A special edition of Representing Border with the highlights of Saturday's Scottish Parliament twentieth anniversary events. We look back on a day of formal ceremony and celebration at Holyrood. And Christine Grahame and David Mundell, who were elected to serve the South of Scotland in 1999 reflect on two decades of devolution.
On tonight's programme - at the final First Minister's Questions before MSPs head off for the summer recess Nicola Sturgeon defends her government's record on schools and mental health. The Scotsman's Joyce McMillan and Kieran Andrews from Times look back on the last six months of Brexit paralysis that cost the Prime Minister her job. And Peter MacMahon speaks to the leader of Plaid Cymru Adam Price who is calling for a renewed relationship between the nations of Britain based on lessons we can learn from the Benelux countries.
The Scottish Government reveal more details of their plans for a Citizen's Assembly. Peter Macmahon asks the Constitutional Affairs Secretary Michael Russell if they can work without cross party support. Also on the programme - tackling child poverty. A new Scottish benefit for the poorest youngsters is to be fast tracked. We get reaction from Hawick. And the Parliament's Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh answers criticism that Holyrood is still too remote from rural Scotland
On tonight's programme the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown warns the Union wouldn't be safe in Boris Johnson's hands. And the defecto deputy PM David Lidington also weighs in, telling Representing Border that Boris Johnson's failure to rule out a no deal Brexit damages the United Kingdom. Peter MacMahon speaks to Deputy First Minister John Swinney about the Tory leadership contender and about the Scottish Government's education reforms. Also on the programme, coming of age in the devolution era. Young people from the Borders tell us what they think of the Scottish Parliament ahead of this weekend's twentieth anniversary celebrations
With Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt set to contest the next phase of the Tory leadership contest we ask the Scotsman's Joyce McMillan and Kieran Andrews from The Times how it will play out north of the Border. Also on the programme - only one in ten Scottish farmers are positive about their post Brexit future according to their Union's biggest members survey. We report from the Royal Highland show. And the Scottish Government delays planned reforms to make it easier and faster for people to legally change their gender. Peter MacMahon speaks to the Equalities Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville.
Peter MacMahon presents tonight's programme from Westminster as the International Development Secretary Rory Stewart is knocked out of the Tory leadership contest. The frontrunner Boris Johnson is branded a racist and not fit for office by the SNP Peter speaks to the Borders MP John Lamont who's backing Jeremy Hunt for number ten. And we hear too from the Scotsman's Westminster correspondent on the impact the leadership battle's having on the Scottish Tory party. Also on the programme, MSPs approve the principles of the workplace parking levy, but only after a bad tempered debate.
As climate emergency campaigners converge on Holyrood to demand more urgent action on cutting greenhouse gas emissions we'll debate the new targets agreed today by MSPs with the Greens and Conservatives. And Peter MacMahon speaks to the Climate Change Secretary. Also on the programme, three years on from the referendum we hear the Brexit hopes and fears of two South of Scotland farmers. Plus, from the horrors of civil war to the safety of the South west. We report on the successes and struggles of Syrian refugees making a new life in Dumfries.
After Boris Johnson wins round one of the Tory leadership contest the Scottish Secretary David Mundell tells Representing Border he isn't now ruling out serving in a Johnson cabinet. We have the details of the first ballot. And our regular commentators Joyce McMillan and Alex Massie consider what a Johnson premiership might mean for the Tories north of the border.
On tonight's programme - Boris Johnson makes his pitch for the Tory leadership claiming the survival of his party depends on no more Brexit delays. We ask the Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson if she could work with a Prime Minister Johnson. Also on the programme - a question of gender and sex. The row over what should be asked in the next census, and what it means for trans rights and women's rights.
Despite being defeated in Parliament the Scottish Government has refused to scrap National Standardised Assessments for the youngest pupils. Peter MacMahon speaks to the Education Secretary after John Swinney unveils a review of the tests for five year olds which concludes they should continue, albeit with modifications. Also on the programme, a green light for new rules on organ transplants. Now it will be presumed people have given their consent to donations unless they've said otherwise. And not that superfast. A South of Scotland MSP calls on Ministers to apologise after they admit the rollout of their scheme to provide a hundred percent broadband coverage has been delayed.