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On Election Reporting Scotland tonight.
Labour launch their UK Manifesto but what does it mean for Scotland?
The SNP celebrate 10 years in power at Holyrood.
Plus we're on the campaign trail with the Liberal Democrats
Bedtime soon but not before your nightly guide
We're here until 8th of June covering the campaign
Today felt a bit like Groundhog Day with the official launch
Thanks to last week's leak it sounded a bit familiar.
And in case you hadn't noticed, today also marked
Here's our Political Editor Brian Taylor.
One among many, crazier Dugdale joined Jeremy Corbyn to launch the
Labour manifesto. On stage the court tax-and-spend offer plus the public
ownership of real and Royal Mail and renews trident and supports gas and
ownership of real and Royal Mail and constitutional Convention for the
UK. Jeremy Corbyn stands firmly against independence because of the
yesterday it would bring. 15,000,000,000 lb of additional
cuts. We stand against austerity and understand the damage it can do.
Nicola Sturgeon rejects that forecast.
Today marking a decade in devolved power.
Today is a very special day for the SNP.
She says Scotland needs the SNP again at Westminster to counter
Conservative austerity and die-hard Brexit.
She says Labour has lifted policies like free tuition fees from the SNP,
I don't think anyone believes Labour is going to be in government
and so the question for Scotland is how to best protect Scotland
against an increasingly hardline Tory government at Westminster
that we know would like to impose more cuts and more austerity
and we can only do that by sending strong SNP MPs to Westminster
In Dumfries Ruth Davidson decries Labour's recipe.
She says the financial plans would leave a bad taste and she says
Labour is still not firm enough on the Union.
People across Scotland know that the party that will stand up
for the decision that we made as a country and that will tell
Nicola Sturgeon to think again is the Scottish Conservatives.
Cheery fun here, but he reckons that Labour's offer is simply a mess.
Labour are not capable of providing a competent opposition in this
country and that is very clear from the performance
of Jeremy Corbyn and he doesn't seem to know his positions on Brexit
What we need is a clear and a compassionate and fair voice,
a competent voice for our country and the Liberal Democrats
Labour will launch the Scottish manifesto next week.
We've got a panel of top pundits tonight to discuss
I'm joined in the studio by Paul McNamee - the UK Editor
of the Big Issue and the SNP activist Suzanne McLaughlin.
In Edinburgh tonight is Duncan Hothersall,
here is the Labour manifesto. A traditional fixture of the campaign
and the matter to the politicians and the media, the public here?
Absolutely. I think it is always a mistake to underestimate voters.
They are not stupid. They absolutely care and I actually think this is an
interesting manifesto. It has people talking. Is this the recognisable to
people in Scotland because they already have most of these policies
in Scotland. Put in place by the Scottish Government. I think people
care about is when you are on the doorsteps and talking to people and
meetings, the care about a way out poverty and austerity, that is what
they want. The people of Scotland are lucky enough that there is hope
and a way out. I think this is a step forward for people and the rest
of the UK. It was Jeremy Corbyn's big moment to sign after the leak
last week Digital out of? I thought it was very competent and he spoke
without tripping up and he got through all the policies that we
knew were coming. It's not a ringing endorsement. The thing with Jeremy
Corbyn is that today there are a lot of policies that people like. Nobody
is going to argue about trying to do more for the health service or
education, or workers in low income. Nobody is going to argue with any of
that. There might be an appetite for higher taxes for higher earners and
that agenda but the bottom line is it doesn't matter. He is not good to
get elected. There is a certain amount of a dance going on here and
I think it is fascinating because Jeremy Corbyn obviously at some
place in his heart of hearts I am guessing knows he is not good to be
prime ministers saw what he is doing essentially a sitting at an agenda
for the next people coming along seeing as you go to be this labour
that people want even if they didn't want me? That is the crucial
question, can you believe in this manner as prime ministers? Did he at
least close the credibility gap? I think he has had a terrific few
least close the credibility gap? I weeks in the campaign. I think he
has presented a very solid and strong Labour set of policies and I
think probably for people in Scotland the critical statement in
that manifesto is the clear opposition to independence as to a
second referendum. We have a situation in Scotland and the
general election the Conservatives and the S are essentially
polarising the country. We have to move past constitutional politics
and reset that line, we have had the referendum and you move onto other
things. Applicant a really strong set of Labour policies. He has
clarified the constitutional question, Labour opposes a second
referendum, it is unwanted and unnecessary. A clear no to that of
its also a promise to set up a People's Constitutional Convention
its also a promise to set up a to consider the option of a more
federal UK. Is that kicking devolution powers into the long
grass? Let's be clear, policies are all one thing but you have to enact
them and you have to be empowered to do that. This federalism issue, we
have Jamie Cobham pondering it and people don't believe Labour any
more. Didn't believe Jeremy Corbyn to be any position to enact any
progressive policies. The people in Scotland want that they have one
choice and that is SNP. Stronger for Scotland or the way. Jeremy Corbyn
is a Democrat and he is playing the game to a certain degree, she has to
say this to pander to middle England but the subtle fact of the matter is
that she is a Democrat and he is not to ignore the will of the Scottish
climate. She also has to walk a taken on Trident, renewal supported
by the National manifesto but still opposed by the party in Scotland.
And also it was a slightly wishy-washy approval because he also
said he wants to talk about some kind of talks for multilateral
said he wants to talk about some disarmament globally so it is
something he has never quite got hold of because of his past and this
is the problem with the credibility of Jeremy Corbyn that has passed
each coming back or just on one point there, the idea that the only
alternative at the SNP, I think that is slightly troublesome because we
need a full rainbow of approach and ideas rather than just one kind of a
monolithic organisation. Duncan, the ideas rather than just one kind of a
Trident issue, how are they going to ground this problem with London and
the Labour manifesto? People and the labour movement have always had a
range of views on this issue, and I think what is interesting in the
discussion is this criticism that if you do take the view that Labour
can't win the election, not a view I take, you can then put against
Labour the option of an SNP that is only standing and 59 out of 650
seats. Literally standing in 600 plus seats and could form a
Government. SNP isn't even trying to plus seats and could form a
form a Government so adamant that Labour mini couldn't win if you hold
that view, it was the S out of the water. Like very much.
More from the campaign trail coming up, but first Suzanne Allen has
After the longest trial in UK criminal history, a husband and wife
Edwin McLaren from Renfrewshire was found guilty of property fraud
His wife Lorraine was convicted of mortgage fraud.
Some knew him as Adrian, David or Evan, his real
name is Edwin McLaren, and today he became
The homeowner thinks that he is paying money into her account.
But the court found he had sold her house -
little did she know he was not putting money in,
helping himself to the proceeds of the house sale.
This was an advert he put in the paper but he didn't
Instead of a loan until the house was sold in the future,
the court heard he had the trust of vulnerable people and told
them to sign documents and the house was his.
This woman said her father had a heart attack when he found out.
He just wants to curl up into a ball and die after what Edwin McLaren has
effectively done to him and as far as the family is concerned
Edwin McLaren is scum who basically preys on people
In the case of one couple Edwin McLaren turned up here,
at the cancer centre to get a document signed, the homeowner
said he was so weakened by his cancer treatment
that he did not even know what the document was.
It turns out that he and his wife were signing over their house.
Of the cases that made it to court, there were more than 30 victims,
the length of Scotland and one in England.
This is Edwin McLaren's own home with a yellow Bentley in the garage,
he lived there with his wife Lorraine who was also found guilty
of one count of fraud, both husband and wife
We had over 200 people involved in the investigation
and in my experience this is one of the most complex property
When this woman made an agreement with Edwin McLaren he called himself
Evan and she said she was struggling financially and also
As I say, I was really unwell, suicidal.
And then he came forward as quite a nice person.
And not this animal that he turned out to be.
Text messages between the conman and the homeowners are evidence
of how they had to beg for the money he hadn't paid them.
And today's verdict is not the end for the victims,
many have got to go to the civil court to try to get
Edwin and Lorraine McLaren now wait to hear their sentences.
Fiona Walker, reporting from Glasgow.
The Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown has told a court that former TV
weatherman Fred Talbot tried to sexually abuse his
friend on a camping trip to Scotland in the 1970s.
Mr Talbot denies assaulting several boys in Moffat
in Dumfries and Galloway and on the Caledonian
Edinburgh council has denied bullying property owners to recover
debts arising from the capital's controversial system
A number of owners claim officials have repeatedly brushed aside
concerns about work - typically worth hundreds
But the council say difficult cases have been independently reviewed
and insist their approach is reasonable.
in order, to suddenly receive a bill for ?24,000 was frightening.
In tennis, Andy Murray is out of the Italian Open
He lost 6-2, 6-4 to Italian player Fabio Fognini
The world number one has struggled in form since topping the rankings
He keeps his number one status despite being knocked out
That's all for now - back to Stephen.
As we saw earlier, the First Minister has been
marking a decade of SNP in power at Holyrood.
If a year is long time in politics, an awful lot can
Alex Salmond let out of his helicopter and into power. A
surprise result after years of Labour dominance in Scottish
politics, the SNP had a lot to prove. That is the end of. Meanwhile
at Westminster there was another changing of the guard as Tony Blair
stood down as Labour leader, to be succeeded by Gordon Brown. The
Liberal Democrats are elected a freshfaced young MP, Nick Clegg as
party leader. The day of the Scottish elections was also the D3
three-year-old Madeleine McCann was reported missing while on holiday in
Portugal. Ten years on, what happened to her remains a mystery.
The biggest news story of the year in Scotland was the failed terrorist
attack on Glasgow airport. A flaming car was driven into the terminal
entrance, five people were injured and the attacker died. It made a
tabloid star of John Smeaton. I personally ran up and attacked him
along with five people. And on television, we said goodbye to Jack
and Victor as the last series of still game was broadcast. Or was it?
That was then but this is no. -- now.
With me now our nightly political panel, this evening its Labour MSP
James Kelly and Lib Dem candidate Alan Reid, in Dundee
tonight Stewart Hosie - who's a candidate for the SNP -
and Conservative candidate and MSP Ross Thomson is in Aberdeen.
Welcome to you all, thank you for joining me. A big day for the SNP,
ten years in power. The Tories say you have peaked and the only way is
down, how will you prove them wrong and what will be the measure of your
success? We set out in 2015 to win the UK election in Scotland. We set
out in 2017 to win the UK election in Scotland. We are campaigning very
hard in every seat, the manifesto has not been launched yet but when
you see it it will be an exciting and vibrant proposition, a real
opposition to the deep austerity, more cuts and hard Tore Brexit
promised by to leave me and the Conservatives. More seats on the 8th
of June? I won up put a limit on it. I am convinced we will do very well
indeed. According to traditional political wisdom, the SNP should be
in decline after ten years and the opposition in ascendancy, instead of
that, you have collapsed as a party, quite a turnaround? After ten years
of the SNP in power, people will reflect on the division and the
obsession with the independence reflect on the division and the
referendum... How come they are doing so well and you are doing so
badly? There has been ?1.5 billion of SNP cuts, 4000 less teachers and
education, 1000 less support staff. People are fed up with the effing
Tories... We are sending a message to the SNP. -- fed up with the SN
PE. Even the gloomiest predictions suggest they are by far the biggest
party at the general election. The SNP no doubt will amend a good
number of seats but there is an opportunity across Scotland to send
a clear message to the First Minister that there are things to be
getting on with such as her so-called priority of education when
we have children leaving school who cannot do the basics of reading and
writing. The economy is on the brink of recession. The waiting time
targets forced hospitals are being breached. But Conservative to send a
message to the First Minister, ditch the referendum, forget the
divisiveness of the referendum. You are accepting there will be an SNP
landslide on the 8th of June? I think there will be a good number of
colleagues who will be joining David Mundell on the benches. Labour
collapse should leave space for effective opposition and that should
be you but it has turned out to be the Tories and said, what have you
done wrong? That is definitely an effective opposition in Scotland but
that is a large number of seats where the Liberal Democrats are
second to the SNP and we are confident that those people are fed
up with a second independence referendum and will vote for a
Liberal Democrat candidate... What are you basing that on because the
tide seems to be turning towards the Tories and not to you? Time after
time that people are saying they want to stop the SNP and the second
independence referendum and I am confident they will vote for the
candidate best placed to defeat the SNP and in several constituencies
that is the Liberal Democrats. Let us talk about the approach in
that is the Liberal Democrats. Let general terms, Bank of Scotland
growth showed a slight improvement but we remain behind the UK in terms
of business growth. Increasing corporation tax, hammering their
higher paid, how will that encourage their Scottish economy? Because the
central theme of the very successful man of Haass talks launched today is
the promotion of public services. -- successful man of five -- manifesto
launched today. There will be extra money for the Scottish project.
Every programme for education, reversing the cuts the SNP have made
we will produce skilled students who will contribute to a growing
Scottish economy. That is a positive action from a positive Labour
message today. You have considerable powers of attacks which you choose
not to use, is it time to use them? You heard the Finance Secretary this
week talking about the tax rates for future budgets. All this talk of
independence, the second independence rather ignores the fact
that this is a UK election. On the point of the labour kept -- launch
is that those in -- earning over ?50,000 should pay a tax of 50%
rather than 45%. I have never heard an argument to half the threshold so
that someone would be paying a tax rate design for multimillionaires. I
think Labour have got this wrong and I would like to see the back of the
cigarette packets on which the analysis which gives them a 6
million spent in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. He bundled them
altogether which shows the paucity of ambition Labour have for this
country. The top rate of tax used to be higher than what Labour are
proposing. Margaret Thatcher was prime minister then. Is there
anything wrong in principle with increasing tax when it is required?
I actually wasn't born in 1979 so I cannot remember those days. Take my
word for it. Jeremy Corbyn is bringing forward plans for 48
billion more in spending and the people will be paying for that and
that is the ordinary hard-working people and businesses in terms of
the huge hike in corporation tax which will put businesses of
investing and cost jobs. The very people Jeremy Corbyn says it wants
to help other ones he will hurt, ordinary hard-working people in
Aberdeen. You want to end the ordinary hard-working people in
sector pay cap, how much of the tax increase will go towards meeting
this pay cap? In Scotland, where income tax is devolved to the
Scottish Parliament, our policy is to spend it on education and mental
health because education standards have fallen badly in Scotland and
people, children for example are waiting 600 days for a mental health
assessment which is completely unacceptable so more money has to go
into education and mental health which is why we believe the Scottish
Parliament should increase tax. We're out of time no, thank you very
much for joining us today. -- time now.
Now just before we go, our image of the day.
It's not nice to laugh at a colleague so that's
This is the BBC's Ben Brown keeping viewers abreast of the situation
and getting a bit of a slap for his trouble.
And that's Election Reporting Scotland.
Tomorrow on the campaign trail Kezia Dugdale takes listeners
questions on BBC Radio Scotland and the Lib Dems launch their UK
Manifesto, plus there's childcare and ice cream.
Laura McIver is here tomorrow at 10.30 for all of that.
Good evening. The week ahead is fairly unsettled. Low pressure is
whirling around us at times. Longer spells of rain and breezy but
equally some sunshine, May sunshine is quite strong when it comes out.
To end the day, dry and cleared and chilly overnight. Much cooler than
my site. A dry and bright day. A few showers across the Hebrides with a
breeze. Around eight in the morning, temperatures are around ten or 11
Celsius, colder than this morning. Largely dry and bright but there
will be a few showers across the west coast but mainly in the
Hebrides. Winds generally light. Through the course of the day, it
will remain la -- largely dry and bright. The showers holdall in the
south-west, edging inland. A different story south of the border,
they have a lot of rain and it will be a wet day through the wheels, the
Midlands and Central and southern England. Humid temperatures in the
south-east. That rain will be with them for most of the day. For us and
for Northern Ireland it is a case of sunshine and showers. Showers are
few and far between tomorrow, focused on the north and north-west.
Temperatures down from today but pleasant with light winds. The rest
of the afternoon into the evening, little change for us but downsize
the rain remains, quite heavy in the Home Counties and East Anglia. Come
Thursday, sunshine across the board with