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FMQs may be over, but there is still plenty to come later today in the Scottish Parliament.

At around 2.25pm Justice Secretary Angela Constance will make a statement on Scotland’s prison population.

This morning Wendy Sinclair-Gibeon, chief inspector of prisons, warned measures such as releasing prisoners early and not ending certain criminals to prison could be taken to help combat overcrowding. We’ll be watching that statement to bring you the latest.

After that Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain KC will be in parliament to give a statement on the Post Office Horizon scandal - that should keep the Scottish Conservatives happy, as they’ve been calling for her to come to parliament with an update on this for a while now.

And we will be keeping an eye on the standards committee who are due to meet again this afternoon to discuss Michael Matheson MSP breaching the MSP code of conduct.

SNP backbencher Rona Mackay is now asking about nuclear energy - as soon as she mentioned nuclear power, there was lots of clapping and table thumping from the Conservative benches.

She asks if Scottish Secretary Alister Jack spoke to Scottish ministers before announcing these plans, and says this should be opposed.

In response John Swinney said: “I am often lectured in this parliament about the importance of good intergovernmental relations.

“The Scottish secretary made no mention of this proposal to the Scottish Government.

“This is incompatible with good intergovernmental working and illustrative of the damaging and menacing behaviour of the secretary of state for Scotland.

“The Scottish Government will not support any new nuclear power stations in Scotland - we will have nothing to do with nuclear power.”

Lots of reaction now to John Swinney’s comments on housebuilding - the discussion was sparked by a question from Highlands and Islands Labour MSP on the lack of affordable housing for healthcare workers in rural areas.

Mr Swinney says Scotland has built 40 per cent more affordable homes than England, and 70 per cent mroe than Wales.

He said: “The government is determined to put resources in place to deliver houses for people and we have a formidable record of house building.”

The microphones are picking up a comment from the opposition benches: “That’s brave.”

Quick look back at what’s happened today down south - Labour MP Shabana Mahmood says the new deputy first minister Kate Forbes has suffered “disgraceful” abuse because of her faith.

Ms Forbes has been criticised for her socially-conservative views, particularly her opposition to single-sex marriage, abortion and having children outside of wedlock.

SNP MSP Bob Doris is now asking about whooping cough, after five young children died in England.

The proportion of babies in Nottinghamshire vaccinated against whooping cough failed to meet a key health targetThe proportion of babies in Nottinghamshire vaccinated against whooping cough failed to meet a key health target
The proportion of babies in Nottinghamshire vaccinated against whooping cough failed to meet a key health target

John Swinney said cases have since been confirmed in Scotland, and added: “Young, unimmunised babies are particularly at risk of severe illness, but that can be avoided with immunisation.

“I would encourage babies and pregnant women to get vaccinated.”

In response Mr Doris said vaccination rates have fallen in recent times, particularly in deprived areas, and the First Minister needs to work with NHS boards to support midwives and health visitors to increase the uptake of vaccines.

Mr Swinney said: “Immunisation is the most reliable way to protect babies in the early weeks of their lives.

“The chief midwifery officer has written to maternity services to encourage vaccination for pregnant women.”

SNP MSP Evelyn Tweed is now asking about sextortion, highlighting the death of 16-year-old Murray Dowey from Dunblane.

Murray took his own life after becoming a victim of sextortion.

John Swinney said: “I have watched with incredible admiration the courage of his parents in talking about their son Murray.

“I cannot, as a parent of a teenager, comprehend the scale of loss and unimaginable suffering they are experience.

“I commend their bravery in raising the threat of sextortion and continue to prioritise working with our partners to protect children and young people.”

Scottish Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton is also going in on emergency healthcare on the Isle of Skye, saying five epipens were used and her boyfriend was throwing rocks at the windows of Portree Hospital to try and get help.

He said this issue is not unique to Skye, saying mothers are having to travel hundreds of miles down the A9 to give birth because the maternity unit in Caithness is closed.

Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Alex Cole Hamilton speaks to the media in the Scottish Parliament after Humza Yousaf announced his resignation as First Minister. Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith/SWNSScottish Liberal Democrats leader Alex Cole Hamilton speaks to the media in the Scottish Parliament after Humza Yousaf announced his resignation as First Minister. Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith/SWNS
Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Alex Cole Hamilton speaks to the media in the Scottish Parliament after Humza Yousaf announced his resignation as First Minister. Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith/SWNS

Mr Cole-Hamilton is asking why it has taken six years and a near fatality to speak to NHS Highland about reinstating emergency care in Portree.

John Swinney said: “The circumstances at the weekend were unacceptable.

“The recommendations of the Sir Lewis Ritchie report should have been implemented and it is not good enough that has not been addressed.

“Mr Cole-Hamilton also raises issues about maternity care in Caithness - we take direct clinical advice about the sustainability of clinical services and it is inappropriate for the government not to take the clinical advice seriously.”

John Swinney says he needs to be straight with the parliament and public about the financial challenges the government faces.

He said: “How does [Mr Sarwar] believe we can invest as much as we do if we are not prepared to ask people to contribute more in taxation?”

Mr Sarwar said this “demonstrates the economic incoherence of this First Ministerthat he supports higher taxes for nurses but lower taxes for oil and gas giants making record profits during a cost-of-living crisis”.

He asks why John Swinney is the man to fix the mess when he made the mess.

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