FIRST Minister’s Questions was suspended on Thursday afternoon after an oil protester began shouting from the public gallery.

Nicola Sturgeon had been taking a question on the record temperatures recorded in Scotland last year as the activist began to shout.

The first intervention asked the First Minister to “oppose each and every new oil or gas project”.

A second person added: "We need proper opposition to Westminster non Rosebank and Jackdaw and no new onshore projects like Peterhead - which you have control over."

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A third said: "We need to transition to renewables for people not profit. This means no destruction of St. Fittick's, and no reliance on false solutions like carbon capture."

Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone acted quickly to stop proceedings and the campaignera were swiftly removed from the public gallery.

It comes after the Energy Secretary launched the Government's new energy strategy this week.

The document set out the Scottish Government’s goal of expanding renewable energy as oil and gas production in the North Sea is expected to “effectively end” in the next 20 years.

He said the Government is consulting on whether there should be a presumption against new drilling.

However, campaigners have called on the First Minister to announce an official end date for the drilling of oil.

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On Wednesday, Tessa Khan of climate justice group Uplift said: “Crucially, this draft strategy recognises that we need the fastest and fairest transition possible away from oil and gas.

"But for Nicola Sturgeon to claim the title of climate leader, she needs to champion an end date for oil and gas production, which is what the climate demands.”

During Prime Minister's Questions, Rishi Sunak said that the Scottish oil and gas industry had his support and criticised the Scottish Government's plans for a just transition. 

Under the devolution settlement, offshore licensing is reserved to the UK Government.