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Summary

  1. The constitution committee takes evidence from Scottish Secretary David Mundell on Brexit
  2. Nicola Sturgeon faces the first FMQs of the new session
  3. A Tory MSP leads a debate on the Michelle's Law campaign
  4. The third and final part of the programme for government debate takes place

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live this week

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Thursday 6 September 2018.

    The issue of victims' rights dominated the chamber in both FMQs and the lunchtime member's debate.

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the relatives of Michael Mosey, who was murdered in his own home, were told of his killer's release on the anniversary of his death.

    Michael Mosey was bludgeoned to death in his own kitchen
    Image caption: Michael Mosey was bludgeoned to death in his own kitchen

    Conservative MSP Liam Kerr used his member's debate to back the Michelle's Law campaign - named for Michelle Stewart who was murdered by an ex-boyfriend.

    During FMQs, Ms Sturgeon said Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf, who recently met Ms Stewart's family, would also be happy to meet relatives of Mr Mosey.

    She added: "We're actively considering the Stewart family's proposals, and indeed other calls for improvements, in detail."

    Michelle Stewart was murdered by her ex-boyfriend
    Image caption: Michelle Stewart was murdered by her ex-boyfriend
  2. Swinney wraps up the debate on the PfG

    There are always further challenges a government must face and address, says Mr Swinney.

    The first of these is how to support young people, he states.

    The deputy first minister points to perinatal support for mothers and baby boxes, education reforms, and investment to combat adverse childhood experiences.

    Mr Swinney says the two other major elements for the government to consider are mental health and national infrastructure.

    Heated exchanges between Mr Swinney and the Tories on tax, health and Brexit end the debate in a somewhat loud manner.

    The programme for government
    Image caption: The programme for government

    Sorry folks that's the end of the programme for government debate, but fret not - click here and you can read the entire document again.

  3. Swinney insists government is implementing the policy of empowering schools

    Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney
    Image caption: Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney

    Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney gets to his feet to bring this three day debate on the programme for government to a close.

    Mr Swinney says in nine minutes of Jackson Carlaw's speech there was not one constructive idea and just a "bundle of abuse", particularly against Willie Rennie's jokes, which the eduation secretary won't have!

    On a more serious note, pivoting to education, he insists the government is implementing the policy of empowering schools, folloing Tory Liz Smith's intervention highlighting the shelving of the Education Bill.

    Mr Swinney argues when the SNP came to power 11 years ago, 61% of young people were educated in schools that were good or satisfactory, that figure is now 86% thanks to the investment of his government.

  4. FM's record is one of poor delivery says Tory MSP

    The SNP front bench
    Image caption: The SNP front bench seem mildly amused by Jackson Carlaw's speech

    Mr Carlaw says this is a government of yesterday's women and men offering empty rhetoric.

    The Tory MSP criticises the SNP's response to Brexit, saying they should have been working with the UK government to strike a post-Brexit deal.

    He claims the first minister's record is one of poor delivery.

    "This was meant to be a refreshed front bench. It already looks and feels just as tired as the one it replaced."

    It is time to make way for those who can make a positive change to Scotland within a dynamic United Kingdom, he concludes.

  5. Tory MSP accuses Sturgeon of using 'i' word into 'each and every statement'

    Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw
    Image caption: Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw

    Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw argues almost from the minute the first minister got to her feet the energy left the room.

    Mr Carlaw says this was the speech of a first minister "running out of passion, steam and crucially time".

    He insists the only cheer from the "subserviant accolytes" behind her came with the mention of the "i" word.

    The Tory MSP adds: "Whatever the day, whatever the hour, whatever the circumstance, whether national disasters or challenges, or internal allegations of sexual misconduct, Nicola Sturgeon incorporates the 'i' word into every, each and every statement".

  6. Labour MSP offers to work with Scottish government on health

    Labour MSP Anas Sarwar
    Image caption: Labour MSP Anas Sarwar

    Labour MSP Anas Sarwar offers to work with the Scottish government to deliver a health service fit for the future.

    He welcomes various announcements in mental health but at the same time highlights the recent CAMHS waiting timie statistics.

    Mr Sarwar calls for more support for NHS staff, highlighting high sickness absence rates.

    We need a cross-government approach to health, he argues, suggesting health inequalities should be considered as part of numerous policy decisions.

    Pressures on hospitals is heaping additional pressure on social care services which are struggling to cope due to council cuts, he states.

    Our treatment of the NHS speaks to our values as a whole nation, says the Labour MSP.

  7. Green MSP calls for investment in the greenest transport to tackle falling bus numbers

    Green MSP Alison Johnstone says the £250m for mental health is very welcome and adds that reducing stigma is important.

    Ms Johnstone praises the contribution from James Dornan earlier in the debate.

    She calls for investment in the greenest transport to tackle falling bus numbers.

    Green MSP Alison Johnstone
    Image caption: Green MSP Alison Johnstone

    The Green MSP welcomes investment in electric cars but says they don't tackle obseity the way active travel does.

    She too asks if the government will incorporate the substantial articles, not just the principles, of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  8. Lib Dem MSP calls for FM to back another Brexit vote

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

    Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton seeks reassurance that all 48 of the articles within the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child will be incorporated into Scots law, rather than just its principles.

    He argues the Scottish government is failing to listen to expert opinion on P1 tests, on the health service and on drug deaths.

    There are no new commitments to workforce planning in the NHS, and particularly social care, he laments.

    While welcoming the focus on mental health in the programme, Mr Cole-Hamilton says the investment is a quarter of what his party had been asking for.

    He also wonders if the changes will be backed by proper resourcing for staffing.

    Moving to Brexit, the Lib Dem MSP urges the FM to back a People's Vote on the final deal.

  9. Background: Programme for government - analysis from Brian Taylor

    Brian Taylor

    BBC Scotland Political Editor

    Willie Rennie's speech was not greeted with acclaim from the SNP front bench
    Image caption: Willie Rennie's speech was not greeted with acclaim from the SNP front bench

    Body language has a considerable role to play in parliamentary discourse. One thinks of dismissive hand gestures or the occasional satirical smile.

    We witnessed a different - but still significant - variant of the genre in play at Holyrood today.

    It emerged during one of the opposition speeches, that of Willie Rennie, he who has the enviable task of shepherding the Liberal Democrats.

    Nicola Sturgeon had set out her programme for government. It was delivered, mostly, in a deliberately workaday fashion, perhaps in recognition of the presumption that mid-Brexit Scotland is in no mood for flamboyance.

  10. The programme for government contains data driven innovation

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson
    Image caption: SNP MSP Clare Adamson

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson says the fourth industrial revolution will lead to a transformation the likes of which people have never seen before.

    Ms Adamson insists the next revolution will be the cyber physical systems revolution, which is about big data, AI and bioengineering, which will offer opportunity and challenges.

    She says this revolution will transform our lives and that is why she is glad the programme for government contains data driven innovation.

    This will lead to high skilled jobs for Scotland, she claims.

  11. Tory MSP expresses concerns around social security delivery

    Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne
    Image caption: Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne

    Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne turns attention to social security, noting the DWP will continue to play a key role in delivery of several devolved benefits until 2020.

    She says that while the FM announced part of the timetable for some benefits, many remain unclear.

    My fear is that PIP, DLA and winter fuel allowance will end up being rushed to delivery, the Tory MSP states.

  12. Background: What new laws are the Scottish government planning?

    The Scottish government has announced plans for 12 new bills during the 2018-19 session of the Scottish Parliament.

    1. Biometric Data Bill
    2. Budget Bill
    3. Census (Amendment) Bill
    4. Consumer Protection Bill
    5. Disclosure Bill
    6. Electoral Franchise Bill
    7. Electoral Reform Bill
    8. Family Law Bill
    9. Female Genital Mutilation Bill
    10. Non-Domestic Rates Bill
    11. Scottish National Investment Bank Bill
    12. South of Scotland Enterprise Agency Bill

    Find out more about he bills here.

  13. Cash-strapped local authorities facing real dilemmas says Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Monica Lennon
    Image caption: Labour MSP Monica Lennon

    Labour MSP Monica Lennon tells the chamber she is disappointed that the programme for government is light on content in relation to local government.

    We can't escape the fact that cuts are making it impossible for councils to deliver the full range of services communities need, she argues.

    Pivoting to the tourism tax, Ms Lennon says ministers are denying councils to option of raising revenue in this way despite support for it at local level.

    Cash-strapped local authorities are facing real dilemmas she states.