Scottish independence: Vote No Borders advert pulled over child hospital claim

Vote No Borders advert The advert claimed Scots would find it difficult to get treatment at the children's hospital after independence

A group which campaigns against Scottish independence has withdrawn a cinema advert after a complaint from a children's hospital.

The Vote No Borders advert featured two actors discussing the implications of independence.

One of them claimed Scots would need to join a "long list of foreigners waiting to be seen" at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

The hospital said it did not endorse the message in any way.

The advert was shown in cinemas, and was also posted on Youtube and the Vote No Borders website.

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We would like to reassure Scottish families that we already have reciprocal health care agreements with numerous countries”

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A spokesman for the hospital said: "Great Ormond Street hospital was not consulted about this advertising, and we in no way endorse its messages, or that of any other political campaign group.

"We have contacted the Vote No Borders group to request that the advert is removed from cinemas as soon as possible.

"We would like to reassure Scottish families that we already have reciprocal health care agreements with numerous countries, and we regularly treat patients from across Europe because of our very specialist expertise."

In a statement, Vote No Borders said its adverts were designed to "highlight the key concerns of voters".

It added: "The cinema adverts show two people discussing practical questions such as passports and healthcare in a post-Separation Scotland.

"They could have mentioned any number of specialist hospitals in the advert and we appreciate the sensitivities of Great Ormond Street Hospital and have removed the particular advert mentioning them from our website.

"Our cinema campaign finished yesterday".

Willie Wilson, co-founder of the pro-independence NHS for Yes group, described the advert as a "new low for the 'No' campaign" and said it had "now reduced to using sick children to scare people into voting 'No'".

Official campaigners

He added: "The 'No' campaign have repeatedly made false claims such as this. It is now essential that they withdraw all of their misleading literature and apologise to Scottish families whom they have needlessly distressed."

Vote No Borders was formally launched on 1 May by millionaire financier Malcolm Offord, who has previously donated to the Conservative party. The company is registered to an address in London.

It describes itself as a "non-party political and people's campaign" which "believes there are diverse positive reasons for Scotland to remain within the Union".

It is one of 14 groups and individuals who have registered with the Electoral Commission as official campaigners ahead of the independence referendum on 18 September.

Earlier this week, it emerged that the Vue, Odeon and Cineworld cinema groups are to stop screening all referendum adverts following "customer feedback".

The independent Glasgow Film Theatre had already stopped running referendum adverts, after customers told cinema managers they wanted to "retreat from the real world".

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    13:47: 'Talk liberal, walk liberal'

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    "Nicola Sturgeon likes to talk liberal, but the real test is whether she'll walk liberal," he said.

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    13:38: Festive cheer

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    On Sunday, Edinburgh's Christmas lights are officially switched on. Light Night runs from 13:30 to 17:00.

    As part of the celebrations 60 local community groups, with more than 1,350 members from across the capital, will perform on seven stages along George Street.

    13:21: Locals want T party

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    13:10: Raise your glass...

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    The firm hopes it will replace traditional proteins used in salmon feed, such as soya bean meal.

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    13:00: Celtic consult on living wage Chris McLaughlin BBC Sport

    Celtic are to consult their staff about adopting the the living wage after calls from shareholders and fans to sign up to the scheme.

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    Celtic chairman Ian Bankier said signing up to the living wage would hand control of their wage scheme to an external agency.

    12:52: James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    The new-look SNP cabinet.

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    12:50: Cabinet departures James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

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    Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy - John Swinney MSP.

    john swinney

    Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities - Keith Brown MSP

    Keith Brown Keith Brown is standing to be SNP deputy leader

    Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training - Roseanna Cunningham MSP

    Legal Affairs Minister Roseanna Cunningham

    Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning - Angela Constance MSP

    Angela Constance

    Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport - Shona Robison MSP

    Shona Robison

    Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights - Alex Neil MSP

    Alex Neil

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice - Michael Matheson MSP

    Public Health Minister Michael Matheson

    Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment - Richard Lochhead MSP

    Richard Lochhead Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary

    Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs - Fiona Hyslop MSP

    Fiona Hyslop
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    Cabinet Secretary for Health - Shona Robison. Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice - Alex Neil. Cabinet Secretary for Justice - Michael Matheson. Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs - Richard Lochhead. Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs - Fiona Hyslop.

    12:22: Cabinet reshuffle James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

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    12:19: Drugs woman jailed

    A woman caught with cocaine and heroin worth thousands of pounds has been jailed.

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    The High Court in Edinburgh heard she was given bail but was caught again in the city's Market Street in June.

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    Derby County striker Johnny Russell has told BBC Radio Derby about his pride at winning his first international cap for Scotland.

    Johnny Russell

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    Mike Russell

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    Angela Constance and Shona Robison

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    Painting of the German surrender by Charles Pears

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    Meanwhile, police are still assessing claims that sexual offences may have been carried out at the school.

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    gordon brown

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    The number of pupils having school meals in Dumfries and Galloway has reached a record high level.

    School dinner

    The latest figures are outlined in a report to the local authority's education committee.

    They show that uptake in both the primary and secondary sectors is continuing to increase.

    According to the report, the number of school meals served up in schools across the region has risen in each of the past five years.

    10:03: Dounreay radiation release

    A fire in part of Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) facility last month led to an "unauthorised release" of radioactivity.


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    The Caithness site's fire brigade extinguished the blaze in the PFR's sodium tank farm within 30 minutes.

    DSRL said no-one was hurt in the incident.

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    The Aberdeen father of a woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend has said he hopes a new law to be piloted in Scotland will save women from a similar fate.

    Clare Wood

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    Clare's Law allows people to access information on the offending history of their new partner.

    The law will be piloted from next week in Aberdeen and Ayrshire.

    The victim's father, Michael Brown, said he was "absolutely delighted" that the scheme had come into force.

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    Girl sitting on steps The report comes against a backdrop of allegations over organised child abuse and exploitation

    The charity has seen a year on year increase - with loneliness one of the most reported problems.

    ChildLine Scotland area manager Elaine Chalmers said: "We've seen examples of children being left alone in a room whilst mum and dad were in another room and they hadn't been spoken to all day.

    "They felt very isolated and although they don't like school very much, the Christmas holidays can be a difficult time for them."

    09:27: Young voters survey

    Scots aged 16 and 17 who voted in the independence referendum have been asked to tell a Scottish Parliament committee about their experiences.

    The Devolution (Further Powers) Committee has developed an online survey which asks young people their views on their experience of voting in the referendum and the extent to which the referendum has led them to be more engaged in politics.

    Polling card for Scottish referendum

    They are also asking schools, colleges and youth groups to submit video clips so they can gather more information about the views of young people.

    Committee Convener Bruce Crawford said: "We are particularly keen to hear from young people across Scotland about their experience of voting for the first time in this year's referendum.

    "We saw an unprecedented level of interest and democratic engagement around the referendum and we are determined to ensure young people continue to be engaged in Scotland's democratic and political processes."

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    A six-year study of language in east coast fishing communities showed that the use of traditional words - such as scurrie for seagull - is in decline.

    But it revealed young women have a stronger knowledge of them than men.

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    The software is being used to help movie-makers cut the costs of planning action sequences.

    games software

    The technique has already been used to "pre-visualise" scenes that were later filmed for the blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

    The team at Abertay believe it could significantly reduce the costs of preparatory work in the film business.

    08:55: Your Views

    What do you think about Nicola Sturgeon's cabinet reshuffle? Who would be your choice for politician of the year?

    Care to share your thoughts on the rarely-seen Nessie?

    Get in touch via email, tweet using #ScotlandLive or visit the BBC Scotland News Facebook page.

    08:48: Political shake-up Glenn Campbell BBC Scotland news

    Scottish cabinet reshuffle by @NicolaSturgeon expected to begin at 9am. We should know new line up by about midday.

    08:45: Lottery cash for honour abuse charity

    A project supporting victims of honour abuse in Edinburgh has been awarded almost £800,000 in lottery cash amid a rise in the number of reported cases.

    It follows a survey that suggests the offence is accepted by a significant number of families in Edinburgh's black and ethnic minority communities.

    Asian women

    So-called honour crime is when a family member abuses a relative they believe has shamed the family or community.

    The Bright Choices project was given £786,814 from the Big Lottery Fund.

    08:41: Celtic vote on living wage

    Celtic shareholders will vote later today at the club's AGM on whether its employees should be paid the living wage.

    celtic park

    The proposal, which would see all staff earn a minimum of £7.85 and hour, was thrown out at last year's meeting.

    But Hearts's adoption of the living wage puts pressure on the Glasgow club which has always prided itself on its charitable history.

    08:39: Weather update BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A largely dry day to come with some bright spells, the best of the sunshine across the far north, the northwest and the Northern Isles.

    One or two showers this morning over Angus, the northeast and the Northern Isles, they will become more isolated as the day progresses.

    Outbreaks of rain will spread into the southwest by the end of the afternoon.

    South-easterly winds will start to pick up, strengthening in coastal areas later this afternoon. Temperatures will reach around nine or 10C.

    08:33: What's on the back pages?

    Celtic captain Scott Brown has expressed delight at signing a new four-year contract with the Scottish champions.

    Scott Brown

    Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara says Scottish fooball will "end up like the league of Ireland" if more clubs lay synthetic pitches.

    Ally McCoist insists his side's meeting with Championship leaders Hearts tomorrow is even bigger than the League Cup semi-final date with Celtic in the new year.

    It's another day of Scottish football gossip and you can read it all here.

    08:29: Cabinet reshuffle - Brian's View Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    I think we're looking at promotion for Shona Robson within government - she's currently been in cabinet as Commonwealth Games Secretary - and doing other elements of governmental work.

    Shona Robison

    I wouldn't be at all surprised to see her become health secretary in place of Alex Neil and wouldn't be at all surprised to see him moving back to an economic remit within cabinet.

    08:25: And the award goes to...

    Nicola Sturgeon has been named Scotland's Politician of the Year the day after becoming the country's first female leader.

    Nicola Sturgeon speaking at rally during the independence referendum campaign

    First Minister Ms Sturgeon was awarded the honour by The Herald newspaper.

    The new SNP leader played a high-profile and influential role during the independence referendum campaign.

    She saw off competition from Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Green party co-convener Patrick Harvie to win the title for a third time.

    08:17: Cabinet reshuffle Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    The reshuffle is under way and it does appear that it's going to be a big reshuffle with big changes.

    My information at this stage is that the Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and the Education Secretary Mike Russell will be leaving the government. Those in themselves are big changes and they've been ministers from the outset; in the case of Kenny MacAskill in the cabinet in that post from the outset.

    Kenny MacAskill (left) and Mike Russell

    Those are the two we have at this stage.

    Labour had called for the departure of Kenny MacAskill, Mike Russell and Alex Neil.

    It's my understanding that Alex Neil will be remaining in government. I believe, though, that he may be shifted to a new post.

    08:12: Return of the Mack

    One of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's earliest works has been recreated on the walls of the Glasgow Art Club.

    Glasgow Art Club The Glasgow Art Club has been subject to a £1.2m refurbishment

    In 1893, when the architect was 25, he stencilled the wall frieze.

    As the years passed by, the work became unfashionable and was damaged by water so it was covered up by plaster.

    The recreated mural will now be the showpiece of the club following a three-year refurbishment at a cost of £1.2m.

    08:06: Nessie, is that you?

    Fallen trees and branches from a woodland could be a cause for recent sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, a conservation charity suggests.

    The Woodland Trust said deadfall washed out by rivers from Urquhart Bay Wood could explain a recent report of something emerging from the loch.

    The Woodland Trust suggests fallen trees and branches are behind new Nessie sightings

    The trust said the lochside wood was a "Nessie spawning ground".

    Previous explanations for the monster have included circus elephants being exercised in the waters.

    Several reported sightings of Nessie have been made recently. Another image of an object in the loch was thought to be the wake of a boat.

    08:03: What the papers say

    Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is expected to be the most high-profile casualty when Nicola Sturgeon reshuffles her SNP cabinet, writes The Scotsman.

    Daily Record, The Herald. The Scotsman

    The Daily Record has a story about vandals who spray-painted on the car of a rape victim who waived her anonymity to criticise the justice system.

    A poll reported in The Herald says more than 40 of Britain's top economic experts have come out against the full devolution of income tax to Scotland.

    Read our full review of today's Scottish papers here.

    08:02: Cabinet reshuffle?

    Scotland's new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce a ministerial reshuffle later.

    Ms Sturgeon's post-Alex Salmond team is expected to have a strong female presence but opposition parties are calling for more drastic changes.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    While there are no firm signs as to who may be in the cabinet, Ms Sturgeon's close ally Shona Robison, married to SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie, has been tipped for a senior post.

    Humza Yousaf is also tipped for a role.

    Meanwhile, Ms Sturgeon has been named Scotland's Politician of the Year the day after becoming the country's first female leader.

    She was awarded the honour by The Herald newspaper.

    08:00: Welcome Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    Good morning. It's Friday and another bumper edition of Scotland Live as we offer the top news and sporting headlines across the country between now and 18:00.



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