Hate crime vote delayed after marathon Holyrood debate

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The final vote on Scotland’s controversial new hate crime law has been delayed as MSPs debated a raft of amendments.

The legislation consolidates existing law and extends protection for vulnerable groups with a new offence of “stirring up hatred”.

The government accepted some changes but most amendments were rejected during a five-hour Holyrood session.

Due to lack of time the final debate and vote are expected on Thursday.