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Good morning from Press Association Scotland. Here is our main schedule for Saturday March 22.

SCOTLAND Labour: Labour leader Johann Lamont will today accuse Alex Salmond's Scottish Government of betraying social justice and all that "Scotland stands for".

POLITICS Labour: Bill Shankly's maxim that football is more important than "a matter of life and death" has come true in Qatar where workers building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup "suffer squalid conditions and excessive hours", according to Labour's shadow international development secretary.

SCOTLAND Devolution: Almost 40% of people want UK political parties to jointly agree their proposals for the future of Scottish devolution before the independence referendum.

MONEY Vouchers: Britons save nearly £750 a year by taking advantage of rewards points, vouchers and special offers, according to research.

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Covering Labour conference in Perth.

Press Association Scotland provisional news diary for the weekend.

Saturday March 22:

0930 PERTH: Scottish Labour Party conference. Morning session includes contributions from shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander, David Martin MEP, Catherine Stihler MEP and shadow international development secretary Jim Murphy. Afternoon session will feature Scottish leader Johann Lamont, health spokesman Neil Findlay and social justice spokeswoman Jackie Baillie. Perth Concert Hall. Labour press office 0131 348 5137.

1000 NEW LANARK: Start of peregrine season. Activities are taking place throughout the day, including the opening of a new self-guided peregrine trail at 1130. Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre, ML11 9DB. Ryan Gavan 07795 608264.

1130 GLASGOW: Anti-racism march. The march and rally is organised by Unite Against Facism and is one of several being held in the UK to mark UN Anti-Racism Day. George Square. UAF 0208 971 7426.

1230 PERTH: Labour conference fringe debate organised by The Law Society of Scotland. Shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran, former first minister Henry McLeish and Labour for Independence leader Allan Grogan will discuss whether the party is successfully engaging with the public ahead of the independence referendum. MacGregor Suite, Royal George Hotel. Val McEwan 07825 206468.

1300 EDINBURGH: Fly Kites Not Drones event. Dozens of people will fly kites as part of UK-wide action against drone flights to show solidarity with Afghanistan. Kites are traditionally flown in Afghanistan to mark new year, which this year fell on March 21. Meadows Pavilion, The Meadows. 07584 492257.

Sunday March 23:

0930 EDINBURGH: Up to 3,000 people are set to run, jog, walk, skip or hop round a one-mile circuit of West Princes Street Gardens for the Edinburgh Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile 2014. With perfomances by the Edinburgh Samba School. Ross Theatre, West Princes Street Gardens. Paddy Cuthbert 07968 699636.

1000 PERTH: Scottish Labour Party conference. Morning session includes speeches from Cosla president David O'Neill, education spokeswoman Kezia Dugdale and culture spokeswoman Patricia Ferguson. Afternoon session will feature a question and answer session on Scotland's priorities with Labour leader Johann Lamont, deputy leader Anas Sarwar and shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran, and a speech by Mr Sarwar. Perth Concert Hall. Labour press office 0131 3485137.

1300 ABERDEEN: Aberdeen FC open-top bus parade with League Cup. Players and staff, plus the trophy, will be on board the bus as it makes its way from Albyn Place and along Union Street, to arrive outside the Town House at approximately 1350. A civic reception hosted by the Lord Provost will follow. Stella Evans 01224 522072 / 07834198818.

Reporter: Paul Ward

0845 830 6725


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