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Good evening on Election Reporting Scotland tonight.


The fallout from the first televised election debate of the campaign.


Plus we'll discuss what the UK Conservative manifesto


It's only three weeks until polling day, and the first televised


election debate is now under our belts.


Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn weren't there -


but five leaders from the other main parties did take part in tonight's


Our political correspondent David Porter was also watching


Good evening from Salford, where it was a debate of the five, not the


seven. Theresa May and as a consequence of her refusal to take


part, Jeremy Corbyn, also decided they did not want to be part of this


discussion tonight. It means that the two most plausible candidates to


be Prime Minister on June the 9th were not present today. It also


reflected the way that the debate went, because neither the studio


audience, nor the candidates, could put questions to those two people.


It meant as well that it very much changed the nature of the debate. As


perhaps we expected, it started off on Brexit, with the exception of


Ukip's Paul Nuttall, all the other four party leaders from the SNP,


from Plaid Cymru, from the Greens and Liberal Democrats, said that in


an ideal world they would want to remain part of Brexit. It was only


Paul Nuttall who said that he believed the right thing had


happened must be others pick top him by saying he was in effect acting as


Theresa May's mouthpiece this evening -- the others picked on him.


A number of the leaders were accused of wanting to embark on what they


said was a hardline Brexit position. The debate moved on, as you would


expect, to areas like health and education and the taxation system


and what could be done to get Britain moving again. But crucially


time after time, they wanted to refer to that issue of Brexit. What


was Nicola Sturgeon's pitch? Nicola Sturgeon's pitch was one we have


heard before in the campaign. Very simply that if Scotland wanted to be


protected, in her words, it had to return a large block of SNP MPs to


Westminster, to look after Scotland's future. She also hinted


as well, when they were talking about Brexit and moving on to the


whole independence question, that now was not the right time. Now, her


Ames say she is in no way trying to delay what she would like, which is


an independence referendum -- her assistants say. The Conservatives


say she is trying to spin, they say she wants to avoid this issue in the


run-up to June the 8th. David Porter, thank you.


More from the campaign trail coming up, but first Alasdair Fraser has


Thanks, Laura. Good evening.


Police are treating an attack on a man in his car in Glasgow


Steven Daniel was stabbed in the face in the early


He is understood to be the nephew of gangland


figure Jamie Daniel, who died last year.


Rebecca Curran has been at the scene.


Police say a 37-year-old man, understood to be Steven Daniel, also


known as Bonzo, was driving his car on Craighall Road behind me, around


midnight last night. Two cars started to chase him, they crashed


into him and it was then he was attacked. Police initially said he


was shot. This afternoon they clarified that and said they think


that either and knife or a machete was used. He remained in hospital in


a stable condition after receiving treatment for facial injuries. We


understand that Steven Daniel is the nephew of gangland figure Jamie


Daniel, who died last year, following a cancer battle. And the


cousin of Robert Daniel, who was shot outside his home in Stepps two


months ago. Police can't say at this stage whether or not this incident


is linked to any other. Two vehicles have been found this afternoon. They


were both set on fire. The police are still investigating whether or


not they were linked to this incident. But officers are asking


anyone with information to get in touch.


An SNP minority administration is to lead Glasgow City Council -


for the first time - after a meeting at City Chambers.


Councillor Susan Aitken was elected unopposed


But Councillors in Edinburgh and West Lothian have


delayed their decision on who should form their administrations.


An investigation has found that more than 80 per cent of a sea salt,


said to have been produced in the Western Isles,


The Food Standards Agency has criticised the Hebridean Sea


Salt company for deceiving customers.


The firm's owner has been unavailable for comment.


Oysters are being introduced into the waters around Scotland -


for the first time in more than 100 years.


They became extinct due to overfishing in most areas


A team from Herriot-Watt University has begun trials


in the Dornoch Firth - where they hope to reintroduce


Football, and Celtic marched on in the Premiership,


with a comfortable win at Partick Thistle.


Patrick Roberts - on loan from Manchester City -


scored two great goals to make the final score 5-0.


That's all from me - now back to Laura.


The Conservatives launched their UK manifesto today, with Theresa May


describing it as putting the interests of ordinary


working people at the heart of everything government does.


It proposes curbing net migration, taking longer to clear the deficit,


and making pensions and pensioner benefits less generous.


Well to discuss this I'm joined by a panel of pundits.


Angela Haggerty, the editor of Common Space website.


The political editor of the Daily Record,


And in Edinburgh, the political commentator David Torrance.


Good evening and not all. David Clegg, I'll come to you first. It's


called Ford Together. I wonder what you make of the tone and headlines


of the Tory manifesto? I think Theresa May is trying to pitch to


the centre ground, recognising that the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn


have gone to the left. It's a tactic actually that David Cameron and


George Osborne were pursuing prior to the Brexit referendum, but the


point about it is, is it legitimate, is it real, or is it pretends to the


centre ground, because I think most of the policies and here, whilst


there are some tokenistic moves towards the centre ground, we are


still in a position where they will welfare frees, there will be the


same attack on the poor, it will still be the same kind of position


we were in before. So although she's making sounds about moving to the


centre ground, I'm not sure I really buy it and also she is pursuing both


Brexit process which is going to be very to the economy and also an


immigration policy which is very, very damaging to the economy. Will


come to that. David Torrance, it's Theresa May's first manifesto. Can


you define any Mayism from Edgar she might it's tempting for pundits like


myself to go after and ism. In the early days of Margaret Thatcher's


government there was no such thing as Thatcherism, it emerged over


time. There is some sort of philosophical consistency to what


May is trying to do. If you know your Tory party history and I fully


appreciate a lot of people don't have any history -- interest in


that, they've always tacked to the centre in election time and made a


cross-party pitch. They've often done extremely successfully, even in


the late 19th century, the 1930s, again in the 1950s, so I think May


is very much in that tradition. It is coherent, is it legitimate?


That's a perfectly reasonable thing to ask. To my eyes and ears it's a


sort of mishmash of left and right and omitting in between. Angela


Haggerty, some of the proposed policies of course would apply here


in Scotland, some of them wouldn't." Pensions board, is still a reserved


issue. Do you think that will be a big issue in this election? It ought


to be, but what is interesting as we will see in this election campaign


the Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson try to keep this along


the constitutional question lines, I think, and keep the debate in


Scotland along those lines and they feel like they are much stronger


ground if they can keep that being the main thread of the debate in


Scotland. I think interestingly, what we did see in the Scottish Tory


manifesto, was very little talk actually of Scotland and the talk of


the Scottish second independence referendum, there's this issue of


there being public consent for that. I think heading down the line we


could be looking at a big fight between Westminster and Holyrood,


has already passed consent to seek a second independence referendum. She


didn't define what public consent meant. That's one of the more


interesting things for Scotland and getting that definition of what that


means and what is going to mean for the next couple of years as we head


towards what Nicola Sturgeon would like to be a second referendum.


Let's touch on to my's first televised leaders' debate, but


without two leaders, David Clegg? Yes, they say there's no show


without Punch, there's definitely no show without Punch and Judy, we


discovered today. It was dismal, it was the most boring two hours of


political television I can remember and that's saying something, and I


don't think we learned a great deal. I think there was another problem.


Because of the five leaders that were left, you had quite an odd


combination of why Nicola Sturgeon, Leanne Wood and Caroline Lucas and


Tim Farron agree on more than they disagree on, or most of the issues


we were discussing there. So it was a very unusual debate and I don't


think it would have helped anyone decide on who they want to vote for,


come the election. David Torrance, what did you make of the


performances? The points I felt I had slipped back in time and I was


watching the 2050 leaders' debate, it was very similar, including some


of the personnel. -- the 2015 leaders' debate. Nicola Sturgeon


gave a perfectly solid performance. She gave out all the key SNP


messages such as they are in this campaign. Paul Nuttall was the


figure of fun in the same way that Nigel Farage was a couple of years


ago. Leanne Wood pitched very directly to a Welsh audience. I


don't think is added to the sum is very much. Angela, do the voters put


anything into these debates, do you think? I think they do, but at the


same time the two people who could become Prime Minister after this


election weren't there. Those who will work -- those who were there


will be pleased with their performances but there were no big


punches landed. Thank you so much. More from us tomorrow and on Monday,


with Stephen Jordan. Goodbye for now.


Hello, good evening. It's been a day of sunshine and showers, but


tonight, the showers fade to


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