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Holyrood 501 / 13 February 2023

Holyrood 501 / 13 February 2023

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Anas Sarwar: Politically Speaking

Exclusive polling shows a gulf between voters and the Scottish Government on key issues

3 Editor’s note: In the end, it was a simple journalist’s question: “Are all trans women, women?” 5  Roundup: Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks
7 Talking Point: A policy which sees Scottish students rejected from university on the basis of class is neither progressive nor fair 
8  Political Spotlight: Political Distance - Exclusive polling from Lord Ashcroft shows a gulf between voters and the Scottish Government on key issues
12  Economy: Gloomy Forecast - The UK is caught in an economic storm, so what is the outlook for Scotland and how do we part the clouds?
16  Interview: John Swinney - The finance secretary on how he hopes to stave off a new round of Tory austerity with the powers at his disposal
19  Economy: Acts of Union - With industrial strife once again gripping Britain, trade unions and their members are under attack
23  Party political: State of Play -With spring conference season upon us, how are each of the parties feeling about the challenges ahead?
26  Interview: Anas Sarwar - The Scottish Labour leader on whipping his party back into shape
31  Feature: Care Homes - The latest plan to save the NHS is to discharge patients into care homes, but who will save the care home sector?
34 Getting to know... Liz Smith MSP on her love for the outdoors and her trip to Pakistan 
36 Event spotlight - Industry leaders discuss the challenges facing public sector cyber security
38 Comment - Labour needs to follow through on constitutional reform, says James Mitchell
39 Politicians’ pets - Councillor Linda Dorward introduces  us to her dogs, Jack and Rosie
40 Diary - Style icon Sturgeon, Tory condoms, and Salmond appears on Jeremy Kyle
41 Political spin - Ian Murray MP on his love for the bagpipes
42 Last Word: The Budget is a straight-to-video release

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