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  1. The future of Scotland's councils dominated campaigning
  2. In the evening edition of Reporting Scotland Jackie Bird interviewed Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie

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  1. That's all from our Holyrood Election live page coverage on 26 April 2016

    And that's your lot from Holyrood Election on 26 April 2017, when the future of Scotland's local government dominated the campaign trail.

    To mark the issue we provide a montage of local government and election montages. 

    Montage of montages of local government and the Holyrood election
    Image caption: Montage of montages of local government and the Holyrood election
  2. Campaigner calls for parties to make policies easier to understand for people with learning disabilities

    One in fifty people in Scotland has a learning disability - so what's the voting process like for them? 

    Well, efforts are being made to make it more accessible, as BBC Scotland reporter Ian Hamilton found out.

    Peter McMahon
    Image caption: Peter McMahon campaigner

    Peter McMahon, an enthusiastic campaigner for people with a learning disability, as he has, says that political parties do not do enough to make it easy for people like him to understand their policies. Mr McMahon says: 

    They need to make it a lot plainer with symbols or pictures to help people that can't read or write. 

    The policies that matter most to people with learning disabilities are health and welfare he says. 

     According to Enable Scotland people with learning disabilites too often face exclusion and the charity calls on people to exercise their vote.

    The charity has details of how to vote and the help that is available at every polling station across Scotland at Enable to Vote.  

  3. Pollock candidates clash over budget cuts in the city of Glasgow

    Our politics editor Brian Taylor was back out on the election trail today in Pollock.

    He met with candidates standing in the area and asked if they can be the constituent's "champion"

    Labour candidate Johann Lamont said she wants to stand up for her own constituents who are worried about education and inadequate care.

    Ms Lamont said these are areas that need funding and the SNP want to take money out of Glasgow.  

    SNP candidate Humza Yousaf said this is "rubbish" and that constituents have felt let down by Johann Lamont.

    Mr Yousaf said constituents are being "hammered by a Tory government and that Labour stood shoulder to shoulder with them to encourage a "no" vote.

    Pollock candidates in Silverburn shopping centre

    Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate Ian Leech said both Labour and the SNP are at fault and have failed at austerity

    Mr Leech said both parties have carried through cuts and that people are worried and using food banks and soup kitchens. 

    Lib Dem candidate Isabel Nelson said she has a proven record of being a champion in Glasgow and Pollock. 

    Ms Nelson said she campaigned successfully in the area to stop dampness.

    Conservative candidate Thomas Haddow said the SNP government have introduced higher cuts in Glasgow during the budget.

    Mr Haddow said his party don't want to take money out of Glasgow. 

  4. Tonight on Scotland 2016 there is a housing debate, kicking off at 10.30pm

  5. Scottish Lib Dem leader calls for thorough investigation into Edinbugh schools crisis

    Jackie Bird asks about Mr Rennie about PFI building in schools and asks if that has not come home to roost for those in the Labour-Lib Dem coalition, in Holyrood at the time.

    The schools were all built or modernised under a Public Private Partnership agreement
    Image caption: The schools were all built or modernised under a Public Private Partnership agreement

    Mr Rennie accepts there needs to be a thorough investigation into the schools crisis in Edinburgh, but says he thinks the model of finance is probably unrelated to these issues.  

  6. Lib Dem leader says education is an urgent situation which requires an exceptional measure

    Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says education is an urgent situation which requires an urgent and exceptional measure.

    Mr Rennie says that's why he believes putting a modest increase on income tax rates of 1p across all bands to raise more than £500m each year to invest in education is a measure to deal with the problems.

    Willie Rennie and Jackie Bird

    He says this can be invested in nursery education which is the best area to invest in. 

    Mr Rennie says when the SNP came to power ten years ago Scotland had a top education but now it is just average. 

    He says the SNP have focused on other things such as independence instead of education. 

  7. Scottish Lib Dem leader insists people are coming back to his party

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says Scotland used to have the best education system in the world and now its just average.

    Mr Rennie says we no longer have a world leading mental health strategy, climate change targets must be met and civil liberties must be protected.

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie

    He says the Lib Dems are pioneering on these issues and that more people are coming back to his party.

    The Scottish Lib Dem leader insists his party are getting back to its best after the difficult of coalition and insists his party punched well above its weight in Holyrood.

  8. BBC Scotland's Political Correspondent Glen Campbell says local government has been dominating the campaign trail today

    Glenn Campbell

    BBC Scotland Political Correspondent

    BBC Scotland's Political Correspondent Glen Campbell says local government has been dominating the campaign trail today.

    Questioned on whether she would look at cutting the number of councils in Scotland as part of a planned review, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she would "not rule anything out".

    Council issues

    Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said there would be "no reference" to local government reorganisation in Labour's manifesto, saying her focus was more on devolving powers from Holyrood to councils and communities.

    Willie Rennie, the leader of the Scottish Lib Dems said it was "typical" of the SNP to try to "hoover up powers into Edinburgh".

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the Tories had long argued that many "back-room functions" of councils could be shared, but said she did not support Ms Sturgeon's review.

  9. It's Willie Rennie's turn in the hot seat tonight as he's interviewed by Jackie Bird

    Jackie Bird will shortly interview Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie.

    Here he is coming up in the lift at BBC Pacific Quay...... the last time he visited (not today!) and with some young companions quizzing him.

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  10. Coming up on Reporting Scotland reports from Pollock, voting with a learning disability, the economy and energy

    Our political editor has been on his travels - yesterday he was in Orkney, today he's a bit closer to home - having some retail therapy in the constituency of Glasgow Pollok.  

    Click here to watch Brian Taylor's constituency profile.

    He will be reporting live from Pollock during Reporting Scotland

    BBC Scotland Political Editor Brian Taylor
    Image caption: BBC Scotland Political Editor Brian Taylor in the Glasgow Pollock constituency

    Also on the programme BBC Scotland reporter Ian Hamilton reports on the efforts being made to make voting more accessible for people with a learning disability.

    Our Business Correspondent David Henderson and our Environment Correspondent David Miller look at two of the big battlegrounds of this election business and energy.

  11. Do local issues influence the way we vote?

    The BBC's Scotland 2016 reporter Kenneth Macdonald looks at the statement that all politics is local. Click here to watch.

    In an unscientific experiment he went along to North Kelvin meadow in Glasgow where locals are fighting to keep it a green space.

    Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill Jr. (December 9, 1912 – January 5, 1994)
    Image caption: Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill Jr. (December 9, 1912 – January 5, 1994)

    Voters in Scotland go to the polls on 5 May to elect their next MSPs.

  12. Is there a 'housing crisis' asks Philip Sim and Scotland 2016

    The rival parties in Holyrood's election race have traded claims amid talk of a "housing crisis" in Scotland, with each proposing new targets and schemes to build new affordable homes.

    What are the true figures behind the industry in Scotland, and what do the politicians plan to do about it?

  13. Willie Rennie will be interviewed by Jackie Bird on Reporting Scotland

    Reporting Scotland
  14. Let's doff our cap to Belgian mathematician Victor d'Hondt for his role in electing the next Scottish Parliament

    The d’Hondt system allocates additional seats to political parties or independent candidates according to the number of regional votes cast for that party or independent candidate divided by the number of seats (constituency and regional) already gained in that region, plus one. 

    The party with the highest total after this calculation gains one additional member. 

    The divisor for that party, or individual, is then increased by one (because of the victory in the first round) and the calculation is repeated. 

    Scottish Parliament and Victor d'Hondt

    Again, the party, or individual, with the highest total wins a seat. This process is repeated until all seven regional/list seats are allocated. 

    Victor d'Hondt (20 November 1841 – 30 May 1901) was a Belgian mathematician who devised the now legendary d'Hondt system. 

  15. Everything you wanted to know about the Additional Member Sysem

    As promised here's everything you wanted to know about  the Additional Member System (AMS) but were afraid to ask : 

    • There are 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and there are two ways an MSP can be elected. 
    • Each elector (voter) has two votes. 
    • Scotland is divided into 73 constituencies and each constituency elects one MSP. 
    • These are known as constituency MSPs and are elected by 'first past the post' in exactly the same way as MPs are elected to Westminster. This is the elector's constituency vote. 
    • The regional vote is used to elect 56 additional members. Scotland is divided into 8 parliamentary Regions and each region elects 7 regional MSPs. 
    Ballot box
    • In the second vote the voter votes for a party rather than a candidate. 
    • The parties are then allocated a number of additional members to make the overall result more proportional. 
    • The regional MSPs are selected from lists compiled by the parties. 
    • These MSPs are also sometimes referred to as List MSPs.
    • Features of the Additional Member System Voters get two votes - to elect 1 constituency MSP and 7 regional/ list MSPs Each person living in Scotland has a total of 8 MSPs to represent them. 
  16. Is David Coburn carping on about Patrick Harvie and is it out of plaice in this campaign?

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    UKIP MEP David Coburn and a fish
    Image caption: UKIP MEP David Coburn and a fish
  17. A wee lull in the campaigning, a perfect time to look at the Scottish Parliament electoral system

    The system used for Scottish Parliament general elections is a mixed member system comprising a first-past-the-post component, under which seats are allocated in single member constituencies, and a proportional representation (PR) component based on regional party lists. 

    These two elements are then linked through a formula known as the d’Hondt method or system. 

    Holyrood and the ballot box
    Image caption: Ah the d'Hondt system

    This electoral system is known as the Additional Member System (AMS). 

    Part 1 of the Scotland Act 1998 sets out the processs by which Members are elected to the Scottish Parliament.   

    Tell us more you cry....... very well we will!