Silver Volvo sought in Stephen McGowan murder probe

Stephen McGowan Stephen McGowan died in a common close in Tobago Street in Greenock

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Police investigating the murder of a man in Greenock want to trace a silver car seen in the street where he attended a party.

Stephen McGowan, 23, was found seriously injured in a common close in Tobago Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Earlier he had been at a party in Lynedoch Street in the Inverclyde town.

Officers want to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Mr McGowan at the weekend.

Det Chief Insp Jim Smith, of Police Scotland, said: "We have had a very good response from the public so far.

"However I am keen to trace the driver of a silver vehicle, believed to be a Volvo 850 series which was travelling in Lynedoch Street, Greenock, around 0320 hours on Sunday.

"We know that a number of parties were ongoing in Lynedoch Street and Lyle Street around this time, and that Stephen had been at a party in Lynedoch Street until the early hours of Sunday morning.

"I am very keen to trace everyone who was in and around this area and who has not yet been spoken to by police. I urge these people to come forward immediately as they may be able to assist with the investigation."

Police at the scene Police want to speak to anyone who saw Mr McGowan over the weekend

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Scotland Decides: SCOTLAND VOTES NO

  1. No 2,001,926
  2. Yes 1,617,989
After 32 of 32 counts Results in detail

Referendum Live

  1.  
    11:20: Salmond on the referendum

    First Minister Alex Salmond tells the BBC's Sunday Politics Show: "For most of the referendum I thought we would win."

    Alex Salmond
     
  2.  
    11:10: Love-bomb

    The Scotsman's Deputy Editor Kenny Farquharson tweets: Depressing conversation with English relative this morning. They think we hate them. Let the love bombing of the English commence. #indyref

     
  3.  
    Email: haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk 11:02: Get involved

    Keith: I hope that what I am hearing is not true. The three main parties promised the Scottish people that they would get new powers if they voted No in the referendum. Now that the poll is over and the vote to go independent was No, the English politicians can't seem to agree exactly what benefits they are going to give to the Scottish people.

    I hope they are not going back on their promise. I am English, but I feel that a promise is a promise.

    No wonder nobody trusts any politicians.

     
  4.  
    10:54: 'Yes Alliance'

    The Sunday Herald's Investigations Editor Paul Hutcheon has said three senior SNP MSPs have proposed they fight the next general election together with the Scottish Green Party and Scottish Socialist Party.

    Mr Hutcheon writes: "Leaked emails reveal that three Nationalist MSPs, including an aide to the outgoing First Minister, would like to contest May's Westminster poll as either a "Yes Alliance" or a "Scotland Alliance"."

     
  5.  
    10:46: Sturgeon's Deputy? Glenn Campbell BBC Scotland news

    Back in 2004, Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon stood on what was seen as a joint ticket although the election for SNP leader and deputy leader are separate votes. You don't buy one and get one free.

    It is not clear if Ms Sturgeon - assuming that she declares herself a candidate in the next few days - if she will choose to run with a deputy leadership contender or allow there to be a contest and work with whoever wins that contest.

    Among the people whose names are most often mentioned, the External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf, the Local Government Minister Derek Mackay, Richard Lochhead, Shona Robison, Angela Constance have been suggested by some. Nobody declared so far, and I don't think that contest will really get under way until the leadership process becomes clearer.

     
  6.  
    10:39: Lord Salmond? Ross Hawkins Political correspondent, BBC News

    The rocks would melt with the sun before I'd ever set foot in the House of Lords, Alex Salmond tells Sky

     
  7.  
    10:37: 'Yes' voters in Labour

    Ed Miliband said: "I know we've got a big job to do, to reach out to those people who voted Yes who are Labour voters.

    "We're going to show that we're going to make a difference. It's people on low and middle incomes who don't think their hard work is being rewarded and we are going to change that."

     
  8.  
    10:35: What about Gordon Brown?

    Asked if Gordon Brown was likely to ask him for a job, Labour leader Ed Miliband told the Andrew Marr Show: "I don't think that's going to happen. He played an important role in the referendum but he's not going to come back to front-line politics in Britain."

     
  9.  
    10:33: 'Parties agree'

    "I think the parties are, by in large, in agreement on a lot of things," says Lord Smith of Kelvin, the man tasked with bringing more devolved powers to Scotland.

    "I've just come off the Commonwealth Games and people said that might not have gone quite so well. I enjoy a challenge."

     
  10.  
    10:31: SNP membership rise

    The SNP's chief executive Peter Murrell confirms that more than 8,000 people have signed up to join the Scottish National Party since the independence referendum vote.

    There has also been an increase in Scottish Green Party membership with more than 2,000 new joiners.

     
  11.  
    10:29: 'Darling's decision'

    Ed Miliband on Alistair Darling's future: "I think he played an incredibly important role in the referendum. He's a very strong member of Labour's team but he's got to make his own decision about what he wants to do."

     
  12.  
    10:28: Lord Smith's plan

    Lord Smith of Kelvin, the man tasked with overseeing the process of bringing more devolved powers to Scotland, has told BBC Radio Scotland his task it to get the energy from the millions of Scots who voted and "transfer it into action now".

    He said: "First of all, I will be speaking to all the political parties. Secondly, I am going to reach out to the institutions - the trade unions, voluntary groups. I want to get back to them and say 'tell me again what exactly you think should change here to make life better'.

    "Thirdly, I want to reach out to the people of Scotland who may not be involved in these institutions , may not be involved in these political parties.

    lord smith

    "4.2m people means most of the people in Scotland were involved in this and I want to hear from them, so I am going to try and find a way to reach out and get feedback from all of them."

    Who is Lord Smith? Read our profile here.

     
  13.  
    10:25: Young voters

    Ed Miliband said, under Labour, 16 and 17-year-olds would be able to vote in general elections - just as they did in the Scottish referendum.

    He said: "We can't go back on this now. It wasn't our original proposal to have 16 and 17-year-olds vote in this referendum but I'm glad it happened.

    "I was on the campaign trail in Scotland talking to young people who were making very sensible thoughts about the future."

     
  14.  
    10:22: Swinney backs Sturgeon James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    John Swinney also tells BBC Radio Scotland: "I will be backing Nicola Sturgeon for leader, enthusiastically and energetically."

     
  15.  
    10:19: Swinney on further powers James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Scotland's finance secretary John Swinney suggests the SNP will argue for devolution of all powers except defence and foreign affairs, during talks on Scotland's future. He says if the UK parties "don't honour in full their commitments" then "No" voters will believe they were "utterly deceived".

     
  16.  
    10:17: Cameron statement

    Prime Minister David Cameron has posted a Facebook status outlining exactly why he believes the rest of the UK must have the same powers due for Scotland.

    Mr Cameron writes: "But this moment must not just be about securing Scotland's future in the UK - and celebrating that fact - but settling other questions whose time has come.

    "The challenge is to make sure our UK works for all nations. Millions of people in the rest of the UK have been listening to these debates, watching this campaign and rightly asking: 'What will change for us? Why can't we have the same powers and the same rights as those in Scotland?'

    "These are questions the Conservative Party itself has been asking for a long time."

     
  17.  
    10:15: One the Barnett formula

    When asked if the Barnett formula, which calculates the budget given to Scotland, is unjust, Mr Miliband said: "The Barnett Formula has served us well and should continue because it is oriented towards need. For example, Scotland has more older people and there is a greater need.

    "But there is a big injustice here, which is the way public spending is apportioned in England. There are huge issues about what the government has done to the poorer areas of this country."

     
  18.  
    10:14: Salmond tribute

    Kevin Pringle, SNP strategic communications director and former special advisor to Alex Salmond, has penned a tribute to the first minister in the Sunday Post.

    Mr Pringle writes: "He entered public life because he has a positive vision for the future of Scotland. And his instinct in every situation is to work with others in the best interests of Scotland who may not share that vision."

     
  19.  
    10:10: Sturgeon the clear favourite Glenn Campbell BBC Scotland news

    I think either a coronation or a contest for the new SNP leader is possible but at this moment in time it seems to me a coronation is more likely.

    While there are some in the party that think a contest would be desirable as that is the democratic way and it would confer legitimacy on whomever becomes the leader, no-one really seriously thinks anyone other than Nicola Sturgeon would win a contest so some are asking 'what's the point?'

    Some of the other big names who might fancy their chances are ruling themselves out.

     
  20.  
    10:08: 'Two-tier parliament'

    The Labour leader said he is not in favour of a separate English parliament with an extra tier of English MPS.

    He said: "I am in favour of one House of Commons with 650 MPs because we've fought tooth-and-nail over the last two years to avoid our parliament being split up."

     
  21.  
    10:06: 'Losing Scottish votes'

    Ed Miliband has denied losing the votes of Scottish MPs could cost Labour a future majority at Westminster. He told the Andrew Marr show: "The history is that when Labour have won majorities in the United Kingdom, we've won majorities in England too."

     
  22.  
    10:02: English votes

    Ed Miliband on the row over English votes for English laws: "We've spent two years trying to keep our country together. Let's have a proper constitutional convention, let's look at the issues, but let's not drive our country apart."

     
  23.  
    Tweet @BBCScotlandnews 09:59: Get involved

    @testedbylife tweets: #Miliband on #Marr Not his, Miliband, best performance. Unfortunate start to a critical 6 months

    @BrynTeilo tweets: #Miliband wants to preserve the #Westminster parliament as is. That sums him up.

     
  24.  
    09:57: Miliband on Cameron

    "People right across the country are going to say David Cameron made a promise, he didn't make a conditional promise, and he's going to be kept to that."

     
  25.  
    09:54: People say 'it's not working'

    Ed Miliband tells Andrew Marr: "I was in Paisley and met a Yes voter, a woman pushing a pram, who said 'I can't get a house, I want to get out of the United Kingdom'.

    "It tells you something very deep. It's people saying this country doesn't work for me."

     
  26.  
    09:53: Votes at 16 and 17

    Ed Miliband says there is "no case" to deny 16 and 17-year-olds the vote in future elections

     
  27.  
    09:51: 'Wake-up call'

    Labour leader Ed Miliband told the Marr show: "Unless the establishment reacts to this wake-up call about how our country is run, how our economy is run, we are not going to address the discontent in England, Wales, Scotland and the whole of the United Kingdom."

     
  28.  
    09:48: 'Clear promise'

    Ed Miliband tells Andrew Marr: "He made a clear promise. And I know that David Cameron will want to honour that promise."

     
  29.  
    09:45: Salmond's 'place in history'

    On Alex Salmond retiring, Alistair Darling told the Andrew Marr show: "He is a very formidable politician. He has brought his party from the fringes and he's got them into government.

    "He is a divisive politician, that's the nature of the beast. But Alex Salmond has got his place in history. I'm sure that's what he wanted and that's what he'll get."

     
  30.  
    09:42: 'We will deliver'

    Ed Miliband tells The Andrew Marr Show: "No ifs, no buts, we will deliver on our promise."

    Ed Miliband
     
  31.  
    09:39: Miliband's worry David Porter Westminster correspondent

    Traditionally, Labour MPs have been the majority MPs in Scotland. At the moment, there are 41 Labour MPs out of the 58 MPs in Scotland. That is a very big block of MPs that Ed Miliband, if he became Prime Minister after the May General Election next year, would have to rely on. He would have to rely on those MPs to get through reforms on health and education in England.

    The argument from the Conservatives is the West Lothian question. Simply, why should MPs in Scotland whose decisions on health and education are taken in Holyrood, why should they be able to vote on those matters in England, which don't affect them? This is potentially becoming a real flashpoint between the parties.

     
  32.  
    09:37: 'Clear commitment'

    Alistair Darling adds: "I spoke to David Cameron and Ed Miliband on Friday morning and I'm absolutely clear that we've got a commitment (to more devolution for Scotland). The debate in Scotland is more advanced and developed than it is in the UK because we've had a referendum campaign.

    "If anyone attempts to get out of that, how will anyone be believed on what they've got to say?"

     
  33.  
    09:35: 'Non-negotiable'

    Alistair Darling told the Andrew Marr programme: "The agreement reached by the three parties, as far as I'm concerned, is non-negotiable. It was promised, it's got to be delivered and anyone who welches on that is going to pay a very, very heavy price for years to come."

     
  34.  
    09:32: Darling vow on Union pledge

    Better Together leader Alistair Darling has said he fully expects the pro-Union parties to carry out their pledge to give more devolution powers to Scotland.

    alistair darling

    Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Mr Darling said: "The vast majority of people expect us all to work together for the common good."

     
  35.  
    09:30: Analysis David Porter Westminster correspondent

    I think what we saw yesterday from Gordon Brown was a pretty heavy shove from a former Prime Minister saying to the three UK party leaders - David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg - 'just a week ago, you signed up to this pledge, you said it was going to happen. Make sure that it does or Scotland will not forgive you'.

    As regards the division, what we are seeing now is just how complicated, how thorny a question constitutional reform is not just in Scotland but for the rest of the UK.

     
  36.  
    09:26: Another referendum

    Former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Lord Ashcroft tweets: If the Westminster parties do not deliver on the "vow" made to the Scots in the #indyref then expect siren calls for another referendum.

     
  37.  
    09:21: 'No ifs, no buts'

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, writing in The Sunday Times, insisted there could be "no ifs, no buts" about delivering the extra powers promised to Scotland, and the package "cannot be made contingent on other constitutional reforms".

    He accused the Tories of being more concerned with the threat from Ukip than the vow made to Scotland.

    Mr Clegg said: "The Conservatives, in their rush to protect themselves from an attack from the right, are only concerned about English votes on English matters.

    "Of course we need a solution to this dilemma but, by appearing to link it to the delivery of further devolution to Scotland, they risk reneging on the commitment made to the Scottish people that, in the event of a No vote, new powers would come what may.

    "Worse still, if the Conservatives enter into a Dutch auction with Ukip over ever more extreme solutions to the issue of English votes they could jeopardise the union they purport to defend.

    "Surely we haven't fought to save our union in a vote north of the border, only to see it balkanised in Westminster?"

     
  38.  
    09:18: 'Travesty of democracy'

    UK government Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, writing in The Sunday Telegraph, said Holyrood should not receive more powers while Scottish MPs can still "shape the destiny" of the NHS, education and justice systems south of the border and force "socialist policies" on England.

    "That would be a travesty of democracy, and would be regarded with fury by the English," he said.

     
  39.  
    09:16: Shapps says 'no reneging'

    Tory chairman Grant Shapps told BBC 5 Live the devolution vow would be honoured by the Westminster parties but accused Labour leader Ed Miliband of "weak leadership".

    He said: "What we think is, actually, it's absolutely right more powers go to Scotland, that's clearly what was promised in the referendum if there was a No vote.

    "There's no reneging on that at all, that is what's going to happen.

    "At the same time, we need to sort out what happens for England, and let's face it the rest of the United Kingdom is 60 million people on top of the five million in Scotland. The rest of the United Kingdom, therefore, has to have a fair settlement as well."

    He added: "We need to make sure that there are English laws voted on by English MPs. It's pretty straightforward, it's not really very complicated."

    He said Mr Miliband "doesn't want to sort the problem out" and his proposed constitutional convention starting next year is a "complete joke".

     
  40.  
    09:13: Nicola Sturgeon's story

    With Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon the hot favourite to replace Alex Salmond as SNP leader, you can read all about her journey to the top here.

    Nicola Sturgeon
     
  41.  
    09:08: Leaders' pledge

    The Sunday Post also features the referendum on its front page, with the pledge by Ed Miliband, David Cameron and Nick Clegg to meet their target for more devolved powers.

    Sunday Post
     
  42.  
    09:05: The Motion

    Here is the text of the motion on further powers that will be put before the UK Parliament tomorrow:

    That this House...

    • welcomes the result of the Scottish independence referendum and the decision of the people of Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom;
    • recognises that people across Scotland voted‎ for a Union based on the pooling and sharing of resources and for the‎ continuation of devolution inside the United Kingdom;
    • notes the statement by the prime minister, deputy prime minister and leader of the opposition regarding the guarantee of and timetable for further devolution to Scotland;
    • calls on the government to lay before Parliament a Command Paper including the proposals of all three UK political parties by 30th October and to consult widely with the Scottish people, civic Scotland and the Scottish Parliament on these proposals;
    • further calls on the government to publish heads of agreement by the end of November and draft clauses for the new Scotland Bill by the end of January 2015.
     
  43.  
    08:57: Reconciliation

    The Right Reverend John Chalmers said today's service in Edinburgh "is not just a photo opportunity".

    He said: "It is a real serious opportunity to look inside ourselves and commit to togetherness.

    "There were times when people said we wouldn't need any activity to bring people together. 'Scots will fix that overnight'. I don't think that is true for a lot of people."

    Mr Chalmers told Radio Scotland the church could be part of a process to help reconciliation.

     
  44.  
    08:54: Yousaf not running

    SNP minister Humza Yousaf tweets: For all journalists that are still calling about leadership let me be clear: No ifs, no buts, no mibbees - I am #TeamSturgeon

     
  45.  
    08:51: The Aftermath

    Scotland on Sunday features stories about Nicola Sturgeon's leadership chances and disorder in George Square.

    Scotland on Sunday
     
  46.  
    Text 80295 08:48: Get involved

    Barry, Blantyre: Does anyone really believe the Westminster establishment will give a toss about Scotland now the turkeys have voted for Christmas?

    Margaret, Dundee: Tell A Salmond to be quiet. He lost. The people of Scotland gave him a bloody nose. He promised Nirvana which he could NEVER have delivered, so his pot has a nerve calling the kettle black. He's a lame duck now, resigning when he did to spoil the news of a no vote and you lot fell for it! DON'T give him the oxygen of publicity. He's yesterday's man.

     
  47.  
    08:46: The Vow

    Today's front page of The Scottish Sun on Sunday features the story of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown urging all of the Westminster parties to meet their vow for additional powers for the Scottish Parliament.

    Scottish Sun
     
  48.  
    08:44: Momentous times

    After a historic week in Scotland, the Sunday Mail aims to reflect that on its front page.

    Sunday Mail
     
  49.  
    08:40: 'Contrasting emotions'

    Right Reverend John Chalmers, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, will lead a service this morning at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh with leading members of the Yes and No camps in attendance.

    Speaking on Radio Scotland, he said: "We need a variety of events to bring people together to unite in common purpose.

    "The word I have heard a lot of people use is gutted on one side. On the other side, there are people who are possibly relieved if not elated.

    "Across Scotland and in different ways, people need to find opportunities to deal with those contrasting emotions."

     
  50.  
    08:30: Miliband interviews

    Ed Miliband will be speaking on The Andrew Marr Show from the Labour party conference in Manchester. However, the BBC's political editor in the South of England, Peter Henley, is reporting that the Labour leader has cancelled other BBC interviews.

    Peter Henley: Ed Miliband has pulled out of planned BBC interviews tomorrow. They've cancelled BBC English Regions, Scotland, NI & Wales.

     
  51.  
    08:27: Sunday Herald

    The Sunday Herald has a wraparound front cover.

    The paper says: "We are proud to be the newspaper that gave voice to 45% of the Scottish population. A big responsibility and huge honour."

    sunday herald

     
  52.  
    08:17: Darling says promise 'non-negotiable'

    Alistair Darling, who led the Better Together campaign, insisted the pledge for more powers would be acted upon within the stated timetable.

    Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr programme in an interview to be broadcast later, he said: "The agreement reached between the three parties is non-negotiable."

    "It was promised, it's got to be delivered, and anyone who welches on that will pay a very heavy price for years to come."

     
  53.  
    08:11: Sturgeon favourite

    Half the Scottish cabinet have publicly backed Alex Salmond's deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, to replace him as SNP leader and first minister.

    Ms Sturgeon has yet to formally throw her hat into the ring.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    But on Friday she said she could think of "no greater privilege" than to seek the leadership.

    Pundits and bookmakers have already tipped her as the clear favourite, although as yet there are no declared challengers.

     
  54.  
    08:04: Watch Salmond clip
    Alex Salmond

    In the interview recorded for the Sunday Politics, Mr Salmond said the pledge made by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg had been "cooked up in desperation".

    You can watch the full interview on Sunday Politics on 21 September 2014 at 11:00 BST on BBC One.

     
  55.  
    08:02: Salmond quotes

    Mr Salmond said: "I am actually not surprised they are cavilling and reneging on commitments, I am only surprised by the speed at which they are doing it. They seem to be totally shameless in these matters.

    "The prime minister wants to link change in Scotland to change in England. He wants to do that because he has difficulty in carrying his backbenchers on this and they are under pressure from UKIP.

    "The Labour leadership of course are frightened of any changes in England which leave them without a majority in the House of Commons on English matters.

    "I think the vow was something cooked up in desperation for the last few days of the campaign and I think everyone in Scotland now realises that".

     
  56.  
    08:00: Salmond on the Vow

    Mr Salmond was speaking to the BBC's Sunday Politics programme, which will be broadcast on BBC One at 11:00.

    The first minister said he believed the late vow of new powers made by the leaders of the three main UK parties had won the referendum for the "No" side.

    But he predicted "No" voters would already be angry at having been "misled", "gulled" and "tricked" by the pledge.

     
  57.  
    07:56: Salmond hits out

    Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond says he is surprised at the speed with which Britain's main political parties are reneging on commitments to Scotland, following a vote against Scottish independence. He told the BBC that many voters would feel misled. The British government has denied that a timetable for giving Scotland more powers will slip.

     
  58.  
    07:52: Sunday live Steven Brocklehurst BBC Scotland news website

    Good morning and welcome to today's live page coverage of the latest post-referendum news and analysis.

     

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