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  1. Nicola Sturgeon promises 'powerhouse parliament'
  2. She will take over leadership next month, and become Scotland's first female first minister
  3. Record fall in Scottish unemployment
  4. Salmond meets Asghar family
  5. Tata steel to sell some UK plants

Live Reporting

By Marianne Taylor, Louise Sayers and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

That is all for today's Scotland Live blog. Join us again from 08:00 tomorrow for more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Nicola Sturgeon - Your Views

Alan McPherson: 97% of Scottish electorate registered. Country more politically engaged now than perhaps ever. New First Minister is chosen by SNP members. Irony Bru anyone?

Dougie: I voted No and this had nothing to do with devo max. Many yes voters who had postal votes admitted they would have voted No if they had known about devo max. The point is no one knows how the outcome would have been influenced, but I suspect the outcome would have been the same.

Scotland squad

Scotland women's head coach Anna Signeul is pleased with the competition for places in her squad but insists the group still has room to develop.

Anna Signeul

Ms Signeul made the comments following the announcement of the 20-strong squad to play in the World Cup play-off semi-final against the Netherlands.

Four women from Glasgow City have been called up, with one each from Celtic, Rangers, Spartans and Hibs.

New CalMac ferry plans

The Scottish Government is pressing ahead with plans for two new CalMac ferries to serve Arran and the route linking Harris, North Uist and Skye.

CalMac ferry

The Transport Minister, Keith Brown, said they'd now started the procurement process for the design and build of the vessels.

They're expected to be ready by the end of 2017 and during 2018.

Police firing range at Dounreay

A £2.5m police firing range has been opened near the Dounreay nuclear power complex in Caithness.

New policing firing range near Dounreay

The eight-lane 164ft-long (50m) range is for Civil Nuclear Constabulary officers who guard Dounreay.

Dounreay is in the process of being closed down and cleaned up in a £1.6bn project.

Your Views

Alan Frame in reply to Michael Wannop: You are arguing pure semantics here. If you were a no voter then sure, Salmond led the country into disharmony! If on the other hand you held a vision of a new, progressive and independent Scotland, then he simply fought for his parties objectives to allow the Scots people to democratically decide their future. Whether the SNP represent the majority of the country or not is by and by.

Joan Sim: I find it quite insulting to assume that a substantial number of No voters only voted No after the vow! I for one, and many others I know, had long since made up our minds based on the economy, lack of credible answers from the SNP and also the fact that we wanted to remain part of the UK.

Scotland lose to Kiwis

Scotland lost by one run in a thrilling World Cup warm-up friendly against a strong New Zealand XI in Lincoln.

Kiwi Test captain Brendon McCullum (52) and Corey Anderson (53) led the way as the hosts made 263 from their 50 overs.

Matt Machan
SNS Group

Matt Machan top scored for the Scots with 83, while Hamish Gardiner (54) and Freddie Coleman (56) both made fifties.

Analysis - Nicola Sturgeon

Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

In this post-Salmond, post-referendum era, Nicola Sturgeon is going to have to make the SNP still matter in Scotland. I'm sure a lot of her opponents after the referendum No thought that the SNP was going to dissolve.

Now, Nicola Sturgeon is trying to move the party forward by selling this message that 'we are the party that continues to stick up for Scotland. We are going to do that by fighting for more devolved powers'.

She will never rule out the possibility of another independence referendum. The difficulty she has now is when is the right time to strike.

Hutton on Poland draw

BBC Sport


Video: Scotland's Alan Hutton was frustrated by the draw with Poland, but he thinks there's

reasons to be positive about the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Alan Hutton

BBC Scotland's

Alasdair Lamont asks the questions.

Tonight's outlook...

BBC Scotland Weather


A mainly dry evening then cloudy with outbreaks of rain spreading to Girvan and Campbeltown around midnight, spreading north towards Glasgow by morning. Breezy, strong easterly winds on coast.


You can catch the full forecast on the

BBC News Weather website.

Sturgeon - your views

Florence Nicholl: Did we expect anything else? Now starts the opposition to all from Westminster. Our parliament will be run now by Mrs and Mr Sturgeon. No one to object to anything. Object way now is to get Labour a majority vote in Scotland and we will be rid of SNP.

Alan, Perthshire: Alistair Carmichael needs to remember that he represents a small party and would have no position in Scotland if David Cameron had not appointed him because he had no Tory MP in Scotland for the job! The new SNP leader represents the party elected to govern in Scotland and whose membership has increased massively since the referendum, the result of which was significantly influenced from outside Scotland.

Scotland 'should set minimum wage'

Alex Salmond has urged unions and employers to back the Scottish government's bid for the power to set the minimum wage as part of a new Fair Work Convention.

The convention, announced today in Glasgow, will encourage dialogue between unions, employers, public sector bodies and government, according to the first minister.

He said: "One of the aims of the convention will be to exert greater Scottish influence over the minimum wage; it will also champion other aspects of good industrial relations, including payment of the living wage."

But shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran accused Mr Salmond of "acting in bad faith".

"People across Scotland voted to continue pooling and sharing resources across the whole of the United Kingdom," she said.

Asghar petition

Ms Ranah added a petition calling on David Cameron to personally intervene in the case of Mohammad Asghar has attracted almost 70,000 signatures. She said she plans to hand it in to Downing Street on Friday.

'Whatever it takes'

The daughter of a

Scot imprisoned on death row in Pakistan over blasphemy allegations has said called on the UK government to match the support shown for her father by the Scottish government.

Mohammad Asghar, who has paranoid schizophrenia, is currently recovering in hospital after he was shot by a prison guard in September. His daughter Jasmine Ranah met Alex Salmond this morning.

Mohammad Asghar
Aamer Anwar

She told Radio Scotland's Newsdrive: "We are extremely grateful to Alex Salmond for seeing us this morning. We just want the same support from the Pakistani government, the British government.

"We hope that Alex Salmond can talk to the prime minister. [The first minister] said he is willing to do whatever it takes to bring my dad home."

Gordon Brewer

BBC Scotland News

You can still get tickets for this Friday's Big Debate at the Corran Halls in Oban, where a panel of guests will be taking questions on the big political questions of the week.

Click here to apply.

Macmerry murder

A 38 year old man has been charged with the murder of a man found in a house in East Lothian.

Forty-nine-year-old Colin Armstrong, pictured, was found dead at the property in Macmerry on Tuesday, 7 October.

Colin Armstrong
Police scotland

The man who has been charged is due to appear at Haddington Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Help for Gaelic learners

Two new resources for people learning Gaelic have been unveiled at the Royal National Mod in Inverness.

LearnGaelic said a new app with 60 units for beginners will be available this month.

The Mod

It has been designed to provide learners with words and phrases to enable them to "build up a strong foundation" for conversational Gaelic.

An interactive Gaelic dictionary with audio files will also be available later this month.

The Scottish Sun

tweets: New First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was today likened to late Tory leader Margaret Thatcher.

The Sun on Nicola Sturgeon
The Sun

Read the full story here.

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Michael Wannop in response to Douglas Haggerty: He (Alex Salmond) did lead the country in disharmony, and also if you think people made up their minds on the promises of any politician you are sadly mistaken. As with the Yes voters, I would suspect that the vast majority had already made up their minds long before such promises were made.

Colin Anderson: Can't believe the hypocrisy (maybe I should) of Alistair Carmichael - accept the will of the people based on what "The Vow" and after yesterday's Westminster sham who exactly has been ducking the issue? I voted Yes and I know what I voted for - if you voted No what did you vote for?

Lamont welcomes Sturgeon leadership

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont MSP said Nicola Sturgeon must help "heal and unite" Scotland.

She added: "I warmly welcome and congratulate Nicola Sturgeon on the confirmation that she will be the new leader of the SNP and believe it to be a positive step that the three main parties in Scotland will all be led by women.

"For too long Scotland has been on pause but now people want action. We have just been through a referendum that at times was divisive. We must now work to heal and unite Scotland.

"Tours of the country speaking to your own supporters will only do so much. If, as expected, Nicola Sturgeon is voted in as first minister she will have to lead the whole country not just those that vote SNP."

Your views on Nicola Sturgeon


William Boot: Tory MP David Mundell congratulates Nicola Sturgeon for "emulating Margaret Thatcher" by becoming Scotland's first woman first minister! One Thatcher was more than enough, and is why the Tories have only one MP in Scotland.

Andrew Brown: Perhaps with new leadership the SNP will finally realise they do not represent a majority of Scots, either ideologically or in parliament. They still talk about the referendum as if it were current. Had Yes won, and the losing side continued to "battle" for remaining in the Union regardless, they'd have been mocked to the ends of the earth.

Monkey business

A troop of 30 monkeys from Gibraltar has arrived at their

new home at Blair Drummond Safari Park.

Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The Barbary macaques were moved to the park near Stirling following a deal to reduce the territory's monkey population, after a rise in wild monkey numbers caused problems for Gibraltarians.

They will be on show to visitors at a new drive-through section of the park from next March.

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

tweets: Brent crude dips again, sub-$84. Oil & Gas UK recently said $80 level wd end 1/3 of projects in development pipeline and accelerate field closure.

Old crocs

The life of the crocodile's prehistoric relative, the machimosaurus, has been revealed by a study of fossils from across Europe.

Ancient crocodile
University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh University researchers said the ancient crocodile group included a nine-metre long saltwater species that lived in open seas and fed on turtles.

Carmichael urges Strugeon to 'accept' vote

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said he wishes Nicola Sturgeon "very well".

Speaking to the BBC, the Lib Dem MP added: "I think the first thing she could do to make her job easier would be do come out and say categorically that having accepted the decision of the people of Scotland that she will not now be looking for another referendum.

"She keeps trying to duck that issue and unless or until she answers it openly and honestly then there is going to be an element of uncertainty hanging over Scotland's economy and that would be bad for Scotland's business and Scotland's jobs."

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Rod West in response to Margaret on Scotland Live: You need to get your facts right if you want people to listen. No one voted for or against the SNP in the referendum, and the SNP is the majority voice in the Scottish Parliament.

Douglas Haggarty in reply to D Fox: Alex Salmond never led the country to disharmony but gave people a choice to express how they wished their country governed. The choice would have been independence if the Westminster Parties had not interfered and promised "more powers" which are not going to happen!

'Historic' Sturgeon

Kate Higgins, who runs the pro-independence blog

A Burdz Eye View, she says Nicola Sturgeon will have no problem setting herself apart from her predecessor.

Nicola Sturgeon

She told the BBC: "Nicola has always been hugely ambitious - not for herself, but for her country and her people.

"I have no doubt that she will be a hugely successful as Scotland's first female first minister, and will not only go down in history for that fact alone, but also for the achievements she will have in office."

Teenager raped

A 15-year-old girl has been raped as she walked home in Cumbernauld.

Police said the girl was walking in the town's Beechwood Road shortly before midnight on Saturday when she was approached by two men.

Beechwood Road

After a short time, one of the men left. The other man then subjected the girl to a serious sexual assault.

She made her way home and police were called. CCTV footage is being examined and door-to-door inquires are taking place.

Sturgeon - your views


Gordon: What a bitter nobody Alex Johnstone MSP sounds. I can understand his fear though, now there are three matrons who will smack his petulant little bum in the chamber at Holyood in the shape of Tricia Marwick, Nicola Sturgeon and his own leader Ruth Davidson. Queens of their own domain.

David Francis: Congratulations to our new female First Minister! Remember, Nicky, the Scottish people are sovereign - not politicians and certainly not Westminster or the media. It is your duty to make sure we get the substantial new powers promised by Brown et al. And, if the majority of Scots think they have been hoodwinked by the "vow", they have every right to have the matter reconsidered. You have a very hard act to follow. Good Luck.

The longest journey

Philip Sim

Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

A record number of pink-footed geese have flocked to a wildlife reserve at Montrose Basin.

Scottish wildlife trust

A total of 70,153 geese were recorded arriving at the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve for the winter, having flown 1,200km (745 miles) from Iceland and Greenland.

The previous record counted by volunteers at the site was 65,060, set in 2010.

BBC Scotland Weather


An east / west divide across Scotland yet again this afternoon, with western parts enjoying the best of any brightness and sunny spells, while the east remains cloudier. Temperatures likely to be between 11C and 15C.

Edinburgh Evening News

tweets: £1.5million bid to save Ross Fountain

Ross Fountain
Edinburgh Evening News

Read the full story here.

War dead remembered

Pupils at a primary school in the far north of Scotland have discovered the stories behind the men listed on their local war memorial.

The monument in Reay, a small community near Thurso in Caithness, lists the names of soldiers and sailors with connections to village and surrounding area who lost their lives in the world wars.

War memorial
Reay Primary School

They include men who died in World War One's battles in France and Belgium, and others who perished in Sicily, Libya and Burma in World War Two.

The children have drawn pictures of the soldiers, and found out about their war service.

Secrets of TV

Sky News Scotland correspondent Niall Paterson has been revealing the secrets of television journalism, with a little help from BBC News Correspondent Laura Bicker.

He tweeted: Where does a TV reporter hang their kit when belt-less? @BBCLBicker demonstrates her boots are made for broadcasting.

Laura Bicker reporting
Niall Paterson

Football Gossip

The latest rumours around the Rangers boardroom, Goram on Scotland's goalies, and which Celtic player does Neil Lennon want to sign for Bolton?

Dave King

Find out in the latest football gossip.

The Courier

tweets: 'I felt we were going be together for a long time' — widower sues NHS Tayside for £150,000 after wife's death.

Read the full story here.

Ex-boyfriend speaks at World's End trial

A former boyfriend of Helen Scott - one of two girls murdered 37 years ago to the day - has

told a murder trial he never had sex with her.

Christine Eadie and Helen Scott

Alan Dixon, 56, was in a relationship with the 17 year-old for about two years until her death. He says they met when Helen - who lived in Edinburgh - was visiting her aunt in Coldstream in the Borders, where he lived.

Helen and Christine Eadie, also 17, were last seen at the World's End pub in the High street in Edinburgh on 15 October 1977. Their bodies were found in two different parts of East Lothian.

Angus Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering the girls. The trial continues.

'Vanity trip'

Reacting to the news that Nicola Sturgeon will replace Alex Salmond as SNP leader and first minister, Scottish Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone said: "Apparently the SNP are the most democratic party in Scotland, at least that's according to Nicola Sturgeon who has just become leader completely unopposed, without so much as a peep from anyone else.

"We all know how keen the SNP leadership were on keeping the monarchy and that seems to extend to adopting a similar succession model for their new leader.

"It's also astonishing that Nicola Sturgeon is planning to celebrate her coronation with her own vanity trip around the country - no doubt hoping the streets will be paved with cheering SNP loyalists."

Evening Express

The mother of missing Aberdeen woman Kelli Ferris says she

fears her daughter is dead.

Kelli Ferris
Evening Express

Kelli has not been seen since September 10 and extensive searches carried out over the past month have failed to find her.

Drug accused extradited

A Scots lorry driver has been extradited to Belgium for trial on drugs charges.

Raymond Urquhart, from Perth, was arrested by Scottish police in March over his alleged involvement in moving cocaine and MDMA across international borders.

Raymond Urquhart
Ciaran Donnelly

Lawyers acting for Urquhart had argued that extradition would breach his human rights. It is understood the 51-year-old was taken to Belgium on Monday.