Holyrood Magazine issue 367 / 26 September 2016

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Annual autumn conference issue for the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, and the Liberal Democrats. Interviews and original comment from Theresa May, Kezia Dugdale, Tim Farron, Ian Murray, Paul Sinclair and Ramsay Jones.  Spotlight on asylum seekers. Round table on cyber security.


3 Editor’s note

Undoubtedly, for many the immediate post-Brexit era is simply one tinged with regret, but there will be no rerun


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


8 Talking Point

Will the SNP vote against Tory plans for grammar schools south of the border?


10 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


11 Political Spotlight

Is the UK’s system of asylum support humane?


14  Cover Story:  Party Conference Season

Internal party divisions make this conference season a dramatic one


20  Comment: Theresa May

It is more important than ever for the UK Government and the Scottish Government to work together


22  Spadversaries: Paul Sinclair & Ramsey Jones

Former prominent Labour and Conservative spinners reflect on the state of the parties


24  Comment: Kezia Dugdale

I lead the only party that is talking about plans for Scotland’s future


26  Interview: Ian Murray MP

Labour’s only MP in Scotland sets out his hopes and fears ahead of his party’s annual conference in Liverpool this week 


30  Comment: Tim Farron

Why Britain needs the Lib Dems more than ever


32 Round Table

There are significant challenges for managing public sector cybersecurity


36 Event Report

Smart cities technologies could bring diverse benefits to our societies


38 Comment

Henry McLeish: We need to improve access to sport and fitness for everyone


39 Inbox

Maths games, circus animals, council tax reform and the apprenticeship levy


40 Diary

Red Alan, Kevin’s big digger, ping-pong-off and George’s sour grapes


41 On the Desk

Douglas Ross, Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands, shows off his desk


42 Last Word

Sketch: Willie Rennie runs the Lib Dem conference through the secret  to his success: pigs

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