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Pictures: Heavy snow causing travel problems in Scotland

Heavy snow has caused has caused travel disruption on many routes across parts of Scotland.

Glasgow Airport warned of delays, while 26 gritters are worked through the night to keep major routes open.

Be careful with 'fragile' peace process, Blair warns

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned today's government to be careful with the current peace process.

Blair: On The Runs scheme vital to end terrorism

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has told MPs that the On The Runs scheme helped bring about the end of Irish terrorism.

Blair apologises for errors in On The Runs scheme

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted that the On The Runs (OTR) scheme could have been better run, but insists it was vital for the peace process to succeed.

He is giving evidence before a parliamentary investigation into the scheme:


Tony Blair to give evidence to IRA 'On the Runs' inquiry

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Tony Blair is due to give evidence before a parliamentary investigation into the On The Runs (OTRs) scheme for fugitive IRA members later today.

The former prime minister's Labour administration sent about 200 letters to republicans assuring them they were not being pursued by the UK authorities following requests from Sinn Fein.

An investigation was launched by MPs when the prosecution of a man for the murder of four soldiers during an explosion in Hyde Park in 1982 was halted after he received one of the letters in error.

The OTR letters scheme began while Mr Blair was premier, and the chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has said he is one of the most important witnesses to the inquiry.

A spokesman for the committee said Mr Blair had confirmed he would be attending a sitting today.

Mr Blair was a key architect of the Good Friday Agreement, which led to IRA arms decommissioning and the establishment of a devolved power-sharing administration at Stormont.

Red Cross provide hot food to Scottish homes without power

Energy companies and volunteers from the British Red Cross are providing vulnerable customers who have been without power for four days hot food and drinks.

Scottish and Southern Energy has been working with volunteers from the Red Cross to reach vulnerable customers, providing them with hot food and drinks.

Anne Eadie, co-ordinating the Red Cross emergency response, said:

Every one of our volunteers in Northern Scotland was ready to do whatever was needed to help make things easier for as many people as possible. Our biggest priority was to make sure that people identified as vulnerable - because of age, infirmity or some degree of disability - were able to withstand this crisis safely.

In some areas, water supplies were also knocked out because there was no power for the pumps which deliver it to more remote areas. Scottish Water provided supplies of bottled water, which our volunteers helped deliver.

Our response will wind down as more households are reconnected to the grid but until supplies are back to normal, our teams will continue to provide whatever help is needed.

– Red Cross emergency response co-ordinator

Thousands still lack power supply after gales

A lorry lies on its side after being blown over in strong winds on the Clackmannanshire Bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Thousands of people are starting a fourth day without electricity as further high winds, heavy rain and snow are set to bring continued disruption to Britain's transport and power networks.

More than 100,000 homes lost power at the height of the problems and engineers worked through "treacherous" conditions to try to reconnect customers in the north of Scotland.

Some homes around Inverness, Dingwall, Wick and the Western Isles have been without power since Friday. All schools in the Western Isles are closed today to pupils, the council has said.

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