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Summary

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  2. MSPs unanimously approve First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's cabinet and ministerial team
  3. The parliament then elected five members to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

That brings to an end this light-hearted session in the Parliament

That brings to an end this light-hearted session in the Parliament, back to serious work next week!

SNP benches
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SPCB members are elected

MSPs unanimously elect the following MSPs to the SPCB: 

  • SNP MSP Gordon Macdonald
  • Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone
  • Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur
  • Labour MSP David Stewart 
  • Green MSP Andy Wightman

MSPs will now elect members to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB)

  • the SPCB role is to make sure that the Scottish Parliament can operate effectively and that MSPs are able to carry out their duties
  • the SPCB considers and makes decisions on a wide range of issues to do with the running of the Parliament including the financing of the Parliament and allocation of the budget, the staffing of the Parliament, accommodation and the use and security of Parliamentary facilities at Holyrood
  • this can range from the serious like safety and security arrangements in Holyrood, technology and equipment for committee rooms and IT and disabled access........
The SPCB helps MSPs in a variety of ways!
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The SPCB helps MSPs in a variety of ways!
  • ..........to the feline and frivolous such as calls for a parliamentary cat or dealing with pleas for better quality coffee to be served to them during committee meetings!
  • the SPCB has formal and informal contact with other parliamentary bodies, including the Parliamentary Bureau, the Conveners Group and the Parliament as a whole

MSPs agree to the recommendations for junior ministers

MSPs agree to the recommendations of Mark McDonald, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jeanne Freeman and Kevin Stewart as junior ministers.

MSPs agree to the recommendations of Derek Mackay and Fergus Ewing as cabinet secretaries

MSPs agree to the recommendations of Derek Mackay and Fergus Ewing as cabinet secretaries.

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Willie Rennie pipped at the post says Sturgeon

Ms Sturgeon concludes saying Willie Rennie deserves credit for coming to the chamber today having been so narrowly pipped at the post in the first minister election last week. 

First minister says Muirfield decision 'indefensible'

Ms Sturgeon agrees with Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale's stressing of the importance of gender equality. 

Nicola Sturgeon
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The first minister says the decision taken today by Muirfield Golf Club is "indefensible". 

The first minister now replies

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asks what can she say about Jackson Carlaw's now "legendary contributions" in these debates.

Nicola Sturgeon
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Ms Sturgeon jokes that Mr Carlaw may face the wrath of Roseanna Cunningham and tells him not to look for protection from her.

She says she was alarmed by the Conservative MSP's obsession with the dress sense and hair styles of Derek Mackay and Humza Yousaf.

Is Fergus Ewing looking forward to the task at hand?

Rennie highlights 'enormous task' Fergus Ewing faces over CAP payments crisis

The Scottish Lib Dems leader highlights the "enormous task" Fergus Ewing faces in tackling the CAP payments crisis. 

Rennie calls on Swinney to reverse policy on national testing for primary school children

He says Mr Swinney will have to bring resources from his old department to education to address the problems there. 

Mr Rennie calls on the new eduation secretary to reverse the policy on national testing for primary school children.

Willie Rennie addressing the SNP benches
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Mr Rennie says he welcomes Maureen Watt to the role of mental health minister as this is a key issue.

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie welcomes the new junior ministers to their posts

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie wishes Alex Neil and Richard Lochhead well for the future.

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie
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Mr Rennie welcomes the new junior ministers to their posts.

He says the elevation of Kevin Stewart means there will be fewer "high decibel interventions".

Finnie welcomes first time minister and wishes them well

Mr Finnie says he is delighted to see Paul Wheelhouse get the energy brief.

John Finnie
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He goes on to welcome the first time ministers and wishes them well. 

Scottish Green MSP John Finnie welcomes ministerial appointments and CalMac announcement

Scottish Green MSP John Finne welcomes John Swinney to the education brief.

Scottish Green MSP John Finne
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Mr Finnie says Derek Mackay tweeted his last job as transport and islands minister was the welcome CalMac announcment as did new Transport and Islands Minister Humza Yousaf!

The Scottish Green MSP calls for an early decision on a complete ban on fracking from Keith Brown and Roseanna Cunningham.

Scottish Labour leader stresses the importance of equality brief after Muirfield decision

Ms Dugdale says she thought it was 1816 not 2016 when she heard Muirfield's decision to reject female members.

Kezia Dugdale
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The Scottish Labour leader stresses the importance of the equality briefs and welcomes the 50-50 cabinet.

She wishes the new ministers well.

Kezia Dugdale warns Mr Swinney his new role will be made more difficult by his last

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale pays tribute to outgoing cabinet secretary Alex Neil.

Kezia Dugdale
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Ms Dugdale then pays tribute to new education secretary John Swinney, but points out he put £500m of cuts onto councils and education services.

This will make his new job more difficult she says.

Mr Carlaw concludes by wishing all the ministers every success

Mr Carlaw concludes by wishing all the ministers every success in their new jobs. 

Interesting comparison of sartorial elegance?

The Tory MSP compares Derek Mackay to John Wayne, James Stewart and Lee Marvin.

Jackson Carlaw
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Mr Yousaf does not escape, as his outfit is compared to Prince Charles finale costume from this year's production of Cinderella.

Mr Carlaw pays tribute to the new cabinet and ministers

Mr Carlaw says John Swinney is taking on a very formidable challenge in the education brief.

The Tory MSP also welcomes back Shirley-Anne Sommervile.

SNP benches
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Jackson Carlaw addresses the new cabinet and junior ministers

He congratulates Maureen Watt on her appointment and the creation of a dedicated minister for mental health. 

Mr Carlaw focuses on the dark and lustrous locks of Humza Yousaf and Derek Mackay!

Conservative response to first minister's motions

Scottish Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw pays tribute to Richard Lochhead and wishes him and his family all the best in the future.

Scottish Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw
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Mr Carlaw also pays tribute to Alex Neil, tongue firmly in cheek.

'CAP reform will be Fergus Ewing's immediate priority' say First Minister

Here are the junior ministers for the next parliamentary session...

Here are the junior ministers for the next parliamentary session...

  • Further Education, Higher Education and Science Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville 
  • Parliamentary Business Minister Joe FitzPatrick 
  • Transport and the Islands Minister Humza Yousaf 
  • Business, Innovation and Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse 
Junior ministers (left to right): Shirley Anne Sommerville, Joe Fitzpatrick, Humza Yousaf, Paul Wheelhouse
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Junior ministers (left to right): Shirley Anne Sommerville, Joe Fitzpatrick, Humza Yousaf, Paul Wheelhouse
  • Employability and Training Minister Jamie Hepburn 
  • Public Health and Sport Minister Aileen Campbell 
  • Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt 
  • Community Safety and Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing 
Junior ministers (left to right): Jamie Hepburn, Aileen Campbell, Maureen Watt, Annabelle Ewing
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Junior ministers (left to right): Jamie Hepburn, Aileen Campbell, Maureen Watt, Annabelle Ewing
  • Local Government & Housing Minister Kevin Stewart 
  • Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman 
  • International Development and Europe Minister Alasdair Allan  
  • Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald
Junior ministers (left to right): Kevin Stewart, Jeane Freeman, Alasdair Allan, Mark McDonald
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Junior ministers (left to right): Kevin Stewart, Jeane Freeman, Alasdair Allan, Mark McDonald

'I think this is a strong team of cabinet secretaries and ministers'

The first minister says: "I think this is a strong team of cabinet secretaries and ministers who are now eager to get on with the job that lies before them."

John Swinney was 'best finance secretary in these islands' says First Minister

New Junior Minister Profiles: Further Education, Higher Education and Science Minister Shirley Anne Somerville

Here's some facts you may or may not know about the new Further Education, Higher Education and Science Minister:

  • born in 1974
  • graduated with a BA in Politics and Economics from Strathclyde University
  • MSP for Lothians between 2007 and 2011
Shirley Anne Somerville
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  • stood against Labour's Cara Hilton for the Dunfermline seat in 2013 following Independent Bill Walker's resignation and lost
  • political interests include climate change and domestic violence

New Junior Minister Profiles: Local Government & Housing Minister Kevin Stewart

  • re-elected as MSP for Aberdeen Central
  • Aberdonian born and bred 
  • previously convener of the Local Government and Regeneration Committee and has served as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's Parliamentary Liaison Officer
New Local Government & Housing Minister Kevin Stewart
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New Local Government & Housing Minister Kevin Stewart
  • gave powerful personal testimony about being gay in backing the the Marriage And Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill
  • a keen interest in the history of Aberdeen 
  • Aberdeen City councillor for 12 years

New Junior Minister Proflies: Social Security Minister Jeanne Freeman

Here are some facts you may or may not konw about new Social Security  Minister Jeanne Freeman

  • born in Ayr
  • attended the Glasgow College of Technology
  • served as a senior advisor to First Minister Jack McConnell
New Social Security Minister Jeanne Freeman
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New Social Security Minister Jeanne Freeman
  • awarded an OBE in 1996 for services services to the rehabilitation of offenders
  • served on the Scottish Police Services Authority Board and the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland and chaired the the National waiting Times Centre board
  • won the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley seat with a majority of over 6,000

New Junior Minister Profiles: Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald

Here's some facts you may or may not know about new Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald:

  • born 1980 in Aberdeen, educated at Dyce Primary School and Dyce Academy
  • graduated with an MA in Politics from the University of Dundee
Mark McDonald
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Mark McDonald opted for a suit when he was re-elected in 2013
  • elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2011 and famously appeared at the declaration wearing jeans and a t-shirt
  • selected as the SNP candidate for Aberdeen Donside in 2013 and returned later in the same year and in 2016 
  • lives at Dyce with his wife and two children

The new junior ministerial team members are next

Ms Sturgeon turns to the junior ministerial team, seeking parliament's approval for four new appointments:

First minister stresses confidence in her new cabinet members

Ms Sturgeon then highlights the final job of Derek Mackay in his previous role in awarding CalMac the ferries contract.

Derek Mackay
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The first minister stresses confidence in her new cabinet members. 

First minister says John Swinney the best man for education challenges

The first minister says raising educational attainment will be the priority of the next five years and new Education Secretary John Swinney is the best person to drive this forward. 

Education Secretary John Swinney
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Tribute to former ministers

Ms Sturgeon also pays tribute to former ministers Margaret Burgess, Marco Biagi and Aileen McLeod.

SNP Chief Executive with the top ten things you need to know about the cabinet

Tribute to outgoing cabinet secretaries from first minister

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon moves both motions calling for approval of the two new cabinet ministers and four new ministers.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
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Ms Sturgeon begins by paying warm tribute to outgoing cabinet secretaries Richard Lochhead and Alex Neil.

Richard Lochhead and Alex Neil.
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Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh gets us underway this afternoon....

MSPs will debate the motion on cabinet ministers first this afternoon. 

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New cabinet minister profiles: Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary Fergus Ewing

Here's some facts you may or may not know about new Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary Fergus Ewing:

  • born in Glasgow in 1957,educated at Loretto School, and later Glasgow University
  • ran his own legal practice and small business for 17 years
  • son of Winnie, former MP and MEP & MSP for the Highlands & Islands, was husband of the late Margaret MSP for Moray and is brother of Annabelle Ewing an MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife Region
Fergus Ewing back in his and Holyrood's early days
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Fergus Ewing back in his and Holyrood's early days
  • re-elected as Inverness and Nairn MSP
  • former member of the Lomond Mountain Rescue Team
  • enjoys "thumping out some jazz numbers on the piano and spending time with his family"
  • the former business energy & tourism minister was perceived by some opposition MSPs to be pro-fracking

New cabinet mininster profiles: Finance and Constitution Secretary Derek Mackay

Here's some facts you may or may not know about new Finance and Constitution Secretary Derek Mackay:  

  • first elected as member of the Scottish Parliament in May 2011  
  •  re-elected MSP for Renfrewshire North and West.
  • formerly local government and planning from December 2011 until November 2014
  • then minister for transport and the islands from December 2014 to May 2016  
The then Transport Minister Derek Mackay had to deal with the Forth Road Bridge clos
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The then Transport Minister Derek Mackay had to deal with the Forth Road Bridge closure
  • currently SNP Business Convenor (Chairman of the Party), responsible for chairing Conference, the National Executive and the management and administration of the party
  • elected to Renfrewshire Council in 1999 at the age of 21 he was the youngest male Councillor in Scotland at the time
  • became Leader of Renfrewshire Council in May 2007, taking the SNP from opposition to lead the administration for the first time
  • came out publically as gay in 2013
  • He says he enjoys reading, running, swimming and time at the gym