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Summary

  1. The Europe Committee takes evidence from International Trade Minister Greg Hands and Scottish Secretary David Mundell on Brexit.
  2. Portfolio questions: rural economy and connectivity ministers followed by environment, climate change and land reform brief
  3. Ministerial Statement: Scottish government responds to the social security consultation
  4. Health Secretary Shona Robison will lead a debate in tribute to the late MND campaigner Gordon Aikman
  5. SNP MSP Colin Beattie leads this evenings member's debate entitled: Industrial Strategy for a More Prosperous, Fairer Britain

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

That's all from Holyrood Live

MND campaigner Gordon Aikman
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MND campaigner Gordon Aikman

That's all from Holyrood Live on the day when the Scottish Parliament paid tribute to the late MND campaigner Gordon Aikman. 

We'll be back tomorrow morning at 9am with full and extensive coverage of the Culture Committee as BBC director-general Tony Hall gives evidence. 

Then n the afternoon, MSPs will debate the Budget Bill as Finance Secretary Derek Mackay asks for it to be supported and its final stage. 

We'll see you then. Have a good night. 

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'Hard Brexit carries uncertainty'

Economy Secretary Keith Brown says the days of these debates being consensual is a thing of the past and he refers to the "sniping" of Tory MSP Dean Lockhart and Labour MSP Richard Leonard. 

Mr Brown refers to job losses in the industrial sector and says the UK government has done nothing to prevent it in some cases.

Labour MSP Richard Leonard intervenes to say "we are not living in record low unemployment times".

Mr Brown says he did not say unemployment was at a "record low". 

Economy Secretary Keith Brown
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Economy Secretary Keith Brown

The economy secretary says the first minister set up task forces when TATA Steal was under threat and acted to ensure a deal went through. 

Mr Brown says "there are clouds on the horizon and a hard-Brexit carries uncertainty."

He says a hard-Brexit would damage jobs. 

Mr Brown says there are two active governments in the Scottish economy. 

Brexit does present opportunities says Labour MSP

Labour MSP Neil Findlay says we need to create jobs and prevent job losses and, to achieve this, Scotland needs an industrial strategy.

Mr Findlay says, while there is uncertainties over Brexit, there are also opportunities.  

Labour MSP Neil Findlay
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Labour MSP Neil Findlay

The Labour MSP says we need to support the transition to a greener economy.

He says he hopes the Parliament does not repeat the mistakes of the past that happened under the Tory Westminster government in the 1980s. 

Tory MSP pleased the UK government has developed an industrial strategy

Tory MSP Liam Kerr
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Tory MSP Liam Kerr

Tory MSP Liam Kerr says it is hard to see where the Industrial Communities Alliance and the UK government differ in their aims for the UK's industrial sector. 

Mr Kerr says he welcomes the Industrial Communities Alliance report and he is pleased the UK government has developed an industrial strategy.

He says he looks forward to all stakeholders working together to achieve its objectives. 

SNP MSP refers to jobs being protected in the Lochaber Aluminium Smelter

SNP MSP Kate Forbes
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SNP MSP Kate Forbes

SNP MSP Kate Forbes says the Lochaber Aluminium Smelter, in her constituency, highlights that jobs can be protected in the industrial sector. 

Ms Forbes says if this can be replicated across Scotland then pride in industrial towns can be restored. 

'We need a long term strategy for industry in Scotland'

Labour MSP Richard Leonard
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Labour MSP Richard Leonard

Labour MSP Richard Leonard says today 200,000 people work in the industrial sector.

Mr Leonard says "we need a long term strategy for industry in Scotland."

He says the strategy must promote democracy locally and trade unions.

"I hope this document being discussed helps this Parliament and government," he says. 

SNP MSP hails success of My Futures in Falkirk initiative

SNP MSP Angus Macdonald
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SNP MSP Angus Macdonald

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald says the ethos and belief of My Futures in Falkirk could be implemented in other areas.

Mr MacDonald speaks to the success of the initiative and the difference it has made to Falkirk's economy.

The UK has had success in the car and aerospace industries says Tory MSP

Tory MSP Dean Lockhart says the report by the Industrial Communities Alliance is welcome. 

Labour MSP Neil Findlay intervenes to ask Mr Lockhart to reflect on the Westminster Tory government's "devastation" of the industrial sector in the 1980s. 

Dean Lockhart
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Mr Lockhart says before that came the 1970s when a bailout to the industry was required thanks to the Westminster Labour government. "Lets not go over history," he says. 

Mr Lockhart says the UK has had success in the car and aerospace industries. 

He says, to replicate this success, the Scottish government must work with the UK government on an industrial strategy. 

Brexit has presented a period of great uncertainty says SNP MSP

SNP MSP Colin Beattie
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SNP MSP Colin Beattie

SNP MSP Colin Beattie thanks those who have supported the motion, particularly Labour MSP Richard Leonard who, he says, helped to draft it.

Mr Beattie says Scotland's economy is far too reliant on its financial sector as opposed to the industrial sector.

The SNP MSP refers to the devastation of the industrial sector in recent years. 

He says Brexit has presented a period of great uncertainty and there are risks to the funding of these sectors. 

"We need new ideas and strategies like the city deals," he says. 

Background: Industrial Strategy for a more prosperous, fairer Britain

The Industrial Strategy for a more prosperous, fairer Britain aims to:

  • Provide an economic context in which industry can prosper 
  • Hold the line here: Britain should not abandon any more sectors of manufacturing production 
  • Welcome free trade – but only on the basis of fair competition 
  • Use public procurement as a tool to support British industry 
  • Make sure the banks provide long-term finance to industry 
Industrial Strategy for a more prosperous, fairer Britain
Industrial Communities Alliance
  • Exploit the scope to provide aid to industry 
  • Target resources at the high-level technical skills that industry needs 
  • Invest more in the infrastructure schemes that really matter to industry 
  • Support energy-intensive industries by reducing their bills 
  • Harness Britain's innovative strengths through effective research and development   

Industrial strategy for a more prosperous, fairer Britain debate

SNP MSP Colin Beattie will now lead a debate entitled: Industrial Strategy for a More Prosperous, Fairer Britain. 

Here is Mr Beattie's motion: 

Motion
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The Digital Economy Bill legislative consent motion is agreed to

The Digital Economy Bill legislative consent motion is agreed to, with 112 for and five against.

Digital Economy Bill legislative consent motion
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The government motion as amended is agreed to unanimously

Gordon Aikman
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The government motion as amended is agreed to unanimously. 

Motion
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Amendment
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Gordon Aikman
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The Labour amendment is agreed to unanimously

The Labour amendment is agreed to unanimously. 

Gordon Aikman
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Amendment
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Summary of MND announcement

Mr Aikman died earlier this month after being diagnosed with MND in 2014
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Mr Aikman died earlier this month after being diagnosed with MND in 2014

A new £25,000 scholarship to support improvements in motor neurone disease (MND) care in Scotland is to be set up in honour of campaigner Gordon Aikman.

Mr Aikman died earlier this month at the age of 31 after raising £500,000 for MND research following his diagnosis with the disease in 2014.

The scholarship will fund people who are developing improvements in the way people with MND are cared for.

It was announced by Health Secretary Shona Robison at Holyrood.

Ms Robison also said she had asked the Chief Scientist's Office to work with the NHS to take forward discussions on how to bring MND clinical trials to Scotland.

Digital Economy Bill legislative consent motion

Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary Fergus Ewing asks Parliament to agree a Digital Economy Bill legislative consent motion. 

Digital Economy Bill legislative consent motion
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Gordon's Fightback: That concludes the debate in tribute to Gordon Aikman

Gordon campaigned tirelessly for MND Scotland
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Gordon campaigned tirelessly for MND Scotland

Gordon Aikman was diagnosed with MND at the age of 29, and raised funds for research into the degenerative condition.

His Gordon's Fightback campaign won support from all of Scotland's political leaders.

'Please know you are remembered in all our hearts and you have made Scotland a better place'

Gordon Aikman
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Minister pays tribute to the late Gordon Aikman

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says we need to continue to take forward work to make things better for people with neurological diseases. 

Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale intervenes to ask the minister to address some of the IT issues she had mentioned in her opening speech.

Ferrnando Rickson
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Rangers supporters have been raising funds for former player Fernando Rickson who was diagnosed with MND in 2013.

Ms Campbell says there are areas where NHS Scotland can improve its IT system and the government will continue to look at this.

The public health minister refers to work carried out by Rangers supporters for former player Fernando Rickson. 

"Rest in peace Gordon but please know you are remembered in all our hearts and you have made Scotland a better place," she says. 

'Gordon made a huge difference'

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbel
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Public Health Minister Aileen Campbel

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says it is clear to hear, from members across the chamber, what an inspiration Gordon Aikman was.

Ms Campbell says: "Gordon made a huge difference."

The minister says, after Gordon's campaigning, the Scottish government put in extra £2.5m annually in specialist nursing and doubled the number of MND specialist nurses.

She praises the moving personal contributions of both Christina McKelvie and Clair Baker.

Ms Campbell says the £25k scholarship in the name of Gordon will help those who suffer from MND.

She praises Euan MacDonald for all the work he has done to help those with MND.

'It is too late for me but with your help we can find a cure for the next generation'

Tory MSP Miles Briggs says he became friends with Gordon 12 years ago. 

Mr Briggs says the last time he met him was at a silent auction to raise funds for MND Scotland.

The Tory MSP says Gordon delivered a speech at the auction which began "I'm dying and fast."

He says there was not a dry eye in the house. 

Tory MSP Miles Briggs
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Tory MSP Miles Briggs

Mr Briggs says Gordon would not forgive him for letting this debate pass without mentioning those who are under 65, with neurological diseases, that are being charged for personal care.

He says parties across the chamber will work with the minister to change this. 

He says he feels privileged to have known Gordon and he will never comprehend how "after being given a death sentence at 29" he was able to do so much work for others. 

Mr Briggs quotes Mr Aikman who said: "it is too late for me but with your help we can find a cure for the next generation."

Background: Gordon's campaigning led to the doubling of specialist MND nurses

Gordon meets Nicola Sturgeon
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Gordon meets Nicola Sturgeon

Gordon convinced the Scottish government that the NHS, rather than charity, should fund a team of specialist MND nurses and double their number to 12.

Moving tribute for Gordon Aikman from Labour MSP Claire Baker

Labour MSP Claire Baker
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Labour MSP Claire Baker

Labour MSP Claire Baker better services for people who face this terrible illness.

Ms Baker, clearly moved, says "all of us are hurting" with the loss of Gordon.

The Labour MSP says families and people who suffer from MND are benefiting thanks to Gordon's strong legacy.

She says her mother was diagnosed with MND and says it took over a year to get the diagnosis.

Ms Baker says Gordon's response tells us so much about the man he was and it is important we do not forget how talented he was.

She says Gordon worked for her husband Richard Baker and he was a "positive, charming, funny man". 

Ms Baker says Gordon was a political animal and part of the Labour family.

She says curing MND in Scotland would be a fitting tribute to Gordon.

'His work will help in finding a cure to neurological diseases, what a legacy to leave'

SNP MSP Clare Adamson says the disease can strike anyone and the rates of the disease are not currently understood. 

Ms Adamson says refers to Stephen Hawking who has not had a typical journey with MND and his early struggles with the disease is documented in The Theory of Everything.

SNP MSP Clare Adamson
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SNP MSP Clare Adamson

The SNP MSP also talks about how the football world was rocked by the news that former Rangers star Fernando Rickson was diagnosed with the illness. 

She says he sister suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and still works as a GP. 

"I was not Gordon's friend, but he is my friend," she says, "his work will help in finding a cure to neurological diseases, what a legacy to leave."

From MND Scotland: The Scottish government fund will help deliver improvements to MND care

MND Scotland
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MND Scotland

A new £25,000 scholarship to support improvements in motor neurone disease (MND) care is to be set up in honour of Scottish campaigner, Gordon Aikman.

The Gordon Aikman Scholarship will fund individuals and professionals to develop practical improvements in the way people with MND are cared for – such as sharing best practice in specialised physiotherapy or developing a better understanding of carers’ educational and support needs.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said the scholarship programme would commemorate the contribution Gordon Aikman made to improving the lives of people with MND and continue his legacy.

'Landmark Carers Bill' will allow respite for those unpaid carers looking after loved ones

Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour
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Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour

Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour says he has been very moved by this debate.

Mr Balfour congratulates Kezia Dugdale for her speech and says "as a superhuman," he expects the chamber to listen to him more carefully.

The Tory MSP goes on to talk about the importance of carers saying in the past the Tories have argued for respite for carers. 

He says in February 2016 the "landmark Carers Bill" was passed by Parliament which will allow carers respite.

SNP MSP says we must continue with Gordon's campaign

SNP MSP George Adam
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SNP MSP George Adam

SNP MSP George Adam says sometimes with adversity some people take on superhuman strengths and Gordon did that.

Mr Adam says Gordon's efforts led to more help for other neurological disorders and he talks of his wife, Stacey, and her fight against MS.

He says there is a need for further investment in neurological conditions.

The SNP MSP says we must continue with Gordon's campaign. 

Mr Aikman didn't want pity but wanted to raise awareness

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
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Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton says it is his "great privilege" to offer the support of his party to the motion and amendment.

Mr Cole-Hamilton says Mr Aikman had the uncanny ability to persuade people to take part in things they wouldn't normally do to raise awareness of MND.

The Lib Dem MSP says, at 29-years-old when he received his diagnosis, Mr Aikman didn't want pity but wanted to raise funds for future research.

Mr Cole-Hamilton says this is the measure of the man he was.

Background: MND campaigner Gordon Aikman

Gordon Aikman
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Gordon Aikman was diagnosed with MND in February 2014

Motor neurone disease (MND) campaigner Gordon Aikman died aged 31.

He was diagnosed with the disease in 2014 while he was director of research for the Better Together campaign ahead of the Scottish independence referendum.

He went on to win cross party support for his Gordon's Fightback campaign, calling for funding to find a cure for MND and specialist nursing care.

His efforts raised more than £500,000 for research into MND.

In a statement, Mr Aikman's family said they were heartbroken by his death.

Green MSP says Gordon deserves the most fullest praise

Green MSP Alison Johnstone
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Green MSP Alison Johnstone

Green MSP Alison Johnstone says the thoughts of her party are with Gordon Aikman's family and friends.

Ms Johnstone says Gordon deserves the most fullest praise, not just for what he did, but for the way he did it.

The Green MSP says Gordon spoke publically and bravely on MND.

She says the first minister's speech at the memorial service detailed an exhaustive series of achievments and she praises Kezia Dugdale's euology.

The Green MSP, like many of her colleagues in the chamber, points out that Gordon raised more than £500,000 for research into MND.

Background: The Ice Bucket Challenge

Ice Bucket Challenge
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In just two months last year, the Ice Bucket challenge raised $115m for ALS research in the US

The Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral in 2014 has funded an important scientific gene discovery in the progressive neurodegenerative disease ALS, the ALS Association says.

Scientists have identified a new gene contributing to the disease, NEK1.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $115m (£87.7m) from people pouring cold water over themselves and posting the video on social media.

It was criticised as a stunt, but has funded six research projects.

Ice Bucket challenge: What's happened since?

Ice Bucket Challenge: 'One in six Britons took part'

When the Ice Bucket Challenge spread to Iran

'The world is a poorer place without Gordon Aikman but is a better place because of him'

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar
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Labour MSP Anas Sarwar

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar says "it is with a heavy heart, I rise to speak in this debate."

Mr Sarwar says Gordon would want Parliament to focus on future deliveries of research and care for MND. 

The Labour MSP says, when Gordon got the news of his illness, he did not focus of himself but what he could achieve for others in the future.

He says Mr Aikman nominated him to take part in the ice bucket challenge much to the amusement of his family. 

"The world is a poorer place without Gordon Aikman but is a better place because of him."

Gordon's 'legacy will be long and lasting'

SNP MSP Maree Todd
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SNP MSP Maree Todd

Maree Todd expresses her condolences to Gordon's family and friends.

She goes on to pay warm tribute to former South Africa captain Joost van der Westhuizen, who died aged 45 after he was diagnosed with the debilitating motor neurone disease.

Van der Westhuizen won the World Cup with the Springboks in 1995.

Joost van der Westhuizen won 89 caps for South Africa, helping them to the 1995 World Cup title
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Joost van der Westhuizen won 89 caps for South Africa, helping them to the 1995 World Cup title

SNP MSP goes on to applaud Gordon's "tireless campaigning" and says his legacy will be long and lasting. 

'Gordon began the fightback but it is ours to finish'

Tory MSP Brian Whittle
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Tory MSP Brian Whittle

Conservative MSP Brian Whittle says he admired Gordon greatly.

Mr Whittle says he deserves our admiration and respect and he says his knowledge of him comes mostly from his Sunday Times column.

He says the choice of Gordon's Fightback was a great choice as that is what he did.

Mr Whittle syays: "Gordon began the fightback but it is ours to finish."

He says he hopes one day we wont be talking about Gordon's Fightback, but Gordon's Victory.

SNP MSP shares moving personal testimony of MND's impact on her family

SNP MSP Christina McKelvie
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SNP MSP Christina McKelvie

SNP MSP Christina McKelvie says her "big, strong, funny dad" was diagnosed with MND at 45 years old.

He had to give up work shortly after, she says.

Ms McKelvie says her family went through loss, anger, fear and heartbreak.

She says the benefits system was almost impenetrable, as it is now, and a fast track benefits system, that she campaigned for alongside Gordon for would make all the difference.

The SNP MSP says to hear those words today from the minister was amazing.

Ms McKelvie says Gordon brought hope and it is a very powerful motivator and it can move mountains.

She says Gordon Aikman's legacy is hope. 

Tributes paid to MND campaigner Gordon Aikman

Tributes paid to MND campaigner Gordon Aikman

Tory MSP says Gordon was clearly a 'remarkable person'

Tory MSP Donald Cameron
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Tory MSP Donald Cameron

Tory MSP Donald Cameron pays tribute to Gordon Aikman and offering his sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Mr Cameron says he is sorry he did not meet Gordon as he was clearly a remarkable person.

Scottish Labour leader tribute to Gordon leads to applause from deputy PO

I'm not allowed to clap but I'm actually clapping

Christine GrahameDeputy Presiding Officer