Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    Sheku Bayoh

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Tuesday 12 November 2019.

    A public inquiry is to be held into the circumstances surrounding the death of Sheku Bayoh in police custody, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has confirmed.

    Mr Bayoh never regained consciousness after being restrained by police in Kirkcaldy, Fife, in 2015.

    Mr Yousaf said the questions to be examined by the inquiry would include whether race played a part in Mr Bayoh's death.

    He said all deaths in police custody were subject to a mandatory fatal accident inquiry (FAI), but that the Lord Advocate believed this would not allow all the issues to be addressed in this case.

  2. Any candidate who feels unsafe should contact police

    Parliamentary Business Minister Graeme Dey

    Parliamentary Business Minister Graeme Dey supports calls for the Scottish Parliament to consider a code of conduct similar to the one being considerd by the Jo Cox Foundation and Westminster.

    However, Mr Dey echoes others' contributions that often the worst offenders are not MSPs or staffers.

    Those who campaign and stand for election have the right to debate an issue without abuse or intimidation he argues.

    Mr Dey highlights a review of hate crime laws in Scotland led to recommendations on dealing with online hate speak and confirms the government is intending to bring forward its proposals in this parliamentary session.

    He highlights guidance creates by the police and Electoral Commission on candidate safety and urges anyone who feels unsafe to contact the police.

  3. Abusive behaviour threatens democracy itself

    Labour MSP Elaine Smith

    Labour MSP Elaine Smith remembers the optimism that the Scottish Parliament would be different, challenging and scrutinising, an inclusive parliament.

    Ms Smith ponders whether MSPs are adhering to the parliament's code of conduct, saying there are times when the debate in the chamber has fallen short.

    The Labour MSP agrees with the Jo Cox Foundation that abusive behaviour threatens democracy itself.

  4. Background: Politician outlines abuse she faces on a daily basis

    Video content

    Video caption: Mhairi Black: I was pressed up against colleague accused of sexual misconduct

    The SNP's Mhairi Black has told how she was "physically pressed up" against a colleague accused of sexual misconduct in the House of Commons voting lobby.

    She revealed the incident as she outlined the full scale of misogynistic abuse she has faced since becoming an MP.

    Ms Black spoke out as MPs called for misogyny to be treated as a hate crime.

    The debate was sparked by Labour's Melanie Onn, who urged the government to formally extend the current five strands of centrally monitored hate crime to include misogyny.

    Answering the debate for the government, Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins said hate crime currently covers offences that target race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity, but a "fundamental aspect of the legislation is that these motivations can be proven and demonstrate the hate element."

    Read more.

  5. Tory MSP highlights 'toxic and divisive' nature of 2017 election

    Ms Hamilton

    Ms Hamilton says democracy is in decline and respectful debate is being undermined.

    The 2017 general election was "toxic and divisive" and there was a marked increase in abuse, she says.

    Social media has taken on an unsocial edge, the Tory MSP adds, saying threats becoming more nasty and personal.

    She highlights women and ethnic minority candidates face the worst of abuse and points to a flux of female politicians who have chosen to step down recently.

    Ms Hamilton suggests a cross-party group to set out minimum standards of behaviour should be established, and social media companies must take some responsibility for content published by users.

  6. Background: Female MPs say abuse forcing them from politics

    Video content

    Video caption: Nicky Morgan: 'Every day you open emails with more abuse'

    MPs have increasingly become the target of abuse - and some women politicians say they are bearing the brunt of it.

    More than 50 MPs have announced they are standing down at the next general election on 12 December- 18 of them female.

    But a number of high-profile women have cited abuse as a factor in their decision.

    Read more.

  7. Tackling intimidation in public life

    Tory MSP Rachael Hamilton is leading a debate on tackling intimidation in public life.

    Her motion highlights the extent of the problem and a report on how it is putting people off from from standing for elected office.

    It also highlights how this disproportionately impacts women.

    Motion
  8. MSPs back EU citizens motion as amended

    Government motion

    MSPs back the government motion from the 'protecting the rights of EU Citizens in Scotland' debate, as amended by Labour.

    71 MSPs back it and 22 voted against.

    Labour amendment

    MSPs voted to reject the Tory amendment, with 22 MSPs backing it but 71 against.

    They did however back the Labour amendment with 71 MSPs for and 22 against.

    Tory amendment
  9. Deportation hangs over heads of EU citizens - minister

    Ben Macpherson

    Europe and Migration Minister Ben Macpherson urges Tory MSPs to listen to the stories of EU citizens who have had to apply for settled status and how they have felt rejected by the UK.

    It was wrong to equate the politics of Brexit as a whole with the rights of EU citizens, he says.

    Mr Macpherson says the application hangs the idea of deportation over the heads of EU citizens.

  10. Call for an honest debate about immigration

    Adam Tomkins

    Adam Tomkins, closing for the Scottish Conservatives, calls for an honest debate about immigration, adding it is not an unalloyed good as it comes with difficulties as well as benefits.

    Scotland needs migrant labour, both from the EU and beyond, he points out.

    He says the uncertainty and anxiety facing EU citizens is caused by the failure of MPs, including the SNP, to back the Brexit deal.

  11. Immigrants often blamed by politicians says Labour MSP

    Mr Rowley

    Mr Rowley says immigrants are often blamed for issues like the lack of housing and difficulties with accessing the NHS.

    If politicians had not ducked these issues, we would maybe not be where we are today with Brexit he suggests.

    Most people want to see a solution to Brexit and the best way to do this is to go back to the people to ask if this is what they really wanted, the Labour MSP states.

  12. Background: What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

    UK and EU flagsq

    The scheme processes the applications of European Union (EU) citizens currently living in the UK to allow them to remain in the UK after Brexit went live on 21 January.

    Anyone currently living in the UK who is an EU citizen will have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 in order to be allowed to stay in the country.

    Successful applicants will be given either settled or pre-settled status.

    Anyone who doesn't apply by this deadline when they should have will no longer be living in the country legally.

    Read more.

  13. Background: How do you apply for settled status after Brexit?

    Video content

    Video caption: How do you apply for settled status after Brexit?

    Millions of EU citizens living in the UK will have to apply for 'settled status' to remain in Britain after Brexit. Applicants must have lived in the UK for five years and pay a fee of £65 each. 'Settled status' gives EU citizens the same access to health care and education after Britain leaves the EU.

    BBC reporter Helene Daouphars (who is French) looks at how to apply.

    Click herefor more information on the process of applying for settled status.

  14. 'Slapping on a nurses tax is no way to persuade them to stay' - Lib Dem MSP

    Mr McArthur says rural parts of Scotland has the most acute teacher shortages in Europe yet we are seeing fewer EU citizens register to teach in Scotland.

    Surcharging EU health professionals £400 a year to work in our NHS will do nothing to stem the flow of nurses leaving the country, he states.

    "Slapping on a nurses tax is no way to persuade them to stay or others to come in future."

    He concludes saying for EU citizens across the UK we must do better and to do that we must stop Brexit.

  15. Lib Dem MSP accuses Tories of immigration scaremongering

    Liam McArthur
    Image caption: Liam McArthur

    Liam McArthur accuses the Tories of scaremongering about immigration in the run up to the EU referendum.

    The Lib Dem MSP insists the UK government has "sought to use EU nationals as pawns in a wider game of political brinkmanship".

    He argues that for Theresa May and now Boris Johnson "ending freedom of movement is the Holy Grail".

    This approach is "akin to cutting off our nose to spite our face", he adds.

  16. Background: 'I'm angry to be treated as a second-class citizen'

    Tina Crolla Stewart
    Image caption: Tina Crolla Stewart is angry at both the process for applying and having to do it in the first place

    Tina Crolla Stewart has lived in Scotland for 59 years but like thousands of other EU citizens she will have to apply for "settled status" after Brexit.

    The scheme aims to help EU citizens and their families to live and work in the UK after freedom of movement ends.

    But 71-year-old Mrs Crolla Stewart is angry at both the process for applying and having to do it in the first place.

    "I never became a British citizen because I am proud to be Italian," she says.

    Read more.

  17. EU citizens benefit health, higher education and research - Labour MSP

    Mr Rowley says we need people to make their lives here, adding each EU citizen that comes to work here boosts GDP by £34,000.

    EU citizens have advanced Scotland's health, higher education and research sectors he argues.

    Scotland needs to be able to recruit from the EEA to ensure the health service has the staffing levels is needs, the Labour MSP adds.

    He says the settled status scheme must be reformed to make it simpler and ensure EU citizens retain rights.

  18. Lack of awareness about EU settlement scheme says Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley
    Image caption: Labour MSP Alex Rowley

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley says EU citizens will now be required to apply for permission to stay in their own homes and their own communities.

    "This cannot be right," he adds, calling for the EU settlement scheme to be changed.

    He warns there is a lack of awareness around the scheme and problems accessing the necessary documentation.

    Some people don't realise that everyone in a household must apply, explains the Labour MSP.

    He says the UK government have acknowledged it is the most vulnerable that will fall between the tracks, like for example victims of sex trafficking or those who are isolated.

    Labour MSP Claire Baker's amendment
    Image caption: Labour amendment
  19. Background: EU Settlement Scheme

    Scotland border

    The EU Settlement Scheme aims to help EU citizens and their families to live and work in the UK after freedom of movement ends.

    Applicants must prove their identity, show that they live in the UK and declare any criminal convictions.

    Read more.

  20. Brexit deal allows Scotland to attract skilled migrants says Tory MSP

    Mr Cameron highlights EU citizens make significant contributions in rural areas, such as fishing communities, as well as in research and universities.

    We want to secure a Brexit deal that will allow Scotland to attract skilled migrants, he says, insisting the withdrawal agreement does this.

    He argues the EU settlement scheme is the right approach, with 61% of completed applications resulting in settled status and 38% in pre-settled status.

    The UK government's white paper is not yet official policy but just a starting point he adds.