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Holyrood Magazine issue 388 / 25 September 2017

Holyrood Magazine issue 388 / 25 September 2017

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UK Party Conference Issue: including original comment from Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, and Vince Cable, as well as interviews with new Conservative peer Ian Duncan and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Lesley Laird; comment from former spads Mary Macleod and Ayesha Hazarika; round table on digital justice in association with Axon.   

3 Editor’s note

We are at a pivotal point in Britain’s history and Boris Johnson epitomises the depth of dysfunction at the heart of government

6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

7 Talking Point

There is still some detail to iron out in the Civil Litigation Bill

9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content

10 Political Spotlight

The battles around Brexit have more than a whiff of déjà vu

15   Cover Story:  Conference season

The UK party conferences promise to be a tense affair

19  Comment: Theresa May

The Conservatives are building a stronger United Kingdom 

20  Comment: Jeremy Corbyn

Labour is winning back votes and is a government in waiting

22  Comment: Vince Cable

The Lib Dems are the only party that fully supports both unions

30  SpAdversaries: Macleod & Hazarika

Former spads Mary Macleod and Ayesha Hazarika on the First Minister’s tunnel vision and looking for new Labour talent

32  Interview: Ian Duncan

Scotland’s newest lord on his appointment and coming to terms with Brexit

37  Interview: Lesley Laird

The Shadow Scottish Secretary on Labour’s fightback and local government

44 Round Table

Key figures discuss plans for greater use of digital in the justice system in Scotland

48 Getting to know you

South of Scotland MSP Michelle Ballantyne walks on the ceiling

50 Comment

Laura Beveridge: smacking was part of a continuum of violence for me

51 Inbox

On the road with Brexit, universal credit and Ben bong gone

52 Diary

Ministerial pup, Lance Corporal Gray and Di’s eyes on the slide

53 Politicians & their pets

Monica Lennon introduces Elvis and Cookie

54 Last Word

Sketch: Liam Kirkaldy wonders if seaweed could be intended as the answer to the downturn in the price of oil and gas

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