Scotland politics

Scottish election: Campaign catch-up

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The Holyrood election takes place on May 5

The starting gun for the Scottish Parliament elections was fired following the dissolution of Holyrood on March 22.

For all those standing at the May 5 poll, leafleting, hustings and street campaigning is now the order of the day.

The Scottish Parliament has 73 MSPs who are directly elected from single constituencies.

There are also 56 MSPs who are elected from eight multi-member Scottish regional areas.

The first meeting of the fourth Scottish Parliament will take place within a week of the election taking place, with the new MSPs being sworn in and a presiding officer being elected.

Keep abreast of all the news of the election via our Scottish politics website, our Facebook page or our election Twitter page.

Here, is a weekly round-up of the campaigning so far.

WEEK ONE

TUESDAY, 22 MARCH

Holyrood winds up before election

MSPs bidding farewell to Holyrood

Local views on RAF bases battle

WEDNESDAY, 23 MARCH

Holyrood parties react to Budget

Town's ferry service 'is vital'

THURSDAY, 24 MARCH

Campaign begins in wake of Budget

Fuel price fear for Scots drivers

FRIDAY, 25 MARCH

Parties face education questions

Conservative candidate quits race

Shopping wars hit rural Scotland

SATURDAY, 26 MARCH

Party leaders on campaign trail

Second Tory candidate steps down

SUNDAY, 27 MARCH

Scots Lib Dem candidate resigns

WEEK TWO

MONDAY, 28 MARCH

Party focus on young and economy

Third Tory candidate steps down

'Aliens and strangers' or voters?

TUESDAY, 29 MARCH

Business focus for Holyrood drive

Deadline for Holyrood candidates

Voters speak up for rural tourism

WEDNESDAY, 30 MARCH

Lib Dems make council tax pledge

Vote focus on justice and elderly

Pressing issues for coastal town

Council 'political mag' withdrawn

Scotland election: Issues guide

THURSDAY, 31 MARCH

Health and transport lead agenda

Election votes blow in the wind

Vote registration deadline looms

FRIDAY, 1 APRIL

Election trail focus on education

Students focus on cost of learning

Party leaders speak on BBC radio

SATURDAY, 2 APRIL

Parties on weekend election drive

SUNDAY, 3 APRIL

Parties continue election drive

WEEK THREE

MONDAY, 4 APRIL

Tories detail education reforms

At-a-glance: Scots Tory manifesto

Third week of campaign continues

Senior Lib Dem backs Alex Salmond

UKIP calls for abolition of MSPs

Candidate failed to lodge papers

TUESDAY, 5 APRIL

Lib Dems unveil 'jobs' manifesto

At-a-glance: Lib Dem manifesto

Orcadians speak with clear voice

Votes focus on police and carers

WEDNESDAY, 6 APRIL

Labour bid to end 'jobless youth'

At-a-glance: Labour manifesto

Business at heart of campaigning

Energy issues drive island voters

THURSDAY, 7 APRIL

Principal's tuition fees warning

Parties on Scots election trail

Protest halts Scots Labour event

What do 'new Scots' voters want?

Islanders fight to be connected

FRIDAY, 8 APRIL

SNP's local tax 'would cost more'

Parties focus on tax and business

Fears for future of car ferry route

Veteran MacDonald sets out stall

SATURDAY, 9 APRIL

Parties on weekend campaign trail

SUNDAY, 10 April

Party leaders clash over justice

WEEK FOUR

MONDAY, 11 April

Poll shows Scots' top priorities

Councils attack 'junk' manifestos

Economy and green issues focus

TUESDAY, 12 APRIL

Business chiefs quiz politicians

Parties on Scots election trail

Students speak out on vote hopes

WEDNESDAY, 13 APRIL

Energy site closure sparks change

Green policy on election agenda

Scottish election: Smaller party profiles

Scottish election: Shetland anger

THURSDAY, 14 APRIL

SNP in five-year council tax vow

At-a-glance: SNP manifesto

Election focus on sport and jobs

Remote businesses 'need support'

First-time voters eye election

FRIDAY, 15 APRIL

Holyrood poll campaign continues

Housing is town's pressing issue

SNP publishes achievements list

Look back at manifesto launches

SATURDAY, 16 APRIL

Parties in weekend election drive

SUNDAY, 17 APRIL

Scott 'uncomfortable' with Tories

Rural voters highlight priorities

Parties debate Scottish economy

WEEK FIVE

MONDAY, 18 APRIL

Votes focus on dentistry and jobs

Can the council tax freeze go on?

In Pictures: Holyrood 'in focus'

Cable: Lib Dems 'restrain' Tories

TUESDAY, 19 APRIL

Party leaders attend police event

Greens to launch party manifesto

At-a-glance: Scottish Green Party manifesto

How important is The Sun's SNP support?

Counting down to 2011 elections

In pictures: Voting guide

WEDNESDAY, 20 APRIL

Cameron joins election campaign

Money issues key to Holyrood vote

Cash problems 'being wished away'

Party manifesto figures outlined

What are the big issues for Largs voters?

THURSDAY, 21 APRIL

PM: 'Scots Tories can do better'

Brown on Holyrood election trail

Unis 'should sell extra places'

Carers make plea to politicians

Adding up the party promises

FRIDAY, 22 APRIL

Parties begin Easter campaigning

SATURDAY, 23 APRIL

Holiday weekend votes bid ongoing

SUNDAY, 24 APRIL

Easter push for Holyrood election

WEEK SIX

MONDAY, 25 APRIL

Holyrood election drive steps up

Warning over social care merger

The perils of dogs and underpants

TUESDAY, 26 APRIL

Party leaders campaign in cities

Poll suggests tax freeze support

WEDNESDAY, 27 APRIL

Economy focus in Holyrood battle

Do homeless people have a voice?

Politicians turn to eco-community

THURSDAY, 28 APRIL

Leaders hit Scots campaign trail

FRIDAY, 29 APRIL

Votes bid ongoing on wedding day

SATURDAY, 30 APRIL

Parties in final campaign weekend

SUNDAY, 1 MAY

Parties campaign ahead of debate

Election pledges 'lead to cuts'

Party leaders clash in TV debate

Public sector staff feel the pinch

WEEK SEVEN

MONDAY, 2 MAY

Final push for Holyrood campaign

Union Terrace Garden debate grows

TUESDAY, 3 MAY

Final days for election campaign

Return to Scottish battleground

WEDNESDAY, 4 MAY

Holyrood battle enters final day

Talking nearly over in Scots election

Election results on BBC Scotland

In pictures: BBC Scotland behind the scenes

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