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Summary

  1. MSPs were sworn in for the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament
  2. All 129 members took either an oath or an affirmation in the well of the Holyrood chamber
  3. The newly sworn-in MSPs elect Ken Macintosh as presiding officer
  4. MSPs elect SNP MSP Linda Fabiani and SNP MSP Christine Grahame as deputy presiding officers

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

That's all from us folks, on the day MSPs were sworn in and elected Ken Macintosh as PO

That's all from us on Holyrood Live on 12 May 2016, on the day MSPs were sworn in and then elected Ken Macintosh as presiding officer.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh and his deputies Christine Grahame and Linda Fabiani
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Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh and his deputies Christine Grahame and Linda Fabiani

SNP MSP Linda Fabiani and SNP MSP Christine Grahame were elected as the deputy presiding officers.

We'll be back next Tuesday, until then have a lovely weekend. 

Parliament is adjourned....

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh congratulates Christine Grahame.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh
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Mr Macintosh says the next meeting of the parliament will be at 2pm on Tuesday 17th May, when MSPs will select a nominee for the appointment of first minister.

With that, Mr Macintosh brings to an end his first half day in office and adjourns the parliament.

And the winner is..... SNP MSP Christine Grahame

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh announces Christine Grahame as the second deputy presiding officer.

Christine Grahame
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  • SNP MSP Christine Grahame 65
  • Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell 58

The candidates scrutinise the final count of the day, for the second deputy presiding officer post

The final two candidates SNP MSP Christine Grahame (appropriately in yellow) and Scottish Conservative Margaret Mitchell (again appropriately in blue) scrutinise the final count.

MSPs scrutinise the final count
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The final vote for deputy presiding officer gets underway

MSPs vote for the final time today, to choose the second deputy presiding officer.

  • SNP MSP Christine Grahame 
  • Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell 
MSPs go to the back of the chamber to vote
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MSPs go to the back of the chamber to vote

Kenneth Gibson is eliminated and we move on to round two..

Here's the result

  • SNP MSP Kenny Gibson 24
  • SNP MSP Christine Grahame 43
  • Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell 57

Kenny Gibson is eliminated and we have a brief break before round two.

Kenny Gibson
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The plot thickens as the count continues.......

MSPs in chamber
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SNP MSPs cluster

The hard working ladies count more votes in this second deputy presiding officer election

The count continues
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The count continues

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie congratulates SNP MSP Linda Fabiani on her new role...

Linda Fabiani and Jackie Baillie
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The election of the second deputy presiding officer is underway

The election of the second deputy presiding officer is underway as MSPs cast their votes. 

Voting for the second DPO begins
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The presiding officer congratulate Ms Fabiani and moves on the next election

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh congratulates Ms Fabiani and says MSPs will be delighted to hear the election of the second presiding officer can now get underway, with the following candidates:

  • SNP MSP Kenny Gibson 
  • SNP MSP Christine Grahame 
  • Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell 

And the winner is......Linda Fabiani is our first deputy presiding officer

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh announces SNP MSP Linda Fabiani as the first deputy presiding officer.

SNP MSP Linda Fabiani
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  • SNP MSP Linda Fabiani 72 votes
  • Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell 52 votes

A fistful of votes but how many for Fabiani and how many for Mitchell?

Votes being counted for DPO at round 3
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Linda Fabiani and Margaret Mitchell appear to be looking the wrong way as they are supposed to be scrutinising the count.

Margaret Mitchell and Linda Fabiani
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The remaining candidates and their scrutineers soon return their gaze to the ballots.

Here's the candidates for the deputy presiding officer posts with their backers

Round three of the deputy presiding officer elections now.....

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh says voting is closed in the third round of the deputy presiding officer elections, somewhat prematurely as the vote has not yet taken place.

To much laughter Mr Macintosh says: "Sack the presiding officer." and threatens another election!

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh
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Back to the third round of voting for his side kicks and there's two candidates still in the running: 

  • SNP MSP Linda Fabiani 
  • Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell 

SNP MSP Christine Grahame is eliminated and we move to round three

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh announces the result of the second round of voting for the posts of deputy presiding officer:

  • SNP MSP Linda Fabiani 59 votes
  • SNP MSP Christine Grahame 19 votes
  • Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell 46 votes

Again no overall majority and therefore Christine Grahame is eliminated 

She jokes a wee bit too loudly:  "The story of my life."

Christine Grahame
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A brief break and then round three. 

Again the remaining candidates and their scrutineers watch the count avidly

Again the remaining candidates and their scrutineers watch the count avidly.

Candidates watching the count for the DPO at round 2
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The chamber is resplendent in dappled sunshine as the count begins

The chamber is resplendent in dappled sunshine
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The chamber is resplendent in dappled sunshine

Seconds out round two..........

And then there were three.......MSPs vote for the second time for their two deputy presiding officers.

MSPs cast their vote for Deputy Presiding Officer at round 2
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  • SNP MSP Linda Fabiani 
  • SNP MSP Christine Grahame 
  • Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell 

Kenny Gibson is eliminated and we move to round two

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh reads out the results:

  • SNP MSP Linda Fabiani won 52 votes
  • SNP MSP Kenny Gibson 14 votes
  • SNP MSP Christine Grahame 19 votes
  • Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell 36 votes
Scottish Conservative MSP Kenny Gibson is eliminated
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Scottish Conservative MSP Kenny Gibson is eliminated

Accordingly as there is no majority and thus Kenny Gibson is eliminated.

There is now a short break of five minutes.

Four into two does not go so who will emerge victorious?

Candidates and their scrutineers peer through the beams of sunlight at the count

Candidates and their scrutineers peer through the beams of sunlight as the count takes place.

Scrutineers observe the count
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MSPs vote for the deputy presiding officers, as the sun cascades across the chamber

MSPs vote for the deputy presiding officer
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More praise for the new presiding officer

And the MSPs are off to vote at the back of the chamber

MSPs
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Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh gets the deputy presiding officer vote underway...

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh gets the deputy presiding officer vote underway.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh
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Here's a reminder of the nominees: 

  • SNP MSP Linda Fabiani
  • SNP MSP Kenny Gibson
  • SNP MSP Christine Grahame
  • Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell

Here's Brian Taylor's take on our new presiding officer...

Brian Taylor

BBC Scotland Political Editor

Congratulations, then, to Ken Macintosh who has been elected as Holyrood's new Presiding Officer. He has a tough job ahead, of which more anon, but he made a notably fine start.

First, there was no hubris or bombast in his tone. Indeed, in acknowledging victory, he deployed some deft drollery, at his own expense.

He apologised in advance if he failed to recognise every one of the new MSPs - all 51 of them, albeit with four retreads. In his zeal to acknowledge and welcome newly elected colleagues, he said that over the last couple of days he had warmly congratulated… two catering staff, one BBC journalist and a Special Branch officer.

Ken Macintosh 'made a notably fine start' as Presiding Officer
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Ken Macintosh 'made a notably fine start' as Presiding Officer

The Presiding Officer then went on to set the theme for his term in charge. He would seek "to work together across the party divide for the common good."

This objective, decidedly well expressed, matched exactly his statements in the run-up to the contest. He offered consensus. He offered conciliation.

Perhaps it was this offer which attracted the degree of SNP support which, by arithmetical definition, the winner required.

Read more from Brian here. 

New presiding officer wants to remove the 'hostility and sting' from FMQs

New Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh has a few plans for FMQs

The presiding officer suspends the parliament until 5.30pm

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh suspends the parliament until 5.30pm when the election of the deputy presiding officers will take place.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh
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Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh suspends the parliament until 5.30pm

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh announces the nominees for deputy presiding officer posts

We're back with new Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh struggling with his microphone but he manfully announces the nominees for deputy presiding officer.

Deputy Presiding Officer nominees
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From top right clockwise, Linda Fabiani, Kenny Gibson, Margaret Mitchell and Christine Grahame
  • SNP MSP Linda Fabiani
  • SNP MSP Kenny Gibson
  • SNP MSP Christine Grahame
  • Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell

Scottish Green Party co-convener warns Mr Macintosh of a rise in twitter traffic

Wheesht no more as we bid farewell to Tricia Marwick

Watch: New presiding officer on 'promise of devolution'

Ken Macintosh has been elected as presiding officer for the fifth term of the Scottish Parliament.The Labour MSP for West Scotland paid tribute to his predecessor Tricia Marwick and reminded fellow Parliamentarians of the "promise offered by devolution".  

Holyrood's new presiding officer on 'promise of devolution'

He said the new members of Holyrood had revitalised the parliament and promised to help all MSPs work together for the benefit of the people of Scotland. 

The day at Holyrood so far: Oaths, affirmations and Ken Macintosh

Ken Macintosh has been elected as presiding officer for the fifth term of the Scottish Parliament.

The Labour MSP, who will renounce his party affiliation as part of the role, won out after three rounds of voting.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh
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Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh

His former colleagues Johann Lamont and Elaine Smith were also in the running, along with Conservative members Murdo Fraser and John Scott.

The remaining 128 MSPs, who were sworn in earlier in the day, will now choose two deputy presiding officers.

Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser sees the positives in coming second in the presiding officer race...

Best wishes for Ken Macintosh from Tricia Marwick on twitter