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I was very sorry to hear of the death of Winnie Ewing, a trailblazing and iconic figure in the Scottish National Party (SNP), the Independence movement and Scotland.

Her win of the Westminster seat of Hamilton in a 1967 by-election catapulted her is one of the most famous in political history.

Winnie is the only person to have served in Westminster, the European Parliament as well as the Scottish Parliament. She memorably convened the first session of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 with the words:

“The Scottish Parliament, adjourned on 25th day of March 1707, is hereby reconvened.”

She will be sadly missed and I am sure all our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.


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