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Tonight on Reporting Scotland: with a week to go until the election,


education and child poverty top the campaign agenda.


Edinburgh University apologises after sending final year students


an email which implied they'd failed their final exams.


Immediately I panicked thinking that I must have failed something,


something has gone wrong and I'm not going to be able to graduate.


The prosecution in the Craig Whyte trial asks the jury to convict


the former Rangers owner of acquiring the club by fraud.


Concerns about the safety of tram tracks in Edinburgh


And Andy Murray battles through to the third


With exactly one week to go until the election,


political leaders have been arguing about the future for


The issue was raised on the campaign trail this afternoon and earlier


at Holyrood during questions to the First Minister.


This from our political editor Brian Taylor.


The new broom at Holyrood, or at least a little fresh paint. But


inside, the battle lines are fixed and familiar. Nicola Sturgeon isn't


personally up for election in this Westminster contest, but her record


in devolved government is up for scrutiny. And Ruth Davidson said


that an teacher recruitment, that record was poor. First of all they


had too many trainees, with the consequence that they ended up on


the dole and not in the classrooms, and then they cut it so drastically


that we don't have enough teachers. Does this sound like the record of a


competent government? Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland schools'


record was better than elsewhere in the UK, and she warned that a UK


Tory victory would have a devastating impact on Scotland's


children. We need to make sure that over the next seven days we don't


end up with another Westminster government that is taking action and


making cuts that are likely push an additional 1 million children across


the UK into poverty. All the opposition leaders accused her of


neglecting her job in pursuit of independence, she said it was her


rivals who are obsessed with the constitution. And one SNP candidate


has gone further. George Kerrigan placed an ad in his local paper


insisted the UK election is not about independence but about a


strong Scottish voice. Labour said that is desperation. Labour's topic


was hell. They paraded a hospital bed sheet signed by petitioners


worried about health care. Again, the First Minister said Scotland's


record was better than Labour in Wales. Deftly binding a bouquet of


Labour red roses, Kezia Dugdale agreed these elections are about


choice. We have seen an increase of 40,000 children in Scotland living


in poverty. That is a scandal and it should shame both the SNP and the


Tories. Willie Rennie sets off on a flying Finnish tour of key


Westminster seats with the Holyrood offer. Liberal Democrats want to put


a modest penny on income tax to give children of all backgrounds the


chance to succeed in life. And the Tories publish a pledge card with


support for the union number one. And Nicola Sturgeon meets voters of


the future, while urging their elders to back her party. At


Holyrood, the leaders join together to back a cancer charity, but for


the next week, their political differences will be on display as


they seek your votes. And Brian Taylor joins me


now from Edinburgh. With a week to go to the election,


how are the parties standing Brian? Politics is rarely pure and never


simple, and perhaps in this curious but intriguing election, we can


detect three levels. You have the UK contest primarily driven by Brexit,


that was the cause given good other prime ministers are calling the


election. You have the suggestions of Labour narrowing the Conservative


lead in some polls, others suggesting the lead is still


relatively comfortable, which would mean a decent majority, but the real


intriguing fight in which of course Scotland is involved, and then you


have the battle in Scotland, the battle that is perhaps dominated by


the SNP because they are defending 56 out of 59 seats, basic


arithmetic, and within that you have such polls as there have been


suggesting the SNP is still pretty far in the lead with the Tories and


the Labour Party fighting for second place. But then you have the third


election, the third type of election, where individual


candidates meet individual constituents in individual seats to


win their individual votes which accumulate into victory and


ultimately a UK Government, and it is those close encounters of the


third kind which will determine this election. Brian Taylor, thank you


bro much. Tax has been a battleground issue


in this general election campaign. The Scottish Conservatives


have repeatedly claimed that under SNP policies,


Scotland has become "the highest But the SNP contend that income tax


alone doesn't represent the whole Laura Maceever has run the issue


through a reality check. From April, the UK Government raised


the threshold for those paying a 40p rate of income tax to ?45,000. The


Conservatives at Westminster aim to raise it to ?50,000 by 2020/21, but


Scottish finance secretary, Derek Mackay, using new powers devolved to


Holyrood, froze that threshold at ?43,000. As a result, in the current


year, more than 370,000 Scots who are in this bracket pay more tax


than those earning the same amount south of the border. For those


earning ?45,000, the differences about ?400. However, while some pay


more income tax, after a succession of freezes, most people in Scotland


Payless council tax than those in England. The average band D property


in Scotland pays less than the average in England, the difference


is about ?429. The Scottish Government recently raised the


higher bands, capital E to capital a H, but the average bill for each


band is still lower in Scotland, on average ?371 cheaper than in


England. So the reality check verdict, around 370,000 pay more


income tax than those earning the same amount south of the border,


however council tax is generally lower in Scotland. The SNP also say


that Scotland has a more generous benefits system, including free


prescriptions, free personal care for the elderly and free university


tuition. All of the parties' tax plans are available on the BBC News


website. Edinburgh University has apologised


unreservedly to hundreds of students who got an e-mail which implied


they'd failed their final exams. The e-mail, sent to them just


after midnight last night, told them they wouldn't be able


to graduate next month. The university is now trying to find


out what went wrong. Our education correspondent


Jamie McIvor is at Edinburgh This is an anxious enough time for


students who have just set their final exams. The exam papers are


being marked just now, students should know in the next few weeks


whether or not they have passed or failed, and if they have passed,


what class of degree they will be getting. But some students here had


a sleepless night worrying that they had failed. For a university which


prides itself on its international reputation, this affair is hugely


embarrassing, but for many students, it was simply hugely worrying, even


distressing. Calum MacLeod to become a teacher, but before he starts his


teacher he'll need to get a good degree.


Just after midnight, he got a disturbing e-mail. I panicked,


thinking that I must have failed something, something has gone wrong,


and I am not going to be able to graduate, so I logged into the same


university portal which had the same message saying I couldn't graduate


this summer and that I wouldn't be able to go to the ceremony and if


this was wrong, to get in touch, but with it being during the night, I


couldn't get in touch with anyone in the university right away. This is


the e-mail sent to him and it is thought hundreds of students. It was


headed graduation ceremony cancelled, no award, and it told the


students they were not expected to complete studies until later in the


year. The university is blaming a system error. Student leaders want


assurances this error won't be repeated. Hundreds of students were


immensely stressed last night because they found out about the


news through social media and couldn't contact anybody at the


University and thought they would be unable to graduate. In going


forward, the university has to make sure nothing like this ever happens


again. The university has apologised unreservedly, but didn't want to do


any interviews today. It sent students another e-mail at 9:30am


reassuring them that no graduation ceremonies had been cancelled and


saying they would get the exam result as scheduled within the next


few weeks. The university is still trying to work out exactly what it


was which went wrong, but this was clearly a very serious mistake even


if there may well be an innocent enough explanation for it. Thank you


very much. A jury has been asked to convict


former Rangers owner Craig Whyte of acquiring the club by fraud


in May 2011. Summing up the prosecution case,


Alex Prentice QC told the High Court in Glasgow that Mr Whyte took over


the football club using money From the High Court in Glasgow,


Andrew Black reports. With evidence concluded in this


trial, prosecutor Alex printed QC told the jury that despite its


apparent public is, the Crown's case was relatively simple. Craig Whyte


did not have the money for his takeover of Rangers. In his closing


speech, he said the Crown says Mr White through his company bought the


football club without a single penny of his own, and used money that he


was not entitled to. The trial heard previous Rangers owner Sir David


Murray sold his majority shareholding in the club to Mr Whyte


for ?1. The deal also required Mr Whyte to take an ?80 million of bank


that and put ?5 million into the playing squad. It's alleged Mr Whyte


try to conceal that he helped fund the takeover through an agreement


over season tickets. Alex Prentice told the jury that this case was not


about public inquiry into how Rangers was run at a corporate


level, it was a case about whether a crime had been committed and whether


Mr Whyte was responsible. Mr 20s said the answer to both those


questions was yes. Donald Findlay, QC, representing Mr Whyte, will make


his closing remarks to the jury tomorrow. Mr Whyte denies acquiring


Rangers by fraud in 2011. He denies a second charge under the companies


act. 90 jobs are to go at the oil


giant Shell's North Sea Staff were told about


the redundancies at Shell says the decision allows them


to maintain competitiveness and ensure the long-term


sustainability of their The jobs will go by


the end of the year. The Transport Minister is to meet


safety campaigners after the death The woman was hit by a minibus


after her bike became Edinburgh Council is already facing


dozens of compensation claims from cyclists who say they've been


injured in accidents This is one of Edinburgh's easiest


junctions at the West End of Princes Street, and it was here during


yesterday's morning rush hour that the cyclist's bike got caught up in


the tram tracks, causing her to topple over into the pathway of an


oncoming tour bus. The 24 you rolled was taken to Edinburgh Royal


Infirmary, but police later confirmed that she had died of as a


result of her injuries. This lawyer represents 141 cyclist who claim


they have been hurt after falling on Edinburgh's tram tracks, and he


warned more than two years ago that it was a death waiting to happen.


The response of the council to the network and the complaints made


about it has been characterised as one of bloody minded arrogance, and


complete and utter indifference to the safety of others. Before the


trams were even on the tracks, they were warned about the dangers, they


were told it was unsafe and people would be injured. They were told


that we all feared somebody may eventually die. That is exactly what


has happened. Cameras show the kinds of hazards faced by the capital's


cyclists. We've now done about 29 operations around the body, a lot of


upper limb, clavicle, wrist, elbow, but lower limb injuries, we have had


a skull fracture and broken hips. Of these injuries have caused suffering


and disability of time off work for people that are just going to work.


Cyclists raised their concerns before the trams were even


introduced, and they say the council could be doing more to reduce


accidents. On the junctions you could put in separation so you have


separate lights that only the cyclists would be going through


rather than motor vehicle is at the same time, so they can clear the


area where the tram tracks are, or you could have a separate lane going


along Princes Street which would make more sense, you wouldn't have


to mix in with cars and buses and the tram as well. Edinburgh City


Council say they have gone to every effort to raise awareness about the


impact of the trams on road users, and they say road markings have been


introduced to direct cyclists along safe routes. But it will now be for


the courts to decide if that's been enough. Graham Stewart, Reporting


Scotland, Edinburgh. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. A reminder of tonight's


top story: With a week to go until the election,


education and child poverty top And still to come: Limbering up


for the British and Irish Lions Three Scots will start


in the first match. Back to the election now,


and the latest in our Today it's Scotland's


most northerly seat, The seat was held by


Alistair Carmichael in 2015 for the Liberal Democrats by just


817 votes in a close Stretching from Orkney to Shetland,


it's Scotland's most northerly constituency. Machine farming and


oil are the mainstays of the economy. For nearly 70 years, voters


have been sending liberals to Westminster, but as the political


tide turning in the Northern Isles? We've got pretty good quality


education here. Liberal Democrat candidate Alistair Carmichael is


campaigning hard to retain the seat. Alistair Carmichael is duly elected


as the member of Parliament for the Orkney and Shetland constituency. He


held it in 2015 with a vastly reduced majority of 817 votes. But


he was in choppy waters after the result. It was revealed he had


backed the leaking of a document which suggested Nicola Sturgeon


wanted David Cameron to be Prime Minister, a claim she denied. He


faced calls to resign, and was taken to an election court by campaigners.


Judges say he told a lie about what he knew about the memo in a TV


interview, but ruled he hadn't committed an electoral offence. To


be in politics is to be judged, I have always known and accepted that,


and that is the judgment people will make on the 8th of June, but people


here are fair-minded, they will judge me not just on one incident


but the 16 years of service I have given, the things I have achieved,


the people I have helped in these communities. Mickey waves is the SNP


candidate, 26 you rolled Miriam Brett. Joining her is prominent


party candidate Murray Black. The SNP offer something different at a


Westminster level, whether that is our opposition to posterity, our


opposition to ?180 billion being squandered on nuclear weapons or our


opposition to apparent policy such as the bedroom tax. Labour and Tory


party fortunes in the Northern Isles have ebbed and flowed down the


years. We will honour the decision made in the referendum, we will


stand up to the plans for another independence referendum and we will


make sure there is a strong voice in Westminster. So we can vote in a


Labour Party for the many, not the few, and in places like Orkney and


Shetland, they will support people like our fishermen and


agriculturalists to make our lives the best that they can be. At


catching votes again is fisherman Robert Smith. Standing free Ukip,


he's looking to convince the electorate that his party is still


relevant post Brexit. It's going to be a bunfight between


the Liberals and the SNP probably but we need a big UK wide vote to


put pressure on Theresa May to get this negotiating done properly. One


man who wants to take the helm and the Orkney and Shetland told her own


independence is Stuart Hill. And campaigning to take back Orkney and


Shetland's already existing sovereignty and independence. It


doesn't exist with the UK, it is ours and belongs to the people of


Shetland and Orkney. Voters will decide which side to cast their


vote, opting to stay liberal or turn the political tide and vote SNP.


Sport now, and Andy Murray is safely through to the third


But the world number one was made to work very hard for his four-set


victory over Slovakia's Martin Klizan.


Watching courtside in Paris was Kheredine Idessane.


Selfies in the sun for some, hats for the heat for others, someone had


even been reading up on Scotland's world number one, in preparation for


the arrival of Andy Murray on the Susan Long long court. The usual


exercises for his recovering elbow but a sluggish start was compounded


by an early break of serve. Could he somehow spark himself into life?


Flashes of inspiration helped him recover the break of serve.


But while he was error-prone in the tie-break, Klizan was cynical. --


clinical. And then the fretful and grumpy Andy Murray turned into the


calmer and more focused one with immediate results. The scrapper is


scrapping. The top seed broke ties and easily levelled the match at


1-1. It was much the same in the third set as he looked more like


himself and eased further ahead. But the fourth set mirrored the first


from a 5-2 down to level things up from a 5-2 down to level things up


-- Murray. And if you're going to win, do it in style.


What a shot! Victory, yes, but far from vintage Andy Murray who knows


he will have to improve for the third round on Saturday which is a


rerun of last year's Olympic final against Argentina's Juan Martin Del


Potro. All three Scots in the British


and Irish lions squad are in the starting 15 for the first


match of their tour of New Zealand. Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour


and Greig Laidlaw will all line up against the Provincial Barbarians


on Saturday. As David Currie reports, it's


a chance to improve their prospects of facing the world champion


All Blacks later this month. Not quite ready to roar, the Lions


limbering up in New Zealand. Stuart Hogg one of eight Scottish trio


playing in the opening match of the tour but don't read too much into


the line-up. The head coach begin play is partly based on attendance


at pre-tour training. -- picking players. We had 14 players in Wales


for the first week and 13 of them are involved in the first game and


the players who came in for the second week in Dublin, the players


who have been involved in the first two weeks of camp are primarily the


ones who are in the 23 involved in the first game. There are six games


before the first of three Test matches against the world champions,


New Zealand, and competition for places against the All Blacks will


be fierce. The Scots have an early chance to stake their claims. It is


a great opportunity for the players who have been selected for the first


match to go out and lay down a marker and I think for everyone, the


dream is to be involved in the Test matches. Tommy Seymour! Tommy


Seymour could have a real chance because George North's injury record


is not the best and there might be an opportunity and Stuart Hogg just


had to do what he has been doing and he hopefully it will be nailed on


and with three scrum halves Greig Laidlaw as a good chance of getting


capped at some point but for anybody to be capped is such a huge thing.


The lions have already come face-to-face with a few New


Zealanders on this tour. Some have gone head-to-head. Stuart Hogg even


got involved in some sort of seeing off. For the Scots in the party, the


real action starts on Saturday. After Reporting Scotland,


Glenn Campbell's here with another Ask The Leader,


and whose turn is it tonight, Glenn? All this week we're putting


Scotland's political leaders on the spot and tonight the Scottish


Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, will face questions from our studio


audience here in Glasgow as Ask The Leader is live on BBC One just after


7pm. This time last week it was all the


talk of sunshine and barbecues but today is rather different. To


welcome in the ecological summer, cloudy and quite damp. And further


outbreaks of rain to come tonight. Understandably, many of the Weather


Watch pictures have leaden skies. That rate is quite persistent across


the hills in Argyll and part of Dumfries and Galloway and slowly


moving eastwards and north of the central lowlands the rain is lighter


and more patchy. A mild night with temperatures around nine to 13


Celsius in towns and cities but tomorrow morning will be cloudy and


dump with the heaviest rain in the rush hour across the borders and the


capital and Aberdeenshire -- cloudy and damp. Heading into the


afternoon, the rain will clear and the sun comes out and it should be a


pleasant afternoon for many. Here is a closer look mid-afternoon around


4pm, temperatures into the high teens and with light winds it will


feel quite pleasant. A couple of showers but you would be unlucky to


catch one. Further north and north east, a bit of cloud holding on in


parts of Aberdeenshire, a few showers around Caithness, Orkney


faring well but Shepley is fairly cloudy and damp for most of the


dates. The rest of the afternoon and evening, plenty of sunshine on the


cards but one to showers at times -- Shetland is fairly cloudy.


Overnight, largely dry but at the weekend the low pressure is never


far away and that will influence conditions with a fair few showers


on Saturday and Sunday. In the morning, generally dry but in the


afternoon the showers get going and one or two could be quite heavy and


perhaps the odd rumble of thunder as well. Sunday is similar, some


sunshine from some showers, mostly through the afternoon, and if you


get the sunshine temperatures in the mid-to high teens. That's the


forecast. Thank you. I'll be back with the headlines


at 8pm and the late bulletin just Until then, from everyone on the


team right across the country,


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