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  1. Holyrood powers plan falls short
  2. Custody death family 'seeks truth'
  3. PM's adviser gets Scotland Office job
  4. Cameron to meet Sturgeon for talks
  5. Road blocked by bags of clothes
  6. 'Fatigued' Murray out of Italian Open

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Union boss blames Tory win on Murphy

The boss of the Unite union has

called on Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy to resign for "making certain" the Conservatives won the general election.

Len McCluskey talking to Emily Maitlis for Newsnight

Scottish Labour lost 40 seats to the SNP last week, leaving just one MP representing the party in Westminster.

Unite's Len McCluskey said the "anti-Scottish card" played by the Tories also led to Labour losses in England.

The BBC understands Mr Murphy faces a vote of no confidence at the Scottish Labour Party Executive on Saturday.

His supporters have been asked to sign a letter giving him their backing.

McManus among seven Aberdeen exits

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Striker Declan McManus has

rejected the offer of a new contract at Aberdeen and joins six senior players who are leaving Pittodrie without new deals.

Veteran midfielder Barry Robson has been offered a new contract.

Declan McManus
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But defenders Joe Shaughnessy, Clark Robertson and Craig Murray, plus midfielders Kieran Gibbons, Jamie Masson and Andrew Driver are leaving.

McManus was voted named League One player of the year after scoring 23 goals on loan to Greenock Morton.

The Greenock club's manager, Jim Duffy, told BBC Scotland that he expects the 20-year-old to join an English club.

Cat poisoned with antifreeze in Alloa

A cat has been

deliberately poisoned in Alloa, prompting a police investigation.

The animal's owner, who lives on Caledonian Road, took the cat to a vet after noticing it was "acting strangely" last month.

The vet declared that the animal was blind and its kidneys had shut down, before recommending it be put down.

A plastic tub containing what appeared to be fish and antifreeze was found near their home.

Lawless charged with match betting

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Partick Thistle's Steven Lawless has been accused of breaching Scottish Football Association rules by betting on 513 games.

The 24-year-old midfielder is alleged to have placed the bets between December 2012 and March 2015.

Partick Thistle forward Steven Lawless
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He has been called to appear before an SFA-appointed judicial panel on Thursday, May 21.

The SFA notice of complaint stresses there is no evidence of Lawless betting on games involving his own team.

SFA disciplinary rule 33 prohibits players, coaches, club officials and referees in Scotland from betting on football anywhere in the world.

Earlier this season,

Rangers keeper Steve Simonsen was banned for two games after being found guilty of betting on 55 games.

Twitter round up


Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

  • Edinburgh share-trading firm sold by London wealth management firm to Dundee asset manager. Read the full story

Coming up on BBC One Scotland at 18:30

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The blame game


.@unitetheunion boss Len McCluskey says it's Scottish Labour's fault Labour lost #GE2015 (via @maitlis)

Read the full story


On the roads...


Aberdeenshire: The A93 Ballater to Aboyne road is closed following RTA at Dinnet Garage. Police diverting traffic. Delays in both directions.

The top sports stories at six...

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The stories making the headlines on the

BBC Sport Scotland website at 18:00:

Fatigued Murray out of Italian Open - Britain's Andy Murray withdraws from the Italian Open in Rome due to "fatigue" after a run of 10 successive wins on clay.

McManus among seven Aberdeen exits - Striker Declan McManus rejects a contract offer from Aberdeen as six other senior players at Pittodrie are released.

Scots 'don't need director Johnson' - Scotland could axe director of rugby Scott Johnson instead of their sevens squad, says former cap Iain Morrison.

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Evening sunshine for most, but stubborn cloud holds around some eastern coasts. Dry, clear & chilly night. Town: 3/5C Rural: 0/-1C

Shooting and barbers attacks appeal

Police are revisiting two areas in the north of Glasgow a week after

separate incidents saw a man shot in the street and a man attacked in a barber shop.

A 29-year-old man suffered "lacerations to his head" after being attacked in Gary's Barber Shop in Springburn Way, Springburn, at about 16:15 on 7 May.

Royston Road

Another man, also 29, was run over and then shot in a targeted attack on Royston Road at about 18:30.

Police are questioning motorists and pedestrians in both areas on Thursday.

In the barbers attack, two men entered the shop and approached the victim, who was then attacked by one of the men.

The suspects then left the shop and drove off.

Unite calls for Murphy resignation


Nick Eardley

BBC News

Unite chief Len McCluskey calls for Murphy to go: "I think Jim and his colleagues should just leave the scene"

Len McCluskey blames Scottish party for Labour's #ge2015 loss

Scottish Lab "responsible for making certain" Tories back in power at Westminster, McCluskey tells @maitlis

More on Andrew Dunlop's appointment


Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Scots Tories say Andrew Dunlop played a "pivotal role during the referendum campaign, winning plaudits across the political spectrum."

Scots RAF jets escort Russian aircraft

Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth after

two Russian military aircraft were seen flying towards UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

A Russian Tu-95 Bear 'H' aircraft

The British jets were launched after the Russian planes were spotted north of Scotland.

An MoD spokesman said: "At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace."

The Russian bombers were not deemed to be a threat, he added.

The aircraft were identified as Russian "Bear" strategic bombers.

It is the latest of several similar incidents involving Russian military aircraft flying close to UK airspace.

Temperature top trumps


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Topping the temperature tables at 4pm today was western Highland:

  • Achnagart 17C
  • Kinlochewe 16C
  • Aultbea 15C
  • Oban 15C
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Former councillor back in court

A former councillor has been been ordered to carry out

200 hours of unpaid community work.

Alex MacLeod
Highland Council

Alex MacLeod was Highland Council's youngest member when he was elected in May 2012 at the age of 19.

In 2013, he pleaded guilty to charges relating to his election expenses.

He was sentenced to 160 hours unpaid work but failed to complete that order. A sheriff warned MacLeod he will be jailed if he does not complete the new community payback order.

The top stories at five...

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Here are the

top stories on the BBC Scotland news online website:

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Holyrood powers plan 'falls short' - Plans for new Holyrood powers fall short of recommendations made by the cross-party backed Smith Commission, a report by MSPs says.

Custody death family 'seeks truth' - The family of a man who died in police custody in Fife say they are seeking the truth about what happened to him.

PM's adviser gets Scotland Office job - The prime minister appoints former adviser Andrew Dunlop to be the new junior minister at the Scotland Office.

BLOG: "Take us with you, Scotland"

Thousands of people in the North of England have been using the hashtag

"take us with you Scotland" to express their upset about the result of last week's general election, and the Scottish nationalists are welcoming this English minority with open arms.

Since last Thursday's general election the phrase has been used more than 24,000 times.

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Cities in the North of England have traditionally been a stronghold of the Labour party who retained many of them in the recent vote, but won 232 seats overall, 26 fewer seats than they won in 2010.

Voters in the region also returned Conservative MPs - including Chancellor George Osborne who is today setting out a plan for greater devolution to northern cities. For obvious reasons, the left-leaning Scottish National Party didn't stand in the region - but won nearly all the seats in Scotland.

On Sunday afternoon left-leaning voters in Yorkshire and Lancashire started to use the hashtag to express their upset at this situation: "

#TakeUsWithYouScotland genuinely beginning to wonder if the North of England becoming a part of Scotland would be better for us, I really am" tweeted Aaron Miller from Yorkshire.

Morrison on Johnson and the future of Scotland sevens


BBC Sport


"I just don't see the point of Scott Johnson".

Former Scotland forward Iain Morrison has his say on the national rugby union team's director of rugby and shares his views on the rugby sevens set up.

Read the full article


Iain Morrison

Accused 'wanted to shoot' ex-UDA man

One of four men accused of

plotting to kill two former UDA leaders in Scotland spoke of wanting to shoot Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair, a court has heard.

Johnny Adair

Edward McVeigh, 27, said his former cellmate Anton Duffy hated Mr Adair and his friend Sam McCrory as he believed "they murdered innocent Catholics".

He was giving evidence at the High Court in Glasgow.

Mr Duffy, 39, Martin Hughes, 36, Paul Sands, 31, and John Gorman, 58, deny a plot to kill Mr Adair and Mr McCrory.

The court has already heard that Mr Adair and his best friend Mr McCrory were both former members of prohibited Loyalist terror organisations the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and its paramilitary wing the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).

BLOG: The Dugdale dilemma

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland


plaudits for perseverance go to Kezia Dugdale.

Kezia Dugdale

Her Scottish Labour Party neared annihilation at the UK election just a week ago.

All around her a clamour of party voices - some angry, some conciliatory, all anxious.

Read Brian's full article


PM's adviser gets Scotland Office job

The prime minister has appointed former adviser Andrew Dunlop to be the

new junior minister at the Scotland Office.

Mr Dunlop was an adviser to David Cameron during the independence referendum and worked with Conservative Party HQ when the poll tax was introduced under Margaret Thatcher.

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Mr Dunlop has been given a peerage and will sit in the Lords. The SNP described his appointment and the peerage as "scandalous".

It also accused Mr Cameron of "resorting to House of Lords ennoblement to govern Scotland".

Mr Cameron appointed David Mundell, Scotland's only Conservative MP, as secretary of state for Scotland earlier this week.

A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said it "wholeheartedly welcomed" Mr Dunlop being appointed as Mr Mundell's deputy.

TRAVEL: On the roads


BBC Scotland Travel


Cowdenbeath #A92 - reports of a vehicle fire eastbound - northbound just after Bridge Street - affecting traffic heading for Lochgelly.

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Bayoh family meet top Scots prosecutor

Relatives of a man who died in police custody in Fife earlier this month have met with the Lord Advocate, Scotland's senior prosecutor.

Sheku Bayoh's family and lawyer, Aamer Anwar, hold a press conference

Sheku Bayoh, 31, was detained following an incident in Kirkcaldy's Hayfield Road on 3 May but died in custody a short time later.

His family have called for the officers who attended the incident to be suspended while an independent inquiry takes place.

The Scottish Police Federation has criticised what it described as "speculation and innuendo" over how Mr Bayoh died.

Mulgrew in contention for Saints games

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Celtic coach John Kennedy has revealed Charlie Mulgrew could be in line for an appearance at St Johnstone tomorrow evening.

Charlie Mulgrew

Mulgrew has been out with a long term injury and has recently been linked with a transfer to Bournemouth, but Kennedy says he is in contention for an appearance.

"He's played in a reserve game and played 45 minutes. He's looking good. We want to try and get him involved and it looks as though he's in a good place, as though he's possibly ready to play some part."

van Dijk 'should stay another year'

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Virgil van Dijk

should stay at Celtic for another season at least and then he will be ready to play at the very top level, according to Celtic First team coach John Kennedy.

Virgil van Dijk

With speculation that top Premiership sides are keen to sign the Celtic defender, Kennedy says the defender has all the talent to play at the very top, but staying at Celtic a while longer can help him to achieve his aims.

"We can't stop teams coming and watching him, but what he is, is he's our player."

He added: "I think if Virgil stayed here for another season or whatever it might be, we can take him to another level before he's ready to take that big step."

'Tired body'


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"My body is tired. I have to listen to that and respect that" -


Andy Murray

Criticism over Scotland Office appointment

The prime minister has appointed former adviser Andrew Dunlop to be the new junior minister at the Scotland Office.

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Mr Dunlop was an adviser during the independence referendum and was in the Downing Street Policy unit when the poll tax was introduced under Margaret Thatcher.

He has been given a peerage and will sit in the Lords.

The SNP has described the appointment and the peerage as "scandalous" and have accused David Cameron of "resorting to House of Lords ennoblement to govern Scotland".

MPs warned over chamber 'selfies'

House of Commons authorities have fired a warning shot to the new intake of MPs about the rules surrounding so-called "selfies".

It follows a series of tweets from new SNP members, including some from the Commons chamber - where photographs are forbidden.

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A spokesman for the Commons said that the Sergeant at Arms had been "lenient" so far as new MPs receiveed their "inductions" to the House.

However, he added that "he would expect members to be aware of the rules" before parliament opens next week.

Dunlop appointment 'scandalous'

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed former adviser Andrew Dunlop as new junior minister at Scotland Office.

The SNP has described peerage and appointment of Mr Dunlop as "scandalous"

Call for refundable bottle scheme

A call to introduce refundable cash deposits for drink's bottles and cans has been dismissed by industry leaders.

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It follows the publication of a report by Zero Waste Scotland which said such a scheme, once common in Scotland, would increase recycling rates and reduce litter.

The Scottish government has said it is keen to explore the option and learn from countries which still have deposit return schemes like Germany, Sweden and Norway.

However, industry leaders said existing recycling facilities should be improved, rather than introducing a costly new system.

Scotland Office appointment


Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

PM appoints former adviser Andrew Dunlop as new junior minister at Scotland Office... but some confusion re how that works.

Share trading company to be sold

Alliance Trust Savings has announced plans to buy an Edinburgh-based share trading company from Brewin Dolphin.

Stocktrade website

Stocktrade is being transferred to the Dundee-headquartered firm for £14m in cash.

Its most recent annual revenue was £9m, with £1.3m in pre-tax profit.

Last September, Stocktrade had £4.3bn of assets under management. The buyer said it now stands at £4.6bn, bringing 48,000 new customers.

Aberdeen homeless unit opens

A new £5.5m Aberdeen homelessness unit

has been officially opened.

Homeless unit

The Aberdeen City Council facility has been built on the city's West North Street.

Rise of the SNP


Sarah Smith

BBC Scotland news

How did the SNP capture Scotland so completely? If you are up late tonight you can watch my film on the Rise of the SNP - BBC2 at 00.20am.

Call for Highland Council breakup

A Scottish local authority that covers a land mass almost as big as Belgium could be broken up into smaller district councils.

Highland Council represents a total area of 10,225 sq miles (26,484 sq km) - which represents 11.4% of Great Britain and is 20% larger than Wales.

At a special meeting in Inverness, some councillors argued that smaller district councils should be set up.

However, others said the council should go for stronger area committees.

Mr Tumble set for honorary degree

Children's television presenter Justin Fletcher, better known as Cbeebies star Mr Tumble, is to receive an

honorary degree from the University of Dundee.

Mr Tumble

The BAFTA-winning entertainer is among ten leading figures from literature, cinema, science and media to be honoured by the university.

Writer Roddy Doyle, film director Bill Forsyth and BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor also made the list.

All will receive the degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) in June.

GMB pursue 'blacklist' case

A campaign by the GMB union to win compensation for workers blacklisted by construction firms is back at the High Court in London.

Construction workers

Across Scotland, almost 600 workers were affected by the practice, which first came to light in 2009.

Then, it emerged that some building companies were using personal information to ensure trade unionists and other activists were not given work.

The GMB's legal team is arguing that the same standards on data disclosure used in the phone hacking and Libor rigging cases be used in this case.