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In current circumstances, I'm not how many votes will get.
On Election Reporting Scotland tonight:
The Scottish Greens plan to field fewer than ten
Are they bowing to pressure from other parties?
To me I am actually asking people to vote for me, to put their trust in
me... And the verdict on the Prime
Minister's One Show appearance, covering the election campaign
in Scotland so you don't have to. Today has been all about energy,
independence, and immigration, The Scottish Greens will only
field a limited number and none at all in the
Highlands and Islands. So how might the absence
of the Greens play out at the polls? Let's take Scottish
Secretary David Mundell's In 2015 the Conservatives won
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale The SNP came second
with 19,961 votes. The Greens were in sixth
place with 839 votes, but take them out of the equation
and add their pro-independence votes to the SNP and they win the seat
with a majority of 41. So what lies behind this decision,
and what might it mean Here's our political
correspondent Nick Eardley. I am in Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale
and Tweeddale, a constituency that has argued that tactical voting by
pro-independence supporters could have had quite an impact last time.
In 2015, the Scottish Secretary David Mundell narrowly beat his SNP
challenge here, but if everybody who voted for the Greens had switched
support to SNP, the Nationalists would have won narrowly. That has
perhaps caused the Greens to call for nobody to stand here this time
around. We don't know where the Greens plan to step aside this time
around, but we know it is rapidly scaling back its presence in this
election. The Greens have confirmed that they intend to stand fewer than
election. The Greens have confirmed ten candidates, which is
considerably less than the 30 plus they stood in 20 15. They Greens say
those decisions will be made by local parties, some of which wanted
to focus their energy on local issues, spend their money and time
focusing on those issues. The Greens are standing in seats where they
think they have a decent following, but it has led to some criticism,
and the Conservatives and Labour Party have both said it makes a
mockery of an idea of the Greens as an independent party that is
relevant in this campaign. Here is Ross Greer.
The Green Party stands on a basis different from all other parties.
Our members make decisions at a low level, and have decided on the basis
of what is best for green politics to focus on local campaigns, not on
the basis of what any other party is telling us to do.
The party would be entitled to party election broadcast, like the ones
after Look North, but their leader Patrick Harvie will still take place
in the BBC debate, which is between the five largest parties in the
Scottish Parliament. The BBC says it does not base its decisions solely
on how many candidates are standing. It is also down to the
representation at Hollywood, and do their past performance in other
elections. So that means the Green Party will still be part of the
debate ahead of the 8th of June, which means most people in the
Scotland won't be able to vote for them.
Now, we did ask the Scottish Greens to join us to explain their decision
So, instead, let's hear from the other parties.
Pam Duncan-Glancy is a Labour Party election candidate.
In Edinburgh, we have Liam McArthur, who's a Scottish Lib Dem MSP.
Jamie Green is an MSP for the Scottish Conservatives.
Callum McCaig is an SNP election candidate,
Callum McCaig, had you done a deal with the Greens to ensure you are
the only pro-independence party in key constituencies?
Absolutely not. From your video clip there, the Greens have decided they
are not particularly interested in running red across the country, and
that is up to them. It would have been nice if there was someone on
from then to talk about that, but the SNP will not put pressure on the
Greens to step down, it is clear that even if we had tried it would
not have been particularly keen on that. As we have seen with Patrick
Harvie standing in Glasgow North, they are keen to have some presence,
but they are focusing their fire where they think... Probably where
they think they can hold their deposits.
And they effectively now just a support mechanism for the SNP, the
Scottish Greens? I would not say so. I had a Green
candidate run against me when I was elected in 2050 and I thought he
brought an enormous amount to the debate in the local area -- that was
in 2015. I do not think that they will say because they voted Green in
2015, had they not been a Green candidate they would have voted
SNP... Yes, we are two pro-independence parties, but
particularly in somewhere that Aberdeen we have different policies.
To assume that one party support that just because someone vote for
independence that they would vote for another party that support
independence, I think that is taking voters a bit for granted and perhaps
naive around voting intentions. But you welcomed the move?
If there is the opportunity to get a pro-independence voice, to get
someone standing against the Tories who will do things... And the Greens
think that the SNP are the best place person to do that? I agree
with them. I think the SNP are the best placed in the last two years at
Westminster where we have shown that we are presenting Scotland at
Westminster and we have made yourself and's voice has been heard
loud and clear. Regardless of what the Greens do I do not do in this
election, we are clear that our message to voters is that we as the
SNP will look to continue that and stand up for Scotland and stand up
to the Tories. Ledger some other voters. Jamie
Green from Scottish Conservatives, you will now face a united
pro-independence vote in some places, a major setback to the plans
you had in places. Not at all. I think it is very
telling that the Green Party relying on the SNP to try to defend their
position about why they are too scared to run candidates across
Scotland. Anybody sitting at home watching this who voted for the
Green Party must be dismayed that their party are not even putting up
candidates. How can you take a party like that credible or seriously?
Will get on with the job we said we would do, put up a strong is
opposition to the SNP red across Scotland.
That is why... The convener of the Green Party... Tommy Sheridan told
them not to field candidates and that is what doing.
What they say they are doing is targeting resources where they will
be effective and that is what every single party does, the reality of a
election. But less than ten seats, this is a
party that does not get enough coverage in the media. They complain
they take them seriously, but had you take a party seriously that does
not even fight an election? We are all politicians and we want to fight
and win seats. They clearly have no confidence that they will win any
seats in Scotland at all. Liam McArthur, the Greens' decision
not to contest the Highlands and Islands matters to you. Your leader
Willie Rennie was there today and there tomorrow. He says the Lib Dems
will save the Highlands from the SNP. If that is your aim, it has
become more difficult? It begs the question as to what
respect the Green Party has for people that have voted Green in
recent elections, denying them a choice. I don't think anybody would
doubt that every party target its resources where it feels that it may
make the most significant gains. And a big anybody on this panel would
dispute that. But to deny voters across the Highlands and Islands any
opportunity to vote Green at all begs the question whether or not
this is a national party at all. But you are targeting. Willie Rennie
was in the Highlands and is there tomorrow. Every party target
resources where they think they have the best chance.
If you are a National party, I think it is beholden on you to stand
candidates and give people who want an opportunity to vote Green an
opportunity to vote Green. For the Liberal Democrats in the Highlands,
I think we have been very good. They know the choice an alternative to an
SNP candidate or an SNP MP taking for granted... As a cheerleader for
independence rather than a defender of the region, to centralise
services out of the region... Bugging of the best opportunity is
to vote the Liberal Democrats, so we fight hard for that.
Top of the border, the Greens are helping Labour by standing aside to
keep the Tories at bay in seats like Ealing Central. So presumably you
don't have a problem with them doing the same here in the SNP?
The dreams at the same, working to the Scottish budget they by the SNP
in order to get cut across our local authorities... Hundred and ?70
million of cuts to our local authorities and services were passed
as a result of the Greens are siding with the SNP, not news to me. What
is clear in this election is that people cannot take another moment of
austerity, another assault on our jobs, on our economy, on our human
rights. The only way to send a message about this and to Theresa
May is to get Theresa May out of Downing Street, by voting Labour.
Given the state of Scottish Labour at the moment, you must be
strategically targeting certain seeds, throwing resources in the way
that the Greens are submitting to do as well?
We are standing candidates and every single seat in Scotland, every seat
across the UK, because we are standing enough people, as the only
other party who will be able to kick out the Tories at Westminster on the
8th of June. That is why we are putting as much effort into every
seat as we possibly can, because we believe the people need a real
choice. There are two choices in this election, the end of the day,
you will either have a Labour Government or a Tory Government.
Notably people can no longer take a Tory Government, and the people of
Scotland do not want another divisive referendum. The only way to
kick the Tories out and give us from another referendum is to vote
Labour. On that, Jeremy Corbyn launched a
national campaign today, saying the UK will leave the EU if we win the
election? If that what Scottish voters wanting a? Della protracted
negotiations, we do make sure that we protect human rights, jobs and
the EU nationals... All of those things will be
absolutely important for Labour in All of those things will be
June. If you do not vote Labour in June we will have a hard Tory
Brexit, and goodness knows what that means for the people of our country.
Thank your for joining us. More from the campaign trail
coming up, but first Suzanne Allan has
the rest of today's news. BBC Scotland has been told that two
men who died after their speedboat went missing off the Galloway coast
at the weekend, were known to authorities for their involvement
in the illegal trade Sandy Hamilton and Kevin McKinley's
bodies were recovered on Sunday. Sandy Hamilton and Kevin McKinley
were from Larkhall. Their bodies were recovered
from the Irish Sea on Sunday. They were found after a major air
and sea search when their speedboat was reported missing off
the Galloway coast. BBC Scotland obtained this footage
as part of an investigation He was questioned by welfare charity
on a ferry from Northern Ireland. These puppies were found
in the boot of his car as part On that occasion, he was allowed
to continue on his journey Now BBC Scotland has been told
both men who died at the weekend were known to the authorities
in connection with the illegal Sandy Hamilton for sourcing,
and Kevin McKinley for selling. A route for this dealing
is across the Irish Sea to Scotland. They could have been on their way
to buy puppies when they left. In the past 18 months, Dumfries
and Galloway Council has given the SSPCA powers to inspect
dogs and puppies brought into Scotland and to act
if there are irregularities. They say they have
identified a route between Designer dogs can be bought
in Ireland in the North and Republic cheaply,
hence the illegal trade. The RSPCA, the UK charity,
says over 1,000 dogs are brought into the UK each week,
and it is claimed illegal trafficking could be worth up
to 300 million in the UK every year. He had been due to stand trial for
that in July. The Scottish Government says
reforming education is now an imperative. Its opponents described
the figures as shameful. Here is education correspondent.
These youngsters are learning how to listen carefully.
It is a crucial part of learning language and literacy.
The school is in a disadvantaged part of Edinburgh.
We have had children coming into primary one,
and there is roughly a two-year vocabulary gap where we would expect
The school has brought in a specialist to help,
and she is already making a difference.
The money came from the Scottish Government.
The Education Secretary is full of praise for this school,
but the national figures in literacy are simply not good enough.
These figures demonstrate there is significant improvement
that requires to be undertaken to ensure young people
and their educational needs are met at each stage in the system,
and the Government is determined to do that, but we have to see these
While most youngsters are doing well, the trend is often
The starkest figures concern writing in secondary schools.
Of course, the political climate is highly charged.
We have had 4,000 fewer teachers under the SNP,
and that must impact on the ability to deliver in the classroom,
and that is something the SNP needs to get hold of.
I think we have a Government that, for all its protestation that
education is a priority, has had an obsession
with independence from the moment it got through the doors of Bute House.
The surfer who was found drifting near his surfboard in the Irish Sea,
after more than 30 hours in the water,
has been discharged from hospital in Belfast.
Matthew Bryce from Airdrie was rescued on Monday evening,
He praised the medical care he received at the Ulster Hospital
privacy and limits her media appearances, but tonight all that
changed when Theresa May swapped the front bench for the One Show
appearing alongside her husband Philip.
In coming weeks the other party leaders will feature
I settled down to watch with popcorn and TV critic Paul English.
Someone who has famously been called a difficult woman. In negotiations,
you need to be tough and it's right to be tough sometimes. One European
institution, I am sure you are firmly behind, is your vision. We're
not leaving that as well are we? Know. Although I'm tempted to say
I'm not sure how many votes we will get! They're doing what you would
expect them to do, smiling and being polite, don't imagine the ball into
into any riposte debate at any stage. The marketing is very much
been about you, how comfortable are you, it's quite presidential in that
way? It's about a strong and stable government... Been being! Strong,
stable. What are the downsides in being married to the Prime Minister?
There isn't really a downside but if you are the kind of man who expects
his tea to be on the table at six o'clock every evening, you could be
his tea to be on the table at six disappointed. Why do they do
programmes like this? The importance of personality in politics is huge,
programmes like this? The importance that can sway people's votes, that's
the reason they are taking the opportunity to appear on a show like
this in a slot which is normally reserved for people panting and
album, a tall, a book. I like my shoes, it gives me a reason for
buying some more. This happened for five years ago, I was in the lift in
the House of Commons and there was a young woman in the lift, and I said,
nice pair of shoes she said, I like your shoes initiative can we a
comedian me involved in politics. What's the verdict? I think exactly
what you expected it to be, the opportunity to personalise
themselves, to play to the viewers emotions, wouldn't be analysed as
something like question Time, or other political programmes, where
people are more inclined perhaps to analyse the political content of it.
This feels like flicking through a magazine and that's why they are
there. But did it work? Let's find out with our pundit panel.
Well, tonight my panel consists of the managing director of the PR
company Weber Shandwick, Moray MacDonald, who is also
Would you have advised the Prime Minister to do this? I think so,
she's in a strange position, she doesn't have the kind of very high
public profile, she has gone out of her way to maintain a relatively low
profile in some ways. But she is realised that she has to do well, to
connect with a lot of people, particularly people who aren't
natural Tories, in labour or Ukip areas, she needs to somehow connect
with them a bit more. There is a need to put that personality across.
What do you think, has it helped engage any better with voters? I
guess the exercise tonight was just not look nasty. That's what the
Tories are trying to shrug off, sitting on a sofa, looking quite
comfortable, a bit of a novelty, the Spitting Image sketch of John Major
did come to mind, nothing controversial was said, nothing
interesting was said, it was just a vacuous piece of what passes for
personality politics, which think will almost people rigid. The timing
was interesting, not at the end, but when we are on the verge of
manifesto launches and should be talking about policy. This is going
to be the problem, here we are the night, talking about a bit of a
nonevent, and a media bidding war in which the bidding to lead BBC
managed to get her in any format, dictated on her terms, I think a lot
of Scottish viewers will read between the lines and say, this
isn't a woman who wants to meet the public. What the appearance does do
is write and share away from certain things and criticism today of the
energy cap policy which has been called a simple bribe by some but
also stolen from Labour by others. I don't think it's designed to draw
attention away, I think it is designed to put their own agenda and
have them drive the agenda for a couple of days, we have talked about
appearing on this programme for couple of days, we have talked about
couple of days, it'll probably be on the papers tomorrow, that is three
days, she has got on the agenda, with something not really about
days, she has got on the agenda, policy. Whether that's right or
wrong is a different matter but it demonstrates somebody who's getting
a PR programme done quite well. Shares in Scottish and Southern
energy down now, bad news for them but surely this energy cap is good
news for millions of hard-pressed households struggling to pay energy
bills? For those of us old enough, we can remember the private session
of the electricity industry and since then, we haven't seen anything
but a whole string of court cases where company after company has just
managed to overlook that they have verbally charged ancients and the
poorest in the country, putting a cap on that kind of behaviour is not
actually changing terms of trade, I would want to hear somebody talking
about nationalising aspects of energy production and I would like
to hear Scottish political parties looking at that because we have a
different energy profile, a much richer mix than south of the border.
Will this work with voters? She is tried to show a softer side to the
Conservative Party but also to capitalism, she recognises people
are concerned about big business, and she was to find ways to
are concerned about big business, demonstrate she has ways of dealing
with that without going down the path Leslie is talking about. Thank
you. Nowadays, a constant diet of photo
opportunities from our politicians, the standard choice from us, Willie
Rennie with a selection of vegetables in the Highlands. What is
the caption? That's it from us. Join us tomorrow night.