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Summary

  1. The Finance Committee takes evidence on the draft budget from the OBR and the finance secretary
  2. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson will now give a statement on the future of Police Scotland's chief constable amid claims he illegally blocked his return to work
  3. The Scottish government leads a debate on the Glasgow 2018 European Championships
  4. MSPs mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Louise Wilson

All times stated are UK

That's all from Holyrood Live today

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson criticised the Scottish Police Authority over its attempt to bring the chief constable back to work.

The justice secretary said in light of the ongoing investigation into the complaints about Mr Gormley, he asked the SPA to review its decision.

Michael Matheson and Phil Gormley
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Good evening and see you tomorrow.

'It is more important than ever that we talk about Holocaust Memorial Day'

Holocaust Memorial Day
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Holocaust Memorial Day

Mr Allan says today it is more important than ever that we talk about Holocaust Memorial Day.

Background: The Holocaust Educational Trust

Holocaust Educational Trust
Holocaust Educational Trust
Holocaust Educational Trust

The Holocaust Educational Trust was established in 1988.

"Our aim is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today.

"The Trust works in schools, universities and in the community to raise awareness and understanding of the Holocaust, providing teacher training, an outreach programme for schools, teaching aids and resource material.

"One of our earliest achievements was ensuring that the Holocaust formed part of the National Curriculum for History.

"We continue to play a leading role in training teachers on how best to teach the Holocaust."

Systematic denial of rights and freedoms

International Development Minister Alasdair Allan
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International Development Minister Alasdair Allan says lives were lost following a systematic denial of the rights and freedoms of the Jewish community.

Gay people, disabled people and anyone else labelled as different were also targeted, he notes.

The work of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Interfaith Scotland and the Holocaust Education Trust is commended.

He says he is "extremely proud" that the government had managed to send thousands of students to visit Auschwitz to bring home the true cost of the Holocaust.

Background: Holocaust Memorial Day

On 27 January every year, it is Holocaust Memorial Day.

It's a day for everyone to remember the millions of people who were killed, or whose lives have been changed, by an event in history called the Holocaust.

On this day we also remember the millions of people who were killed or have been affected by Nazi persecution and terrible crimes committed during conflicts in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.Click here to read the Holocaust life stories on theHolocaust Meomrial Day Trust website.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website

Click here to read the Holocaust life stories on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website.

'Democracy depends on diversity and so does society's future'

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson
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SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson says: "The holocaust was the aggregation of millions of decision to execute millions of people who had committed no crime."

Mr Stevenson says new generations must be education about the dangers of demogoguery.

He says: "Democracy depends on diversity and so does society's future."

The SNP MSP praises the good work of the Holocaust Education Trust.

Background: Anti-Semitic incidents 'at record level in UK'

Vandalised Jewish cemetery
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Reports of anti-Semitic incidents hit record levels in the first six months of 2017, according to a Jewish charity.

The Community Security Trust (CST) said 767 reports were made to them between January and June - a rise of 30% on the same period last year.

A total of 80 incidents involved physical attacks - up from 45 in 2016.

UK still faces 'blight of antisemitism'

Tory MSP Jamie Greene
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Tory MSP Jamie Greene says Holocaust Memorial Day stands as a reminder as to what happens when hate is allowed to grow.

"We are still faced by the blight of antisemitism in the UK today", he says.

He adds everyone has a duty to call out antisemitism - or any racial hatred - when it appears.

"May the voices of the past guide the words of today but also shape the actions of tomorrow."

'Like six million others her religion cost her life'

Richard Lyle
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SNP MSP Richard Lyle says he visited Anne Frank's house and he tells her story.

The Diary of Anne Frank is a global bestseller, describing the Jewish girl's life in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in World War Two.

The Frank family were deported to Auschwitz death camp in 1944, and Anne died later in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the age of 15.

"Like six million others her religion cost her life."

Mr Lyle says it is necessary to talk about what happened in World War Two to highlight the importance of equality.

It is time for everyone in this parliament to preach equality for everyone."

Anne Frank
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'Remembering is important. It is necessary, but not sufficient'

Green MSP Patrick Harvie
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"Remembering is important. It is necessary, but not sufficient," begins Green MSP Patrick Harvie.

To prevent such events happening again, there must be discussion on the language we use in the present and how it can define the future, he says.

Mr Harvie states words were used to dehumanise targets of the regime several years before the Holocaust occurred.

He suggests this same tactic is used today, adding Muslims, trans people and immigrants are those currently being targeted.

Warning that "far-right extremist parties" are on the rise in Europe, the Scottish Green co-convener says the task of challenging the misuse of words is one which must be undertaken.

'Genocide can happen here, it can happen anywhere'

Labour MSP Johann Lamont
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Labour MSP Johann Lamont

Labour MSP Johann Lamont congratulates the Holocaust Education Trust for their work.

Ms Lamont says: "Genocide can happen here, it can happen anywhere."

She says: "It creeps towards us step by step."

The Labour MSP highlights the power of humanity to overcome this and tells of her experience in visiting Bosnia.

Concentration camps were a 'tapestry of death'

Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw
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Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw

Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw highlights he represents Eastwood - where three quarters of Scotland's surviving Jewish community lives.

Describing the concentration camps as a "tapestry of death", he notes Auschwitz is one of the few camps Nazi Germany did not have time to destroy.

He retells the story of one of his constituents who escaped from Germany into Poland during the war, before moving to London one year and three Home Office applications after her father had first moved to the UK.

Mr Carlaw concludes: "The voices of the survivors, those determined to live life to the full, is what I want to celebrate today."

'We can use our words to remember challenge and evoke change'

Kenneth Gibson
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SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson says eveyone in society must take responsibility of their words as this year's themes suggests.

Mr Gibson say: "We can use our words to remember challenge and evoke change."

He describes those who challenged the dangers of Nazism.

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Mr Gibson says cites research that shows more than a quarter of British people hold at least one anti-Semitic view, according to a study of attitudes to Jewish people.

The Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) said the finding came from the largest and most detailed survey of attitudes towards Jews and Israel ever conducted in Britain.

But it said the study did not mean that British people were anti-Semitic.

Researchers also found a correlation in anti-Jewish and anti-Israel attitudes.

Read more here.

Background: Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT)

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) is the charity that promotes and supports Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD).

From the HMDT website:

"27 January is the day for everyone to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed in Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

"27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

"On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes of hatred and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today."

The aims of HMD are laid out in our statement of commitment.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

undefinedIn March 2017 the charity launched Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 in review, a booklet detailing the impact that Holocaust Memorial Day has on individuals and communities across the UK.

The booklet highlights the diverse range of activities and locations in which HMD took place for 2017, as well as the fantastic media coverage and online engagement that helped raise awareness of the theme How can life go on?

Read more about the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust here.

'Not merely in hope, but in certainty - never again'

Adam Tomkins
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Mr Tomkins says the crime, though monstrous, was not perpetrated by monsters.

It was perpetrated by law-abiding citizens following orders, he notes.

The UN Declaration of Human Rights are "just words", he says, but words that secure the idea of the inherent rights of every human.

This means the defense of following law cannot be used again.

He says by remembering the Holocaust and its horrors, he can tell his Jewish children: "Not merely in hope, but in certainty - never again."

The Power of Words

From the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website:

The power of words is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.

Words can make a difference – both for good and evil.

'I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I am so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s in me. When I write I can shake off all my cares; my sorrow disappears; my spirits are revived.' - Anne Frank, written in her diary, 5 April 1944

Spoken and written words from individuals, corporations, community organisations or the state, can have a huge impact, whether good or bad.

Anne Frank at her desk, aged 12, before the family went into hiding.
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Anne Frank at her desk, aged 12, before the family went into hiding.

The theme for HMD 2018 explores how language has been used in the past, and how it is used in the present day.

HMD activities could focus on the impact that words had in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, through propaganda used to incite, through slogans written in resistance, and through memoirs written to record and respond to what was going on.

The words that we see and hear all around us today – in newspapers, online, in conversations – the words that we choose to use, all have an impact upon us and those around us.

'We must use words not to mask the truth but to reveal it'

Mr Tomkins says those sent to death camps faced mass systematic organised murder.

On a single day at Auschwitz 24,00 people were murdered, he says.

The Tory MSP says that was just because the Nazis hated jews.

Mr Tomkins
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This story must be told and keep being told Mr Tomkins says.

He adds the Nazis used words to mask their monstrous deeds.

"We must use words not to mask the truth but to reveal it."

He cites the collection of eye witness accounts as being crucial and tells the story of Anne Frank.

Background: Holocaust Memorial Day

On 27 January every year, it is Holocaust Memorial Day.

It's a day for everyone to remember the millions of people who were killed, or whose lives have been changed, by an event in history called the Holocaust.

On this day we also remember the millions of people who were killed or have been affected by Nazi persecution and terrible crimes committed during conflicts in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Click here to read the Holocaust life stories on the Holocaust Memorial DayTrust website.

Number of Jews murdered outnumbers population of Scotland

Tory MSP Adam Tomkins begins a moving debate on Holocaust Memorial Day
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Tory MSP Adam Tomkins begins a moving debate on Holocaust Memorial Day

Tory MSP Adam Tomkins begins by describing for Holocaust as a "new order of criminality" never before seen.

The number of Jews killed during the Holocaust outnumbers the entire population of Scotland, he says.

Referring to this years theme, 'The Power of Words', Mr Tomkins says "Words can wound."

However, he adds: "But words can also enlighten and inform."

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 debate

Mr Tomkins uses his motion to say it serves as an opportunity for learning institutions, faith groups and communities across Scotland to remember the six million men, women and children murdered by the Nazi regime in occupied Europe.

He says this year's theme is 'The Power of Words' and looks at how words can make a difference, both for good and evil.

This photo shows children who survived the Holocaust. Read below to find out more about what it was and why it's important to remember it
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This photo shows children who survived the Holocaust.

The Tory MSP values the Holocaust Education Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project, which gives two post-16 students from every school and college in Scotland the opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau.

He celebrates the Holocaust survivors who subsequently made Scotland their home and thanks them for their contribution to Scotland as a nation.

Mr Tomkins says that anti-Semitism in all its forms should be challenged without fear or favour.

Here is the motion for the debate..............

Here is the motion
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Here is the motion for the debate

Holocaust Memorial Day debate

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Tory MSP Adam Tomkins will now lead a member's debate marking Holocaust Memorial Day, which is on 27 January 2018.

Decision time.....

Glasgow 2018
Glasgow 2018

MSPs vote against the amendment from Tory MSP Brian Whittle, with

The Labour amendment and the government motion as amended are passed unanimously.

Fiona Hyslop calls for 'a wall of noise' to support for our athletes

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop
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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop closes the debate on behalf of the government.

She reiterates the government is investing £0.5m in sporting hubs across the country which will target the most inactive communities and promote participation.

The national events strategy is mentioned, with the cabinet secretary stating this will secure Scotland's reputation in the sector.

Glasgow is ranked a five in the world in the ultimate sport cities awards, she notes.

The potential TV audience of over one billion people will promote Scotland as a welcoming destination, Ms Hyslop adds.

"Create an even louder support, a wall of noise, than even Brian Whittle experiences to support our athletes."

Background: Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 'worth £740m' to economy

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An official report into the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has said it was worth £740m to the Scottish economy.

It also estimated Glasgow itself gained £390m. Over the years 2007-14, an average of 2,100 jobs were created, over half of them in Glasgow.

The report said the games were delivered on time and on budget.

It concluded the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland enjoyed "high levels" of public support and participation.

Take a look back at our collection of the Glasgow 2015 highlights

In terms of tourism, Glasgow 2014 attracted about 690,000 unique visitors.

The report said infrastructure for high performance sport had "clearly" been enhanced as a result of Glasgow and Scotland hosting the games.

The range of sports benefitting were said to include swimming, diving, cycling, bowling, hockey and badminton.

Read more here.

Background: Activity levels 'not boosted by Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games'

The Commonwealth Games were staged in Glasgow in 2014
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The Commonwealth Games were staged in Glasgow in 2014

In 2015 we reported that here has been almost no change in levels of physical activity in Scotland since the Commonwealth Games.

The statistics were contained in the Scottish Health Survey for 2014.

They suggest a 1% decrease for adults and just a 1% increase for children meeting the government's recommended guidelines for exercise.

Only 4% of those questioned said they were thinking about doing more sport as a result of the Glasgow Games.

Low activity is the second biggest cause of mortality in Scotland and contributes to about 2,500 deaths each year.

It was hoped people would be inspired to get more involved in sports after watching athletes like Usain Bolt
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It was hoped people would be inspired to get more involved in sports after watching athletes like Usain Bolt

This debate has been a 'Glasgow love in' says Tory MSP

Tory MSP Rachael Hamilton
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Tory MSP Rachael Hamilton

Tory MSP Rachael Hamilton says this debate has been a "Glasgow love in".

Ms Hamilton says she is sure everyone will support Glasgow 2018.

She says the games will help Scotland in the long run.

The success of the games will be decided on three key areas:

  1. how well our athletes do
  2. how well the host city welcomes the other nations
  3. the legacy of the games

'Legacy doesn't just happen'

Scottish Labour MSP David Stewart
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Scottish Labour MSP David Stewart

Scottish Labour MSP David Stewart says the important theme this afternoon is legacy, continuing on fom the work on the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Mr Stewart says one billion viewers will watch this event being co-hosted by Glasgow and Berlin.

He says: "Legacy doesn't just happen."

"This is a chance to support Scottish culture and promote Scotland."

Background: Glasgow 2018 European Championships

"A new era in world sport will get underway in the summer of 2018 as Glasgow and Berlin host the inaugural European Championships — an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports including the existing European Championships for Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon with a new Golf Team Championships.

"To be staged every four years starting in August 2018, the European Championships will be a new highlight on the global sporting calendar, elevating the status of European Champions during an 11-day celebration of world-class sport and a packed 10-day broadcast schedule."

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Glasgow 2018 European Championships

"Glasgow and Scotland will host Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon while Berlin hosts Athletics.

"The Championships will take Scotland’s sporting reputation to the next level. With a potential television audience of up to 1.03 billion across Europe set to watch the action, Glasgow will again be in the spotlight with the event being covered by free-to-air broadcasters, including the BBC, across the continent."

Read more here.

'Sport has power quite unlike any other aspect of life'

Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott
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Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott says the power of sport is indicated by North Korea meeting South Korea yesterday.

The talks were the first in two years and led to the announcement that North Korea would send a delegation to the Olympics in Pyeongchang later this year.

Read more about that here.

Mr Scott says: "Sport has power quite unlike any other aspect of life."

He cites concerns about the loss of lottery funding for sporting activities.

Call for sport to be made more accessible for those with mental health issues

Green MSP Alison Johnstone
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Green MSP Alison Johnstone

Green MSP Alison Johnstone says she is a director of Scottish Athletics.

Ms Johnstone says the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games were truly great

The former athlete highlights the benefits of sport but says not everyone is accessiing it, as highlighted in the Health and Sport Committee report: "Sport for Everyone".

Ms Johnstone calls for sport to be made more accessible for those with mental health issues.

She says Scotland has great outdoors and we should utilise this for exercise.