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Holyrood Annual Review / 17 August 2020

Holyrood Annual Review / 17 August 2020

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A look back at the Parliamentary year 2019-2020

3  Editor’s note
The foundations of our relationship with government, with work, and even with each other, have been unalterably shaken

6  2020 Roundup
Pictures and numbers from the past year

10 The political year
No one could have predicted where we would be now due to coronavirus

16  Benny Higgins
On why a plan for rebuilding Scotland’s economy must have young people at its core

22 Nicola Sturgeon: 
The next election will be the most important in Scotland’s history

24 Douglas ross:
Healthy democracy can only function when opposition holds government to account

26 Richard Leonard:
Coronavirus has brought new challenges, but old ones remain

28 Patrick Harvie:
Holyrood needs to be bolder with its powers whatever the ultimate constitutional destination

30 Willie Rennie:
We will see the UK return to the European Union before too long

33 The year in Education
+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary John Swinney
+Interview with Edinburgh Napier Business School’s Gail Boag

38 The year in Justice 
+Q&A’s with Cabinet Secretary Humza Yousaf
+Interview with the Law Society’s new president Amanda Millar

42 The year in Health 
+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Jeanne Freeman
+Interview with BHF Scotland
+Interview with Scotland’s chief scientist Professor David Crossman

48 The year in Finance 
+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Kate Forbes
+Interview with head of the FCA’s Scotland office Maggie Craig

52 The year in Environment 
+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham

55 The year in Rural and Tourism 
+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing
+Interview with VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead

60 The year in Constitution 
+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Mike Russell

62 The year in Communities 
+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Ailean Campbell

66 The year in Economy 
+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop
+Interview with Jim Fox from Coca-Cola European Partners

70 The year in Transport and Connectivity 
+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson
+Interview with Paul Coffey, CEO of the Scotland 5G Centre

76 The year in Social Security 
+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville

78 Event Report:
Coronavirus changed the way we do events

80 Diary:
A look at Holyrood’s best diary stories from the past year

82 Last Word:
Nicola Sturgeon leads protests against Nicola Sturgeon

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