Holyrood Magazine Annual Review / 29 August 2016

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The Scottish Parliament: A review of the last twelve months in politics including an interview with Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans 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. 


3 Editor’s note

It’s hardly believable that only 10 weeks have passed since the EU referendum and the shockwaves still reverberate


6  Roundup

Pictures, numbers, cartoons and digital highlights from 2015-16


10 Overview: The Political Year

The last 12 months proved it is not just Scottish politics that has turned upside down


15 Interview: Leslie Evans

Scotland’s first female Permanent Secretary marks her first year in the job


20 Comment: Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister reflects on the last year in politics


23 Portfolio: Education

Ambitions for education will rely on the support of teachers

+ Q&A with Cabinet Secretary John Swinney


26 Interview: Highlands & Islands  Enterprise

Charlotte Wright on boosting the Highlands and Islands economy


28 Portfolio: Economy & Finance

From fiscal framework highs to falling oil prices and post-Brexit fallout

+ Q&As with Cabinet Secretaries Derek Mackay and Keith Brown


32 Interview: NHS Health Scotland

Chief executive Gerry McLaughlin on the health board’s new direction


34 Portfolio: Health

Time for the governance of health to be restructured?

+ Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison


37 Portfolio: Environment and Rural Economy

The Paris talks and disputes over energy and land reform have made for an eventful year 

+ Q&As with Cabinet Secretaries Roseanna Cunningham and Fergus Ewing


40 Portfolio: External Affairs

Why the Brexit vote changed everything

+ Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop


42 Interview: East Ayrshire Council

Chief executive Fiona Lees on a period of intense transformation


44 Portfolio: Equalities

New legislation is already on the table

+ Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Angela Constance


46 Portfolio: Justice

The challenges looming on Michael Matheson’s horizon 

+ Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson


48 Event Report

A report from Holyrood’s summer drinks receptions for Scotland’s MSPs and MPs


52 Diary

A look at the best diary stories from the past year


54 Last Word

Liam Kirkaldy on Owen Smith’s weird attempts to seem normal

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