On the fringes: Holyrood’s events help set the agenda at this year’s SNP conference


THE STAFFING CRISIS IN THE NHS, the future of Scotland’s railway, and the importance of sustainabl­e investment were among the topics under discussion at Holyrood’s fringe events during this year’s SNP conference.

As delegates gathered at The Event Complex Aberdeen (Teca) earlier this month, health secretary Humza Yousaf joined representa­tives from the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal Pharmaceut­ical Society and the Chartered Society of Physiother­apy on the opening day of the conference to discuss workforce issues in the NHS.

Later that evening, Holyrood’s Mandy Rhodes hosted the inaugural Editor’s Club, an in-conversati­on event with SNP minister – and “Mr Paisley” – George Adam.

Transport minister Jenny Gilruth was on the panel for a discussion about the decarbonis­ation and digitalisa­tion of Scotland’s railway, hosted by Siemens, while net zero secretary Michael Matheson was joined by panellists from the City of London and the Global Ethical Finance Initiative to discuss the future of sustainabl­e investment. Business minister Ivan Mckee and SNP MP Alison Thewliss helped round off the weekend with a discussion on the future of investment, hosted by the Investment Associatio­n.

Holyrood managing editor Mandy Rhodes said: “The huge popularity of our fringe events underlines Holyrood’s place at the centre of the Scottish political conversati­on. We’d like to thank all our excellent panellists and all those who attended.”

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