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Holyrood 425 / 20 May 2019

Holyrood 425 / 20 May 2019

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Revisiting Kirsty, The Holyrood Baby, at three years old, including comment from Maree Todd, Minister for Children and Young People and an interview with Bruce Adamson, children and young people’s commissioner.  Plus Scottish Parliament twentieth anniversary interview with Lord Jack McConnell and Lord Jim Wallace.

3 Editor’s note

The rows may have exposed a nuanced difference in ideological approach to equality but they have also shone a light on the resurgence of that age-old fundamental split in the SNP

6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

7 Talking Point

Body-shaming of girls starts young

9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content

10 Political Spotlight

The Tories and Labour try to distance themselves from Brexit ahead of Thursday’s vote

12   #holyroodbaby: Kirsty at three

After three years of adversity, Kirsty is not doomed

18   Minister’s comment: Maree Todd

The Minister for Children and Young People on her own experience of parenting

20   Interview: Bruce Adamson

The children and young people’s commissioner talks about being a brave voice on behalf of the nation’s young people

23   Q&A: ACEs

Four MSPs explain how an awareness of the effects of adverse childhood experiences influences their policy making

26   Cover story: Jack and Jim

Lord McConnell and Lord Wallace look back at the days of coalition and how the parliament has changed Scotland

31   Regional spotlight: South Scotland

The south of Scotland has been overlooked for far too long

36 Getting to know you

Emma Harper likes apocalyptic sci-fi and an orange teddy       

38 Comment

Kate Shannon: the ‘sex strike’ idea just shows how far we still have to go        

39 Awards shortlist

The Holyrood Connect Awards shortlist

40 Diary

Labour’s love affair with Wales, square sausage and dropping the C-bomb

41 Politicians & their pets

Holyrood interviews the dog of the year. via Jeremy Balfour

42 Last Word

Sketch: Liam Kirkaldy attempts to get to grips with the Scottish Parliament’s Place Principle debate

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