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Ed Miliband 'has questions to answer' on Lamont exit

Labour former first minister Lord McConnell told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme he was "very, very angry" and said UK party leader Ed Miliband had questions to answer.

He said:

She (JohannLamont) clearly blames today publicly Ed Miliband and those around him and that's a very serious accusation that requires answers, and it requires answers not just from him but from those closest to him.

I have had my concerns for some time about the way in which the Scottish Labour Party was struggling to set out a vision for the 21st century and a positive vision that would take us from opposition back into power. I think the responsibility for that difficulty is shared amongst a number of different people and I'm absolutely certain that Johann Lamont would take some responsibility herself for that.

– Lord McConnell

He added:

I think there are serious questions that need to be asked about what has happened in these past two weeks, but also that this issue has to be resolved in advance of the election of the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

– Lord McConnell

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Weather: Mostly dry with some bright spells

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Blustery showers will continue to pile into northern and western Scotland as well as Northern Ireland with the risk of gales for exposed coastal areas and strong gusts near any showers.

Elsewhere, it will be mostly dry with some bright spells at times.

However, there will be plenty of cloud about, especially in western parts of England and Wales, where it will be thick enough to give a few spots of rain at times. Temperatures will reach 16 Celsius in London.

Queen gets trolled on Twitter after sending debut tweet

The Queen has been targeted by Twitter trolls after sending her first royal tweet.

The Queen has been targeted by Twitter trolls after sending her first royal tweet. Credit: @BritishMonarchy

The official @BritishMonarchy account she used saw its followers grow by tens of thousands, but was immediately attacked by trolls sending abusive messages.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "We were fully cognisant of the nature of Twitter, where anyone anywhere can express their opinion, but we were delighted that so many people - in their tens of thousands - responded positively.

"We saw some tweets with profanity but that is just the nature of the format."

Scotland Yard said it had not received any complaints and was not investigating the matter.

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Number of Ebola cases passes 10,000

The number of people killed in the Ebola outbreak has risen to 4,922, the World Health Organization has said.

The WHO said there has been 10,141 cases of Ebola in eight countries so far.

Volunteers put on protective suits during an Ebola training session. Credit: Reuters

Majority of Ebola victims died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries affected the most.

The overall figures include outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal, deemed by the WHO to be now over, as well as isolated cases in Spain, the United States and a single case in Mali.

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