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Here on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.
On Election Reporting Scotland tonight:
Scottish Labour launch their manifesto with a cast-iron
I see like a marriage on the salary I have. I have two go to food banks.
I aim nurse who can manage. -- can't.
And the nurse who took Nicola Sturgeon to task in last
night's TV debate gets an apology on social media.
Monday's almost over but not before your nightly helping
of everything you need to know from today on the election
Another day, another manifesto launch.
Today, it was the turn of Scottish Labour to launch
their vision for the country and this one hadn't even been leaked.
Our political editor Brian Taylor reports.
Kezia Dugdale concedes pulls apparently pointed to a UK
Conservative victory while insisting she is fighting to install Jeremy
Corbyn in Downing Street. She told cheering supporters she deplores the
Conservative approach to pensioners and benefits, including the revised
offer on social care in England. The Tories are standing in this election
on a miserable and mean manifesto that will take our country backwards
and he went back and get away with it.
APPLAUSE But how? In Scotland, that partly
involves a tactical appeal to counter the SNP. They are defending
56 Scottish seats out of 59. She edged doubters in constituencies
where a labourer was second to consider turning red again. The
author, a federal UK and opposition to independence. In these 120 pages,
you'll find a guarantee that they will oppose a second referendum on
independence. The Labour Party is built on solidarity and could never
take our country down that path again. We are divided on. She said
the key manifesto policy was a living wage of ?10 gallon. -- per
hour. They will increase public spending with a spin off for
Scotland. Hull Scotland will see a huge increase in public service
investment. That figure is around ?3 billion in parliament. Money for
schools, hospitals and the benefit of being partly the United Kingdom.
That means higher taxation, although not the Jeremy Corbyn version. The
Scottish Labour manifesto in involves plans to increase the basic
rate of business tax, although that is in the hands of Holyrood. At the
launch, Kezia Dugdale said she was excited by the opportunity presented
by Labour's manifesto. Here are more details. They propose a Scottish
investment bank with ?20 billion of resources. The also involve
high-speed rail to Glasgow and Edinburgh and they will align the
Trident nuclear gerunds, in alignment with the UK policy, not
the Scottish policy. Starting in Livingston, that is the package
Kezia Dugdale will offer voters. Our nightly panel of pundits join me
now, live in the studio this evening it's Labour campaigner and former
candidate Cat Headley, the journalist Peter Geoghegan
and in Edinburgh the political Welcome to you all this evening.
Thank you for joining me. Cat, first, what lies behind a U-turn
from the Conservatives on social policy in the middle of an election
campaign? We saw two day that reason eight, when he is on, she can take
it. -- Theresa May. We saw this without having the election in the
first place, national insurance contributions in the budget. This is
sending a clear message that Theresa May every Prime Minister of the 8th
of June is actually going to, when the going gets tough, do a runner.
As she has on the campaign trail. Strong as stable. It would fight
weak and wobbly instead, doesn't it? In dollars but what is telling is
that when the manifesto was together, it was a closed room. --
it does. It works well when the going is good, it is like an echo
chamber. There wasn't much. When Andrew Gilbert was talking today,
the policy-making does not work very well under a general election
environment. In a way, we are just... A group setting, you said,
they just go and roll with it. It. It unravelled by the end of last
week. It was not going to be sustainable. These are issues,
especially around the idea of a dementia tax, it is a general
phrase. For a larger families, it is relevant to something they are
dealing with an everyday lives it was going to be unsustainable. The
much more fundamental question is, how did this come about in the
birthplace? Added and not get scrutinised before the public
domain? That is more damaged than the Eugene itself. -- in the first
place. -- than the U-turn. When it comes to paying foreign social
provision, the Conservatives need to show courage in the conviction in
asking for more from better off pensioners. The way they went about
it was wrong, but was this U-turn a mistake, and the policy itself is
fundamentally right? I think the policy, as was, and this old thing
is undeniably messy... But the policy as was was at least the
beginning of a more responsible discussion about what is a massively
complex and of course costly problem in intergenerational poverty and the
cost of social care. The requirement is sometimes to sell someone's house
to pay for that. That is a discussion we need to have and I
thought the policy unveiled last week was a beginning of something
quite promising in that respect but it is obviously political
kryptonite, there have been a view focus groups since then and the
prime minister and advisers are obviously panicking on that. -- a
few. I think we have now taken several steps back. Ivo gives group
that is obvious is the Cabinet. Do you agree that she did not go
through the rank process? Patently been the case. It is well documented
that the prime Minister and her two chiefs of staff, Timothy and Fiona
Hill, it seems that this simply was not tested. Not only beyond that
tight circle but crucially without as, members of the public. -- with
voters. ACAS Ireland guaranteed you never support independence, will
that be enough to build a Labour revival? Kezia has been very clear
that it is time to move on, Scotland have had enough. -- A cast-iron
guarantee. Scottish Labour is very clear that we are against a second
referendum. It is time to focus on education and the health service
anti-government have to get back to the day job. The debate last night
was very clear from the audience members, on the doorstep, the
independence referendum is a distraction and it is also a
convenient excuse in relation to the EU because the result was going to
be something that Nicola Sturgeon will find for the SNP to argue for
another referendum. If it was not EU, it would be something else. With
the SNP and independence, and the Tories with the cuts, have they made
a difference today? In some ways, they hidden stories of the council
elections, which is a few weeks ago but feels like a few months ago, is
that Labour did OK, they survived, come out unscathed. The jewellery
came out in seconds but it was not as bad as it could be. The challenge
for Labour in a first past the post system is that it is that
nationalism. The SNP are really a force of nationalism, the Tories are
not, where the Labour Party fit in? We are going to have any --
unionism. Are they on the Unionist side? They are probably not going to
pull off enough. What about with the SNP? And they will probably be able
to pull a view but not quite. Will they generate multi-? It is
difficult to look across the country and see where they generate multi-?
It is difficult to look across the country and see where the seat will
come from. There is one where it'll certainly struggled to vote. Whether
these were at an Edinburgh salve, because it is very different to
these policies, who knows. The prime Minister was interviewed by Andrew
Neal Elliott today, she refused to take part in your leaders debate.
You're the one in Edinburgh. -- Andrew Neil. Is it difficult for
leaders to get the point across? -- the leaders debate in Edinburgh. Of
course. You heard the nurse Jake the First Minister to chat. We should
not overstate the impact of the leaders debates, manifesto launches,
and indeed political campaigns. The average voter will not follow this.
-- take her to task. They are they are watching this programme. All of
it has its place but it can be exaggerated. Villagers decided to
vote on a general mood of candidates, a general impression of
party, leaders and policies. Very little of this actually cuts
through. Kezia Dugdale for example had a good night last night, I
think. Anti-gay, knows journalists thought she did very well at the
manifesto launch. -- And today, most journalists what she did very well.
More from the campaign trail coming up, but first Anne Lundon has
Thousands of investors seeking compensation
from The Royal Bank of Scotland are taking legal action against
This morning the case was adjourned for 24 hours
The shareholders claim they were misled
over the bank's financial health in the run-up to its near-collapse
More from our business correspondent Andy Verity.
Inside this building behind me this morning the courtroom was packed,
and included among the people were shareholders who were asked to fork
The bank was trying to raise ?12 billion, the
biggest ever fundraising at the time done by a UK corporation, and when
you raise money from your shoulders, you are supposed to tell them what
they are handing over their money for.
All the relevant details are supposed to be there, like for
example how financially strong or weak you are.
What the shareholders are claiming is that the bank didn't
tell them relevant information, like for example the fact that executives
had been telling each other that if they could not borrow from other
banks, they might run out of money in a day or less.
The shareholders are irritated now that this has
taken years to progress, and that the bank has spent
?110 million of money that comes from you and me,
taxpayers, fighting this case, only to decide it wants to settle it now.
One shareholder, Neil Mitchell, gave me his views.
It is absolutely atrocious that 110 million has been
booked so far, it will be at least 125 million.
This is taxpayer money being used to defend litigation
against their own shareholders, their own customers, which is what
RBS do in dealing with anyone dares complain against them.
Now they have decided to adjourn the case for
a day while they try to continue settlement talks.
Among the people they are talking to are former employees
of the bank who are encouraged persuaded to take out shares
themselves, investing thousands of pounds,
and of those shares went from ?2 down to 11p.
They are not happy, and in order for them to be
settled with, the bank is going to have to go some.
A former head teacher at a Catholic boarding school in the Highlands has
gone on trial accused of assaulting boys in his care.
83-year-old Father Benedict Seed is charged with assaulting
eight pupils at the now closed Fort Augustus abbey school
Inverness Sheriff Court heard that the alleged attacks included
hitting boys with a hockey stick and a spiked golf shoe.
A man has appeared in court charged with attempting to abduct two young
girls from a playpark in Falkirk last Friday.
50-year-old John Bermingham is also accused
of assault and breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
He made no plea during the private hearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court
Getting back to the campaign trail now - the Liberal Democrats called
on the SNP to drop their demands for a second independence
referendum for the sake of Scotland's businesses.
When the challenge for businesses is so huge with Brexit, the last thing
they need is even more trade barriers with independence. That's
why the SNP should call off their campaign for another independence
referendum. It will damage in this and it is bad already with Brexit.
-- damage businesses. The SNP picked up on the biggest
issue of the day - they used Theresa May's apparent
U-turn on social care to push their credentials as the protectors
of Scotland's pensioners. Left to their own devices, the
Tories will take away the triple what protection on pensions and the
Winter fuel on balance, and impose a dementia tax in England. That says
to me that, for Scotland, we need the strongest possible voices
standing up in Scotland's interest and that can only come from the SNP.
A few hours ago, in a BBC interview with Andrew Neil, Theresa May
refused to put a figure on the upper limit people will have to pay
towards the cost of social care, saying it will be
The Prime Minister has denied going back on her manifesto plan
to make people in England pay for their care, up to the last
We're going to publish a green paper, a consultation, so we want to
take people's views and views of charities and others on how the
system should be operating. We will have within the consultation that
concept of an absolute limit on the costs that people have to pay.
Well, I'm joined by some politicians - tonight the Scottish Labour MSP
James Kelly is here in Glasgow and in Edinburgh we've got
the Scottish Lib Dem candidate Christine Jardine,
the Scottish Conservative MSP Gordon Lindhurst and the SNP
Welcome to you all. Gordon Lindhurst, you were on the campaign
trail over the weekend. Just how badly was the social care issue
going down and does that explain this dramatic U-turn today? I think
what the Prime Minister did today was clarified the policy and it's
something that she says will be subject to further consultation. Did
anybody mention it to you over the weekend? No, what people have been
saying on the doorsteps is they recognise the need to address social
care and other policy issues in this area but this particular
announcement does apply to Scotland, where we have our own set of policy
considerations. but this has been a massive climb-down in the middle of
an election campaign. As I said, this only applies to England, but
the Prime Minister is seeking to clarify things and detail on policy,
is always something that needs to be clarified and were consultation is
going to be carried out, that can be done so no, it's not something that
voters were really overly concerned about in Scotland at the weekend
when I was out campaigning. Polls seem to be campaigning a bit away
from you right now. When you look back at this YouTube and social
care, will you think this was a key moment where the election possibly
turn for you? I think this election campaign still has two weeks to run
and I don't think this issue in and of itself certainly in particular in
Scotland is really something that is going to heavily influenced the way
voters vote -- influence the way voters bought, so I think one can
look at it the other way and think that it shows the Prime Minister is
listening to what people have to say and wants to allay fears that may
not have a basis. Tommy Sheppard in Edinburgh, elections are made of
manifestos and moments of last night's readers debate, in stalled
Nicola Sturgeon that she struggled to afford to live and how to turn to
foodbanks and was criticised by one of your Westminster colleagues on
social media and subsequently faced a barrage of abuse as a result.
There has been an apology on social media to her. Would you like to
apologise to her on TV? I haven't seen what was said, Stephen, but of
course I would condemn any abuse of social media, I get it myself, and
there is no place for that in this election campaign but I understand
the nurse did raise some important points that go to the heart of this
election campaign and that is who is paying for Brexit, who is paying for
its territory, and only the SNP are coming up with a coherent plan to
challenge austerity at source and decided should be the poor and
vulnerable in our society who have to pay for that. People shouldn't
have to continue working and not see an increase in their wages. So
you're saying it was important for her voice to be had and was wrong of
your Westminster College to criticise her for what she said? --
Westminster colleague. I'm not sure what the debate was, but I'm sure my
colleagues would have acted in good faith with the information they had
but the information has now been corrected an apology has been made
and I think it should go on. I think the important thing today is the
bizarre spectacle of a Labour manifesto for a Westminster election
suggests income tax should go up for basic rate taxpayers in Scotland but
not anywhere else in the UK. How on earth do they expect anyone to vote
Labour in that context? It is quite a bizarre offer to the electorate.
The SNP wants to see those with broadest shoulders who can afford to
do so paying more in tax and we want to CNN to two Tory cuts but to be
transferring them onto the backs of low-paid families in Scotland like
the nurse last night is not the way of doing it. James Kelly, Scottish
Labour, your manifesto launched today. Last day Kezia Dugdale
accused the SNP have been blinded by independence. The headline on your
press release, Scottish Labour manifesto to oppose another divisive
referendum. One page mentions independence 11 times. The truth is,
you're the party that can see past. Greenback we made it clear today
that at the heart of our proposals is that we are stronger together. We
are opposed to another independence referendum but what is becoming
clear in this election is that Labour are winning the political
arguments and that is because the policies that we are putting forward
like a ?10 minimum wage, an additional ?3 billion to the
Scottish budget and taking railways back into public ownership are
popular policies and that is why Labour has momentum going into this
final two weeks. Back to independence, it seems to be the
most important thing for you because it is all over the manifesto today.
I can much, Jeremy Corbyn said a second referendum was aptly be fine.
Now we're getting a cast-iron guaranteed never to back
independence. How does that square? Labour have made it absolutely
clear, consistently through this campaign, that we are opposed to a
second independence referendum. Module leader, Jeremy Corbyn! The
SNP have taken their eyes off the issues they should be concentrating
on like the crisis in the NHS, the pay cap that the nurse spoke about
last night and trying to improve literacy and numeracy in our
schools. I've been on the doors tonight in Rutherglen and those are
the issues that people are talking about. They don't want another
referendum and it's time that the SNP got on with the issues that they
are responsible for. That's what people are saying in this selection.
Christine Jardine for the Liberal Democrats, we heard in the debate
last night a very clear choice in the election, the SNP for
independence and two major parties opposed to independence but with
different views about how the country should be run. Where does
that leave any space for the Liberal Democrats? I think you're
overlooking the fact that Willie Rennie has been absolutely clear
that we are opposed to independence. There were three major parties last
eight opposed to it. Not on the basis of the polls, Christine.
Withered leaves us is, as a party who are the only party in Scotland
who are pro-UK and pro-EU and want to see Scotland at the heart of the
UK and the heart of Europe with a strong relationship with Europe. But
the Labour Party Conservative parties have come down now in favour
of hard Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn has backed to -- Theresa May's view.
That puts 80,000 jobs at risk in Scotland. We are the only party
standing up for a relationship with Europe which will protect those
jobs. Ruth Davidson said today she would be happy to work with you and
Labour to form a prounion coalition to force the SNP out of Hollywood.
Would you work with her? I think what we're seeing across Scotland is
people deciding for themselves who they would see as the best party to
vote the SNP alt of the seats for Westminster and that is what we are
concerned about at the moment. We have an election where it is clear
that Theresa May is heading towards a victory. So you would work with
her? I think what we're seeing is that people are deciding for
themselves how they are going to vote. so would you work with her?
Our leader has made it clear there will be no coalition at Westminster
and what we're doing is, we are working for the people across
Scotland who want to see Scotland at the heart of the UK and the UK at
the heart of Europe. That's what we're working on. Thank you all of
you for joining us this evening. Now there's around an hour
left to get yourself registered if you want to vote
in this election. I found out earlier
just how easy it is. This is Sam. She's 22 and doing work
experience. Sam dropped off the electoral roll after the
independence referendum. Up to 7 million eligible people across the
UK are not to vote and this particular -- there is particular
concern for younger voters. Hondas under-21s have dropped off the list
since the vote was introduced. But it just takes an address and
national insurance number to join. Now that that's done, my next
decision is who to vote for! So if you want to register before
the midnight cut-off in just one Before we leave you tonight,
you know that feeling when you are caught doing something
you shouldn't be doing? This was Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson sneaking a look at the questions before
being interviewed by Fellow Tory Sir Nicholas Soames
called him a rotter. And that's Election
Reporting Scotland. Tomorrow on the campaign trail,
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