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Summary

  1. Nicola Sturgeon elected nominee for first minister with 63 votes
  2. Her only challenger, Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie, won five votes and there were 59 abstentions
  3. Ms Sturgeon will now be appointed by the Queen and be sworn in at the Court of Session tomorrow morning

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

And that's your lot from Holyrood Live on this historic day

That's all from Holyrood Live on 17 May 2016, the day Nicola Sturgeon was elected as the nominee for first minister.

Nicola Sturgeon wins the first minister vote
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Nicola Sturgeon wins the first minister vote

Now the first minister nominee election is done the MSPs come together for a photo op....

The first minister expresses an 'enduring desire for Scottish independence' but will 'govern for all'

So to recap, Nicola Sturgeon is the nominee for first minister

Nicola Sturgeon has been confirmed as the Scottish Parliament's nominee for first minister. 

Nicola Sturgeon
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She comfortably beat off a challenge from the Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie, taking 63 votes to his five. 

Ms Sturgeon will be sworn in at the Court of Session in Edinburgh tomorrow.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh now closes this meeting of the parliament.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh now closes this meeting of the parliament. 

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh
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The presiding officer now runs us through the first parliamentary business motions of the new session.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh now runs us through the first parliamentary business motions of the new session. 

Ms Sturgeon says 'this parliament has a renewed mandate to be bold'

Ms Sturgeon says "this parliament has a renewed mandate to be bold".

Nicola Sturgeon
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"So now let us begin."

Ms Sturgeon says her job is to govern for all the people of this country

Ms Sturgeon says her job is to govern for all the people of this country and that is what she will do.

Nicola Sturgeon
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She says she will lead a government with purpose.

Nicola Sturgeon says election gave a clear mandate to govern inclusively

Nicola Sturgeon describes her party as a 'left of centre democratic government'

Nicola Sturgeon seeks a 'creative battle of ideas'

Nicola Sturgeon says this is a 'parliament of new beginnings'

Nicola Sturgeon pays warm tribute to her family next, many of whom sit in the gallery.

Ms Sturgeon pays warm tribute to her family next, many of whom sit in the gallery. 

Nicola Sturgeon's family in the gallery
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Sturgeon: 'There is no greater priviledge than to be elected to serve as first minister of this country'

Nicola Sturgeon thanks her fellow members of parliament for electing her as nominee for first minister. 

Nicola Sturgeon
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"There is no greater privilege than to be elected to serve as first minister of this country."

Willie Rennie pleased Nicola Sturgeon did not include any reference to independence in her speech

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie begins by congratulating Nicola Sturgeon on her election to be the nominee for first minister. 

Mr Rennie says there will be times when his party opposes strongly, but this will be placed on principle.

Willie Rennie
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He says he is pleased Nicola Sturgeon did not include any reference to independence in her speech.

Mr Rennie says there is a lot of work to do on mental health and goes into detail on the issue. 

Greens co-convener says case for progressive taxation to protect services is strong

Harvie says the first minister should 'look to those who oppose austerity' for support at budget time

Mr Harvie says the challenges we face today require the combined effort of MSPs across party lines.

Patrick Harvie
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The Scottish Green Party co-convener says the first minister should "look to those who oppose austerity" at budget time.

He says the government has missed all four climate change targets and must raise its game. 

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie congratulates Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie also begins by congratulating Nicola Sturgeon.

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie
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Mr Harvie says minority government at its best was an opportunity for creative thinking.

The Scottish Labour leader says: "Our job is to shape the future."

Kezia Dugdale says this parliament cannot be a prisoner of the past.

Kezia Dugdale
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The Scottish Labour leader says: "Our job is to shape the future." 

Election has 'deprived' SNP of majority says Labour leader

Ms Dugdale urges Ms Sturgeon to be bold

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says every party will wish Nicola Sturgeon well as first minister.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale
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Ms Dugdale says she hopes Ms Sturgeon uses the mandate the people have given her to be bold.

She says people's lives should be determined not by postcode but by potential. 

Ruth Davidson congratulates both Nicola Sturgeon and Willie Rennie...

Davidson says: 'We are about to embark on a new chapter for devolution'

The Scottish Conservative leader says unemployment is on the rise, the economy is on a knife edge and education issues need addressed.

Ruth Davidson
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Ms Davidson says: "We are about to embark on a new chapter for devolution." 

Ms Davidson says she will provide strong opposition over the next five years

Ms Davidson says with a new minority government the parliament will be able to exercise its mandate.

Ruth Davidson
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The Scottish Conservative leader says she chose not to stand against the first minister, as she asked for votes to form a strong opposition.

She says this is the job she is determined to fulfill over the next five years. 

Scottish Conservative leader congratulates the first minister on her election

Scottish Conservative Ruth Davidson congratulates the first minister on her election.

Scottish Conservative Ruth Davidson
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"It is a significant achievement to win three elections in a row."

Ms Davidson says it is to this parliament that the first minister is accountable. 

BreakingNicola Sturgeon is announced as the nominee for first minister

Nicola Sturgeon is announced as the nominee for first minister.

Nicola Sturgeon
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It is now for the Queen who formally appoints the First Minister based upon Parliament's nomination.

  • 5 votes for Willie Rennie 
  • 63 votes for Nicola Sturgeon

No sign of the reshuffle in the chamber

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan gets in there with the first official chamber tweet...

There is now a break to very the votes for first minister

There is now a break to very the votes for first minister,

Holyrood chamber
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Presiding officer announces the vote for those who wish to abstain

Mr Macintosh announces the vote for those who wish to abstain. 

MSPs wishing to vote for Nicola Sturgeon are asked to vote yes now.

MSPs wishing to vote for Nicola Sturgeon are asked to vote yes now. 

Nicola Sturgeon
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A "short pause" while Mr Rennie's vote is printed

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh announces a "short pause" while Mr Rennie's vote is printed. 

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh
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MSPs will now vote for the nominee for first minister

MSPs who wish to vote for Willie Rennie are asked to vote yes first. 

Willie Rennie
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Sturgeon: 'I will work every day to serve this country to the very best of my ability'

The SNP leader says she firmly and passionately believes there should be no limit to our ambitions for the parliament and for our country. 

Nicola Sturgeon
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 "I will work every day to serve this country to the very best of my ability." 

Sturgeon says she has a mandate to be first minister

Ms Sturgeon says she is aware of the challenges to be faced and the vast potential of the country.

Nicola Sturgeon
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The first minister says she will create a new cabinet post focused on the economy.

She says the SNP increased its constituency vote share and won a record of constituency seats and there is no doubt the SNP has a mandate to govern and that she has a mandate to lead. 

Willie Rennie calls for changes in mental health funding, education investment and oversight of Police Scotland

If there is a tie blow up the inflatable slide says Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon begins by thanking Willie Rennie for his candidacy and for his son's support!

Nicola Sturgeon
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The SNP leader says she and Willie Rennie will have a race down an inflatable slide race if there is a tie.

Rennie calls for the use of tax powers to improve education

Mr Rennie stresses the importance of acting on mental health and meeting climate change targets.

He speaks against cutting air passenger duty and fracking.

Willie Rennie in the chamber
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The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader says the next five years should be used to improve Scottish education.

He repeats his election campaign call for £500m for education via tax powers.

Willie Rennie says he is standing because all parties are now minorities...

Willie Rennie and Nicola Sturgeon will stand for First Minister...