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Good evening on Election Reporting Scotland tonight.
The Labour group on Aberdeen council is suspended from the party
after forming a coalition with the Conservatives
And the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox brings his
message of tolerance and understanding to Scotland.
Scottish Labour has suspended all of its councillors in Aberdeen
It comes after they formed a coalition with the Conservatives
against the orders of the party's ruling body.
Party leader Kezia Dugdale said voters had a right to expect
them to defend local services against cuts.
Labour's 5.00 deadline came and went.
Kezia Dugdale demanding the nine Labour councillors remove themselves
I am disappointed because I have been a member of the Labour
Our group took the decision we wanted to go into coalition
because we feel it is best thing for the people of Aberdeen,
we feel that we have negotiated a good deal with our partners
which means that we have anti-austerity means
within the programme that will be brought forward.
The controversial development seen by many as the reason Labour got
a thumping at the local elections but tonight they are back in power,
A Labour Lord Provost was elected, nominated by Conservatives.
The SNP, the biggest party left in opposition.
What have seen is a dark day for democracy, the three
It it was a day of comings and goings, the Tories giving up
council leadership to Labour, despite being the bigger party.
It is not the party with the most councillors that formed
the coalition, but the group is coming together to have a strong
partnership, so with 23 members I think it is fantastic
Amid the turmoil the Liberal Democrats lost a councillor when one
of theirs crossed the chamber to join the independents.
I think there will be anger among a large proportion
They will be angry there is no change.
I am shocked at the behaviour of the Conservative Party and Labour.
One member of the public has made their feelings known
On the campaign trail tonight the Liberal Democrats have
The party leader Tim Farron's called on voters to support them and ensure
they get a choice about Britain's future relationship
with Europe, with the promise of a new EU referendum.
Other measures in the manifesto include proposals to restore housing
benefit for 18 to 21 year olds, as well as ending the freeze
on benefits and putting a penny in the pound in income tax to spend
Well, I'm joined by a panel of top pundits.
Tonight we've got the former Scottish Lib Dem policy convenor,
Siobhan Mathers, the consulting editor of the National,
Richard Walker and the journalist Katie Grant.
Thanks for coming. First to the Liberal Democrat manifesto, is a
Brexit one issue that the Lib Dems can really set themselves aside from
the other parties? I would think that is true but they're not sure
that is good because in the main the idea of conducting another
referendum on Brexit is not terribly attractive to voters. Many remain
voters of which I was one would not welcome another referendum and also
it makes a very difficult negotiation with Europe if Europe is
thinking added a schoolteacher call this away? Enough is enough I think
we need to move forward. Do you agree there would be a sense of
that? I am grateful to the Liberal Democrats to offer some hope as they
claim that they have absolutely no hope of this manifesto into action
because they will not form the next Government and they have ruled out
coalition with the Conservatives and even a coalition with the Labour
Party is unlikely to form a majority so well there are some good points
and the manifesto, mental health improvements are among those, I
think in general there is not a hope in hell that they will be able to
put any of these plans into action. Do you think it is a broad base of
voters that this manifesto is trying to reach out to? The is
traditionally middle-class and highly student. If you look at the
detail of the manifesto there is something for everybody. There is
detail from want than usual grants to banning diesel cars to rolling
back benefit cuts, the problem is that nobody is actually listening to
that detail, they are focusing on the Europe question and here in
Scotland on the constitutional question so it is a little bit
difficult to actually cut through the noise at the moment. I wonder
how liberal it is? There is stuff about voting reforms, introducing
single transferable vote to MPs and House of Lords reformed with the
democratic mandate, do you think those will be popular? I think most
people would find something to agree with them in that but I think they
are not top of most people's priority list. In terms of the
liberal credentials, they have gone back to the liberalisation of
cannabis, the legalisation of cannabis and this time they have
added an economic part of that but it will be raise ?1 billion, not
quite sure what effect it will have on the economy if everyone is
stunned and unable to get out of bed. And what about the penny in the
pound on income tax which with that be enough? I would really like a
political party not to talk about the NHS so much in terms of money
because we can put all the money in the universe into the NHS and it
still would work properly because that is the way life is. I would
think it is far better if the Democrats had really thought about
how to have a different attitude towards the NHS, and we only to
think about the NHS so any political party, not just the Liberal
Democrats will stop this is an old message that the bulk of more to the
NHS but at every election it comes up as an issue so this is giving it
for money isn't really the way forward. The wider picture, the Lib
Dems now have a new leader, the coalition is now a couple of years
behind them but have they will they be able to shake off that legacy?
It's difficult. Political memories are wrong, there are those voters
out there who still have not forgiven in the party for the
coalition with the Conservatives but at least in ten Brexit does provide
a new agenda and the party is finding there are plenty out there
who are disappointed with Brexit and the failure of the Conservatives and
Labour to really stand up for Brexit. There are a core of voters
and remember the Lib Dems are not expecting to win a majority, there
is enough to increase the number of MPs. Moving on to the Labour story,
how do you think the story in Aberdeen is making Labour look?
Disastrous for them. I think Kezia Dugdale has done the right thing but
it speaks volumes about the discipline within the party that
Labour councillors can just ignore the party ruling and form a Cornish
and with the Conservatives and it speaks volumes about the standard of
candidate they had in those elections at the first sniff of
power they could deal the ditch the principles and form an alliance and
I think what is welcome to the obvious conclusion. A quick reaction
from you on Aberdeen kitty. I agree, this is not a surprise from the
Labour Party is in disarray, how they think it will help the general
election prospects, I have no idea. Thank you. Sock
More from the campaign trail coming up, but first Catriona has
Thanks, Laura. Good evening.
Unemployment in Scotland has fallen by 14,000 in the last
But the world of work is changing, with more people now earning money
through the so-called "gig economy" where one-off services like taxi
rides and takeaway meals are arranged by mobile phone.
Our political correspondent Andrew Kerr has this report.
This massage therapist is enjoying her new career
Being self-employed, Elizabeth is her own boss.
She doesn't receive sick pay or paid holidays but there is freedom.
I think if I sat down with somebody, and spoke about the plus points
and also the challenges of being self-employed,
to being on a payroll we could probably come up
we the same amount of items on each list, albeit
There has been a rise in traditional self-employment like this
At the swipe of a screen, with the new gig economy.
Big companies link workers to customers for a one officer
It's sold as giving workers more control but the reality for an Uber
We don't set our own fare, we are not in control
of our own earnings, we have to do it the Uber
But on the highways of Glasgow, Uber put us in touch with one driver
who sees the benefits of working for himself and the company.
You press a button you are working, you press a button and you stop
working, nobody is there telling you what to do.
That is the foundation of flexible working as far as I'm concerned.
There is currently an independent review into the gig economy.
In this election the parties are making various promises
round increasing workers' right and better pay.
Budding Chancellors will want to make sure they don't
miss out on tax revenue as self employment increases.
If the next UK Government tries to address some of these issues
round differences in tax treatment, between the self-employed
and employees that has to go alongside changes in the employment
rights of people working in the self employment sector.
So as office staff enjoy a lunchtime rest in George Square,
politicians in this general election campaign are working hard,
to try to adapt to this changing world of employment.
A child's travel mug has been withdrawn from sale across Europe
by the Disney Store after a seven year old girl from Kirkintilloch
Hospital staff had to use bolt cutters, a hacksaw
and a drill to remove the screw-top cup from Megan Donald's mouth.
The company said it was an unfortunate incident
that they had taken seriously by immediately stopping sales
A man who planned to end his life at a Switzerland suicide clinic next
month is to reconsider the decision after being encouraged by a fellow
56 year old Colin Campbell from Inverness says he feels more
optimistic after being contacted by a local woman whose condition
Both have called for more support for those affected
My situation was extremely bleak. And this has given me is some kind
of optimism which I definitely didn't have. I could see Colin the
way I used to be and I just wanted to give him every chance.
Football, and Inverness are still in with a chance
of avoiding automatic relegation from the Premiership,
Elsewhere, Aberdeen beat Rangers at Ibrox,
It's almost a year since MP Jo Cox was murdered in her
constituency in West Yorkshire by a far right extremist.
At the time, her husband, Brendan, warned of the dangers of allowing
intimidation and abuse to subvert the political process.
Today he brought that message to Scotland.
Leaders of all the main parties broke off from campaigning
to meet him and hear his message of tolerance and understanding.
For Election Reporting Scotland, he also spoke to Stephen Jardine.
Brendan Cox, it is a year since your wife, Jo has died, what have the
last few months been like? The hardest of our lives and we feel we
are in the early stages of it. We are still coming to terms with
what's happened and the permanence of it, which, I think, you don't
fully appreciate at the beginning. And the grief keeps coming. It keeps
coming in waves. But the kids are resilient, and they are still
enjoying life. The thing I said when Jo died, the most important thing I
wanted to do is make sure our kids felt loved and secure which they do.
The response of the public right across the country has been immense
which has given us some solace. I've said once or twice that on that day,
when Jo was killed, there was one act of supreme evil but, since then,
there have been tens of thousands, millions of acts of compassion from
people we didn't know, from people we do know, that have given us
incredible kindness and generosity and have helped us cope with this.
In Scotland, politics became particularly polarised during the
independence referendum campaign. When does passion in politics become
a problem? Passion in politics isn't a problem at all. I think hatred in
politics is a problem. At when you start to build group -based
identities of hating the person not in your group, whether it's people
that don't vote your way, whether it is the independence referendum,
Brexit, the colour of your skin, your faith, that is the problem, we
have to drive hatred out while maintaining passion. We disagree on
many things, on which football team we support or which way we vote in a
referendum, that's normal. What isn't normal is that turning to
hatred, people fixating on that and defining the other as the enemy. And
I think sometimes certainly in recent years politics has fallen
into that trap too often and I hope in this election and in future
referendums, and in public life, we get better at the passionate without
allowing hatred from the extremes to seep in because that isn't what
resonates with people. It's a tiny minority of extremists but they are
given too much purchase in the political debate. Thinking about
social media, Brendan, there is a responsibility on all of us when it
comes to behave you. Absolutely and I think social media sometimes
because of the anonymity of it, sometimes because how should you
have to be with responses, it can polarised in an unhelpful way.
Brendan Cox, thank you very much. Let's talk to our politicians now,
we've got Scottish Labour candidate I'm joined by the SNP
candidate Hannah Bardell, the Scottish Lib Dem
MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton, and the Scottish Conservative
MSP Graham Simpson. Good evening to you all and thanks
for joining us. Blair, people in Aberdeen have been left with no
representation on the council as a result of the suspensions, is it
serving Labour voters well? It is one of the situations where we as a
Labour Party have to consider to work with parties we disagree with.
The Labour Party is sending a signal that we won't put local services in
jeopardy. There is a pretty strong disagreement between the part be
locally and nationally but I think Kezia Dugdale did the right thing to
say we are not going to countenance deals with people who are going to
cut local services, which is what people would expect from the Labour
Party. After the 2012 local elections, there was a Labour-
conservative- independent coalition, so why is it now OK now? There are
deals all the way across Scotland between different parties, who have
different worldviews but the principle that we set out which is
right after such a hit a few years of cuts from both Westminster and
the Scottish government that we are clear we won't do deals with parties
that are going to cut local services. Graham Simpson, what is
your reaction to today's suspensions? I think it is
absolutely extraordinary what's happened. My own party would not
interfere with anything, any of our council group stood because we
believe in localism. What Kezia Dugdale has done today is strive
coach and horses through that concept in the Labour Party. It is
quite extraordinary that Labour are prepared to do deals with the SNP in
certain councils. Kezia Dugdale is saying that the Unionist coalition
is not OK. And the voters throughout Scotland and in Aberdeen will be
utterly confused by this. Let me ask you something the BBC has heard
about this evening about the head of the Tory manifesto, that Theresa May
is going to make a commitment to bring immigration down to the tens
of thousands target. I wonder what your reaction is to that and the
justification to that? Obviously, I haven't seen the manifesto. Theresa
May will know what is in it and I don't. But that sounds like a good
target to aim for. It has been a target missed since 2010. When we
leave the European Union, we will be able to control immigration far
better than we've been able to up until now. There is a call for
higher immigration in Scotland, it is something that has been
encouraged for the economy here so would voters not welcome it here? We
are part of the UK and Blair McDougall and I've fought on the
same side in the campaign to keep us in the United Kingdom. Voters in
Scotland agreed with us then, so I think if we are part of the United
Kingdom, then the immigration policy has to be UK wide. Kebab, the
Liberal Democrats launch their manifesto today with the call for a
second EU referendum on the Brexited deal that ends up being offered, is
its democratic to ignore that first vote? On the 23rd of June last year
the British people voted by a small majority for a departure but not a
destination. Within hours we saw a lot of the prospectus from the leave
campaign evaporate. The ?350 million for the NHS on the side of the bus
was gone by the morning. We believe when the terms of this deal are in
place, the people best place to decide on those terms are the
British people themselves. They started this process and they should
finish it and they should be offered a second option on the ballot paper
which is to remain in the European Union and that's what my party will
campaign for. Do you think that might affect the negotiation
process, though, if it is deemed the UK is dipping its toe in? Not in the
slightest. It is a sensible and democratic process by which Britain
can get to decide what Britain wants to do. People should be given the
opportunity to be asked again, is it really what you meant when you told
us he wanted Brexit? When the reality sets in when we see
ourselves potentially adrift, isolated without a trade agreement,
with all the implication that means for our expats, for people that live
here, they will actually want to think again and not leave it to
compile Tory MPs at the top of the Conservative government. The SNP
oppose Brexit, Hannah Bardell, so would you support a second vote? We
put in our manifesto in the 2016 Scottish elections that if Scotland
was taken out of the EU against its well, we would seek to give people
in Scotland a choice between a hard Tory Brexit and a choice of Scotland
remaining in the single market. We've just seen I think a very
moving piece by Brendan Cox and I think with everything happening it
is important to take a moment and reflect where we are. I actually sat
alongside Jo Cox in the House of Commons and I took part in the
target of war with her. I didn't know her well but I was able to be
in the same choir is her and we owe it to her memory to say where we can
find common cause, I'm looking at the manifesto Pramac of the various
parties, we will disagree on many things, but there will be things we
can agree on and work together on. You don't have to always be in a
formal coalition. The SNP went into a minority coalition in 2007 and we
were able to work together with other parties. The public want to
see that and they understand there will be disagreements and
differences of opinion but it is about having a respectful
disagreement. The question I was putting to you is when we have a
Brexit deal, would it make sense to have a second vote on that, to give
people a boat on the actual outcome on Brexit? That doesn't respect,
performing, the way voted in Scotland. What is important is that
Scotland's place in the single market is protected, and that is
what we have very much proposed, and that's what we will continue to
stand up for in Westminster. We have a general election upon us, and we
have, unfortunately, a government that doesn't have a plan going into
Brexit. It didn't put forward a proper prospectus and we know
already it has no plan if there is no deal which is a terrifying
prospect. That's why the SNP wants to protect Scotland's place and
Nicola Sturgeon said clearly that if we win the election in Scotland, we
will have a mandate to put on the table. Thank you for joining us.
And that's Election Reporting Scotland.
The Conservative UK manifesto, Scottish Lib Dem leader
Willie Rennie is on Good Morning Scotland, and the First Leader's
So, join us again tomorrow night at 10:30pm for all of that.
Largely dry conditions across the country with some heavy showers in
the south-west and drifting northwards but by tomorrow morning
most of those will have gone. Perhaps if you morning showers for
the Hebrides, elsewhere reasonably dry tomorrow, some sunny spells,
some cloud, some passing showers through Lanarkshire and
Stirlingshire and Highland Perthshire but temperatures tomorrow
morning, 9-10, with the sunshine it is a pleasant start. The showers
towards sky and the Western Isles, drifting inland through the day,
perhaps some light showers to start things off across the Northern
Isles. Heading through tomorrow, we see the showers in the west edging
eastwards. They will increase in number and also in intensity
becoming quite heavy across the north-east for a time by early to
mid afternoon. South of the border, a few showers around but probably
unlucky if you catch one. Plenty of fine weather with those showers, and
temperatures up to 20 in the south-east. Plenty of showers for
Northern Ireland. Let's take a closer look at home. By
mid-afternoon, 4pm, those heavier showers across the Northeast, Halen
fund in the mix so if you get caught in one, difficult conditions on the
roads. A few heavy showers edging into the south-west as well by the
end of the day, but they ease off heading overnight. Looking ahead
towards Friday, low pressure out in the Atlantic feeding in some showers
into the West. It edges up the North Sea giving wet weather for the East
of Scotland. The North of England wet and East Anglia as well. Taking
a closer look at us by mid-afternoon, some light showers
but there's the rain clipping the East Coast. If you avoid the rain
and showers, reasonably With the general election
approaching, with the leaders from six
Scottish political parties going head-to-head before you, the voters,
in the Scottish Leaders' Debate. with the leaders from six
Scottish political parties going head-to-head before you, the voters,
in the Scottish Leaders' Debate.