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MSPs take part in a minute silence following the Orlando shootings

Today was the first meeting of the Scottish Parliament since the horrific shooting in Orlando in the early hours of Sunday morning. In solidarity, members joined me in offering a minute silence to show our respects to the people of America.

On behalf of all MSPs, I have written to the President of the Florida Senate, to the Speaker of House of Representatives in Florida and to the Principle Officer in the American Consulate in Edinburgh, to express our condolences at this cowardly shooting. I have also expressed our solidarity with the people of Florida, with members of the LGBTI community in Florida and beyond.

Click here to watch the video footage from the Chamber.

MSPs take part in a minute silence following the Orlando shootings
MSPs take part in a minute silence following the Orlando shootings