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Festive plan fails to cheer MSP

Plans to replace Holyrood’s Christmas carol service with a festive evening have hit a sour note with an MSP.

Conservative deputy leader Murdo Fraser said Christian elements of Wednesday’s celebration were being lost and should be reinstated.

“This is the Scottish Parliament taking Christ out of Christmas,” said the MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife.

However, a spokesman for the parliament insisted that there would be a strong “Christmas focus” to the event.

The spokesman said the event for politicians and staff would include hymns, a gospel reading and blessing.

Mr Fraser said the “PC brigade” had replaced the previous service with a non-Christian event and had not consulted MSPs and staff.

Full story at BBC Scotland News.

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