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Murphy: Scotland is 'one country but two nations'

Jim Murphy and new deputy leader Kezia Dugdale. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

New Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy stressed the need to "unite" Scotland, calling it "one country but nations".

Speaking after he was elected to replace Johann Lamont, Murphy said the divide was not one caused by the independence referendum, but instead between the haves and have-nots.

The majority are fulfilled, getting on, getting by, being successful. A minority are falling behind, denied opportunity, trapped, unable to escape the hardship of their upbringing.

That inequality is wrong and it is my driving purpose, it is our driving purpose, it is the Scottish Labour Party's driving purpose to end that type of inequality once and for all.

– Jim Murphy, new Scottish Labour leader

He did, however, appeal to voters who backed independence, saying he had more in common with "the values of the many hundreds of thousands who voted Yes in the referendum than with many of the political leaders who campaigned for No".

Jim Murphy elected Scottish Labour leader

Jim Murphy. Credit: PA

Jim Murphy has been elected leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

Mr Murphy, MP for East Renfrewshire, was elected with more than half of the vote, ahead of Holyrood health spokesman Neil Finlay and former Scottish Executive minister Sarah Boyack.

The leadership contest was sparked when Johann Lamont stood down suddenly, accusing colleagues in Westminster of treating Scotland like a "branch office".

Kezia Dugdale, MP for the Lothian region, was also elected as the party's deputy leader.

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Scottish Labour to announce new leader

Scottish Labour leadership candidates (left to right) of Sarah Boyack, Neil Findlay and Jim Murphy. Credit: PA

Scottish Labour will announce who its new leader is later today.

Former Scottish secretary Jim Murphy, Holyrood health spokesman Neil Finlay and former Scottish Executive minister Sarah Boyack are all vying to take on the job.

The leadership contest was sparked when Johann Lamont stood down suddenly, accusing colleagues in Westminster of treating Scotland like a "branch office".

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Mr Murphy, who played a high-profile role in the Better Together campaign, is the bookies' favourite to win.

However, Mr Findlay has attracted strong support from the trade unions.

Scottish Labour's new deputy leader will also be declared, with North Ayrshire and Arran MP Katy Clark and Lothian MSP Kezia Dugdale competing for the position.

Flooding and broken down trains cause travel misery

Flooding and broken down trains have meant more mid-winter misery for travellers with heavy early morning rain sweeping in.

Rail services in Wales and Scotland were affected by the poor weather, with the Met Office issuing a yellow "be aware" warning for today, and a high probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and some snow continuing until Sunday morning.

To add to commuters' difficulties, three Underground lines had severe rush-hour delays, while drivers in Scotland, North Wales and the North of England were warned to allow extra time for their journeys due to ice on the road.

10,000 remain without power after lightning strike

Around 10,000 people remain without power in Skye and the Western Isles following a lightning strike this morning.

Engineers have restored power supplies to around 17,000 homes, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution said, but it warned continued lightning strikes "mean further faults are likely".

"We hope to restore supplies to all customers by 1pm," a spokesman added.

Gritters out in force as wintry conditions hit the north

Gritters have already been out in Scotland and the north of England this morning as wintry conditions continue to cause problems on the road network.

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High waves and coastal flooding possible in Scotland

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has warned high waves and coastal flooding are still a possibility today.

Sepa wrote on Twitter:

Snow hits Scotland after weather bomb

Travel warnings have been issued after snow fell in Scotland severely hampering visibility.

Weather warnings remain in place across the UK after the country was hit by stormy conditions caused by a so-called "weather bomb".

The weather alerts for wind remain in place until 10am and cover Scotland, Northern Ireland, parts of Wales and northern England

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