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Summary

  1. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR LIVE TEXT COVERAGE OF THE HOLYROOD ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

That's all from Holyrood Election today with just one day of campaigning to go....

That's all from Holyrood Election on 3 May 2016 with just one day of campaigning to go until polling day.

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Here's a wee reminder of today's campaigning

Professor Nicola McEwen says if the SNP do not win the pollsters will shut up and go home

Nicola McEwen, professor of politics at Edinburgh University, told Reporting Scotland it is true that the campaign has not set the heather alight.

Prof McEwen says if the SNP do not win the pollsters will shut up and go home, but there are certain things still up for grabs.

Whether the SNP have an overall majority for example, the battle for second place and how the smaller parties do, she says. 

Nicola McEwen
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Professor Nicola McEwen

SNP have taken too long over the Aberdeen western peripheral route says two north east candidates

Transport is a key issue in the north east, our reporter Steven Duff spoke to candidates for Aberdeen Central. 

On the Aberdeen western peripheral route two of the candidates believe the SNP have stalled on the project.

Scottish Conservative candidate Tom Mason says the SNP government have come in late in the game with transport in the North East and are partly to blame along with the previous Labour government.

Aberdeen bypass
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Mr Mason says the peripheral route was planned 20 years ago and it could have been starter then but never was. 

Scottish Lid Dem Ken Mcleod says 10 years ago Alex Salmond said one of his priorities was to dual the road between Aberdeen and Peterhead.

Mr McLeod says the SNP make public announcements about what they are going to do without delivering and the public will soon realise this.

SNP and Labour clash over roads to Peterhead and Fraserburgh

Our reporter Steven Duff has been finding out more about transport in the North East when he was joined by the candidates for Aberdeen Central.

SNP candidate Kevin Stewart says the North East was neglected for far too long and it has taken the SNP to forge ahead with the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and improvements to the A90/A96 Haudagain roundabout.

Mr Stewart says, in terms of Fraserburgh and Peterhead, the City Deal could help in that regard and he urges Nestrans to carry out a complete study of those routes.

SNP candidate Kevin Stewart and Labour candidate respond first
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SNP candidate Kevin Stewart and Labour candidate respond first

Scottish Labour Candidate Lewis MacDonald says he is not surprised people in Fraserburgh and Peterhead are feeling neglected by the SNP.

Mr MacDonald says the SNP are finally and very slowly delivering projects put in place by Labour and the AWPR is coming in ten years late. 

Our reporter Steven Duff will shortly speak to the Aberdeen Central candidates

Our reporter Steven Duff will shortly to the candidates fighting to win Aberdeen Central.

As Europe's oil capital, the off-shore industry dominates the economy of the seat. 

Aberdeen City Harbour
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Aberdeen City Harbour

The city was Scotland's largest fishing port in the 19th century, but the harbour is now largely used to service the vessels of North Sea oil production. 

In recent times an estimated 65,000 oil and gas industry jobs have been lost in the UK, impacting dramatically on the area.

Apologies for the images of Reporting Scotland above being out of synch with the words....

Our images of Reporting Scotland above are a little out of synch with the words, our apologies. 

Brian Taylor tells Reporting Scotland 'there's hardly any time for nuance or subtlety now'

Brian Taylor

BBC Scotland Political Editor

BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor says: "There's hardly any time for nuance or subtlety now its about the fundamental closing messages.

Brian says for the first time these fundamental messages include income tax.

He says this may well motivate people to turn out on Thursday.

Brian Taylor
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BBC Scotland editor Sarah Smith puts Scottish Labour under the microscope.....

Andrew Kerr is in the hot seat this evening on Reporting Scotland

Reporting Scotland has begun with Andrew Kerr at the helm this evening.....

Andrew Kerr
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Andrew Kerr

Parties put forward plans for spending to boost the economy part 2

Nick Eardley

BBC Scotland Westminster correspondent

BBC Scotland's Political Correspondent Nick Eardley has been out on the campaign trail today and with 37 hours to go until the vote he says economy and spending are at the heart of campaigns.

He provided analysis on what each party had to say on BBC Scotland's Newsdrive. 

Scottish economy
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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said today "voters don't have to be dyed in the wool tories to vote for the party" and said there must be more jobs investment and opportunity which is why they want to freeze business rates.

Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie argues that his party's policy of adding a penny on income tax to be invested in education will help to boost the economy and help invest in the talents of people.  

Let's hope the lure of Danger Mouse does not cost us our business editor....

Parties put forward plans for spending to boost the economy...

Nick Eardley

BBC Scotland Westminster correspondent

BBC Scotland's Political correspondent Nick Eardley has been out on the campaign trail today and with 37 hours to go until the vote he says economy and spending are at the heart of campaigns.

He provided analysis on what each party had to say on BBC Scotland's Newsdrive. 

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For the first time in history Scots will be electing a Holyrood that controls income tax bands and rates and therefore is responsible for raising a lot more of the money it spends.  

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said the economy and jobs are at the heart of what she is offering the electorate and is pledging to publish a new jobs strategy within 100 days of being re-elected.

Scottish Labour's manifesto says the party is committed to increasing the health budget in real terms, but leader Kezia Dugdale went further to say her party will match the SNPs pledge on funding which would mean £500m funding above inflation.

Coming up on this evening's Reporting Scotland...

Our political editor Brian Taylor will analyse the economy and where each party stands on this key issue. 

Business and economy editor Douglas Fraser will also look at what businesses have to say on Scotland's economy.

We will also look at transport projects in the North East and speak to party candidates in the area.

Road sign at the Aberdeen Western Peripheral route
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Transport in the North East, including the AWPR, will be debated this evening

With the changes in welfare powers coming to Scotland our reporter Ian Hamilton will look at how rural areas may be affected.

Unsure about the voting process? Need more information on your two votes? Never fear, political correspondent Glenn Campbell is here with more information on how to vote.

Tune in for all this and much more on tonight's Reporting Scotland from 18:30.

Lib Dems want a 'modest penny on income tax to boost the economy'

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie told BBC Scotland: "I want to invest in the talents of our people, 

"Our people are our best resource and if we can invest in them to get them skilled, to get them trained, to get them educated, we will be a magnet for companies across the world, to come here to exploit those great talents and create business, opportunity, wealth and growth. 

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

Mr Rennie said: "It's that virtuous circle that you'll get with our plans for investing in education and skills

"A modest penny on income tax to boost the economy, that's the Liberal Democrat plan."

Ruth Davidson would freeze business rates and make sure Scotland's not the highest taxed in Uk

In response to BBC Scotland's question on the economy, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: "We need to make sure that Scotland's economy is fit for the future.

"We know that the head of the Chamber of Commerce says that we're on a knife edge right now."

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson
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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson

Ms Davidson says: "We need to make sure we've got more jobs investment and opportunities, that's why we want to freeze business rates, while the review is ongoing, to give businesses the certainty they need.

"That's why we want to make sure Scotland's not the highest taxed part of the UK."

SNP leader says the economy, jobs and opportunity are at 'the heart of everything we want to do'

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon told BBC Scotland that 

"I think anybody that looks at the different manifestos of the parties, sees in the SNP manifesto a much more stronger focus on supporting the economy, creating jobs, creating better paid jobs, with our focus on the Living Wage, than any of the other party proposals."

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon
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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon

"So the economy and jobs and opportunities for our young people is at the heart of everything we want to do."  

Ms Sturgeon says:  "I understand, because I see it every single day as first minister, if we don't have a strong economy with good jobs then we wont have the revenue we need to invest in our public services."

Kezia Dugdale says investing in skills and knowledge will help the economy

BBC Scotland asked the party leaders for their approach to improving the economy.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said "The best thing we can do to drive up productivity to prepare Scotland for the future economy is to invest in the skills and knowledge of our people.

"That's why the Labour party are the only party promising to protect education budgets, to spend more on making sure every child in this country can fulfill their potential.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale
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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale

  "If you want that you have to vote Labour." She says. 

Scottish Green Party co-conveners highlight plans to create over 200,000 jobs in new industries

Scottish Green Party co-conveners Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman visited Fife College in Rosyth, to highlight their plans to create over 200,000 jobs in new industries.

They will also highlight their policy of a Scotland Guarantee of work, training or further education for every school leaver.

Scottish Green Party co-conveners Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman
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Scottish Green Party co-conveners Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman

Patrick Harvie said: "Scotland's economy is facing huge challenges, not least from the inevitable decline in the oil and gas sectors, so the need for a plan of action has never been greater. 

"Only the Greens offer that plan, and today's visit underlines the Scottish Green Party's manifesto commitment to investment in skills and new jobs that will last."

38 hours until the polls open but there's still time to read all the manifestos......

What is in the manifestos? Well if you don't have time to read all of them below are the key points from the main parties.....

Scotland's political parties have now published their manifestos ahead of the Holyrood election on 5 May. 

So, what are they pledging?

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Ruth Davidson takes 'strong opposition' message to the skies......

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson explains why she has taken to the skies to go coast to coast to find people that are thinking about voting Conservative for the first time.

Ms Davidson says: "You don't have to be a dyed in the wool Tory, it's about me doing a specific job for you."

Ruth Davidson and helicopters
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She says if she is the strong opposition leader the country needs she will hold the SNP to account.

Ms Davidson also says she will say not to a sedond independence referendum. 

Scottish Labour leader insists her party will stop the cuts

The Scottish Labour leader says the election is a "chance to stop the cuts." 

 Kezia Dugdale says if you use both votes for Labour on Thursday, that will happen and the powers Holyrood has and will have will be used. 

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale visits a soft play centre.
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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale visits a soft play centre.

Ms Dugdale says: "The Labour party is the only party with a plan to stop the cuts." 

She says her party will use the tax powers that the parliament has to stop cuts to public spending. 

Lib Dems want to make Scotland 'one of the best countries in the world'

The Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, visited a mini golf course to get his message across.

Mr Rennie says: "Our message is about getting Scotland to be one of the best countries in the world again.

"We want to boost our education system with a modest penny on income tax."

Willie Rennie
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Willie Rennie masters mini golf

"We want to guarantee our civil liberties We want to exceed our climate change targets to protect the environment 

"But one thing that is really crucial is making sure mental health services get the support they need."

Our political editor Brian Taylor will analyse all the results on election night...

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says she will stand up for jobs and industry

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is urging people across the country to cast both votes for the SNP on Thursday, by making a personal commitment to stand up for jobs and industry across the country. She says the SNP is the only party with a credible plan to boost skills, support industry and create jobs in Scotland. 

Nicola Sturgeon launches the SNP’s new business magazine, SNP Insight, in Aberdeen
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Nicola Sturgeon launches the SNP’s new business magazine, SNP Insight, in Aberdeen

Launching the SNP’s new business magazine, SNP Insight, in Aberdeen today, Ms Sturgeon highlighted the plans of a re-elected SNP government to produce a new labour market strategy within the first 100 days.

She says this would would help to increase employment and improve the quality of jobs in Scotland.

The SNP leader said it would also ensure we have the skills and the people we need to grow Scotland’s economy.

Strange camping neighbours outside the Scottish Parliament?

Scottish Greens want to increase the Minimum Wage to the Living Wage

Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman head shots along with Scottish Green Party logo
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Every day on Holyrood election we have been looking at some of the key issues and where the parties stand.

Today we look at jobs and the economy. 

Lets take a look at the Scottish Greens:

  • 204,000 jobs in clean, green industries
  • introduce the Intermittent Work Scheme giving monthly compensation payments to professional artists comparable to unemployment compensation
  • increase the Minimum Wage to the Living Wage with a target of £10 an hour for everyone by 2020
  • link directors' pay to a multiple of their lowest paid employees
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Scottish Lib Dems want to invest in the modern infrastructure for businesses

Willie Rennie head shot with Scottish Liberal Democrats logo
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Every day on Holyrood election we have been looking at some of the key issues and where the parties stand.

Today we look at jobs and the economy. 

Here we look at the Scottish Liberal Democrats:

  • enable businesses to get the skills they need through penny for education policies
  • invest in the modern infrastructure for businesses
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The Scottish Liberal Democrats want to enable businesses to get the skills they need through penny for education policies

Scottish Conservatives want to increase the number of apprenticeships

Ruth Davidson head shot along with Scottish Conservatives logo
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Every day on Holyrood election we have been looking at some of the key issues and where the parties stand.

Today we look at jobs and the economy. 

Next up we take a look at the Scottish Conservatives. 

  • to increase the number of apprenticeships to 10,000
  • to create a network of 10 new Skills Academies
  • reverse the cuts to Further Education colleges
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Scottish Conservatives want to revers cuts to further education colleges

Scottish Labour say only organisations paying the national living wage should be awarded contracts or grants

Kezia Dugdale head shot with Scottish Labour logo
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Every day on Holyrood election we have been looking at some of the key issues and where the parties stand.

Today we look at jobs and the economy. 

Here was take a look at Scottish Labour:

  • only award contracts or give grants to organisations agreeing to pay at least the living wage
  • establish a living wage commission to support government and agencies to promote the living wage
  • establish a new "Skills Scotland" to help Scots move "into" work and then "up in" work
  • support the creation of Scottish Strategic Sector Forums
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The BBC Scotland election studio nears completion....

SNP say they will introduce a 'jobs grant' for young people who have been out of work for six months and are starting a new job

Nicola Sturgeon along with SNP logo
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Every day on Holyrood election we have been looking at some of the key issues and where the parties stand.

Today we look at jobs and the economy. 

First up the SNP:

  • increasing the number of apprenticeships from 25,000 to 30,000 per year by 2020
  • professional baccalaureate, enabling young people to leave school with a broader range of skills for the workplace
  • introduce a Jobs Grant of £100 (£250 if you have children) for young people aged 16-24 who have been out of work for six months and are starting a job for more than 16 hours a week
  • reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021
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The SNP have pledged to increase the number of apprenticeships

Let's take a look at an issues dominating today's campaign... jobs and the economy

So, as jobs and the economy are dominating the campaign trail today, over the next hour or so we'll give you a wee reminder of where the parties stand on these issues that affect us all....

Jobs and poverty
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Jobs AND education the focus of the campaign trail!

Round up of the campaigning so far from our reporter Philip Sim...

Scottish Labour canvasser says many of the people he has talked to say they will vote for his party

John Beattie

Former Scotland international on BBC Radio Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland's John Beattie has been out talking to party candidates who are canvassing for votes.

Scottish Labour candidate Bill Butler, who is canvassing in Anniesland, says he tries to establish what issues affect the people he is talking to most and that he normally finds the public polite and friendly.  

Anniesland
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He says people often tell him which way they are going to vote and many have said they will vote for Scottish Labour. 

Mr Butler is canvassing for votes with two black eyes and a bandage on his nose which he says happened during a doorstep visit where he tripped and hit his face. 

Lib Dem candidate says canvassing is 'fun' and the majority of people actually like to talk on doorsteps

John Beattie

Former Scotland international on BBC Radio Scotland

John Beattie has been on the election trail talking to party candidates who have been canvassing for votes.

Scottish Lib Dem candidate Carole Ford says canvassing involves a whole range of activities including leafleting which has left her with a cut hand from letterboxes. 

Letterbox
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Ms Ford, who is canvassing in Glasgow Kelvin, says it is more fun than you would think and the majority of people actually like to talk on doorsteps.

She says ultimately she wants to find out what way people are going to vote and she takes details to contact them ahead of the vote to talk further and persuade them to cast their vote for her party.

Nicola Sturgeon tells 100 year old SNP member the election is an 'historic opportunity'

SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon discussed the “historic opportunity” to secure a third-term in government while visiting SNP member Bert Clark on his 100th birthday.  The visit came two days before the Scottish Parliamentary election – with the SNP hoping to become the first party to secure a third term in office. 

Nicola Sturgeon meets Bert Clark on his 100th birthday
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Ms Sturgeon said that Scotland had changed dramatically over Bert’s lifetime and promised to use the next term to continue historic reforms to health and education. She said:“It was fantastic and inspirational to meet Bert on his 100th birthday – and it was a reminder of the historic opportunity for the SNP to secure an unprecedented third term in government."  

SNP candidate and canvasser says people are getting her party's message

John Beattie

Former Scotland international on BBC Radio Scotland

John Beattie continued with his meetings with the canvassers on the election trail, this time with Suzanne McLaughlin in Govan

Ms McLaughlin, an SNP Glasgow list candidate, says there has been a lot of chapping doors but says she has used social media and facebook a lot as well. 

John Beattie met Suzanne McLaughlin in Govan
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John Beattie met Suzanne McLaughlin in Govan

Ms McLaughlin says digital billboards are also being used by the SNP and a lot of videos are being shared through social media. 

She say people are getting her party's message of course but they can then come on and question you too. 

Scottish Green Party co-conveners are visiting Fife College in Rosyth

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman
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Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman

Scottish Green Party co-conveners Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman are visiting Fife College in Rosyth, the first college to develop wind turbine technician apprenticeships.