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  1. Nicola Sturgeon says UK austerity 'has failed'
  2. 'Austerity has become an article of faith but we need a strategy for growth,' she says
  3. Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael counters that UK government strategy is working
  4. Husband found wife 'still breathing'
  5. Support team to tackle A&E times
  6. Referendum letter probe to be held

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By Thomas McGuigan, Rebecca Bailey and Graham Fraser

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BBC Scotland

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230 North Sea jobs 'at risk'

Drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag has announced proposals to cut up to 500 jobs worldwide, including 230 North Sea posts.

oil jobs
KCA Deutag

The move follows a review of the company's operations in the face of a declining oil price.

A total of 200 offshore North Sea jobs are at risk, after two unnamed clients announced they were pausing drilling operations.

A further 30 support posts in Aberdeen are also under threat.

Analysis - Nicola Sturgeon

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon seems to be doing much of her election campaigning in London.

Nicola Sturgeon

She's a new leader, with a message about progressive priorities, and she has an attentive audience.

One such gathering was at University College on Wednesday. It's to be followed, we were told, by several more lectures in London during the campaign.

That's because polls point to the SNP potentially playing a key part in the arithmetic of getting to a Westminster majority after the May ballot.

Tonight's teams

Partick Thistle vs Celtic will kick off at 19:45. Listen on Radio Scotland 810MW or


Partick Thistle: Fox, O'Donnell, Booth, Balatoni, Bannigan, Stevenson, Frans, Elliott, Osman, McDaid, Taylor.

Celtic: Gordon, Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton, Mackay-Steven, Johansen, Armstrong, Guidetti

Celtic's new bhoys

Celtic's new signings Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong both start in tonight's Scottish Premiership match against Glasgow rivals Partick Thistle.

Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven

Lottery win

A syndicate of 17 mortgage centre workers has won £1.1m on the lottery.

lottery winners
Ashley Coombes

Each of the group from the Royal Bank of Scotland Mortgage Centre in Greenock will receive a £67,082.50 share of the win in the EuroMillions Mega Friday draw which took place on 30 January.

Some of the group now plan to use their winnings to help with a deposit on their first homes.

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Reporting Scotland

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Accused 'hated' Jean Campbell

A man accused of murdering a woman in a Glasgow park hated her for the way she treated her dog, a court has heard.

Jean Campbell

Yvonne Leyden, 54, was a neighbour of Jean Campbell, who was fatally injured in Cranhill Park on 14 December 2013.

Ms Leyden, whose son knew accused Paul Ward, said Mr Ward told her: "She's always hitting the dog. How would she like that if I did that to her?"

Mr Ward, 21, has been deemed mentally unfit to stand trial and is not present at the examination of facts hearing.

'We must beat Wales'

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw says that if Scotland want to do anything in this year's Six Nations then they must beat Wales on Sunday.

Greig Laidlaw

The Scots opened their campaign with a 15-8 defeat to France in Paris, and Laidlaw says that now his team need to start winning matches rather than just putting in good performances.

Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


By dawn tomorrow, a weak band of rain will move across the far north of the mainland, Lewis and Harris and the Northern Isles. It will move north through the day, eventually becoming confined to Shetland.

Elsewhere, it's a day similar to today; mostly dry and cloudy with some holes in the cloud around the Moray Firth and most of Grampian.

The south and south-west should see something a little brighter than today, with the cloud thinning and breaking at times.

Advanced Highers call

The Scottish government is facing calls to delay changes to Advanced Highers.


They are due to be revamped later this year in the latest stage of the ongoing shake-up of qualifications.

The SSTA union said the current version of the qualification should also be on offer next year and accused the Scottish government of a lack of respect for teachers' judgement.

But the government said it had not yet heard a "compelling case" to do this.

BBC Scotland Travel


Roads: Newport-On-Tay - Reports of an accident on the A92 at the Five Roads Roundabout.

Forth Road Bridge - Slow on the A90 northbound approach

M80 - very slow northbound between junction 7 Haggs and junction 8 Bankhead

Delays on the A73 Chapelhall to Newhouse road in both directions through the roadworks.

Whiteinch - South Street is closed at Balmoral Street because of an accident.

Newton Mearns - A77 Ayr Road has roadworks for resurfacing work southbound between Crookfur Road and Eaglesham Road.

'Named person' debate

Campaigners who legally challenged plans to appoint a "named person" for every child in Scotland

are to appeal a judge's decision to dismiss the case.

Child and woman

In January, a petition for judicial review of the Scottish government proposals was rejected.

The No to Named Persons (NO2NP) group said it will continue its fight against the legislation.

The Scottish government says the plans would help vulnerable children and families in need.

Masked mission

Kevin Keane

BBC Scotland reporter

These prosthetic masks (yes, they are masks) are helping to train nurses in Aberdeen. #ReportingScotland

prosthetic masks

Tough times for subsea sector

The UK's subsea sector is in for two years of tough times and will only weather the storm if it embraces innovation and new technology, an industry body has warned.

Neil Gordon
Subsea UK

Subsea UK chief executive Neil Gordon said capital expenditure cuts and low crude price were starting to bite.

But he added that the fundamentals of the sector, which supports 60,000 jobs, remained relatively strong.

He was speaking at the start of Subsea Expo in Aberdeen.

A lesson in snowboarding

If you want to see a BBC Scotland reporter fall over attempting her first snowboarding trick, then look no further.

Get Inspired's Marion MacNeil was lucky enough to have three-time Olympian Lesley McKenna teach her how to take on a 'box' on Cairngorm Mountain.

Lesley McKenna (left) with BBC Get Inspired's Marion MacNeil

Marion took up snowboarding when she turned 30 and almost eight years on thought it was time to improve.

This is how her day on the slopes went.

Accies boss laments fixture list

Martin Canning believes he has been a victim of a tough fixture list rather than deteriorating form since taking over as Hamilton Academical boss.

Martin Canning

Accies have failed to win any of their six games since predecessor Alex Neil moved to Norwich City.

"That's been difficult," said Canning. "But that's football - you can't pick and choose your fixtures.

"I've spoken to Alex about it and we both agree I probably couldn't have had a harder run of games to come into."

Video - Sturgeon's speech

Watch Nicola Sturgeon set out her alternative to what she described as the UK coalition government's "failed" austerity policies.

Nicola Sturgeon

Man arrested after shooting

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting incident in Greenock.

Greenock attempted murder scene

Officers were called to reports that a firearm had been discharged at a Vauxhall Insignia car in Poplar Street at about 12:45 on 1 February.

No one was injured but police said at the time they were treating the incident as attempted murder.

The man who has been arrested is expected to appear at Greenock Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Tonight's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


It will be dry and cloudy for many this evening, although there will be clear spells where it's been sunny today - so most of Grampian, Moray, Caithness and Orkney will be under clear skies. Expect frost and lows of 0 to -5 Celsius in the coldest spots.

Elsewhere, it will be cloudy and cool, with lows of 1 to 3 Celsius. In the Hebrides, it will be cloudy, with lows of 4 or 5 Celsius.

There will be a fresh, occasionally strong south-westerly for the Hebrides and Northern Isles.

Consultant sues council for £4.5m

Scottish Borders Council

is locked in legal action with a consultant who claims he is owed money for helping to secure a contract for a new waste treatment facility in Galashiels.

Barry Phelps is suing the local authority for £4.5m.

He claims he had a "gain share" agreement and would receive a percentage return calculated on the savings he achieved.

The council insist he is due nothing and have defended the action.

Serial thief jailed

A serial thief who admitted breaking into a hospital, businesses and a building site during a four-year break-in spree

has been jailed.

Scott Robertson stole metal, tools and TVs from a number of properties around Perth between 2010 and 2013.

The 33-year-old was also questioned in connection with thefts from primary schools, a charity hospice and Sir Brian Soutar's hotel, although those charges were later dropped.

Robertson was jailed for 30 months.

UPDATE: Aberdeen letter hearing adjourned

A Standards Commission hearing into the conduct of seven councillors has been adjourned after a key witness pulled out of giving evidence.

Former Aberdeen City Council chief executive Valerie Watts had been due before the hearing via video-link.

The hearing chairman described her late call-off as disrespectful and bordering on contempt.

The five Aberdeen Labour and two conservative councillors are accused of breaking the code of conduct by sending out a politically motivated letter to council tax payers ahead of last year's independence referendum.

Hostel fails to rise from the ashes

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

The owners of a backpackers hostel destroyed by fire almost two years ago have been issued a dangerous building enforcement notice.

Eastgate Hostel

More than 50 people were evacuated from the Eastgate Hostel in Inverness city centre after the blaze broke out in April 2013.

Highland Council, which has issued the notice, said the building had not been repaired and was unsafe.

The local authority is putting up more security fencing around the site.

Murray wins


Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

Very solid from @andy_murray in Rotterdam; 63/62 over N Mahut in 1h33. Canada's Vasek Pospisil in 2nd round tomo

'Bonnie night'

Wilma Woudenberg sent in this picture of a "bonnie night" in Westhaven, Carnoustie. It certainly was.

Westhaven, Carnoustie
Wilma Woudenberg

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North 'not happy' at omission

Wales head coach Warren Gatland says wing

George North is "not happy" to miss Sunday's game against Scotland.

Liam Williams will start at Murrayfield as North has been given an "extended recovery light of his concussion in the autumn".

Gatland points George North somewhere in training
Huw Evans Agency

North had two blows to the head during Friday's loss to England, but Wales insist he was not concussed.

"He's not a happy man. He's disappointed that we've ruled him out," Gatland said.

Lottery winners

The Herald

tweets: Greenock RBS workers are in the money after their lottery syndicate wins over £1m.

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A&E 'in crisis'

Opposition parties argue emergency care in Scotland is "in crisis" after ministers intervened at a hospital that failed to meet waiting times targets.

A&E in crisis claim opposition parties
BBC and Google

A support team is being sent to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley where, last month, 84% of patients were treated within a four-hour timeframe. The national target is 95%.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said intervening was a "responsible move".

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have claimed the problem is widespread.

Charity worker jailed over scam

A charity worker, who embezzled almost £20,000 from adults with learning difficulties,

has been jailed for 15 months.

Katrina McKenna, 50, from the Milton area of Glasgow, was responsible for depositing state benefits into the bank accounts of seven adults in her care.

But instead she cashed 101 cheques and deposited a lower amount, siphoning-off £18,546 over a three-year period.

The scam was discovered after a review by the charity of its processes.

'Fairer society, gender equality'

Ms Sturgeon closes her speech by calling for a fairer society, and argues that one of the ways this can be achieved is through gender quality.

"My cabinet is only one of three in the world to have a 50-50 gender split," she concludes.

'Enlightened self-interest'


Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Businesses engaged to make fairer Scotland, "enlightened self-interest", argues @NicolaSturgeon at @ucl. Hopes her strategy "will help to halt march to further austerity at Westminster: will bring benefits to Scotland + all UK" Full speech:

'Surge in engagement'

Nicola Sturgeon says there has been a "huge surge in engagement" since the Scottish referendum and, in comparison, Westminster debates seem "narrow".

She says the discussion has focused around the deficit, which is "hugely important, but a symptom of economic difficulties, not just a cause of them".

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

The first minister calls for more focus on "boosting productivity, and moving to a low-carbon age", adding: "Trying to tackle the deficit, while ignoring those issues makes no sense."

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'Balance its budget'


Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

"The Scottish government has balanced its budget every single year. That's partly because we have no choice." @NicolaSturgeon at @ucl

'Kids in boot' childminder struck off

A childminder who allowed her own children to travel in a car boot and lied to inspectors

has been struck off the child care register.

Hannah Chibanga was caught breaching the terms of her registration with the Care Inspectorate at her Glasgow home.

Inspectors found nine children in her care - despite claims she had eight. Children were also found to be left unsupervised for lengthy periods.

Mrs Chibanga's registration was cancelled at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Ministers discuss welfare devolution

Ministers from the UK and Scottish governments have met in London to discuss the future transfer of some welfare powers to Holyrood.

A close up of hands holding the Smith Commission proposals
Smith commission

The ability to create and vary some benefits was one of the recommendations of the Smith Commission and contained in draft legislation published last month.

The UK government also promised to establish a joint ministerial welfare committee to discuss the smooth transfer or those powers.

Taking part in the first meeting were the deputy First Minister John Swinney and his cabinet colleague Alex Neil. The UK team included David Mundell, the Scotland Office minister, and the Treasury minister Priti Patel.

'Strategy for growth'

Casting doubt on the UK government's ability to tackle the deficit and inequality, Ms Sturgeon adds: "Austerity has become an article of faith but we need a strategy for growth."

Nicola Sturgeon

"Morally unjustifiable and economically unsustainable" is how Ms Sturgeon describes Chancellor George Osborne's methods to get Britain out of debt.

'Economic difficulties'


Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

"Deficit is hugely important, but a symptom of economic difficulties, not just a cause of them": @NicolaSturgeon speech at @ucl

'More job-creating powers'

"The Scottish government argues strongly for more job-creating powers; we will always seek to use the levers we have," Scotland's first minister adds.

"Social inequality is damagingly high."