That brings to an end this light-hearted session in the Parliament, back to serious work next week!
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- MSPs unanimously approve First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's cabinet and ministerial team
- The parliament then elected five members to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body
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
- 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........
- ..........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 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.
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.
Ms Sturgeon agrees with Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale's stressing of the importance of gender equality.
The first minister says the decision taken today by Muirfield Golf Club is "indefensible".
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asks what can she say about Jackson Carlaw's now "legendary contributions" in these debates.
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.
The Scottish Lib Dems leader highlights the "enormous task" Fergus Ewing faces in tackling the CAP payments crisis.
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.
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 wishes Alex Neil and Richard Lochhead well for the future.
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".
Mr Finnie says he is delighted to see Paul Wheelhouse get the energy brief.
He goes on to welcome the first time ministers and wishes them well.
Scottish Green MSP John Finne welcomes John Swinney to the education brief.
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.
Ms Dugdale says she thought it was 1816 not 2016 when she heard Muirfield's decision to reject female members.
The Scottish Labour leader stresses the importance of the equality briefs and welcomes the 50-50 cabinet.
She wishes the new ministers well.
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale pays tribute to outgoing cabinet secretary Alex Neil.
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 in their new jobs.
The Tory MSP compares Derek Mackay to John Wayne, James Stewart and Lee Marvin.
Mr Yousaf does not escape, as his outfit is compared to Prince Charles finale costume from this year's production of Cinderella.
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.
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!
Scottish Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw pays tribute to Richard Lochhead and wishes him and his family all the best in the future.
Mr Carlaw also pays tribute to Alex Neil, tongue firmly in cheek.
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
- 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
- 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
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."
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
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
- 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
Ms Sturgeon turns to the junior ministerial team, seeking parliament's approval for four new appointments:
Ms Sturgeon then highlights the final job of Derek Mackay in his previous role in awarding CalMac the ferries contract.
The first minister stresses confidence in her new cabinet members.
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.
Ms Sturgeon also pays tribute to former ministers Margaret Burgess, Marco Biagi and Aileen McLeod.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon moves both motions calling for approval of the two new cabinet ministers and four new ministers.
Ms Sturgeon begins by paying warm tribute to outgoing cabinet secretaries Richard Lochhead and Alex Neil.
MSPs will debate the motion on cabinet ministers first this afternoon.
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
- 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
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
- 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