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  1. SNP MPs start Westminster duty
  2. Stock car crash boy 'critical'
  3. SNP Robertson 'to keep' Commons role
  4. Teen ranked on 'Wildlife Power List'
  5. OAP dies after being hit by car
  6. Murray beats Nadal to Madrid title

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Council chief executive to retire

Gavin Whitefield

is to retire as chief executive of North Lanarkshire Council.

The 59-year-old, who has held the post since 2000, will step down in October.

Gavin Whitefield
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Gavin Whitefield said the "time was right" for him to retire

In an email to staff at the council, Mr Whitefield said he had been "enormously proud to have had the privilege of serving" in the position.

He said: "The last two years have been particularly demanding and having resolved a number of major issues over that period, the time is now right to pass responsibility to my successor."

Crime cash seized from 'DVD pirate'

A street trader who admitted selling counterfeit DVDs

is to have £38,000 seized under proceeds of crime laws.

Stuart Ashley, 39, was caught with a stash of fake discs at his home in Oban on 4 March 2013.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work after admitting breaching the Trade Marks Act 1994.

The confiscation order against Ashley, which covers the amount he is estimated to have earned from sales of fake DVDs, was granted at Oban Sheriff Court.

Stock car crash boy dies

An 11-year-old boy from Lockerbie

has died in hospital after a stock car accident at the weekend.

Keir Millar was injured in a race at Lochgelly Raceway in Fife on Saturday.

Keir Millar
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He was taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh following the accident.

A statement from Keir's family said: "We wish to announce that due to the injuries sustained in an accident at the weekend Keir has sadly passed away."

The statement added: "We, as a family, request space and time to grieve in private."

Reporting Scotland: On air now

Tune into BBC One for more on the 56 new SNP MPs' first day at Westminster, the leadership of Scottish Labour and Scottish fire-fighters returning from Nepal.

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Woman charged over 'Hoover assault'

An Alloa woman

is to stand trial accused of assaulting two young boys with part of a vacuum cleaner.

Ann Marie Fowler is also accused of hitting two boys with shoes and throwing a boy aged between four and five across a room.

The 28-year-old denies the three assaults at addresses in Alloa and Clackmannan between August 2013 and February 2014.

She is due to stand trial at Alloa Sheriff Court on 19 May.

St Mirren search for new manager

St Mirren

are searching for a new manager now that relegation to the Championship has been confirmed.

The Paisley club say they expect Gary Teale to apply for the post he has occupied since replacing the sacked Tommy Craig in December.

Gary Teale
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St Mirren picked up their eighth win of a disappointing Premiership campaign at Ross County on Saturday.

However, their nine-year stay in the top flight was brought to an end the night before when Motherwell beat Kilmarnock.

Coming up on Scotland 2015

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Tonight: we'll have the latest post-election analysis of the #SNP in Westminster & the appointment of @DavidMundellDCT as Scottish secretary.

Watch Scotland 2015 on BBC Two at 22:30, or online


Motorcyclists caught speeding at 130mph

Three motorcyclists

have been caught speeding at more than 130mph in Kirkcudbrightshire.

The bikers, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, face charges after being clocked at more than double the 60mph limit on the A75.

The men - aged 36, 42 and 46 - were stopped near Gatehouse of Fleet on Saturday.

Police Scotland said they will be reported to the procurator fiscal.

Meet the Professor

Michael Russell, the SNP MSP for Argyll and Bute, has been appointed Professor in Scottish Culture & Governance at the University of Glasgow.

Mr Russell said: "I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to share some of my enthusiasms and experiences with students and staff at Glasgow University.

Mike Russell

"Glasgow is one of the top 100 Universities in the world and Scotland has more world class universities per head of population than any other nation. I greatly enjoyed being part of that success as Education Secretary and I am pleased to be able to continue my involvement in a new way."

Welcoming Mr Russell to his new role, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Anton Muscatelli said:

"I am absolutely delighted that Michael is joining the University of Glasgow... His knowledge and insights will be of tremendous benefit to our students and staff and we are all very much looking forward to working with him."

SNP group to begin leader search

Highland Council's SNP group of councillors will meet later to begin the process of

selecting a new leader.

The move has been triggered by the resignation of Drew Hendry.

Drew Henry
Highland Council

He was elected as the new MP for

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, the seat previously held by Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander.

The SNP are the largest party in Highland Council's ruling administration which also involves the Lib Dems and Labour.

Mr Hendry is one of

the SNP's new intake of 56 MPs who have been making their way to Westminster for the first time since the party's huge success in the general election.

McGuigan murder: Killer not properly vetted

A security guard who murdered two ex-servicemen in Iraq was not vetted properly by his employer,

a coroner has said.

Danny Fitzsimons shot dead Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare in 2009, whilst employed by ArmorGroup.

Danny Fitzsimons

The ex-paratrooper, of Greater Manchester, is serving a 20-year jail term in Baghdad.

The coroner has ruled Mr McGuigan, from Peebles in the Scottish borders, was unlawfully killed.

This evening's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


This evening, most places will be dry with late sunny spells. However, north Argyll, Lochaber, the northwest Highlands and the Western Isles will be cloudy and will continue to see showers, with longer spells of rain spreading here by morning. The northern islands will become dry during the early hours, with winds strengthening by morning.

Temperatures will fall to around 7 or 8 Celsius, even down to around 4 or 5 Celsius in some sheltered parts of the east Highlands.

Gales will hold on across Western Isles and over the north west , easing a little by morning. Elsewhere, there will be a noticeable southwesterly breeze.

Election 2015: Labour discuss election performance

Andrew Kerr

BBC News

Scottish Labour Scottish Labour MSPs have been emerging for a near three-hour long meeting held to discuss the party's disastrous election performance.

The leader Jim Murphy has refused to resign but there have been calls for him to go to allow the party to have a fresh start.

Speaking outside the party's HQ, the finance spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said the "overwhelming majority of MSPs was very clear, they want Jim and Kez (Dugdale) to lead us forward into the future".

Former leadership challenger Neil Findlay has resigned from the Shadow Cabinet. He said that the election had been a disaster for Labour, and that the problems the party faced were wide ranging and deep.

Ms Baillie said she couldn't "recall" if Mr Findlay spoke in the meeting.

It's thought Jim Murphy left the meeting via a different exit.

Police name OAP killed in car crash

A pensioner who died after being hit by a car in Dundee

has been named by police as Catherine Gourlay.

Blackness Road

The 89-year-old from Dundee was hit by a black Volkswagen Tiguan car on Blackness Road, near the junction with Ashbank Street, on Sunday morning.

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Avril Keith, who lives in Dundonald, is a security officer at Glasgow Prestwick airport. In her spare time she loves to go scuba diving around the sea lochs of the west coast.

Dragonette - electric blue markings
Avril Keith

These two photographs were taken at a depth of approximately 24m in Loch Long, near Arrochar. The first is a dragonette, which Avril thinks must be a male in breeding colours as they are not usually as bright.

Queen scallop
Avril Keith

The second is of a queen scallop filter feeding.

Avril says most people don't realise what beauty lies below the surface of Scotland's lochs.

On the water

BBC Scotland Travel


Calmac's Mallaig - Armadale ferry has been cancelled for the rest of the day - as has the Stornoway - Uig ferry.

This evening's 17:00 sailing from Oban to Castlebay is off, as is tomorrow morning's 09:20 sailing from Castlebay to Oban. There will be a sailing tomorrow from Oban at 08:00 instead.

The 17:20 from Berneray and the 18:30 from Leverburgh have also been cancelled.

On the roads

BBC Scotland Travel


There's a high wind warning on most bridges today, and both the Tay and Forth road bridges are closed to double deckers.

In Moray, on the A96 Fochabers, a broken down lorry on the roundabout at the B9104 is causing delays in both directions.

The A86 Newtonmore is closed at Laggan Causeway for essential roadworks - diversions are running through Laggan, Dalwhinnie and Kingussie.

In Edinburgh, there are queues on Whitehouse road, southbound from Gamekeeper's road to the A90 Queensferry road at Barnton junction.

At Edinburgh City by-pass, a broken-down car eastbound at the A71 Calder Road exit slip is causing delays back to Hermiston Gait, with further eastbound delays at Gilmerton.

On the M8 at J6 Newhouse, there are eastbound queues on the exit slip, with traffic back to the A8 Chapelhall junction.

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Gavin Speirs took this picture at Loch Doon in Galloway forest.

Loch Doon - greys and snows
Gavin Speirs

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Election 2015: SNP - Cameron should 'scrap' Scotland office

Commenting on the appointment of David Mundell as Secretary of State for Scotland, SNP MP Pete Wishart said:

"The days of business as usual are over, so it is a pity that David Cameron did not take the opportunity to scrap the post-devolution anomaly that is the Scotland Office, and invest the £7 million that is spent on it on public services instead.

"David Mundell is the sole representative of a party that was rejected by Scotland in record numbers. It is vital that he respects the mandate of the people of Scotland, expressed so decisively last Thursday.

"Scotland voted for a manifesto to end austerity, for more powers for Scotland and against the Tories' planned welfare cuts - and the UK government simply cannot ignore that."

Rescue team speak of Nepal work

Firefighters from Scotland who helped in the search for survivors of the Nepal earthquake have been

describing the devastation.

Gary Caroll and Diesel
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Thousands of people died in the disaster, and thousands more were injured, with many trapped in collapsed buildings.

Gary Caroll was part of the International Search and Rescue Team, alongside his sniffer dog Diesel.

Mr Caroll, of Torphins, Aberdeenshire, said they found "total destruction".

Iona film to close film festival

A drama featuring the island of Iona

will close this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it will receive its world premiere.

Ruth Negga as Iona
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Ruth Negga as Iona

The film, Iona, is set on the Hebridean island and the title character returns home with her son to seek refuge from a violent crime in Glasgow.

It stars Douglas Henshall and Ruth Negga and is directed by Scott Graham.

The film is to premiere at the EIFF - in its 69th year - on 28 June at the Festival Theatre.

Busiest ever April for airports

Scotland's two biggest airports

experienced their busiest-ever April last month, with many people travelling over the Easter break.

Edinburgh and Glasgow airport entrances collage

Almost 930,000 passengers used Edinburgh Airport, up 10.2% on last year, and 665,000 used Glasgow Airport, a 15.4% increase on April 2014.

There has been an increase in flights to London from Edinburgh and a series of long-haul services at Glasgow.

Election 2015: Sturgeon - We will be 'principled opposition'

Nicola Sturgeon

has presented the SNP's delegation of 56 MPs to Parliament and vowed to hold a face-to-face meeting with David Cameron shortly.

Nicola Sturgeon with new MPs

Amongst the SNP cohort is Alex Salmond, former leader and former First Minister of Scotland, and 20-year-old Mhairi Black, the youngest MP in centuries.

The group was met by a huge press pack and onlookers wielding a giant Saltire flag.

Speaking to reporters, Ms Sturgeon said: "We are determined to make Scotland's voice heard here in Westminster but we are also determined to be that voice for progressive politics that we promised to be during the election, to stand up to policies from a Conservative government that will damage Scotland and to make common cause with others of like mind from across the UK.

"I think the SNP will be the principled opposition in this place to the Conservative government."

She added: "I've had one conversation with David Cameron, I look forward hopefully in the not to distant future to have more detailed conversations and at this stage I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he will listen.

"We've agreed to talk face-to-face as soon as it can be arranged, I look forward to those discussions and to making progress on these issues."

Ex-footballer sentenced for stalking

A former footballer who

admitted conducting a two-year stalking campaign against his ex-girlfriend has been told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Martin Hardie

Martin Hardie, 38, from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, targeted Kirsty MacLeod from September 2012 to November 2014.

He climbed up a drainpipe to spy on her and repeatedly turned up at her work.

Hardie, who played for Partick Thistle, St Johnstone, Kilmarnock, Dunfermline, Morton and Airdrie, was told he could not contact Ms MacLeod for two years.

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Richard Cullen from Glasgow took this picture of his friend, Adam Gardiner, attacking the hill in the 'Red Tunnel' over the expressway in Finnieston, Glasgow.

Red bridge, cyclist going through
Richard Cullen

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One in, one out, one shadow


Glenn Campbell

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

.ScotTories only MP @DavidMundellDCT replacing @scotlibdems only MP in cabinet #reshuffle with only @scottishlabour MP as his shadow

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Coming up on Newsdrive from 16:00...

  • David Cameron announces his cabinet as 50 new SNP MPs arrive in Westminster
  • Back from Nepal - the Scottish team who were helping with the aftermath of the earthquake
  • And new warning on eating junk food.

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Davidson - Mundell 'right man for the job'

Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson has offered her "heartiest congratulations" to David Mundell, after he was named Secretary of State for Scotland in

David Cameron's cabinet.

Mr Mundell is the only Conservative MP to hold a seat in Scotland.

David Mundell

Ms Davidson said: "I am absolutely delighted at the decision by the Prime Minister to promote him.

"At a momentous time in our politics we need calm and experienced leadership, and that is exactly what David will bring to this post."

She added: "Having worked extensively across both Holyrood and Westminster he is quite simply the right man for the job.

"He will ensure that Scotland's two governments work well with each other and always in a spirit of mutual respect and co-operation.

"David has been a brilliant MSP and MP for his constituents over the last 16 years and he will now take that same dedication and tireless advocacy to the cabinet table."

Murder bid probe after two men hurt

A man has been stabbed and another injured during disturbances in Helensburgh, which prompted police to launch an

attempted murder investigation.

Officers said the men, aged 20 and 25, were involved in an "altercation" in Old Luss Road at about 18:30 on Sunday.

They were also involved in an earlier incident around the Argyll town's Drumfork Court and Buchanan Road areas.

It is not yet known if anyone else was involved. Both men are said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Scottish Tory MP lands Scotland job


The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has

Tweeted: David Mundell will become Secretary of State for Scotland.

David Mundell
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Is Kim the secret to Murray's success?


Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

Enjoying all the tosh about marriage improving @andy_murray's game. Much more to do with @AmeMauresmo @BjorkmanTennis & being pain-free.

Find out what Kheredine's referring to,


Andy and Kim Murray on their wedding day
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New Scottish Secretary?


Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

The new Scottish Sec perhaps? "Find out very shortly " says David Mundell

David Mundell going into Downing Street

Child lit blaze playing with lighter

Fire officers

are warning about the dangers of leaving matches and lighters unattended after a child sparked a blaze by playing with a lighter in a bedroom.

Gowanbank in Livingston

Crews were called to Gowanbank in Livingston at about 20:30 on Sunday when a mattress was set alight.

No-one was injured but four people in the house were checked over by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

The blaze was in a first-floor bedroom in the two-storey terraced house.

'Everyone so nice'


Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Youngest MP Mhairi Black: can't be true the English are scared of the SNP because "everyone's been so nice today"

Mhairi Black MP

Boy still 'critical' after stock car crash

An 11-year-old boy from Lockerbie remains in a

critical condition in hospital after a stock car accident at the weekend.

Keir Millar

Keir Millar was injured in a race at Lochgelly Raceway in Fife on Saturday.

He was taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh following the accident.

Reports over the weekend said the boy had died from his injuries but Police Scotland said he was being treated in hospital and described his condition as "critical".

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "At this time the 11-year-old boy is currently still alive."

Saying hello to Westminster

The SNP's new intake of MPs have been arriving at Westminster.

Nicola Sturgeon with SNP MPs

They were joined by the party's leader Nicola Sturgeon outside the House of Commons.

She says they will make

Scotland's voice heard like never before.

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Ed Dunbar from Elgin took this photograph of the Moray Firth Sea whilst sea kayaking at sunset from Hopeman on Saturday.

Sea and sunset
Ed Dunbar

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Lifeboat station set to be closed

St Abbs lifeboat station in the Borders is set to be closed as part of an

"extensive review" by the RNLI.

Under the proposals by the charity's trustees, an inshore boat would be added at nearby Eyemouth.

The review will also see changes in the north east of England with plans for new state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboats at Seahouses and Amble.

Lifeboat station
RNLI/Richard Smith