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  1. 2pm: Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick leads Time for Reflection
  2. 2.05pm: Statement by First Minister Alex Salmond
  3. 2.35pm: Holyrood debates the statement from the first minister

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By Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks for watching

    MSPs return to the chamber tomorrow. In the meantime, thanks for joining us.

  2. Relevant to fathers

    Aileen Campbell

    MSP Aileen Campbell says the government is looking at how to make services more relevant to fathers and give "dads what they really want and need".

    The government is working to ensure that services like health, education and the third sector make fathers welcome, says the minister.

    Ms Campbell closes the debate paying tribute to and congratulating Dads Rock.

    And that ends our coverage of Holyrood for today.

  3. Closing debate

    Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell is closing the Dads Rock debate for the government.

  4. Rocking good time

    Dads Rock

    Mr MacDonald congratulates Dads Rock, some of whom are in the gallery, for all their hard work and on winning on the award for the most outstanding baby and toddler group.

    Dads Rock playgroups use rock tuition for children to bring fathers, granddads and male carers together.

  5. Dads Rock

    SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald says Dads Rock is Scotland's only network of free playgroups for fathers and children.

    Mr MacDonald says the network won the Most Outstanding Baby and Toddler Group at the International What's On 4 Junior Awards.

    Gordon MacDonald

    The international annual awards, now in their eighth year, celebrate the best children's activities, classes and party providers in the UK, Ireland and Australia.

    In his motion Mr MacDonald congratulates Steve Leslie of Dads Rock on winning the Most Outstanding Community Group Volunteer for Children or Families award.

  6. Member's debate Dads Rock

    SNP MSP Gordon Macdonald leads a member's debate on Dad's Rock.

  7. Decision time

    Decision time is upon us but there are no decisions to be taken - so it's straight on to members' business.

  8. West Lothian question

    Alex Salmond points out that Labour are offering the least devolution amongst the three main parties at Westminster.

    Alex Salmond

    The first minister criticises the prime minister for linking further devolution to Scotland with solving the West Lothian Question of votes on English issues for English MPs only.

  9. Summing up

    Alex Salmond pays tribute to colleagues and opponents in the chamber, raising laughs among assembled MSPs.

  10. First Minister

    First Minister Alex Salmond is summing up the debate as he is unable to attend the second part of the debate tomorrow.

  11. 'Remarkable family of nations'

    Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser says the MSPs of the Better Together campaign were striking "a tone not of triumphalism but of trying to bring the country together for it has been divided".

    "This was a substantial victory for those of us who believe in the sanctity of the United Kingdom."

    Murdo Fraser

    Mr Fraser says this was the first time in 307 years the people of Scotland asked the question whether this "remarkable family of nations" should continue and they voted by a substantial majority to do so.

    "The referendum debate was in the main a decent intelligent and civilised one," says the Conservative MSP and he goes on to call for a "move towards a federal or a quasi-federal system of government across the UK."

  12. 'Bread and butter'

    Jim Hume, Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, says some of Alex Salmond's comments after the referendum were "deeply unhelpful".

    Jim Hume

    Now it is time to return to the "bread and butter" of politics, he says.

  13. Referendum debate continues

    Roderick Campbell, the SNP MSP for North East Fife, says the Vow began with Gordon Brown talking about modern form of "Home Rule". He says that has since become "extensive powers" when discussed by Westminster leaders.

    Referendum debate

    Alex Rowley, the Labour MSP for Cowdenbeath, calls for stronger local government and agrees that 16 and 17-year-olds should have the vote in all elections.

  14. 'Eleventh hour offers'

    Independent MSP John Finnie

    Independent MSP John Finnie says he wonders what history will make of the eleventh hour offers that were made by the three main Westminster parties.

    Mr Finnie says the UK is going to cut the Scottish government's funding, with implications for the priorities of the people in the chamber.

    He insisted: "I do respect the result, it is very important to respect the result, but I mostly respect the engagement."

  15. Martin Williams


    The Herald/Sunday Herald Martin Williams tweets: Did old rob the young of an independent Scotland? Final #YouGov #indyref poll shows majority of 16-24 yr-olds said NO

  16. 'Idiosyncratic moments'

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame pays tribute to the first minister for tolerating her "idiosyncratic moments" in this chamber.

    Christine Grahame

    Ms Grahame says she is not a "typical granny", and adds that while younger people got information about the referendum from social media, older people were getting the bulk of their information from the mainstream and broadcast media.

    She says they were subjected to scare stories on pensions and the economy.

  17. Lord Ashcroft poll

    We have received e-mails pointing out the small sample of 16 and 17-year-olds in Lord Ashcroft's analysis of the independence result. There will be much more in depth analysis published in the days to come.

  18. Referendum result

    Referendum result

    Scotland voted "No" in last Thursday's independence referendum.

  19. Annabel Goldie

    Scottish Conservative MSP Annabel Goldie says "she very much enjoyed the campaign; it was a positive experience".

    Ms Goldie says the electorate "decisively rejected independence" and endorsed the United Kingdom.

    Annabel Goldie

    The former Scottish Conservative party leader says both sides have to implement the spirit of the Edinburgh agreement now.

    She added: "There is a huge responsibility on the Scottish government to pick up the devolution baton and start running with it."

  20. Open debate

    Neil Findlay, Labour MSP for the Lothians, says the facts are that the majority of the electorate voted No.

    "I fundamentally believe you do not challenge the power of capital by dividing along national lines," he says.

    Mr Findlay says the SNP claimed to want a fairer society but the only redistributive policy it had was to reduce corporation tax for the richest business.

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson pays tribute Alex Salmond, whom he has known since the first minister was editor of the Free Student Press in the mid-1970s.

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson
    Image caption: SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson
  21. Alex Salmond


    First Minister Alex Salmond tweets: We have a totally new body politic, a new spirit abroad in the land - one which is speaking loud and clear. Things cannot be the same again.

  22. Chequers Summit

    David Cameron hosted a summit of senior Conservative MPs at Chequers on Monday to discuss plans to limit the Commons voting rights of Scottish MPs.

    The prime minister has said a pledge to give Scotland more powers should go hand in hand with changing the role of Scottish politicians at Westminster.


    But Labour has accused Mr Cameron of "playing the English nationalist card".

    The three main parties pledged more devolution during the campaign to encourage Scots to reject independence.

  23. How did 16 and 17-year-olds vote in the referendum?

    According to a snap poll by Lord Ashcroft asking voters how they had cast their ballots, 71% voted Yes.

    More than 100,000 16 to 18-year-olds had registered to vote on Thursday.

    Referendum ballot paper
  24. Young electorate

    Glasgow boasts the biggest population in Scotland and also has a high number of teen voters. Figures from the 2011 Census show the city had more than 18,000 people aged 13 to 15.

    Depending on when their birthday falls, these youngsters will now be aged 16 to 19.

  25. Why sign up now?

    All speakers have praised the political engagement shown during the referendum.

    In total, 3,619,915 million people voted, making the turnout 84.5%.

    Comedian Julia Sutherland explains why she has just signed up as a member of the Green Party - and why membership of political parties like the SNP is rocketing.

    "It's that sense of helplessness after the referendum," she tells BBC Radio Scotland.

    "That was the way that we were trying to affect change for the future of Scotland and because we weren't able to do that, because we didn't get the vote we wanted, this is what we do now because we feel part of a movement, we feel forever changed.

    "We feel we're engaged in a way that we weren't before."

  26. Political stitch up

    Green leader Patrick Harvie says there were many reasons why the Scottish Green Party did not endorse a devo-max option, adding there is "no variant of devolution that doesn't increase our need to represent ourselves on the world stage".

    The Smith Commission very clearly is not going to have the time to undertake the depth required, says Mr Harvie.

    Patrick Harvie

    "We have to find a way to avoid it being just another political stitch up."

  27. Wrighty


    ‏Wrighty tweets: Boring #labourconference so far switching over to holyrood instead #the45

  28. 'Courage and compromise'

    The head of the new commission on delivering more powers to Scotland has warned it will "not be easy" to get agreement from the Scottish parties.

    Lord Smith said those involved in the talks would require "courage" and "compromise" - but he was confident they would rise to the challenge.

    Lord Smith of Kelvin

    The discussions on new powers for Holyrood are taking place after Scotland voted against independence.

    Draft legislation is due to be unveiled by the end of January.

  29. Patrick Harvie

    Scottish Green Party Holyrood leader Patrick Harvie takes to his feet to deliver his speech.

  30. Praise for people of Scotland

    Mr Rennie says: "The people of Scotland deserve the widest and the highest praise."

    Willie Rennie

    The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader outlines a federalist view of the forthcoming devolution of powers he would like to see including full "income tax".

    He says the referendum result was "clear, legal and decisive" going on to say independence "has been laid to rest".

  31. Voting age: The three main Westminster parties

    Where do the other parties stand on lowering the voting age? Ed Miliband called for votes at 16 in his party conference speech this time last year.

    The Liberal Democrats have also called for it, and MPs voted in favour in a Commons debate in 2013.

    Labour leader Ed Milliband
    Image caption: Labour leader Ed Milliband

    But the Conservatives are against the change. When Mr Miliband proposed it last year, the Tories accused him of "student politics".

  32. Willie Rennie

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie also praises Alex Salmond at the beginning of his speech.

  33. Don't 'cry conspiracy'

    Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson says she understands many who voted for independence are feeling "grief and hurt". But she says that grief is not healed by crying conspiracy.

    Since Friday, we have three senior Nationalists saying there are other ways to declare independence, she says.

  34. Energised Scotland

    Ms Davidson praises the number of young people having their first taste of front line politics.

    The Scottish Conservative leader says 16 and 17-year-olds added to the debate and "we must now look at the franchise across the whole of the UK".

    She says the debate "energised Scotland but it has by its nature divided Scotland too", adding "it is time for the country to come together, the majority has spoken" with more than 2m people backing the No vote.

  35. Holyrood magazine


    Holyrood magazine tweets: Davidson says that enfranchising 16 year olds must be examined for UK all elections.

  36. Ruth Davidson

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says Alex Salmond has been a "dominant force" through all her time of political awareness.

    Ruth Davidson
  37. 'Settled will of the people'

    Ms Lamont says she must recognise the amazing achievement of getting 1.6m people to vote for independence. But she says it mustn't be forgotten that 2m people voted to remain part of the United Kingdom.

    The UK is now the settled will of the Scottish people and the issue is firmly settled, she continues.

    Ms Lamont says she does not speak for the 45% or the 55% - she speaks for 100% of the Scottish people who want politics to be about their lives, their families and their future.

    She says: "The enormity of the referendum debate has led to less focus on other issues like health and education."

  38. BBC's James Cook


    BBC's Scotland correspondent James Cook ‏tweets: Johann Lamont sounding rather angry as she suggests the SNP is not accepting the democratic will of voters, with talk of being "tricked".

  39. Salmond's Key Tests

    The first minister has told MSPs that any approval of the "devolution settlement" will require consent at Holyrood.

    He has three key tests:

    • Genuine job-creating powers
    • Addressing inequality
    • Give Scotland a voice on the world stage.
  40. Johann Lamont

    Johann Lamont

    Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont says: "The people of Scotland have decided, they have decided they wish to remain part of the United Kingdom."

    Ms Lamont agrees with the first minister on the question of votes at 16 as something that should be embraced.

  41. 'Restless for change'

    Mr Salmond quotes STUC leader Grahame Smith who said the people of Scotland are restless for change. Mr Salmond says the referendum debate engaged people in every community in the country.

    The SNP leader says everyone should support Lord Smith's commitment to proper consultation.

    He calls for the Westminster party leaders to have "their feet held to the fire" to ensure more devolution for Scotland.

  42. 'Guardians of progress'

    Alex Salmond says he was surprised when David Cameron said on Friday that change in Scotland would be "in tandem" with change in the rest of the UK.

    The SNP leader says the statement yesterday was different from this, indicating they are showing signs of understanding that they must deliver their commitments to Scotland.

    Alex Salmond

    "The true guardians of progress are the energised people of this nation," he says.

  43. Moving forward

    "Where do we move forward from here?" asks Mr Salmond.

    He says he believes strongly in the Edinburgh agreement and will stick to Section 30, which means he will accept the result and bring forward constructive proposals for the future.

    The outgoing first minister welcomes the appointment of Lord Smith, the head of the new commission on delivering more powers to Scotland.

    Mr Salmond also says the repeated accusation from Labour leader Johann Lamont that Scotland was on pause during the referendum campaign was wrong.

    "Scotland wasn't on pause for the referendum it was on fast forward," he says.

  44. Robert Colvile @rcolvile

    Daily Telegraph's Robert Colvile ‏tweets: Miliband, Salmond and Obama all set to be speaking pretty much simultaneously. Oh, for more screens.

  45. First Minister

    Alex Salmond begins his statement highlighting the remarkable 85% turnout in the referendum, "the highest for any vote on this scale on these islands".

    Alex Salmond

    "This has been the greatest democratic experience in Scotland's history and it has brought us great credit both nationally and internationally."

    Mr Salmond says the true story to emerge from the referendum is Scotland is the most "politically engaged population in Western Europe".

    He also said: "There is not a shred of evidence now that 16 and 17-year-olds should not be allowed to vote."

  46. Not 'business as usual'

    Tricia Marwick

    The presiding officer says: "It cannot and it must not be business as usual.

    "We now have a huge opportunity and many challenges. Let us face them together."

    The first minister begins his statement.

  47. Presiding officer

    Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP says she is "truly humbled by the clear wish by so many of our fellow Scots to be involved" in the political process following the referendum.

    Ms Marwick is delivering the first Time for Reflection since the independence referendum.

    She says there are challenges ahead and it is "time for us to embrace and nurture that desire for political expression".

  48. Coming Up

    Before the first minister makes his statement to Holyrood, Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP will take the unusual step of delivering the Time for Reflection.

    Tricia Marwick in the chamber of the Scottish Parliament
    Image caption: Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick said Scotland was an inspiration to countries throughout the world

    Ms Marwick made a statement in response to the result of the independence referendum, saying: "Scotland's record-breaking voter turnout has created opportunities but also significant challenges for political parties and institutions in Scotland."

    The presiding officer has called for reforms to reinvigorate democratic life in Scotland.

  49. Westminster vow

    David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg made a vow to the Scottish electorate, which commits to preserving the Barnett funding formula.

    Alex Salmond has accused the three UK party leaders of "reneging" on the pledge.

    Cameron, Milliband and Clegg

    The first part of the agreement promises "extensive new powers" for the Scottish Parliament "delivered by the process and to the timetable agreed" by the three parties.

    The second says the leaders agree that "the UK exists to ensure opportunity and security for all by sharing our resources equitably".

    The third "categorically states" that the final say on funding for the NHS will lie with the Scottish government "because of the continuation of the Barnett allocation for resources, and the powers of the Scottish Parliament to raise revenue".

  50. Salmond's successor?

    Almost every member of the Scottish cabinet has publicly backed Alex Salmond's deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, to replace him as SNP leader and first minister.

    Ms Sturgeon has yet to formally throw her hat into the ring.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    But on Friday she said she could think of "no greater privilege" than to seek the leadership.

    Pundits and bookmakers have tipped her as the clear favourite, although as yet there are no declared challengers.

    If she does stand, no fewer than seven cabinet ministers have already pledged their support.

    Finance Secretary John Swinney, who is a former SNP leader, said Ms Sturgeon would be an "excellent successor".

  51. First minister's resignation

    Alex Salmond is due to give a statement shortly after 2pm, following last Friday's announcement that he will step down as first minister.

    Alex Salmond

    Mr Salmond, 59, is Scotland's longest-serving first minister, having held the post since the SNP won power at the Scottish Parliament in May 2007.

    Speaking from his official residence at Bute House in Edinburgh, the first minister told journalists: "For me as leader my time is nearly over, but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.

    "I am immensely proud of the campaign that Yes Scotland fought and particularly of the 1.6 million voters who rallied to that cause."

    In his statement the first minister is expected to praise the conduct of the referendum and call for 16 and 17-year-olds to be given the vote at future elections.

  52. Post update

    Welcome Back

    Good afternoon, and welcome to BBC Scotland's Democracy Live coverage of the afternoon's business in the chamber at the Scottish Parliament.

    This is the first time MSPs have sat at Holyrood since last week's independence referendum.

    Yes No

    The "No" side won Thursday's referendum by 2,001,926 to 1,617,989 for "Yes".

    The national split of the vote was 55% for "No" to 45% for "Yes".

  53. Post update

  54. Post update