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  2. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave a statement entitled 'Taking Scotland Forward', outlining her programme for government
  3. MSPs then debated the programme for government

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

That's all from Holyrood Live today, join us for a debate on the EU from 10am tomorrow

MSPs are back with a debate on the EU tomorrow morning

BreakingMSPs unanimously vote to extend first minister's questions to 45 minutes

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh gets the first decision time of this new session underway.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh

MSPs unanimously vote on a parliamentary bureau motion to extend future sessions of first minister's questions to 45 minutes. 

Mr Macintosh the adjourns the parliament for today. 

New finance and constitution minister brings debate to a close, but there's more tomorrow...

SNP MSP Derek Mackay says there has been general consensus in the chamber today and he now follows the "champion" of parliament consensus Scottish Labour MSP Neil Findlay.

The new finance and constitution minister says he is confident the Scottish government will meet the requirements promised in terms of broadband.

Derek Mackay

Mr Mackay jokes Scottish Conservative MSP Annie Wells may be about to challenge SNP MSP George Adam for the number of times a representative can mention their constituency during a speech.  

He says the Scottish government will reach out to all parties not lease in dealing with equality.

A wee reminder of the new MSP's making their debut on the Holyrood floor

Labour MSP calls for justice for miners convicted during the strike

Labour MSP Neil Findlay says everyone would have been humbled by the Hillsborough ruling.

In April the jury at the Hillsborough inquests found 96 football fans were unlawfully killed, after hearing two years of evidence.

It will have inspired class justice campaigner around the world, he says.

Labour MSP Neil Findlay
Labour MSP Neil Findlay

He says the call for inquiry into Orgreave and other miners strike policing grows louder and louder and says there were many injustices in Scotland.

Mr Findlay says the Scottish government should stop obstructing legitimate calls into these miscarriages of justice.

He also calls for justice against companies guilty of blacklisting and for mesh implant victims.

SNP MSP says her party offers sanctuary from a 'tsunami of horrifying welfare reforms'

SNP MSP Christina McKelvie welcomes the baby box and says the NHS should be the cradle to the grave.

SNP MSP Christina McKelvie

Ms McKelvie says: "When we are battered about like debris, in a tsunami of horrifying welfare reforms, we have promised the sanctuary of a social security system that cares, not castigates."

Here's a summary of the day from our colleague Philip Sim

New Tory MSP says 'I have been a Conservative all my life, although I only realised it recently'

Conservative MSP Annie Wells gets up to speak for the first time in Holyrood.

Ms Wells says up until the 5th of May she worked on the shop floor of Marks and Spencers and is happy to be on the Scottish Parliament's floor now. 

The Glasgow list MSP says people want an alternative Conservative agenda.

Conservative MSP Annie Wells

Ms Wells says it is a great honour to represent Glasgow and says she will work to make her home city stronger.

She says: "I have been a Conservative all my life, although I only realised it recently."

Ms Wells say she and many others challenge the stereotype of being working class and from Glasgow and so you must vote Labour.

SNP MSP 'enthused' by Climate Change Bill

SNP MSP Graeme Dey says he is particularly enthused by the up and coming climate change bill.

SNP MSP Graeme Dey

Mr Dey says this enthusiasm is shared by industry professionals.

The SNP MSP says more information is required in what the bill will include. 

The new presiding officer and his deputies have all had a go in the hot seat today

Here's how to get ahead in politics.......

Scottish Labour MSP Alex Rowley begins by congratulating the new deputy presiding officer Christine Grahame on her post.

Christine Grahame and Alex Rowley
Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame and Scottish Labour MSP Alex Rowley

Ms Grahame replies: "Your going to the top of my list." 

New SNP MSP says named person scheme "should not be used as a political football".

New SNP MSP Rona Mackay says she is proud the government have put educational attainment as its top priority.

Ms Mackay says she wants every town and city in Scotland to have high performing schools, as her constituency Strathkelvin and Bearsden has.

New SNP MSP Rona Mackay

She says she is "dismayed and dissapointed" that the opposition want to scrap two initiatives, Offensive Behaviour at Football Act and the named person.

In particular the named person scheme "should not be used as a political football".

New Tory MSP says there is a sense of change in the Holyrood air

Scottish Conservative MSP Dean Lockhart
Scottish Conservative MSP Dean Lockhart

Scottish Conservative MSP Dean Lockhart steps up to give his first speech at Holyrood.

Mr Lockhart says he is the Scottish Conservative spokesperson on the economy and he says he looks forward to working with Economy Secretary Keith Brown in this role.

He says he wishes to bring "new, fresh perspectives on the economy".

Mr Lockhart says there is a sense of change in the air and there are significant new powers coming from the Scotland Act. 

Scottish government 'committed to empowering local authorities' says SNP MSP

In her first speech Jenny Gilruth says she is honoured to be the first of the new SNP MSPs to contribute to the debate.

Ms Gilruth says none of us want to see inequality in Scotland, "whether it be on the golf course or the boardroom". 

Jenny Gilruth

The SNP MSP says the Scottish government are committed to "empowering local authorities".

The former modern studies teacher says the new education secretary wants to listen to teachers, parents and education authorities in a bid to close the attainment gap. 

It must be ensured rural areas are served with connectivity says Labour MSP

Labour MSP Rhoda Grant says we need to ensure BT, who have been given public money, serve remote areas with connectivity of broadband. 

Labour MSP Rhoda Grant

Ms Grant says the economy in rural areas suffers through the lack of these technologies.   

Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale and Scottish Greens Co-convener Patrick Harvie made speeches during the debate today...

Paisley mentioned again by George Adam, is this a pattern?

SNP MSP George Adam gets Paisley into the first ten seconds of his speech, when congratulating the new MSP's maiden speeches.

George Adam

Mr Adam goes on to say what an honour it is to represent Paisley.

He moves on to say that he is pleased to agree with the first minister that closing the educational gap starts before school and ends beyond the school gate.

Superfast broadband no longer a luxury, it's essential says Scottish Tory MSP

Scottish Conservative MSP Gordon Lindhurst, in his first speech, says Scotland today benefits from great technological advances and he hopes this parliament will benefit from those technologies. 

Scottish Conservative MSP Gordon Lindhurst,

Mr Lindhurst says things have progressed far but there is more to be done. 

Superfast broadband is no longer a luxury but essential, he says.

SNP MSP says Holyrood does not have enough powers yet

SNP MSP Joan McAlpine
SNP MSP Joan McAlpine

SNP MSP Joan McAlpine congratulates the maiden speeches from both Mr Leonard and Golden.

Ms McAlpine reminds the parliament it does not yet have as many powers as she would like it to have, which from a member of the SNP comes as no surprise. 

She says: "I welcome the priorities which the first minister has outlined."

Unemployment levels a 'stain on our society' says Scottish Labour MSP

Labour MSP Richard Leonard, in his maiden speech says, he has come to the parliament to make a change.

Mr Leonard says 21,000 men and women in Scotland are out of work and facing "grinding poverty" and it is a "stain on our society". 

Labour MSP Richard Leonard

The Labour MSP says Scotland has an economic system which favours those who own the wealth as opposed to those who create it.

He says this is why we need a government prepared to act and intervene and calls on the Scottish government to act decisively and swiftly.

Tinkering with these problems will not work, he says, "we need a vision". 

Mr Leonard says there are "democrats in the parliament who answer the call of the nationalist bugle" and "there are more of them than there are of us". 

And here's the text of Ruth Davidson's speech..... provided by text

Here's a recap of Nicola Sturgeon's statement.... from Nicola Sturgeon

A zinger from new Tory MSP Maurice Golden? You decide

Conservative MSP Maurice Golden's maiden speech focuses on the circular economy

Conservative MSP Maurice Golden begins his maiden speech with his resume and its relation to the circular economy.

Mr Golden pays tribute to his predecessor Annabel Goldie and cracks a gag about Golden, Goldie and Golden Eagles which I'm afraid soars above my head.

Conservative MSP Maurice Golden

The warm chuckle it elicits and his subsequent reference to one of the masters of the photo-op makes me realise this must be a campaign moment.  

Circular economy economic system where resources are used for as long as possible, a win for the environment a win for consumers and a win for businesses.

Maiden speech and a maiden outing in the presiding officers chair too

Alliances must be built inside and outside the parliament - SNP MSP

SNP MSP Bruce Crawford says the opportunity must be grasped to build as much consensus in the parliament as is possible.

Alliances must be built within parliament and outside, he says.

Bruce Crawford

Mr Crawford says he believes all MSPs share the ambition to make Scotland the best country in the world.

The convener of the SNP Group says this simply will not happen if education continues to be a "bickering ground". 

Scottish Lib Dem leader says without resources education cannot be turned around

Mr Rennie says, on education, that: "We must not been deluded about what we have."


He says Scotland has a just average education system now.

The Scottish Lib Dem leader says without resources education cannot be turned around.

Rennie says mental health services have diminished under the SNP

Mr Rennie says mental health services have diminished under the SNP.

Willie Rennie

The Scottish Lib Dem leader says so many people wait to long for treatment, as the proportion of spending on mental health has reduced.

He says more than a minister is needed, the funds for the mental health services are needed.

Scottish Lib Dem Leader wants SNP to 'accept they're a minority now'

Scottish Lib Dem leader calls for bold and ambitious options from the SNP

Mr Rennie calls for bold and ambitious options from the SNP and not timidity.

They must also recognise they don't have a majority, he insists.

Willie Rennie accuses first minister of timidity

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie gets to his feet and begins by accusing Mr Harvie of wanting to close down the oil and gas industry.

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie

Mr Rennie then accuses Ms Sturgeon of timidity and of double and treble counting of money in her speeches.

Harvie says there is a need for bolder action on tackling climate change

Mr Harvie says there is a need for bolder action on tackling climate change and he welcomes the first minister's acknowledgement of that fact.

Patrick Harvie

He calls for a sustainable transport policy and a more innovative economy. 

Mr Harvie asks 'who isn't proposing a warm homes bill?'

Harvie says opposition to the named person scheme has been 'disgraceful'

Patrick Harvie says the opposition to the named person scheme has been "disgraceful".

Hands cupped holding paper cut out of a family

Mr Harvie says there is support for proper post-legislative scrutiny for the legislation.

Greens to have 'constructive role' in independence arguments

The Scottish Green Party co-convener says the Greens look forward to playing a constructive role in the efforts to persuade the country of the merits of independence.  

Patrick Harvie

Greens remain against standardised testing

Pupil sitting test

Mr Harvie says the case for standardised testing in schools has not been made and his party will continue to challenge it.

Mr Harvie calls for the abolition of the council tax and a renewal of local democracy

Mr Harvie calls for the abolition of the council tax and a renewal of local democracy across Scotland.

Council tax

Consensus over the baby-box

Mr Harvie says he loves the baby box proposal and wishes his party had put it in its manifesto.

The Scottish Green Party co-convener hopes this will not have a commercial sponsor and gets a nod of agreement from Ms Strurgeon. 

Patrick Harvie says the SNP will need to convince and compromise

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie says the SNP will need to convince and compromise.

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie

Mr Harvie welcomes the wider comments on a new social security system, with respect at its heart.

He says this parliament must protect people from the UK's damaging approach to welfare.

Ms Dugdale calls for colleges to be put back to where they belong

Ms Dugdale calls for colleges being put back to where they belong at the centre of the education system.