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Summary

  1. MSPs take evidence on public petitions calling for a NHS whistleblower hotline, for balance to armed forces visits to schools and for inquests into all deaths by suicide.
  2. General questions are put to Scottish government ministers
  3. Nicola Sturgeon defends NHS staffing levels in Scotland during first minister's questions
  4. Scottish Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour leads this afternoon's members debate entitled 'Glow Gold September'
  5. The Scottish government will lead a debate on the creation of a new offence to hold abusive partners to account

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live this week

    Scottish Parliament

    That's all from Holyrood Live, have a lovely and peaceful weekend. 

  2. Not a point of order

    SNP MSP Clare Haughey tries to raise a point of order concerning Ruth Davidson's comments during first minister's questions.

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh says that is a debating point rather than a point of order.

  3. The Scottish government motion as amended is unanimously agreed to

    The vote on the Scottish government motion as amended is unanimously agreed to.

    Scottish Government motion
    Conservative amendment
    Labour amendment

    The amended motion is therefore unanimously agreed to. 

  4. The Scottish Labour amendment is unanimously agreed to

    The vote on the Scottish Labour amendment is unanimously agreed to.

    Scottish Labour amendment

    The amendment is therefore unanimously agreed to. 

  5. The Scottish Conservative amendment is unanimously agreed to

    The vote on the Scottish Conservative amendment is unanimously agreed to

    Scottish Conservative amendment

    The amendment is therefore unanimously agreed to. 

  6. Minister says support across the chamber for the new offence is heartening

    The community safety minister says the £20m funding for a three year period and she intends to introduce three year rolling funding for organisations where possible.

    Chamber
    Image caption: MSPs applaud as Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing closes the debate

    Ms Ewing concludes saying the support across the chamber for the new offence is heartening.

    She says she hopes domestic abuse can be consigned to the dustbin of history.

  7. Minister says government backs both amendments

    Ms Ewing says the Crown Office remains very supportive of the plan to create a specific offence for domestic abuse.

    The community safety minister says it is important to tackle the many different forms of domestic abuse.

    The minister says it is important the new law provides sufficient clarity.

    She says the government will support the Labour amendment and the Conservative amendment  today.

    The minister says the Scottish government's proposals is more comprehensive than that down south.

  8. Minister says new law covering psychological and coercive abuse will be challenging

    Community Safety and Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing says she welcomes the positive contributions from across the chamber.

    Community Safety and Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing

    Ms Ewing says the debate shows "the parliament is agreed we should do everything we can to challenge abuse and tackle abuse".

    The minister says the new law covering psychological and coercive abuse will be challenging.

    She says the government is still reflecting on the second consultation on the new law.

  9. 'Whatever type of relationship domestic abuse takes place in it is unacceptable'

    Tory MSP Oliver Mundell says some of the issues around trans and LGBT issues must be looked at more clearly

    Mr Mundell says whatever type of relationship domestic abuse takes place in it is unacceptable.

  10. 'Our parliament stands united and ready to act' on domestic abuse

    Conservative MSP Oliver Mundell says today's debate has gone a long way to restore his optimism on the work MSPs do in the chamber.

    Mr Mundell says today's debate sends out a clear message that "our parliament stands united and ready to act".

    Oliver Mundell

    The Tory MSP calls for backing of his party's amendment calling for the continued awareness raising of Clare's Law.

    Mr Mundell says the majority of victims are women but men can also be victims of domestic abuse and there should be a zero tolerance approach to all domestic abuse.

  11. Call for 'stable, long term, adequate funding' of charities like Scottish Women's Aid

    Labour MSP Mary Fee says organisations like Scottish Women's Aid need "stable, long term, adequate funding" to perform their work.

  12. Labour 'fully supports' creation of a specific domestic abuse law

    Scottish Labour MSP Mary Fee says her party fully supports the government's aims to create a specific law against domestic abuse.

    Ms Fee calls for MSPs to support the Labour motion calling for the roll out of domestic abuse courts across Scotland.

    Mary Fee

    The Labour MSP says she hopes when the bill is presented to parliament it mirrors the aspirations of victims.

    She says the need for domestic abuse courts is highlighted by abuse in same sex couples and transgender victims due to the support they require.

    The Labour MSP also highlights abuse of LGBT people and says all victims must be supported.

  13. Many abusers are serial perpetrators

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson says many abusers are serial perpetrators and abuse partner after partner.

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson

    Ms Adamson says the new law should ensure that all forms of abuse can be reported including control and coercion. 

    The SNP MSP says it is everyone's responsibility to do something about this crime. 

  14. Lib Dem MSP says there is a 'severe underestimation' of domestic abuse cases

    Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says there has been a steep rise in domestic abuse cases and everyone accepts there is a severe underestimation of the actual number of cases.

    Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur

    Mr McArthur says he welcomes the robust cross-party support for a new law but says there are risks involved and parliament must carefully scrutinise new legislation.

    That is necessary to ensure the steps taken by the Scottish government are effective, he says.

    The Lib Dem MSP says the attention has rightly been on how the law will tackle psychological and coercive abuse.

  15. Domestic abuse has 'massive impact' on children

    SNP MSP Richard Lyle says we must not forget about children when discussing domestic abuse.

    Mr Lyle says the trauma that can be caused to a child because of what they are subjected to has a "massive impact".

    SNP MSP Richard Lyle

    The SNP MSP says women who leave their abuser, and set up a new life with their children, then have to go into a court system which puts them back in the same room and face to face with their abuser. 

    He says it is a cycle which can ultimately lead to problems for the children who are subjected to it.

    Mr Lyle calls on the government to support children who are subjected to all forms of domestic abuse. 

  16. Domestic abuse figures

    Last year Scottish government figures indicated a 2.5% increase in domestic abuse in Scotland over the preceding year.

    The figures showed an increase of 32% on the figures for 2005/06, from 45,331 to 59,882.

    Of the 58,439 incidents reported in 2014-15, 54% resulted in the recording of at least one crime or offence.

    Woman head in hands
    Image caption: Statistics showed there were 58,439 incidents reported in 2014-15, compared to 59,882 reported in 2013-14 - an increase of 2.5%.

    At the time he government pledged £3m funding over the next three years to help domestic abuse victims.

    The advocacy service Assist was to receive the £3m funding to help all "have the confidence to report crime", according to the then Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP.

  17. Labour Leader would not 'let a dog sleep' in some of Scotland's temporary accommodation

    Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale says she is often asked by media outside Scotland if having three female leaders means that you talk more about gender equality. 

    Ms Dugdale says, although parliament does talk about it, she wouldn't want it to lead to complacency. 

    Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale

    The Scottish Labour Leader says that there will always be domestic abuse as long as women are not seen as equal.

    She says she would not "let a dog sleep" in some of the temporary accommodation that women often need to flee to. 

    Ms Dugdale says we should not be providing services for women on the cheap.

  18. Background: Details of Scottish Brexit role 'soon'

    Mr Russell (left) and Mr Davis held talks in Downing Street
    Image caption: Mr Russell (left) and Mr Davis held talks in Downing Street

    The Scottish minister responsible for negotiating with the UK government ahead of Brexit has said he expects to announce a formal process for Scottish input soon.

    Michael Russell was speaking after meeting the UK government Brexit minister David Davis in Downing Street.

    Mr Russell told BBC Scotland the meeting - the first between the men in their new jobs - was a "good start".

    He said he hoped to win the argument on staying in the single market.

    But he warned it was "inconceivable" the UK government could negotiate on Scotland's behalf on devolved issues.

  19. 'Court mandated contact with children must be holistic and child centred'

    SNP MSP Ruth Maguire also welcomes the new law which will criminalise psychological and coercive abuse is welcome.

    SNP MSP Ruth Maguire

    Ms Maguire says court mandated contact with children must be holistic and child centred. 

    She says there must be zero tolerance to domestic abuse and gender equality must be tackled.