Holyrood Magazine issue 398 / 26 February 2018
Scottish Conservative Party Spring Conference 2018: featuring interview with Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative party leader, original comment by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and a closer look at the 13 Scottish Tory MPs at Westminster. Also: Tackling plastic waste – do current plans go far enough?
3 Editor’s note
While my inclination is to always side with the perceived victims in cases of sexual harassment, I worry too that natural justice is being sacrificed by political parties
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks
7 Talking Point
Can local government cope with the childcare expansion?
9 Digital Highlights
The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content
10 Political Spotlight
What is the SNP depute leader position for?
15 Cover Story: Tory Party Spring Conference
The roots of Conservative success in 2021 lie in policy and places
19 Comment: Rt Hon Theresa May
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party is in victorious mood
22 Interview: Ruth Davidson
The Scottish Conservative leader reflects on the party’s turn of fortune
28 Focus: The 13 Tory MPs at Westminster
A look at the new Scottish contingent on the Conservative benches
31 Feature: Tackling plastics
Plastics are damaging our natural environment, but do current plans go far enough?
36 Event Report
Digital health and care awards and event
40 Getting to Know You
What did Gillian Martin’s students call her?
Loki: Time to engage with the Tories
Fox attack, and what difference does Morrissey make?
45 Politicians and their pets
Labour councillor Eva Murray’s campaigning cat
46 Last Word
Sketch: David Davis travels to Vienna to promise the UK will do its best to avoid turning into a Mad Max style dystopia