06/06/2017 Reporting Scotland


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shown there on Saturday night. Lucy Manning talking to some of the


people there. Good evening on Election


Reporting Scotland tonight. Scotland's politicians go head


to head in one of the last debates before Thursday's vote


And where is the love June 6 was D-Day, but


on the campaign trail, there is still one day left before


you make the big decision. It's been an election like no other,


and, at this stage, it's all about the final push


for the finishing line. Tonight, that focussed on the last


big Scottish leaders' debate, which finished half an hour


ago in Glasgow. Our political correspondent,


Nick Eardley, watched it What were the main issues


discussed tonight Nick? These big TV set piece events often


reflect the debate we've been hearing throughout the campaign. But


they also quite often provide those wow moments, the things that really


stick in your mind. Unsurprisingly, Nicola Sturgeon faced the most


pressure on that issue of independence. It was the thing that


her three Unionist rivals all wanted to go at her on, because quite


frankly, they think she's vulnerable on it at the moment. But it was also


comments from Miss Sturgeon about what she claims Kezia Dugdale told


her about potentially dropping opposition to another referendum


that provided one of those big moments.


we spoke after the referendum and you said the change occasioned the


independence referendum. I said I would support anything you do to


support our position in Europe. You know that's not quite true. People


across the country know you back independence. But heaven's sake why


not put it to one side for a bit and give us a bit of peace. That's all


we want. If you think Brexit is going to be bad, just wait for


independence on top of it. It will be austerity on steroids.


A furious reaction from Scottish Labour to that Nicola Sturgeon claim


tonight. Kezia Dugdale has said the idea that she offered to change


Labour's position was a lie. Her spokesman said Nicola Sturgeon has


demeaned the office of First Minister. For a party that has


struggled to communicate a co-heernts message on its opposition


to independence less than 48 hours before polls close this won't be


welcome. Rouge Davidson faced -- Ruth Davidson faced real pressure on


the so-called rape clause. Other parties think that the Conservative


leader here is more vulnerable on UK Government policies than she is when


she's talking about her favourite issue, which is opposition to


another independence referendum. In particular, they wanted to talk


about changes to the benefits system which means if you have, if you're a


woman with a third child conceived through rape, you have to fill out a


form or get a professional to fill out a form which says that child was


conceived by rape so you can still receive benefits for it. Here's a


flavour of the exchanges on that. The money you are saving, money


taken from the poorest in our society is then being spent by your


party on a tax cut for the richest. How do Tories sleep at night? Your


Tory Party is just callous and heartless as it has always been, is


it not? We're making sure - Are you saying that every Conservative MP


that is sent from Scotland to Westminster will actually defend the


rape clause? Will that be their job? We want to make sure there's extra


help available. That's why we're making sure there's an exemption. I


can't imagine what it's been like for her, none of us can. We have


people who walk through our doors and surgeries all the time with


this. Those four will be back out on the campaign trail tomorrow, then in


48' hours time we will be discussing the results. Live from the newsroom


thanks. Nick. Let's discuss the winners and losers


with our nightly panel From Edinburgh, former Scotsman


editor and now a Conservative councillor in the city,


John McLellan, also with us, political commentators


Rebecca McQuillan and journalist, Peter, you followed tonight's


debate. Standout moments for you? I guess as Nick pointed out there,


we're going to be talking a lot about Kezia Dugdale's schaeng with


Nicola Sturgeon -- exchange with Nicola Sturgeon where Nicola


Sturgeon says hours after the Brexit vote that she said she was willing


to soften her line on a second referendum because of the vote to


leave the European Union. That will really resonate. There will be talk


and we'll be hearing blow back from Labour about this. Aside from that I


think it was the main thrust of the campaign. We saw Nicola Sturgeon


being the centre after tension. The three Unionist parties at times, we


saw really Ruth Davidson was the next big person attacked. At times,


you had the Liberal Democrats and Labour together, Willie Rennie and


Kezia Dugdale. That signifies that Labour are the third force in


Scottish politics. They're no longer the people, roll back two years ago,


it was Jim Murphy in the attack seat. Now it's Labour who are the


third force. Really this is how the campaign has played out. The Tories


have raised doubts about how committed Labour's opposition to


independence really is. This is an incendiary charge from Nicola


Sturgeon at this stage? Oh, yeah, it was a hell of a grenade to lob at


this stage. I think Peter's right, it will be the only story of the


night they'll play out tomorrow and already, if you have a moment's


glance at Twitter, you'll see the furious spin machine at work trying


to close this story down. Everything else tonight was really old


arguments played out. I mean, I didn't think that any of the other


issues really enlightened the audience. But when journalists are


looking for something new to report, the First Minister gave them


something that was gold. A private conversation, so it's one person's


word against another. Absolutely. Which is why it's brilliant. Because


it's going to be very, very difficult to close down. You'll get


one side of an argument and another. There are no notes of the


conversation, so it's going to be a difficult one. The thing about those


kind of stories is that does it have the ring of truth about it? Yeah,


probably on balance it does. Therefore it will play out. As Peter


said there, some real difficulty for Ruth Davidson tonight on the subject


of the so-called rape clause. Absolutely. All three of the other


party leaders rounded on her over that. This is about trying to brand


the Conservatives as still being the same old nasty party. She did look


uncomfortable, I think answering questions on that. As she has done


indeed in Holyrood over the past few weeks. Kezia Dugdale brought a bit


of theatre to it by brandishing the form itself in her face. So yes, she


was on the ropes on that one. Three party leaders would wanted to talk


about independence tonight, just not the leader of the party in favour of


independence. It was very striking. Again, it echoes the themes of this


campaign. If you go onto the streets, you look at election


material produced by the parties, the Liberal Democrats are the only


people who can stop the SNP. Insert Labour, Conservatives here. You will


see election manifesto material from the SNP that doesn't talk much about


independence. What was interesting is where you saw the parties, where


the different parties saw they had tactical votes, at times, to gain


from each other, but also they are actually trying to win seats off


each other, say like Edinburgh south, the only seat that Labour


holds, where the Tories at one stage were looking to gain. You could see


where Willie Rennie and Kezia Dugdale had a strange response for a


moment, where they had an opportunity to ask questions on each


other and ended up rounding on Ruth Davidson. For the Unionist parties


there's more of a tactical vote than 2014. It's clear that the Tories are


the opposition. So the parties are pivoting around it. They are on the


doorsteps and have done their focus groups. They feel it's not a vote


winner for the SNP and it is for them. Still floating voters with one


day of campaigning to go. Anything in there tonight you see that could


change things for people? Probably not. I think certainly for anyone


who hadn't been following the campaign, and they just watched this


debate, it certainly does encollapse late all the issues that we've been


seeing over the last few weeks. I think what is important about these


debates is how much, you know, how much the personality of the leaders


comes across. I think Nicola Sturgeon stands out in this debate


and in the other debates that she's done as being very practised at


them. She's actually had more practice than both Theresa May and


indeed Jeremy Corbyn at doing these sorts of things. But on the other


side, you've got a lot of passion coming through from Kezia Dugdale


and indeed from Willie Rennie and a lot of firmness of purpose coming


through from Ruth Davidson. If you're deciding on the basis of this


debate, these factors too will come into play.


Thank you all for your time this evening.


More from the campaign trail coming up, but first


After a seven-week trial, Craig Whyte, the former owner


of Rangers, has been cleared of taking over the


His defence lawyer said he had been cast as the pantomime villain


Andrew Black reports from the High Court in Glasgow.


Craig Whyte left the High Court today a free and very happy man.


Following a lengthy police investigation, and a seven-week


trial, a jury took two hours to clear him. He gave his reaction


after the verdict. Today, I'm just delighted with the outcome. Mr Whyte


bought Rangers from previous owner Sir David Murray, seen here leaving


court, for ?1, at a time when the club faced an uncertain financial


future. As part of the takeover, he also agreed to take on the club's


multimillion pound bank debt and put money into the playing squad. But


the club went into administration and he eventually went on trial


accused of not having the money to ache for his takeover. Rangers


legend alley McKoist was among the high profile witnesses who gave


evidence, as did former manager, Walter Smith, and so David himself


also gave evidence from the witness box. Donald Finley who represented


Mr Whit argued his client met the conditions of the sale and said


there was no loss to Sir David in the buyout. The jury acquitted Mr


Whit of one charge of fraud and a second charge under the companies


act. After the ver dict was read out. The judge turned to Craig Whyte


and asked him to stand, she said, "You have been acquitted and are


free to leave the dock." In response Mr Whyte said, "Thank you." If he


thinks it's all over, he might be wrong. The Scottish Football


Association says it's now considering pursuing him for a fine


of ?200,000, levied in 2012, for bringing the game into disrepute.


Less than a year after Mr Whyte took over, the club


The outcome of this trial leaves many still


Our correspondent David Henderson's report contains some


Walking free from court, Craig Whyte now cleared from a massive fraud.


I'm delighted with the outcome. And a charge of buying Rangers using its


own assets. Six years ago, Craig white took charge of Rangers. When


he arrived at Ibrox, he talked of plans to build the club and make it


stronger than ever. We want to take the club forward. I think we've got


some very exciting times ahead. For fans, the years that followed were


exciting for all the wrong reasons. It's a difficult day for Rangers. We


will emerge a stronger club. Thank you. In less than a year, Rangers


football club plc had gone bust. Forced into liquidation, leaving


debts of tens of millions of pounds and almost 300 creditors left out of


pocket. The end result, humiliation for club and fans alike, with


Rangers forced to play in the bottom tier of Scottish football a giant


amongst sporting minnows. Before he bought Rangers Craig Whyte seemed to


have it all, a castle in the Highlands and a home in Monaco. But


the BBC learned he'd once been banned from acting as a company


director, a serious penalty, which raised questions about whether he


was fit to buy the club. Let's go. Let's' go. Let's move back please.


After Rangers' collapse, Craig Whyte faced legal action. He left the


country and was tracked down to Mexico. Held by police there, he


chose to return to the UK to answer a warrant for his arrest. Throughout


this trial, the jury heard claims about how the takeover was funded.


The prosecution claimed the cash was raised through a deal to sell


Rangers season tickets with the company Tictetus. With Craig Whyte


mortgaging the club's assets before he owned them. As the deadline for


the deal approached, Craig Whyte's lawyer told him he would be mad to


buy the club and he should walk away. Whyte apparently laughed and


pushed on regardless. Craig Whyte persuaded the Rangers' owner Sir


David Murray to sell him the club and throughout this trial, his


defence team have highlighted the Murray group's apparent lack of


interest in how Whyte was funding the deal. Whyte's defence lawyers


argued how could the Murray group not have phone ticketus was


supplying the money. How could this be fraud if Sir David was


benefitting from selling ranger. -- Rangers? At the time Sir David's


business empire was struggling and was being propped up by Lloyds Bank.


The jury heard it was keen on this deal and offered to release its hold


on one of his companies Murray Metals, once Rangers was sold to


Craig Whyte. Was this an incentive to sell, as the defence team


claimed? A senior bank manager admitted in court that this was. Six


years on, and Rangers are still recovering from Craig Whyte's spell


at Ibrox. In that time, he's been bankrupted and banned again from


being a company director. This court case ends a sorry chapter in


Rangers' story. But leaves many fans wondering where it all went wrong.


Craig Whyte wasn't the only person close to the takeover


Others, including former Rangers owner Sir David Murray,


played a part in that doomed deal six years ago.


We spoke to former Rangers chairman, Alistair Johnston, at his home


in Ohio about how he feels about Mr Whyte's acquisition


of the club and Rangers' subsequent downfall.


If indeed it Craig Whyte is found not guilty of being in contravention


of the companies act, it doesn't exonerate him from his villainy.


Towards Rangers football club. He should have been charged with murder


of an institution, destruction of people's passion, destruction of the


spirit of hundreds of thousands of Rangers fans.


And you can see our investigations correspondent Mark Daly's full


That's all from me, now back to Stephen.


So just 24 hours to go on the campaign trail,


and it's been a frantic few weeks for politicians travelling up


and down the country. But some places have received


more love than others from our politicians.


Ken McDonald has been looking at just who's been where.


Time is tight so the party leaders are going where they think they can


make the biggest difference. We analysed those campaigning visits to


try to make out a pattern. This is just a bit of fun, we only looked at


the Scottish party leaders, not counting national events because we


wanted to look at the ground war. We started counting after the Council


elections and stopped last thing Friday night. These interactive maps


you can access online. These are the travels of Nicola Sturgeon. The SNP


have dozens of seats to defend and these visits may show where they


feel most vulnerable. Most of Ruth Davidson's appearance could signal


possible gains but as with all the parties, the decisions where to go


could be based on imperfect information. Most of Kezia Dugdale's


travels have taken across the central belt. She's going there in


the hope they can be Labour's lands again. The Lib Dems were once a


power in the land and where the remains enough of a key vote to give


them hope this time. Too much detail? Let's narrow it down. Which


constituencies felt the love the most? Four stand out because they


have had no fewer than five leader visits. East Lothian was one.


Edinburgh East, two appearances by Willie Rennie and another three by


Kezia Dugdale. Labour surely think these seats are the hottest


prospects. North East Fife, Nicola Sturgeon has been there twice and


Willie Rennie three times, although he is the local MSP. Perth and


Perthshire north another hotspots. Three other constituencies are just


bubbling under on four visits apiece. The map suggests these seven


seeds are key battle grounds in the parties' eyes at least.


Let's catch up with some politicians now for the final


In Aberdeen tonight, Kirsty Blackman from the SNP.


In Edinburgh, we've got Christine Jardine


from the Scottish Lib Dems and Brian Whittle from


And James Kelly from Scottish Labour is with me in the studio.


Mr Kelly, surprised to learn the night from Nicola Sturgeon that your


leader Kezia Dugdale had a private conversation with her where she said


after Brexit, that changed everything including opposition to a


second independence referendum? This is absolute fantasy from the First


Minister and desperate stuff. A cynical ploy to try to drive out the


Tory vote because the SNP now they are under pressure from Labour in


seats all across Scotland. Every speech and every debate in the


Scottish Parliament, Kezia Dugdale made her own position to another


referendum clear, she has been consistent throughout. You are


saying that conversation never happened? It's an absolute fantasy


and desperate stuff from the First Minister. Look at all the speeches


Kezia Dugdale has made. She has been consistent. She has opposed a second


referendum throughout. The First Minister should be ashamed of


herself all this tactic. Kirsty Blackman from the SNP in Aberdeen,


that conversation never happened? I was not present for it but the First


Minister says it happened then I would imagine it did. In terms of


who was sitting in the polls at the moment, what would be a good and bad


result for you? We are looking to win all 59 seats and that is what


we're trying to do. The way the polls are going, it looks like we


will win the election in Scotland but we're taking nothing for granted


and it is important people in Scotland understand that it's a


clear choice between the SNP the Tories. Brian Whittle, the same


question for you, Ruth Davidson said her party would redraw the political


map of Scotland and presumably that means you are hoping to get more


than your current single seat? We are looking to make significant


gains throughout Scotland. The polls suggesting that is the case. It is a


straight fight between a single issue party or the SNP or the


Scottish Conservatives and we would hope to make significant gains in


Scotland. The latest YouGov poll taken between June the 1st and June


the Fest puts you down 3%, did you peek too soon? It is fairly obvious


we are making quite a lot of headway in the last couple of years. You are


not sounding hugely confident. I am quite confident and I think we will


take a significant number of seats in Scotland. We have made


significant progress in the last couple of years and I would expect


that to be represented the election on Thursday. Christine Jardine, one


party has remained rock steady in the polls, at rock bottom, the Lib


Dems, why have you not shown any signs of progress? You just


mentioned the YouGov poll and I think you will find tomorrow in the


latest polls, we do have momentum in our target seats. But not across the


country. The country doesn't show the individual target seats and you


know that. We have momentum in our target seats and we are confident


that on Friday, there will be more Liberal Democrat MPs in Scotland


than at the moment. We're getting a great response on the ground in this


target seats and we're moving forward and that is what is


important. The national polls gives you a snapshot of the national


feeling but they don't tell you what is going on in different areas. So


on Friday we will still be talking about the great Lib Dem comeback? We


will be talking about the fact that momentum has increased our number of


seats at Westminster from Scotland. James Kelly, the same polls put you


up at 6% but that is too little, too late for you, given how low things


had gone? Labour have got the momentum in this campaign because we


are told the issues important to people, like supporting public


services and asking top rate taxpayers to pay more. We are coming


up with the ideas and that is why the public are responding. We have


got the momentum as we close in towards the end of this campaign.


Jeremy Corbyn coming to Glasgow tomorrow. You lost in the local


elections. There is a risk the party will recover nationally thanks to


him but you will stay in the doldrums in Scotland? I am confident


we are competing in seats all over Scotland. Speaking to people on the


doorsteps, it is clear they are responding to our message because


Labour are talking about things that mattered to people like investment


in public services, supporting kids getting well educated. These things


people care about and that is why people are responding to the Labour


campaign and getting behind Labour as we get towards the end. Only one


date to go, what will be a good result for you on Friday? I will not


put any number of seats on it but at the start of this campaign, some


commentators said we wouldn't win any seats and they were writing us


off altogether. What is clear is that we move towards the end,


Labour's files has been heard loud and clear and the public have


responded and we will do well. You are confident you will do better


than you are doing at the moment? We will do well on Thursday because the


public are responding and we are going up in the polls. We will race


the Tories all the way to the line. How will it go for you, Brian? I


think this is fantasy coming from Labour, they are the party in chaos.


I expect us to make significant advantages in Scotland on top of the


other advantages we have made over the last couple of years. Thank you


for your time. And that's it for tonight but not


before one final funny moment She's spent the past two


months being photographed, so it was Nicola Sturgeon's turn


to take the picture when Channel Four's Jon Snow bumped


into a fan in Aberdeen. It was taken in a grilled cheese


sandwich shop, so let's hope And that's Election


Reporting Scotland. Tomorrow on the campaign


trail, the final push from all the politicians.


Join us for our last show at 10.45pm.


Until then, goodnight.


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