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Summary

  1. Economy Secretary Keith Brown gives evidence to the Education and Skills Committee on plans for Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies
  2. Communities, social security and equalities ministers are in the hot seats for portfolio questions
  3. The Scottish government will lead a debate on sea fisheries and the end of year negotiations
  4. SNP MSP George Adam leads this evening's members' debate on Paisley for City of Culture 2021

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

That's all for Holyrood Live tonight

Holyrood
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That's all for Holyrood Live for Wednesday 7 December 2016, the day MSPs paid tribute to their late colleague Alex Johnstone, who has died aged 55.

Alex Johnstone was a list MSP for North East Scotland from the first session of the Scottish Parliament
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Alex Johnstone was a list MSP for North East Scotland from the first session of the Scottish Parliament

We'll be back tomorrow morning with the Europe and External Affairs Committee at 9am.

Have a good night. 

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh says Alex Johnstone's loss will be keenly felt

Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone
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Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh: “Alex and I both came into the Parliament at its inception, in 1999.  

"From an early stage, all of us detected the ready wit and sense of fun, but also the shrewd political judgement that made him both popular and highly regarded across the political spectrum.

 “He was a dedicated parliamentarian, and an intensely loyal man, remaining in his Kincardineshire birthplace throughout his life, close to his farming roots and absolutely committed to making a positive difference. To lose a colleague at any age is sad indeed, but to lose one so young is deeply upsetting.

 “His loss will be felt keenly at Holyrood and beyond.”

That concludes the Paisley 2021 debate

That concludes the Paisley 2021 debate.

Paisley City of Culture bid a 'great achievement' - minister

The bid for City of Culture 2021 was launched at Paisley Abbey
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The bid for City of Culture 2021 was launched at Paisley Abbey

The minister says Paisley has much to be proud of and it deserves a future which is every bid as important as its past.

Ms Hyslop concludes by thanking George Adam in bringing the debate to parliament and says putting the bid together is a "great achievement." 

Hedy Lamar likes the Paisley pattern

Minister says there is a lot of support across the chamber for the Paisley bid

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop
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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says there is a lot of support across the chamber for Paisley to become UK City of Culture in 2021.

The minister says she is mindful other Scottish cities have expressed an interest or may soon do so.

Perth launched its bid in August.

She says the bid hopes to transform Paisley and promote further job growth.

The minister says the Paisley 2021 bid is doing a tremendous job.

SNP MSP wishes Paisley well in its bid

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan
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SNP MSP Stuart McMillan

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan says, being from Greenock, there is a well-known rivalry between the football teams of St Mirren and Greenock Morton.

He says he and George Adam enjoy "a laugh about this" and he is especially pleased at the moment with Morton being well ahead in the Scottish Championship.

He says he has always found Paisley people to be friendly and warm and he supports the bid. 

Cross party backing for Paisley

Lets put Paisley 'firmly back on the map' says SNP MSP

SNP MSP Tom Arthur
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SNP MSP Tom Arthur

SNP MSP Tom Arthur says, being from Barrhead, Paisley has played a major part of his life and he has memories of visiting as a child.

He says the bid for the City of Culture would put a town which is well known around the globe "firmly back on the map."

Background: Should Perth or Paisley be City of Culture?

Perth
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Whisper it in the garden lobby, but Perth is also hoping to be the UK's 2021 City of Culture. But - successful or not - will the bid give this picturesque Scottish city "a kick up the backside"?

Read more here.

Background: City of Culture contenders profiled in the Magazine

The troops are gathering in the garden lobby to back the Paisley 2021 bid

Call for Kenneth Gibson oops I mean Gerard Butler to back the bid......

Labour MSP says if the bid is successful it could be real catalyst for change

Labour MSP Neil Bibby pays tribute to bid director Jean Cameron for her efforts on behalf of Paisley.

Labour MSP Neil Bibby
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Labour MSP Neil Bibby

Mr Bibby says as someone who was born and bred in Paisley he is proud to speak on behalf of the bid.

The Labour MSP says if the bid is successful it could be real catalyst for change.

He says it would bring a huge economic boost for the town with estimates of up to £50m being generated.

Background: Psychedelic design - how Paisley went rock'n'roll

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  • Original paisley design is based on Persian patterns and was imported to Britain by the East India Company
  • By 1860 the weavers of Paisley in Scotland could create shawls in fifteen colours on their advanced looms
  • The Beatles (pictured above) started wearing paisley print in 1966. Soon the pattern had a reputation for psychedelia
  • Fender guitars produced a pink paisley Telecast guitar, by pasting wallpaper to guitar bodies
  • In 1985 Prince paid homage to the Summer of Love with his new recording company Paisley Park Records and the song "Paisley Park"

Paisley already has all the attributes of a city says Greens MSP

Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer says the weaving industry may be gone but it is still entwined in the heritage of the town from the artifacts in the town hall to the street names.

Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer
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Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer

Mr Greer says the bid promotes the town around the country and he feels for any judge who votes against the town when SNP MSP George Adam catches up with them.

He says Paisley already has all the attributes of a city. 

SNP MSPs support the Paisley 2021 bid

'Paisley must be considered as a city of spirit and courage'

Conservative MSP Jamie Greene says Santa also loves Paisley
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Conservative MSP Jamie Greene says Santa also loves Paisley

Conservative MSP Jamie Greene says Santa also loves Paisley.

Mr Greene goes on to congratulate George Adam for bringing this debate to the parliament. 

He says: "Paisley must be considered as a city of spirit and courage."

'Keep your eyes on Paisley'

Scottish Labour MSP Mary Fee says she is proud to support Paisley's bid. 

Ms Fee says St Mirren established the town's settlement.

Scottish Labour MSP Mary Fee and former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
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Scottish Labour MSP Mary Fee quotes former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli

The Scottish Labour MSP says the locals take great pride in the town.

She says Paisley has a heritage of strong women with a "notorious rebellions side".

"Keep your eyes on Paisley," she says, quoting former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. 

Background: Lions installed in Paisley culture bid

Lions installed in Paisley culture bid

A pride of 25 fibre glass lions are on the loose in Paisley.

They were installed to promote the town's heritage as part of its bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Project director Jean Cameron told the BBC the involvement of local people working with artists reflected what the next city of culture should be.

'It has scientifically proven that Paisley is the centre of the universe'

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson thanks his "fellow buddy" for bringing this debate to parliament. 

Mr Gibson says: "It has scientifically proven that Paisley is the centre of the universe".

Gerard Butler and Kenneth gibson
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Spot the difference.....

He says his "twin Gerard Butler" is also from the town.

Mr Gibson says the town's founder is St Mirren and it is also the name of the local football team who, with all going well, may be in line to win the Scottish Championship League One by 2018, he says.

Background: Does Paisley deserve to be City of Culture?

Paisley
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In 2021 the UK will get its third City of Culture. Paisley is one of six cities hoping to kick-start regeneration through culture.

Paisley used to be a wealthy place, though to look at the town's High Street you wouldn't believe it.

It boasts an M&S and a WH Smith and a handful of other chain stores among the charity shops, but precious few shoppers. Half the shop fronts stand empty.

Yet at one end there's a fine neoclassical town hall and an equally fine medieval abbey church, and an imposing war memorial featuring a mounted crusader knight and steel-helmeted tommies. Up the hill at the top end is a handsome museum.  

Read more here. 

'Paisley not only deserves the award but needs it'

Tory MSP Maurice Golden says Paisley deserves the award for numerous reasons.

Tory MSP Maurice Golden
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Tory MSP Maurice Golden

Mr Golden says:"Paisley not only deserves the award but needs it."

He says Scotland stands to benefit from Paisley becoming the UK City of Culture in 2021.

Award would enrich 'many Paisley buddies'

SNP MSP Joan McAlpine
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SNP MSP Joan McAlpine

SNP MSP Joan McAlpine says she welcomes the bid's aim to help with the poverty and inequality issue.

Ms McAlpine says the award would enrich the lives of "many Paisley buddies".

'Mr Paisley' pays tribute to his town, wife and family

Mr Adam talks to the artists and notable people from the town who have benefited from its amenities.

"It's not our fault the weather isn't good," he says.

The SNP MSP says the bid is about telling people about the town but also the people in it.

Mr and Mrs Paisley
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Mr and Mrs Paisley

He says he met his wife Stacey there and raised a family.

At this point he says that his notes say "don't greet". 

Presiding Officer Christine Granhame says "do your notes say conclude."

Mr Adam finishes there and Ms Grahame says "thank you Mr Paisley."

Background: 10 reasons why Paisley is already a city of culture

Paisley
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Paisley is bidding to be UK City of Culture 2021, even though it is actually a large town.

As 19th Century Tory prime minister Benjamin Disraeli once warned: "Keep your eye on Paisley."

Here are 10 reasons Paisley has made its mark on the culture of Scotland, the UK and the world.

Positive Paisley vision

SNP MSP George Adam reminds us of some of the talents that originate from the town

John Byrne, Paulo Nutini, Robert Tannahill, Gerry Rafferty, Gerard Butler and Archie Gemmill
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SNP MSP George Adam recognises the artists and sportspeople who originate from the town including; John Byrne, Paulo Nutini, Robert Tannahill, Gerry Rafferty, Gerard Butler and Archie Gemmill

Supporting Paisley's bid, SNP MSP George Adam says:

  • Paisley town centre has over 100 listed buildings, which is second only to Edinburgh
  • the 850-year-old abbey is the final resting place of six High Stewards of Scotland, Princess Marjory Bruce and the wives of kings Robert II and III
  • its cathedral is the largest Baptist church in Europe
  • is the birthplace of John Byrne, Paulo Nutini, Robert Tannahill, Gerry Rafferty, Gerard Butler and Archie Gemmill

Mr Adam points out Paisley town centre has over 100 listed buildings

Mr Adam says everyone must get behind Paisley 2021.

He says the reason is the cultural regeneration can change the world view of his home town.

Mr Adam points out that Paisley town centre has over 100 listed buildings, which, he says, is second only to Edinburgh.

Paisley Abbey gargoyle
Paisley Abbey gargoyle
Paisley Abbey gargoyle

The SNP MSP highlights the 850-year-old abbey, which lies in the heart of the town and is the final resting place of six High Stewards of Scotland, Princess Marjory Bruce and the wives of kings Robert II and III.

It may be ancient but one of the gargoyles looks like it is out of this world.

'Let me talk about a town called Paisley'

SNP MSP George Adam says: "Let me talk about a town called Paisley."

SNP MSP George Adam
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SNP MSP George Adam

Mr Adam says he was born and bred there and rarely mentions the town!

He says he wants everyone to understand the positive Paisley vision that he and his Buddies have.

Background: Paisley bid for title of UK City of Culture 2021

Paisley is bidding to become UK City of Culture in 2021.

In June last year, Renfrewshire Council said the bid was part of "far-reaching regeneration plans...to put the town on the map as a cultural and tourist destination".

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Renfrewshire Council hopes the bid will kick-start regeneration schemes in the town

Although Paisley does not have city status, the competition is open to large towns and urban areas.

The competition is run by the UK government's department of culture media and sport. 

Derry-Londonderry was the first city to host the title in 2013.

Paisley for City of Culture 2021 debate begins...

SNP MSP George Adam will now lead a debate on Paisley for City of Culture 2021.

Here is his motion. 

Motion
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