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The Dinwoodie Interview

JOANNA Cherry, SNP MP and one of the country’s leading lawyers, is at the heart of the Brexit debate as part of the group of cross-party applicants looking for a legal route out of the nightmare.

So our interview, in which the QC talked about her career at the Bar, how she came into the SNP, and the vitriol against her which Amnesty International said was the second worst in British politics, was impossible to second guess in terms of the fast-changing European context.

On the day we spoke at her constituency office in Edinburgh there was still a chance that the European Court of Justice would rule that Britain did have a right to change its mind on Brexit, a cross-party action Cherry is involved in through her role as Westminster justice and home affairs spokeswoman. In any case, by the time you read this, theresa May’s deal may be toast and a General Election may loom.

So it’s not an obviously timely moment to interview the woman who won the seat vacated by Alistair Darling in 2015, weathered a storm of homophobic and sectarian abuse, and prevailed as one of the strongest voices against the Brexit debacle.

Cherry came into politics just as I was leaving full-time political journalism, and yet it’s hard to avoid the feeling that there was a real connection between us.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 was my last day as a front-line daily newspaper journalist and Alex Salmond was on his final day at Holyrood as First Minister. He finally granted me a long-promised valedictory interview which took place very late in the day. I distilled the interview into two newsworthy strands for the Herald.

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