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Tuesday's Representing Border

We report from Stranraer as four hundred activists gather in the town for the opening of Scotland's Rural Parliament. It's the first time the Parliament has met in the South of Scotland and it's due to consider a wide range of issues including the impact of Brexit. Peter MacMahon speaks to the new Rural Affairs Minister. Also on the programme - the parents of a student who killed herself in a young offenders institution call for an independent review of deaths in custody in Scottish jails.

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Nicola Sturgeon rules out signing up to Theresa May's new plan for a Brexit deal. Our regular commentators, the Scotsman's Joyce McMillan and The Spectator's Alex Massie discuss the latest developments. And ahead of the centenary of the Armistice the Scottish Parliament unites in tribute to all those who died in the First World War.

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This week marks the half way point of this Holyrood Parliament. With two and a half years gone since the last election, and two and half to go till the next, we assess the successes and failures of the SNP government. Also tonight - the campaign to warn about the pitfalls of puppy farms as thirteen smuggled dogs are seized at the port of Cairnryan. And is it time for our politicians to talk more about death? The former head of the Anglican Church in Scotland Richard Holloway speaks to Peter MacMahon about the policy challenges of facing up to our mortality.

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MSPs call for a halt to the roll out of Universal Credit as foodbank use soars. With the new system up and running across the South of Scotland we debate the benefit changes with two of the region's MSPs. Also tonight, the environmental campaigners calling for big changes to Scotland's grouse moors, but gamekeepers warn jobs and rural livelihoods will be put at risk. Peter MacMahon speaks to the naturalist Chris Packham.

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The battle lines are drawn on tax at First Minister's Questions. The Conservatives challenge Nicola Sturgeon to implement the UK Government's planned tax cuts in full. Ms Sturgeon brands the Chancellor's budget as shameful, insisting the Scottish budget next month will be progressive and fair. Plus the formal launch of the Scottish arm of the so called People's Vote Campaign. But as Remainers call on every Scottish party to support another referendum, further splits emerged in the SNP.

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The battle lines are drawn on tax at First Minister's Questions. The Conservatives challenge Nicola Sturgeon to implement the UK Government's planned tax cuts in full. Ms Sturgeon brands the Chancellor's budget as shameful, insisting the Scottish budget next month will be progressive and fair. Plus the formal launch of the Scottish arm of the so called People's Vote Campaign. But as Remainers call on every Scottish party to support another referendum, further splits emerged in the SNP.

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Tonight we look at the tax choices facing Scotland's Finance Secretary. How will Derek Mackay respond to Philip Hammond's income tax cuts? We debate the options for the forthcoming Scottish budget with the Tories Murdo Fraser and the Green's Patrick Harvie Also tonight, new fears over the Government's childcare policy as private nurseries warn they won't be able to provide the big increase in places planned by Ministers. We report from a nursery in Peebles. And lessons from history. The First Minister's visit to Auschwitz with a party of Scottish school children.

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The Scottish Secretary rejects accusations of a betrayal on the Borderlands Growth Deal and insists the UK Government will make an announcement on funding in the new year. South of Scotland MSPs Joan McAlpine and Findlay Carson debate the impact of the Chancellor's budget on the region. And Peter MacMahon talks to the boss of Dumfries and Galloway NHS who is warning of financial problems ahead.

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The South of Scotland MSP Michelle Ballantyne tells Representing Border she stands by her controversial remarks that people on benefits could not have as many children as they like. The First Minister calls the comments shameful. Primary One testing goes on - at least for now. Peter MacMahon talks to the Education Secretary. And Nicola Sturgeon's accused of abject failure after a new report finds the NHS is not financially sustainable.

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On the programme - a warning from the First Minister that no deal may now be the most likely Brexit outcome. Yet another consultation on fracking - South West campaigners say they'll settle for nothing less than a permanent ban. And Peter MacMahon questions the Finance Secretary on next week's UK budget and the prospects for funding the plan to bring jobs and businesses to the Borderlands.

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