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  1. Sarwar, Dugdale, Marra and Baillie all rule themselves out of Labour leadership
  2. Sources say Gordon Brown will not stand
  3. Independent inspector of constabulary backs officers carrying firearms
  4. Derek Llambias likely to become the new chief executive of Rangers

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By Graham Fraser and Paul McLaren

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Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

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

DNA link 'to both victims'

The jury in the World's End murder trial has heard that DNA from the accused, Angus Sinclair, matched samples found on ligatures and clothing on both victims.

Christine Eadie and Helen Scott

Forensic scientist Andrew McDonald said new techniques mean samples that have degraded through time can now be analysed.

The High Court in Livingston also heard in some cases the mixtures of DNA matching Mr Sinclair and his brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton were said to be a billion times more likely to come from both men than just one of them.

Angus Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering Helen Scott and Christine Eadie and blames Gordon Hamilton who is now dead.

The trial continues.

Brown: 'No frontline return'

Gordon Brown insists he has no intention of running in the contest to be the next Scottish Labour leader.

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Some members of the party had hoped that the former prime minister might consider heading to Holyrood to lead the Scottish party following the resignation of Johann Lamont.

But a source close to Mr Brown said: "For the past four years, and on every occasion that he has been asked, Mr Brown has made it clear that he is not returning to frontline politics. That position has not changed."

The firm expectation now is that Jim Murphy MP will go for the job.

Farmers' cow ban

Two Perthshire cattle farmers have been banned from keeping any animals except cats for the next five years.


Brothers Archiebald, 72, and James Boreland, 70, left their cows and calves emaciated and living in squalid conditions.

A sheriff imposed the ban after finding them both guilty of failing to look after their 93-strong herd of cows and calves properly.

An exception was granted as the brothers share two pet cats.

Watch out Nessie!

The Independent

The National History Museum hatched a sinister plot to slay the Loch Ness monster and display its carcass, newly published papers have revealed.

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Read the full story.

Labour leadership - Your Views

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Ali, Inverlochy: It's no surprise that nobody wants the job of Leader of the Labour Party in Scotland! Some are ruling themselves out even before they've been asked to be in? Surprisingly astute of them. They recognise a poisoned chalice when they see one.

Dougie Harrison: Johann Lamont was part of a callous No campaign, helped have independence rejected, and now complains she has no independence from her Westminster overlords! She can't have it both ways!

Graeme, Falkirk: Strongly suspect Lamont was offered incentive to keep quiet until after the referendum. How better together is Labour now???

Brown rules himself out

Iain Watson

Political correspondent, BBC News

A source close to Gordon Brown says he has ruled out standing for the Scottish Labour leadership and has no intention of returning to frontline politics. This is a position he has held for the past four years and won't change now.

BBC Scotland Travel


In West Lothian, the M8 is very slow westbound near Whitburn after an accident between Junction 4 and Junction 4A. Congestion is back to J3A Bathgate.

In Edinburgh, the A720 City Bypass is slow eastbound on approach to the Straiton junction because of an accident.

The Scotsman

Former Rangers player Charlie Miller has escaped a driving ban after being convicted of failing to provide breath specimens.

Stipendiary magistrate Sukhwinder Gill instead fined Miller £500 and imposed 10 penalty points on his licence.

Read the full story.

Rennie recovers from op

Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, will be missing from Holyrood for about a fortnight.

He is resting at home following minor surgery.

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Mr Rennie's place at First Minister's Questions on Thursday will be taken by Alison McInnes, the party's business manager.

Brown out?

David Clegg, Political Editor of the Daily Record,

tweeted: Gordon Brown has ruled himself out of Scottish Labour leadership contest. Source close to him tells me he definitely won't be standing

Horne and Hidalgo-Clyne called up

Glasgow centre Peter Horne and Edinburgh scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne have been called into the Scotland training squad as "precautionary injury cover".

The news comes after Alex Dunbar and Chris Cusiter picked up injuries.

Peter Horne

Glasgow wingers Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland are also being monitored at Scotland's three-day training camp in Newcastle.

Both suffered head knocks in the win over Montpellier on Saturday.

Andy's feeling dandy

Andy Murray said his "incredible"

victory over Tommy Robredo in the Valencia Open final filled him with confidence for the challenges ahead.

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Murray saved five match points as he overcame Robredo 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (10-8) in three hours and 19 minutes.

The win moved him to fifth in the race to the ATP World Tour Finals in London, with ninth enough to qualify.

"I kept fighting and it stands me in good stead for the end of this year and the beginning of next," Murray said.

Kenny Macintyre

BBC Scotland

BBC Sport Scotland's Kenny Macintyre tweets: #BBCSportsound 6.10 - .@HibsOfficial fans your questions please for our studio guest tonight Alan Stubbs #Hibs

Organ donations increase

There has been an increase in the number of families who allow their deceased relative's organs to be used for transplant.

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Since 2010, the number of families who agree to donation has increased from 57% to 61%.

A campaign has been launched to encourage more Scots to make their organ donation wishes known.

The Scottish Government says ninety more lives could be saved each year if 80% of families followed the wishes of their loved one and donated their organs.

Balls: 'Stand up to SNP'

Ed Balls said Johann Lamont had done a "good job", but that there is a "very important task" for the next leader, who needed to "stand up against the separatists and make the case for a fair Scotland".

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He added: "I think what people in Scotland want is a strong voice for Scotland in Scotland and in the UK, delivering in Holyrood and making sure the Scottish voice is heard loud and clear. I'm confident the next Labour leader will do that.

"We want to have someone who can lead our party after this election who will stand up for Scotland in the UK and stand up on living standards."

Labour leadership

Katy Clark, the Labour MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, told Radio Scotland's Newsdrive that the new leader of Scottish Labour needs to be a "left MSP".

Ms Clark added: "We need to be very clear - Scottish Labour needs to move to the left. I think Johann (Lamont) was very clear when she said the focus on Scottish politics is moving to Holyrood.

"My view is the ideal choice would be someone on the left and someone that is an MSP, so I very much hope we are given that option."

BBC Scotland Travel


In the Highlands, the A82 has reopened between Onich and Fort William. There are, however, temporary lights at Corrychurrachan Bridge, so down to single file traffic there. There are also temporary lights a mile south of the bridge at Glenrigh.

A87 Skye Bridge is closed to high sided vehicles and there are speed restrictions on the A90 Forth Road Bridge. There's a lot of standing water around in the west of the country, causing hazardous conditions on some roads, particularly in Argyll and Bute.

Meanwhile, CalMac reports disruption to a number of services this afternoon due to the weather so do check the latest before travelling.

Balls rejects Lamont claims

The Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has rejected the claim by former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont that the UK party treats Scotland like a "branch office".

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Ms Lamont made the comments when she resigned as leader last week.

Speaking to the BBC in Rochester, Mr Balls said: "We're a UK party but have a really vibrant and dynamic Labour party in Scotland.

"I saw the remarks, I understand she's resigning and in those moments you say those kind of things."

Welsh on Brown

Author Irvine Welsh tweets: Gordon Brown has great debating skills and a keen intellect, but is an inept failure of almost unprecedented levels as a politician. Also lost the election to a muppet. All of his failures have greatly negatively impacted on the people he purports to represent.

Serial attacker gets four years

A man who violently attacked a string of women over a decade has been jailed for more than four years.

Frank de Gernier, 39, admitted carrying out the attacks on his girlfriends at addresses in Dundee.

Frank De Gernier

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that one partner described the beatings she suffered as being as bad as a car accident.

In one attack, de Gernier made her vomit, before grabbing her and rubbing her face in it as she wept.

Frans fun at Firhill

New Partick Thistle signing Frederic Frans

is pleased to have joined the Firhill club after a trial spell at Leeds United.

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Landslide clear-up

Emergency teams have been working all day to clear the A82 between Fort William and Ballachulish, which was closed by floods and landslides.

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Heavy rain continues to fall in the area with amber weather warnings remaining in place until tomorrow morning. It is hoped the road will reopen later today.

Deila wants Guidetti deal

BBC Sport


Ronny Deila wants striker

John Guidetti to become a Celtic player permanently "as quickly as possible".

Celtic striker John Guidetti celebrates his goal against Kilmarnock

The 22-year-old Sweden international is currently on a season-long loan from Manchester City, where his contract expires in the summer.

"We're talking with everybody around him and him also, and he's positive," said the Celtic manager.

"His confidence is fantastic. At once, he was a star amongst the fans and this looks like his home."

Turtle death probe

Experts are attempting to establish how

a 6ft-long leatherback turtle died off the east coast of Scotland.

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The reptile was found tangled in creel ropes by a fisherman on Thursday, one mile off the Dunbar coast.

The 350kg turtle is the fourth to have been found dead around Scotland in the last two weeks.

Pathologists will carry out a post-mortem examination in Edinburgh to find out if the creature drowned or had swallowed a plastic bag.

The endangered species, which dates back more than 100 million years, is a rare sight in Scottish waters.

Your pictures - Get involved

Scott Chambers captured the flood water at its peak at the Falls of Dochart.

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Findlay for leader?

Alan Roden, Political Editor of the Scottish Daily Mail,

tweets: Odds on Neil Findlay being next Scottish Labour leader have been slashed by William Hill from 16/1 to 2/1.

Nutini's Hydro show cancelled

The Evening Times

BREAKING: Paolo Nutini scraps Hydro show, suffering tonsillitis

Rape liar jailed

A woman who falsely accused the son of a friend of rape has been jailed.

Kelly Harwood
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Kelly Harwood, 43, had consensual sex with the 30-year-old in Aberdeen before making the claim in May last year.

However, she later confessed that she had made it up.

Harwood admitted wasting police time and was jailed for a year at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, where Sheriff William Summers told her it was a "very serious" offence.

Labour 'dinosaurs'

The Labour Party in Scotland needs to become an independent Scottish Labour Party with a rebrand if it wants to "be worthy of support", a former party MP has said.

Former Labour MP Dennis Canavan

Dennis Canavan, who was later an independent MSP, and a Yes campaigner in the Scottish referendum. was reflecting on the state of his old party after Johann Lamont stood down as leader at the weekend.

But he was unimpressed with the names being mentioned as potential future leaders, claiming they had "all been in bed with Tories over the referendum campaign" and all voted for the "Tory benefit cap".

He told Jo Coburn on the Daily Politics that only "Westminster dinosaurs" could apply for the job.

Watch the full interview here.

Rangers 'favourites'

Rangers are favourites for Tuesday's Scottish League Cup quarter-final against St Johnstone despite more financial turmoil at Ibrox,

according to Saints captain Dave Mackay.

The Ibrox club accepted a £2m loan from Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley with the Glasgow outfit having been 48 hours from going into administration.

Dave Mackay

"I can't imagine it will affect the Rangers players," said Mackay.

"Judging on form, Rangers will be favourites - they've been going well."

Salmond backs flight routes

First Minister Alex Salmond was at a ceremony held to mark the start of

Flybe's new Scotland to London routes, which it has called the "Spirit of the Regions".

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Mr Salmond said: "This is an exciting morning for Scottish aviation with new routes linking Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness with the heart of London taking off for the first time."

Baby killer appeals

A man convicted of murdering a six-week-old baby in Aberdeen is seeking to have the case reviewed.

Mark Simpson and Alexis Matheson

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

Simpson had lived with the baby's mother Ilona Sheach.

He has now applied to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission to look into his case.

Edinburgh boss angry

Edinburgh Capitals player-coach Richard Hartmann has accused his players of lacking discipline after their two weekend losses to Braehead Clan,

reports Craig Anderson.

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Perth armed robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man threatened a Perth shop assistant with a knife before making off with a three-figure sum of money.

The robbery happened at the Co-op in Oakbank Road at 21:30 on Sunday.

The suspect was described as being about 6ft tall, of medium build, and was wearing a dark grey or blue hooded top under a dark top.

He was also wearing light blue, faded jeans, dirty white shoes and had a red handkerchief covering his face.

Baillie for FMQs

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie will represent the party at this week's First Minister's Questions.

A source within Labour told the BBC the Dumbarton MSP will stand in on Thursday following the resignation of Johann Lamont.

Earlier, Ms Baillie - along with Jenny Marra MSP, Anas Sarwar MP and Kezia Dugdale MSP - ruled herself out of the leadership of the party.

It is not known at this stage how long Ms Baillie will carry out the role.

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be cloudy and windy this afternoon with more rain, heaviest and most persistent across the northwest Highlands, where a Met Office Amber "be prepared" warning remains in force. There'll be some drier slots in the east, from the Borders to Aberdeenshire.

Temperatures will reach 11 or 12C in the far north, more like the mid teens for bigger towns and cities, with a fresh to strong south-westerly wind.

This evening, the weather front that's brought so much wet weather will pep up further, bringing yet more heavy and persistent rain across the northwest. Overnight, it slips southwards, affecting all areas north of the central belt. The far north and northern isles will begin to dry up by the end of the night. Lows for most around 11C in the north and 13 in the south.

Account closed

A council-run bank with thousands of customers is to close next year.

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East Dunbartonshire Council said the Municipal Bank would cease to trade in February 2015.

The authority took the decision in June to close the bank, which operates from council offices at Bearsden, Lennoxtown and Kirkintilloch.

It said the bank only offered a savings and withdrawal service which was "very limited" compared to those offered by traditional high street institutions.

In Pictures

Discover the best of this year's Inverness Film Festival in our image gallery.

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Easdale banks on stability

Sandy Easdale says Mike Ashley should bring financial stability to Rangers and revealed

there are no plans to change the manager.

Sandy Easdale

The chairman of the football board spoke following reports Ally McCoist's position could be under threat.

Mr Easdale also said the plc board acted in the best interests of the club by accepting Ashley's £2m loan.

"Mike's a very wealthy individual and he really does want to help the club," said Easdale.