Scottish independence: Governments to invest £1bn in Glasgow

Glasgow It has been claimed the scheme could create 28,000 new jobs in the Glasgow area over the next 20 years

Glasgow and its surrounding area are to benefit from more than £1bn of investment from the UK and Scottish governments.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the money from the City Deals scheme would help pay for roads, bus services, employment programmes and an airport rail link.

Both governments are to invest £500m in the scheme.

It came ahead of a speech on the referendum by the Mr Cameron in Perth.

Local authorities in the Clyde Valley area will also contribute £130m to the City Deals scheme, bringing the total to more than £1.1bn.

It was announced last year that Glasgow would be the first city in Scotland to benefit from City Deal status - an agreement between the UK Treasury and a city region.

Similar deals are already in place in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.

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These are genuine powers that will change the fortunes of people across the region”

End Quote David Cameron and Danny Alexander

The UK government has claimed the investment could create 28,000 new jobs over the next 20 years, and could eventually generate around £1.75bn of economic growth in the city every year.

A joint article by Mr Cameron and Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander in the Evening Times newspaper said: "Glasgow plans to create a £1.1bin infrastructure fund that will support projects such as the city centre-airport rail link, major improvements to the region's roads and bus network, and the development of new employment sites.

"The UK government is offering £500m of new funding to support this genuinely ambitious proposal, with local authorities in the region providing a further £130m.

"Building on this significant investment, we are inviting the Scottish government to match the UK government contribution.

"This vote of confidence in Glasgow will also help generate private sector money so businesses can flourish."

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As well as matching the UK government funding now, we will also guarantee this funding to Glasgow when Scotland becomes independent”

End Quote Nicola Sturgeon Deputy first minister

In exchange, Glasgow will take active measures to further reduce unemployment and help move people in low-paid jobs into higher-paid ones, Mr Cameron and Mr Alexander said.

Their article continued: "These are genuine powers that will change the fortunes of people across the region by creating new jobs, improving transport networks, boosting businesses and providing skills to young people and the long-term unemployed."

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon later confirmed the Scottish government would also invest £500m in the scheme.

She said: "I can confirm that the Scottish government will match in full the funding announced today by the UK government - a proposal which we understand consists of just £15m a year for the first five years, with future years' funding contingent on a review at the end of the first five year period.

"Of course, the UK's proposed £15m a year is dwarfed by the Scottish government's on-going investment in Glasgow.

"Investment in the Commonwealth Games, the new Southern General hospital, Fastlink and the Glasgow Subway improvements alone amounts to a massive £1.5bn in capital spend - that is Scottish government investment in jobs and infrastructure happening now.

"We have also provided capital funding of £1.1bn to Glasgow City Council since 2008.

"As well as matching the UK government funding now, we will also guarantee this funding to Glasgow when Scotland becomes independent."

'Silent majority'

The announcement was welcomed by Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson.

He said: "This is fantastic news for Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. It will help us to move to the next level in terms of economic growth for the city region. We have been working closely together with the UK government on this project for some time, and I am delighted to say it has borne fruit.

"The City Deal will bring tens of thousands of jobs, encourage growth and improve our competitiveness to bring benefits across the whole of the Clyde Valley area for the next 20 years."

Meanwhile, in his speech in Perth on Thursday afternoon, Mr Cameron urged the "silent majority" who support Scotland staying in the UK to speak up.

During the speech, ahead of the 18 September independence referendum, he said: "We've heard the noise of the nationalist few, but now it is time for the voices of the silent majority to be heard.

"The silent majority who feel happy being part of the UK; the silent majority who don't want the risks of going it alone; the silent majority who worry about what separation would mean for their children and grandchildren.

David Cameron David Cameron unveiled details of Glasgow's City Deals scheme ahead of a speech in Perth

"With 77 days to go, we need the voices of the many to ring out across the land. For each one to realise that they are not alone because there are millions just like them."

Mr Cameron also argued that it is possible to be both a patriotic Scot and to want the country to stay in the UK.

Blair Jenkins, head of the Yes Scotland campaign for independence, said the PM should be more concerned by the "struggling majority" than the "silent majority", and said Tory austerity cuts were pushing more Scots into poverty.

Mr Jenkins said: "David Cameron is seriously out of touch if he thinks there is a silent majority in Scotland in favour of the Tories and their austerity agenda.

"The reality is there is a very vocal majority against David Cameron governing Scotland, with just a single Tory MP here.

"Thanks to the Westminster system, another 30,000 children in Scotland have been pushed into poverty because of Tory welfare cuts - yet the Westminster parties want to spend up to £4bn a year on new Trident nuclear weapons.

"Nothing better illustrates the need for a 'Yes' vote in September, so that we can put bairns before bombs."

Mr Jenkins added: "The majority David Cameron should be concerned about is the struggling majority, the very many people in Scotland who are faced with low salaries and the rising costs of living, and who will vote 'Yes' to a fairer and more prosperous Scotland."

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    Police Scotland said the three would be reported to the relevant authorities.

     
  65.  
    12:45: Dog found beaten to death in canal Philip Sim Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

    An investigation has been launched after the body of a dog which had been beaten to death was found in a canal.

    Falkirk Wheel

    The Scottish SPCA was called in after British Waterways staff at the Falkirk Wheel made the discovery on Monday.

    The black and white male terrier had suffered a severely fractured skull and broken ribs and officers said it had gone through "prolonged suffering" in a "horrifically cruel and brutal attack".

    CCTV is being reviewed and officers have appealed for information.

     
  66.  
    12:39: Former head removed from register Ken Banks BBC Scotland North East reporter

    The former head teacher of Orkney's Stromness Academy has agreed to have her name removed from the teaching register.

    Stromness Academy

    Hilda Learmonth's case was due to come before a disciplinary hearing of the General Teaching Council for Scotland next week.

    More than two-thirds of the school staff signed a letter last year over an "atmosphere of fear and oppression".

    The case has been now designated as "removal with consent".

     
  67.  
    12:33: Climate call

    The Scottish Human Rights Commission will today tell the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that action on climate change "must put justice and equity at the heart of responses".

    Melting ice

    Commission chair, Professor Alan Miller, will deliver a statement calling for climate justice to be integrated into the UN Sustainable Development Goals and international climate negotiations due to end in Paris at the end of the year.

     
  68.  
    12:26: Why the need for guns? Reevel Alderson BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

    MSPs are to be given a further opportunity to question senior police officers about the controversial policy of deploying some armed police on routine duties.

    Armed police

    It follows yesterday's meeting of Holyrood's Justice sub-committee on policing which had to be curtailed for lack of time.

    The committee heard there had been more than 1,600 occasions since October that armed officers had engaged with the public at non-firearms incidents.

    The chief constable previously told MSPs that armed response officers would only be sent to firearms incidents, or when there was a threat to life.

     
  69.  
    12:19: Ebola nurse to appear at hearing

    The Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is to appear before regulators in Edinburgh.

    Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey

    Pauline Cafferkey is being investigated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

    The watchdog has not outlined the exact grounds for the investigation but it is thought to relate to the screening process Ms Cafferkey underwent during her journey home.

    Friday's preliminary hearing will decide if she can continue working as a nurse until the full case is heard.

    That will most likely be sometime later this year.

     
  70.  
    12:12: Second T in the Park consultation Philip Sim Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

    A second public consultation is to be held on the plan to host the T in the Park festival at Strathallan Castle.

    Strathallan Castle

    Perth and Kinross Council has requested additional information from event organiser DF Concerts and time will be allowed for comment on that.

    An initial 28-day consultation saw 570 responses, split "fairly evenly" between supportive and opposing views.

    A spokeswoman for DF Concerts said this was "standard" procedure and welcomed the extra time for consultation.

     
  71.  
    12:05: Grounded ship reaches harbour

    A cargo ship that ran aground in the north west Highlands has been towed to Clydeport's Great Harbour in Greenock ahead of repairs at a dry dock.

    Lysblink Seaways

    The Lysblink Seaways, which was carrying paper from Belfast to Norway, ran aground near Ardnamurchan Point last month.

    It was later refloated and anchored in Scallastle Bay in the Sound of Mull.

    The 394ft-long (120m) vessel was towed about 172 miles (277km) down the west coast.

     
  72.  
    12:04: Moving on... Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Right, with the Rangers EGM now well and truly over, we're leaving full-on live coverage of events at Ibrox for now.

    We will, of course, keep you updated with developments throughout the day.

     
  73.  
    11:55: The man who would be King

    Shareholders in Rangers International Football Club have voted on resolutions put forward by Dave King as he seeks to oust the current board.

    Dave King arrives to applause

    Watch King being cheered into the EGM at Ibrox Stadium.

     
  74.  
    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 11:52: Tell us what you think

    David Sky: Except #GarryKing a new board do not have to continue down the road of taking a new loan from Cashley do they?

    Bob, Aberdeen: Yes the hard work certainly begins now. Let's hope Mr King lives up to his name. It's going to be hard work both on and off the field. All the best though.

     
  75.  
    11:47: Waiting for change

    Rangers fans are waiting for news that a new board has been put in control of the club. Confirmation of the EGM results are not expected until this afternoon.

    Rangers EGM
     
  76.  
    11:44: No sign of King Jonathan Sutherland BBC Scotland

    Stock Exchange announcement expected in next couple of hours. Might only see Dave King after that. @BBCSportScot

     
  77.  
    11:42: Fans' views

    David Melville: How can these two Ashley puppets expect any kind of pay off? If I don't do my job properly in get sacked. Only in football do you get rewarded for failure.

    Kevan O' Neill: I think you should tell the Rangers fans that 10m loan plus another 20m adds up to 30m. King spinning already - maybe the SA judge was right about him.

    Matt: Am I being cynical, or does 'results to be announced later' mean that the board weren't voted off after all, but they won't announce that till the crowd has dispersed?

     
  78.  
    11:40: Questions for King Jonathan Sutherland BBC Scotland

    Waiting outside Ibrox for Dave King to emerge. Hearing suggestions he may not emerge until after Stock Exchange announcement. @BBCSportScot

     
  79.  
    11:39: When will it end? Tom English BBC Scotland

    Murray, Duffy, Whyte, Miller, Ng, Kennedy, Green, Ashley, Easdale, Easdale, Sarver, Modi. Is this the day the madness stops at Ibrox?

     
  80.  
    11:37: Emotions run high... James Shaw BBC Radio 5 live Scotland correspondent

    An emotional moment for @SonsofStruth at today's #Rangersegm.

    Rangers EGM
     
  81.  
    Rangers EGM - your tweets

    Garry King: #rangersegm Llambias and Leach voted off then put back on by Ashley next week as a condition of his loan? I can see that.

    Colin Mathie: Well that was short + sweet.

    John Boreland: #RangersEGM Monday is not good enough. It must be today, I don't have enough blood pressure medication let to keep me going till Monday.

     
  82.  
    11:21: And that was that...

    After almost three years of growing calls for boardroom change at Rangers, the EGM takes less than 10 minutes to enact regime change (results later). Now for the hard work.

     
  83.  
    11:21: Your views - Rangers

    Don Gordon: Unbelievable that Rangers supporters applaud a convicted criminal and a manager who tried his level. Best to further bankrupt the club...some people will never learn.

    Byers & Birrell: Can't believe the board haven't done the right thing and just stood down to save the club money.

     
  84.  
    11:19: Meeting closed Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    #rangersegm Andrew Dickson closes meeting. Results to be published later.

     
  85.  
    11:19: Number seven Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution 7: appointment of John Gilligan #rangersegm

     
  86.  
    11:18: Six... Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution 6: appointment of Paul Murray #rangersegm

     
  87.  
    11:18: Resolution five Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution 5: appointment of David King #rangersegm

     
  88.  
    11:18: Rangers EGM - your views

    David Leighton: After Leach and Llambias are voted off the board, Dave King should immediately dismiss them from their respective positions, the justification being that "they have not acted in the best interests of the company". If they want to take their dismissal to an employment tribunal then so be it.

     
  89.  
    11:15: Crunch time Alasdair Lamont BBC Scotland

    Votes for removal of Derek Llambias and Barry Leach are taken, followed by those to appoint Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan.

     
  90.  
    11:14: And another... Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution 4: removal of Barry Leach #rangersegm

     
  91.  
    11:13: Resolution three Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution 3: removal of Derek Llambias #rangersegm

     
  92.  
    11:13: Resolution two Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution two: removal of James Easdale. Having resigned, this won't be moved #rangersegm

     
  93.  
    11:12: Resolutions Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Resolution one: removal of David Somers. Having resigned, this resolution won't be moved

     
  94.  
    11:10: Voting time approaches Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Looks like no time is being wasted at Ibrox - they are going straight to the resolutions.

     
  95.  
    Your tweets

    Philip Skelly: surely Dave King convicted of tax crimes in South Africa will fail fit and proper person test

     
  96.  
    11:04: Ally McCoist arrives Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Ally McCoist has just arrived #rangersegm to widespread applause.

     
  97.  
    11:02: Glasgow, not London

    So, after two aborted attempts to stage the Rangers extraordinary general meeting in London hotels, it's about to begin at Ibrox Stadium - where the fans wanted it to be held all along.

     
  98.  
    11:01: Ready to go... Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    King. Murray and Gilligan take their seat at #rangersegm

    Rangers EGM
     
  99.  
    10:57: King cheered into EGM

    Rangers shareholders cheer Dave King as he and others take their place for the EGM.

    Dave King
     
  100.  
    10:55: Rangers EGM - Top table set Alasdair Lamont BBC Scotland

    No gazebo today at Ibrox as the Rangers EGM is about to get under way.

    Rangers EGM
     

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