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  1. Brown 'to stand down as MP'
  2. Sturgeon wants competitive Scotland
  3. Childcare costs branded a route to poverty
  4. Power firm in living wage deal

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By Calum Watson, Rebecca Bailey and Laura Cuthill

All times stated are UK

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BBC Scotland News

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

The Scotsman

tweets: Edinburgh Lectures - which once welcomed Kofi Annan - faces cuts due to lack of funding. Read the full story

Evening Express

tweets: Two people cut free after car overturns on major Aberdeen road. Read the full story

BBC Scotland Travel


To Aberdeenshire first, where a breakdown is causing slow traffic on the A96 between Inverurie and Huntly.

Also, the unclassified road between the A96 at Tyrebagger and Craibstone Golf Course has been closed by police following an accident, so you'll have to divert.

The Forth Road Bridge is busy northbound with congestion from the Echline Roundabout.

In Edinburgh, the A7 Old Dalkeith Road is very slow at Little France with roadworks causing slow traffic in both directions.

There's very slow traffic on the M80 Southbound at J8 M876, and congestion on the M876 to J1 A883 (Check Barr).

There's slow traffic on the M8 Westbound between J1 A720 (Hermiston Gait) and J2 M9 / B7030 (Newbridge/Claylands).

Sir Harry to join adviser council

Former chief medical officer Sir Harry Burns is to join the Scottish government's Council of Economic Advisers.

Sir Harry Burns

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

told business leaders that his job would be to look at the issue of inequality.

The council will continue to be chaired by Crawford Beveridge, with the advice of Nobel Prize winning economist Prof Joseph Stiglitz also retained.

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John Dyer from Motherwell took this picture of sunset over Strathclyde Loch.

Sunset over Strathclyde Loch
John Dyer

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Goodwin on 'last chance'

Jim Goodwin

admits his St Mirren career could be over if he finds himself in trouble with the Scottish FA again.

The Buddies player-coach is now free to return from a ban for elbowing Dundee United's Aidan Connolly, his second such charge in as many years.

"I hope the St Mirren fans give me one last chance and this will be the last chance because I've been well warned - it can't happen again," said Goodwin.

Goodwin doing keepy uppies

"I take full responsibility for my actions, it's unacceptable."

Legacy of Harold Shipman

Alicia Queiro

BBC Scotland

BBC Scotland's Alicia Queiro considers the legacy of one of Britain's most infamous serial killers.

The medical world was shattered when trusted GP Harold Shipman was exposed as being responsible for the deaths of up to 215 patients.

Harold Shipman

Shipman killed himself in 2004 - but the spectre of his case still hangs over doctors.

As Scotland's assisted suicide bill is considered, its supporters in the medical community

explain how fear has changed the way doctors conduct palliative care.

BBC Scotland Weather


tweets: Hi, Chris here. rain spreading south & east tonight to reach most parts. Drier after midnight with clear skies. Lows 3C in town, 0/-2C rural

BBC Scotland Travel


In Edinburgh, the A8 Glasgow Road in Ingliston is partially blocked eastbound by an accident.

In Aberdeenshire, the unclassified road between the A96 at Tyrebagger and Craigstone Golf Course has been closed by police following an accident

Also in Aberdeenshire, Woodside Avenue in Banchory remains closed for emergency gas repairs

In Dundee, the A85 Riverside Drive is busier than usual at the junction with the A90 Kingsway West

In Glasgow, the M8 is slow eastbound between 22 Plantation and 15 Townhead and westbound 16 Craighall and 21 Seaward Street|

The M77 is getting busy eastbound between 22 Plantation and J1 Dumbreck

In Edinburgh, traffic is building up on the A720 City Bypass eastbound between Calder and Baberton

Fine over lift shaft fall

A company's been fined after a tool packer fell down a lift shaft and a loaded cage trolley landed on top of him.

James Douglas, 62, severely fractured his right hip and heel in the accident at a tool factory in Jedburgh, in 2013.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court

He also damaged his sciatic nerve, knees and lower legs, and he had surgery to insert four screws in his hip.

The LS Starrett Company was fined £3,000 over safety failings at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Family tribute to crash teenager

The 19-year-old man who died following a road traffic collision in Aberdeenshire on Saturday has been named by police as William Sangster, from Auchnagatt.

William had been a passenger in the red Ford Fiesta, which had been travelling on Station Road in Mintlaw.

William Sangster with his brother Lewis
William Sangster with his brother Lewis

His family today released a statement paying tribute to him.

"William came from a big extended family and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He was well-known as a larger than life character and always had a big smile on his face.

"He was very close to his sister, they did everything together. You would just always hear him laughing, he was popular with everyone, had lots of friends and was a devoted partner to his girlfriend."

Shetland firm wins turbine contract

A Shetland company has won a contract to manufacture blades for a bank of tidal turbines off the coast of Shetland.

Shetland Composites secured the six-month contract from Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation.

Nova turbine
Nova Innovarion

Nova is developing five 100kW tidal turbines known as the Shetland Tidal Array.

The turbines will be developed in two phases, with commissioning of the first three devices by the end of 2015.

Cameron on Brown

David Cameron's tribute to Gordon Brown who is expected to confirm tonight he is standing down as an MP at the next general election.

"Gordon's given a huge amount in terms of public service and his contribution in government and in parliament and I'm sure he'll go on contributing to public life even after he's left the House of Commons."

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Julie Burnett from Carbost took this picture last Friday at Talisker Bay on the Isle of Skye.

Sunset over Talisker Bay
Julie Burnett

She was one of half a dozen people enjoying watching the sun set over the Western Isles after a glorious autumn day.

Email us your pictures or tweet them using #ScotlandLive, and we will publish the best.

Coming up on Newsdrive

BBC Radio Scotland

As Gordon Brown prepares to confirm he's stepping down as an MP, we'll be looking back at his Westminster career

We'll also be finding out how business leaders reacted to Nicola Sturgeon's vision for a more competitive and fairer Scotland

And why are Glasgow artists so successful when it comes to the Turner Prize?

Tune in on 92-95FM, 810MW or listen on digital radio or


Skye bridge closing system review

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

The system used to determine when the Skye Bridge should be shut during high winds is to be reviewed.

Highland Council said islanders were concerned that they were not receiving enough warning before the crossing was closed in bad weather.

Skye bridge

Roads management company Bear Scotland is to make available automatic alerts via text and email.

Bear Scotland's review will also include a look at where wind speed monitoring equipment is sited.

The review was agreed during a meeting between Bear Scotland, police, NHS Highland and Highland councillors.

Let it snow

Evening Express

tweets: Aberdeen most likely city in UK for white Christmas

Read the full story here.

Mobile flood prevention

A mobile flood prevention unit

has been unveiled in Newton Stewart.

Anthony O'Neil

The flood pod is a container filled with absorbent sand bags and expandable floodgates.

It has been put in place as a short-term measure to protect properties following major flooding in the town in November 2012.

Although the pod will be based in Newton Stewart, it will also be available to residential and business premises in the surrounding area.

Young voters in 2016?

Glenn Campbell

BBC Scotland news


could be given control of its own elections in time to give 16 and 17-year-olds a vote in 2016.

The Scotland secretary, Alastair Carmichael, is considering a fast-track transfer of the necessary powers from the UK to the Scottish parliament.

The Smith Commission on further devolution recommended this should happen when it reported last week.

Mr Carmichael is due to discuss the issue with Scotland's new first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, when they meet on Thursday.

BBC Radio Scotland

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Have a listen and see what you think.

Cloud clearing overnight

BBC Scotland Weather


Mostly cloudy this evening with rain, turning to snow on northern hills briefly before clearer conditions spread southeast to all areas later.

Showers will affect the west coast, the northwest and far north, wintry on high ground, but most areas will become clear and dry with a touch of frost and some icy patches, temperatures down to minus 1 in places.

Tomorrow, mainly dry in the south and east with some sunshine, a few showers in the northwest and far north and after a cold, start, turning milder again.

West coast mainline closures

Rail passengers are being advised to avoid travelling on the West Coast main line to London over Christmas because of severe disruption due to essential engineering work.

The approach to Euston station on the West Coast Main Line
Network Rail

The line will be closed between Euston Station and Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire after the final train on Christmas Eve until 29 December.

It will also be closed between Stafford and Crewe after the last trains on Christmas Eve until 28 December.

Network Rail, Virgin Trains and the London Midland Train companies are advising travellers to use alternative routes.

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Clare Sladen from Sunbury on Thames took this photo in Oban, and remarked that it was unbelievable weather for November.

Oban Harbour on a sunny November day
Clare Sladen

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Sturgeon: 'Best wishes, Gordon'

The First Minister has commented on Gordon Brown's announcement earlier today that he will stand down as an MP at the next general election.

Nicola Sturgeon

"It's no secret that my party has had its disagreements with Gordon Brown over the years, most recently in the independence referendum, but nobody can doubt the enormous contribution he has made over three decades to Scottish politics, UK politics, and indeed global politics," she said.

"So, I'm sure we've not heard the last from Gordon Brown, I'm sure he'll continue to make a contribution, and he has my very best wishes for whatever he decides to do in the future."

Armoured vehicle safety

The coroner at the inquest of three Scottish soldiers killed in Afganistan says he will examine the safety of the Mastiff armoured vehicle.

Cpl William Savage, 30, from Penicuik, Fusilier Samuel Flint, 21, from Edinburgh; and Private Robert Hetherington, 25, from Edinburgh, died of blast injuries caused by an improvised explosive device.

Coroner Darren Salter said he would examine whether there were any defects in the vehicle, whether it was possible to detect the devices beforehand and what intelligence was available to the patrol.

Your Views - Scottish Cup draw

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Patrick : Dundee away about as tough as it gets - if Celtic are going to win the treble we're going to have to do it the hard way!

Colin: I bet Spartans are happy with that home draw. Absolutely nothing to stop them reaching the Quarter Finals!

Alan: I fancy Dundee against Celtic given Clarkson is as good as a 1 goal start.

Ted: Excellent draw for Queen of the South. Holders out?

Song for Keane

Friends of an Edinburgh pupil who was killed when a wall collapsed at her school have

written and recorded a song in tribute to her.

Keane Wallis-Bennett

Keane Wallis-Bennett died on 1 April when a free-standing partition wall at Liberton High School fell on top of her as she changed after a PE lesson.

The charity single, written by her friends two days after the 12-year-old died, was released earlier on Monday.

The lightsaber maker

Star Wars fans - what did you think of the curiously proportioned lightsaber, tantalisingly glimpsed in the trailer for the new film?

Some loved it, some

loathed it - but BBC Scotland asked someone who's more qualified to comment than most for his opinion.

The cross barred light saber
Lucas Film/Disney/AP

Roger Christian won an Oscar for his set decoration on the original Star Wars film A New Hope, and also worked on other episodes in the Star Wars franchise - Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace.

He made Black Angel, a short film shown in cinemas before 1980s sequel The Empire Strikes Back, using Eilean Donan Castle in Kyle of Lochalsh and Loch Eck in Argyll as locations.

Find out what it was like to make lightsabers, and what he thinks about that new style


Scottish Cup draw

Dundee will host Celtic in one of two all-Premiership ties after

the draw for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

Scottish Cup trophy

Partick Thistle have to wait until St Mirren face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Tuesday's replay before knowing their visitors to Firhill.

Holders St Johnstone are away to Championships side Queen of the South.

Rangers host Championship rivals Raith Rovers, while Lowland League side Spartans entertain Berwick Rangers or Albion Rovers from League Two.

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This stunning picture of a young stag was taken by John Masterson on Harris.

A young stag sunning himself
John Masterson

He explained that groups of young stags tend to stay away from the main herds ruled by the dominant males, and this particular one had found a place in the sun overlooking Taransay, on North Harris.

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Man injured in three-car crash

A man has been injured in a

crash which caused rush-hour delays in Galashiels.

He was taken to Borders General Hospital in Melrose with minor injuries following the three-car crash.

A Ford Focus, a Ford Fiesta and a Nissan Terrano were involved in the collision on Abbotsford Road just before 07:45.

It partially blocked the main road into the town and a contraflow was put in place.

Mommsen to captain Scotland

Batsman Preston Mommsen has been handed the Scotland captaincy for next year's Cricket World Cup.

Preston Mommsen
Donald MacLeod

Northants' Kyle Coetzer, who had that role until their recent tour of New Zealand, will be his vice-captain for Scotland's group matches in New Zealand and Tasmania.

Coach Grant Bradburn, whose side start their campaign against the Kiwis on 17 February, praised both players.

"We have a strong squad line-up and excellent leaders in Preston and Kyle," he said.

"We don't underestimate the challenge, but we have been training hard and will be bringing our absolute best to this hugely important global event."

Scottish Cup fifth round draw

Football fans - don't miss

BBC Scotland's coverage of the fifth round draw for the Scottish Cup.

The Scottish cup

The names should start coming out of the hat at 14:00 and our sports team are keen to hear your take on proceedings.

Text them on 80295, tweet using #bbcscotfootball or post comments at the BBC Sport Scotland

Facebook page.

Look Who crashed the wedding

A Scottish couple had an

unexpected wedding guest in the shape of rock legend Roger Daltrey.

Roger Daltrey alongside Carl and Susan Smith

Susan and Carl Smith had already booked a band to perform at their wedding reception at Mar Hall resort, near Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

The Who star was also staying at the hotel ahead of a gig at the Hydro on Sunday evening.

Jumping on stage, the singer gave an impromptu performance for the delighted couple.

Warships built on the Clyde

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed the UK's new warships will be built on the Clyde.

BAE Systems' Govan shipyard

He said there should be "no confusion" over where the work on the new generation of Type 26 frigates will be carried out.

Mr Fallon made the commitment on his first visit to Scotland after controversial remarks from First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas, the head of the Royal Navy, suggesting the £4bn contract for the ships could be awarded outwith the UK.

Defence contracts were a key issue in the run-up to the referendum, with pro-union politicians claiming Scotland's shipbuilding industry would not be able to secure MoD deals if Scotland left the UK.

Sturgeon wants competitive Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set her team of economic advisers the task of

making Scotland more competitive.

Nicola Sturgeon

But she also wants them to find ways of ending inequality.

Ms Sturgeon's aims were outlined in a speech she made at the Glasgow offices of Scottish and Southern Energy, one of Scotland's biggest firms.

She told the audience: "Equality and prosperity should not been seen as enemies of each other, but as partners. One reinforces the other."

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Herons swooping over the River Nith
Mick Welsh

Mick Welsh from Dumfries took this image of herons swooping low over the River Nith at Glencaple just as the sun set behind Criffel Hill.

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Dennis, Gnasher and Walter join Minecraft

Minecraft players need to watch out for "softy" Walter and his stinky pants.

Dennis and Gnasher
Beano/ Minecraft

Walter, Dennis the Menace and his dog Gnasher, from The Beano, can now be

added to PC versions of the game.

Players can make a sausage for Gnasher and use all of Dennis' best pranks, including catapults and stink bombs.

The Beano's publisher, Dundee-based DC Thompson, has already extended the Dennis the Menace brand onto a TV show, a photo-sharing app and a YouTube channel.

Edinburgh Evening News


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