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Summary

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  2. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson joined Glenn Campbell
  3. Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie, Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie and UKIP's David Coburn also participated in the debate
  4. The debate was recorded in front of an audience of voters at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay headquarters on the first official day of campaigning ahead of the election on 5 May

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. The first leaders' debate of the 2016 Holyrood election campaign ends

    That's all from us tonight, but fret not, we'll be back to do it all again on Sunday, May 1st.

    Analysis of this debate gets under way on Scotland 2016 on BBC Two at 22:30.

  2. 'I'm on the other line sorry'

    MS Sturgeon's reply to Trump: "I'm on the other line sorry."

  3. Post update

  4. 'Stop preaching hate'

    Ms Dugdale says simply: "Stop preaching hate."

  5. 'Can I have fries with that'

    Ruth Davidson says she would repley: "Can I have fries with that".

    This as she thinks he won't have a job anywhere near the White House.

  6. Harvie says Trump 'won't call me'

    Patrick Harvie says: "He's not going to call me"

    He adds he hopes the people in the US see through the "racist, zenophobic, misogenistic bombastic, rhetoric" of Trump.

  7. Trump or Dr Strangelove?

    David Coburn says Trump becoming president makes Dr Strangelove look more like fact than fiction. 

  8. Post update

  9. Debate re-cap - What Patrick Harvie and David Coburn said on fracking

    Patrick Harvie
    David Coburn
  10. 'Get off my phone'

    Willie Rennie says that if Donald Trump ever called him, he would respond: "Get off my phone."

  11. Post update

  12. Post update

  13. Question Five

    Question Five
  14. Sturgeon outlines moratorium on fracking

    Nicola Sturgeon says there is no fracking allowed in Scotland right now due to the moratorium.

    Ms Sturgeon says until it is proved beyond any doubt there is no harm in the process then no fracking will be allowed. 

  15. Post update

  16. Dugdale says last thing needed is another fossil fuel

    Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says science tells us the last thing we need is another fossil fuel.

    Ms Davidson says it should be up to local authorities. 

    Mr Rennie says the Conservative government has devastated the renewables industry. 

  17. Post update

  18. No surprise as the Greens say no to fracking

    Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie says the reality is the fossil fuel age is coming to an end.  

    Mr Harvie says fracking is an absolute no from the Greens and he hopes the SNP agree in the end. 

  19. Coburn says use cheap coal and oil

    Mr Coburn says we should not wait for the lights to go off and use all the cheap coal and cheap oil underneath us.

    He says we should use technology to clear up coal and oil. 

  20. BACKGROUND: The fracking debate

    What is fracking?

    • The process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside 
    • Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well 
    • The term fracking refers to how the rock is fractured apart by the high pressure mixture 

    What are the cons? 

    • Fracking uses huge amounts of water 
    • Environmentalists say potentially carcinogenic chemicals used may escape and contaminate groundwater 
    • Worries that the fracking process can cause small earth tremors 

    What are the pros?

    • Fracking allows access difficult-to-reach resources of oil and gas 
    • It has significantly boosted domestic oil production and driven down gas prices 
    • Fracking of shale gas could contribute significantly to the UK's future energy needs