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Holyrood Magazine Annual Review / 28 August 2017

Holyrood Magazine Annual Review / 28 August 2017

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The Scottish Parliament: A review of the last twelve months in politics including an interview with Former First Minister Alex Salmond and comment from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. A focus on each Scottish Government portfolio and Q&As with the Cabinet Secretaries who look after them. 


10  Political interview: Rt Hon Alex Salmond

16  Overview:  The Political Year 2016-17


20 Nicola sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

23 Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative Leader

25 Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Labour Leader

27 Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green Co-convener

28 Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader


29 The year in education

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary John Swinney

36 The year in economy & finance

+Q&A’s with Cabinet Secretaries Derek Mackay and Keith Brown

44 The year in health

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison

47 The year in external affairs

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop

54 The year in environment & rural

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

62 The year in equalities

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Angela Constance

65 The year in justice

+Q&A with Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson


32 British Heart Foundation

Chief executive Simon Gillespie discusses devolution and Brexit

34 Caledonian Macbrayne

Chief executive Martin Dorchester’s ambitions extend beyond ferries

40 Creative Scotland

Chief executive Janet Archer on the economic and social impact of arts and culture

42 Fontem Ventures

Senior vice-president Marc Michelsen the tobacco industry and the e-cigarette market

50 General Teaching COUNCIL

Chief executive Ken Muir on the Scottish Government’s governance review

52  Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Chair Professor Lorne Crerar on progress and aspirations

58 Historic Environment Scotland

Chief executive Alex Paterson believes heritage and history have a role to play in Scotland’s future

60 Visit Scotland

Chief executive Malcolm Roughead reveals the key to building tourism


3 Editor’s note: A year in which a PM tried to strengthen her hand but lost her head, an FM called a referendum but lost her nerve and a Labour Party leader lost an election but won over a nation

6  Roundup: Pictures, numbers, cartoons and digital highlights from 2016-17

68 Event Report: A report from Holyrood’s summer drinks receptions

72 Diary: A look at the best diary stories from the past year

74 Last Word: Liam Kirkaldy takes a look at a confusing twelve months in politics

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