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Summary

  1. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR LIVE TEXT COVERAGE OF THE HOLYROOD ELECTION CAMPAIGN
  2. Scottish Labour launched their manifesto
  3. In this evening's Reporting Scotland Jackie Bird interviewed Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

That's all from our Holyrood Election live page

Another day on the campaign trail, with tots, pints, manifestos, climbing and folk music.
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Another day on the campaign trail, with tots, pints, manifestos, climbing and folk music.

That's all from our Holyrood Election live page on 27 April 2016.

Coming up on Scotland 2016 tonight...

In the latest of of our political mythbusters series we look at the importance of turnout in the election.

How many people will turn out to vote? 

Scotland's voting age has been lowered for the Scottish election
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Scotland's voting age has been lowered for the Scottish election

At the last Holyrood election only half of eligible people voted. 

But does turnout really matter? Our special correspondent Kenneth Macdonald reports.

Scotland 2016 on BBC TWO Scotland tonight at 22:30. 

Political Correspondent Nick Eardley holds Facebook Q&A on Holyrood election tomorrow

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Our Political Correspondent Nick Eardley will hold a Facebook Q&A on the 2016 Holyrood election live tomorrow at 15:00. 

BBC Scotland's Political Correspondent Nick Eardley
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BBC Scotland's Political Correspondent Nick Eardley

Scottish Conservative leader says she wants to 'be able to take Nicola Sturgeon on'

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says: "I want to be able to take Nicola Sturgeon on and I'll be standing up every week at first minister's questions every week doing exactly that."

Ms Davidson says this is a big transition for the Scottish Conservatives with more than half the MSPs leaving or retiring, meaning more than half of the Tory MSPs will be new faces.

Scottish Conservative Party leader
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She says these "new faces" will be from outside politics and will bring expertise to Holyrood, raise the level of debate and really do a job for Scotland.

Jackie Bird asks if the Tories will work with the SNP and Ms Davidson says her party will put forward alternatives to make the country better. 

The Scottish Conservative party leader expresses concerns about the SNP and centralisation of powers.

Ruth Davidson draws equivalence between David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn in Scottish campaigns

Tax cuts have to be earned by growing the economy says Scottish Conservative leader

Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson says people know what they are voting for in Scotland and who's going to be the strongest opposition.

Ms Davidson says people out there want a strong opposition to the SNP.

She says over the medium term her party would like to cut taxes but that they cannot go into the election saying we are going to cut taxes and have the same level of service provisions that are enjoyed now.

Ruth Davidson and Jackie Bird
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The Scottish Tory leader says tax cuts have to be earned and that can be done by growing the economy.

Ms Davidson says she has been on the election trail talking about how tax cuts can be earned and hers is the only party doing this. 

She says the clear principle is that we should not be the highest taxed nation in the UK. 

Ruth Davidson says if Scotland were independent no UK shipbuilding would come to the Clyde

Jackie Bird begins by saying there are very real fears from shipbuilding unions that the industy is facing very real problems.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says she has heard the concerns from the unions and has spoken to the defence secretary and insists there is a "comprehensive guarantee" of the work that is coming to the yard in terms of the Type 26 programme and in terms of the off shore patrol vessels.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson
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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson

Ms Davidson says the SNP have been "ramping up the rhetoric on this" and says if Scotland had been independent none of this work would have come to the Clyde.  

Ruth Davidson pressed by Jackie Bird over Clyde shipyard work and whether there will be any delay says the defence secretary told her there was "absolutely" no change to the plans revealed in November. 

Jackie Bird will now interview Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson on tonight's Reporting Scotland

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Here is Ruth coming up in our lift here at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay HQ.... but not today. 

Ruth Davidson appears on Rep Scot across all media but mainly here!

Up periscope with Nick Eardley targeting the Scottish Labour manifesto

Political consensus breaks out on the campaign trail against male only golf clubs

Political consensus breaks out on the campaign trail ... over golf in general and male only clubs in particular.

Royal Troon is one of two golf clubs on the rota to host the Open Championship which do not accept female members.

Royal Troon is one of two golf clubs on the rota to host the Open Championship which do not accept female members.
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Royal Troon is one of two golf clubs on the rota to host the Open Championship which do not accept female members.

The Ayrshire club is staging the 145th Open this July.

It announced last year that it was carrying out a review into its all-male membership policy.

The Open takes places at Troon from 10-17 July
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The Open takes places at Troon from 10-17 July

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says she will boycott the Open at Troon if it continues its men-only policy.   

Another party leader, Scottish Labour's Kezia Dugdale says she is opposed to male only clubs and says she won't be going to Troon either.  

Scottish Labour leaer Kezia Dugdale
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Scottish Labour leaer Kezia Dugdale takes a swing at male only golf clubs

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she does not think it is acceptable for anywhere in Scotland to be off limits to women.     

The R&A said membership policy was 'a matter for the club'
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The R&A said membership policy was 'a matter for the club'

Maggie Chapman, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, says male only golf clubs "belong in the 19th century" and this shows how far there is to go on gender equality.

Willie Rennie, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats agrees and says the club should come into the 21st century and hold a vote on allowing women members.

Ruth Davidson will be interviewed by Jackie Bird on tonight's Reporting Scotland

Coming up on Reporting Scotland tonight... Scottish Labour manifesto, Ruth Davidson and Royal Troon golf club

We will look at the Scottish Labour manifesto as it was launched today by party leader Kezia Dugdale.

Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is in the hot seat tonight as she is interviewed by Jackie Bird.

The manifesto was launched by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale at an event in Edinburgh
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The manifesto was launched by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale at an event in Edinburgh

And we look at one thing the five party leaders can agree on as they call on Royal Troon golf club to stop excluding women from membership, as it prepares to host the 2016 Open championship. 

It is the turn of the Scottish Conservatives for BBC's The Social one minute manifestos

This week we'll bring you BBC's The Social's take on the parties manifestos. 

Here Nathan takes a look at the Scottish Conservatives. 

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Here's a reminder of what has dominated the campaign trail today.......

Scotland's politicians have outlined pledges on childcare and the economy as campaigning continues ahead of May's Holyrood election.

Four main party leaders hit the campaign trail
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Four main party leaders hit the campaign trail

The political importance of folk music and "social prescribing" for doctors were also raised on the day Scottish Labour launched their election manifesto.  

Scottish Green Party co-convener Maggie Chapman meets some folk
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Scottish Green Party co-convener Maggie Chapman meets some folk

Scottish Labour manifesto: Cupcakes and tax pledges: Brian Taylor Blog

Nuanced it was not. Subtle? Behave yourself. Then again, we are but a week and a day from polling.

This has been a fairly blunt campaign from the outset - a fundamental series of choices on tax and spending. Labour's manifesto launch, then, was of a piece.

Ms Dugdale said the manifesto was a return to Labour's roots
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Ms Dugdale said the manifesto was a return to Labour's roots
Labour handed out cupcakes topped some of the key messages from its manifesto
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Labour handed out cupcakes topped some of the key messages from its manifesto

Indeed, in the ante-room prior to the launch itself, Labour even had cupcakes on display bearing bold legends relating to their core policy offer of increased taxation to fund sustained public spending, notably on education.

Labour has struggled somewhat of late in Scotland. And so it was perhaps understandable that there were references throughout Kezia Dugdale's speech to matters past.

Scottish Greens says Labour manifesto is 'too little too late'

The Scottish Greens branded the Labour party's manifesto - published just nine days before polling day - as too little, too late.

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie
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Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie said: "Much of the language Labour have adopted such as the need to raise revenue for public services, the need for warm homes, a fracking ban and jobs of the future - these have all been consistent Scottish Green priorities, and what's more we have done the work to deliver progress on these issues. 

"Labour are simply undermining what little credibility they have left."

Scottish Lib Dems say they offer so much more than Scottish Labour manifesto

Commenting on launch of Scottish Labour's manifesto, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said: "With the Liberal Democrats you get so much more. 

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie
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"You'll get an NHS with the GPs and quality mental health services so desperately needed. You'll get a party that stands up for your civil liberties - the rights and freedoms that should be protected for everyone. 

"And you'll get a new environmental push to make sure Scotland doesn't just meet its climate change targets but exceeds them."

Tories respond to Scottish Labour manifesto saying Labour is too weak to stop indyref2

The Scottish Conservatives say Labour has "completely lost its way" and there is a "real danger" that it is "too weak to stop the SNP" from holding a second referendum on independence. 

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson
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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson

SNP says Scottish Labour's manifesto is a 'true betrayal of Labour's roots'

The SNP say Labour has "failed to support Scotland's NHS as the long delayed Labour manifesto offered the lowest commitment to NHS funding of any party".

The SNP's Shona Robison said: "It is clear the Labour party are preparing to let down Scotland's valuable health service. 

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The SNP say Scottish Labour are failing to support the NHS

Ms Robison says: "Instead of joining the SNP and committing the investment that is needed to make the service fit for the 21st century, Labour are short-changing Scotland's NHS. 

"That is a true betrayal of Labour's roots."

Here'e the key points from the Scottish Labour manifesto

So Scottish Labour has published its manifesto ahead of the Holyrood election on 5 May. 

The manifesto was launched by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale at an event in Edinburgh
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The manifesto was launched by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale at an event in Edinburgh

The full manifesto can be here.

Holyrood polling suggests a battle for second place

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The latest Scottish Parliament election poll for broadcaster STV suggests that Scottish Labour will fall to third place, behind the Scottish Conservatives.

Current polling north of the border gives first spot to the SNP. However, the surveys of Scotland's voters is less clear about who will form the single biggest opposition party.

Wednesday's Ipsos-MORI poll for STV was carried out between April 18 to 25 and involved interviews with 1,015 adults in Scotland.

What have other polls been showing?

  • BMG last week suggested Labour was ahead of the Conservatives - by five points on the constituency vote and four points on the list. 
  • Survation poll - also last week - suggested the outcome was "too close to call". The company put Labour at 18% on the constituency vote and 17% on the list just a point ahead of the Conservatives on the constituency vote and a point behind on the list. 
  • Panelbase poll that appeared in the Sunday Times put Labour one point ahead of the Conservatives.

Professor of politics at Strathclyde University, John Curtice, said in his online blog that the battle for second place "is evidently not resolved".

If there is any tendency in these polls to overestimate Labour and underestimate the Conservatives’ electoral strength (as was the case in last year’s Britain wide polls), then Labour could indeed be in deep trouble."

Prof John Curtice

Lets take a look at the RISE manifesto

Rise has unveiled its manifesto for the Holyrood election, with the left-wing alliance saying it will offer a "comprehensive prospectus for change".

The manifesto issues a "challenge" to the other pro-independence parties by calling for a second referendum within the next five years.

The party is pressing for a second independence referendum within the term of the next parliament
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The party is pressing for a second independence referendum within the term of the next parliament

It also proposes a "living income" for carers, and a higher rate of income tax for the wealthiest 1%.

Rise is fielding 40 candidates across the eight electoral regions.

Lets take a look at the UKIP manifesto

The front cover of the 30-page manifesto sets out in bold letters UKIP's promise to "shake up Holyrood" if the party manages to win seats in the Scottish Parliament for the first time.

Inside, the party's Scottish leader David Coburn contrasts UKIP with the "tired old establishment parties which spout the same old havers".

UKIP MEP David Coburn helped launch his party's manifesto
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UKIP MEP David Coburn helped launch his party's manifesto

UKIP is fielding a total of 26 candidates across Scotland's eight regional lists, with the party hopeful that the debate over whether or not the UK should leave the EU will translate into enough electoral support for it to win its first seats at Holyrood.  

A climbing wall, a pub, a folk festival and a manifesto...just another day on the trail

Lets take a look back at the Scottish Greens manifesto

The Holyrood manifesto of the Scottish Greens has pledged to create 200,000 jobs in oil and gas decommissioning, renewables and housing.

The Scottish Greens believe Scotland can be fairer, greener and healthier and that the Scottish Parliament can be "so much bolder" in meeting the ambitions of the people of Scotland.

The Scottish Greens are hopeful that at least eight of its candidates will be elected to Holyrood on 5 May
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The Scottish Greens are hopeful that at least eight of its candidates will be elected to Holyrood on 5 May

The party says its candidates have a solid track record of making a difference inside and outside Holyrood.

Its manifesto says: "We bring fresh, new, bold ideas to parliament. We will work constructively with others who share our aims. Holyrood - and Scotland - needs diverse politics and progressive champions to hold the biggest parties to account.

Lets take a look back at the Scottish Lib Dem manifesto

In his introduction, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie sets out his vision of how to "make Scotland the best again".

He argues that Scottish education, healthcare, civil liberties, climate change targets and local services were once the envy of the world, but have been allowed to stagnate.

Scottish Lib Dem manifesto
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Mr Rennie also states that the five Liberal Democrats elected in 2011 "punched above their weight" over the next five years, and that electing more this time would allow the party to do "so much more".

And he reiterates his opposition to Scottish independence, insisting that it is time for the country to move on from the referendum.

Lets take a look back at the Scottish Conservative manifesto

Unusually for an election manifesto, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson seems almost at pains to point out that she has no chance of winning the election and becoming first minister.

Instead, she describes the manifesto as her application for the job of providing strong opposition to the SNP - a role she says has been left vacant by Scottish Labour for the previous nine years.

Ruth Davidson with Scottish Conservative Party candidates for Holyrood 2016
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Ruth Davidson with Scottish Conservative Party candidates for Holyrood 2016

Read more on the Scottish Conservative manifesto below. 

Lets take a look back at the SNP manifesto

Nicola Sturgeon made a personal plea for voters to elect her as Scottish first minister as she launched the SNP's Holyrood election manifesto.

The party goes into the election on 5 May hoping to secure a third consecutive term in government.

Nicola Sturgeon with the all important manifesto
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Nicola Sturgeon with the all important manifesto

It will be the first time Ms Sturgeon has led the party in a Scottish Parliament election.

The manifesto does not include a specific pledge to hold a second referendum on independence.

But it promises to increase NHS funding by £500m more than inflation over the five years.

Most of the parties have launched their manifestos and now all you have to do......is read them all and choose!

Manifestos
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Here's the Scottish Labour manifesto.....................

Now that Scottish Labour have launched their manifesto, it's time to take remind ourselves about all the parties' manfiestos.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale
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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale launches her party's manifesto

UKIP don't want a second independence referendum in the next parliament

Nigel Farage head shot along with UKIP logo
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This week we have been looking at the party's opinions on key issues.

Here we look at what they have to say on Scottish independence. 

  • no to second independence referendum for the next parliament

Scottish Greens say citizens should be able to trigger a vote on important issues

Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman head shot beside Scottish Greens logo
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This week we have been looking at the party's opinions on key issues.

Here we look at what they have to say on Scottish independence. 

  • would be a "different context" for another independence referendum
  • written constitution produced by the Scottish people in a citizen-led process
  • a petition signed by an appropriate number of voters, citizens should be able to trigger a vote on important issues of devolved responsibility
  • further devolution to local government
Voter holding 'yes' cards and Saltire
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Scottish Liberal Democrats to continue to make case for diverse UK

Willie Rennie head shot with Scottish Liberal Democrat logo
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This week we have been looking at the party's opinions on key issues.

Here we look at what they have to say on Scottish independence. 

  • no to second independence referendum for the next parliament
  • continue to make the case for a diverse, federal UK
Union and Scots flags beside 'I love Scotland sign'
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Scottish Conservatives support creation of UK-wide effort to promote the union

Ruth Davidson head shot and logo
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This week we have been looking at the party's opinions on key issues.

Here we look at what they have to say on Scottish independence. 

  • no to a second independence referendum for the next parliament
  • support the creation of a new UK-wide effort to promote the strengths and values of the Union
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Second independence referendum 'preferred option' for SNP

Nicola Sturgeon head shot with SNP logo
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This week we have been looking at the party's opinions on key issues.

Here we look at what they have to say on Scottish independence. 

  • a second independence referendum when independence is the "preferred option of the majority of the people of Scotland"
  • or if there is a "significant or material change in the circumstances", such as "Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will"
  • summer campaign to persuade people on case for independence
Man walking down street with yes flag on his back
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Scottish Labour 'unequivocal' in opposition to second independence referendum

Kezia Dugdale
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The Scottish Labour party has launched its manifesto and reaffirmed its opposition to a second independence referendum. 

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said its "unequivocal" that Labour oppose another independence referendum.

Yes and No banners
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Kezia Dugdale is certain its a "No" to a second referendum

Ms Dugdale says says she wants to move on and use the new powers coming to Holyrood

She said it was a myth that independence was the only way to change things and said she was "appalled" that the SNP can't make plans to use the new powers. 

The Scottish Labour leader, answering questions after her manifesto launch speech, also said "you can't trust the Tories with the Union; they are a risk to the Union".