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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