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Here, on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.


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.


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