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Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Thursday 5 December 2019.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon rejected suggestions there is a police crisis after Susan Deacon, the head of the Scottish Police Authority, quit citing "fundamentally flawed" governance.

    Her departure prompted Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie to claim at first minister's questions that the police were "in crisis once again".

    Ms Sturgeon did not agree saying: "No. I have to say to Willie Rennie the police is not in crisis and I think it does a disservice to the police officers around the country working so hard to keep us safe to say so."


    Scottish Conservative justice spokesman Liam Kerr called on the first minister and the justice secretary to have an "immediate review to learn what has gone wrong with the SNP's centralisation project".

    Ms Sturgeon said her government had invested in and supported 1,000 extra police officers for Scotland while numbers elsewhere in the UK were "slashed".

    Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard called on the first minister to apologise over her government's public services "failure", but Ms Sturgeon highlights crime was at one of its lowest levels for decades.

  2. Many fantastic examples of disability sport advocates says minister

    Sports Minister Joe Fitzpatrick

    Sports Minister Joe Fitzpatrick says there are many fantastic examples of people being real advocates of disability sport.

    We need to focus our efforts all ends of the spectrum, not just elite sport he adds.

    Mr Fitzpatrick highlights the sport inclusion disability charter in place in Ireland, which demonstrates the need the bring various sports bodies together.

  3. Let's get to a point where 'we just talk about sport'

    Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour
    Image caption: Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour

    Jeremy Balfour asks how we can normalise disability sport and get to a point where we just talk about sport.

    The Tory MSP says we need to put our money into grassroots and get the basics right, like changing rooms and public transport to clubs.

    "I do hope that one day everybody who wants to play sport, whatever their ability or lack of ability, will be able to do that and enjoy it."

  4. 'No one should be left behind'

    Labour MSP David Stewart

    Labour MSP David Stewart says "no one should be left behind" when it comes to sport participation.

    Barriers can be social or personal, ranging from whether facilities are available to transport and poverty he says.

    I believe physical activity and social prescribing are vitally important in helping manage some disabilities, he concludes.

  5. We should be debating sport integration for everyone

    Mr Rumbles says it is vital that we listen to disabled people and involve them in the development of sporting activities.

    It's essential to show disabled people participating in "ordinary sporting activities" as well as in elite events he insists.

    He agrees with previous speakers that we need to get to a point where we debate sport integration for everyone rather than having to highlight disability.

  6. 'We shouldn't rest until this activity gap is closed'

    Mike Rumbles
    Image caption: Mike Rumbles

    Mike Rumbles welcomes the consensus breaking out in the chamber this afternoon, with backing for increasing support for more equal participation in sport and indeed more support for carers.

    The Lib Dem MSP makes no apology for reiterating the "stark statistic" that only 20% of disabled people get the recommended activity level.

    "We shouldn't rest until this activity gap is closed."

  7. Incredible Athletes: The inspiring stories of Paralympic hopefuls

    From left to right: Matt Scott, McKenna Dahl, Jessica Long, Ryan Boyle, Melissa Stockwell
    Image caption: From left to right: Matt Scott, McKenna Dahl, Jessica Long, Ryan Boyle, Melissa Stockwell

    BBC Sport's Incredible Athletes series explores the inspiring stories of Paralympic hopefuls targeting medals at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

    We speak to wheelchair basketball player Matt Scott, swimmer Jessica Long, para-triathlete Melissa Stockwell, para-cyclist Ryan Boyle and shooter McKenna Dahl to discover what they aim to achieve within their sport and the lasting legacy they hope to create outside of their chosen discipline.

    Check it out here.

  8. We must break down the initial barriers to participation - Green MSP

    Alison Johnstone

    Green MSP Alison Johnstone says the essence of this debate is wanting each and every person to have an opportunity to take part in something which inspires them.

    Only 20% of disabled people take the recommended daily activity, compared to 52% of non-disabled people she states.

    We must break down the initial barriers to participation, including access to suitable toilets and changing places she adds.

    Ms Johnstone argues ensuring disabled people can become coaches is also important and calls for more support for this.

  9. Get Inspired: How to get into disability sport

    FA People's Cup
    • Why get into sport? Being active is a great way to improve your health, clear your mind and put you into a better mood.
    • Who is it for? Everyone! There are sports clubs around the UK that cater for people with all kinds of impairments or health conditions.
    • Is there a cheap option? Many clubs and sports centres offer free taster sessions so you can try different sports to find out which is your favourite!
    • What if I want a proper workout? There are more than 400 inclusive Inclusive Fitness Initiative gyms around the country with specially designed equipment so you'll be working up a sweat in no time.
    • Can I take it to another level? If you're a budding elite athlete, maybe a Paralympian, there are plenty of opportunities to get spotted. Join a sports club with professional coaches to reach your full potential.
    • Is there a family option? From obstacle races to treasure hunts, the Change 4 Life website includes ideas for lots of fun sports and activities for the kids.
    • So where can I take part?Take a look at our club finder page for events near you.

    Useful links:

  10. Range of barriers that disabled people have to overcome

    Ms Fee says there are a range of barriers that disabled people have to overcome to participate in sport, which is why only 20% of disabled people meet the recommended level of activity.

    Fear of losing benefits if they are seen participating in sport is a real factor she says.

    The Labour MSP concludes saying we still don't have full participation or equality, and she reads a quote calling for an even playing field.

  11. 'Sport can have a significant impact on the life of someone with a disability'

    Labour MSP Mary Fee
    Image caption: Labour MSP Mary Fee

    Labour MSP Mary Fee says empowering disabled people must be at the heart of efforts to increase participation in sport.

    "Scotland is fortunate to have many leading athletes and sports people of all abilities."

    Disabled and non-disabled athletes must have their successes recognised equally, she adds.

    "Sport can have a significant impact on the life of someone with a disability."

    She cites testimony that providing Changing Places toilets would increase access to sport for all.

    Changing Places toilets are bigger disabled toilets with a hoist, a changing bed and more space around the toilet for someone who needs assistance.

  12. Tory MSP calls for sports funding

    Mr Whittle says sports can open up a whole new world of opportunity.

    Isn't it time we properly funded it, he asks.

    While sport is not about medals, people like Kayleigh Haggo show what is possible he concludes.

    View more on twitter
  13. Get Inspired!

    Aileen Neilson led Scotland to second place at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships
    Image caption: Aileen Neilson led Scotland to second place at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships

    What's next?

    1. Share your story and inspire others

    2. Find your local opportunities in Scotland.

    3. See the Activity Alliance Being Active guide for some more information on where to start.

    5. Catch up on the Goz & Ross physical challenge series. The friends tried out different activities to find one that they can do together including wheelchair rugby, skiing, sailing, cycling, tennis and dance.

    Find out more

  14. Pupils left sitting at the side of PE lessons says Tory MSP

    Tory MSP Brian Whittle

    Tory MSP Brian Whittle says he does not like the title "disability sport", insisting it is "just sport".

    Sport allows for a development of self-awareness, discipline and team work, and can tackle the scourge of isolation he says.

    Participation relies far too heavily on the income of parents, with sport being a bastion of the middle classes he states.

    The Tory MSP adds that for many pupils with a disability, sitting at the side of PE lessons because the teacher is not sure how to include them or because the school does not have the facilities is typical.

  15. Warm tribute paid to the late Janice Eaglesham

    Janice Eaglesham with yet another award for her excellent work
    Image caption: Janice Eaglesham with yet another award for her excellent work

    Ms McKelvie pays warm tribute to the late Janice Eaglesham, the athletics coach who fought for disabled people.

    In 2011 Janice and husband and Ian Mirfin, from Cambuslang, were named the UK winners of the BBC Sports Unsung Hero award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

    The minister says extra funds have gone to improve equal access to sport.

  16. 'There should be no barriers to all participating in sport'

    Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie
    Image caption: Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie

    Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie says she is confident the disability rights delivery plan will support disabled people's lives and benefit our communities.

    Ms McKelvie points out disabled people and those with chronic illnesses are more likely to be isolated or lonely.

    "I recognise sport has the power to change lives."

    She stresses the government is committed to equality of access to sport and cites increasing success by Scotland's para-athletes.

    "There should be no barriers to all participating in sport."

  17. A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: delivery plan

    A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: Action Plan

    In 2016 the Scottish government published 'A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: Delivery plan'.

    A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People is the government's delivery plan to 2021 for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.