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  1. Neil Findlay to stand in Scottish Labour Party leadership race
  2. Sarah Boyack also vying to succeed Johann Lamont
  3. Nicola Sturgeon warning over potential EU exit vote
  4. Lords to debate Holyrood powers
  5. Andy Murray through to third round of Paris Masters

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By Thomas McGuigan and Paul McLaren

All times stated are UK

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Thomas McGuigan

BBC Scotland News

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

Copter 'cleared for flight'

The operator of a helicopter which was forced to make a precautionary landing on a North Sea oil platform has said the problem was related to an indicator and not the mechanics of the aircraft itself.

EC225 Super Puma
Air images team

The EC225 Super Puma aircraft, which was heading for the Forties Unity platform, landed on the Forties Charlie installation instead after a warning light came on.

A spokesman for operator Bond said: "It is now fully cleared for flight and completely airworthy and en route back to Aberdeen.

"Transport for passengers is being arranged."

'England must be heard'

Lords leader Baroness Stowell of Beeston has said "the voice of England must be heard" when it comes to devolution.

She told the Lords debate: "This government completely respects and supports the calls for greater autonomy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"We cannot ignore England in that equation. England is the most decentralised nation in the United Kingdom."

Talking Rangers

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Tune in to @BBCSportsound from 1810 to hear @Iandennisbbc talk Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias.

Tories: 'Schools fail pupils'

Some schools in Scotland are not performing as well as they should and are failing pupils from poorer backgrounds, the Conservatives have claimed.

Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith

MSP Liz Smith used a Tory debate at Holyrood to call for a complete change to the structure of schools to tackle the attainment gap between pupils from rich and poor backgrounds.

Education secretary Michael Russell accused Ms Smith and her party of "scaremongering" and "demonising the poor, schools and teachers".

Concussed Davidson ruled out

Fears of serious injury have subsided for St Johnstone's Murray Davidson

after the midfielder was stretchered off against Rangers.

St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson
SNS Group Sammy Turner

The 26-year-old was injured in a collision with Rangers' Nicky Law during Saints' 1-0 Scottish League Cup defeat at Ibrox on Tuesday.

Davidson was taken to hospital suffering a black eye, but it did not require stitches.

However, concussion means he will miss Friday's league visit by Motherwell.

'Divisive' debate

The former Labour Scottish secretary, Baroness Liddell, told the devolution debate that the referendum campaign was the most ''divisive'' she had ever experienced.

Lord Hope of Craighead
Supreme court

Crossbencher Lord Hope of Craighead said he believed if the SNP get a majority in the 2016 Scottish parliament election, they will call for a second independence referendum.

Peers pressure

A number of peers have criticised the decision by prime minister David Cameron to link further devolution for Scotland with the issue of ''English votes for English legislation''.

Lord Steeel

During a House of Lords debate on devolution, Lord Steel of Aikwood - a former Presiding officer of the Scottish parliament - said Mr Cameron had made a ''disastrous statement'' in linking the two issues.

The Bishop of Chester described the Better Together ''No'' campaign as ''embarrassing''.

Findlay leadership bid - Your Views

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Donald, Bothwell: What is Neil Findlay's position on unilateral nuclear disarmament? At hustings during indyref at Blantyre, he seemed to support multilateral disarmament but he's a member of CND. Can he clarify his position on Trident?

Gordon, Kincardine: Mr Findlay...which parts, if any, of Clause IV would you re-introduce?

Doug B, Glasgow: Great news that Neil Findlay is running for the Scottish Labour leadership. He knows that the party needs to listen and learn from the people of Scotland. If elected, he needs to be the leader of the entire Scottish party.

Man jailed over dog row attack

A man has been jailed for 34 months for stabbing a man in the head for insulting his dog.

Paul McCann attacked William Fenton in the street in Blairgowrie after an argument about his pet on 20 July.

The 34-year-old was heard to say "don't talk about my dog like that" before fetching a knife from his house and plunging it into Mr Fenton's head.

McCann had 164 days added to his sentence at Perth Sheriff Court as he was on early release from an earlier violent assault.

Smith holds second meeting

The Smith Commission, set up to reach an agreement on more powers for Scotland, has held its second meeting with Scotland's political parties.

Smith Commission meeting

Representatives of five parties held an initial discussion of their proposals for more tax powers.

It followed

an initial meeting last week in which a set of principles for the cross-party talks were agreed.

The commission, expected to reach an agreement by 30 November, would not comment on the substance of the talks.

Poppy dazzler

Edinburgh Castle was lit up in poppy red last night to mark the launch of the 2014 Scottish Poppy Appeal.

edinburgh castle
Scottish poppy appeal

Simonsen 'improving'

Rangers say Steve Simonsen's condition has improved, after the goalkeeper was taken to hospital

after colliding with a post against St Johnstone.

Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen
SNS Group Craig Watson

Manager Ally McCoist said: "Steve's as well as we could have hoped for. The scan showed positive results.

"He clearly had a big swelling on the left-hand side of his head, which thankfully has gone down a little bit."

Saints' Murray Davidson was taken to hospital as a precaution after he sustained a facial injury in a collision with Nicky Law.

Call to cut Scots MPs

A former Scottish secretary has suggested cutting the number of Scottish MPs as a way to help resolve the so-called West Lothian question.

Lord Forsyth

Speaking in a House of Lords debate on devolution, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean said the move would help ease anger in England over Scottish MPs voting on English issues.

Bypass to reopen

The A890 Stromeferry bypass between Ardnarff and Attadale, which was closed after a landslip, will reopen from 07.00 to 19:00 on Thursday.

Highland Council say it will remain open during those hours every day until further notice.

A spokesman said: "It is anticipated that further work will be required in the coming days and this may necessitate further temporary closures."

Newspaper job cuts

Johnston Press is looking to cut between 35 to 45 jobs across the Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and Edinburgh Evening News.

The company plans to merge the operations of the three papers but each title will remain.

The NUJ Scotland said consultations on the restructuring started today and they will work to minimise the impact on jobs.

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Sarwar on EU veto - Your Views

David in Argyll: Anas Sarwar is correct. A vote for the SNP is one that Labour will not get and will take the Conservatives closer to winning the 2015 General Election. However, a vote for the SNP will ensure that they have up to 59 MPs in Westminster and that, if recent events are anything to go by, will be enough to hold the balance of power. Anas and the Labour Party burned their bridges by supporting the No campaign and ignoring a great number of their traditional supporters. I don't think they will be able to count on the same level of support (that they mustered for No) in the 2015 General Election. I for one have consigned the Labour Party (as well as the Conservative Party) to the Scottish political dustbin.

Lewis killers lose appeal

Two men jailed for life for the first murder on the Western Isles in more than 40 years

have failed in their bids to have their convictions quashed.

Stefan Millar and Johnathan MacKinnon
Police scotland

Liam Aitchison, 16, from South Uist, died during an attack on the Isle of Lewis on 23 November 2011.

Johnathan MacKinnon and Stefan Millar, both 23, were each ordered to spend a minimum of 18 years in prison before they could apply for parole.

Lawyers argued that they were victims of a miscarriage of justice.

Glasgow to Zambian president...

A Zambian whose father was born in Glasgow

has become his country's new leader, following the death of President Michael Sata.

Guy Scott waving upon his arrival at the White House for a group dinner during the US Africa Leaders Summit (5 August 2014)

Guy Scott, who will be in position until new elections in 90 days, becomes the first white leader of an African nation since FW de Klerk, who helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa.

No-show for Paolo

Paolo Nutini has cancelled a further two UK arena shows

as he battles "severe tonsillitis".

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The 27-year-old musician has postponed tomorrow's performance at the O2 Arena in London, as well as Friday's show at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

Paisley-born Nutini - who topped the charts with third album Caustic Love earlier this year - had already cancelled two concerts at Glasgow's SSE Hydro this week on medical advice.

A statement announcing the latest postponements said: "Regrettably Paolo Nutini is suffering with severe tonsillitis and is not well enough to perform."

London calling

Andy Murray's

victory over Julien Benneteau at the Paris Masters has moved him to within one win of qualifying for the World Tour Finals.

Andy Murray
Getty Images

He needs to reach the quarter-finals in France to clinch his place in London.

"I was hitting the ball well," said the Scot. "The conditions are very different from Valencia last week, it's playing faster, the points are quicker. In the second set, I didn't serve so well and let him into the match a little bit, but apart from that period I was very good.

"If I get to London, I'll be very pleased because I've worked very hard these last two weeks and won some tough matches."

Murray watch

Andy Murray has eased into the third round at the Paris Masters, courtesy of a 6-3 6-4 win over Julien Benneteau.

Andy Murray
Getty Images

Sturgeon's EU call - Your Views

David in Argyll: I for one am not embarrassed by what Nicola Sturgeon is calling for. Polling in Scotland (check previous BBC Scotland reports) has shown that only three or so areas of Scotland (Dumfries & Galloway, North Ayrshire + one other) would vote to leave the EU. The same polls show that the vast majority of areas in England would vote to leave the EU. UKIP are a one trick pony and that is why they are having success in English council & by-elections. We need to discuss this now and not wait until we are voted out of the EU by England.

Arrests over cannabis farm

A number of arrests have been made

following the discovery of a cannabis farm in a rundown public house in the Scottish Borders.

Police swooped on the Queens Head Inn in Selkirk on Tuesday when they found a large number of plants.

They also recovered various items of cultivation equipment.

A police spokesman said: "Officers are following a positive line of inquiry in relation to this matter. A number of men have been detained."

Labour leadership race - Your Views

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Doug B, Glasgow: Great news that Neil Findlay is running for the Scottish Labour leadership. He knows that the party needs to listen and learn from the people of Scotland. If elected, he needs to be the leader of the entire Scottish party.

Two sought over Fife fire

Police have released descriptions of two men they want to speak to over

a suspicious fire in Fife that caused £100,000 worth of damage.

Fire crews

Emergency services were called to a garage on Sinclair Avenue in Glenrothes in the early hours of Monday.

The men police want to trace are both in their late teens or early 20s.

The first is 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins. He was wearing dark coloured clothing and a beanie-style hat.

The second man, about 5ft 6ins, wore a waist-length dark jacket and a beanie hat.

Scotch plans on ice

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

'Weakened global demand' explains drinks giant Diageo putting Scotch whisky investment plans on ice, including £50m Easter Ross distillery.

Sturgeon's EU call - Your Views

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John Toms: Aside from removing us from the European Court of Human Rights, Westminster will remove us from Europe & will isolate Scotland from its ability to trade other than with Westminster. We will lose our national identity and become a worse cash cow for Westminster.

Jim, Bathgate: I voted for independence, but voted UKIP in the Euro elections, because I don't agree with the SNP's and Green Party's policies on immigration.

Scott: Nicola Sturgeon's proposal is nuts. If 50% vote in Scotland and, of that, a majority votes to stay in Europe then just over a million veto the rest of UK.

Woman, 86, hit by car

An 86-year-old woman is in a critical condition in hospital after being struck by a car in East Kilbride.

The pedestrian was hit by a Fiat 500 on Murray Road near to its junction with Murrayhill at about 08:00.

The 20-year-old driver was uninjured but badly shaken.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

They think it's oil over...

Shell says production on two of its major North Sea fields will formally end this weekend.

The Brent Alpha and Bravo platforms - which began producing in 1976 - have been out of action since being shut down for inspection and maintenance in May.

Shell says it has since become clear they were no longer economically viable.

The platforms, 115 miles east of Lerwick, will now be decommissioned.

Rangers latest

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

Sandy Easdale arrives at Ibrox saying he's hoping that Ashley, Llambias & Leach will bring future investment to #Rangers. Talks continue....

Boyack has 'experience to lead'

Sarah Boyack has spoken for the first time about

her reasons for standing for the Scottish Labour leadership.

sarah boyack
Sarah boyack

Ms Boyack said that as a member of first minister Donald Dewar's 1999 Holyrood cabinet and as a member of Labour's Devolution Commission, she had the "experience to lead".

Speaking shortly before Neil Findlay announced his own leadership bid, Ms Boyack added: "This leadership election is our chance to debate how we move our party forward.

"We need to reach out not just to those who have traditionally supported us but to build a coalition to tackle social and environmental injustice and to create a more equal, prosperous economy that works for people."

Winter deaths down

The number of deaths registered in Scotland last winter was the

lowest since records began more than 60 years ago, according to official figures.

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There were 18,675 deaths registered in Scotland in the four months before March 2014 - the lowest figure since 1951/52.

The figures are part of a general downward trend in winter deaths.

Most winter deaths are caused by respiratory and circulatory diseases such as pneumonia and stroke.

Sturgeon's EU call - Your Views

Mark, Fife: In reply to Rachel's view (09:32) that the English 'as a whole want to leave the EU'. Where exactly does she get that figure from? No MP in the last general election was elected on a policy of leaving the EU. Has she missed that the UKIP MEP quoted is actually a Scottish MEP? So does that mean the Scots 'as a whole' are UKIP supporters? It's this small minded, generalising and parochial view of the rest of the UK that is embarrassing Scotland.

Jaime: England should not be allowed to override the wishes of the other nations of the UK on such a basic constitutional issue as membership of the EU. If it turns out that England is the only part of the UK that wishes to leave the EU, England can have its own referendum on independence from the UK.

Crash woman named

Police have named the 49-year-old woman who died in a crash on the A862 near Ardullie in Easter Ross.

She was Linsy Gordon, a care manager from Evanton.

The two vehicle crash happened about a mile south west of the Ardullie roundabout on Friday 24 October.

A report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.

All-clear on asbestos

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that smoke from the scene of a warehouse fire in Glasgow earlier this week

does not contain asbestos.

Gleb Borshchyev

Crews had warned local people near the site, on Jessie Street, at Polmadie, to close their windows amid concerns asbestos might be present.

The area has now been given the all clear.

Operations are continuing at the site where 50 fire fighters were drafted in to contain the blaze on Monday night.

Findlay on Brown

Neil Findlay has confirmed he had hoped former prime minister Gordon Brown would bid to become the next leader of the Scottish Labour party.

Confirming his own entry into the leadership race, Mr Findlay said: "I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support from people from within the Labour party and across the wider Labour movement all urging me to stand.

"It is no secret that I wanted Gordon Brown to run but since Gordon has ruled himself out I now believe we need to have a wide ranging debate about the way forward for the Labour party, but more importantly the country. "

Findlay goes for Labour leadership

Scottish Labour's health spokesman Neil Findlay has entered the race to become the next leader of the Scottish Labour party.

Neil Findlay MSP

The MSP for the Lothians joins Sarah Boyack as the first two candidates to put their names forward after the resignation of Johann Lamont.

Mr Findlay said: "I want to bring the Labour party together to work for progressive change and create a fairer, more equal and prosperous Scotland.

"If elected Labour leader, I will put the issue of social justice at the heart of everything we do - this is the historic mission of the Scottish Labour party but it also has to be about what we deliver for the Scottish people in this post referendum period."

Attempted murder charge

A man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after another man was hit by a car in Grangemouth.

The 20-year-old suffered fractures to both legs in the incident on Tweed Street in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Akib Rehman Sharief Aslam, 21, made no plea at Falkirk Sheriff Court and was released on bail.