The first televised leaders debate of the Scottish Parliament elections takes place tonight.

With the election just over five weeks away the campaign has begun in earnest with politicians trying to get their message across to voters all over the country.

Social distancing has meant that campaign events are different this time round with no speeches to packed halls, no local hustings in community halls and no big party events with hundreds of supporters indoors or outdoors.

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Instead, leaders and candidates are holding socially distances photocalls and small teams of activists are leafleting in communtities.

One of the staples of recent elections has been the televised leaders debates in studios in front of an audience.

The first debate takes place tonight but there will be no live audience. Instead there will be a virual audience panel, similar to programmes like Question Time and Debate Night during lockdown.

The debate toinght features the leaders of the five main political parties in Scotland represented at Holyrood.

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First Minister, and leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon will be taking part.

She will be debating with the leaders of the opposition parties.

Douglas Ross will be taking part for the Scottish Conservatives.

Anas Sarwar will be representing the Scottish Labour Party in his first live debate since becoming leader last month.

Willie Rennie will be debating for the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Lorna Slater will be representing the Scottish Greens.

The debate will be televised on BBC One Scotland, hosted by Sarah Smith, at 7.50pm tonight.