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In current circumstances, I'm not how many votes will get.

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On Election Reporting Scotland tonight:

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The Scottish Greens plan to field fewer than ten

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Are they bowing to pressure from other parties?

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To me I am actually asking people to vote for me, to put their trust in

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me... And the verdict on the Prime

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Minister's One Show appearance, covering the election campaign

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in Scotland so you don't have to. Today has been all about energy,

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independence, and immigration, The Scottish Greens will only

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field a limited number and none at all in the

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Highlands and Islands. So how might the absence

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of the Greens play out at the polls? Let's take Scottish

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Secretary David Mundell's In 2015 the Conservatives won

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Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale The SNP came second

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with 19,961 votes. The Greens were in sixth

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place with 839 votes, but take them out of the equation

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and add their pro-independence votes to the SNP and they win the seat

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with a majority of 41. So what lies behind this decision,

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and what might it mean Here's our political

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correspondent Nick Eardley. I am in Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale

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and Tweeddale, a constituency that has argued that tactical voting by

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pro-independence supporters could have had quite an impact last time.

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In 2015, the Scottish Secretary David Mundell narrowly beat his SNP

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challenge here, but if everybody who voted for the Greens had switched

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support to SNP, the Nationalists would have won narrowly. That has

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perhaps caused the Greens to call for nobody to stand here this time

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around. We don't know where the Greens plan to step aside this time

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around, but we know it is rapidly scaling back its presence in this

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election. The Greens have confirmed that they intend to stand fewer than

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election. The Greens have confirmed ten candidates, which is

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considerably less than the 30 plus they stood in 20 15. They Greens say

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those decisions will be made by local parties, some of which wanted

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to focus their energy on local issues, spend their money and time

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focusing on those issues. The Greens are standing in seats where they

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think they have a decent following, but it has led to some criticism,

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and the Conservatives and Labour Party have both said it makes a

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mockery of an idea of the Greens as an independent party that is

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relevant in this campaign. Here is Ross Greer.

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The Green Party stands on a basis different from all other parties.

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Our members make decisions at a low level, and have decided on the basis

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of what is best for green politics to focus on local campaigns, not on

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the basis of what any other party is telling us to do.

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The party would be entitled to party election broadcast, like the ones

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after Look North, but their leader Patrick Harvie will still take place

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in the BBC debate, which is between the five largest parties in the

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Scottish Parliament. The BBC says it does not base its decisions solely

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on how many candidates are standing. It is also down to the

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representation at Hollywood, and do their past performance in other

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elections. So that means the Green Party will still be part of the

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debate ahead of the 8th of June, which means most people in the

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Scotland won't be able to vote for them.

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Now, we did ask the Scottish Greens to join us to explain their decision

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So, instead, let's hear from the other parties.

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Pam Duncan-Glancy is a Labour Party election candidate.

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In Edinburgh, we have Liam McArthur, who's a Scottish Lib Dem MSP.

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Jamie Green is an MSP for the Scottish Conservatives.

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Callum McCaig is an SNP election candidate,

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Callum McCaig, had you done a deal with the Greens to ensure you are

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the only pro-independence party in key constituencies?

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Absolutely not. From your video clip there, the Greens have decided they

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are not particularly interested in running red across the country, and

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that is up to them. It would have been nice if there was someone on

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from then to talk about that, but the SNP will not put pressure on the

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Greens to step down, it is clear that even if we had tried it would

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not have been particularly keen on that. As we have seen with Patrick

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Harvie standing in Glasgow North, they are keen to have some presence,

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but they are focusing their fire where they think... Probably where

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they think they can hold their deposits.

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And they effectively now just a support mechanism for the SNP, the

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Scottish Greens? I would not say so. I had a Green

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candidate run against me when I was elected in 2050 and I thought he

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brought an enormous amount to the debate in the local area -- that was

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in 2015. I do not think that they will say because they voted Green in

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2015, had they not been a Green candidate they would have voted

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SNP... Yes, we are two pro-independence parties, but

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particularly in somewhere that Aberdeen we have different policies.

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To assume that one party support that just because someone vote for

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independence that they would vote for another party that support

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independence, I think that is taking voters a bit for granted and perhaps

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naive around voting intentions. But you welcomed the move?

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If there is the opportunity to get a pro-independence voice, to get

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someone standing against the Tories who will do things... And the Greens

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think that the SNP are the best place person to do that? I agree

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with them. I think the SNP are the best placed in the last two years at

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Westminster where we have shown that we are presenting Scotland at

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Westminster and we have made yourself and's voice has been heard

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loud and clear. Regardless of what the Greens do I do not do in this

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election, we are clear that our message to voters is that we as the

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SNP will look to continue that and stand up for Scotland and stand up

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to the Tories. Ledger some other voters. Jamie

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Green from Scottish Conservatives, you will now face a united

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pro-independence vote in some places, a major setback to the plans

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you had in places. Not at all. I think it is very

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telling that the Green Party relying on the SNP to try to defend their

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position about why they are too scared to run candidates across

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Scotland. Anybody sitting at home watching this who voted for the

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Green Party must be dismayed that their party are not even putting up

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candidates. How can you take a party like that credible or seriously?

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Will get on with the job we said we would do, put up a strong is

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opposition to the SNP red across Scotland.

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That is why... The convener of the Green Party... Tommy Sheridan told

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them not to field candidates and that is what doing.

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What they say they are doing is targeting resources where they will

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be effective and that is what every single party does, the reality of a

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election. But less than ten seats, this is a

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party that does not get enough coverage in the media. They complain

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they take them seriously, but had you take a party seriously that does

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not even fight an election? We are all politicians and we want to fight

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and win seats. They clearly have no confidence that they will win any

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seats in Scotland at all. Liam McArthur, the Greens' decision

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not to contest the Highlands and Islands matters to you. Your leader

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Willie Rennie was there today and there tomorrow. He says the Lib Dems

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will save the Highlands from the SNP. If that is your aim, it has

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become more difficult? It begs the question as to what

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respect the Green Party has for people that have voted Green in

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recent elections, denying them a choice. I don't think anybody would

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doubt that every party target its resources where it feels that it may

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make the most significant gains. And a big anybody on this panel would

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dispute that. But to deny voters across the Highlands and Islands any

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opportunity to vote Green at all begs the question whether or not

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this is a national party at all. But you are targeting. Willie Rennie

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was in the Highlands and is there tomorrow. Every party target

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resources where they think they have the best chance.

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If you are a National party, I think it is beholden on you to stand

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candidates and give people who want an opportunity to vote Green an

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opportunity to vote Green. For the Liberal Democrats in the Highlands,

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I think we have been very good. They know the choice an alternative to an

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SNP candidate or an SNP MP taking for granted... As a cheerleader for

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independence rather than a defender of the region, to centralise

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services out of the region... Bugging of the best opportunity is

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to vote the Liberal Democrats, so we fight hard for that.

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Top of the border, the Greens are helping Labour by standing aside to

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keep the Tories at bay in seats like Ealing Central. So presumably you

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don't have a problem with them doing the same here in the SNP?

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The dreams at the same, working to the Scottish budget they by the SNP

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in order to get cut across our local authorities... Hundred and ?70

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million of cuts to our local authorities and services were passed

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as a result of the Greens are siding with the SNP, not news to me. What

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is clear in this election is that people cannot take another moment of

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austerity, another assault on our jobs, on our economy, on our human

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rights. The only way to send a message about this and to Theresa

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May is to get Theresa May out of Downing Street, by voting Labour.

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Given the state of Scottish Labour at the moment, you must be

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strategically targeting certain seeds, throwing resources in the way

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that the Greens are submitting to do as well?

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We are standing candidates and every single seat in Scotland, every seat

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across the UK, because we are standing enough people, as the only

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other party who will be able to kick out the Tories at Westminster on the

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8th of June. That is why we are putting as much effort into every

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seat as we possibly can, because we believe the people need a real

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choice. There are two choices in this election, the end of the day,

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you will either have a Labour Government or a Tory Government.

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Notably people can no longer take a Tory Government, and the people of

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Scotland do not want another divisive referendum. The only way to

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kick the Tories out and give us from another referendum is to vote

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Labour. On that, Jeremy Corbyn launched a

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national campaign today, saying the UK will leave the EU if we win the

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election? If that what Scottish voters wanting a? Della protracted

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negotiations, we do make sure that we protect human rights, jobs and

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the EU nationals... All of those things will be

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absolutely important for Labour in All of those things will be

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June. If you do not vote Labour in June we will have a hard Tory

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Brexit, and goodness knows what that means for the people of our country.

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Thank your for joining us. More from the campaign trail

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coming up, but first Suzanne Allan has

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the rest of today's news. BBC Scotland has been told that two

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men who died after their speedboat went missing off the Galloway coast

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at the weekend, were known to authorities for their involvement

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in the illegal trade Sandy Hamilton and Kevin McKinley's

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bodies were recovered on Sunday. Sandy Hamilton and Kevin McKinley

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were from Larkhall. Their bodies were recovered

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from the Irish Sea on Sunday. They were found after a major air

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and sea search when their speedboat was reported missing off

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the Galloway coast. BBC Scotland obtained this footage

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as part of an investigation He was questioned by welfare charity

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on a ferry from Northern Ireland. These puppies were found

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in the boot of his car as part On that occasion, he was allowed

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to continue on his journey Now BBC Scotland has been told

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both men who died at the weekend were known to the authorities

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in connection with the illegal Sandy Hamilton for sourcing,

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and Kevin McKinley for selling. A route for this dealing

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is across the Irish Sea to Scotland. They could have been on their way

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to buy puppies when they left. In the past 18 months, Dumfries

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and Galloway Council has given the SSPCA powers to inspect

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dogs and puppies brought into Scotland and to act

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if there are irregularities. They say they have

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identified a route between Designer dogs can be bought

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in Ireland in the North and Republic cheaply,

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hence the illegal trade. The RSPCA, the UK charity,

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says over 1,000 dogs are brought into the UK each week,

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and it is claimed illegal trafficking could be worth up

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to 300 million in the UK every year. He had been due to stand trial for

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that in July. The Scottish Government says

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reforming education is now an imperative. Its opponents described

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the figures as shameful. Here is education correspondent.

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These youngsters are learning how to listen carefully.

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It is a crucial part of learning language and literacy.

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The school is in a disadvantaged part of Edinburgh.

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We have had children coming into primary one,

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and there is roughly a two-year vocabulary gap where we would expect

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The school has brought in a specialist to help,

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and she is already making a difference.

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The money came from the Scottish Government.

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The Education Secretary is full of praise for this school,

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but the national figures in literacy are simply not good enough.

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These figures demonstrate there is significant improvement

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that requires to be undertaken to ensure young people

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and their educational needs are met at each stage in the system,

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and the Government is determined to do that, but we have to see these

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While most youngsters are doing well, the trend is often

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The starkest figures concern writing in secondary schools.

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Of course, the political climate is highly charged.

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We have had 4,000 fewer teachers under the SNP,

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and that must impact on the ability to deliver in the classroom,

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and that is something the SNP needs to get hold of.

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I think we have a Government that, for all its protestation that

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education is a priority, has had an obsession

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with independence from the moment it got through the doors of Bute House.

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The surfer who was found drifting near his surfboard in the Irish Sea,

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after more than 30 hours in the water,

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has been discharged from hospital in Belfast.

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Matthew Bryce from Airdrie was rescued on Monday evening,

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He praised the medical care he received at the Ulster Hospital

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privacy and limits her media appearances, but tonight all that

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changed when Theresa May swapped the front bench for the One Show

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appearing alongside her husband Philip.

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In coming weeks the other party leaders will feature

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I settled down to watch with popcorn and TV critic Paul English.

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Someone who has famously been called a difficult woman. In negotiations,

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you need to be tough and it's right to be tough sometimes. One European

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institution, I am sure you are firmly behind, is your vision. We're

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not leaving that as well are we? Know. Although I'm tempted to say

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I'm not sure how many votes we will get! They're doing what you would

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expect them to do, smiling and being polite, don't imagine the ball into

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into any riposte debate at any stage. The marketing is very much

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been about you, how comfortable are you, it's quite presidential in that

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way? It's about a strong and stable government... Been being! Strong,

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stable. What are the downsides in being married to the Prime Minister?

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There isn't really a downside but if you are the kind of man who expects

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his tea to be on the table at six o'clock every evening, you could be

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his tea to be on the table at six disappointed. Why do they do

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programmes like this? The importance of personality in politics is huge,

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programmes like this? The importance that can sway people's votes, that's

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the reason they are taking the opportunity to appear on a show like

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this in a slot which is normally reserved for people panting and

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album, a tall, a book. I like my shoes, it gives me a reason for

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buying some more. This happened for five years ago, I was in the lift in

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the House of Commons and there was a young woman in the lift, and I said,

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nice pair of shoes she said, I like your shoes initiative can we a

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comedian me involved in politics. What's the verdict? I think exactly

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what you expected it to be, the opportunity to personalise

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themselves, to play to the viewers emotions, wouldn't be analysed as

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something like question Time, or other political programmes, where

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people are more inclined perhaps to analyse the political content of it.

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This feels like flicking through a magazine and that's why they are

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there. But did it work? Let's find out with our pundit panel.

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Well, tonight my panel consists of the managing director of the PR

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company Weber Shandwick, Moray MacDonald, who is also

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Would you have advised the Prime Minister to do this? I think so,

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she's in a strange position, she doesn't have the kind of very high

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public profile, she has gone out of her way to maintain a relatively low

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profile in some ways. But she is realised that she has to do well, to

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connect with a lot of people, particularly people who aren't

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natural Tories, in labour or Ukip areas, she needs to somehow connect

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with them a bit more. There is a need to put that personality across.

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What do you think, has it helped engage any better with voters? I

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guess the exercise tonight was just not look nasty. That's what the

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Tories are trying to shrug off, sitting on a sofa, looking quite

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comfortable, a bit of a novelty, the Spitting Image sketch of John Major

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did come to mind, nothing controversial was said, nothing

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interesting was said, it was just a vacuous piece of what passes for

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personality politics, which think will almost people rigid. The timing

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was interesting, not at the end, but when we are on the verge of

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manifesto launches and should be talking about policy. This is going

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to be the problem, here we are the night, talking about a bit of a

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nonevent, and a media bidding war in which the bidding to lead BBC

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managed to get her in any format, dictated on her terms, I think a lot

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of Scottish viewers will read between the lines and say, this

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isn't a woman who wants to meet the public. What the appearance does do

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is write and share away from certain things and criticism today of the

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energy cap policy which has been called a simple bribe by some but

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also stolen from Labour by others. I don't think it's designed to draw

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attention away, I think it is designed to put their own agenda and

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have them drive the agenda for a couple of days, we have talked about

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appearing on this programme for couple of days, we have talked about

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couple of days, it'll probably be on the papers tomorrow, that is three

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days, she has got on the agenda, with something not really about

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days, she has got on the agenda, policy. Whether that's right or

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wrong is a different matter but it demonstrates somebody who's getting

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a PR programme done quite well. Shares in Scottish and Southern

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energy down now, bad news for them but surely this energy cap is good

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news for millions of hard-pressed households struggling to pay energy

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bills? For those of us old enough, we can remember the private session

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of the electricity industry and since then, we haven't seen anything

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but a whole string of court cases where company after company has just

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managed to overlook that they have verbally charged ancients and the

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poorest in the country, putting a cap on that kind of behaviour is not

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actually changing terms of trade, I would want to hear somebody talking

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about nationalising aspects of energy production and I would like

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to hear Scottish political parties looking at that because we have a

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different energy profile, a much richer mix than south of the border.

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Will this work with voters? She is tried to show a softer side to the

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Conservative Party but also to capitalism, she recognises people

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are concerned about big business, and she was to find ways to

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are concerned about big business, demonstrate she has ways of dealing

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with that without going down the path Leslie is talking about. Thank

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you. Nowadays, a constant diet of photo

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opportunities from our politicians, the standard choice from us, Willie

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Rennie with a selection of vegetables in the Highlands. What is

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the caption? That's it from us. Join us tomorrow night.

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