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Summary

  1. MSPs quizzed Police Scotland, the SPA and the justice minister over a breach in the rules governing the interception of communications
  2. MSPs queried the Paris climate conference, the rejection of a LCM on the UK government's Trade Union Bill and the plan to minimise disruption caused by the Forth Road Bridge closure
  3. The Scottish government led a debate on redesigning primary care for Scotland’s communities
  4. The chamber hosted a member's debate highlighting Perth's bid to become the UK City of Culture 2021

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live after an extraordinary day

    That brings to an end Holyrood Live's coverage of what has been an extraordinary day at the Scottish Parliament, on 15 December 2015.

    Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick barrs Labour MSP James Kelly
    Image caption: Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick bars Labour MSP James Kelly from participating in the chamber for the rest of the day and tomorrow

    We'll be back tomorrow with more coverage of Holyrood, but Labour MSP James Kelly will not.

    Mr Kelly cannot return  to the chamber until Thursday, having been escorted out at the behest of the presiding officer.

  2. Perth is at the heart of Scotland's story and the crowning place of Scotland's kings - minister

    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says she is mindful other cities in Scotland may join Perth and Paisley in their bid to be city of culture.

    Ms Hyslop calls on the competition to be constructive.

    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop

    The minister says the Scottish government can advise bidders on their efforts.

    She says Perth is at the heart of Scotland's story and the crowning place of Scotland's kings.

  3. Tory MSP brings debate back from a galaxy far, far away ... to Perth

    Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser says he can perhaps bring back the debate from George Adam's galaxy far, far away to Perth.

    Game of Thrones
    Image caption: The history of Perth can rival the Game of Thrones in its bloodiness says Tory MSP

    Mr Fraser says despite being Scotland's newest city, Perth is one of Scotland's oldest.

    He says its history can rival the Game of Thrones in its bloodiness.

  4. Paisley MSP backs the Paisley bid

    SNP MSP George Adam says he once worked in the fair city of Perth for a number of years.

    Mr Adam says there is much to commend Perth's bid, but Paisley is the centre of the universe. 

    SNP MSP George Adam

    The Paisley MSP praises the bids of both Perth and Paisley. 

    He says any bid needs to ensure it has the public's backing and his local paper has urged all buddies to back the bid.

  5. Lib Dem MSP says it is the deep heritage within Perth that would make it a 'spectacular winner'

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says Perth is the city of his birth and the city of his youngest son's birth.

    Mr Rennie says Perth has some fantastic facilities and would really live up to the accolade of City of Culture.

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie

    The Lib Dem MSP says it is the deep heritage within the city that would make it a spectacular winner. 

    He praises the community arts scene in Perth.

  6. Labour MSP Claire Baker says she would be delighted to see Perth win the award,

    Labour MSP Claire Baker says she would be delighted to see Perth win the award, as an MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife.

    Labour MSP Claire Baker

    Ms Baker says there are other Scottish bids mentioning Paisley.

    She says there is a debate to be had as to whether there should be just one Scottish bid.

  7. Perth up against Paisley in bid to become UK City of Culture 2021

    Ms Smith says it's only three years since Perth had it's city status reinstated to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee.

    Perth City Hall

    The Tory MSP says Perth will go up against another Scottish city beginning with 'p', Paisley.

    Ms Smith says this will be a good healthy competition which will promote both Scottish cities. 

  8. The Tory MSP explains why Perth is known as the Fair City

    Conservative MSP Liz Smith says it was very welcome news that Perth and Kinross Council were putting in a bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021. 

     She says Perth has plenty reason throughout history to celebrate its culture. 

    Sir Walter Scott
    Image caption: Sir Walter Scott

    The Tory MSP says Perth has been known as The Fair City since the publication of the story Fair Maid of Perth by Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott in 1828.    

  9. Bid will include promotion of Perth projects - Tory MSP

    The Tory MSP says the bid will include the promotion of projects already in place, such as the Perth Theatre redevelopment and the Mill Street regeneration, as well as other proposals, including the redevelopment of the Perth Museum and Art Gallery and the development of new cultural attractions. 

    Ms Smith believes that it is home to some of Scotland's finest collections including the Fergusson Gallery, and wishes Perth and Kinross Council well in taking forward the bid.   

  10. Perth Bid to Become the UK City of Culture 2021 debate

    Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith welcomes Perth's bid to become the 2021 UK City of Culture. Ms Smith says Perth has a thriving arts, cultural and entertainment scene and a unique place in the history of arts and culture in Scotland. She says this includes the Perth Festival of the Arts, which was founded in 1972.

    Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith
  11. Scottish government motion from primary health services debate is passed unamended

    MSPs vote to reject the amendment from the primary health services debate, from Labour MSP Dr Richard Simpson, with 46 MSPs voting for it and 63 voting against.

    Tricia Marwick

    Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume's amendment also falls.

    The Scottish government motion is thus passed, unamended, with 104 MSPs voting against it and 5 MSPs voting for it. 

  12. Land Reform Bill point of order raised

    Labour MSP Sarah Boyack raises a point of order about the stage 1 proceedings of the Land Reform Bill, saying there has not been a response from the government to the report. 

    Labour MSP Sarah Boyack

    Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick says there should be as much information in the hands of members as soon as possible.   

  13. Health secretary concludes praising political opponents who will be standing down

    The health secretary concludes the debate praising the contributions of former GP Nanette Milne, Dr Richard Simpson and Duncan McNeil, the health committee convener, as they will be standing down at the next election.

    Shona Robison
  14. Ms Robison says there is lot of investment going around the wider NHS workforce

    Ms Robison says there is lot of investment going around the wider NHS workforce, but she accepts there is more to be done. 

    The health secretary says the percentage share of investment going into GP services in cash terms from 2007-08 until 2013-14 went up from 8% to 8.1% giving a continuity of investment.

    NHS funding

    She says Jackson Carlaw says the Scottish government will receive £800m over the next five years, but the UK government has moved money from public health.

    The health secretary says the health consequentials will be from £4bn, not £8bn.

  15. Health secretary welcomes what she says has been a mainly consensual debate

    Health Secretary Shona Robison welcomes what she says has been a mainly consensual debate.

    Health Secretary Shona Robison

    Ms Robison pays tribute to the life of Dr Brian Keighley and expresses condolences to his family. 

    She says she and Dr Richard Simpson attended the service for the former BMA chair, which was full.

  16. 'We need to solve the crisis in general practice' - Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant says she welcomes the change in tone from the health secretary today.

    Ms Grant says the fact she met with Dr Richard Simpson shows a change of heart and she hopes his paper will receive the attention it requires.

    GP

    The Labour MSP says: "We need to solve the crisis in general practice."  

    Ms Grant says she welcomes this debate as there needs to be a step change in how health care is delivered.

  17. People living at home should receive high standard of care- Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant says staff need to be shown they are valued with support.

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant

    Ms Grant says people should live for as long as the can at home before going into care but that the level of care they receive when they are at home should be of a high standard.

  18. There is an understanding that primary health services are the major challenge of the next parliament

    Mr Carlaw calls for more health visitors, with a concentration of that resource in areas of deprivation to address health inequalities.

    The Tory MSP says there will be a shortfall in GPs and there are a considerable number of doctors who are waiting to retire..

    Stethoscope

    He says there is an understanding that primary health services are the major challenge of the next parliament.

    Mr Carlaw says there is still a lot of work to do to have a primary care service that will succeed facing the challenges ahead

  19. Tory MSP says says there has been no cut or austerity on health from the UK government

    Scottish Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw says there is a whiff of nostalgia about this debate, as a number of MSPs who contributed will be standing down at the next election.

    Mr Carlaw says he hopes the people stand down Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume.

    Scottish Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw

    The Tory MSP says SNP MSP Mike Mackenzie's contribution to the debate brought to mind the phrase "bilge, supreme bilge".

    Mr Carlaw says there has been no cut or austerity on health from the UK government.

  20. Lib Dem MSP says the dismantling of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is welcome

    Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume says there is agreement across the chamber that we need to act urgently on primary care services and change is needed.

    Mr Hume says there is £374m unspent on health by the SNP in the last year.

    Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume

    He says there are sustainability issues for GP practices and recruitment and retention issues.

    The Lib Dem MSP says the dismantling of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is welcome.