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Summary

  1. The Environment Committee holds two evidence sessions on Wildlife Crime in Scotland.
  2. In topical questions MSPs will raise the issue of delayed discharges and the IPPR Scotland report entitled Equipping Scotland for the Future
  3. The Scottish government leads a debate on Scotland’s place in the European Union, focussing on the crucial area of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
  4. The member’s debate this evening focuses on Type 1 Diabetes.

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from us at Holyrood Live for tonight

    That's all from us at Holyrood Live on 10 January 2016.

    Scottish Parliament
    Image caption: Scottish Parliament

    We're back in the morning with coverage of the Finance Committee as it takes evidence from OBR chair Robert Chote and Finance Secretary Derek Mackay on the draft budget.

    Until then have a lovely evening.

  2. Minister says there must be world class diabetes services

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says Scotland can be proud of the strong body of research into diabetes but we cannot be complacent.

    Man injecting himself with insulin

    Ms Campbell says there must be world class diabetes services,

    She says the first minister announced £10m of funding for insulin pumps and monitors.

    The minister thanks Diabetes Scotland and JDRF on their valuable work. 

  3. Government investing in vital research into type 1 diabetes

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says the Scottish government recognise the challenges faced by all those with diabetes.

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell

    Ms Campbell says the cause for type 1 diabetes is not known and it is not linked to lifestyle.

    The public health minister says there are now over 30,000 people living with type 1 diabetes in Scotland.

    She says research is highly important and that is why the government are investing in this.

  4. Labour MSP Anas Sarwar pays tribute to JDRF

    Labour MSP Anas Sarwar
    Image caption: Labour MSP Anas Sarwar

    Labour MSP Anas Sarwar pays tribute to JDRF who he says are the leading global charity on type 1 diabetes.

    Mr Sarwar says what drives people with type 1 diabetes is the hope of a cure.

    The Labour MSP says he congratulates the Scottish government who have pledged £1m annually into research into type 1 diabetes.

    He hopes Scotland can find the cure and provide a beacon around the world. 

  5. Living with type 1 diabetes can affect someone's life on an hourly basis

    SNP MSP Emma Harper says type 1 diabetes is not caused by lifestyle and there is no way to prevent the disease.

    Ms Harper says 10% of the health service budget is spent on diabetes complications.

    SNP MSP Emma Harper

    The SNP MSP says living with type 1 diabetes can affect someone's life on a daily or even hourly basis.

    She says some parents wake their children three times per night to check their children's blood glucose levels.

  6. Tory MSP says education is key to ensure the best treatment

    Conservative MSP Brian Little
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Brian Little

    Conservative MSP Brian Little says with careful monitoring and a healthy diet pople with type 1 diabetes can live a full and active life.

    Mr Little mentions an athlete he coaches who has the disease and has won medals at national level.

    He says education is key to ensure everyone has access to the best treatment of the disease.

  7. Strategy to support the next generation of researchers required says Labour MSP

    Labour MSP David Stewart

    Labour MSP David Stewart says his father-in-law was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at aged 10 and was told he would only live until he was 20. 

    He lived for another 65 years by carefully monitoring his glucose levels and appropriate treatment, he says.

    Mr Stewart says there must be a rigorous strategy to support the next generation of researchers. 

  8. Background: Type 1 diabetes campaigners at Holyrood

    Relatives of people with type 1 diabetes have joined campaigners at the Scottish Parliament to press for more research into finding a cure.

    The Scottish government announced a further £10m last month for insulin pumps and monitors.

    Amalia Holman, 11, from Bathgate, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was three years old.

    She said: "I do finger pricks but I also check the CGM quite a lot to make sure my levels are ok.

    "I can also feel when I'm going to go low and when I'm high."

    Amalia Holman, 11, from Bathgate, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was three years old
    Image caption: Amalia Holman, 11, from Bathgate, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was three years old

    No-one in the family had any history of the disease, learning to live with it was a roller coaster journey for her family.

    Dave Holman said: "It was an absolute rollercoaster because we had no history of this in out family, that we are aware of.

    "No-one in our family has had type one diabetes so we knew very little about it.

    "So it was a complete shock for us, stunned and then a very fast learning curve about how to deal with it."

    Watch more about this family's story on this evening's Reporting Scotland.

  9. Warm tribute to Malcolm and Helen Taylor for their campaigning efforts

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey
    Image caption: SNP MSP Graeme Dey

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey pays a warm tribute to the fundraising and campaigning efforts of his constituents Malcolm and Helen Taylor.

    The couple tragically lost their daughter Claire in 2012 needlessly due to undiagnosed type 1 diabetes, explains Mr Dey.

  10. Type 1 diabetes not linked to a person's diet

    Tory MSP Miles Briggs says type 1 diabetes, unlike type 2 diabetes, is not linked to diet.

    Tory MSP Miles Briggs

    Mr Briggs says it is entirely appropriate that Scotland's scientists are at the forefront of research given the high level of instances of type 1 diabetes in the country.

    The Tory MSP says it must be ensured that the NHS is providing the best possible treatment for those with type 1 diabetes. 

    He says type 1 diabetes must remain high on the public health agenda. 

  11. Study seeks type 1 diabetes breakthrough

    Video content

    Video caption: A major trial is set to start in Scotland aimed at preventing type 1 diabetes in children

    Last April researchers began a huge study that aims to offer a diabetes test to every child in Scotland with a family member who has type 1 diabetes.

    Scientists hope the clinical study will confirm a new theory about the cause of the condition.

    It could also lead to the first ever preventative treatment.

    Scotland has been chosen for the launch of the £1m project because it has the third highest number of type 1 diabetics in the world.

    It also has a medical record system which allows researchers to identify affected families.

    Type 1 diabetes tends to emerge in childhood and cannot be prevented. 

    Type 2 diabetes usually emerges in adulthood as a result of a poor diet and obesity.

  12. Labour MSP backs the JDRF call for more funding into type 1 diabetes

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley
    Image caption: Labour MSP Alex Rowley

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley says he hopes there will be a consensus across the chamber to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and encourage more research into the disease.

    Mr Rowley praises the work of JDRF.

    He says incidences of type 1 diabetes are rising rapidly in children under five years old.

    Mr Rowley says he backs the JDRF call for more funding into the disease.

  13. Background: Type 1 and type 2 diabetes

    Diabetes

    There are two main types of diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes the cells of the pancreas stop making insulin. In Type 2 diabetes, either the pancreas cells do not make enough insulin, or the body's cells do not react properly to it. This is known as insulin resistance.

    Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition, and the immune system attacks the cells of the pancreas. It tends to affect people before the age of 40, and often follows a trigger such as a viral infection.

    The exact mechanisms that lead to Type 2 diabetes are not fully understood, but an underlying genetic susceptibility is usually present. This could be a family history of the illness, for example. The condition is then triggered by lifestyle factors - such as obesity - and it usually appears in people over the age of 40.

  14. Not enough distinction between type 1 and type 2 diabetes

    Ms Adamson says Scotland has the expertise to research new treatments for type 1 diabetes and hopefully find a cure. 

    Clare Adamson

    The SNP MSP says Scotland is home to some of the best type 1 diabetes research and researchers in the world. 

    She says patients often get frustrated that type 1 diabetes is often linked to type 2 diabetes and they believe the Food Standard Agency do not make this distinction clearly enough.

  15. Background: JDRF

    JDRF
    Image caption: The JDRF website

    Click here to get on to the JDRF website

    Here is how JDRF says it can help those affected by type 1 diabetes: 

    "Whether you've just been diagnosed or you or your loved one have been living with type 1 diabetes for a while, we're here to give you the information and support you need to effectively manage and live with the condition, without changing your lifestyle."

  16. SNP MSP welcomes type 1 diabetes researchers, fundraisers and families to the gallery

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson
    Image caption: Type 1 diabetes researchers, fundraisers and families are in the gallery for th edebate

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson welcomes type 1 diabetes researchers, fundraisers and those with the disease, to the gallery.

    Ms Adamson says type 1 diabetes affects 29,000 people living in Scotland and this makes it the third highest rate in the world.

    She says a diagnosis can mean disruption to sleeping patterns and abnormal glucose levels in the body.

    The SNP MSP commends fundraisers for raising money for research. 

  17. Praise for the work of JDRF

    JDRF website
    Image caption: Ms Adamson praises the work of the charity of JDRF

    Ms Adamson says type 1 diabetes is not linked to lifestyle factors such as diet or exercise.

    The SNP MSP uses her motion to commend the work of JDRF, which is the type 1 diabetes charity that is funding research projects in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow to improve the lives of people with the condition until a cure is found.

    She says JDRF's objective to foster collaboration between industry, academics and clinicians to ensure that new research is driven forward and that Scotland can play a leading role in finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

  18. Scotland has the third highest incidence of type 1 diabetes in the world

    Insulin injection

    Ms Adamson uses her motion to highlight the fact that  Scotland has the third highest incidence of type 1 diabetes in the world and that more than 29,000 people are living with the condition.

    The SNP MSP says  incidence of the disease is rising particularly rapidly in children under the age of five.

    She says people with the condition face challenges  on a daily basis with constant monitoring and injections of insulin to manage it.

  19. Here's the motion for the debate on Type 1 Diabetes in Scotland

    Motion for member's debate