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Holyrood 423 / 22 April 2019

Holyrood 423 / 22 April 2019

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SNP Conference Special: Original comment from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on trust in politics; Interview with SNP MSP Alyn Smith on Scotland’s future in Europe; and new polling on independence. Plus: The Smacking Debate - should Scotland follow Ireland’s lead and give children equal protection against assault?

3 Editor’s note

In this current clime, expressing any kind of idiosyncratic view of sex is close to heresy to the trans activists who proclaim, emphatically, that ‘a trans woman, is a woman’ and ‘a trans man is a man’

6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

7 Talking Point

Power needs to shift from landlords to tenants

9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content

10 Political Spotlight

There is more interest in the European election than ever before

12   Special Feature: The historic environment

Historic Environment Scotland’s new corporate plan goes beyond castles and stone circles

15   First Minister’s Comment: Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon looks at what has changed since the SNP last held its party conference in Edinburgh 11 years ago

18   Overview: SNP conference

The SNP has a huge membership, but can it turn the numbers into political momentum?

23   Polling: Voters on independence

Angus Robertson on what polling says about the approach to a second independence referendum

26   Cover Story: Alyn Smith MEP

The SNP MEP sits down to discuss Scotland’s future in Europe with Holyrood’s Tom Freeman

31   Feature: Smacking ban

Ireland introduced a so-called smacking ban in 2015

34 Event Preview

Get your nominations in for Holyrood’s political awards

36 Getting to Know You

Oliver Mundell on an awkward student accident 

38 Comment

Kirsty Strickland on freedom of speech  

40 Diary

Parliament in cartoons and Green contraceptives

41 Pets

Labour councillor Robert Foster with his Jack Russell Glen

42 Last Word

Sketch: Amber Rudd may or may not want to become the next leader of the Conservative party...

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