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  1. The Health Committee took evidence on delayed discharges
  2. MSPs questioned ministers on the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme and Audit Scotland's colleges report
  3. Nicola Sturgeon outlined her programme for government 2016-17, followed by a debate
  4. The first minister called on MSPs to back her appointment of Mike Russell as Brexit minister
  5. MSPs took part in a debate highlighting the Standing Up to Bullying initiative

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

That's all from us at Holyrood Live today

That's all from us at Holyrood Live today, the 6th of September.

Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament

We'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning with the Education Committee, with our coverage beginning at 9.30am.

Until then have a lovely evening. 

Government to refresh its internet safety action plan

Mr MacDonald says the government is committed to ensure teachers are provided with material on equality issues.


The minister says it is vital the refreshed anti-bullying guidance listens to children.

He says the government is committed to making the internet a safer place, hence the refresh to the internet safety action plan. 

The childcare and early years minister says service providers must do more.

'There is no place in Scotland for prejudice and discrimination' says minister

Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark MacDonald says: "Bullying of any kind is completely unacceptable and when it happens we all have a responsibility to deal with it."

Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark MacDonald

Mr MacDonald says children's rights are at the centre of the government's approach to bullying.

He says the government is refreshing its anti-bullying guidance.

"There is no place in Scotland for prejudice and discrimination."

Stand Up to Bullying

Labour MSP Elaine Smith

Labour MSP Elaine Smith says: "Nowadays bullying does not stop at the school gates."

Ms Smith says suicide can result after bullying by peers,

She praises the Stand Up to Bullying Campaign.

Bullying a form of violence - SNP MSP

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson says bullying, even if not physical, is a form of violence and should be dealt with as such.

Mr Stevenson says bullying, particularly in childhood, can endure well into someones adulthood. 

Call for Holyrood cross party group to tackle LGBTI bullying

Conservative MSP Annie Wells says as an LGBTI at school she suffered bullying and that was 30 years ago.

Conservative MSP Annie Wells
Conservative MSP Annie Wells

Ms Wells says this issue must be tackled and there should be cross party working groups at Holyrood.

She calls for tackling LGBTI to be a major debate in the chamber.

'All parts of society must stand up to bullying'

Mr MacGregor says all parts of society must stand up to bullying.

The SNP MSP says Stonewall Scotland has made some incredible inroads into bullying.

Girl sitting alone

He says 99% of children have heard homophobic language at school and too many pupils have experienced homophobic bullying.

Mr MacGregor says at its worst bullying can lead to suicide.

He says he is wearing a yellow tie to mark suicide awareness day on Saturday and he encourages to follow suit. 

Diana's Award 'deserve tremendous credit for the work that they do'

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor pays tribute to the Diana Award saying they "deserve tremendous credit for the work that they do".

Mr MacGregor says it is clear online bullying is on the rise. 

Here's the motion for the member's debate on bullying.....

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor will lead this debate entitled 'Stand Up to Bullying'.
Scottish Parliament
SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor will lead this debate entitled 'Stand Up to Bullying'.

Stand Up to Bullying debate

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor will move his motion entitled Stand up to Bullying. 

He will highlight the work of the charity Diana Award.

The Diana Award is a legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

The Diana Award's Stand Up to Bullying campaign
Diana Award's Stand Up to Bullying
The Diana Award's Stand Up to Bullying campaign

The charities sees it's initiative Stand Up to Bullying as an opportunity to help change behaviour and attitude by educating the public about behaviour, how it impacts on others and the responsibility for the well being of others – through managing our own behaviour.

Mike Russell appointed Brexit negotiations minister

MSPs unanimously agree to the appointment of Mike Russell as Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe.

Greens MSP says there will not be any need for defiance of the party line

Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer

Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer congratulates Mike Russell and says there won't be much need for defiance of the party line.

Labour welcomes ministerial appointment

Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald

Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald welcomes the appointment of the "grand" Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe.

Mr Macdonald says Labour will look forward to hearing what Mr Russell thinks success will look like.

Mike Russell the 'Che Guevera to the first minister's Evita'

Scottish Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw says Mike Russell is Lazarus and now the Che Guevara to the first minister's Evita. 

Mike Russell and Jackson Carlaw

Amongst other metaphors.

Mr Carlaw, in typically humorous fashion then attacks the beards in Holyrood and beyond, including Jeremy Corbyn's and that of David Mundell.

First minister says there is a 'woeful lack of detail' on Brexit

Ms Sturgeon says there is a commitment from the UK government that Scotland should be involved ahead of the triggering of Article 50.

She says there is a "woeful lack of detail" so far on Brexit.

That is why she is appointing a new minister for Brexit negotiations with the UK and this role does not require a shrinking violet. 

That's why she has appointed Michael Russell. 

Nicola Sturgeon seeks approval to appoint Mike Russell as Brexit minister

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she is please to seek the approval of the parliament to elect Mike Russell as Brexit minister.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Ms Sturgeon said the people of Scotland cast a clear vote to remain in the EU.

The first minister says the government are committed to exploring options.

MSPs asked to approve first minister's new Brexit negotiations minister

Michael Russell has been appointed as the Scottish government's new minister with responsibility for Brexit negotiations with the UK government.

It said Mr Russell would lead the Scottish government's negotiations with Westminster over "our future relationship with the EU".

Mr Russell has been given the title of Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe.

Nicola Sturgeon with Mike Russell
The first minister has appointed Mike Russell as her Brexit negotiations minister

He has previously held the environment, culture and education briefs.

But he has been out of the Scottish cabinet since Nicola Sturgeon replaced Alex Salmond as first minister in November 2014.

Ms Sturgeon said the appointment, which is subject to approval by MSPs now, was an indication of the importance she was placing on the negotiations.

The programme for government debate will continue tomorrow.

The programme for government debate will continue tomorrow.

One last chance to read the programme for government again....

'We are determined to eradicate the obscenity of child poverty in Scotland'

Ms Constance says the Scottish government wants to make a difference with the new powers coming to Scotland.

Children in poverty

The social security minister adds that the Child Poverty Bill is arguably the most important piece of legislation brought forward today.

She says: "We are determined to eradicate the obscenity of child poverty in Scotland."

Government determined to give people dignity and respect with new powers

Social Security Secretary Angela Constance

Social Security Secretary Angela Constance says the focus of her portfolio is for the government to think differently about how new powers can be used.

Ms Constance says the government is determined to use the new powers to allow people to live with dignity and respect.

Labour MSP calls for anti poverty strategy

Labour MSP Alex Rowley, says it is important that if the government is going to make claims about dignity and respect, it must be delivered to everyone.

Labour MSP Alex Rowley

Mr Rowley says housing is a massive priority for him and for Labour.

He welcomes the Child Poverty Bill but says Scotland needs an anti poverty strategy and says the Joseph Rowntree Report on child poverty, published today needs to be adopted. 

Here's a summary of the programme for government thanks to our colleague Mr Sim

Scottish government taking 'robust action' - SNP MSP

SNP MSP Ben Macpherson asks how climate change can be taken forward with the uncertainty of Brexit which Scotland has been taken into against its will by the Tory government. 

SNP MSP Ben Macpherson

Mr Macpherson says most of the constituents believe in creating a fairer Scotland based on the makeup of the parliament. 

The SNP MSP says it is clear the Scottish government is taking "robust action". 

SNP have done nothing to address the GP crisis says Tory MSP

Conservative MSP Donald Cameron says it is critical the NHS receives sufficient funding and enough staff are in place to deliver the service patients need.

Mr Cameron says various professional bodies have expressed concerns about staffing levels.

NHS staff
Tory MSP Donald Cameron says there is a staffing crisis in the NHS

He says the SNP have been in power for almost a decade but have done nothing to address the GP crisis.

The Tory MSP says his party have committed to 10% of the total NHS budget going to general practice by 2020, up from 8% at the moment.

No 'lessons from the Tories' on poverty says SNP MSP

SNP MSP Clare Adamson refers back to her own upbringing in Motherwell where she witnessed the closure of Ravenscraig, unemployment and poverty. 

SNP MSP Clare Adamson

Ms Adamson says it wasn't addiction or lack of education that caused that poverty but deindustrialisation brought about by the Westminster Tory government.

"I don't think we'll be taking any lessons from the Tories" on poverty, she says. 

The SNP MSP says a lot of work has been done on domestic abuse and some of the measures have been "transformational".

She says the Domestic Abuse Bill will take this forward. 

Labour MSP says 'we require action to match the rhetoric'

Scottish Labour MSP Jackie Baillie says: "The picture in our economy is very mixed."

Ms Baillie says: "On a range of measures we lag behind the rest of the UK."

"In a post-Brexit Scotland we require action to match the rhetoric".

Scottish Labour MSP Jackie Baillie

She welcomes the first minister's announcement of £100m for capital investment after Brexit, but says it is not new money.

The Labour MSP says she hopes the Scottish Growth Scheme works and she looks forward to further detail emerging.

Programme for government 'packed full of ideas' says SNP MSP

Stuart McMillan

This particular programme for government is packed full of ideas, bills and actions to take Scotland forward even though the backdrop is Brexit."

Stuart McMillanSNP MSP

Scottish economy being 'outperformed' by rest of the UK

Scottish Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins

Scottish Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins says eradicating child poverty is a moral duty which will not be achieved unless the causes are confronted.

Mr Tomkins says causes such as addiction and lack of education must be tackled.

He says the Scottish economy is being "outperformed" by the rest of the UK in terms of growth per-capita and productivity. 

Margo MacDonald's 40-year contribution to politics is commemorated in a painting

A painting commemorating Margo MacDonald's 40-year contribution to politics has been unveiled at the Scottish Parliament.

Ms MacDonald, who died aged 70 in 2014, served as an MP and MSP and was deputy leader of the SNP between 1974 and 1979.

Margo Macdonald
Andrew Cowan
The painting of Ms MacDonald was given to the parliament by her husband, Jim Sillars

Her husband, Jim Sillars, has donated the painting by Scottish artist Gerard M Burns to Holyrood.

The portrait shows Ms MacDonald inside the parliament's debating chamber.

It has gone on display in the members' room of the parliament.

Government's NHS plans 'not working' - Labour MSP

Scottish Labour MSP Anas Sarwar says the government continues to "grandstand on agreements".

Scottish Labour MSP Anas Sarwar

The health spokesman for Labour says after ten years in charge of the NHS, the SNP cannot escape responsibility and that their plans are not working. 

Mr Sarwar says the party campaigns against the privatisation of the NHS but spends more and more of taxpayers money on private health firms. 

Let's take a look at the new Scottish Growth Scheme

The Scottish government says the £500m package of financial support for private sector business investment will see investment unlocked for a sector which is facing increased uncertainty as a result of Brexit.

It says individual investment guarantees, and some loans, of up to £5 million will be available to small and medium sized firms who would otherwise be unable to grow because of a lack of investment finance.

Scottish Money
Ms Sturgeon announced a £500m package of financial support for private sector business

The scheme will be open to new and early-stage high growth potential companies, with clear export growth plans, particularly in technology-intensive sectors and businesses in emerging markets, such as financial technology (FinTech). 

The Scottish government says the financial guarantees, the support will not come from existing spending plans, and will instead see it share some of the risk faced by small companies, when they make big investment decisions.

Priority needs to be jobs and economy growth says SNP MSP

SNP MSP Alex Neil says he welcomes the economic measures in today's statement as the priority need to be jobs and growth in the economy. 

SNP MSP Alex Neil

Mr Neil says there are immediate opportunities in the devaluation of the pound. 

He says these include import substitution, exportation of goods and services and tourism. 

Here's a summary of Ms Sturgeon's proposals

  • £500m fund to help Scottish businesses
  • Child Poverty Bill introducing a baby box for every newborn  
  • Social Security Bill for a Scottish Welfare System
  • doubling the amount of free care available to all three and four year olds and the most disadvantaged two year olds to 1,140 hours a year
  • allocating an additional £750m to help close the education attainment gap, including £100m going directly to schools
SNP cabinet
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Ms Sturgeon has outlined what she and her cabinet will focus on in the next year
  • a pledge that the health resource budget will be at least £500m more than inflation
  • A Domestic Abuse Bill to prevent and eradicate violence against women and children
  • consultation on the draft referendum bill in case an independence referendum was the "best or only" way to protect Scottish interests  
  • proposals to cut Air Passenger Duty
  • a bill to incorporate British Transport Police in Scotland into Police Scotland
  • a Gender Equality on Public Boards Bill 

Let's take stock........with a reminder of the main points from the programme for government

Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a £500m fund to help Scottish businesses as she sets out her government's plans for the next year.

The first minister said the move was an "exceptional response to an exceptional economic challenge".

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon delivers her programme for government

She also insisted that education was the "defining mission" of the Scottish government.

A Child Poverty Bill will also be introduced, which she said was arguably its most important legislation.

The bill would establish Scotland as the only part of the UK with statutory income targets on child poverty, and see a "baby box" given to every newborn.

Penny on income tax please says Rennie

We should be investing in schools, colleges and nurseries, with a penny on income tax."

Willie RennieScottish Lib Dem leader

GP issues getting worse under SNP

Mr Rennie says on GPs the number in post dropped again in June.


He says the general practice situation is getting worse under the SNP.

The Scottish Lib Dem MSP then calls on the Scottish government to take a stance against fracking.

Consensus over Brexit 'trashed' says Scottish Lib Dem leader

Scottish Lib Dem Leader Willie Rennie says there must be a step change in mental health services, exceed our climate change targets and make Scottish education the best again.

Scottish Lib Dem Leader Willie Rennie

This will require transformational investment, says Mr Rennie.

He says: "We will oppose independence, we will support strong relationships with Europe."

With her actions Ms Sturgeon has trashed the consensus on Brexit, he insists.

Ambitious directions