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  2. MSPs took evidence on petitions calling for a a moratorium on shared space schemes, protection of In Care Survivors Service Scotland and on Mycoplasma Fermentans in regressive autism.
  3. The issue of calls for the UK to accommodate 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children and recent research by Pinsent Masons regarding the oil and gas industry were raised in topical questions.
  4. The Pentland Hills Regional Park Boundary Bill was debated for the first time
  5. The Scottish government led a debate on UK government’s controversial Trade Union Bill
  6. MSPs participated in a debate marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That ends Holyrood Live's coverage of the Scottish Parliament

    That ends Holyrood Live's coverage of the Scottish Parliament on 26 January 2016. 

    Holyrood at night
    Image caption: Holyrood at night

    We'll be back tomorrow morning with further coverage of the Forth Road Bridge closure inquiry.

    Have a peaceful night.

  2. Never ever be complacent about intolerance and hatred - Minister

    Mr Allan says we can't imagine the horror of living through the horror of the holocaust or more recent genocides.

    The minister says we also should not perpetuate that only certain people can stand up against prejudice and persecution.

    Child prisoners at Auschwitz, photographed on the orders of Josef Mengele
    Image caption: Child prisoners at Auschwitz, photographed on the orders of Josef Mengele

    He says we must never ever be complacent about intolerance and hatred.

    Children at Auschwitz show the identification numbers printed on their arms
    Image caption: Children at Auschwitz show the identification numbers printed on their arms

    The minister concludes saying we must eradicate all forms of prejudice where we can.  

  3. Holocaust Educational Trust funding will continue - Minister

    Learning Minister Alasdair Allan says the debate is to remember the victims of genocide, stand by the survivors and promote an equal and just Scotland.

    Mr Allan says we must consider our responsibility to not be bystanders to hate crime and persecution.

    Learning Minister Alasdair Allan

    He says intolerance and disrespect ultimately lead to attacks like those in Paris.

    The minister thanks the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Interfaith Scotland for their work.

    He says the government has been pleased to fund the Holocaust Educational Trust to help educate pupils. 

    Nicola Sturgeon

    The first minister has confirmed the funding will continue.

    Mr Allan pays tribute to the moving and eloquent time for reflection from Lauren and Brandon. 

  4. Background: Broadcast of UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

    Following the broadcast of the 2015 UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day, which attracted widespread praise for its impact and high quality, the BBC and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has announced announce that the 2016 Ceremony will be broadcast on BBC Two once again.

    The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 is Don’t Stand By, calling on us all to consider our responsibilities not to stand by in the face of discrimination, persecution and, in the worst excesses, genocide..

    Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 BBC 2 27 January 1900 hrs

    The ceremony will begin by drawing on the experiences of those who survived the Holocaust - often as a direct result of people who had the courage to intervene – and will explore what a difference one person, who is prepared to take action, can make. 

    It will move forward to contemporary stories, for example, from the African continent drawing on the experiences of survivors from Darfur. 

    The aim will be to provoke the question we all ask of ourselves: when faced with a stark choice where we can make a difference, would we have the courage to resist, or to intervene, or would we walk away? Across the hour the narrative will be enhanced by song and music

  5. We must not repeat the same mistakes - SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Mark McDonald says he's been to Auschwitz and it is difficult to compute the enormity of the situation those people found themselves in and that humans could do that to one another.

    SNP MSP Mark McDonald

    Mr McDonald said the a wide public perception of the Jewish community allowed them to be dehumanised and these appalling acts to be carried out. 

    The SNP MSP says he feels that we are in danger of repeating some of the same mistakes with minorities such as the Syrian refugees and we must stand up to prejudice and racism to help those in need. 

  6. Background: Holocaust Memorial Day

    Don’t stand by is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.

    Its website says the Holocaust and subsequent genocides took place because the local populations allowed insidious persecution to take root. 

    Image caption: HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 27/1

    Whilst some actively supported or facilitated state policies of persecution, the vast majority stood by silently – at best, afraid to speak out; at worst, indifferent. 

    Bystanders enabled the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides.

  7. Legacy and memory of holocaust survivors must be celebrated - Tory MSP

    Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw says the attitude of many of the survivors is to be admired.

    Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw
    Image caption: Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw

    Mr Carlaw says their legacy and memory must be celebrated.

    He says we must ensure something like the holocaust never happens again

  8. We must not shy away from the history of this - SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson says it's extremely important to remember the 11million people killed by the Nazis.

    It's not simply the deaths we should remember but the way they were hunted and tortured, he says.

    SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson

    Mr Gibson says in certain camps they were murdered immediately upon arrival.

    The SNP MSP says it is vital that we do not shy away from the history of this and continue to educate the country on these atrocities.

    It is a message we must continue to remind ourselves of as we battle against bigotry and racism, he says.

    Mr Gibson says he would class the situation in Syria at the moment as genocide. 

  9. Background: Funding for the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project

    Renewed funding for the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project has been confirmed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

    The funding will continue to provide post-16 students from every school and college in Scotland the opportunity to participate in a one-day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau and attend seminars to learn about the Holocaust as well as hearing testimony from a survivor.

    Holocaust Educational Trust
    Image caption: Holocaust Educational Trust

    Since 1999, over 28,000 students and teachers have taken part in the Holocaust Educational Trust's groundbreaking Lessons from Auschwitz Project.

    Based on the premise that 'hearing is not like seeing', this four-part course explores the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance for today. 

    The LFA Project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust for young people and to clearly highlight what can happen if prejudice and racism become acceptable.

    The visits to the former Nazi extermination and concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau are preceded and followed by half-day seminars in order to ensure an exceptional educational experience.

  10. Praise for tolerance and kindness of survivor Bob Kutner

    Labour MSP Ken Macintosh pays tribute to the Gathering the Voices project. 

     Mr Macintosh says Holocaust Memorial Day is an important day and he praises the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. 

    Labour MSP Ken Macintosh
    Image caption: Labour MSP Ken Macintosh

    The Labour MSP also praise Lauren and Brandon who gave such an eloquent time for reflection earlier in the chamber. 

    Mr Macintosh says the world was scarred by the attempted genocide of the holocaust and the tolerance and kindness of survivors like Bob Kutner must be the way forward.

  11. SNP MSP praises heroes who did not stand by

    SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell praises many of the heroes who did not stand by.

    Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps.

    Sir Nicholas died aged 106 last year.

    Sir Nicholas, then a stockbroker, arranged for trains to carry Jewish children out of occupied Prague.

    The prime minister described him as a "great man" and the chief rabbi praised his "exceptional courage".

    Nicholas Winton photographed with one of the children he rescued in 1939
    Image caption: Nicholas Winton photographed with one of the children he rescued in 1939

    He died on the anniversary of the departure of a train in 1939 carrying the largest number of children - 241.

    His son-in-law Stephen Watson said he died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Hospital, Slough.

    Sir Nicholas brought the children to Britain, battling bureaucracy at both ends, saving them from almost certain death, and then kept quiet about his exploits for a half-century.

    He organised a total of eight trains from Prague, with some other forms of transport also set up from Vienna.

  12. The good deeds of those who did not stand by continue to bear fruit - SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell says the gathering the voices project recorded audio from those who survived the holocaust.

    Mr Maxwell says this allows us to hear from people who experienced these atrocities.

    Stewart Maxwell

    The SNP MSP says it is unimaginable what these people had to go through, being put on cramped trains to be locked in concentration camps.

    He says many of those who survived this went on to contribute greatly to society and that is thanks to those who did not stand by and helped Jews in Nazi occupied Europe.

    Mr Maxwell says the good deeds of those who did not stand by continue to bear fruit today. 

  13. Background: 'Don't stand by'

    Lauren Galloway and Brandon Low, two students from Auchmuty High School in Fife, visited Auschwitz in September

    Brandon says, before the visit, he met Holocaust survivor Ziggy Shipper who is "the most inspiring man I have ever met."

    Ziggy Shipper survived Auschwitz
    Image caption: Ziggy Shipper survived Auschwitz

    Mr Shipper was 14 when he was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp.

    On visiting Auschwitz Brandon remembered Ziggy's words:  "We cannot forget."

    Lauren Galloway and Brandon Low
    Image caption: Lauren Galloway and Brandon Low were warmly applauded for their moving time for reflection

    Lauren Galloway says the theme of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day is Don't Stand By.

    She says: "I will not stand by as the holocaust is forgotten."

    Lauren goes on to say; "I will not stand by to allow that hatred to be repeated."

  14. Holocaust Memorial Day debate

    SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell uses his motion to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

    Wednesday is the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and an opportunity for schools, colleges, faith groups and communities across Scotland to remember the six million men, women and children murdered by the Nazi regime in occupied Europe. 

    Mr Maxwell says the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 is Don't Stand By which values the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz Project. 

    Holocaust children

    This gives two post-16 students from every school and college in Scotland the opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

    The SNP MSP applauds Lauren Galloway and Brandon Low, two students from Auchmuty High School in Fife, who took part in the project and deliverd the parliament's Time for Reflection message at 2pm. 

    Mr Maxwell commends the Holocaust survivors who have enriched Scotland as a nation, and recommits to ensuring that racism, sectarianism and bigotry are never allowed to go unchallenged in Scotland.

  15. Amended government motion from Trade Union Bill passed

    MSPs reject the general principles of the Pentland Hills Regional Park Boundary Bill.

    8 MSPs backed it, with 105 against.

    Tricia Marwick

    The Labour amendment from the Trade Union Bill is passed, with 99 MSPs against 14 against

    The amended government motion is passed, with 99 MSPs voting for it and 14 against.

  16. Point of order: Children's ward St John' hospital

    Labour MSP Neil Findlay says he has received information about the postponement of acritical report into the future of the Children's ward at St John's Hospital in Livingston until after the election.

    St John's Hospital in Livingston

    Mr Findaly calls for a ministerial statement on the issue.

    Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick says representations should be made to the parliamentary bureau. 

  17. No evidence to justify the measures in the Trade Union Bill - Minister

    Ms Cunningham says Scotland has a better record in industrial relations than the rest of the UK.

    The fair work secretary says there is no evidence to justify the measures in the Trade Union Bill.

    The SNP MSP says the UK government is clearly not into evidence led governing.


    Ms Cunningham says the Scottish government will absolutely not use agency workers to counter industrial action.

    She says Westminster ignores many of the LCMs passed at the Welsh Assembly.

    The minister concludes saying any changes to the standing orders must be made through the Standards Committee.

    The government will continue to make the case against this bill, she says. 

  18. This bill is driven by an out of date ideology - Minister

    Fair Work Secretary Roseanna Cunningham stresses again the progressive role trade unions have in modern society.

    Ms Cunningham says the almost unanimous opposition to this bill is plain to see.

    Fair Work Secretary Roseanna Cunningham

    This bill is driven by an out of date ideology, says the cabinet secretary.

    She says the refusal to listen is clear in the UK government's lack of response to the Scottish government's representations.

  19. Labour MSP details ways Trade Union Bill can be opposed

    Mr Gray says Labour remain frustrated that the lack of an LCM leaves the Devolution Committee's opposition to the Trade Union Bill without force.

    If the standing orders do not allow an LCM against the Trade Union Bill, then the standing orders are wrong he says.

    PCS strike

    The Labour MSP says that is why the standing orders must change.

    The former Scottish Labour leader says the Scottish government must oppose the bill using the European Convention of Human Rights. 

    Mr Gray calls on the cabinet secretary to oppose the bill morally and legally.

  20. Labour MSP Iain Gray says in the end this bill will be defeated

    Labour MSP Iain Gray says in the end this bill will be defeated.

    Mr Gray says the Trade Union Bill is unnecessary and undemocratic.

    Labour MSP Iain Gray

    He says the legislation is inflammatory and will increase the risk of strike action and in the way it will allow agency workers to cross the picket line.

    The Labour MSP says the bill is petty for attacking check-off and facility time.