Holyrood Magazine Annual Review / 28 August 2017

Written by Holyrood Magazine on 27 August 2017 in Magazine

The Scottish Parliament: A review of the last twelve months in politics including an interview with Former First Minister Alex Salmond and comment from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. A focus on each Scottish Government portfolio and Q&As with the Cabinet Secretaries who look after them. 



10  Political interview: Rt Hon Alex Salmond


16  Overview:  The Political Year 2016-17





20 Nicola sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland


23 Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative Leader


25 Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Labour Leader


27 Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green Co-convener


28 Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader





29 The year in education

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary John Swinney


36 The year in economy & finance

+Q&A’s with Cabinet Secretaries Derek Mackay and Keith Brown


44 The year in health

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison


47 The year in external affairs

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop


54 The year in environment & rural

+Q&A’s with Cabinet Secretaries Roseanna Cunningham and Fergus Ewing


62 The year in equalities

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Angela Constance


65 The year in justice

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson





32 British Heart Foundation

Chief executive Simon Gillespie discusses devolution and Brexit


34 Caledonian Macbrayne

Chief executive Martin Dorchester’s ambitions extend beyond ferries


40 Creative Scotland

Chief executive Janet Archer on the economic and social impact of arts and culture


42 Fontem Ventures

Senior vice-president Marc Michelsen the tobacco industry and the e-cigarette market


50 General Teaching COUNCIL

Chief executive Ken Muir on the Scottish Government’s governance review


52  Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Chair Professor Lorne Crerar on progress and aspirations


58 Historic Environment Scotland

Chief executive Alex Paterson believes heritage and history have a role to play in Scotland’s future


60 Visit Scotland

Chief executive Malcolm Roughead reveals the key to building tourism





3 Editor’s note: A year in which a PM tried to strengthen her hand but lost her head, an FM called a referendum but lost her nerve and a Labour Party leader lost an election but won over a nation


6  Roundup: Pictures, numbers, cartoons and digital highlights from 2016-17


68 Event Report: A report from Holyrood’s summer drinks receptions


72 Diary: A look at the best diary stories from the past year


74 Last Word: Liam Kirkaldy takes a look at a confusing twelve months in politics

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