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  1. The Call the Leader session with Jackson Carlaw ends

    Jackson Carlaw

    William in Ayrshire says: "You have a proven liar as your prime minister."

    Mr Carlaw says: "I don't think people trust anybody and you know I don't know that I would ask people to trust politicians now."

    He says we are far less deferential now.

    The third Call the Leader session draws to a close.

    That's all from us, we will be back next week with the SNP in the hot seat.

  2. Boris Johnson says 74 terror prisoners released early

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    Video caption: London Bridge attack: PM says 74 convicted terrorists released early

    Boris Johnson has told the BBC that 74 people jailed for terror offences and released early will have their licence conditions reviewed.

    The Ministry of Justice launched the urgent review after convicted terrorist Usman Khan, who had served half of his sentence, killed two people in a knife attack at London Bridge on Friday.

    The prime minister claimed scrapping early release would have stopped him.

    But Labour is blaming budget cuts for "missed chances to intervene".

  3. Does Carlaw back the PM's response following London Bridge terror attack?

    Donald texts to ask how Jackson Carlaw can support Boris Johnson.

    Mr Carlaw replies that he supports him because he won the leadership election, adding he has put the Union at the heart of the general election campaign.

    Asked about Mr Johnson's response to the London Bridge attack, Mr Carlaw says the prime minister was right to respond to the "slew of accusations" coming from opposition politicians.

    Kaye asks whether he stands foursquare behind Mr Johnson in how he has responded.

    Yes, replies Mr Carlaw, adding he was right to argue for a review of legislation around sentencing of terrorists.

    Kaye asks if the changes being discussed by Boris Johnson are in the Conservative manifesto.

    I don't have the UK manifesto in front of me, I'm fighting on a Scottish manifesto, replies Mr Carlaw.

    He points to his party campaigning on changes to sentencing in Scotland, including support for bringing in whole life sentences.

  4. Carlaw 'pretty shocked' by people sleeping rough

    Barbara asks Mr Carlaw to respond from his heart, asking how he feels when he sees people sleeping on the streets.

    "Pretty shocked," replies the Scottish Conservative interim leader.

    Barbara says the Conservatives have been in power for 10 years of government implementing benefit cuts.

    He argues there are complex reasons behind this issue, saying veterans have ended up in broken homes damaged by their experience and ended up on the streets.

    Mr Carlaw feels very keenly that more needs to be done in this area and adds he is in politics to try to find solutions to these issues, which would have been worse if the financial crisis had not been tackled.

    I'm sorry to hear you think this is success, replies Barbara, saying it's not just veterans, it's lots of people.

  5. Brexit means designing agricultural policy appropriate for UK

    Zahir texts to ask if Mr Carlaw has ever visited a food bank or has "any idea of the misery" caused by social security changes.

    Mr Carlaw responds that the priority over the course of the recession was to keep people in work, and in doing so we avoided the crisis of poverty which would have been caused by mass unemployment.


    Kelvin in Edinburgh asks about making the food and drink industry sustainable and ensuring goods continue to be affordable.

    The Scottish Tory interim leader points to commitments to invest in the agriculture and fisheries sectors, and says Brexit will allow the UK to establish new trading relationships.

    Outside of the EU, when we are not bound by the Common Agricultural Policy, we can design a policy which is absolutely appropriate to our country, he adds.

  6. Background: Glasgow health chief reassures parents over hospital infection fears

    The Royal Hospital for Children and the QEUH are located next to each other
    Image caption: The Royal Hospital for Children and the QEUH are located next to each other

    The head of Scotland's largest health board has moved to reassure parents as it emerged a child died last week after contracting a hospital infection.

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde insists the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow is safe. It said the death was not related to any previous cases.

    Chief executive Jane Grant said the hospital was committed to the safety and quality of care for children.

    She said infection rates were currently in line with other paediatric units.

    The Herald newspaper reported on Sunday that the child, who died on Monday 25 November, had a hospital-acquired infection and had been moved between wards at the site.

  7. Should there be resignations over the QEUH?

    Kaye Adams asks if Jackson Carlaw believes there should be resignations over the issues at the QEUH.

    Mr Carlaw says it seems that every fact we are learning comes from a whistleblower or an investigative journalist.

    He argues the health secretary doesn't seem to be able to convince people she is on top of each issue as it emerges.

    We need to know what's going on and put something in place to resolve it, he says.

  8. Why is Jackson Carlaw letting 'nationalists of the hook'

    Gordon in St Andrews asks why Mr Carlaw is letting the "nationalists of the hook over their chronic mismanagement of the country", citing the benefits of the Union.

    The Scottish Conservative interim leader says as we move towards the 2021 election we will turn more to devolved matters.

    Mr Carlaw says there is a major crisis in Scotland's health service at the moment, adding he is surprised Nicola Sturgeon has spent three of the last four days down south.

    He adds it emerged last week a third child having died as a result of an infection at the QEUH.

    The Scottish Conservative interim leader argues Scotland is falling down in the international education leagues and he criticises the performance of the Scottish economy.

    A lot of that argument will be for 2021, but for this election it is about who will lead at Westminster and it is between Labour and the Conservatives, he adds.

  9. Carlaw: Sturgeon has 'never fully respected' outcome of 2014 referendum

    Ronnie asks why should Scotland have to wait 40 years to change its mind.

    Earlier on Good Morning Scotland, the Scottish Tory interim leader said 40 years seemed like a "fine definition" of a generation when pressed on indyref2.

    Responding to Ronnie, Mr Carlaw says a referendum is an exceptional item designed to resolve an issue which cannot be resolved by the usual mechanisms.

    All parties agreed to request the section 30 order on the basis it was a once in a generation event, he adds.

    I'm not going to betray that he says.

    Nicola Sturgeon has never fully respected the outcome of the 2014 referendum the Scottish Tory interim leader states.

  10. Carlaw insists he is proud of Conservative record in government

    Paul from Glasgow now enters the fray, saying he suffers from arthritis and has suffered a heart attack.

    He says he signed on to Universal Credit (UC) but will not get it due to his wife working part-time.

    It seems unacceptable, replies Mr Carlaw.

    Paul says the UC money would have made a big difference to him but he has been told he would not get anything before Christmas.

    Jackson Carlaw and Kaye Adams
    Image caption: Jackson Carlaw is welcomed by Kaye Adams

    Back to Mo now, who says the constitutional question of independence is a vital issue and says she could takeover the whole programme on "inadequate social security".

    Kaye Adams says she doesn't think Jackson Carlaw has Mo's vote.

    He accepts this: "I don't think Mo is even a maybe."

    Mr Carlaw insists he is proud of the Conservative record over the last ten years, dealing with the financial crisis, arguing Universal Credit is a good thing and changes to implementation are underway.

    He cites record employment in the UK at the moment.

  11. Benefits assessment criteria need to be 'less draconian'

    Jackson Carlaw and Kaye Adams in the studio

    Mo in Glasgow asks what is the Tory message on social security.

    Mr Carlaw says the priority previously was to keep people in jobs, which the UK government was successful at.

    But he says in order to do this, things like wage freeze were necessary.

    We are coming to the end of austerity and the benefit freeze will end, Mr Carlaw says, and he adds that some of the assessment criteria for benefits need to be "less draconian" which he says his manifesto commits to.

    "To me that's just flim flam," replies Mo.

    The Conservatives, with the help of the Lib Dems, used the financial crisis to further a long-term project of dismantling the social security safety net, she argues.

    Mr Carlaw says if more people were unemployed we would have a far greater poverty issue that we do.

  12. Carlaw believes Corbyn will do a deal with Sturgeon

    Robert from Huntley asks if Mr Carlaw still believes only a vote for the Scottish Tories is a vote against indyref2.

    Mr Carlaw says the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn have walked away from its commitment to the Union.

    He insists there is only one party absolutely committed to preventing indyref2 as the Lib Dems do not have the power to stop it.

    Only the Conservatives can do this, he adds.

    Robert says it is a false assertion to ask Labour and Lib Dem voters to back for the Scottish Tories, saying only a vote for them counts in terms of preventing indyref2.

    Mr Carlaw says he believes Jeremy Corbyn will do a deal with Nicola Sturgeon.

  13. 'Upside down election'

    Mr Carlaw
    Image caption: Mr Carlaw has been interim leader of the Scottish Conservatives since Ruth Davidson quit in August

    Kaye Adams asks how Jackson Carlaw would grade his party's campaign so far.

    Pleasantly surprised, with a few bumps on the way, replies the Scottish Conservative interim leader.

    Mr Carlaw says that due to the timing it has been an upside down election, with people's thoughts now turning to Christmas.

    Kaye Adams
  14. What is this election about?

    Presenter Kaye Adams kicks the phone-in off, asking what this election is about.

    Scottish Tory interim leader Jackson Carlaw says he believes it is about bringing an end to the constitutional division we have experienced over the last ten years in order to focus on other issues.

    Drawing a line under the Brexit debate will allow us to consider issues like cutting national insurance, he states.

    Mr Carlaw says we can start recovering from the difficulties we've experienced over this long period of recession.

  15. Call the Leader is next: Your chance to quiz Jackson Carlaw

    Jackson Carlaw on GMS
    Image caption: Jackson Carlaw on GMS

    You can call in with your question on 08085 92 95 00 or text on 80295.

  16. 'We will not support another independence referendum for a generation'

    Jackson Carlaw

    Does Jackson Carlaw agree with Scottish Secretary Alister Jack that if the SNP win a majority in 2021 his party would have to look at indyref2?

    I agree with the subsequent clarification he gave, answers Mr Carlaw.

    "We will not support another independence referendum for a generation."

    He says 40 years seems a fine definition of a generation.

    Gary Robertson asks if Mr Carlaw can change his mind, why can't the public and he reiterates his opposition to indyref2.

    Finally Jackson Carlaw says he will remain interim leader into the new year.

  17. Further referendums would be 'corrosive and brutal'

    How would Jackson Carlaw campaign if there is another EU referendum?

    "I would campaign to leave," he says.

    He explains he has changed his mind because the EU has changed since 2016, such as seeking to create an EU army by 2025.

    "What people now need is clarity," he say.

    Another referendum on the EU or independence would be "corrosive and brutal", Mr Carlaw warns.

  18. Is no-deal Brexit off the table?

    Jackson Carlaw

    The Good Morning Scotland presenter calls for a guarantee the UK will not leave at the end of the implementation period next year with no deal.

    Mr Carlaw replies: "I believe that we will leave with a deal at the end of next year."

    He accepts the transition period is tight but reiterates the UK will leave the EU by the end of next year.

    The Scottish interim leader insists the PM has struck a deal with the EU in response to a question as to whether no-deal is off the table.

  19. 'It's exactly the same situation as it is for the Labour party and the SNP'

    Mr Carlaw insists Mr Johnson has put the union at the centre of this campaign and as leader of the Conservative party the prime minister has dealt with the issues that matter for Scotland.

    Mr Robertson says candidates have been suspended for things they have said in the past because Mr Carlaw has felt they were beyond the pale, but the PM gets a free pass.

    The Scottish Conservative interim leader says that was because these candidates did not take the opportunity to identify such comments, which meant the party could not explore them.

    "It's exactly the same situation as it is for the Labour party and the SNP," he insists.

    He says there are SNP activists who are refusing to follow the instruction not to support SNP candidates in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, describing this as appalling.