2007 in Scotland

Events from the year 2007 in Scotland.

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  2. ^ Nicoll, Ruaridh (18 February 2007). "Ruaridh Nicoll: Small parties are great - if you enjoy political chaos". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  3. ^ "'Hero' driver saddened at death". BBC News. 2007-02-27. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  4. ^ "New Cathedral Church for Galloway". Galloway Diocese News (Advent 2007): 1, 3. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  5. ^ "Rail union announces new strikes". BBC News. 9 March 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
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  8. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2006/07 - History - Espanyol-Sevilla". Uefa.com. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Brown is UK's new prime minister". BBC News. 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
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  15. ^ "Top award caps historic year for SNP". The Herald. Glasgow. 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  16. ^ "Salmond 'is top parliamentarian'". BBC News. 2007-11-15.
  17. ^ "St Andrew's Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Act 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  18. ^ Lindsay, Clive (2007-12-30). "Phil O'Donnell: 1972-2007". BBC. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
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  20. ^ Barker, Dennis (9 January 2007). "Obituary: Magnus Magnusson". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  21. ^ Gillman, Peter and Leni (13 July 2008). "Harry Horse: The man who loved his wife to death". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  22. ^ Billington, Michael (10 February 2007). "Obituary: Ian Richardson". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  23. ^ "Colin McRae". The Independent. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  24. ^ Baxter, Brian (18 October 2007). "Obituary: Deborah Kerr". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  25. ^ Murray, Ewan (1 January 2008). "Obituary: Phil O'Donnell". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
2007 Glasgow Airport attack

The 2007 Glasgow Airport attack was a terrorist ramming attack which occurred on 30 June 2007, at 15:11 BST, when a dark green Jeep Cherokee loaded with propane canisters was driven at the glass doors of the Glasgow Airport terminal and set ablaze. It was the first terrorist attack to take place in Scotland since the Lockerbie bombing in 1988. The attack took place three days after the appointment of Scottish MP Gordon Brown as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, but Downing Street dismissed suggestions of a connection. A close link was quickly established to the 2007 London car bombs the previous day. Although the doors were damaged, security bollards outside the entrance stopped the car from entering the terminal, where there were 4,000 people, with the potential for many fatalities.The car's driver was severely burnt in the ensuing fire, and five members of the public were injured, none seriously. Some injuries were sustained by those assisting the police in detaining the occupants.

Both of the car's occupants were apprehended at the scene, and all those injured were taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in nearby Paisley. Within three days, Scotland Yard had confirmed that eight people had been taken into custody in connection with this incident and that in London.Police identified the two men as Bilal Abdullah, a British-born, Muslim doctor of Iraqi descent working at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and Kafeel Ahmed, also known as Khalid Ahmed, an engineer and the driver, who was treated for fatal burns at the same hospital. The newspaper The Australian alleged that a suicide note indicated that the two had intended to die in the attack. Kafeel Ahmed died from his injuries on 2 August. Bilal Abdullah was later found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 32 years.

2007 Scottish Parliament election

The 2007 Scottish Parliament election was held on Thursday 3 May 2007 to elect members to the Scottish Parliament. It was the third general election to the devolved Scottish Parliament since it was created in 1999. Local elections in Scotland fell on the same day.

The Scottish National Party emerged as the largest party with 47 seats, closely followed by the incumbent Scottish Labour Party with 46 seats. The Scottish Conservatives won 17 seats, the Scottish Liberal Democrats 16 seats, the Scottish Green Party 2 seats and one Independent (Margo MacDonald) was also elected. The SNP initially approached the Lib Dems for a coalition government, but the Lib Dems turned them down. Ultimately, the Greens agreed to provide the numbers to vote in an SNP minority government, with SNP leader Alex Salmond as First Minister.The Scottish Socialist Party and the Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party, which won seats in the 2003 election, lost all of their seats. Former MSP Tommy Sheridan's new party, Solidarity, also failed to win any seats. Campbell Martin and Dr Jean Turner both lost their seats, and Dennis Canavan and Brian Monteith retired.

2007 Scottish local elections

The Scottish local elections, 2007 were held on 3 May 2007, the same day as Scottish Parliament elections and local elections in parts of England. All 32 Scottish councils had all their seats up for election – all Scottish councils are unitary authorities.

2007 in Scottish television

This is a list of events in Scottish television from 2007.

Antonine Centre

The Antonine Centre is a shopping centre in the Scottish New Town of Cumbernauld. The centre has 350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2) of retail space including a 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) Tesco Extra (in a separate building to the main centre, attached by walkways) and a 43,000 sq ft (4,000 m2) Dunnes Which Closed in 2018. The centre was expected to open sometime in May 2007, but instead opened on 6 June 2007, following delays caused by planning disputed over the pedestrian walkways connecting the complex to existing buildings.


BrewDog is a multinational brewery and pub chain based in Ellon, Scotland.

Choosing Scotland's Future

Choosing Scotland's Future was a consultation document published on 14 August 2007, by the Scottish Government.

As a tagline, it used Parnell's:

No man has a right to fix the boundary of the march of a nation; no man has a right to say to his country, “Thus far shalt thou go and no further”.

Council of Economic Advisers (Scotland)

The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) in Scotland is a group of economists and captains of industry who advise the Scottish Government. It was established in 2007, meeting for the first time on 21 September.

Minutes of its quarterly meetings will be published a fortnight after each meeting. It is intended that the council will publish an annual report on the condition of the Scottish economy.

Finding Merlin

Finding Merlin: The Truth Behind The Legend is a 2007 book by Scottish advocate Adam Ardrey, in which he puts forward the theory that Merlin was a Scottish druid, politician and scholar. The book claims that Merlin was born in 540 CE in Cadzow (Hamilton), and died circa 618 in Drumelzier, near Dunipace. The book also states that one of Merlin's main antagonists was Saint Mungo.

Green Flag Award

The Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for publicly accessible parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom. The scheme was set up in 1996 to recognise and reward green spaces in England and Wales that met the laid down high standards.

It is also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve the same high environmental standards, creating a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas. Any free to enter public park or green space is eligible to apply for an Award. Privately owned but publicly accessible parks have received awards such as Chavasse Park (Liverpool One) and Rutland Water (Anglian Water services Ltd).

The scheme is owned by the government through the Department for Communities and Local Government, though it is managed by other agents under contract. A pilot scheme was started in 2007, in Scotland, and three parks were given awards that year. Both primary and secondary schools may be awarded the Green Flag in recognition of steps taken towards making the school increasingly eco-friendly.

Meanwhile, the award goes to other countries too for example to Germany (Erholungspark Marzahn and others).

Parks and green spaces are judged in April and May each year and the winners are announced in July. Parks must apply each year to keep their Green Flag Award, and winning sites are eligible to fly a Green Flag in the park for a year. Sites for a Green Flag Award are judged against eight key criteria:

A welcoming place

Healthy, safe and secure

Clean and well maintained


Conservation and heritage

Community involvement



Hallam Foe

Hallam Foe is a 2007 British drama film directed by David Mackenzie based on the novel written by Peter Jinks. The film was released in the United States as Mister Foe. The screenplay was written by Ed Whitmore and David Mackenzie and produced by Gillian Berrie.

Hallam Foe premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on 16 February 2007 and competed for the Golden Bear for Best Motion Picture. The film won the Silver Bear for Best Music.The film was released in the UK on 31 August 2007 and in the US on 5 September 2008.

Highland 2007

Highland 2007 was a year-long celebration of Highland culture which took place from January until December 2007. It involved local communities throughout the Scottish Highlands and Islands as well as people across Scotland, the UK and beyond.

List of Statutory Instruments of Scotland, 2007

This is an incomplete list of Scottish Statutory Instruments in 2007.

National Conversation

The National Conversation was the name given to the Scottish Government's public consultation exercise regarding possible future changes in the power of the devolved Scottish Parliament and the possibility of Scottish independence, a policy objective of the Scottish National Party, who at the time were the minority government with power over devolved affairs in Scotland, as the Scottish Government. It culminated in a multi-option white paper for a proposed Referendum (Scotland) Bill, 2010.

Opinion polling for the 2007 Scottish Parliament election

The first figure for each party is for the 1st, first-past-the-post, constituency, vote; the second figure is for the 2nd, proportional representation, regional, vote. The Scottish Green Party and the Scottish Socialist Party ran only one constituency candidate each in the 2007 election - Greens in Glasgow Kelvin, SSP in Paisley North - so constituency values in polls for those parties have little meaning.

ICM, Ipsos MORI, Populus, YouGov and TNS System Three (a subsidiary of Taylor Nelson Sofres) are all members of the British Polling Council (BPC), and therefore fully disclose the methodology used, and publish tables of the detailed statistical findings. Scottish Opinion (a brand of Progressive Partnership) and mruk are not BPC members.

The Scotsman stated that the findings of their April 3 poll would produce a seat distribution as follows: SNP 44 MSPs (+17), Labour 39 MSPs (-11), Liberal Democrats 24 MSPs (+7), Conservative 15 MSPs (-3).

The Sunday Times (12 January) stated that the findings of their poll would produce a seat distribution as follows: Labour 42 MSPs (-8), SNP 38 MSPs (+11), Liberal Democrats 19 MSPs (+2), Conservative 17 MSPs (-1), Scottish Greens 9 MSPs (+2), others 4 MSPs (-6).

Scottish Voice

Scottish Voice (provisionally named the Scottish Democrats) was a Scottish centre-right political party, launched in February 2007 by Archie Stirling, a wealthy businessman and landowner. The party headquarters were at Craigarnhall, by the town of Bridge of Allan, in the historical parish of Lecropt.

Although Stirling personally is a Unionist, in a statement he said "The position of Scotland within the union is not central to this movement." Many of the new party's supporters were formerly in the Scottish Conservatives, but have found themselves in disagreement with it, particularly after its massive decline in Scottish politics in the 1980s and 1990s.

At the beginning of April The Scotsman website reported an opinion poll which suggested 21 per cent of voters could cast their regional vote for Scottish Voice. If this support had held until the Scottish Parliament election in May they could have secured a regional list seat. Other news suggested that the Scottish Voice campaign was failing despite importing election agents from Canada to support it.Polling information published on the eve of the election by The Scotsman suggested there was considerably less support for Scottish Voice than the earlier quoted opinion poll. No minor parties, other than the Scottish Green Party were returned in the election, and Scottish Voice failed to win any seats.

Scottish Voice received a total of 8,782 votes across the whole of Scotland and this resulted in no Scottish Voice MSPs being elected. The Scotsman reported on 31 August 2007 that figures published by the Electoral Commission revealed Scottish Voice spent £184,920 on its campaign for the Scottish elections that year. This is equivalent of £21.06 for every vote. This made it the most expensive party per vote generated.In April 2012, Stirling announced that he was winding-up the party.

T in the Park 2007

The 2007 festival took place on the 6, 7 and 8 July 2007. The event was the first time the festival had been held over three days. The new Friday evening which included Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys and The Coral was only available to 50,000 people who purchased weekend and camping tickets which gave access to the festival arena.

The Charming Quirks of Others

The Charming Quirks of Others is the seventh book in The Sunday Philosophy Club Series by Alexander McCall Smith.

World's End Murders

The World's End Murders is the colloquial name given to the murder of two teenage girls, Christine Eadie, 17, and Helen Scott, 17, in Edinburgh, in October 1977. The case is so named because both victims were last seen alive leaving The World's End pub in Edinburgh's Old Town. The only person to stand trial accused of the murders, Angus Sinclair, was acquitted in 2007 in controversial circumstances. Following the amendment of the law of double jeopardy, which would have prevented his retrial, Sinclair was re-tried in October 2014 and convicted of both murders on 14 November 2014. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 37 years, the longest sentence by a Scottish court, meaning he would be 106 years old when he was eligible for a potential release on parole. He died in HM Prison Glenochil at the age of 73, on 11 March 2019, coincidentally on the same day the BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow programme profiled the murders.

In addition to Eadie and Scott, Sinclair also pleaded guilty to culpable homicide of his eight-year-old neighbour Catherine Reehill in Glasgow in 1961, when he was sixteen, and was given another life sentence in 2001 for the 1978 murder of 17-year-old Mary Gallacher on a footpath in Glasgow. He is believed to have also killed four other women between 1977 and 1978, all within a seven-month period of the murders of Eadie and Scott.

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