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  1. Crime in Scotland 'at lowest level' in 40 years
  2. Health secretary to make Holyrood statement on C. diff inquiry
  3. Renewed call for North Sea tax break
  4. Candidates set out income tax positions
  5. Submarines to move to Faslane

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By Thomas McGuigan and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    Thanks for all your comments on today's Scotland Live blog.

    Join us again for the latest news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow.

    Good night.

  2. Mailman delivers

    Commonwealth boxing champ Charlie Flynn hits home the Christmas posting message from the mailroom.

    More on Reporting Scotland tonight at 18:30.

    Charlie Flynn

  3. Update - A75 crash

    Five people have been taken to hospital following the one-vehicle crash on the A75.

    Emergency services were called to the scene about one mile from Annan at 15:30.

    All five were taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, and the road is closed with diversions in place.

  4. Witness denies murder

    A man who told a murder trial that his friend confessed to killing a woman and stabbing her partner in their home has denied carrying out the attack himself.

    Isabelle Sanders

    Ross Arthurs, 28, was asked if he had stabbed Isabelle Sanders, 51, and attacked Norman Busby, 86, at the couple's home in Crookston, Glasgow.

    He told the High Court in Glasgow: "Absolutely not".

    Accused Paul McManus, 19, denies carrying out the attacks and has blamed Mr Arthurs and Christopher O'Reilly.

  5. Salmond's future

    Coming up on BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive - What next for Alex Salmond?

    Considering the unanswered question of the former first minister standing for election at Westminster, Kevin Keane reports from the Gordon constituency in Aberdeenshire.

    Listen to the report from around 17:35.

  6. Drop in young smokers 'encouraging'

    Smoking figures published today show a further drop in young people smoking in Scotland.

    Dr James Cant, head of British Lung Foundation in Scotland, told BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive this is "very, very encouraging."


    He said the biggest challenge remains in the 16 -24 category.

    Dr Cant said he believed plain packaging would help further as Scotland aims to become a 'smoke free country.'

  7. Sandwiches off the menu

    Sandwiches have been taken off the menu at all Aberdeen schools.


    The city council said the decision was partly down to seasonal changes in the meals being offered to pupils and staff, and also down to forthcoming changes in food labelling legislation.

    It said parents can still provide their children with sandwiches as part of a packed lunch.

    The Unite union said sandwiches remained available for staff working at the authority's headquarters.

  8. Crash closes A75 near Annan

    A serious one-vehicle crash has shut the A75 near Annan with drivers asked to avoid the area if possible.

    Police said emergency services had been called to the scene of the accident at about 15:30.

    No details of the number of people involved have so far been released.

    Police said diversions had been put in place and advised any drivers in the area to allow extra time for their journeys.

  9. Denayer: 'Celtic can win Europa League'

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Jason Denayer believes Celtic are capable of winning the Europa League - if the squad is firing all cylinders.

    Jason Denayer

    Assistant manager John Collins has cautioned that there is a long way to go to reach that level.

    But defender Denayer said: "I think we can reach the final or semi-final. It depends who we play. But, if we play 100%, we can win this tournament."

  10. Fog affects Inverness flights

    Thick fog has been affecting some flights to and from Inverness Airport.

    Two from Manchester earlier today had to be diverted to Aberdeen because of the weather conditions.

    Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (Hial) has been advising passengers to check with their airlines for flight details.

    Foggy conditions are expected to linger until Thursday morning.

  11. Mother's anguish

    A mother who lost her son in an East Lothian car crash has spoken of her heartbreak on the anniversary of his death.

    Andrea Kelly and her son David

    Andrea Kelly, 40, said she missed her son, David Armstrong, 15, so much it was "starting to take its toll" on her.

    Ms Kelly spoke as she prepared for a memorial event to mark the crash in Tyninghame on 25 November 2013.

    The crash claimed the lives of her son, David, and friends Joshua Stewart, 16, and Jenna Barbour, 18.

  12. Baillie shows emotion over C.diff

    Labour's spokesperson for health Jackie Baillie held back tears in the Scottish parliament when speaking about C.diff victims.

    Ms Baillie was contributing after the health secretary Shona Robison delivered a statement on the five-year Vale of Leven inquiry which heavily criticised Scotland's largest health board.

    Jackie Baillie

    Ms Baillie told MSPs she could not help but feel that 'justice has not been done' with regards to compensation for the victims.

    The health secretary said there were detailed, confidential discussions continuing between families and the health board on compensation and she had advised the health board to be 'helpful'.

  13. Brown: 'Blame the players'

    Former Rangers coach John Brown says it is the players and not manager Ally McCoist who should be taking the brunt of criticism from supporters.

    Ally McCoist

    But he believes McCoist has shown before he can overcome the abuse from a section of fans to succeed at Ibrox.

    Rangers fell nine points behind Hearts after losing 2-0 to the Scottish Championship leaders at the weekend.

    "Ally's got he strongest squad in the division and it's up to the players to step up to the mark," said Brown.

  14. Debate needed on class time

    Suggestions of a Scotland-wide debate on local authorities reducing pupils' time in class have been welcomed by a parent council leader.

    Young pupil

    Highland Council has delayed a plan to cut the time pupils in primaries 4 to 7 spend in class by 30 minutes-a-day.

    It said it was responding to public concerns and also wanted to allow for a national debate on the matter.

    Anne McMichael, co-chairperson of Avoch Primary Parent Council, said a broader discussion was needed.

  15. Man jailed for abusing women

    A man who admitted abusing and assaulting several women has been jailed for more than four years.

    Gary Mitchell

    Gary Mitchell, 45, subjected four women to abuse, including strangling his ex-wife to the extent that he "endangered her life".

    He went on to deliberately cause her to crash her car and threatened his other victims with violence.

    Mitchell repeatedly followed three of the women around Glenrothes, Fife, and continually contacted them.

  16. Police cuts

    Scotland's top police officer has said force support staff face further job cuts next year.

    Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House said he was confident of making a target to save £1.1bn by 2026.

    Sir Stephen House gave evidence to MSPs, along with the new justice secretary, Michael Matheson

    But he warned the path ahead was "not smooth" and said every area, apart from police officer numbers, would be considered in the drive for savings.

    About 2,000 civilian staff have been cut through voluntary redundancy and early retirement schemes since 2009.

  17. Jervis confident for Staggies

    Jake Jervis insists losing to St Johnstone will not derail Ross County's revival as they prepare to head to Perth again on Scottish Cup duty.

    Jake Jervis

    County claimed four of the eight points they have earned this term in the three games before last Saturday's 2-1 defeat in Perth.

    Jervis reckons the Staggies are still full of belief. "We've kept our confidence and you could see at Kilmarnock (where Country won 3-0) how confident the team were," Jervis told BBC Scotland.

  18. Farah returns to Scotland

    Daily Record

    Mo Farah returns to Scotland as Great Edinburgh XCountry lands the biggest name

    Mo Farah
  19. New homes at 'three-year high'

    The number of new homes built in Scotland has reached its highest level for more than three years, according to new figures.

    Official statistics showed that 4,583 homes across all sectors were completed between April and June this year.

    Building site

    This was the highest quarterly figure since 2010, and 29% higher than in the same quarter last year.

    This brought the number of completions for the year to the end of June to 15,824, up by 15% on the previous year.

  20. SSE's 'failed' power test

    Energy firm SSE has declined to comment on reports that its Peterhead power plant, which is contracted to help guard against blackouts this winter, failed to generate power during a test run.

    According to Utility Week, Peterhead failed the test run on Thursday.

    Peterhead Power Station at night

    An SSE spokeswoman told BBC Scotland: "For commercial reasons we are not commenting on the proving run at this stage but we will be issuing a statement later this week."

  21. New deal for Cowan

    London Irish back-row forward Blair Cowan has signed a new deal keeping him at the Premiership club until 2018.

    Blair Cowan

    The 28-year-old openside flanker has made 32 appearances for the Exiles since joining in March 2013, scoring seven tries.

    Cowan made his Scotland debut on their tour to North America last summer and he has six caps in total.

  22. Loch death 'not suspicious'

    Police investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a loch have said there doesn't appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

    The body of the 73-year-old has been found in a popular leisure park in South Lanarkshire.

    James Hamilton Heritage Park in Stewartfield,East Kilbride

    Emergency services were called to James Hamilton Heritage Park, in the Stewartfield area of East Kilbride, at about 08:10.

    A post mortem examination will be held in due course and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

  23. Rapist jailed for three years

    A man who raped a woman after he stopped her leaving a house in Glasgow has been jailed for three years.

    Robert Moyes, 33, attacked the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in the city's Carntyne area on 9 March.

    The High Court in Edinburgh heard how he forced her to have sex after she tried to leave his company.

  24. Have you seen this man?

    Police investigating a sex attack in Glasgow city centre have released a CCTV image of a man they want to trace.

    sexual assault

    The victim was sexually assaulted in Hutcheson Street, in the Merchant City area, at about 02:35 on 13 July.

    The man is described as white, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall, of medium build, with sandy coloured hair and glasses. He was wearing a shirt and hooded top.

    Police Scotland have not specified whether the victim of the sexual assault was a man or woman.

  25. Arrest in Stephen McGinlay case

    A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of Stephen McGinlay (pictured) following an assault in Glasgow last month.

    Twenty-six-year-old Mr McGinlay was attacked, along with a friend, near a library on St George's Road at 17:50 on Thursday 2 October.

    Stephen McGinlay

    Mr McGinlay was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary but later died.

  26. Buchanan Street 'most expensive outside London'

    Glasgow's Buchanan Street is the most expensive UK shopping destination outside London, according to a report.

    Buchanan Street

    Research by real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield suggested it can command a rental of nearly £1,900 per sq m.

    That outstrips Princes Street in Edinburgh (£1,406), Market Street, Manchester (£1,372) and Briggate, Leeds (£1,208).

  27. Rapist attacked again while on licence

    A convicted rapist has been jailed for 12 years after attempting to rape a 64-year-old woman in her home while out on licence from his previous jail term.

    James Haran, 48, was convicted of attacking the frail widow at her house in Drumchapel, Glasgow, on 7 April.

    In 2002, he was jailed for eight years and given a four-year supervision order for rape and attempted rape.

    At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Kenneth Maciver told Haran he was "clearly a dangerous sexual predator".

  28. Man jailed over party row blaze

    A man who set fire to a block of flats in East Ayrshire following a row over his dog has been jailed for 12 years.

    Alexander Gay, 45, was convicted of attempting to murder six people over the incident in Mauchline on 1 January.

    His trial heard how Gay set petrol alight in the close stairs after his pet was banned from a New Year party because a guest was allergic to dogs.

    One guest suffered burns and lost his sight. Another died days later from a heart attack.

  29. Glasgow murderer jailed

    A man who attacked a stranger and left him dying in a Glasgow street has been jailed for life for murder.

    Luke Quinn, 33, knocked Simon Richardson to the ground and stamped on him in Wellington Street in December last year.

    The 45-year-old, from Paisley in Renfrewshire, later died in hospital.

    Quinn, from Busby, claimed diminished responsibility due to Asperger syndrome, but a jury convicted him of murder. He was told he must serve a minimum of 14 years in jail.

  30. Council cuts

    Dumfries and Galloway Council is meeting to discuss savings options that could see up to 84 learning support posts lost.

    The authority is looking to cut more than £2m from the budget for pupils needing additional assistance.

    Its education committee is considering two options which could see between 52 and 84 posts go over three years.

    The council wants a "streamlined and improved service" but the move has been opposed by the EIS teaching union.

  31. Taxi drivers - Get Involved

    Text using 80295

    Dave not Allan the taxi driver: I'm an Edinburgh taxi driver and sometimes you take the wrong route. If you consider going from A to B, then plan the route in reverse, you inevitably go a different way depending on the time of day and traffic conditions. Also, there is a £250 fine for taxis that smell of smoke that's never been enforced.

    Ciaran in Alva: I was a volunteer driver at Glasgow 2014 and had people in the back tell me which way to go. Back seat drivers exist everywhere!!

  32. Edinburgh house fire

    A man has been taken to hospital following a fire at a property in Edinburgh.

    Sydney Park, Edinburgh

    More than a dozen firefighters rescued the man from a bungalow in Sydney Park just after 08:30.

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has launched an investigation into the blaze, which started in the bungalow's kitchen.

    Emergency services were called by a neighbour and the man was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after breaking the door down.

  33. Come Fly With Me...

    Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) will launch a new service between Edinburgh and Copenhagen in March 2015.

    Scandinavian Airlines

    The new link will be joined - on 29 March - by the return of services to Oslo and Stockholm.

    Flights between Edinburgh and Copenhagen will fly five times per week and will then increase to daily between 29 June and 9 August.

    They will then switch to six times per week until the end of October.

  34. Taxi drivers - Your Views

    Text using 80295

    Anon: I am a taxi driver in Stirling and the abuse that is dished out to drivers at the weekends is dreadful. I myself have been spat on, grabbed by the throat while driving and various forms of threats. I wish people would realise that we taxi drivers are trying to earn a wage and make sure that the public get home safely.

    Jim, Bishopton: I picked up a large family at Glasgow Airport. They had to take 2 cars. The father moaned all the way that I was taking the long way, unlike the the other driver. I told him that when we got there I wouldn't charge if I was dearer. I was over a £1 less. He was most unhappy. Me smiling like a Cheshire cat didn't help.

  35. Bed blocking

    The number of patients having to wait longer than the target time to be discharged from hospital has risen again, figures show.

    hospital generic

    In October, 321 patients were delayed for more than four weeks after they were ready to go home.

    The issue, known as bed blocking, has left people stuck in hospital while waiting for care and support arrangements to be put in place.

  36. Post update

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Looking for tales of taxi journeys and drivers that can be broadcast. Getting some very interesting texts on 80295 from taxi drivers, seems some of the abuse they get is horrendous, text in anonymously with story.

    John Beattie

    Listen live to the programme here.

  37. Crime at 'lowest level' for 40 years

    The level of recorded crime in Scotland has reached its lowest level in 40 years, falling by 1% in the last year.

    police officers

    Official statistics also showed a 10% reduction in violent crime between 2013-14, with the number of homicides halved over seven years.

    The crime clear up rate of nearly 52% is the highest since comparable records began in 1976.

    However, the number of recorded sex crimes has seen a rise of 12% since 2013.

  38. Ryder Cup legacy

    Organisers of the 2014 Ryder Cup say the Gleneagles tournament has left a "strong economic and tourism legacy".

    Ryder Cup

    Ryder Cup Europe paid tribute to the local community as the final pieces of tournament infrastructure were removed from the Perthshire golf resort.

    The event team hailed "significant investment, tourism and education initiatives all providing a major economic boost to the area".

  39. More tradespeople needed

    Leading housebuilder Stewart Milne has launched a campaign to encourage more people to work in the industry.

    Stewart Milne

    The move from the chairman of Aberdeenshire-based Stewart Milne Group comes as the UK construction sector faces a nationwide skills shortage.

    Mr Milne said he was concerned at the shortage of qualified tradespeople and argued that it was constraining a predicted upturn in housebuilding and construction.

  40. Rare wildlife preserved

    A proposal to build 58 homes near Nethy Bridge in the Cairngorms National Park has been refused planning permission.

    The park authority's planning committee said the project would have a negative impact on the natural heritage of School Wood, an area of ancient woodland.

    pinewood mason bee

    Conservation charities had argued that the woods shelter some of the UK's rarest and strangest wildlife, such as the pinewood mason bee (pictured) which is only found in the Scottish Highlands.

  41. Police hunt flasher

    Police are hunting a man who indecently exposed himself on a path in West Lothian.

    The incident happened at about 19:40 on Saturday in Howden, Livingston.

    A man was seen exposing himself to members of the public on Loan Path near Dawson Avenue.

    He was described as white, 30 to 37-years-old, between 6ft and 6ft 2ins tall and of slim build. He was wearing a navy blue tracksuit with a hood, white trainers and glasses.

  42. Borders railway plans on track

    A director with Dutch firm Abellio has outlined its aims for the Borders Railway once it takes over the ScotRail franchise in April.

    The line between Tweedbank and Edinburgh is scheduled to reopen in September next year.

    Borders railway

    Abellio's UK rail business development director Mike Kean said the route would be extensively marketed in advance.

    He added that this would continue after trains returned, with the message that the railway was "here to stay".

  43. Inverness flooding

    A burst water main has affected supplies to large parts of Inverness and flooded a road.

    Scottish Water said the burst in Kenneth Street had resulted in low pressure and discoloured water.

    water burst

    The burst has flooded parts of Kenneth Street.

    Scottish Water said that it had a squad at the scene tackling the problem.

  44. What next for Scotland

    'Gordon Strachan would have welcomed one more training session with his squad after Scotland's loss to England.

    Gordon Strachan

    'It would have been an opportunity to review aspects of the game, so that the players could learn from the way that their opponents' intensity and movement enabled their victory.'

    Read Richard Wilson's latest analysis of Scotland following the games against Republic of Ireland and England.

  45. Concerns over deaf school

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    An improvement plan has been produced to deal with concerns over the running of the national school for deaf children.

    deaf school

    Scottish government ministers gave Donaldson's School in Linlithgow seven days to respond to concerns.

    The government says school managers have submitted their response and it is now being "carefully considered".

    Meanwhile, police have been looking into claims that sexual offences may have been carried out at the school.

  46. Weir praises Cotter

    Phil Goodlad

    BBC Scotland

    Scotland stand-off Duncan Weir has praised the impact "world class" head coach Vern Cotter has had on the national side.

    Duncan Weir

    New Zealander Cotter guided the Scots to wins over Argentina and Tonga, and a narrow defeat to the All Blacks in the autumn Test series.

    "He leads the teams into battle," Weir told BBC Scotland.

    "When he talks you listen and you take it on board and you learn because you have such respect for the man."

  47. Local libraries - Your Views

    Text using 80295

    Thea: Our library is fantastic, it's cosy, has a coffee machine, centre for community information, tickets etc - a great place to go! My children loved going to the library when they were small. Very valuable places for communities.

    Anna: Our Polmont library has a coffee machine, telly and mags, teenage corner and wonderful baby area. It provided a lifeline when my son was little: a free place to meet people, chat and play, sometimes just to get out of the house! But there's a balance to be had. I lived in North Berwick previously and there was nowhere to read or write quietly in the library there. Sometimes you need a bit of that hush of a library too!

    Kenny, Dundee: My local library at Coldside Dundee provides tea and coffee for a small fee. It also has activities like local history walks. Personally, I just like to go to the reading room for some peace and quiet until, that is, the local history group shows up. They certainly seem to have a whole lot of fun! It could do with a lick of paint though.

  48. Clare's law pilot

    A pilot scheme which allows people to find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence has been launched.

    Clare Wood

    The Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland is being piloted in Ayrshire and Aberdeen and will run for six months.

    The pilot, known as Clare's law, has already been introduced in England and Wales following the murder of Clare Wood (pictured) by her ex-boyfriend.

  49. Body found in loch

    Police are investigating the discovery of a body in the loch of a popular leisure park in South Lanarkshire.

    Officers were called to James Hamilton Heritage Park, in the Stewartfield area of East Kilbride, just after 08:00 this morning.

    Police have yet to confirm whether the body is that of a man or woman, or if the circumstances are suspicious.

  50. Libraries - Your Views

    How important are local libraries to communities in Scotland? When was the last time you visited your library?


    Email us your views, text via 80295, tweet using #ScotlandLive or visit the BBC News Scotland Facebook page.

  51. Teen arrested over attempted murder

    A teenager has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a 32-year-old man in East Ayrshire.

    The victim was assaulted with a large weapon on a footpath, near Onthank Primary and Tourhill Road, Kilmarnock, at about 02:00 on 15 November.

    He was treated at Crosshouse Hospital before being taken to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital.

    Police said a 17-year-old male had been arrested. He is expected to appear at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court later.

  52. C. diff statement

    Health secretary Shona Robison is to make a statement to Holyrood after an inquiry into a deadly Clostridium difficile outbreak found "serious personal and systemic failures".

    Shona Robison

    Ms Robison apologised to families and patients let down by the NHS when the inquiry report was published.

    The probe, led by Lord MacLean, looked into care at Dunbartonshire's Vale of Leven Hospital between 2007 and 2008.

    Of the 143 patients with C. diff, it was a contributory factor in 34 deaths.

  53. Libraries - Get Involved

    Text using 80295

    Veronica: In Gullane library we have group called knit and knatter on a Monday. Most recently they held a murder mystery evening.

    Paul, Haddington: I reserve and renew books online at my local library, it's great: convenient and cheaper than buying!

    Woman in library

    Alison Hamilton: Library visits should be compulsory like swimming lessons for school children. Parents have very busy life's and May not have time to take their children there.

  54. Libraries - Your Views

    BBC Radio Scotland

    On Morning Call @louisewelsh00 says libraries are great and that she couldn't have written her books without them. Are they relevant to you?

  55. Post update

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Calling all taxi drivers - do passengers sometimes give you abuse? What for?

  56. Supermarket incident

    The Courier

    Man trapped by lorry at Dundee supermarket

  57. Analysis - Smith Commission

    Glenn Campbell

    BBC Scotland news

    Those involved in the Smith commission have been tight-lipped about its deliberations. But if you want to know roughly where it's heading, there may be clues in Jim Murphy's new position and in concessions made by the Liberal Democrats at the weekend.

    On Saturday, the Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said that he had "reviewed" his party's support for welfare to be retained as a UK-wide responsibility and was now looking to the "transfer of a major package of welfare powers" to Holyrood.

    That's precisely the sort of compromise the Lib Dems might need to do in talks with the Smith Commission if they are to persuade other parties - particularly Labour - to go further on tax devolution.

    Labour went into the talks arguing for Holyrood to control 15p of the basic rate of income tax, with scope to re-introduce the 50p top rate. Now, one of the candidates for the leadership of the Scottish party, Jim Murphy, is urging Labour to support the "full devolution" of income tax which is already backed by the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, SNP and Greens.

  58. Sports Personality Shortlist

    Ten contenders have been shortlisted for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

    Golfer Rory McIlroy, footballer Gareth Bale, gymnast Max Whitlock, F1's Lewis Hamilton and swimmer Adam Peaty are on the list with Lizzy Yarnold (skeleton).

    sports personality

    Boxer Carl Froch, Charlotte Dujardin (dressage), athlete Jo Pavey, plus Paralympic skier Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans are nominated.

    Find out how you can vote.

  59. Six weeks out for McHattie

    Hearts defender Kevin McHattie will be out for six weeks with a knee injury.

    Kevin McHattie

    The left-back was stretchered off with medial ligament damage following a challenge by Rangers striker Kenny Miller during the 2-0 win on Saturday.

    It was initially thought the defender could be out of action for three months, but it emerged last night he could be back sooner.

  60. Submarines bound for Faslane

    Two submarines earmarked for decommissioning will remain in Plymouth while two others will move to Faslane, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

    HMS Torbay and HMS Trenchant, are to remain at the naval base at Devonport until they are decommissioned.

    HMS Triumph

    HMS Talent and HMS Triumph will move to Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde at Faslane, by 2020.

    The MoD said this was another step towards HMNB Clyde becoming home to all of the UK's submarines.

  61. Tune in

    Louise White

    Presenter, Morning Call

    On today's programme we're asking: Should 16 and 17-year-olds be allowed to vote in all elections? Also, with Book Week Scotland running until 30 November, are libraries relevant to you?

    The lines are open now: 0500 92 95 00 and text using 80295.

    Listen live to today's show here.

  62. Get Involved

    Louise Welshtweets: I'll be on @BBCRadioScot around 9.25am this morning talking about #libraries for @BookWeekScot (I'm a fan)

  63. And on the back pages?

    Could Kris Commons be on his way out at Celtic?

    Kris Commons

    This, and all the latest on Ally McCoist at Rangers, in today's football gossip.

  64. Mixed night for Eve

    Scotland's curlers endured a mixed third day at the European Championships in Switzerland with both the men and the women losing matches.

    Eve Muirhead's rink beat world champions Switzerland 7-5 but conceded to Russia after the minimum six ends at 8-2 down.

    Scotland skip Eve Muirhead

    The men led by Dave Edwards succumbed 7-4 to Germany - who are newly promoted from the European second tier.

    The women have won three games from five; the men have won two from five.

  65. What's on the front pages?

    The findings of the inquiry into the country's worst clostridium difficile outbreak dominate the front pages of the Scottish newspapers.

    Scotland's newspapers

    The Daily Record headlines '34 Needless Deaths', while the report has laid bare "shocking failings" of care at the Vale of Leven Hospital according to The Herald.

    The inquiry exposed a series of NHS failures, says The Scotsman while The Times says patients were failed by "neglect and delay". Meanwhile, The Scottish Daily Mail lays the blame squarely on the shoulders of "hospital chiefs" who presided over "systemic failures".

    Read our full paper review.

  66. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Glasgow M8 - J27 Arkleston - entry slip is partially blocked by an accident, four cars involved and debris on road heading eastbound. The accident is at the end of the slip road with lane one (of three) now closed on the main carriageway to clear the debris. Police, ambulance and fire crews in attendance; congestion back to J30 M898 (Erskine Bridge). Travel time is 40 minutes.

  67. Leadership hopefuls set out tax positions

    Scottish Labour leadership candidate Jim Murphy is urging his party to support the full devolution of income tax to Holyrood.

    Jim Murphy, Sarah Boyack and Neil Findlay are contesting the Scottish Labour leadership

    Rival Sarah Boyack said she has "reservations" about full income tax devolution but wants consensus.

    Third candidate Neil Findlay said care must be taken to make sure Scotland does not end up worse off.

    Labour officially supports sharing income tax between the Scottish and UK parliaments.

  68. Coming up...

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Pilot scheme to alert people about potentially violent partner starts in Ayrshire & Aberdeen. @policescotland & @scotwomensaid #bbcgms 0810

    Good Morning Scotland

    You can listen live to BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme here.

  69. Weather update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Morning! Gillian here. A cold start in the North with frost & mist/fog, slow to clear. Central belt southwards is milder, with mist and drizzle. Mostly dry today, but patchy rain for Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire, Glasgow area and Argyll. Best of the sunshine in the Western Isles & north-west Highlands. Feeling cold, 6-8C.

  70. North Sea tax reform urged

    Business leaders have renewed calls for a North Sea tax break after a survey suggested confidence in the sector was at its lowest level for six years.

    Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) found operators were concerned about the effect of low oil prices on exploration and production.

    North Sea oil production

    It said reform of the industry's fiscal regime was needed in Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement next week.

    The Treasury said the government was committed to maximising resources.

    AGCC's latest Oil and Gas Survey showed 62% of oil and gas firms believed tax reforms should be the government's top priority for the sector.

  71. Welcome

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome to Tuesday's Scotland Live as we bring you the latest news and sporting headlines - with reaction and your comments too - between now and 18:00.