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Summary

  1. Scotland's main party leaders take part in a live debate, hosted by the BBC's Sarah Smith.
  2. Nicola Sturgeon (SNP); Kezia Dugdale (Labour); Ruth Davidson (Conservative) and Willie Rennie (Lib Dems) answered questions.
  3. They were joined by Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens and David Coburn from UKIP.
  4. The debate takes place ahead of the General Election on 8 June.
  5. At the ballot box in 2015, the SNP won 56 Scottish seats with the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems winning one each.

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from BBC Scotland's leaders' debate

    That's all from BBC Scotland's leaders debate online
    Image caption: That's all from BBC Scotland's leaders debate online

    Follow the rest of the general election campaign by going to our special index.

  2. Lib Dem MSP says Willie Rennie was 'pitch perfect'

    Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton says he is a proud man tonight.

    He believes Willie Rennie was pitch perfect on the core message that "Scotland is strong at the heart of the UK and the UK is strong at the heart of Europe".

  3. The view from Labour

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie says Kezia Dugdale was strong on the opposition to a "second divisive independence referendum".

    Ms Baillie says the SNP and Tories were exposed by a nurse in the audience who has had to use food banks.

  4. 'This was really about Nicola Sturgeon versus Ruth Davidson'

    Lynsey Bewes from the Press Association says this was really about Nicola Sturgeon versus Ruth Davidson, with Kezia Dugdale strong on education.

    Willie Rennie got a few cheers for his stance on Brexit, education and mental health.

  5. Want to quiz Scotland's party leaders a bit more?

    Scottish Party leaders
    Image caption: Political leaders Ruth Davidson, Nicola Sturgeon, Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie will each appear in their own "Ask the Leaders" TV programme

    BBC Scotland will be hosting a series of "Ask the leaders" TV debates and is calling for members of the public to be part of the audiences.

    The half-hour programmes, featuring Scotland's main party leaders, will take place at 19:00 on four weekday nights starting Monday 29 May.

    Each politician will answer audience questions on a range of subjects.

    The programmes will take place at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay HQ and be hosted by Glenn Campbell.

    First up will be Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie (29 May); next will be Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale (30 May); she will be followed by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson (1 June) and the final night will feature Scottish National Party leader and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (2 June).

  6. Ruth Davidson's 'mask has slipped'

    The SNP's Joanna Cherry says Ms Sturgeon explained to the nurse more has been done for the NHS than anywhere else in the UK

    Ms Cherry say Ruth Davidson's mask has slipped and accuses her of going to pieces.

  7. Scottish government using Brexit to 'engineer a second independence referendum'

    Tory MSP Murdo Fraser says the people of the UK voted to leave the EU adding that the Scottish government have no interest in getting a good deal in Brexit negotiations.

    Mr Fraser says that the Scottish government is using Brexit to "engineer a second independence referendum".

  8. Who performed best?

    Richard Walker of the National says: "I think Nicola Sturgeon performed best."

    Mr Walker says she faced difficult questions about nurses pay and education, but took responsibility for education.

    He says there are other issues that should have been discussed.

  9. Policies get 'jumbled up' during elections

    Political commentator David Torrance says it shows you how "jumbled up" policies get during elections.

    He adds that people no longer differentiate between devolved and reserved matters at these times.

  10. Back in the spin room...

    Political editor of the Daily Record David Clegg says the dynamic was between Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson, which was a change from SNP and Labour.

    Mr Clegg says the highlight of the night was the nurse who gave Nicola Stugeon "a much more difficult time than any of the politicians on the night".

    He says: "I have never seen Nicola Sturgoen quite so uncomfortable on television before."

  11. Background: MSPs vote to set income tax rates and bands for first time

    Chamber

    Holyrood made history by voting to set separate Scottish income tax rates and bands for the first time in February.

    The SNP and Greens agreed a deal which means the basic rate, paid by most taxpayers, has been left alone.

    But the threshold for paying the 40p rate starts at £43,000 in Scotland instead of the £45,000 elsewhere.

    Read more here.

  12. Unreasonable taxes mean that people will just move says David Coburn

    UKIP's David Coburn says unreasonable taxes mean that people will just move.

    Mr Coburn says he does not want to see that and there should be some "serious looking into" corporations and how they pay tax.

  13. Harvie says we should have a progressive tax policy in Scotland

    Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie says we should have a progressive tax policy in Scotland.

    Mr Harvie says the Tories have been consistently reducing the rate of corporation tax.

    He says we must look at addressing wealth inequality and says the UK and Scottish government's need to change direction to make that happen.

  14. Davidson accuses Ms Sturgeon of 'scaremongering' over welfare reform

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says there are more people on PIP at the higher rate than DLA.

    Ms Davidson accuses Ms Sturgeon of "scaremongering".

    She says everybody is now getting help with a job coach to get back into work.

    Nicola Sturgeon says 800 people a week are losing their motability vehicles, but Ms Davidson hits back saying there are more now than in 2010.

  15. Treatment of disabled people 'shameful' says Nicola Sturgeon

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says one of the biggest responsibilities of the Westminster government is the social security system.

    Ms Sturgeon says disabled people are being "dragged to assessments" and asked to justify themselves.

    The first minister says "it is shameful" and calls on Ruth Davidson to speak up on these "callous" policies.

  16. Paying fair share

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says we need to make sure corporations pay their share.

    She says: "We're cracking down on it."

    A man in the audience asks why there are more inspectors looking at vulnerable people than inspectors checking Amazon and google.

    He adds that he feels he is under surviellance 24 hours a day.

  17. Audience member on his experience of medical assessments

    An audience member says he suffers from autism and that he is on a mental health waiting list.

    He says that if fewer tax breaks were given to corporations then the money raised could help people like him back into work.

    He also says that he was asked at a medical assessment if he had ever contemplated taking his own life and that this is "disgraceful".

  18. Police 'no longer sustainable'

    The First minister says: "We've had a really difficult period of public spending."

    She says: "We also have a policy of no compulsory redundancies to protect jobs."

    Nicola Sturgeon says with inflation rising she accepts the policy is no longer sustainable.