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Summary

  1. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR TEXT COVERAGE OF THE HOLYROOD ELECTION CAMPAIGN
  2. Homelessness and primary care dominated the campaign trail
  3. Solidarity launched their manifesto in Glasgow
  4. Reporting Scotland's Sally Magnusson interiviewed Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Christopher Sleight

All times stated are UK

That's all from Holyrood Election on 28 April 2016

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That's all from us here at the Holyrood Election live page on 28 April 2016, on the day that homelessness and primary care dominated the agenda, Solidarity launched its manifesto and the party leaders braved the unseasonal weather to carry on pounding the campaign trail.

We're back tomorrrow morning from 10am, until then, have a lovely night. 

Coming up on Scotland 2016: GP survey and affordable housing

On tonight's programme...

  • Is there a GP crisis and what do the political parties plan to do about primary care in Scotland? 
  • BBC Scotland's Ian Hamilton reports from Skye on the provision of affordable housing

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Scotland 2016 is on BBC Two Scotland from 22:30, or watch the programme online.

Philip Sim highlights a case of golfing mistaken identity, the myopic culprit is nearby... it was me!

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I still think Rory McIllory and Scottish Labour stalwart Ken Macintosh are dead ringers!

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Two peas in a pod Ken and Rory, or is it Rory and Ken!

Coming up: How do you persuade three undecided 16-year-olds to vote for you?

Kezia Dugdale defends Scottish Labour's position on Trident

Sally Magnusson asks Ms Dugdale about Trident, pointing out that the Scottish Labour manifesto says the party will oppose its renewal as long as all the jobs can be diversified elsewhere.

The Scottish Labour leader says there are thousands of jobs reliant on the naval base on the Clyde.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is pressed on the issue of Trident by Sally Magnusson
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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is pressed on the issue of Trident by Sally Magnusson

Ms Magnusson asks if Ms Dugdale is "sort of opposed to the renewal of Trident".

Kezia Dugdale says it is much more nuanced than that.

Kezid Dugdale pressed on PFI projects during Labour/Lib Dem coalition

Scottish Labour leader says Ruth Davidson and David Cameron are 'one and the same'

Kezia Dugdale says Scottish Labour's tax proposals are enough to protect public services

The Scottish Labour leader said she was confident her party could raise enough money to stop any further cuts to day-to-day spending on education, health and police.

She told Reporting Scotland's Sally Magnusson that the SNP's plans would mean "£3bn of further cuts to Scotland" and said cuts were inevitable unless the Scottish Parliament used its new tax-raising powers.

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Kezia Dugdale says election should be about 'ideas, values and principles'

No mandate for second referendum regardless of Brexit....

Scottish Labour leader criticises SNP's 'maybes aye maybes no' referendum approach

Kezia Dugdale insists her party oppose a second independence referendum

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says publishing her party's manifesto so late did not show contempt for the public, despite some people having voted already.

Ms Dugdale points that her income tax plans were published many weeks ago and the manifesto brings together many policies that have been in the public domain.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale
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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale

She says her party opposes a second referendum on independence.

The Scottish Labour leader says if the SNP win the election and Scotland votes to stay in Europe but the UK does not, the SNP would not have a mandate for a referendum.

This is because the SNP said the referendum was a once in a lifetime once in a generation opportunity, she insists. 

Kezia Dugdale will shortly be interviewed by Sally Magnusson during Reporting Scotland

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Kezia Dugdale will shortly be interviewed by Sally Magnusson during Reporting Scotland.

This is Ms Dugdale in the lift at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay on her last visit.....being interviewed by some of the BBC Generation 2016 crew.

Coming up on Reporting Scotland at 18:30

On tonight's programme...

  • Charities call for next Scottish government to make more provision for rough sleepers
  • A full round-up of the day's campaigning from BBC Scotland political correspondent Glen Campbell
  • Kezia Dugdale is interviewed by Sally Magnusson live on the programme
  • BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor reports from the campaign trail in Selkirk
  • Solidarity launches its manifesto with a call for indyref2
  • Talking to young voters at the Snowzone in Glasgow
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Philip Sim is hungry for more political discourse not more main courses......

SNP will build 50,000 new homes over next parliament to tackle homelessness

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says: "We've set out an ambitious target for house building in our manifesto, 50,000 houses over the next parliament, 35,000 of them for social rent." 

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon
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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon

"That builds on the target we exceeded in the last parliament of 30,000 new homes. We've also reformed and will continue to do so if necessary 

"The private rented sector to make sure that is a source of good quality and affordable housing for people."

Tories call for conjoined working between government, councils and the third sector to tackle homelessness

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says: "Scotland has some of the most progressive homelessness legislation anywhere in the world."

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson
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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson

"If there are rises with the number of people that are reporting to areas, particularly within our two major cities, then we need to work both with central government and local authorities, who have a lot of the responsibility for that, as well as third sector organisations."

"This is one of those areas where we really need a conjoined effort."

Lib Dems would build 50,000 homes to tackle homelessness says Rennie

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says: "The big challenge on homelessness is to build more homes in Scotland." 

 "In the last nine years we have not built enough."

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie
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Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie

"That's why the Liberal Democrats have plans to build 50,000 new homes, 40,000 of which should be socially rented homes, with lower rents so people can afford it." 

Now to the hotly contested seat of Shetland....and BBC Radio Shetland's hustings

Now to the hotly contested seat of Shetland.

Coming up at ten past six on BBC Radio Shetland Election a special hustings programme.

Or you can listen here.

John Johnston chairs a debate with the four candidates bidding to be Shetland's next member of the Scottish Parliament.  

John Johnston and the four candidates bidding to Shetland's next MSP
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John Johnston and the four candidates bidding to Shetland's next MSP

Labour would stop the cuts to councils to address homelessness

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says: "This is the time of year when many to the night shelters close and we're supposed to be experiencing summer despite the snow outside. 

"There really isn't the money to provide the services that we need because of the cuts local councils are facing, coming from Edinburgh, coming from the SNP government."

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale
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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale

"We have a simple message to stop the cuts by using the powers coming to the Scottish parliament and with Labour it does not have to be this way."  

Homelessness hits the headlines, we ask Scotland's party leaders what they will do about it.....

Three Scottish charities supporting homeless people are calling on the next Scottish government to make more provision for helping rough sleepers.   

Crisis, the Glasgow City Mission and the Bethany Christian Trust say there's been increased demand for their services.

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The charities say they want to tackle a situation which means around 660 people sleep rough in Scotland on any typical night, a number which they say is likely to rise rather than fall as many shelters are now closing for the season because they prioritise the winter months.  

Glenn Campbell's analysis of the polls ......and they suggest SNP are still ahead!

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BBc Scotland's Political Correspondent Glenn Campbell tells Newsdrive that the fairly clear signals from the polls so far tend to suggest the SNP are in the lead and on course to win and win well. 

The polls tend to suggest Labour are trailing quite far behind in second place, with the Conservatives tending to be a little behind them.

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It is that that closeness that encourages the Conservatives to push for the idea they could be the second placed party, with Labour of course strongly disputing that.

The Lib Dems tend to be in fourth place in the voting intentions.

They and indeed other opposition parties are focusing a lot on the regional list vote, used to help to give a party a share of the seats most closely linked to the overall share of the vote. 

More voters than in 2011 but well down on record registration for indyref.........

What are the Scottish Liberal Democrats saying about primary care?

Almost nine in every 10 family doctors say a lack of resources is risking patient care, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Is there a GP crisis and what do the political parties plan to do about primary care in Scotland?

Willie Rennie
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The Scottish Liberal Democrats say they will:

  • recruit, retain and train more GPs
  • Treble the Primary Care Fund
  • Add to resources available to GPs in most deprived areas as a priority to tackle health inequalities
  • Increase number of support staff working in general practice

Read the Scottish Liberal Democrats manifesto.

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Its the turn of the SNP Manifesto to be given the BBC The Social treatment...

What issues speak most to first time voters? Something called snapchat is about to find out.....

Take a look at BBC Generation 2016 and their excellent work ahead of 5 May

Fifty young people have been selected to take part the BBC Generation 2016 project ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections on 5 May.

They represent a cross-section of 18 to 25-year-olds in Scotland, and will be involved in debates and discussions in BBC coverage of the election.

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BBC Generation 2016 Scotland

These youngsters are from a diverse range of backgrounds and communities.

They'll appear across BBC output to talk about issues that affect them, or more broadly about their lives in 2016.

Here you'll find the whole group, introducing themselves to the nation in their own words.

Join the conversation with @BBCGen2016 and find out more atbbc.co.uk/generation2016.

For an example of their excellent work just take a look below, they really know how to elevate politcal interviewing to an art form, Gary Tank Commander eat your heart out!

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What are the Scottish Conservatives saying about primary care?

Almost nine in every 10 family doctors say a lack of resources is risking patient care, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Is there a GP crisis and what do the political parties plan to do about primary care in Scotland?

Ruth Davidson
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The Scottish Conservatives say they will:

  • phase in prescription charges building to the sum of £8.40, to raise £65m by the end of the parliament
  • put pharmacies at the heart of primary care
  • support an expansion of the Minor Ailment Service with an additional £10m every year
  • support the moves towards GP clusters with additional freedoms for GPs within them

Read the Scottish Conservatives manifesto.

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What is Scottish Labour saying about primary care?

Almost nine in every 10 family doctors say a lack of resources is risking patient care, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Is there a GP crisis and what do the political parties plan to do about primary care in Scotland?

Kezia Dugdale
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Scottish Labour says it will:

  • invest £500m into primary care health services over the next five years
  • guarantee every Scot an appointment, with "the most appropriate health care professional", at a General Practice surgery within 48 hours
  • give GPs the ability to form into "clusters"
  • invest in staff for local surgeries to support the work of GPs

Read the Scottish Labour manifesto.

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What is the SNP saying about primary care?

Almost nine in every 10 family doctors say a lack of resources is risking patient care, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Is there a GP crisis and what do the political parties plan to do about primary care in Scotland?

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The SNP says it will:

  • maintain free prescriptions
  • increase the numbers of GPs and nurses working in communities
  • widen access to medical schools
  • another 1,000 paramedics to be trained over five years

Read the SNP manifesto.

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Is there a GP crisis and what do the party's plan to do about primary care?

Almost nine in every ten family doctors say a lack of resources is risking patient care, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners. 

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Its survey of 150 GPs also suggests more than half plan to leave or reduce their hours in the next five years - and 9% plan to leave within the next year.

Is there a GP crisis and what do the political parties plan to do about primary care in Scotland?

We'll take a look at this issue throughout today......

Solidarity launched its manifesto with a call for a second independence referendum

Solidarity has launched its manifesto for the Holyrood election with a call for a second independence referendum to be held within the next two years.

The socialist party, which is headed by Tommy Sheridan, is fielding 40 candidates across the eight regional lists.

Solidarity said its MSPs would organise "coordinated resistance to further Tory austerity cuts".

It also wants to ban fracking and nuclear weapons from Scotland.

Solidarity manifesto
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And its manifesto calls for the Council Tax to be replaced with a Scottish Service Tax, which would be based on earnings and see the wealthiest people pay a higher rate than those on lower incomes.

Mr Sheridan was a Scottish Socialist Party MSP between 1999 and 2007, but was jailed for perjury in 2011 after being convicted of telling lies during his defamation case against the News of the World newspaper.

He launched the manifesto at an event in Glasgow alongside his wife Gail, who is also standing as a Solidarity candidate in the election on 5 May.

The document commits Solidarity to tabling a bill at Holyrood within three months of the election that would lead to a second independence referendum in 2018.

Click play for a political mind blower.......... more policies than you could shake a stick at!

Election questions? BBC Scotland political correspondent Nick Eardley has a stab at making things clearer

Nick Eardley
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On Facebook right now, our man Nick is shedding light on a whole host of issues - from university fees to college places and mental health help for young people.

Why not ask him a question?

Go to our BBC Scotland news Facebook page

Here's Philip Sim's summary of the election campaigning so far today....

Election hustings held in the Inverness and Nairn constituency

A BBC Radio Scotland Scottish Scottish election 2016 debate was held in Inverness on Wednesday evening.

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Recorded in front of a mixed audience from across the political spectrum, the debate was chaired by BBC Scotland's Craig Anderson.

The debate can be heard on FM on BBC Radio Scotland after Thursday's 17:00 news bulletin until 18:00.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader says his party's campaign is "breaking new ground

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie says his party's campaign is "breaking new ground".

Mr Rennie says will take the election battle to Holyrood constituency seats never before won by the Liberal Democrats.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie gets ready for quad biking in Dundee
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Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie gets ready for quad biking in Dundee

The move will see visits by the Liberal Democrat leader to town centres in those constituencies, the first time a Lib Dem leader has campaigned in some of these towns for more than a decade.

This shift follows an opinion poll that showed that the party’s flagship penny for education idea has support of 51% of people right across Scotland.

Ruth Davidson campaigns in Dumfries calling on undecided voters to give her the chance to be the 'the strong opposition'

Campaigning in Dumfries, the Conservative leader Ruth Davidson appealed to undecided voters to give her the chance to be the "the strong opposition" Scotland needs. 

Ms Davidson pledged "to hold the SNP to account" and make the Government focus on the issues that really matter to people in terms of service provision, jobs and the economy.

Ruth Davidson visits a waste management plant in Dumfries
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Ruth Davidson visits a waste management plant in Dumfries

She said the Conservatives were the only party not talking about taking more money out of people's pay packets in extra tax. 

The Scottish Conservative leader said the Conservatives wanted a competitive and fair tax rate to encourage jobs and investment.  

Kezia Dugdale says if people don't vote Labour they'll be face £3 billion pounds in further cuts

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says that if people don't vote for Labour next week they'll be facing £3 billion pounds in further cuts. 

Kezia Dugdale visits a nursery in Glasgow
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Kezia Dugdale visits a nursery in Glasgow

Visiting a nursery in Glasgow this morning, Miss Dugdale said that Labour would tax the richest one per cent to invest in schools. 

She added that the party would also make sure the rich pay their fair share of tax.

How the Scottish Green Pary stands on housing and homelessness

Three Scottish charities supporting homeless people are calling on the next Scottish government to make more provision for helping rough sleepers.

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The Scottish Green Party's stance on housing includes:

  • tax owners of derelict land and use the taxes raised to build the extra housing that Scotland desperately needs
  • enabling councils to buy land cheaply to "encourage the construction of more and better homes"
  • at least 12,000 new social rented homes to be built each year, and thousands more than that just to meet population growth and replace older housing
  • give councils the power to buy land for housing at "existing use value", where land is valued according to its current use
  • support for those who have particular needs such as women and children escaping domestic violence

Read more in the Scottish Green Party manifesto.

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