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Holyrood Annual Review 2019 / 26 August 2019

Holyrood Annual Review 2019 / 26 August 2019

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A look back at the Parliamentary year 2018/19

3  Editor’s note

Balancing legal rights in the bid for trans equality

6  2019 Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past year


10 The Political Year

It has been something of an ‘annus horribilis’ for both Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon



18 Louis Stedman-Bryce

The Brexit Party’s Scottish MEP on why the UK should leave the EU without a deal

22 Kezia Dugdale

On the state of the Scottish Labour Party, and her quest for happiness

26 Openreach

It has been a busy year for Openreach in the 12 months since it separated from BT

28 Law Society of Scotland

New Law Society of Scotland president John Mulholland on fighting for better access to justice


The SFHA is looking to transform the housing sector to solve social, economic and climate issues

32 Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola European Partners on sustainability, DRS, and the journey to zero-waste

34 Business Stream

Chief executive Jo Dow is working hard to drive change in the water sector

36 Edinburgh College

Establishing Edinburgh as the pre-eminent college in Scotland portfolios


39 The year in education

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary John Swinney

41 The year in justice

+Q&A’s with Cabinet Secretary Humza Yousaf

45 The year in health

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Jeanne Freeman

47 The year in finance

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Derek Mackay

51 The year in environment

+Q&A’s with Cabinet Secretaries Roseanna Cunningham and Fergus Ewing

55 The year in government & constitution

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Mike Russell

57 The year in communities & local government

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Ailean Campbell

60 The year in external affairs

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop

63 The year in transport

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson

65 The year in social security

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville


67 Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister speaks about what Brexit might bring

70 Ruth Davidson

The Scottish Conservative leader says her time-out from the political fray has given her a fresh perspective

72 Richard Leonard

Things do not need to continue as they are, the Scottish Labour leader says

74 Willie Rennie

The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader is finding the positives among the negatives

75 Patrick Harvie

The Scottish Greens co-leader looks at how to build a bolder Holyrood

76 Event Report

Holyrood’s summer Westminster drinks reception

80 Diary

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

82 Last Word

Liam Kirkaldy: Labour’s policy of holding two different positions on independence is a guaranteed vote winner

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