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MSP Christina salutes ‘trailblazer’ Winnie

‘She proved it could be done and put Scotland on the map’

IN the latest iScot Q&A feature, DAVE BOWMAN puts the questions to Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP CHRISTINA McKELVIE, who has been a member at Holyrood for all of the SNP’s ten years in power.

Dave asked Christina about her early influences; her experiences as an MSP; her commitment to trade unions and her support for a host of charities and progressive campaign groups… plus her views on the recent Tory/DUP agreement and Indyref2.

DAVE BOWMAN: You have obviously experienced the highs and lows of politics after more than ten years as an MSP, but what has been your most exhilarating moment at Holyrood… and the most depressing?

CHRISTINA McKELVIE: I would say the most exhilarating moment for me in Holyrood was coming into Government in 2007. Being able to make our manifesto a reality; to create policy on the back of our hopes and aspirations was an immense moment. It was the very early days of creating a better nation and towards a more inclusive, welcoming and equal Scotland.

I would say the most disappointing moment that I’ve experienced over my ten years is realising the limitations of our work. It’s the moment where, unfortunately, you have taken a case or an issue as far as you can go and it’s not the result you were expecting. A concrete example being that for years, even before I was an MSP, I have always fought for the rights of refugees.

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iScot August 2017 Edition The one with Three Powerful Politicians who happen to be women and David Mundell. 116 jam packed pages of the best craic in Scotland from the only truly independent pro Scottish magazine, and if you chose not to buy this we're coming round to your house with big Sylvester and the lads - you've been warned!