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Summary

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  2. MSPs unanimously approve First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's cabinet and ministerial team
  3. The parliament then elected five members to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That brings to an end this light-hearted session in the Parliament

    That brings to an end this light-hearted session in the Parliament, back to serious work next week!

    SNP benches
  2. SPCB members are elected

    MSPs unanimously elect the following MSPs to the SPCB: 

    • SNP MSP Gordon Macdonald
    • Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone
    • Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur
    • Labour MSP David Stewart 
    • Green MSP Andy Wightman
  3. MSPs will now elect members to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB)

    • the SPCB role is to make sure that the Scottish Parliament can operate effectively and that MSPs are able to carry out their duties
    • the SPCB considers and makes decisions on a wide range of issues to do with the running of the Parliament including the financing of the Parliament and allocation of the budget, the staffing of the Parliament, accommodation and the use and security of Parliamentary facilities at Holyrood
    • this can range from the serious like safety and security arrangements in Holyrood, technology and equipment for committee rooms and IT and disabled access........
    The SPCB helps MSPs in a variety of ways!
    Image caption: The SPCB helps MSPs in a variety of ways!
    • ..........to the feline and frivolous such as calls for a parliamentary cat or dealing with pleas for better quality coffee to be served to them during committee meetings!
    • the SPCB has formal and informal contact with other parliamentary bodies, including the Parliamentary Bureau, the Conveners Group and the Parliament as a whole
  4. MSPs agree to the recommendations for junior ministers

    MSPs agree to the recommendations of Mark McDonald, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jeanne Freeman and Kevin Stewart as junior ministers.

  5. MSPs agree to the recommendations of Derek Mackay and Fergus Ewing as cabinet secretaries

    MSPs agree to the recommendations of Derek Mackay and Fergus Ewing as cabinet secretaries.

  6. Willie Rennie pipped at the post says Sturgeon

    Ms Sturgeon concludes saying Willie Rennie deserves credit for coming to the chamber today having been so narrowly pipped at the post in the first minister election last week. 

  7. First minister says Muirfield decision 'indefensible'

    Ms Sturgeon agrees with Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale's stressing of the importance of gender equality. 

    Nicola Sturgeon

    The first minister says the decision taken today by Muirfield Golf Club is "indefensible". 

  8. The first minister now replies

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asks what can she say about Jackson Carlaw's now "legendary contributions" in these debates.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Ms Sturgeon jokes that Mr Carlaw may face the wrath of Roseanna Cunningham and tells him not to look for protection from her.

    She says she was alarmed by the Conservative MSP's obsession with the dress sense and hair styles of Derek Mackay and Humza Yousaf.

  9. Rennie highlights 'enormous task' Fergus Ewing faces over CAP payments crisis

    The Scottish Lib Dems leader highlights the "enormous task" Fergus Ewing faces in tackling the CAP payments crisis. 

  10. Rennie calls on Swinney to reverse policy on national testing for primary school children

    He says Mr Swinney will have to bring resources from his old department to education to address the problems there. 

    Mr Rennie calls on the new eduation secretary to reverse the policy on national testing for primary school children.

    Willie Rennie addressing the SNP benches

    Mr Rennie says he welcomes Maureen Watt to the role of mental health minister as this is a key issue.

  11. Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie welcomes the new junior ministers to their posts

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie wishes Alex Neil and Richard Lochhead well for the future.

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie

    Mr Rennie welcomes the new junior ministers to their posts.

    He says the elevation of Kevin Stewart means there will be fewer "high decibel interventions".

  12. Finnie welcomes first time minister and wishes them well

    Mr Finnie says he is delighted to see Paul Wheelhouse get the energy brief.

    John Finnie

    He goes on to welcome the first time ministers and wishes them well. 

  13. Scottish Green MSP John Finnie welcomes ministerial appointments and CalMac announcement

    Scottish Green MSP John Finne welcomes John Swinney to the education brief.

    Scottish Green MSP John Finne

    Mr Finnie says Derek Mackay tweeted his last job as transport and islands minister was the welcome CalMac announcment as did new Transport and Islands Minister Humza Yousaf!

    The Scottish Green MSP calls for an early decision on a complete ban on fracking from Keith Brown and Roseanna Cunningham.

  14. Scottish Labour leader stresses the importance of equality brief after Muirfield decision

    Ms Dugdale says she thought it was 1816 not 2016 when she heard Muirfield's decision to reject female members.

    Kezia Dugdale

    The Scottish Labour leader stresses the importance of the equality briefs and welcomes the 50-50 cabinet.

    She wishes the new ministers well.

  15. Kezia Dugdale warns Mr Swinney his new role will be made more difficult by his last

    Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale pays tribute to outgoing cabinet secretary Alex Neil.

    Kezia Dugdale

    Ms Dugdale then pays tribute to new education secretary John Swinney, but points out he put £500m of cuts onto councils and education services.

    This will make his new job more difficult she says.

  16. Mr Carlaw concludes by wishing all the ministers every success

    Mr Carlaw concludes by wishing all the ministers every success in their new jobs.