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Summary

  1. Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman is questioned by MSPs on the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill
  2. MSPs pay respects to the late Sir Alex Fergusson with a motion of condolence
  3. The Scottish government leads a debate on the co-designing of the Social Security Charter
  4. Tory MSP Oliver Mundell's member's debate focuses on the Cycle to Syracuse, which marks the 30th Anniversary of the Lockerbie Disaster

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Louise Wilson

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    Hearts' semi-final meeting with Celtic is currently scheduled for a Sunday evening
    Image caption: Hearts' semi-final meeting with Celtic is currently scheduled for a Sunday evening

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Tuesday 2 October 2018.

    MSPs lambasted the SPFL for having both Scottish League cup semi-finals at Hampden on the same day.

    Aberdeen meet Rangers at 12:00 GMT on Sunday, 28 October, before Hearts play Celtic at 19:45 in Glasgow.

    Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles raised the issue highlighting concerns about 100,000 fans from four rival teams using trains on the same day.

    He also said north east fans were getting a raw deal as no trains will leave to get them to the early kick off at Hampden.

    MSPs repeatedly called for one game to be moved and it emerged later in the afternoon that the SPFL is now considering moving Hearts' meeting with Celtic to Murrayfield early on Sunday afternoon.

    Under the new proposal, Rangers and Aberdeen would still meet at Hampden but with a late afternoon kick-off time.

    Earlier in the afternoon the first minister and opposition party leaders paid warm tribute to Sir Alex Fergusson, the former presiding offier who passed away in the summer.

    MSPs paid warm tributes to the late Sir Alex Fergusson and offered condolences to his family
    Image caption: MSPs paid warm tributes to the late Sir Alex Fergusson and offered condolences to his family
  2. Minister highlights involvement of school pupils

    Ms Denham

    Ms Denham praises the Cycle for Syracuse for using the funding to support young people in the community through Soul Soup.

    She also highlights the contribution of school children in the region, who are cycling part of the distance.

    The efforts are in the spirit of look back and act forward, the minister concludes.

  3. Background: Lockerbie bombing TV drama 'in development'

    Wreckage

    A drama series about the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in Scotland is in development at Channel 4, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald is in charge of the project, which was originally conceived as a film.

    "We've decided to turn it into TV, as is the way of the moment," Macdonald is quoted as telling the industry journal.

    Channel 4 would not confirm the project - to be written by Scottish playwright David Harrower - had been commissioned.

    Read more.

  4. Community safety minister praises team cycling to Syracuse

    Community Safety Ash Denham
    Image caption: Community Safety Ash Denham

    Community Safety Ash Denham thanks Mr Mundell for bringing this important debate to the chamber and wishes him well on his tandem ride into Syracuse.

    The town of Lockerbie will never forget what happened that fateful evening, she says and adds her thoughts are with the families of all the victims, including the 35 students from Syracuse University.

    She praises the team cycling to Syracuse and says it highlights the close links between Lockerbie and Syracuse University.

  5. Background: 'It took 24 years to find out my son had died'

    Kenneth Bissett

    Carol King-Eckersley's son was one of the 270 people killed in the 1988 bombing of Pan-Am flight 103 over Lockerbie but it was only in 2013 that she found out he had died.

    When her husband died last year Carol King-Eckersley underwent grief counselling and, as part of the process, decided to search for the son she had given up at birth when she was just 19.

    She knew the name of the boy, but for 45 years she had kept her promise not to look for him or interfere in his life.

    When she searched the internet, her hopes of a reunion with her long-lost son were dashed. She discovered his name on a remembrance page for those killed in the Lockerbie bombing almost 25 years earlier.

    Read more.

  6. Labour MSP wishes cyclists good luck

    Labour MSP Colin Smyth
    Image caption: Labour MSP Colin Smyth

    Labour MSP Colin Smyth highlights the various ways in which Lockerbie remembers and pays tribute to the tragedy.

    He praises the Cycle to Syracuse and wishes all involved the best of luck.

  7. Background: Lockerbie bomber's conviction to be reviewed

    Megrahi

    In May, BBC Scotland reported that a review of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's conviction for the Lockerbie bombing is to be carried out by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

    The commission said it would examine the case to decide whether it would be appropriate to refer the matter for a fresh appeal.

    Megrahi was jailed for 27 years in 2001 for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 which killed 270 people.

    He died in 2012 after being released on compassionate grounds in 2009.

    Read more.

  8. SNP MSP calls for Megrahi conviction to be reviewed

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame
    Image caption: SNP MSP Christine Grahame

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame first declares an interest as a member of the Justice For Megrahi campaign.

    No line can be drawn under that night until the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is tried on appeal once and for all, she argues.

    Ms Grahame tells the chamber that she met Megrahi three times and at the last one, he made it clear he wanted his name cleared for his family.

    She notes that a third application for review is with the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission and Megrahi's reasons for abandoning a previously appeal - to secure early release as he was suffering from terminal cancer - have been accepted.

    The slow progress of Operation Sandwood is of concern, she states, adding the justice delayed is justice denied.

    Operation Sandwood is a long-running police investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.

  9. Background: Timeline: Lockerbie bombing

    Pan Am wreckage

    21 December 1988 - The Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York explodes 31,000 feet over Lockerbie, 38 minutes after take-off from London. All 259 people on board the Boeing 747 are killed, along with 11 people on the ground.

    13 November 1991 - US and British investigators indict Libyans Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah on 270 counts of murder, conspiracy to murder and violating Britain's 1982 Aviation Security Act. The men were accused of being Libyan intelligence agents.

    Read more here.

  10. Praise for Middle Aged Men in Lycra.......

    Tory MSP details the team members, some of whom are in the gallery
    Image caption: Tory MSP details the team members, some of whom are in the gallery

    Mr Mundell says his constituency office think of the team "a bit like a boy band".

    "We've nicknamed them the mamils, short for Middle Aged Men in Lycra."

    Mr Mundell says he will join the band as a backing singer cycling into Syracuse on a tandem for the final miles of the route.

    Gallery
    Image caption: Members of the team are in he gallery
  11. Background: Cycle to Syracuse

    website

    "Cycle to Syracuse is a community initiative, instigated by the people and services in Lockerbie, to remember all those lost, honour the response of the community and emergency services and to show support for all who suffered in the times that followed.

    "To mark the 30th anniversary, four emergency service cyclists and the Head Teacher of Lockerbie Academy will complete the journey that was never finished. They will be supported along the way by local schools in the Lockerbie area, local cyclists on the way to Edinburgh Castle, and by numerous international friends as they complete the 3,238 miles to Syracuse University."

    Read more about the memorial tour here.

  12. 'Look back and act forward'

    Tory MSP David Mundell
    Image caption: Tory MSP David Mundell

    Mr Mundell says the success of these programmes cannot be denied and they have brought out the best in people.

    The Tory MSP says he says he wants to remember but have the chance to move forward.

    After 30 years the events of Lockerbie can not be washed away, he adds.

    He concludes: "Look back and act forward."

    That is what the Cycle to Syracuse is all about.

  13. Lockerbie let life go on and has ensured those who sought to sow fear failed

    Tory MSP Oliver Mundell
    Image caption: Tory MSP Oliver Mundell

    Tory MSP Oliver Mundell begins by highlighting the Lockerbie bombing tragedy in which 270 people died.

    I have only ever known Lockerbie after this tragedy, he says, having been born a year after.

    Everyone thinks they know Lockberie, but until you've stood in the high street is impossible to understand the achievement of letting life go on Mr Mundell says.

    By doing this, those who sought to sow fear failed, he states.

  14. Here is the motion..........

    Mr Mundell's motion
  15. Member's debate: Cycle to Syracuse to Mark the 30th Anniversary of the Lockerbie Disaster

    Cyclists

    Tory MSP Oliver Mundell will now lead a debate to highlight the 'Cycle to Syracuse' memorial tour, marking the 30th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing.

  16. Convener says it is vitally important that stakeholders shape common frameworks

    Finance and Constitution Committee convener Bruce Crawford
    Image caption: Finance and Constitution Committee convener Bruce Crawford

    Finance and Constitution Committee convener Bruce Crawford highlights the inquiry into common frameworks.

    It is vitally important that this parliament and other stakeholders play a role in shaping these frameworks, he says.

    Events are being held by the committee to do this and invites have been sent to representatives of the UK government as well, he says.

  17. MSPs unanimously back amendments and amended motion from social security debate

    Motion and amendments
  18. Background: What is the dispute about common frameworks?

    Philip Sim

    BBC Scotland political reporter

    UK and Scottish ministers meet

    The row is about how these common frameworks are set up, and who has the final say over them where ministers fail to agree.

    UK ministers say that some areas are so important that in the first few years after Brexit, they can't afford splits in that "internal market" over things like food standards.

    Scottish ministers reckon this is a "power grab", leaving Westminster free to impose its will on Holyrood.

    It boils down to one word - "consult", or "consent". Do UK ministers have to get the explicit consent of the devolved administrations for action in these areas, or just consult them?

    Read more analysis here.

  19. Constitution committee statement on common frameworks

    Committee convener Bruce Crawford
    Image caption: Committee convener Bruce Crawford

    Committee convener Bruce Crawford is making a 3-minute announcement on behalf of the Finance and Constitution Committee.

    This is going to focus on the ever controversial common frameworks.

    This new committee announcement mechanism is being trialled in the Chamber following this recommendation from the Commission for Parliamentary Reform.