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Summary

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  2. MSPs debated Scotland's future in the European Union before voting overwhelmingly for the UK to remain
  3. The debate on the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's plans for the future was then continued

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

That concludes a busy day at Holyrood

That's all from the Holyrood Live team on 26 May 2016.

Holyrood
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We're back on Tuesday with all the action from the Scottish Parliament, until then have a lovely weekend.  

BreakingMSPs vote overwhelmingly to back the UK's continued membership of the EU

Chamber
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MSPs vote overwhelmingly to back the UK's continued membership of the EU:

  • 106 MSPs vote to remain in the EU
  • 8 MSPs vote against remaining in the EU
  • there are three abstentions

Coming up at decision time...........

MSPs will almost certainly back the UK's continued membership of the EU at 5pm today, with less than a month to the in/out referendum. 

Holyrood chamber
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The vastmajority of the chamber spoke in favour of remaining in the EU
Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell, Labour MSP Elaine Smith and Conservative MSP Graham Smith
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Tory MSP Margaret Mitchell, Labour MSP Elaine Smith and Tory MSP Graham Smith in favour of Brexit

Only three MSPs have spoken in favour of an EU exit in this parliamentary debate:

  • Labour MSP Elaine Smith
  • Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell
  • Conservative MSP Graham Simpson

Unfavourable comparisons with comedy classic character for Murdo

Mr Swinney compares Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser to his namesake in Dad's Army...."We're all doomed."

Private James Frazer (played by John Laurie)
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Private James Frazer (played by John Laurie) of the television series Dad's Army

Mr Swinney defends the named person policy

Mr Swinney defends the named person policy and says it is about protecting the most vulnerable in our society.

Labour MSP Iain Gray intervenes calling on the education secretary to accept that many parents across Scotland have lost faith in the policy.

Hand cupping paper cut out of a family
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The deputy first minister says a very good idea, with broad support, has been utterly misrepresented in the debate over the last few weeks.

He says he will do everything he can to rebuild confidence in the policy. 

Education secretary criticises the Conservative plans for a graduate tax

The education secretary says the government is going to move as far and as fast as it possibly can to address the attainment gap, but will not put youngster's education certificates at risk.

Graduate
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Mr Swinney criticises the Conservative plans for a graduate tax.

Swinney says government elected to govern and it will

This government has been elected with a mandate to govern and that is precisely what we are going to do.

John SwinneyDeputy first minister

Education measures announced by John Swinney

Mr Swinney, earlier in the debate, pledged to reduce teacher workload as part of the government's drive to reduce the attainment gap between schools.

John Swinney
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The education secretary  said improving attainment across the country would be the "driving purpose" of his tenure. 

To that end: 

  • he has asked the chief inspector of education to write to schools with guidance about qualifications and assessment in a bid to cut out unnecessary work for teachers
  • he has also pledged to meet with Janet Brown, the Chief Examiner in Scotland, every month to help improve conditions in schools

The deputy first minister begins by praising maiden speeches over the two days

Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney begins, as is tradition, by paying tribute to the speeches over the last few days.

John Swinney
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Tory MSP calls for named person policy to be ditched

The Scottish Conservative education spokesperson says the challenges facing universities and colleges are as great as anywhere in education.

Ms Smith says raising taxes to fund these sectors would be a mistake and says a graduate contribution would be better.

Liz Smith
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She then goes on to highlight what she sees as unfairness in the early years.

The Tory MSP calls for boldness and focus on the three Rs and freeing teachers up to teach.

She also calls on the government to get rid of the named person policy. 

Mr Swinney will have to be a class act to tackle education issues says Tory MSP

Ms Smith welcomes Mr Swinney to the education brief and heaps praise upon him. 

"Mr Swinney you will have to be a class act if you are going to sort out the education brief." 

Tory MSP calls for competitive tax rates and business rates

Money saltire purse and union jack flag
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The Scottish economy is key says Ms Smith

Tory MSP Liz Smith says the key priority for this parliament is the delivery of economic growth in Scotland.

Ms Smith calls for competitive tax rates and business rates and well planned infrastructure projects.

Tories second biggest opposition due to promise of strong opposition says Ms Smith

Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith says the view of Mr Gray back in his education role is better from the new home of her party as second biggest party.

Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith
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Ms Smith says her party was sent back in numbers to provide a strong opposition based on two things

  • clear facts and evidence
  • constructive, credible, coherent policy and alternatives

Initiatives and summits no substitute for funding for education

Mr Gray moves to the more serious issue of education and says nothing can be a substitute for sufficient resources and more teachers.

Teacher in classroom
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Education Secretary John Swinney says he has been asked to listen and that is what he is doing and he asks if Mr Gray will learn a lesson from the election.

Mr Gray hits back saying again a summit is not a substitute for funding for the sector.

And all that good will is gone in a heartbeat! Poor language not a Gray area clearly

Former Labour leader Mr Gray says of the election: 

"The people have spoken, as that famous American senator said.... the bastards."

Ms Fabiani says she can see why Mr Gray asked for forbearance, but that's it is it used up.

Labour MSP Iain Gray
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Labour MSP Iain Gray is chastised

How to get ahead in politics...... love your presiding officers

Scottish Labour MSP Iain Gray begins, as many have, by seeking favour with the presiding officers.

"I can hardly contain my admiration for you and your colleagues and will be seeking your forbearance in return."

Less well off young people in Scotland not reaching their full potential says SNP MSP

SNP MSP Willie Coffey says young people who are less well off in Scotland are not reaching their full potential.

SNP MSP Willie Coffey
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Mr Coffey says the next five years gives everyone in the parliament and opportunity to change this.

Labour MSP Claudia Beamish uses her speech to highlight cuts to colleges

Labour MSP Claudia Beamish uses her speech to highlight cuts to colleges.

Labour MSP Claudia Beamish
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Ms Beamish says Labour's spending plans would reverse huge cuts to the budget from the SNP.

She says her party's plans are indeed progressive. 

New SNP MSP Emma Harper, a nurse, stresses importance of immigrants to NHS

Another maiden speech, this time from SNP MSP Emma Harper who won through on the South of Scotland list. 

Ms Harper says when she watched the opening of the parliament in 1999 she was thousands of miles away working with a theatre trauma team from a Los Angeles hospital where she was welcomed as an immigrant.

SNP MSP Emma Harper
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She stresses the importance of immigrants in our own NHS.

Ms Harper says she is a proud nurse with over 30 years of experience and it is her passion for the NHS which led her to Holyrood.

She says the Scottish government is delivering on the NHS.

'No man is an island' says Highlands and Islands MSP

Making his first speech, Conservative MSP Donald Cameron says he wants to "occupy Holyrood" and remind parliament about those that live beyond the Highland line.

Mr Cameron says there are issues that must be addressed such as broadband connectivity and the state of the road network.

Donald Cameron and John Donne
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Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron quotes the poet John Donne in his maiden speech

The Highlands and Islands MSP says there is only one ambulance that services the entire island of Mull.

"No man is an island" he says, adding that he wants his constituents to feel a part of the country and wider community. 

'The Kraken Awakes' starring.......... Nicola Sturgeon

Investment in Inverclyde with ferry order..

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan says being nominated as the constituency MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde is the "honour of his life".

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan
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Mr McMillan says Inverclyde has seen investment with the £120m order for two ferries.   

Not surprising given his youth, Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer is a fan of social media

Not surprising given his youth, Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer is a fan of social media, here he tweets his first speech.

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Just outside the chamber Nicola Sturgeon meets with the Brain family who face deportation

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SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson raised the case of a seven-year-old and his family from Dingwall, whose family face deportation, at Wednesday's PMQs.

Chancellor George Osborne said the family "don't meet the immigration criteria", and said the home secretary would write to Mr Robertson about the matter.

But Mr Robertson said the case had been front-page news in Scotland, and told the chancellor about his reply: "This has been going on for weeks and that frankly is not good enough".

The Brain family, who have been living in Scotland since 2011, must leave the UK and return to Australia in five days' time if they cannot meet visa criteria.

The Australian couple's deportation is a human rights issue because their seven-year-old son's first language is Gaelic, SNP MP Ian Blackford has said.

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar makes his maiden speech saying 'great things can be achieved'

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar makes his maiden speech, but was of course an old hand at Westminster until the 2015 general election.

Mr Sarwar says in coming to Holyrood he is following in the big footsteps of  Donald Dewar, Sam Galbraith, Alex Salmond and Winnie Ewing, to name but a few.

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar
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He says Jackson Carlaw has described him as one of the "old and tired faces of the Labour party", but goes on to say that at 33 years old he actually one of the youngest veteran in politics.

Mr Sarwar says where areas of common interest can be found, great things can be achieved, citing the smoking ban.

New SNP MSP not a Little impressed with Aberdeen born footballer of the year

SNP MSP Gillian Martin makes her maiden speech and  begins by praising BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2016 Kim Little, saying "she's ours".

The Aberdeenshire East MSP is clearly very proud of the outstanding Aberdeen-born player.

Kim Little and Gillian Martin
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Ms Martin goes on to welcome progress on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

She also welcomes the doubling of early years child provision.

New Tory MSP says losing 800 police officers is 'completely unacceptable'

Scottish Conservative MSP Douglas Ross uses his maiden speech to focus on justice.

Mr Ross says morale in the police is at an all time low and he says something has gone wrong when officer have to focus on targets.

Scottish Conservative MSP Douglas Ross
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Scottish Conservative MSP Douglas Ross

The Tory MSP says it is clear if we want the police to be safeguarding us we have to safeguard our police force.

He says losing 800 police officers is completely unacceptable.

New SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor welcomes the commitment to build 50,000 affordable homes

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor
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SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor

New SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor pays tribute to Labour's Elaine Smith, his predecessor as the representative of Coatbridge & Chryston constituency.

Mr MacGregor says his time as a social worker and a local councillor has, he says, given him a unique insight into his constituency.

He welcomes the government's commitment to build 50,000 affordable homes over the next five years.

Here's a reminder of what the Scottish Lib Dem manifesto contained....

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie set out his vision of how to "make Scotland the best again".  

Lib Dem manifesto
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Returning Lib Dem MSP doesn't think things have changed much...

Scottish Liberal Democrat Mike Rumbles rises to give his first speech of this term after an absence of about five years.

Mr Rumbles says it is great to be back but he believes things have not changed much because the SNP are still "full of rhetoric" with little detail.

Mike Rumbles
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The Lib Dem MSP says only time will tell as to whether the SNP can back any of it up.

He says the Scottish government are determined to control everything locally.

Mr Rumbles says the new promises on climate change targets only came about because the First Minister did not meet her last targets.

SNP MSP uses his maiden speech to call for the creation of a more just nation

New SNP MSP Ben Macpherson for Edinburgh Northern and Leith begins by paying warm tribute to his Labour predecessor Malcolm Chisholm, which receives warm applause.

Mr Macpherson says: "We can build a fairer society and also a stronger more equal economy."

SNP MSP Ben Macpherson
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The SNP MSP uses his maiden speech to call for the creation of a more just nation.

He says he welcomes the Scottish government's priorities and its intent to use all the parliament's powers to make a difference.

The SNP MSP, not surprisingly then goes on to call for full powers for Scotland. 

Here's a reminder of what the Scottish Labour manifesto contained....

Labour MSP welcomes commitment to create specific domestic abuse offence

Scottish Labour MSP Claire Baker says she welcomes the government commitment to creating a specific offence of domestic abuse.

Scottish Labour MSP Claire Baker
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Ms Baker says this was in the Labour manifesto and she calls for domestic abuse courts.

The Labour MSP has taken over her party's role as justice spokesperson.

Student fees in England are a 'travesty' says SNP MSP

SNP MSP Ash Denholm giving her maiden speech says, thanks to widening access, young people can access university no matter what area or conditions they live in.

The member for Edinburgh East says a student in England will rack up a huge amount of debt with tuition fees and students in Scotland will not.

SNP MSP Ash Denholm
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Ms Denholm says student fees are a tax and that it is a "travesty".

The SNP MSP says it makes more sense to invest money in the future of people. 

She says she supports progressive policies and that the government will move Scotland forward.  

Another fan of new Tory MSP Peter Chapman, from within the BBC

Partisan praise? Well it was Mr Chapman's first speech......

New Tory MSP asks 'crikey how on earth did this happen?'

Conservative MSP Peter Chapman says, standing for his first speech in Holyrood he is left thinking: 

 "Crikey how on earth did this happen?"

Conservative MSP Peter Chapman
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The new North East MSP says he will push hard on improving rural connectivity and improving the road network.

The farmer moves, naturally, to the CAP payments mess which he says must be addressed as quickly as possible.

'Tackling inequality increases productivity' says SNP MSP

Giving his maiden speech, SNP MSP Ivan McKee says Scotland is making good progress under this government.

The Glasgow Provan MSP says the government is taking steps to increase opportunity for young people by increasing apprenticeships and providing work grants.

SNP MSP Ivan McKee
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Mr McKee says he has experience of growing businesses from scratch and a number of small businesses in his constituency have benefited from the small business grant.

The SNP MSP says tackling inequality boosts productivity and this SNP government will take Scotland forward. 

Mr Swinney has taken to social media to highlight the plan to reduce teacher workload

Here's a recap of John Swinney's announcement to reduce the workload of teachers

Scotland's new education secretary has pledged to reduce teacher workload as part of the government's drive to reduce the attainment gap between schools. 

John Swinney said improving attainment across the country would be the "driving purpose" of his tenure. 

John Swinney has taken note of the workload of teachers
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John Swinney has taken note of the workload of teachers

He has asked the chief inspector of education to write to schools with guidance about qualifications and assessment in a bid to cut out unnecessary work for teachers. 

The deputy first minister has also pledged to meet with Janet Brown, the Chief Examiner in Scotland, every month to help improve conditions in schools.