

    Drew Morris of the EIS on concerns over falling standards in Scottish schools.

    John Swinney will be discussing the SNP's economic priorities following their successful general election campaign.

    Rosie Sullivan, a 12-year-old singer-songwriter from the Western Isles, has come top in a national youth song writing competition and has travelled to London's EMI studios to record her music.

    Listen live.

  93. Murray cruises through Paris opener

    BBC Sport


    Andy Murray began his French Open campaign with a straight-sets win over Argentina's Facundo Arguello at Roland Garros.

    Andy Murray

    The Briton, seeded third, won 6-3 6-3 6-1 to take his clay-court record this year to 11-0.

    Murray goes on to face Canada's Vasek Pospisil or Joao Sousa of Portugal.

    The Scot has won titles in Munich and Madrid on clay in recent weeks, beating Rafael Nadal along the way, but the two-time semi-finalist insists he is still not among the title favourites in Paris.

  94. Teachers 'must not be scapegoats'

    Failings in Scotland's classrooms should not be laid at the door of teachers and schools, according to the general secretary of the EIS teaching union.

    school pupils (generic)

    Larry Flanagan cited the impact of poverty, while falling budgets also posed serious challenges.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she is prepared to make tough decisions to improve the education system.

    MSPs will debate "equity and excellence" in education later today.

  95. Sturgeon to lay out economic plans

    Nicola Sturgeon is to make her first major economic speech since the general election.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    The first minister will set out her economic priorities at Heart of Midlothian's Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh.

    She will be joined on the visit by Finance Secretary John Swinney.

    The pair will also unveil the Scottish Business Pledge, which aims to promote "fairness, equality and sustainable economic growth".

  96. Good Morning

    Jo Perry

    BBC Scotland news website

    Welcome to Scotland Live.

    Stay with us here through until 19:00 for all the latest news, sport, traffic and weather updates.

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