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Summary

  1. MSPs take evidence from a raft of witnesses on bullying and harassment of children and young people in schools
  2. Nicola Sturgeon is quizzed by opposition MSPs during first minister's questions
  3. SNP MSP Christine Grahame leads this afternoon's member's debate entitled 'Stink Pits Stink'
  4. Education Secretary John Swinney give a statement on education governance
  5. The government leads a debate entitled 'Recognise and Celebrate Edinburgh’s International Festivals in their 70th Anniversary Year'

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

Goodnight from Holyrood Live

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That ends our coverage of the Scottish Parliament for Thursday 15 June 2017 and this week.

We'll be back on Tuesday.

Have a good weekend.

The government motion as amended is unanimously agreed to

The government motion as amended is unanimously agreed to.

Government motion
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Tory amendment
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Labour amendment
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The Labour amendment is unanimously agreed to

The Labour amendment is unanimously agreed to

Labour amendment
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The Tory amendment is unanimously agreed to.

The Tory amendment is unanimously agreed to.

Tory amendment
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The culture secretary says the festivals continue to 'thrill and entertain us'

Fireworks
Kiris Sutherland

Ms Hyslop says extending beyond boundaries is what art and culture can do.

The culture secretary says the festivals continue to' thrill and entertain us'.

'The international festivals, as a calling card for Scotland, are the envy of the world'

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop
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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says the international festivals as a calling card for Scotland are the envy of the world.

Ms Hyslop says the Scottish government is very conscious about making sure the security is there for the festival.

She commends all those who work tirelessly across all the festivals and she says the first minister will hold a reception to celebrate them.

Jack and Pat.....or Pete and Dud?

Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw says he is a best selling fringe box office success, along with Patrick Harvie.

Mr Carlaw says they were the parliamentary equivalent of Pete Cook and Dudley Moore.

Pete Cook, Dudley Moore, Jackson Carlaw and Patrick Harvie
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The parliamentary equivalent of Pete Cook and Dudley Moore?

He says the Edinburgh Festivals made an enormous contribution to arts across the UK.

Mr Carlaw accepts there will be funding challenges from Brexit.

The Tory MSP says people will want to know they are safe when they come to the Edinburgh Festival this year.

Festivals are so many different things to different people

Labour party, MSP Daniel Johnson
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In closing for the Labour party, MSP Daniel Johnson says it is with a huge sense of pride that he is speaking in this debate.

SNP MSP Ben Macpherson intervenes to ask if it is a disappointment that six Edinburgh MSPs have not taken part in today's debate.

Mr Johnson says he would diplomatically say that they have missed out.

The Labour MSP says the festivals are so many different things to different people.

He says we are living at a time where the world seems to be drawing in and the festivals can contribute to this.

Edinburgh Fringe unveils line-up to mark its 70th anniversary

Sue Perkins, Daniel Sloss and Ruby Wax are among the star names on the bill
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Sue Perkins, Daniel Sloss and Ruby Wax are among the star names on the bill

Line-up highlights include performances by comedians Ruby Wax, Sue Perkins, Sean Hughes, Daniel Sloss and Dead Ringers star Jan Ravens in her Fringe debut.

Clive Anderson will host a live incarnation of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Dave Johns, star of I Daniel Blake, will return to his comedy roots.

And for two weeks, Craig Ferguson, who fronted The Late Late Show on US network CBS for 10 years, will host his radio show in front of live audience..

Global politics is one of the themes of the festival, with productions about Donald Trump and Brexit among the line-up.

In one - Trumpageddon! - Donald Trump's presidency and his state visit to the UK is satirised in an interactive farce.

And the characters of Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are the protagonists in Brexit The Musical, written by Brexit lawyer Chris Bryant.

Edinburgh Fringe unveils line-up to mark its 70th anniversary

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is marking its 70th anniversary
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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is marking its 70th anniversary

A diverse programme of comedy, theatre, dance and music has been unveiled to mark the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Scots comedian Craig Ferguson, who last performed at the fringe 24 years ago before finding fame in the US, is among a host of big names on the line-up.

Irvine Welsh, Judy Murray and Britain's Got Talent winner Tokio Myers also feature on the eclectic bill.

And for the first time a play will be staged at Hibernian Football Club.

A Field of Our Own will explore the origins of the football club, which was set up by first and second generation immigrants in 1875.

Other extraordinary venues include the Novotel swimming pool, which will host Brodsky Station by 274 Theatre Company.

Judy Murray, Tokio Myers and Irvine Welsh feature in the Fringe programme
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Judy Murray, Tokio Myers and Irvine Welsh feature in the Fringe programme

'We are the envy of the world for having the location that we do'

Tory MSP Alexander Burnett
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Tory MSP Alexander Stewart says he has previously performed and supported operatic events and he knows the time and effort this takes.

Mr Stewart says "we are the envy of the world for having the location that we do."

He says he is delighted to take part in this debate and that he is not going to sing or perform but that there may be an opportunity in the future.

Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani says if others hadn't used additional time he may have had the opportunity to do so.

Background: The Massed Pipes and Drums Experience

The spectacular sight and sound of The Massed Pipes and Drums.

Background: Defence review to see dozens of sites close

The Royal Regiment of Scotland parade at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh
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The Royal Regiment of Scotland parade at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh

We reported in November that the UK government will sell off 56 more defence sites by 2040.

Sir Michael Fallon said the sale of the sites - part of a review of Ministry of Defence land - was in addition to the sale of 35 MoD sites that had previously been announced.

Unions called the plans "brutal" and promised to fight the closures.

But Sir Michael said it would deliver better value for money and release enough land to build 55,000 homes.

It is estimated that about £140m will be saved over the next decade by selling off the sites, which Sir Michael said would be reinvested in creating "areas of military expertise" in locations across the country.

More than 32,000 acres of defence land will be released, including 10 surplus airfields and five golf courses.

Eight sites in Scotland will close, including the Redford Cavlary and Infantry Baracks in Edinburgh, and Fort George, near Ardersier.

SNP MSP calls on MOD to think again about Redford Barracks closure

SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald says locals say the festivals bring Edinburgh communities together.

Mr MacDonald focuses his speech on the Military Tattoo, saying it has sold out for the last eighteen consecutive years.

The SNP MSP says the rehearsals for the Tattoo are held at Redford Barracks in his constituency of Edinburgh Pentlands.

SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald
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SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald

He says the Tatoo generates £77m and gives £8m to charities.

Mr MacDonald warns the closure of Redford Barracks and Redford Cavalry Barracks could threaten the future of the Military Tattoo.

He calls on the MOD to think again about the future of Redford Barracks.

Background: Strictly Highland Dancing

The Tattoo Highland Dancers give an outstanding display of massed highland dancing.

Continuing public funding for the festivals must never be taken for granted

Lewis Macdonald
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Mr Macdonald says the festivals have gone from success to success with the acts expanding, greater audience numbers and performances extending beyond the city.

The Labour MSP says continuing public funding for the festivals must never be taken for granted.

He says the festivals are not seeking in anyway to live of public funding.

Mr Macdonald says he hopes the next 70 years can be as successful as the last.

Background: Street parties planned to remember murdered MP Jo Cox

The Jo Cox Foundation is joining forces with The Big Lunch, which encourages community celebrations
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The Jo Cox Foundation is joining forces with The Big Lunch, which encourages community celebrations

Thousands of street parties, picnics and baking competitions will be held on 17 and 18 June to remember MP Jo Cox, a year after she was murdered.

Her widower Brendan said the UK-wide event, called The Great Get Together, would be a "fitting tribute" to the mother-of-two who died on 16 June 2016.

Her murder was "designed to divide our country" so uniting in this way would be "a powerful statement", he added.

The Royal Family and several charities are helping to publicise the event.

Mrs Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, was murdered outside her constituency office in Birstall, West Yorkshire, by Thomas Mair, who shouted the words "Britain first"as he shot and stabbed her.

Thousands of street parties are being planned for the anniversary of Jo Cox's death

Jo Cox: The Sun and Daily Mirror in joint editorial

JO COX FOUNDATION
JO COX FOUNDATION
JO COX FOUNDATION

Rival tabloid newspapers have printed a joint editorial urging people to take part in events to mark the first anniversary of the murder of MP Jo Cox.

The Sun and Daily Mirror printed the joint message to support The Great Get Together organised by Mrs Cox's family.

The editors of the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian have also written a joint opinion piece, printed in both papers.

Thousand of community events will be held this weekend, a year since the Labour MP was fatally shot and stabbed.

The mother-of-two and MP for Batley and Spen, 41, was attacked while she was on her way to a constituency event on 16 June last year.

Labour MSP pays tribute to the Edinburgh Festivals

Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald
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Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald

Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald also pays tribute to the Edinburgh Festivals.

Mr Macdonald says the Edinburgh Festivals were created after the Second World War.

He says the post war Labour government recognised the need for a beacon of hope and the creation of Edinburgh as a festival city was just that.

Mr Macdonald says the festivals were to promote hope and unity and the festivals are truly world events.

He says hatred, division and fear are stalking the world today, via terrorism in Manchester, London and throughout the world

Mr Macdonald says the Great Get Together this weekend will be a direct answer to the forces of hatred that killed Jo Cox a year ago.

Here is the Labour amendment

Here is the Labour amendment.

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Tories to support government motion and Labour amendment

Gordon Lindhurst
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Mr Lindhurst acknowledges the role that the 25,000 or so local performers play and that they do not benefit financially in the same way as the household names.

The Tory MSP says many of them spend thousands of pounds to hire venues and put on a show and that this money may never be recouped.

He says it is to be welcomed that the Scottish and UK governments continue to provide support for the festival.

Mr Mountain says that the Scottish Conservatives will support the government motion and Labour amendment.

Background; Edinburgh Military Tattoo tribute to David Bowie

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo perform Bowie's classic Life on Mars?

'The extraordinary success of the Edinburgh Festivals'

Conservative MSP Gordon Lindhurst
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Conservative MSP Gordon Lindhurst

Conservative MSP Gordon Lindhurst says: "Today we recognise the extraordinary success of the Edinburgh Festivals in their 70th year."

Mr Lindhurst says even Mr Bing might be surprised to see the success of the festivals today.

He picks out in particular the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Here is the Tory amendment

Here is the Tory amendment.

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'The festivals are distinctly Scottish but profoundly international'

Fiona Hyslop
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Ms Hyslop says the government will have to work hard to make sure the festival is not diminished.

The culture secretary says "the festivals are distinctly Scottish but profoundly international."

She says individual countries choose Edinurgh to showcase their own contributions.

Ms Hyslop pays tribute to all the artists and audiences.

Background: Extra £300,000 in funding for Edinburgh's festivals

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Edinburgh's Festivals are to benefit from £300,000 in extra funding to celebrate the 70th anniversary of their founding.

The Scottish government money will help mark the origins in 1947 of the Edinburgh International, Fringe and Film Festivals.

It takes total government support for the capital's festivals next year to £2.3m.

And it builds on the £90,000 announced previously for the Hogmanay fireworks.

Government allocated more funding to the festival this year

Fiona Hyslop
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Ms Hyslop says this year the government have allocated extra funding to the Edinburgh Festival this year to mark the 70th year.

The culture secretary says the the government has been a strong supporter of the impact performance venue.

Background: Edinburgh Festivals' Scottish talent given £2.3m

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A £2.3m investment is being made in Scottish talent as part of the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh festivals.

The funding will support skills, talent development and projects which connect with Scotland's diverse communities.

The Scottish government has allocated the cash through the Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund in 2017/18.

The first of the projects will be Talent Lab, part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival's programme for new and emerging film-makers.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said the money was an investment in the skills and talent of both emerging and established artists.

Read more here.

Minister says the Fringe is the world's largest arts festival

Ms Hyslop says the Fringe is the world's largest arts festival, which is open access and is the largest platform in the world for artistic freedom.

Background: A Brief History Of The Edinburgh Festival

A Brief History Of The Edinburgh Festival

Originally curated by Sir Rudolph Bing in 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival was actually the second choice site to Oxford to host the festivities.

Together with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it grew in popularity over the following decades and is now the largest arts festival in the world.

Art and culture were seen as a means of recognising a new world following World War II

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop
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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says in 1947 the festival was founded.

Ms Hyslop says art and culture were seen as a means of recognising a new world following World War II.

Background; The Edinburgh International Festival celebrates 70 years

The specially curated anniversary programme for the EIF has now launched, celebrating 70 years of the festival. This year’s International Festival runs from Friday 4th to Monday 29th August, welcoming more than 2,000 artists to perform in Scotland’s capital.

This year’s programme boasts a mix of world-class talent from across the performing arts, featuring exceptional artists and ensembles.

A new opera house production of Verdi's Macbeth © Franco Lannino
Franco Lannino
A new opera house production of Verdi's Macbeth © Franco Lannino

Expect contemporary music from PJ Harvey, Benjamin Clementine, as well as a special collaboration from Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker with Chilly Gonzales.

Companies and ensembles include world-leading dance company Nederlands Dans Theater, the orchestra of Milan’s world-renowned opera house La Scala Filarmonica della Scala, and a celebration of the music psychedelic-folk legends The Incredible String Band.

Theatre highlights include a co-production with The Old Vic – who performed at the very first festival in 1947 – with a world premiere from one of the country’s best-loved playwrights Alan Ayckbourn.

This year, there's an expanded opera programme, featuring classic operas including Puccini's La Boheme and Verdi's Macbeth.

Here is the motion for the Edinburgh Festivals 70th Anniversary debate

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Edinburgh's International Festivals in their 70th year debate

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop leads a debate to recognise and celebrate Edinburgh's International Festivals in their 70th year.