Scotland politics

Scottish election: Look back at manifesto launches

All the main parties have now published their manifestos which set out their priorities for the next parliament.

They cover a whole range of matters from the health service to education.

Here, is a re-cap of what the SNP, Scottish Labour, Scottish Tories, Scottish Lib Dems and Scottish Greens have pledged.

Electors go to the polls on 5 May to choose their constituency and list MSPs for the next Scottish Parliament term.

Holyrood has 129 members, 73 constituency MSPs and a further 56 MSPs from eight additional member regions.

In addition to choosing who sits in the parliament, voters will also be given the chance to say "yes" or "no" in a referendum to the alternative vote for future Westminster elections.

SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE PARTY (Launch, 4 April)

The Tory manifesto pledged to allow children to leave school at the age of 14 to learn a trade. The party's leader Annabel Goldie also backed a capped graduate fee and she promised to deliver "common sense" policies that faced up to the need to cut the spending deficit.

Tory manifesto: Main news story

At-a-glance: Tory manifesto

Tory manifesto in full

Brian Taylor on Tory manifesto

SCOTTISH LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PARTY (Launch, 5 April)

The Scottish Lib Dems manifesto has pledges to provide "long-term solutions, not quick fixes". Party leader Tavish Scott focused on jobs, education and local services - areas he says are crucial to solving Scotland's economic and social problems.

Lib Dem manifesto: Main news story

At-a-glance: Lib Dem manifesto

Lib Dem manifesto in full

Brian Taylor on Lib Dem manifesto

SCOTTISH LABOUR PARTY (Launch, 6 April)

The Scottish Labour manifesto has pledged to abolish youth unemployment by the end of the next parliament, if it wins power. Party leader Iain Gray said "bold" reforms would fund pledges such as creating 250,000 jobs by the end of the decade.

Labour manifesto: Main news story

At-a-glance: Labour manifesto

Labour manifesto in full

Brian Taylor on Labour manifesto

SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY (Launch, 14 April)

The SNP manifesto has pledged to extend the council tax freeze to the whole of the next parliament, if it wins a second term of government. Party leader Alex Salmond also promised to create a "renewables revolution", including 130,000 low carbon jobs and 100% energy from renewables by 2020.

SNP manifesto: Main news story

At-a-glance: SNP manifesto

SNP manifesto in full

Brian Taylor on SNP manifesto

SCOTTISH GREEN PARTY (Launch, 19 April)

The Scottish Green manifesto has pledged to increase tax to counteract UK government spending cuts. The party also said it would scrap the new Forth road bridge and Aberdeen bypass and divert the £1.8bn saved to other areas of public spending. The party, which had two MSPs in the last parliament, opposes fees for Scots university students studying at home.

Greens manifesto: Main news story

At-a-glance: Scottish Greens manifesto

Greens manifesto in full

Brian Taylor on Greens manifesto

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