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  1. MP Jim Murphy joins Scottish Labour leadership contest
  2. "No one will tell me what to do if I'm party leader"
  3. Labour's UK leader Ed Miliband in Glasgow
  4. Edinburgh-based Young Fathers win Mercury Prize
  5. Andy Murray seals place at World Tour Finals

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By Thomas McGuigan and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

That is it for today's Scotland Live.

We will be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

Have a great night.

Nutini's new dates

Paolo Nutini

has announced new dates for his Hydro shows that were postponed earlier this week due to ill health.

Paolo Nutini

Those who had tickets to see the Paisley singer on Monday, 27 October will now be able to go to the Hydro on Friday, 9 January.

For those who had tickets for Tuesday, 28 October, they can attend on Saturday, 10 January.

And then there were three

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

Jim Murphy has, as expected, entered the contest to replace Johann Lamont as leader of Scottish Labour.

In doing so, he does - and does not - accept the parameters she laid down for the future of the party in Scotland. For example, he does not accept her description of Scottish Labour as a "branch office" in London's eyes.

Jim Murphy
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Yet he argues for more autonomy, for the completion of the review he undertook with Sarah Boyack - and he stresses that he will "hire and fire" without interference from elsewhere. By which, of course, he means Team Miliband. The team he will be leaving should he be elected as leader in Scotland.

Read Brian Taylor's full blog.

Highlights - Celtic vs Partick Thistle

Watch the key moments as Celtic defeat Partick Thistle 6-0 to progress to the League Cup semi-final.

Celtic players celebrate as they defeat Partick Thistle 6-0

World Cup qualifier

You can listen to full coverage of the Women's World Cup semi-final second leg between Scotland and the Netherlands from 18:00 on

BBC Radio Scotland.

Scotland women's football team

STV poll

Tom Bradby, Political Editor of ITV News,

tweets: Apparently, MORI was so shocked by this Scotland poll result it did the research again with a bigger sample - and got the same answer.

Man slashed

A 20-year-old man has been seriously injured in a slash attack in Clydebank - the second such incident to happen in the town in the past four weeks.

The victim was standing with a friend in Orbiston Drive when he was slashed across the face by another man who also attempted to attack his friend.

The suspect made off following the incident at about 19:20 on Wednesday.

Police said it was too early to say if it was connected to a similar incident last month in Faifley Road.

World's End trial

The World's End murder trial has heard DNA from a torn pair of tights used as a ligature matched components of the accused's profile.

Angus Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering 17-year-olds Helen Scott and Christine Eadie in October 1977.

Helen Scott and Christine Eadie

Forensic scientist Geraldine Davidson was giving evidence about samples from the teenagers' clothing used as ligatures on the girls.

New techniques mean samples that have degraded can now be analysed.

Crime trends


peak age of offending for men in Scotland has risen from 18 to 23 in the space of a generation, according to the latest conviction figures.

Among women, the peak age has gone from 18 to 30 since 1989.

Risks for Labour

"Even if the SNP surge is not on quite the scale that this poll suggests, there can now be little doubt that that Labour are at risk of suffering serious losses north of the border next May."

Prof John Curtice has been

blogging on STV's opinion poll indicating the SNP are well ahead of Labour in voting intentions in Scotland.

League Cup draw

The draw for the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup will take place this Saturday 1 November live at 17:05 live on BBC One Scotland.

Dundee United won a thrilling cup tie at Easter Road
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Dundee United last won the League Cup in 1980

The BBC is broadcast rights holders for this year's competition.

Assisting with the draw will be former Scottish footballers and current BBC Sport Scotland pundits Des McKeown and Craig Paterson.

Paramedic stole drugs

A paramedic has lost his job and been ordered to carry out community work

after admitting to stealing pain relief drugs from an ambulance.

Colin Girvan, from Cumnock, took the medication after moving from Ayrshire to Kingussie in the Highlands.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that the 45-year-old took the drugs to cope with the break up of his six-year marriage.

Girvan, who is back living in Ayrshire, was ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work in the community.

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Steven Paterson from Ullapool has sent us this image of Loch Droma and An Teallach. He took the picture while on his way home from fishing.

Loch Droma and An Teallach
Steven Paterson

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Tonev banned for seven matches

Celtic player Aleksandar Tonev has been banned for seven matches for using "offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature".

The ban relates to an incident with Aberdeen's Shay Logan.

Aleksandar Tonev
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The Bulgarian is currently on loan from Aston Villa.

Murray makes World Tour Finals

Andy Murray has sealed his place at the World Tour Finals in the O2 with 6-3 6-3 win over Grigor Dimitrov.

Andy Murray

Deaf robber used interpreter during raid

A deaf robber who burst into a woman's flat and used an interpreter to demand money

has been jailed for 14 months.

Paul Coombs admitted forcing his way into Laura Fairweather's Dundee home with two other men in tow.

One of the men acted as an interpreter for the 42-year-old, who also needed a sign language translator at Perth Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Michael Fletcher jailed Coombs despite hearing he would find prison "difficult" due to his deafness.

Zaluska incident

Dundee United have completed their disciplinary proceedings involving Paul Paton and Mark Wilson,

and say they have dealt with the matter internally.


Paton and another man were arrested in connection with an alleged assault on Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska.

Wilson had revealed he tended to Zaluska after the incident.

Young Fathers

The Edinburgh-based trio Young Fathers have won the prestigious Mercury music prize.

But who are they?

Young Fathers
Young Fathers

Rogue camera

There were a few camera problems on today's Daily Politics, leaving BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor in the lurch and political correspondent Glenn Campbell a little bemused.

Bemused Glenn Campbell

A dozen changes for Warriors

Gregor Townsend has made 12 changes to his Glasgow team for the Pro-12 meeting with Treviso at Scotstoun on Friday.

The only Warriors remaining from their win over Montpellier are Josh Strauss, Chris Fusaro and Pat MacArthur, due to injuries and international call-ups.

Glasgow Warriors

Peter Murchie is in at full-back for Stuart Hogg, and Lee Jones and DTH van der Merwe start on the wings in place of Sean Maitland and Tommy Seymour.

Plea to help find kidnapped boy

The Scottish father of a three-year-old boy kidnapped in Pakistan

is appealing to the UK government to help find his son.

British national Shahryar Ahmad was living with his mother and brother in Faisalabad when he was taken from outside the family home on 21 August.

Shahryar Ahmad
Iftikhar Ahmad

His father Iftikhar Ahmad, who runs a business in Stirling, wants the British government to intervene.

The Foreign Office said it is aware of the case.

Jim Murphy - Your Views

Alasdair Macleod: I vaguely knew Jim Murphy a lifetime ago when he was involved in the National Union of Students in Edinburgh. He was a self-important, all-talk so-&-so back then and I've seen nothing to suggest he's changed now. People like Jim Murphy are the reason why I will probably never vote Labour again.

Murray watch

Andy Murray needs one more win to reach the ATP tennis finals. The Scot leads Grigor Dimitrov by three games to one in the first set. Follow his Paris Masters match


Andy Murray
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Airport charge

Drivers staying for up to 10 minutes at the Aberdeen International Airport forecourt are to be charged £1.

The forecourt is currently marked as 'drop-off only' and the airport said the new charge is being implemented in an attempt to tackle "congestion and safety concerns".

Aberdeen airport

Drivers wanting to stay for more than 10 minutes will be advised to use the short stay car park.

The charge will come into effect from 7 January.

Labour woes

A poll commissioned for the broadcaster STV has concluded Labour would only win four seats in Scotland - if the General Election was held now.

The Ipsos Mori study showed Labour with just 23% of the Scottish vote. The SNP, on the other hand, would win 54 seats in Westminster with a 52% share.

The Scottish Conservatives would pick up 10% of the vote, with the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Scottish Greens on 6%, Ukip on 2% and 1% for others.

Edinburgh prepare for Leinster

Edinburgh will take on Leinster on Friday

with 10 changes from the side that defeated Lyon in the Challenge Cup.

Dougie Fife
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Backs Nick McLennan, Joaquin Dominguez and fit-again Dougie Fife (pictured) are amongst the men coming into the side.

Peak time viewing

The winners of the Trail UK Mountain Photo of the Year competition have been announced.

Ross Campbell, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Glasgow, won the competition's top award.

Glen Cononish
Ross campbell

Mr Campbell, 27, took his image on a wild camping trip in Glen Cononish in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

See more winning photos here.

Teenager cut from car

Police have launched an investigation after a teenager was cut from the wreckage of a one-car crash in Angus.

The 18-year-old was taken to Ninewells Hospital following the crash at Bellies Braes in Kirriemuir at 21:55 on Wednesday.

He was kept in hospital overnight, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police have appealed for anyone who saw the crash or the car, a green Vauxhall Corsa, to come forward.

wi-fi hotspots

Public buildings in Perth, Aberdeen and Edinburgh are to become free wi-fi hotspots as part of a £150m investment programme.

mobile phones

About 75 locations in the cities will be among 1,000 in the UK that will offer free wireless internet connections to the public.

All of the hotspots should be operational by March 2015.

Top of the class

Intelligence of people born and raised in Aberdeen improved with each generation,

according to a study.

Scientists at the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian examined two groups of people, one born in 1921 and the other in 1936.


The study consisted of 751 people all tested aged 11 and retested between 1998 and 2011. Comparison in later life found an increase in IQ of 16.5.

Social care

Care services for vulnerable adults in the Borders could be transferred to an arm's length organisation to help save £5.6m over five years.


Councillors are being advised to approve the move which would go ahead in April next year.

Tree of the Year

A 100-year-old Perthshire tree home to the world's oldest breeding osprey

has been named Scottish Tree of the Year.

Tree of a Year
Niall Benvie

Lady's Tree at the Loch of the Lowes nature reserve near Dunkeld triumphed in a public vote against five other contenders.

Do you agree? What is your favourite tree? Let us know by


Photo award

The winners of the Trail UK Mountain Photo of the Year competition have been announced.

Run by outdoor pursuits magazine Trail, the entries included photographs from the Scottish Highlands and the Brecon Beacons.

Trail UK Mountain Photo of the Year
Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Glasgow,

won the competition's top award with his image on a wild camping trip in Glen Cononish in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Primary school protest

Pupils and parents have marched in protest about the proposed closure of a village primary school in Moray.

Plans are in place to merge Findochty Primary School with another school in Portknockie, Portessie or Cullen, as part of a 10-year improvement plan.

Moray council protest
Ryan Main

Members of the Findochty community marched along the High Street in Elgin and presented a petition to the council.

Councillors will discuss the plans early next month.

Ayrshire fire

Four people have escaped from a house fire in South Ayrshire.

Emergency services were called to the blaze at the mid-terrace house in the Dundonald area at 03:17 on Thursday.

Firefighters and paramedics treated the four people at the scene before crews, wearing breathing apparatus, entered the building and extinguished the fire.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known and will be the subject of an investigation by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Four-vehicle crash

Two men and a woman are in hospital after a four-vehicle crash on the A1 in East Lothian.

The casualties have been taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with minor injuries following the crash at 07:30 near Tranent.

police car

It is understood a car hit another vehicle while joining the A1 from a slip road, which caused it to hit another car at Bankton Junction.

The third car then hit a van, which spun out of control and into a ditch.

Fear over bus jobs

More than 100 jobs are thought to be under threat at a

bus company which is understood to have ceased trading.

Hamilton-based Henderson Travel runs services in the west of Scotland, and the Lanarkshire area in particular.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has put alternative arrangements in place for 20 contracts that the firm has been unable to deliver.