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Summary

  1. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR TEXT COVERAGE OF THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ON 9 JUNE 2016
  2. MSPs quiz ministers during general questions
  3. Nicola Sturgeon answers questions on university access, NHS staffing and Sports Direct during first minister's questions
  4. The Treaty of Perth is debated with a contribution in Norwegian from the minister
  5. MSPs agree an amended motion from the debate on disability benefits backing increasing disability benefits at least in line with inflation

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Thursday 9 June 2016, when first minister's questions featured NHS staffing, university access, Sports Direct working practices and the Queensferry Crossing, amongst other issues.

    MSPs agreed an amended motion from the disability debate backing increasing disability benefits at least in line with inflation.

    Scottish Parliament
    Image caption: Scottish Parliament

    We'll be back on Tuesday 14 June with more live coverage of the Scottish Parliament.

    Until then have a lovely weekend,

  2. Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh adjourns the parliament

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh promptly adjourns the parliament after the vote.

  3. Scottish government motion, as amended by Labour, agreed to

    Social Security Secretary Angela Constance's motion, as amended by Labour, is agreed to with 88 MSPs backing it and 29 against.

    SNP motion
  4. Scottish Labour amendment agreed to

    Scottish Labour MSP Mark Griffin's amendment is agreed to with 88 MSPs backing it and 29 against.

    Scottish Labour amendment
  5. Scottish Conservative amendment rejected

    Scottish Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins sees his amendment rejected.

    29 MSPs backed it but 88 voted against it.

    Tory amendment
  6. Minister tells Tory MSP he can 'get on his bike'

    Social Security Secretary Angela Constance says if Tory MSP Adam Tomkins wants consensus after the welfare cuts he can "get on his bike".

  7. New system must have insight and humility says social security secretary

    Social Security Secretary Angela Constance says mental illness is sometimes terminal.

    Ms Constance says mental illness can be invisible and it cannot be seen by others.

    Social Security Secretary Angela Constance

    The social security secretary says there will have to be the insight and humility to get a system right that supports people suffering from mental illness. 

    She says in debating the system there has to be more than "warm words" and the government will continue to work with key stakeholders.

  8. Blaming the UK government no longer acceptable says Tory MSP

    Conservative MSP Annie Wells says: "With these new powers blaming the UK government is no longer appropriate or even acceptable".

    Annie Wells

    Ms Wells says it is necessary to make the social security system personalised.

    She says administration of that system should be straightforward.

  9. 'Nothing dignified' about aspects of current welfare system says Labour MSP

    Ms McNeill says there is nothing dignified about aspects of the current welfare system.

    Disabled person with walking aid

    Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins intervenes saying it was not his party that brought in ESA and signed the contracts with ATOS, that was Labour.

    The Labour MSP hits back asking what Mr Tomkins thinks about disabled people losing benefits.

    She says the powers coming to Holyrood come at a crucial time and there is a chance to put the dignity back into the social security system. 

  10. Labour MSP details anger over UK government's welfare reform

    Labour MSP Pauline McNeill says the goal to have a life while caring is where we want to be and Carers Week reminds us that without carers our society could simply not function.

    Labour MSP Pauline McNeill

    Ms McNeill says putting dignity and respect at the heart of the new social security system should be the ground on which it is founded.

    The Labour MSP says there is anger out there and in here that aspects of the welfare system have not given disabled people a dignified life.

    She says she has never felt so angry watching the impact of the reforms of the UK government.

  11. Current UK government approach unjust and mean spirited says SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Ben Macpherson says behind the wording of the government motion is a fundamental question which is how can we support the most vulnerable in society in a more compassionate way than the Westminster government.

    SNP MSP Ben Macpherson

    Mr Macpherson says he believes in the Scottish government to provide a fairer more transparent system.

    The SNP MSP says the current UK governments approach to social security is unjust and "mean spirited".

  12. Labour MSP lambasts 'ideologically driven cuts to benefits'

    Labour MSP Neil Findlay says: "This debate is key to how we see ourselves as a society."

    Mr Findlay says 100,000 disabled people have lost out due to "ideologically driven cuts to benefits" by the UK government.

    Labour MSP Neil Findlay

    He says over 40 benefits have been cut affecting the poorest, most needy people in our communities

    Mr Findlay says: "What I find most offensive about that is the relish and glee with which it has been done."

    He says he finds it "truly sickening" to see a Tory cabinet of millionaires cut their own tax while removing the safety net from the most vulnerable.

  13. MND sufferers should receive a lifetime award of high level PIP says SNP MSP

    Quote Message: People with MND should receive a lifetime award of high level PIP so that they do not need to contend with a renewal process. from Christina McKelvie SNP MSP
    Christina McKelvieSNP MSP
  14. Social security system must do more to support injured armed forces personnel and veterans - Tory MSP

    Conservative MSP Maurice Corry pays tribute to the armed forces and those who sustain injuries resulting in disabilities whilst serving their country.

    Mr Corry says there is an impact on those injured in action and their families and the social security system should do more to support them.

    Conservative MSP Maurice Corry

    Social Security Minister Kevin Stewart intervenes to ask if Mr Corry agrees that the MOD could be doing more.

    Mr Corry responds saying he does agree with that.

    The Tory MSP says armed forces veterans are less likely to access welfare as they may not understand changes and are left with a "feeling of failure".

    He says there is research to show that veterans do not believe the benefits system supports them. 

  15. Current system a 'barbaric' way to treat the most vulnerable in society - SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Maree Todd says one of her main reasons for entering politics was because of the failures of the welfare system.

    Ms Todd says the current system is a "barbaric" way to treat the most vulnerable in society.

    SNP MSP Maree Todd

    The SNP MSP says she has also worked with suicidal people who feel they have nowhere else to turn after dealing with the welfare system.

    The clinical pharmacist says there is substantial evidence that the coalition Westminster government have failed people with mental health issues in terms of welfare.

    She says the government must work with service users and their colleagues to ensure they get it right for people.

  16. Lib Dem MSP pays tribute to the 'army of carers' that are Scotland's 'unsung heroes'

    Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton says his party fought on common ground with the SNP, Labour and the Greens with the need to improve the lives of those affected by disability.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton says his party will support the government motion and the Labour amendment.

    The Lib Dem MSP pays tribute to the "army of carers" that are Scotland's "unsung heroes" and in particular the young carers across Scotland. 

    Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
    Image caption: Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton

    Mr Cole-Hamilton, who used to work for a charity that helped children with disabilities, stresses the importance of getting the help to families and the information that they require.

    The Lib Dem MSP says political rhetoric must be married up with actions, for "it is action that absolutely matters most".

  17. Tories cannot 'act like the good guys' says SNP MSP

    SNP MSP George Adam says the Conservatives cannot dress up the "heartache" caused by welfare reform.

    Conservative social security spokesman Adam Tomkins intervenes to say PIP has been increased since the Tories have been in charge at Westminster. 

    Mr Adam responds saying the Conservatives cannot "act like the good guys" after what they have done.

    George Adam

    The SNP MSP says everyone knows he is his wife Stacey's carer but she has done a good job of keeping him on the straight an narrow.

    He says today is his wedding anniversary and he remembers his wife walking down the aisle.

    "If she did that now Mr Tomkins she'd probably fail her PIP assessment", he says. 

    Mr Adam says, although his wife has MS and needs support, he has help from the rest of his family to ensure he can still go out to work and achieve things but not all carers have that support network.

  18. Tory MSP warns against the demonising of any politician in this debate

    Conservative MSP Liam Kerr says no one should fall into the basic error of demonising any of the contributors to this debate.

    SNP MSP Sandra White asks if the UK government cuts to disability monies was the right thing to do.

    Mr Kerr says it has gone up according to his understanding.

    Sandra White, Johann Lamont and Liam Kerr
    Image caption: Interventions suggest Liam Kerr may not be successful in his plea

    He warns again against alienating anyone in taking the debate forward.

    Labour MSP Johann Lamont says some of Mr Kerr's colleagues in the Conservative party using terms like "shirkers or workers".

    Mr Kerr says no-one has used those terms at Holyrood.