07/06/2017 Reporting Scotland


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On Election Reporting Scotland tonight:


Last-minute campaigning has been taking place


across Scotland, with each of the party leaders making


And we take a look behind the scenes at BBC


This time tomorrow the polls will have closed


Tonight, a last-minute push for votes has been taking place.


All of Scotland's political leaders have been making final speeches


Here's our political correspondent Glenn Campbell.


On live television in the closing stages of this surprise


election, a surprise revelation from the First Minister about a telephone


conversation she had with the Labour leader


When you told me then you thought that Brexit meant Labour should stop


opposing a referendum, you've changed your mind but why should


APPLAUSE The staunchly Unionist Conservative


leader could hardly believe her ears.


Did you just tell people you had a private conversation when she


said she would drop Labour's opposition to independence?


She said she thought Brexit changed everything and she didn't think


Labour could any longer go on opposing a second


An account Kezia Dugdale doesn't accept.


The idea I would do anything other than protect the UK


The trouble with that denial is that it's only a


year or so since Kezia Dugdale was quoted saying that it wasn't


inconceivable should back independence in the event of Brexit.


While she certainly spent this election campaign arguing against a


second independence referendum, her UK leader Jeremy Corbyn doesn't


appear to have ruled out giving Holyrood the power to hold one.


In Glasgow this morning, he was no more


The priority is the election of a Labour government that


I didn't see the urgency or the need for an independence referendum.


In Edinburgh, Kezia Dugdale served up a


What she's asserting is a categorical lie and one which


I've always opposed independence and a second


The Tories also turned on the First Minister.


I thought many things about the First


Minister but I never thought she was a clype..


Don't have a private chat with this First Minister because if


it suits her purposes, everyone will get to hear about it.


This First Minister will say anything to


deflect from the SNP's appalling record in office.


I stand by 100% what I said last night.


In fact, if anybody reads what Labour and Kezia


Dugdale were saying in public around that time,


they will see the ring of


The Liberal Democrats decided to keep out of what some are calling


But they've got problems of their own.


Police have reported their campaign directed to


prosecutors over the spending in his Holyrood election campaign last


year, prompting SNP calls for him to be suspended by the Lib Dems.


We are confident in our processes that


every item of expenditure has been accounted for.


The police haven't interviewed Alex Cole Hamilton, this


Therefore it is in the hands of the police and the Prix curator to


As Scotland prepares to go to the polls, this UK general


election campaign just got more interesting.


Well, for one last time, I'm joined by our panel of pundits.


Tonight here in Glasgow we have Stephen Paton,


who's online content editor for the National, and the journalist


And in Edinburgh we've got Jenni Davidson from Holyrood magazine.


how has the campaign is being? Justice on top. Think no one had


expected it. When it was first announced, everyone is expecting a


standard campaign from the Conservatives who were going to walk


into a larger majority and out of Norway has come a tightening, the


Labour Party swinging in any way people were not expecting. It was


meant to be a formal, getting in more Conservative MPs, but could act


have large ramifications and implications in the UK for several


years to come. And the speed with which they have had to pull things


together, the political parties, has been a challenge. How must you think


that has divided? I slightly disagree, I think this was all set


to be an exiting campaign, because each of the parties. Back we are


back to the 2-party system, so it seems. I may be proved wrong


tomorrow. In the UK anyway. One of the editing things about the


election is that it has been about parking on other people's lawns. The


Tories have been trying to gain more Conservative MPs, but they been


trying to do it with a manifesto which buys more interesting than


many had anticipated. I think that what they have not done is prepare


the ground very well for that, but it has made for a more interesting


election because there has been a very clear division between the two


main parties in England. What were the issues for you that have stood


out? We will talk about moment in a minute, but issues. Independence in


Scotland has been the big one. The Julian is party 's have been talking


about that, and they have set out their stalls based on opposition


independence. They've been putting forward opposition to the SNP on


that basis and it is interesting that they are uniting against the


SNP on that. Despite their different policy positions in other areas.


Across the UK, the dementia tax has been a big one, even though it


doesn't as they apply in Scotland, but the ramifications of that and


the impact on the way that has made Conservatives look and made Theresa


May look the terms of undermining her strong, stable message. That has


still affected the campaign in Scotland. The rate clause, you saw


that in the debate last night, the other parties all gang up on Ruth


Davidson about how she could support the two child tax credit policy and


the rate clause, so those for me would be the defining issues. The


politicians in a way cannot control the issues, it is not always what


they want to talk about. How much do you think Brexit maybe has not


featured as much as Theresa May would have liked it? That was a


strategy of hers, a strong and stable leader. That is why a thing


she wanted to focus on Brexit. One reason they might have moved away


from it is the fact that there was a more interesting manifesto, but not


in the way that they wanted. Dementia tax, rate clause, getting


people's attention. That gave an excellent platform for Jeremy Corbyn


to step in with his policies to do with putting more money back into


services and addressing it that way. I can understand why the message


moved on from Brexit, and got into more social issues. What were the


defining moments for you? Apart from the terror attacks which were


terrible, but in political terms the defining moments have been the


absences. Exit is enormous. The idea that Jeremy Corbyn is doing the


country a favour by simply ignoring it is certainly worrying. So it has


been the absence of serious debate about Brexit that has defined this


campaign for me, every day we been waiting for some really serious


debates about Brexit and the Conservatives have supplied no


detail and the Labour Party has sadly ignored it. Nicola Sturgeon up


here just has one note about Brexit and that is that Scotland must have


a seat at the table and what she would like to see out of Brexit. But


we have had no real debate and nothing very substantial about what


should have been the defining issue of this election, because if we


don't get Brexit right, the other parties can promise whatever they


like, but they will won't be the wherewithal or organisation. How


will we get out of the UN move on? The one thing the Liberal Democrats


have offered is a vote on the terms of Brexit. Do you think that that


has broken through as much as they might have hoped? No, I don't think


so. I doubt that that is really carrying weight. No one expects them


to be the main ruling party, so whatever they say, everyone knows


that is not axing what is going to happen. I think people are also


quite defined now in where they want things to go, they want full hard


Brexit, the UK to leave and get on with it, or whether they want a soft


Brexit, they won the single market. Access to single market or


membership. Access to the customs union. Asking that again, to


everyone it seems like me running a debate that has that he happened,


and I think it is also just so far away that people cannot even project


what the final deal is to think about, or what would we want, what


would I vote in that sense, there has been talk about leaving with no


deal, so what would that mean? Stay by bus, all, we are going to come


back to put you in a moment. More from the campaign trail in a moment,


but first some other news. To the rest of the days news,


and the headteacher of a school where a pupil died after a wall fell


on her has told an inquiry there had been a proposal to remove it


before the accident. Stephen Kelly said the work didn't


go ahead because of a lack of funds. 12-year-old Keane


Wallis Bennett died Stephen Kelly told the fatal


accident inquiry the proposal to remove the modesty of war


in the girls changing room at the school was part


of a refurbishment programme. He said the work was nothing to do


with the safety of the wall, he had no concerned about it


and no one had come to him He told the inquiry the work had not


gone ahead because it -- were not available.


and the funds were available. Keane Wallis-Bennett


died in April 2014 The inquiry heard evidence that


pupils at the school had raised concerned about the wall which


screened off the changing room. They have reported it


moving or wobbling. Merhi Henderson was one


of several teachers questioned, she was


working at the school She and the other teachers insisted


pupils had never reported concerned about the safety of


the wall and they all said that if they had


they would have removed pupils from


the area and reported it so safety checks could be carried out and any


necessary work undertaken. A 42-year-old man has died


after a tree hit his car in high It happened last night


on the A85 east of Gilmerton. Meanwhile people were forced


to leave their homes in Portsoy in Aberdeenshire this morning


because of flooding. Fire crews led some elderly


residents to safety from sheltered accommodation in the town after two


rivers burst their banks. Police Scotland say they've received


intelligence about England fans preparing to come to Glasgow


to cause trouble at the weekend's Officers have been given rarely used


additional powers to help Our home affairs correspondent


Reevel Alderson can tell us more. Armed police on duty at Hampden Park


for last month's Scottish cup final, a response to the Manchester


terror attack. They will be there on Saturday


as well when England are in town but not to combat


terror threat. Police Scotland's events room


will be on high alert after they received intelligence that some


England fans were coming north The police have been


given additional We have seen occasions


where people have tried to conceal their identity by


putting on a mask or using a scarf Under this authority,


officers can require the person to remove these items,


they can seize these items and ultimately arrest the person


if they refuse to do so. Railway stations where


fans are arriving in Glasgow will see extra


officers on duty. British Transport Police is putting


100 officers on trains coming over the border


but there is no alcohol That is an operator's decision


and if they decide not to invoke alcohol bans,


albeit we are putting extra officers on the trains and should be


made to we will intervene directly. There is an alcohol ban on a number


of ScotRail services which are well advertised at railway stations


throughout Scotland and in particular trains going to Kings


Park and Mount Florida from Although the focus to date has been


on the match on Saturday at Hampden Park, police have also


outlined additional security measures they are digging


around the general election tomorrow and


the Robbie Williams concert at Murrayfield where 50,000 fans


are expected. Armed police will be present


and they will be carrying weapons of overtly


in what police say it is a bid to reassure


public although they insist there no specific intelligence of a


A minute's silence has been held in Edinburgh in memory of a cyclist


who died last week after her bike wheels were apparently


Friends and safety campaigners gathered in the city's West End,


at the junction where medical student Zhi Min Soh was killed.


They're calling on the City Council to make the roads safer


for cyclists, especially around the tram lines.


The council says it will carry out a road safety


Sport, and Andy Murray has reached the semi finals of the French Open.


The world number one beat the number eight seed Kei Nishikori


The Scot will next meet Stan Wawrinka on Friday


Elsewhere at Roland Garros, defending champion Novak Djokovic


went out of the competition in straight sets.


Thousands of people have gathered for a memorial service


The Edinburgh-born comic, best known as one half


of The Two Ronnies, died last year at the age of 85.


Stars including Joanna Lumley, Rob Brydon and Jimmy Tarbuck


were among those who delivered readings and tributes.


Ron was a poet of comedy. And when a poet dies he leaves us with the


laughter. And the sales will move in. But not in this case, because


they don't have class, which Corbett had in abundance. He was five foot


two in stature and ten foot in comedic talent.


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


So, in just a few hours, polling will open and many people


will just pop down to the local school or library over the course


But spare a thought for those who don't have the option


Many of Scotland's more remote communities and islands are now


often reliant on the postal service to have their say.


But that is not the case on the island of Eigg,


She went to visit the people using one of Britain's most


remote polling stations, finding out how engaged they are


I'm on an island where they cherish their right to vote.


Around 100 people live on Eigg and on this small isle,


The turnout here has, it is rumoured, on some previous


Postal voting can prove convenient for many,


and across the country it's on the rise.


But the pace of life is different here.


The fact that you are putting your cross on and you are putting it


in the box, you are doing your bit, you're doing your thing.


And you feel that you have contributed.


And nobody can take that away from you.


Some of Scotland's remote island communities have no choice


But here on Eigg there is a polling place and many people here say


they really relish the opportunity to cast their vote by hand.


I am the Presiding Officer, so my responsibility is to make


sure that the whole process is done properly.


We have a very fun time, we just prepare sandwiches, flasks,


and our neighbours further down the road bring us some ice creams.


Charlie Gally is the only taxi driver on the island.


He hasn't seen any election campaigning when driving around


How do you feel about that, do you feel left out?


I think the people that come to your door just make


You have already made up your mind what you're going to do.


You don't need somebody coming knocking on your door and taking up


There is power here at the local level.


It is 20 years since the people bought out the island,


So how close do they feel to the parliaments where


Edinburgh feels a long way away and Westminster even more so.


Because of the community buyout 20 years ago,


we feel a lot more conscious that people can affect change


And so I think people here are more politically engaged.


While it can feel very distant here from the frenzy of the campaign


on parts of the mainland, islanders are determined to make


sure their voice is heard when it comes to this election.


Lorna Gordon, BBC News, on the Isle of Eigg.


Well, let's speak again to our panel of pundits, Stephen Paton,


online Editor of The National, the author and journalist


Katie Grant, and Jenni Davidson from Holyrood magazine.


Katie, a quick word on the idea of all the issues devolved to Scotland


featuring so heavily in this campaign. Has that been confusing


for voters? I think it is, even though we have had devolution for a


long time. I think it is partly because a general election by its


very term sounds as if it should affect all of us. What has Jenny


referred to earlier, some of the spending plans don't really affect


Scotland. So Webber wins enough MPs back in Westminster, we are still


very much a powerful, devolved government. What the SNP are hoping


to focus on is that, and quite rightly, is that they are a very


strong voice at Westminster if they can return MPs. It is not just a


question of them returning MSP is, this election does matter to


Scotland in a very particular way. And in the same way to Wales and


very particularly to Northern Ireland at the moment. Let's talk


about opinion polls. We have learned recently of listening to the polls


too much. What do you think people are doing this time in terms of


treating them with a bit more caution? Yeah, I think people are


right to be cautious around the polls. We were told we wouldn't have


Brexit. We were told it would be a hung parliament. It is interesting


to see this being something we are looking at again. I think people are


very cautious but I think there are things you can read into the polls.


Even if not necessarily what the outcome is going to be. For example,


looking at the increasing support for the Labour Party over this


campaign has shown there is an appetite, I would argue, for a


different kind of policies from what the Conservatives are offering, or


even historically Labour are offering. Jenny, how much you think


the politicians are watching the polls? I think they're watching them


very closely. The saw that in the last couple of days. The change of


from Nicola Sturgeon from opposing the Tories to really trying to woo


Lib Dem and Labour voters. It alters the way they behave in campaign as


well. Yeah. Today she was saying SNP, it was quite extraordinary, SNP


MPs would be closer to Jeremy Corbyn than Scottish Labour once was. If


you supported Labour, you should vote SNP. Thank you all for coming


in. Once we get to polling day,


broadcasters are restricted in what they can say


until the polls close. Then we'll have a special programme


with all the results, here on BBC One Scotland with Glenn


Campbell. So what preparations


are being made for the big night? It has been an election campaign


like no other, and tomorrow it reaches a conclusion. Scotland's


biggest camp will be at the Emirates arena in Glasgow. Here and counting


locations from Orkney to Dumfries, final preparations are under way for


the long night ahead. Up to 4 million Scots are eligible to vote


spread across 59 constituencies. The first declaration expected around


2am. Here at BBC Scotland, final preparations are under way for the


overnight election results programme. It kicks off at 9:55pm. A


key moment comes five minutes later when voting closes and the results


of the exit election poll revealed on the big screen behind me. That


will be the start of 11 hours of gruelling coverage with cameras at


all the key counts. Glenn Campbell will be in the hot seat overnight


bringing you the results as they happen. With expert analysis from


political expert Brian Taylor and reaction from politicians. We will


be covering not just the 59 constituencies in Scotland, but of


course all the big results from across the UK as we move towards a


final result and find out who is going to be Prime Minister, who is


going to form the next UK government. Of course, Theresa May


called this election in the hope of increasing her majority from 12 to a


much greater number. There has been a narrowing in the UK wide opinion


polls as we move towards the end of this campaign. So there might be


some nervousness on the part of the Conservatives about how the result


will go. In just over two years, Scotland has been to the polls four


times. Tomorrow we do it all over again. Good news for election


pundits. Returning officers. And the manufacturers of small pencils on


bits of string. Now, our pets may not


have the right to vote tomorrow, but that doesn't stop them


from getting their paws down Dogs at polling Stations has become


a popular hashtag in So much so that its been now been


given its own emoji. Good evening. If you cast your mind


back to yesterday, it was very tunnel. Plenty of rain. But today,


quite the opposite. Chalk and cheese. Wall-to-wall sunshine. The


rain will become confined to the Northern Ireland tonight. The


pressure chart. We have got a front crossing the country at the moment,


introducing patchy rain in southern Scotland. In the north we hold onto


dry weather. Tomorrow morning it will be sunny and it will be quite


chilly as well. It predominantly dry start. Some patchy rain in the far


south. Sunshine in the North. Eventually the sun will come through


over seven. Temperatures around about ten to 12 Celsius. It will be


a mild, cloudy start to the day. The further north you are, colder.


Temperatures not far off freezing. Across the far north, plenty of


sunshine first thing. Bright enough for a Shetland. That rain gets its


act together, pushing and across southern Scotland, extending through


the central lowlands through the day. It is a different wind


direction. The winds are coming from the south, not the north. The rain


will be driving in across northern Aberdeenshire as much as we saw


today and did yesterday. As for the rest of the UK, weather fronts all


over the place. Every thundery showers for Northern Ireland. Some


showers for the west of the UK. A rather cloudy affair generally


across much of England and Wales. It gets warmer in the South in the


afternoon. Back in Scotland temperatures eventually rising to


around 17 Celsius in the south. It will feel cold -- cool. The rain


moves north as we had through tomorrow evening. It becomes


confined to the far north. A ridge of high pressure starts to build in


for Friday. Not too bad


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