Holyrood Magazine issue 389 / 9 October 2017

Written by Holyrood Magazine on 16 October 2017 in Magazine

SNP Conference Issue: including interview with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, original comment from Angus Robertson, Alex Neil and Kenny MacAskill, as well as Q&A’s with Westminster MPs Alison Thewliss, Drew Hendry, Hannah Bardell, and Stewart McDonald; Round table on CPR in association with the British Heart Foundation.   

3 Editor’s note

The UK Conservatives see a future with Ruth Davidson in No.10


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


8 Talking Point

The US gun control debate and collective responsibility


10 Political Spotlight

A look at the handling of the referendum in Catalonia


12 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


13  Overview:  SNP Conference 2017

Nicola Sturgeon will speak in front of another packed conference, but should the party be worried?


17  Comment: Angus Robertson

The depute leader takes stock


18  Interview: Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister has got her confidence back and is still firmly committed to independence


26  Focus: Conference resolutions

Is conference a hot bed of policy ideas or just a platform for the leadership?


30  SpAdversaries: Neil vs MacAskill

Two former ministers on Brexit, indy and where the SNP finds itself


32  Q&A’s: From Westminster

SNP MPs discuss their own battles on the green benches


42 Roundtable

Experts take stock of Scotland’s CPR strategy and ask ‘what next?’


46 Getting to know you

Labour’s Daniel Johnson reveals what he was like at school


48 Diary

Disco disaster, the West Wing and Frida Kahlo’s arrival at Tory conference


49 Politicians & their pets

Emma Harper on her love of border collies


50 Last Word

Sketch: Philip Hammond tries to reach out to young people

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