Holyrood 422 / 8 April 2019

Written by Holyrood Magazine on 8 April 2019 in Magazine

Interview: Scotland’s Mental Health Minister, Clare Haughey. Plus: MSPs on the abuse they receive, regional spotlight on the Highlands, and Scottish Parliament 20th Anniversary interview with former Labour MSP Malcolm Chisholm

3 Editor’s note

Brexit is taking a wrecking ball to the Tories and May’s move to bond with Corbyn – whether cynical or not – has just rubbed salt into very raw wounds


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

Physical punishment impacts on mental and physical health


9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


10 Political Spotlight

Brexit is like a TV series with an increasingly improbable plotline


12   Overview: Mental health

Human rights are at the centre of attempts to review mental health laws


16   Cover Story: Clare Haughey

The Minister for Mental Health on cultural change and her journey into politics


22   Focus: Suicide in the Highlands

People in remote places are further from support


24   Roundtable: MSPs at risk

Holyrood brings together five MSPs to talk about the mood surrounding politics


28   Regional Spotlight: Highlands

The latest in our series of features examining how devolution changed Scotland


33 Malcolm Chisholm

Interview with the former Leith MP and MSP


36 Getting to know you

Peter Chapman went to school on a bus


38 Comment

Laura Kelly on Brexit and the fragile peace in Northern Ireland


40 Diary

April Fools and a vegan sausage roll tree


41 Pets

Ged Killen’s Westie Molly comes on every holiday


42 Last Word

Sketch: Liam Kirkaldy on how UK politics got stuck in an endless loop

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