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  1. Goodnight

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    That's it from the Scotland Live team for today. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for all the news, sport, traffic and weather as it happens.

  2. DNA link 'to both victims'

    The jury in the World's End murder trial has heard that DNA from the accused, Angus Sinclair, matched samples found on ligatures and clothing on both victims.

    Christine Eadie and Helen Scott

    Forensic scientist Andrew McDonald said new techniques mean samples that have degraded through time can now be analysed.

    The High Court in Livingston also heard in some cases the mixtures of DNA matching Mr Sinclair and his brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton were said to be a billion times more likely to come from both men than just one of them.

    Angus Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering Helen Scott and Christine Eadie and blames Gordon Hamilton who is now dead.

    The trial continues.

  3. Brown: 'No frontline return'

    Gordon Brown insists he has no intention of running in the contest to be the next Scottish Labour leader.

    gordon brown

    Some members of the party had hoped that the former prime minister might consider heading to Holyrood to lead the Scottish party following the resignation of Johann Lamont.

    But a source close to Mr Brown said: "For the past four years, and on every occasion that he has been asked, Mr Brown has made it clear that he is not returning to frontline politics. That position has not changed."

    The firm expectation now is that Jim Murphy MP will go for the job.

  4. Farmers' cow ban

    Two Perthshire cattle farmers have been banned from keeping any animals except cats for the next five years.


    Brothers Archiebald, 72, and James Boreland, 70, left their cows and calves emaciated and living in squalid conditions.

    A sheriff imposed the ban after finding them both guilty of failing to look after their 93-strong herd of cows and calves properly.

    An exception was granted as the brothers share two pet cats.

  5. Watch out Nessie!

    The Independent

    The National History Museum hatched a sinister plot to slay the Loch Ness monster and display its carcass, newly published papers have revealed.


    Read the full story.

  6. Labour leadership - Your Views

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    Ali, Inverlochy: It's no surprise that nobody wants the job of Leader of the Labour Party in Scotland! Some are ruling themselves out even before they've been asked to be in? Surprisingly astute of them. They recognise a poisoned chalice when they see one.

    Dougie Harrison: Johann Lamont was part of a callous No campaign, helped have independence rejected, and now complains she has no independence from her Westminster overlords! She can't have it both ways!

    Graeme, Falkirk: Strongly suspect Lamont was offered incentive to keep quiet until after the referendum. How better together is Labour now???

  7. Brown rules himself out

    Iain Watson

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    A source close to Gordon Brown says he has ruled out standing for the Scottish Labour leadership and has no intention of returning to frontline politics. This is a position he has held for the past four years and won't change now.

  8. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In West Lothian, the M8 is very slow westbound near Whitburn after an accident between Junction 4 and Junction 4A. Congestion is back to J3A Bathgate.

    In Edinburgh, the A720 City Bypass is slow eastbound on approach to the Straiton junction because of an accident.

  9. Post update

    The Scotsman

    Former Rangers player Charlie Miller has escaped a driving ban after being convicted of failing to provide breath specimens.

    Stipendiary magistrate Sukhwinder Gill instead fined Miller £500 and imposed 10 penalty points on his licence.

    Read the full story.

  10. Rennie recovers from op

    Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, will be missing from Holyrood for about a fortnight.

    He is resting at home following minor surgery.

    willie rennie

    Mr Rennie's place at First Minister's Questions on Thursday will be taken by Alison McInnes, the party's business manager.

  11. Brown out?

    David Clegg, Political Editor of the Daily Record, tweeted: Gordon Brown has ruled himself out of Scottish Labour leadership contest. Source close to him tells me he definitely won't be standing

  12. Horne and Hidalgo-Clyne called up

    Glasgow centre Peter Horne and Edinburgh scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne have been called into the Scotland training squad as "precautionary injury cover".

    The news comes after Alex Dunbar and Chris Cusiter picked up injuries.

    Peter Horne

    Glasgow wingers Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland are also being monitored at Scotland's three-day training camp in Newcastle.

    Both suffered head knocks in the win over Montpellier on Saturday.

  13. Andy's feeling dandy

    Andy Murray said his "incredible" victory over Tommy Robredo in the Valencia Open final filled him with confidence for the challenges ahead.

    Andy Murray

    Murray saved five match points as he overcame Robredo 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (10-8) in three hours and 19 minutes.

    The win moved him to fifth in the race to the ATP World Tour Finals in London, with ninth enough to qualify.

    "I kept fighting and it stands me in good stead for the end of this year and the beginning of next," Murray said.

  14. Post update

    Kenny Macintyre

    BBC Scotland

    BBC Sport Scotland's Kenny Macintyre tweets: #BBCSportsound 6.10 - .@HibsOfficial fans your questions please for our studio guest tonight Alan Stubbs #Hibs

  15. Organ donations increase

    There has been an increase in the number of families who allow their deceased relative's organs to be used for transplant.

    organ donor card

    Since 2010, the number of families who agree to donation has increased from 57% to 61%.

    A campaign has been launched to encourage more Scots to make their organ donation wishes known.

    The Scottish Government says ninety more lives could be saved each year if 80% of families followed the wishes of their loved one and donated their organs.

  16. Balls: 'Stand up to SNP'

    Ed Balls said Johann Lamont had done a "good job", but that there is a "very important task" for the next leader, who needed to "stand up against the separatists and make the case for a fair Scotland".

    johann lamont

    He added: "I think what people in Scotland want is a strong voice for Scotland in Scotland and in the UK, delivering in Holyrood and making sure the Scottish voice is heard loud and clear. I'm confident the next Labour leader will do that.

    "We want to have someone who can lead our party after this election who will stand up for Scotland in the UK and stand up on living standards."

  17. Labour leadership

    Katy Clark, the Labour MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, told Radio Scotland's Newsdrive that the new leader of Scottish Labour needs to be a "left MSP".

    Ms Clark added: "We need to be very clear - Scottish Labour needs to move to the left. I think Johann (Lamont) was very clear when she said the focus on Scottish politics is moving to Holyrood.

    "My view is the ideal choice would be someone on the left and someone that is an MSP, so I very much hope we are given that option."

  18. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In the Highlands, the A82 has reopened between Onich and Fort William. There are, however, temporary lights at Corrychurrachan Bridge, so down to single file traffic there. There are also temporary lights a mile south of the bridge at Glenrigh.

    A87 Skye Bridge is closed to high sided vehicles and there are speed restrictions on the A90 Forth Road Bridge. There's a lot of standing water around in the west of the country, causing hazardous conditions on some roads, particularly in Argyll and Bute.

    Meanwhile, CalMac reports disruption to a number of services this afternoon due to the weather so do check the latest before travelling.

  19. Balls rejects Lamont claims

    The Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has rejected the claim by former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont that the UK party treats Scotland like a "branch office".

    ed balls

    Ms Lamont made the comments when she resigned as leader last week.

    Speaking to the BBC in Rochester, Mr Balls said: "We're a UK party but have a really vibrant and dynamic Labour party in Scotland.

    "I saw the remarks, I understand she's resigning and in those moments you say those kind of things."

  20. Welsh on Brown

    Author Irvine Welsh tweets: Gordon Brown has great debating skills and a keen intellect, but is an inept failure of almost unprecedented levels as a politician. Also lost the election to a muppet. All of his failures have greatly negatively impacted on the people he purports to represent.

  21. Serial attacker gets four years

    A man who violently attacked a string of women over a decade has been jailed for more than four years.

    Frank de Gernier, 39, admitted carrying out the attacks on his girlfriends at addresses in Dundee.

    Frank De Gernier

    Dundee Sheriff Court heard that one partner described the beatings she suffered as being as bad as a car accident.

    In one attack, de Gernier made her vomit, before grabbing her and rubbing her face in it as she wept.

  22. Frans fun at Firhill

    New Partick Thistle signing Frederic Frans is pleased to have joined the Firhill club after a trial spell at Leeds United.

    Frederic Frans
  23. Landslide clear-up

    Emergency teams have been working all day to clear the A82 between Fort William and Ballachulish, which was closed by floods and landslides.

    the A82 between Fort William and Ballachulish

    Heavy rain continues to fall in the area with amber weather warnings remaining in place until tomorrow morning. It is hoped the road will reopen later today.

  24. Deila wants Guidetti deal

    BBC Sport


    Ronny Deila wants striker John Guidetti to become a Celtic player permanently "as quickly as possible".

    Celtic striker John Guidetti celebrates his goal against Kilmarnock

    The 22-year-old Sweden international is currently on a season-long loan from Manchester City, where his contract expires in the summer.

    "We're talking with everybody around him and him also, and he's positive," said the Celtic manager.

    "His confidence is fantastic. At once, he was a star amongst the fans and this looks like his home."

  25. Turtle death probe

    Experts are attempting to establish how a 6ft-long leatherback turtle died off the east coast of Scotland.

    Leatherback turtle

    The reptile was found tangled in creel ropes by a fisherman on Thursday, one mile off the Dunbar coast.

    The 350kg turtle is the fourth to have been found dead around Scotland in the last two weeks.

    Pathologists will carry out a post-mortem examination in Edinburgh to find out if the creature drowned or had swallowed a plastic bag.

    The endangered species, which dates back more than 100 million years, is a rare sight in Scottish waters.

  26. Your pictures - Get involved

    Scott Chambers captured the flood water at its peak at the Falls of Dochart.

    falls of dochart

    Send us your pictures and we'll use the best.

  27. Findlay for leader?

    Alan Roden, Political Editor of the Scottish Daily Mail, tweets: Odds on Neil Findlay being next Scottish Labour leader have been slashed by William Hill from 16/1 to 2/1.

  28. Nutini's Hydro show cancelled

    The Evening Times

    BREAKING: Paolo Nutini scraps Hydro show, suffering tonsillitis

  29. Rape liar jailed

    A woman who falsely accused the son of a friend of rape has been jailed.

    Kelly Harwood

    Kelly Harwood, 43, had consensual sex with the 30-year-old in Aberdeen before making the claim in May last year.

    However, she later confessed that she had made it up.

    Harwood admitted wasting police time and was jailed for a year at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, where Sheriff William Summers told her it was a "very serious" offence.

  30. Labour 'dinosaurs'

    The Labour Party in Scotland needs to become an independent Scottish Labour Party with a rebrand if it wants to "be worthy of support", a former party MP has said.

    Former Labour MP Dennis Canavan

    Dennis Canavan, who was later an independent MSP, and a Yes campaigner in the Scottish referendum. was reflecting on the state of his old party after Johann Lamont stood down as leader at the weekend.

    But he was unimpressed with the names being mentioned as potential future leaders, claiming they had "all been in bed with Tories over the referendum campaign" and all voted for the "Tory benefit cap".

    He told Jo Coburn on the Daily Politics that only "Westminster dinosaurs" could apply for the job. Watch the full interview here.

  31. Rangers 'favourites'

    Rangers are favourites for Tuesday's Scottish League Cup quarter-final against St Johnstone despite more financial turmoil at Ibrox, according to Saints captain Dave Mackay.

    The Ibrox club accepted a £2m loan from Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley with the Glasgow outfit having been 48 hours from going into administration.

    Dave Mackay

    "I can't imagine it will affect the Rangers players," said Mackay.

    "Judging on form, Rangers will be favourites - they've been going well."

  32. Salmond backs flight routes

    First Minister Alex Salmond was at a ceremony held to mark the start of Flybe's new Scotland to London routes, which it has called the "Spirit of the Regions".

    alex salmond

    Mr Salmond said: "This is an exciting morning for Scottish aviation with new routes linking Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness with the heart of London taking off for the first time."

  33. Baby killer appeals

    A man convicted of murdering a six-week-old baby in Aberdeen is seeking to have the case reviewed.

    Mark Simpson and Alexis Matheson

    Mark Simpson was jailed for a minimum of 20 years in 2010 for killing his then-girlfriend's daughter Alexis Matheson by assaulting her.

    Simpson had lived with the baby's mother Ilona Sheach.

    He has now applied to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission to look into his case.

  34. Edinburgh boss angry

    Edinburgh Capitals player-coach Richard Hartmann has accused his players of lacking discipline after their two weekend losses to Braehead Clan, reports Craig Anderson.

    ice hockey
  35. Perth armed robbery

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man threatened a Perth shop assistant with a knife before making off with a three-figure sum of money.

    The robbery happened at the Co-op in Oakbank Road at 21:30 on Sunday.

    The suspect was described as being about 6ft tall, of medium build, and was wearing a dark grey or blue hooded top under a dark top.

    He was also wearing light blue, faded jeans, dirty white shoes and had a red handkerchief covering his face.

  36. Baillie for FMQs

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie will represent the party at this week's First Minister's Questions.

    A source within Labour told the BBC the Dumbarton MSP will stand in on Thursday following the resignation of Johann Lamont.

    Earlier, Ms Baillie - along with Jenny Marra MSP, Anas Sarwar MP and Kezia Dugdale MSP - ruled herself out of the leadership of the party.

    It is not known at this stage how long Ms Baillie will carry out the role.

  37. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It'll be cloudy and windy this afternoon with more rain, heaviest and most persistent across the northwest Highlands, where a Met Office Amber "be prepared" warning remains in force. There'll be some drier slots in the east, from the Borders to Aberdeenshire.

    Temperatures will reach 11 or 12C in the far north, more like the mid teens for bigger towns and cities, with a fresh to strong south-westerly wind.

    This evening, the weather front that's brought so much wet weather will pep up further, bringing yet more heavy and persistent rain across the northwest. Overnight, it slips southwards, affecting all areas north of the central belt. The far north and northern isles will begin to dry up by the end of the night. Lows for most around 11C in the north and 13 in the south.

  38. Account closed

    A council-run bank with thousands of customers is to close next year.

    bank notes

    East Dunbartonshire Council said the Municipal Bank would cease to trade in February 2015.

    The authority took the decision in June to close the bank, which operates from council offices at Bearsden, Lennoxtown and Kirkintilloch.

    It said the bank only offered a savings and withdrawal service which was "very limited" compared to those offered by traditional high street institutions.

  39. In Pictures

    Discover the best of this year's Inverness Film Festival in our image gallery.

    Inverness Film Festival
  40. Easdale banks on stability

    Sandy Easdale says Mike Ashley should bring financial stability to Rangers and revealed there are no plans to change the manager.

    Sandy Easdale

    The chairman of the football board spoke following reports Ally McCoist's position could be under threat.

    Mr Easdale also said the plc board acted in the best interests of the club by accepting Ashley's £2m loan.

    "Mike's a very wealthy individual and he really does want to help the club," said Easdale.

  41. Landslip road to reopen

    Bear Scotland, the roads management organisation, say they hope to re-open the A82 near Fort William later this afternoon with temporary traffic lights in operation.

    A spokesman said they have made "good progress" clearing the site and that safety has always been their top priority.

    It follows two landslips between Fort William and Glasgow yesterday.

  42. Labour leadership - Your Views

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    Robert, Bishopbriggs: I am an SNP member but I think that if the labour party want to recover in Scotland then Jim Murphy is the best choice. Gordon Brown is not wanted here by the voters.

    Nathan, Forres: To save the Scottish Labour Party you have to first make it just that. Totally break away from Westminster if you truly want to be for the people. You are going to have to start as a new party - no strings attached (to Westminster).

  43. Sheepdog stolen

    Police are trying to trace four women after a sheepdog was stolen from a farm in the Scottish Borders.

    The three-year-old Border Collie, called Floss, was taken from land near Cockburnspath on Saturday evening.

    stolen sheepdog

    The dog has been described as predominantly white at the front and with a "friendly temperament".

    Police said they were particularly keen to trace four women who were seen in the area earlier asking about dogs for sale.

  44. Labour leadership - Your Views

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    Jim, Wishaw: Brown for Leader? The most incompetent PM the UK has ever seen? The chancellor who sold the gold, raided the pensions and who couldn't understand how scrapping the 10p tax would make people poorer? The man who almost bankrupted the UK and signed the cheques for the illegal Iraq war? Yes, excellent choice.

    Kris, Edinburgh: "Crisis" in Scottish Labour was clearly engineered by London Labour because they wanted a "strong" leader for UK elections. They could not sack Lamont so undermined her! How stupid do they think we are!

  45. Llambias heads to Rangers

    BBC Sport


    The former managing director of Newcastle United, Derek Llambias, is likely to become the new chief executive of Rangers.

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and the club's former managing director Derek Llambias

    The Ibrox outfit are looking to fill the role following the resignation of Graham Wallace.

    The news comes as Rangers confirmed the agreement of an emergency interest free £2m loan from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

    Llambias will fly into Glasgow over the next 24 hours for talks.

  46. Happy as Barrie

    A play written by JM Barrie when he was a schoolboy is to be staged for the first time in more than 130 years.

    JM Barrie

    The Peter Pan playwright was a 17-year-old pupil at Dumfries Academy when he wrote and starred in Bandelero the Bandit in 1877.

    It was performed just twice in Dumfries but now there are moves to revive it.

    The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust - which hopes to create a Scottish centre for children's literature in the town - is behind the plans.

  47. Wind turbine public inquiry

    A public inquiry is expected to take place early next year into plans for an 18-turbine wind farm in Peeblesshire.

    Scottish Borders Council agreed to formally object to the plans at Cloich Forest near Eddleston in June.

    wind farm

    Three community councils had lodged objections to the proposals by Cloich Wind Farm LLP.

    A pre-examination meeting is now scheduled for late November or early December with the inquiry itself expected early in the new year.

  48. Cut price sail

    The cost of ferry travel to the Isle of Arran has been cut substantially with the introduction of a government-backed scheme to reduce fares.

    The road equivalent tariff (RET) allows fares to be realigned with the equivalent cost of travelling by road.

    From Monday, the cost of a return car journey from Brodick in Arran to Ardrossan in North Ayrshire will be £29.70 - down from £70.

    Passenger-only return journeys will cost £7.30 - a saving of £4.

  49. Class warfare

    Hundreds of people turned out at a protest rally over plans to close 10 primary schools and one high school in Moray.

    The proposals have been put forward as part of a review of the local schools estate carried out on behalf of Moray Council.

  50. Police gun policy backed

    The independent inspector of constabulary has backed Police Scotland's policy of allowing a small number of officers to carry firearms while on routine duties.

    Police Scotland firearms officers

    However, Derek Penman criticised the force for failing to consider the way the public would view the policy.

    He said more could have been done to explain it to local communities.

    Following a backlash, Police Scotland has since changed the way armed officers are deployed.

  51. Boat rescue

    Two people have been rescued from the Firth of Clyde off Dunoon after the small boat they were in sank.

    Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter

    Police alerted the coastguard to the incident this morning after seeing it on CCTV.

    The two passengers went into the water and were seen clinging to rocks. The RNLI lifeboat from Helensburgh was called but could not complete the rescue due to poor weather conditions.

    A Royal Navy rescue helicopter from Prestwick eventually winched them to safety.

  52. Power surge

    Energy regulator Ofgem has set out proposals to allow £1.1bn of funding for a new subsea link in the north of Scotland.

    It says the new link will connect 1.2 gigawatts of new, renewable electricity generation, following completion in 2018.

    The move would connect the electricity grid on either side of the Moray Firth.

    Proposals are under consultation for a month and a final decision on funding will be made in December.

  53. World's End DNA link

    The jury in the World's End murder trial has heard that DNA from the accused, Angus Sinclair, matched samples found on a ligature and clothing on 17-year-old Helen Scott.

    angus sinclair

    Her body was discovered lying face down in a field in East Lothian in 1977.

    Giving evidence, forensic scientist Andrew McDonald said the DNA was more than a billion times more likely to have originated from Mr Sinclair than another person.

    He denies raping and murdering Helen Scott and her friend Christine Eadie.

    The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues.

  54. Sarwar rules himself out

    Anas Sarwar MP, interim leader of the Scottish Labour Party, has officially ruled himself out of the leadership contest.

    Anas Sarwar said it was important to act quickly

    He said: "I can confirm that I am not seeking nomination to be Leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

    "There is a crucial job to be done in this interim period. For the last three years it has been my priority to keep the UK family together, in this coming period I am clear that we will keep the Scottish Labour family together.

    "My focus as interim leader has to be on coming through this process with a Scottish Labour Party unified in purpose, stronger in will, speaking out and standing up for the individuals, families and communities who need a Labour Party in Government, delivering on their priorities."

  55. Regret for Hibs

    'Slumped on their knees, the Hibernian players could only feel overcome by a familiar regret.'

    Hibs players after Edinburgh derby

    Read BBC Sport's Richard Wilson's analysis of the 1-1 draw between Hibs and Hearts.

  56. Your Views - Jackie Baillie

    David in Glasgow writes: Jackie Baillie epitomises what's wrong with Labour. Totally in denial about reality. If MPs and MSPs were 'joined at the hip' (09:19) then why would your leader have just quit because she is being undermined by her MPs? Labour is a walking disaster and the fact that for so long they have just expected to win seats in areas like Glasgow, and took the electorate for granted, to finally see that they might have to fight and possibly lose many of them is actually a joy to watch. It doesn't matter who their next failure of a leader is, the party is finished.

  57. Reward to find Johnathan Kelly

    A reward is being offered for information on a missing ex-prisoner.

    Johnathan Kelly, 33, from Drumchapel, Glasgow, was freed from Low Moss Prison in August. His licence was revoked when he failed to comply with conditions.

    Johnathan Kelly
    Image caption: Johnathan Kelly is unlawfully at large after his licence was revoked

    Crimestoppers is now offering £5,000 for information leading to his arrest.

    Kelly is not thought to be a threat to the public but people have been warned not to approach him.

  58. Wallace resigns

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    I spent time with Graham Wallace in January. A good guy determined to do the right things, but he was sucked into the vortex soon enough.

  59. No inquiry into helicopter safety

    The UK government has ruled out a full public inquiry into offshore helicopter safety.

    It follows a report by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee which claimed there was evidence that commercial pressure was putting safety at risk.

    However, in its response, the Department for Transport said it had not seen any evidence to suggest that safety is being compromised.

  60. Dugdale says No

    Labour's education spokeswoman at Holyrood, Kezia Dugdale, has told the BBC she is not standing for the leadership of the Scottish party.

    Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale

    Her MSP colleague Jenny Marra has also ruled herself out.

    The party's health spokesman Neil Findlay says he wants Gordon Brown to stand although Mr Brown has yet to declare his position.

    At Westminster, it is thought the shadow international development secretary, Jim Murphy, is the most likely candidate.

    The acting leader, Anas Sarwar, has said he is not seeking the top job.

  61. Your Views - Labour leadership

    One reader, who describes themselves as a loyal Labour Party member, writes: Choosing a leader for Scottish Labour is the most important task they have. Labour must get a leader who can challenge the SNP. My choice without a doubt would be Gordon Brown so I do hope he will consider taking on the role and save our Scottish Parliament and make it the democratic institution that it should be.

  62. Murphy 'is the favourite'

    Jim Murphy is being heavily tipped to be the new leader of Scottish Labour.

    jim murphy

    Paul Hutcheon of The Sunday Herald told BBC Scotland: "I would say he is the front-runner.

    "I look at all the different candidates and they've got strengths and weaknesses.

    "I would expect Murphy to be challenged by a left-winger - all the indications so far are that it will be Neil Findlay.

    "I'm pretty sure we're going to get a contest. I'm pretty sure it's going to throw up a left-right debate."

  63. Smart label company announces investment

    A Scottish smart labelling company has secured more than £1.2m in funding to help drive its next phase of growth.

    Edinburgh-based UWI Technology said it was being backed by US syndicate Aero-Den, the Scottish Investment Bank and private investors in the UK.

    smart lable

    The UWI label is designed to show whether or not food is safe to consume.

  64. Labour meeting

    Labour MSPs are due to meet to discuss the resignation of Johann Lamont as the party's Scottish leader.

    johann lamont

    The Holyrood group has been asked to gather at the party's Scottish headquarters in Glasgow at midday.

    While the MP Anas Sarwar is acting leader, MSPs still need to choose someone in the Scottish Parliament to shadow the first minister, Alex Salmond.

  65. Findlay: 'Go for Brown'

    Scottish Labour's health spokesman Neil Findlay is calling on Gordon Brown to stand for the leadership of the party.

    gordon brown

    Mr Findlay, who has been tipped as a possible contender, told the BBC he would do everything in his power to encourage the former prime minister to seek to replace Johann Lamont, who quit on Friday.

  66. Satellite firm expands

    The company which designed and built Scotland's first satellite is set to expand after securing two orders worth a total of more than £2m.

    Glasgow-based Clyde Space will provide power systems for Luxembourg-based space company Lux Space in a deal valued at £1.2m.

    Clyde Space

    The systems will be used in two satellites Lux is building for the European Space Agency.

    The second deal, worth nearly £1m, involves US-based Spire Inc.

  67. Scottish Labour leadership - Your Views

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    Bob, Glasgow: Labour have been a party of the establishment since Ramsay MacDonald and they've became more conservative with every passing year and they will be extinct like their Tory pals very soon!

    Colin, Greenock: The only candidate who has offered a radical platform of change is Neil Findlay. From a working class background he understands the problems facing the ordinary working class and has set out a real policy agenda.

    William McFarlane, Glasgow: Scottish Labour have to reach out the the unionist voters who will back them because they backed the union . The SNP are not as popular as people think . Embrace the 55.

  68. Glasgow 2014 donation

    Medical equipment from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is to be shipped to Africa to help women with problems in childbirth.

    The unused equipment from the Athletes' Village medical centre is worth about £10,000.

    Commonwealth Games village

    It includes stethoscopes and blood pressure monitors.

    It is being donated to Perth-based charity the Freedom From Fistula Foundation which works in Kenya, Malawi and Sierra Leone.

  69. Sarwar out of the running

    Anas Sarwar is to rule himself out of the running to be the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

    Labour MP Anas Sarwar

    The MP, who is currently the party's acting leader, says he wants to focus on running the contest and ensuring that Labour concentrates on the impending UK General Election.

    Jim Murphy MP is expected to enter the race to succeed Johann Lamont, who resigned at the weekend.

  70. Flood alert

    BBC Scotland Weather


    There are currently 17 flood warnings in place across Scotland. Full details can be found on the @ScottishEPA website.

  71. Sky high predictions

    Flybe says it expects to fly 300,000 passengers between London and Scotland annually, as it starts new regional routes.

    flybe jet

    Daily services between London City Airport and Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness begin today.

    The airline is also launching new links with Belfast, Dublin and Exeter.

  72. A82 latest

    Bear Scotland tweeted: We are getting lots of queries as to when #A82 will reopen? Heavy rain in area now & forecast to continue for at least next 24hrs...once the outcome of inspections are analysed we would hope to be in a position after midday to advise re timelines for any re-opening

  73. Murray wins Valencia Open

    Check out Piers Newbery's match report on Andy Murray's victory at the Valencia Open.

    Andy Murray

    Murray saved five match points against Spaniard Tommy Robredo for the second time in a month to win the competition.

  74. Get Involved - Brown for leader?

    James Martin from Glasgow writes: I think only (Gordon) Brown can do it. (Jim) Murphy is not leader material and has explicitly stated he is more interested in being in Miliband's cabinet rather than lowering himself to Holyrood. The younger newbies (Anas Sarwar, Kezia Dugdale etc) will be too excited being in office to stand up to the Westminster party leaders. Both Cameron AND Miliband now hold Scotland in contempt.

  75. Woman pinned between cars

    A woman was pinned between two cars and threatened by a dog in an Aberdeen road rage attack.

    Police said a young man reversed a grey Mondeo into the 46-year-old woman after an incident at the Tesco roundabout in Bridge of Don on Saturday.

    Before driving the car at the woman the man had first threatened her with a Staffordshire terrier-type dog.

    The woman was treated in hospital for leg injuries. Police Scotland appealed for witnesses.

  76. Rangers latest

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Sandy Easdale says no plans to change manager also says Mike Ashley should bring stability to #Rangers. Doesn't know about long term plans.

  77. Celtic for the quadruple?

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    Thanks for all your comments on the Labour leadership. Keep sending them in.

    Meanwhile, John Guidetti believes Celtic can win the domestic treble and the Europa League this season. The 22-year-old struck the opener with a well-taken free-kick in his team's 2-0 league win over Kilmarnock on Sunday.

    John Guidetti

    What do you think Celtic fans? Do you agree with your striker?

    Send us your thoughts by email, by texting 80295 or by tweeting using the #ScotlandLive

  78. McCoist to go?

    The Scottish Sun

    BREAKING Rangers boss Ally McCoist could be sacked within HOURS - Sandy Easdale due at Ibrox soon for crunch talks

  79. Problems on the A82

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Engineers have begun inspecting damage to the A82 after a section of the trunk road south of Fort William was hit by landslides and fallen trees on Sunday.

    About 50 people travelling in 15 vehicles were stuck for five hours between the landslips. Engineers from Bear Scotland will attempt to check whether a bridge on the route has been damaged.

    A Traffic Scotland spokesman said the road will be closed between Onich and Fort William for the foreseeable future.

    Diversions remain in place along with a Met Office amber "be prepared" warning for parts of west Scotland. The severe weather warning covers parts of Lochaber and Argyll and includes a forecast of heavy rain.

  80. Helicopter safety

    A report from the UK government on calls for a public inquiry into offshore helicopter safety is due to be published later.

    MPs on Westminster's transport select committee looked at the issue of safety after a crash off Shetland in August 2013 in which four people died.

    helicopter safety

    They published their findings over the summer and called for a public inquiry.

    An official response from UK ministers, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Oil & Gas UK is now expected.

  81. Latest Gossip

    Who is in line to become the new chief executive at Rangers? Which loan star has hinted he wants to stay at Celtic?

    Ibrox Stadium

    Read all the latest sport gossip.

  82. Who will be the new boss?

    Jackie Baillie has told Good Morning Scotland she will not be giving her official backing to any leadership contender - at least for now.

    She said: "I want the very best talent to emerge. Whether that's an MSP, MP or an MEP, I want a contest that's about ideas and vision - not about where the person currently sits.

    "Gordon Brown's name has been mentioned. Jim Murphy, Douglas Alexander, Anas Sarwar. Then we've got Kezia Dugdale, Jenny Marra, Neil Findlay.

    "I want a debate. I want to challenge them on what they see as their vision for the people of Scotland."

  83. Your Views - Sarwar for leader?

    Rachel from Aberdeen writes: I hope, for Labour's sake, that Anas Sarwar does not become Johann's replacement. I have never seen him answer a direct question once He always deflects or turns on the attack. That is not what Labour need right now, they need someone to answer the questions that Scotland have right now. After running the Better Together campaign as the "party of devolution", to then turn round and offer next to nothing and have their leader resign - they are in a terrible place and need someone who can tackle the difficult questions, not skate over them with repeated rhetoric.

  84. United front

    Scottish Labour MSP Jackie Baillie says members from Holyrood and Westminster must unite in the leadership contest.

    She said: "Whether you are an MP or an MSP in Scotland, you are representing constituents in Scotland.

    "It doesn't matter what chamber you are in. We are absolutely joined at the hip in wanting the best that we can for the people of Scotland because currently people are caught between two governments with the wrong priorities."

  85. Labour Leadership - Your Views

    Jim Buchanan from Aberdeen writes: Who would have thought that after a no vote in the referendum it is Labour who are in turmoil while the SNP stock is on the rise? It is always about Westminster with the Labour party and their gamble of creating a Scottish Parliament to counter the threat from the SNP has backfired spectacularly. I think they will pay the price at the General Election for jumping into bed with the Tories and UKIP.

  86. Baillie wants 'supporting role'

    Jackie Baillie has told Good Morning Scotland her role will be to support whoever is elected as the new leader of Scottish Labour following Johann Lamont's resignation.

    Jackie Baillie

    She said: "I think you need to have a degree of self-awareness about your own strengths and weaknesses. I would much rather play a supporting role than be the leader and that's always been my position. I think that's a healthy dose of reality on my part."

  87. Baillie won't run for leader

    Scottish Labour's shadow health secretary Jackie Baillie has ruled herself out of the running to be the party's new leader.

    She told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland: "I believe that we should have a very open contest and I look forward to a number of different names already emerging, be they MPs, MSPs or indeed MEPs.

    "I think it would be really helpful to have a debate in the party where we have a quite lengthy nomination process that tries to balance a speedy transition but a clear desire for the members to have their voice heard.

    "I think you'll see a number of people coming forward in the coming days and I look forward to that very much."

  88. Scientists to study eyeball link to Alzheimer's

    Researchers at Dundee University are to lead a £1.1m study into whether eye tests can reveal the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

    A team from the university's school of computing will carry out the three-year study with colleagues in Edinburgh.


    Evidence suggests changes to veins and arteries in the eye could be linked to diseases including stroke and cardiovascular disease.

    The team will study if this could act as an "early warning" of Alzheimer's.

  89. Today's papers

    It's the Scottish Labour leadership contest all the way in today's papers.

    Scotland's newspapers

    The Herald says that pressure is mounting on Jim Murphy to join the leadership race.

    But The Scotsman reports calls for Gordon Brown to step in to "unify" Labour factions.

    The Scottish Daily Mail brands the leadership vacancy after Ms Lamont quit as "civil war".

    Read our full review here.

  90. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Latest rainfall stats show 166mm of rain has fallen across parts of the west Highlands since Friday night. That's 6.5 inches. More is on the way.

    The Tay, Skye and Dornoch bridges have been affected by high winds. The Met Office has issued amber "be prepared" warnings for the Highlands and Islands where heavy persistent rain is expected today and into tomorrow.

  91. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Cal Mac - Possible disruption at Ardrossan and Brodick due to adverse weather conditions. Sailings may be delayed or cancelled today and tomorrow.

    Stationary traffic on A9 Northbound at A82 Longman roundabout. Traffic is at a standstill towards the Kessock Bridge.

    Overnight roadworks on the A92 Tay Road Bridge were cancelled and are now taking place this morning which may cause delays.

    In Glasgow on the M8, one lane is closed due to flooding eastbound at J15 A8/A803 Townhead junction.

  92. Get Involved

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    What do you think about the resignation of Johann Lamont? Who should replace Ms Lamont as the leader of Scottish Labour?

    Let us know by email, by texting 80295 or by tweeting us using the #ScotlandLive

  93. Labour leader timetable announced

    Scottish Labour will have a new leader in place by 13 December, its interim chief has said.

    Glasgow Central MP Anas Sarwar (pictured) said it was important to act quickly to replace Johann Lamont after her shock resignation on Friday.

    Anas Sarwar

    But he said there also needed to be an "open, frank and honest debate" about the direction of the party.

    Ms Lamont stood down, accusing the UK party of treating Scotland like a "branch office".

  94. Graham Wallace leaves Rangers

    Some breaking news to kick us off. Graham Wallace has resigned from his role as Rangers' chief executive.

    The news comes as the Ibrox outfit confirm the agreement of an emergency £2m loan from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

    Graham Wallace

    Wallace follows finance director Philip Nash in leaving the club.

    Ashley, whose loan is secured against Edmiston House and the Albion car park, had wanted Wallace and Nash to leave the club.

  95. Good morning

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    Good morning and welcome to today's Scotland Live blog, bringing you all the latest news and sport from around Scotland.

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