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A great summer for spiders

It's that time of the year when spiders seem to be everywhere, and this year's batch are even bigger than normal.

Wildlife experts say the mild summer in Cumbria and the South of Scotland means there's been plenty of food for the creepy crawlies.

And as Katie Hunter reports, it isn't just spiders who have enjoyed the warm weather.


SNP announces Smith Commission team

First Minister Alex Salmond announced the SNP's members Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Scottish National Party has revealed its two Smith Commission members: Finance Secretary John Swinney and East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani.

SNP leader and First Minister Alex Salmond made the announcement that the two SNP members will sit on the cross-party commission, which is to look at strengthening the powers of the Scottish Parliament.

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have already announced their members.

"John Swinney and Linda Fabiani are two excellent and experienced advocates of the need for a significant strengthening of the Scottish Parliament's powers, so that it can deliver more for the people of Scotland.

"The Westminster parties vowed in the referendum that Scotland will get 'extensive new powers', and John and Linda will be constructive voices ensuring that this promise to the people is honoured in full.

"We also believe that there must be meaningful consultation with civic Scotland and all of those who have become engaged in the political process as a result of the referendum."

– Alex Salmond, First Minister

Weather: Today

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Fairly cloudy with the odd shower around at first.

Brightening up from the north with plenty of afternoon sunshine developing.

Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine with moderate westerly winds. Maximum Temperature 19C.


Lib Dems first to announce team for Smith Commission

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Borders MP Michael Moore has been picked to take part in cross-party talks on more powers for Scotland.

The former Scottish Secretary helped put together the Edinburgh Agreement, which set the terms for the referendum. All five parties with MSPs in Holyrood will take part in the negotiations - but the Lib Dems are the first to announce their team. They claim they're the most prepared to deliver ambitious changes.

"I want to see a Federal United Kingdom I'm not sure we'll quite achieve that in one bound..not least because that's about how the rest of the UK wants to be part of that and theres a lively debate in England which I respect and want to keep on track with - however for Scots politicians, responding to voters last week we've got some serious challenges but I feel what we've set out is an ambitious set of proposals which can keep us in the United Kingdom but move the game on."

– Michael Moore MP Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk
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