Holyrood Magazine issue 399 / 12 March 2018

Written by Holyrood Magazine on 19 March 2018 in Magazine

Scottish Labour Party Spring Conference 2018: featuring interviews with Dame Margaret Beckett and Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard. Also, a focus on the gender agenda including gender parity on public boards.

3 Editor’s note

In this new climate of hyper-vigilance, there is also a creeping hyper-sensitivity, an intolerance of nuance and a disregard for the mistakes and mess-ups inherent within human behaviour


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

The Beast from the East exposed our car addiction


9 Mark McDonald

The former children’s minister speaks to Holyrood about his fall from grace


12  Overview: Labour Party Conference

Jeremy Corbyn’s success at the 2017 election has quietened dissent, but could Brexit cause the leadership more pain?


14  Interview: Richard Leonard

The Scottish Labour leader on Scotland’s cooperative heritage


19  Overview: The gender agenda

Current events and history have converged to make gender equality a high-profile issue in recent weeks


26  Focus: Gender parity on public boards

Parliament has legislated for gender equal public boards, but what about the private sector?


28 Cover story: Margaret Beckett

The longest-serving woman MP ever speaks to Mandy Rhodes


34 Event Report

Procurement takes centre stage at the Scotland Excel conference


36 Photo gallery

Pictures from the Scotland Excel Supplier Excellence Awards


38 Comment

Henry McLeish: Labour’s opportunities lie in post-Brexit Scotland


39 Holyrood Policy

Loneliness is a lifetime condition


40 Diary

A crown prince, a new single market and Theresa May hits the wall


41 Politicians and their pets

Mark Ruskell’s speedy pal Bert


42 Last Word

Mike Russell appears in front of the Delegated Powers Committee, as MSPs scrutinise scrutiny itself

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