Humza Yousaf faces First Minister's Questions as by-election vote opens

Opposition leaders will question the First Minister at Holyrood on Thursday.

Humza Yousaf is facing questions from MSPs at the Scottish Parliament as voting gets under way in Scotland’s first recall by-election.

First Minister’s Questions will see him quizzed by leaders of opposition parties Douglas Ross and Anas Sarwar.

Yousaf will also be asked about what support the Scottish Government is providing to Creative Scotland.

Funding of £6.6m has been cut from the organisation’s budget despite reassurances earlier this year that the cuts would not go ahead.

First Minister will also be asked what assessment the Scottish Government has made of any impact of operational changes in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on response times to recent incidents, including the fires at the Ayr Station Hotel and Kitty’s nightclub in Kirkcaldy.

Voters are going to the polls in Rutherglen and Hamilton West in the country’s first recall by-election.

The seat was vacated after former SNP MP Margaret Ferrier was ousted in a recall petition.

Ferrier was kicked out of the SNP for breaching Covid regulations by travelling between London and Glasgow after testing positive for the virus.

SNP candidate Katy Loudon goes up against Labour’s Michael Shanks and Tory hopeful Thomas Kerr.

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