Holyrood Magazine issue 363 / 06 June 2016

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Gender equality during the new parliamentary session provides the focus, with input from Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale and a look at the top 25 influential women in the public sector. Coverage of the cabinet reshuffle includes an interview with new equalities minister Angela Constance. Comment from Henry McLeish.


3 Editor’s note

Cases like Liam Fee’s shine a light on the darkest corners of our society and they inevitably provoke calls for major change


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

Will the SNP back a Hillsborough-style inquiry into the miners’ strike?


9 Digital

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


10 Political Spotlight

Harsh realities cloud a positive response to the Holyrood baby


12  Feature:  Meet the new Cab Secs

We take a look at the people behind the cabinet table


18  Cover story: The Women’s Issue

Women have some of the top roles in the Scottish Parliament, but that doesn’t mean equality has been reached


24  Interview: Angela Constance

New SNP cabinet secretary in charge of social security is ready for a fight with the Tories over welfare cuts


27  Q&A: Women Party Leaders

The three female party leaders tell us how gender equality can be taken forward in this parliament   


31  Top 25: Women in Public Service

A look at 25 of the most influential women in the public sector


38 Comment

Henry McLeish: Criticism of the EU’s lack of democracy has a hollow ring


39 Inbox

Saying hello to the Holyrood baby and thoughts on land reform


40 Diary

Dour Dalai Lama in Dundee, Gilruth names and shames, and Rumbles rumbled


41 On the Desk

COSLA president Councillor David O’Neill shows what’s on his desk


42 Last Word

Sketch: Parliament is back and it’s just as weird as ever

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