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general election to be held on June eight. And

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Theresa May calls a snap general election saying divisions

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at Westminster over Brexit gave her no option.

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Our opponents believe because the Government's majority is so small

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that our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change

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course. They are wrong. This is big U-turn in recent political history.

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It's very clear that the Prime Minister's announcement today is one

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all about the narrow interests of her own party not the interests of

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the country overall. We'll be assessing the political

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implications for Scotland and we'll be finding out what voters

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here think as they go to the polls I didn't think I can be bothered

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with another election. She hasn't the full support of the whole

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country. That is what she needs. She's done a bit of time. It's time

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we got to choose again. Members of the Church of Scotland

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are to be asked to allow ministers Theresa May's plans for a general

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election in June will mean the Scottish electorate will have

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gone to the polls seven The Prime Minister says the snap

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election will give the country certainty and stability,

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the First Minister described it as Our political editor, Brian Taylor,

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assesses the announcement Downing Street, she said she

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wouldn't, now she will. I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet

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where we agreed that the Government should call a general election to be

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where we agreed that the Government held on the 8th June. Straight out

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of a meeting of Scotland's Cabinet, she says - bring it on. This is a

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big U-turn in recent political history. But it's very clear that

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the Prime Minister's announcement today is one all about the narrow

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interests of her own party, not the interests of the country overall.

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You know, clearly she sees the opportunity given the disarray in

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the ranks of the Labour Party to crush all opposition to her, to get

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rid of people that disagree with her and to give herself a free hand to

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take the country in the increasingly right-wing direction direction she

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wants to take it in. What about independence? SNP Cabinet ministers

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insist they already have a mandate for a referendum from Holyrood

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votes. At the last UK general election two years ago, the SNP won

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56 out of 59 seats? Scotland. Can they repeat that or slip back? I

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don't take any voters force granted nor should any other party. We are

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fit for this fight we are ready to go. We think we can put on seats

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across the country. There will be fewer SNP MPs after 8th June. That

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is what I will be working towards. Polls suggest Labour is struggling.

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They insist they are ready for the fight. Whilst it's obviously a

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surprise, it's a great opportunity. It's a chance to get Theresa May and

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the Tories out of office. The Labour Party has been on a election footing

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since last autumn. I will prepare to select candidates from this

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afternoon. We a huge gamble with the future of our country. It's an

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tuplet for us to put Britain at the heart of Europe, but also Scotland

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at the heart of the United Kingdom. This snap election looks like an

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opportunistic attempt by the Tory party to seize on the weakness of

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the Labour Party at UK level and simply secure themselves a stronger

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mandate for the hard right deregulation hard Brexit agenda that

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they've now allied themselves to. Politics in Scotland is seldom calm

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it has gathered added bite. Brian Taylor, reporting Scotland.

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Today's events will have taken all but one of Scotland's 59 MPs by

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surprise. We report on a day of drama at Westminster. A political

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period that has been a roller-coaster takes its most

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dramatic turns yet. The Prime Minister had pledged this wouldn't

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happen. Theresa May said she had changed her mind on a snap election

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reluctantly. Her case is ready. The PM argues only her party will make

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reluctantly. Her case is ready. The Brexit a success that her opponents

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will undermine it. In recent weeks, Labour have threatened to vote

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against the final agreement we reach Labour have threatened to vote

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with the European Union. The Liberal Democrats have said they want to

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grind the business of government to a standstill. The Scottish National

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Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals

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Britain's membership of the European Union. On the face of it, this

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election will be all about Brexit. Theresa May will portray her vision

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as one of stability versuses chaos with opposition parties. It will

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have massive implications for Scotland, not least on the

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independence question. While this announcement may have been a

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surprise, the political messages are well-prepared. The SNP can win right

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across Scotland. We did in the last election people didn't want an

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extreme Tory party governing our country. That will be a choice again

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with the SNP standing up for mainstream opinion in Scotland

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against a hard Brexit Tory party. Labour retained just one seat last

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time. Polls suggest this time could be even harder. We are always ready

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for an election when it comes to fighting the Conservative Party by

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trying to get a Labour government to put some of the issues in place that

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everybody in the country cares about. We said in 2015 this could be

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a dreadful Conservative government that would have a a divisive and

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unnecessary EU referendum. They brought that upon themselves. His

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party suffered in 2015 too, paying the price for coalition with the

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Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats are going into this election

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optimistic and confident. We are the only party that will stand up for

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Scotland's place in the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom's

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place in Europe. A political surprise of box office proportion.

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Theresa May I thinks she has an opportunity to increase her support

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in the Commons. It's a decision that will involve risks too. Another huge

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political choice for the country. David Porter is at

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Westminster for us tonight. David, the SNP group there meeting

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tonight to decide their stance on the vote in the Commons tomorrow,

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is there any suggestion Well, like all of us here at

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Westminster the SNP were caught on the hop this morning. Just after

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11.00am Theresa May came out of that famous black toor door at Ten

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Downing Street an announced she was going to have a snap election. Now

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the SNP are saying tonight that they are not going to stand in the way of

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an early election. That doesn't mean either that they will go out of

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their way to make it easy for Theresa May. The Westminster

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Assembly Group is meeting this evening and there is some

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speculation that they will decide to abstain in the Commons vote tomorrow

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to call that early general election. Now, that won't affect it, it won't

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mean that Theresa May will have a problem getting it through she has

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the support of the Labour Party as well as thes Conservatives on that

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one. There will be a general election on the 8th June. It means

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as well as all the other issues we are going to get in that general

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as well as all the other issues we election, the SNP will be very, very

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keen to concentrate on the constitutional question in Scotland

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and their wishes for a second Scottish independence referendum. At

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the end of the day, whoever is in charge in this it place behind me

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and the clout they have on a range of issues, very soon that choice

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will come down to the voters. Thank you very much, David.

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Political debate here in recent weeks has focussed on a second

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So how will today's announcement of a snap UK election affect that?

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Our political correspondent, Glenn Campbell, reports.

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It's five weeks since the First Minister called for another

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referendum on independence between autumn next year and spring 2019. A

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choice of whether to follow the UK to a hard Brexit or to become an

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independent country. The Prime Minister was quick to reject that

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idea. I say to the SNP, now is not the time. Since then, Nicola

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Sturgeon has written to Theresa May formally requesting the power to

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hold indy ref2. While she has been waiting for her official knockback

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from Number Ten she has been thinking about what else to do to

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make the Prime Minister change her mind. She was due to set out her

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thinking here soon. All of that has been overtaken by the announcement

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of an early general election and in that campaign, the question of

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independence is likely to be a big feature. The Conservatives will try

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to make it about independence in part because it seems to help them

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to try to shore up the vote for those who are opposed to

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independence, who want to save the United Kingdom. The SNP will want to

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ensure that the election assuming they do very well again, will give

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them the strength, the mandate, to push for another independence

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referendum on their time scale. But I don't think they will want to put

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the independence issue front and centre of their campaign. In 2015,

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the SNP had their best ever general election result, almost wiping out

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the opposition. The SNP's political opponents can hardly do worse, can

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they? Well, they only have really one seat a piece from the 2015

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result. They will be hoping that they can really gain momentum and

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knock a few seats off of the SNP. The Tories particularly pushing

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Labour back into third place in the Holyrood elections last year will

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fancy their chances. When you look at the SNP, they are still polling

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extremely well in Scotland. Still very popular. They will be hoping

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for another resounding majority. There are 50 days of campaigning to

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go, and as spring turns to summer, a new con text for the debate over

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Scotland's future. So opposition leaders have welcomed

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the Prime Minister's decision to go to the country,

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but what about the voters? Is there an appetite amongst

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the electorate for another election? Catriona Renton has

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been finding out. Since the spring of 2 it 014Scots

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have gone to the polls in the European elections, the Scottish

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independence referendum a UK general election and the Scottish Parliament

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elections as well as the referendum on the European Union. Next month

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there is the council elections and after that the next general

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election. So what do people around the country think about all this

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voting? I don't think I can be bothered with another election. I

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don't want an independence election. I don't want any more elections. I

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just want to live my life in peace. We didn't vote for her. I think it's

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maybe she's done a it about of time, and maybe it's time we got to choose

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again. I think it's awful. Because look at the cost to the country.

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She's in turmoil. I suppose she has no option. What's been going on with

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Brexit and what's been happening up here in Scotland, I think it was

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about high time she called for an election. I don't think she has the

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support she wanted. I think it's been a bit there, but she hasn't got

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the full support of the whole country. That's what she needs. Too

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many things on the go. There is all this independence, Brexit, we are so

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uncertain. I don't know why she is having one in June. I guess it's a

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bit weird that she would have a general election, but indy ref2. It

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seems odd. Let's take a more detailed

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look at the general It was a remarkable success

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for the Scottish National Party which took 56 of the 59 available

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seats in Scotland. Labour took only one seat,

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in the constituency So too the Conservatives,

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holding onto Dumfriesshire, for the Lib Dems, who held

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Orkney and Shetland. A quick look at the votes won

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by the major parties The SNP won almost 50% of the vote,

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Labour took almost 25%. Then came the Conservatives

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with nearly 15% and Joining me in the studio

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is political commentator, Theresa May wants this election to

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be about Brexit. In Scotland, can it be? The truth is, in Scotland as

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soon as you mention Brexit you mention the word indy ref2. It will

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be difficult to disentangle the two in the debate north of the border.

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The SNP argue that the kind of Brexit that Theresa May is seeking

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and for which is now in a sense seeking a mandate is not in

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Scotland's interests and they will want to say - therefore, Scotland

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should have a referendum. If you vote in this election for the SNP

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that will be a signal to the Prime Minister that Scotland doesn't want

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her Brexit. We will get arguments about Brexit and indy ref2 and they

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will become intertwined. How risky is this? The Prime Minister is way

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ahead in the opinion polls. Winning a majority is more difficult

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nowadays. Not least because neither the Conservatives or Labour can win

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a seat in Scotland. For the SNP there is only one way which is done.

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The polls suggest they should hold on to much of what they have. There

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could be a contest between the Tories and Lib Dems that caused them

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trouble. The Labour Party cannot look forward to this because of how

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they stand in the polls. The Liberal look forward to this because of how

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Democrats are defending so little. You canvas people's views? If this

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is an election about Brexit and indy ref2 and both the referendums on

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that subject drew voters to the polls in high numbers we will be

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surprised that voters think this is an election worth coming out for.

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Thank you. Members of the Church of Scotland

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are to be asked to permit ministers A report to be debated

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at the Kirk's General Assembly next month also says the Church should

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apologise to gay people for failing to recognise

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their Christian vocation. Our social affairs correspondent,

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Reevel Alderson, reports. Attitudes towards gay relationships

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have been changing in the Church of Scotland. Last year it's general

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assembly voted to allow ministers in a same-sex marriage to continue

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serving. Gay marriages are still outlawed in Church. That could

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change following publication of the report by the church's theological

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forum it says: And a senior leaders say they are

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proposing an apology to gay members of the church. What the General

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Assembly is being asked to do this here is acknowledge and apologise

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for some of the harsh things that have been on both sides of this

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debate over the last 20 or 30 years. I think the General Assembly are

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more ready to do that. In Aberdeen, Scott Rennie was the Kirk's first

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openly gay minister and he welcomes the apology to those hurt by the

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church's attitudes. I think it is really important that the church

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recognises that and recognises that the fair treatment of LGBT people is

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not just a society issue, it is actually about how the church treats

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its own members. But the remains opposition from traditionalists in

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the church opposed to same-sex relationships which they see as

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contrary to but the core teachings. We do not bless that which is wrong.

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And that has got to be key in terms of the gospel if we are providing

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hope for people, hope for transformation and forgiveness for

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their wrong is, of being different from what the world has done, then

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we have to be able to stand up for that right in Christ Jesus. The Kirk

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will seek protection from equality laws and prosecution for any

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minister refusing to carry out same-sex services.

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As news of the general election filtered through, Scottish Labour

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was launching its local election campaign in Edinburgh.

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Their leader, Kezia Dugdale, admitted the polls were very

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"challenging" for her party, but said she hoped voters

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would elect Labour councillors as "local champions."

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Our political correspondent, Andrew Kerr, was there.

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The room was buzzing with anticipation. Unfortunately for

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Labour, it wasn't because of the local election launch. Everyone was

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waiting to hear the news from Westminster. The Labour leader

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referred to it as the event got underway. I think we have made a

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fine adjustment to today's order. Kezia Dugdale warns people away from

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voting SNP saying that Scots were sick to the back teeth at the

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prospect of a second independence referendum. She said that the

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Conservatives were itching to make cuts, a point her deputy picked up

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on. Public services across Scotland under pressure. It is Labour

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councils that will defend those public services, fighting for

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investment in public services and education in health and social. The

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party faces a challenge at this election with polls suggesting

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another electoral setback. But they have been spelling out the action

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that the councillors would take, promising social care packages would

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be in place within a week. There is a pledge to build 45,000 new homes

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for rent. And they want to abolish council tax and replace it with what

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they call a fairer property tax. But with the news from Westminster today

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and the possibility of labour are being squeezed as perhaps prounion

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supporters opt for the Conservatives, is the party worried?

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It is important we remember that these are local council elections so

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it is fundamentally about local public services, who is in charge of

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your schools and the local community's fabric, and I'm asking

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your schools and the local people to consider voting for a

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local champion, Labour councillor to stand up for the local community and

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against the SNP and Tory cuts. So at the launch of Labour's campaign,

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they admit that the polls are challenging but they do admit that

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they are fighting for every vote. Another very hectic time in Scottish

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politics. The death of a severely disabled

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woman in a bath at her home was a "preventable" accident,

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a sheriff has concluded. Fifty year old Margaret Gilchrist

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died at her home in Glasgow in 2013 after being scolded on up to 90%

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of her body. A fatal accident inquiry found

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that her death could have been avoided if a carer had not left

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the hot tap running and had checked Sheriff Lindsay Wood said carer

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Mary Cameron had made Let's get a look at the weather

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forecast. Christopher is here. Good evening. There was some sunshine

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around today, a lovely picture from one of our weather watchers taken

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late morning. A few hours later, down the road in Dundee, the cloud

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had rolled in and that cloud across the country tonight, bringing with

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it some light rain. This is a weak weather front edging south and east

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across the country. A few spots here and there but predominantly dry. And

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milder than last night. Temperatures in towns and cities between five and

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seven Celsius, with perhaps the odd spot of generally cloudy conditions.

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Starting cloudy for most of us with health fog towards Argyll and also

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some sunshine. In the sun, extending south and east across the country

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through the course of the day. Brightening up for all of us.

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Mid-afternoon, it will be dry and bright across the mainland with

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temperatures up a notch. Perhaps higher in the north-east. You will

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notice around the West Coast, from Argyll up to the north-west,

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outbreaks of rain at this point. But further east, it is dry and bright

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and the wind will be generally light further east, it is dry and bright

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from the south. A pleasant afternoon for most of us. Heading through the

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rest of the afternoon and into the evening and overnight, again largely

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cloudy and dry with spots of rain edging eastwards. And as we look

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ahead towards Wednesday night and into Thursday, you will see that

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while we have high pressure nearby, around the north of that high, some

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outbreaks of brain and heavier rain across the far north later on. But

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again, for most of us on Thursday, fairly cloudy and reasonably dry

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with a few spots of rain. There is the heavy rain in the far north. And

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warming up, with temperatures in the mid teens. It will not last because

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as we head into Friday and the weekend, high pressure nearby, and

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we are dragging in cold northerly winds. Temperatures will --

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temperatures will take a tumble as we head towards Friday. The

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conditions lasting into the weekend. Thank you, Christopher.

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Lets go back to tonight's top story and that looming general election.

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Our political editor Brian Taylor joins us for a final word.

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Brian, in UK terms Theresa May has been accused of opportunism. How

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opportunistic is it as far as Scotland is concerned? In UK terms

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it is the most convincing argument produced for this election, that's

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Theresa May is seeing an opportunity to exploit the weakness of the

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Labour Party, and build prospects for the Tories, also securing a

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larger majority, enabling her to get Brexit plans more easily through the

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Commons and inviting the Lords to follow suit. In terms of Scotland,

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it is intriguing that Nicola Sturgeon is stressing that she sees

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this as standing against the hard right position of the Tory Party,

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not directly on the independence question. That means that this is

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not a referendum on independence, or primarily a referendum upon a

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referendum, which in Scottish politics, is rarely pure and never

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simple. It is certainly going to be busy. Thank you for that update.

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There is more coverage on the news channel and online.

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Our next main bulletin will be just after the Ten O'Clock News.

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Until then, from everyone on the team, have a good evening.

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