Duncan McNeil and Kezia Dugdale
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Tears flow in emotional Scottish Parliament debate

An emotional debate has been taking place in the main chamber of the Scottish Parliament.

MSPs had gathered to discuss the Scotland Bill which will see new devolved powers heading to Holyrood.

But the historic occasion has been bringing out the emotion in members, especially those who will step down next week ahead of the Scottish Parliament election on 5 May.

Outgoing Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Duncan McNeil was the first quivering voice. He said: "I know there is good people in this parliament, that there can be good government and I will watch you from afar and wish you well."

His final comments prompted tears from Presiding Officer, Trisha Marwick, who called Mr McNeil a "great parliamentarian".

  • 16 Mar 2016