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Colonel: Quintinshill rail disaster 'difficult to accept'

Retired Colonel of Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Martin Gibson said he is very proud of the men who lost their live in the Quintinshill rail disaster.

He told ITV News: "We are very proud of the men who gave their lives, even before they got to war. That is the thing we find terribly difficult to accept."

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Princess Anne arrives for Quintinshill commemoration

Princess Anne arriving at Gretna Credit: ITV Border

Princess Anne has arrived at Gretna for the commemoration service marking the 100th anniversary of the Quintinshill rail disaster.

Princess Anne meeting First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she arrives at the service Credit: ITV Border
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives for Quintinshill memorial service

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has arrived in Gretna Credit: ITV Border

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has arrived at Gretna Green for today's service marking the centenary of the Quintinshill rail disaster.

A parade is currently forming at the memorial cairn ahead of the official commemorative service, which begins at 11am.

A parade is forming for the memorial service Credit: ITV Border


Murphy: Labour leaders 'should not be picked by union boss'

Jim Murphy launched a broadside attack on Unite boss Len McCluskey as he announced he will resign as leader of the Scottish Labour party.

Mr Murphy said that while trade unionists were "a source of enormous strength and moral purpose" to Labour, the party should not be beholden "to one man."

One of the things about stepping down is that you can say things in public that so many people in the Labour party only say in private. So whether it's in Scotland and the contest to come across the UK. We cannot have our leaders selected - or de-selected - by the grudges and grievances of one prominent man.

The leader of the Scottish Labour party doesn't serve at the grace of Len McCluskey. And the next leader of the UK Labour party should not be picked by Len McCluskey.

– Jim Murphy
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