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Summary

  1. The Health Committee took evidence on delayed discharges
  2. MSPs questioned ministers on the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme and Audit Scotland's colleges report
  3. Nicola Sturgeon outlined her programme for government 2016-17, followed by a debate
  4. The first minister called on MSPs to back her appointment of Mike Russell as Brexit minister
  5. MSPs took part in a debate highlighting the Standing Up to Bullying initiative

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from us at Holyrood Live today

    That's all from us at Holyrood Live today, the 6th of September.

    Scottish Parliament
    Image caption: Scottish Parliament

    We'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning with the Education Committee, with our coverage beginning at 9.30am.

    Until then have a lovely evening. 

  2. Government to refresh its internet safety action plan

    Mr MacDonald says the government is committed to ensure teachers are provided with material on equality issues.

    Laptop

    The minister says it is vital the refreshed anti-bullying guidance listens to children.

    He says the government is committed to making the internet a safer place, hence the refresh to the internet safety action plan. 

    The childcare and early years minister says service providers must do more.

  3. 'There is no place in Scotland for prejudice and discrimination' says minister

    Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark MacDonald says: "Bullying of any kind is completely unacceptable and when it happens we all have a responsibility to deal with it."

    Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark MacDonald

    Mr MacDonald says children's rights are at the centre of the government's approach to bullying.

    He says the government is refreshing its anti-bullying guidance.

    "There is no place in Scotland for prejudice and discrimination."

  4. Stand Up to Bullying

    Labour MSP Elaine Smith

    Labour MSP Elaine Smith says: "Nowadays bullying does not stop at the school gates."

    Ms Smith says suicide can result after bullying by peers,

    She praises the Stand Up to Bullying Campaign.

  5. Bullying a form of violence - SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson says bullying, even if not physical, is a form of violence and should be dealt with as such.

    Mr Stevenson says bullying, particularly in childhood, can endure well into someones adulthood. 

  6. Call for Holyrood cross party group to tackle LGBTI bullying

    Conservative MSP Annie Wells says as an LGBTI at school she suffered bullying and that was 30 years ago.

    Conservative MSP Annie Wells
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Annie Wells

    Ms Wells says this issue must be tackled and there should be cross party working groups at Holyrood.

    She calls for tackling LGBTI to be a major debate in the chamber.

  7. 'All parts of society must stand up to bullying'

    Mr MacGregor says all parts of society must stand up to bullying.

    The SNP MSP says Stonewall Scotland has made some incredible inroads into bullying.

    Girl sitting alone

    He says 99% of children have heard homophobic language at school and too many pupils have experienced homophobic bullying.

    Mr MacGregor says at its worst bullying can lead to suicide.

    He says he is wearing a yellow tie to mark suicide awareness day on Saturday and he encourages to follow suit. 

  8. Diana's Award 'deserve tremendous credit for the work that they do'

    SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor

    SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor pays tribute to the Diana Award saying they "deserve tremendous credit for the work that they do".

    Mr MacGregor says it is clear online bullying is on the rise. 

  9. Here's the motion for the member's debate on bullying.....

    SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor will lead this debate entitled 'Stand Up to Bullying'.
    Image caption: SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor will lead this debate entitled 'Stand Up to Bullying'.
  10. Stand Up to Bullying debate

    SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor will move his motion entitled Stand up to Bullying. 

    He will highlight the work of the charity Diana Award.

    The Diana Award is a legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

    The Diana Award's Stand Up to Bullying campaign
    Image caption: The Diana Award's Stand Up to Bullying campaign

    The charities sees it's initiative Stand Up to Bullying as an opportunity to help change behaviour and attitude by educating the public about behaviour, how it impacts on others and the responsibility for the well being of others – through managing our own behaviour.

  11. Mike Russell appointed Brexit negotiations minister

    MSPs unanimously agree to the appointment of Mike Russell as Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe.

  12. Greens MSP says there will not be any need for defiance of the party line

    Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer

    Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer congratulates Mike Russell and says there won't be much need for defiance of the party line.

  13. Labour welcomes ministerial appointment

    Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald

    Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald welcomes the appointment of the "grand" Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe.

    Mr Macdonald says Labour will look forward to hearing what Mr Russell thinks success will look like.

  14. Mike Russell the 'Che Guevera to the first minister's Evita'

    Scottish Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw says Mike Russell is Lazarus and now the Che Guevara to the first minister's Evita. 

    Mike Russell and Jackson Carlaw

    Amongst other metaphors.

    Mr Carlaw, in typically humorous fashion then attacks the beards in Holyrood and beyond, including Jeremy Corbyn's and that of David Mundell.

  15. First minister says there is a 'woeful lack of detail' on Brexit

    Ms Sturgeon says there is a commitment from the UK government that Scotland should be involved ahead of the triggering of Article 50.

    She says there is a "woeful lack of detail" so far on Brexit.

    That is why she is appointing a new minister for Brexit negotiations with the UK and this role does not require a shrinking violet. 

    That's why she has appointed Michael Russell. 

  16. Nicola Sturgeon seeks approval to appoint Mike Russell as Brexit minister

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she is please to seek the approval of the parliament to elect Mike Russell as Brexit minister.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

    Ms Sturgeon said the people of Scotland cast a clear vote to remain in the EU.

    The first minister says the government are committed to exploring options.

  17. MSPs asked to approve first minister's new Brexit negotiations minister

    Michael Russell has been appointed as the Scottish government's new minister with responsibility for Brexit negotiations with the UK government.

    It said Mr Russell would lead the Scottish government's negotiations with Westminster over "our future relationship with the EU".

    Mr Russell has been given the title of Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe.

    Nicola Sturgeon with Mike Russell
    Image caption: The first minister has appointed Mike Russell as her Brexit negotiations minister

    He has previously held the environment, culture and education briefs.

    But he has been out of the Scottish cabinet since Nicola Sturgeon replaced Alex Salmond as first minister in November 2014.

    Ms Sturgeon said the appointment, which is subject to approval by MSPs now, was an indication of the importance she was placing on the negotiations.

  18. The programme for government debate will continue tomorrow.

    The programme for government debate will continue tomorrow.

  19. 'We are determined to eradicate the obscenity of child poverty in Scotland'

    Ms Constance says the Scottish government wants to make a difference with the new powers coming to Scotland.

    Children in poverty

    The social security minister adds that the Child Poverty Bill is arguably the most important piece of legislation brought forward today.

    She says: "We are determined to eradicate the obscenity of child poverty in Scotland."