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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