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Andrew WhitakerAndrew Whitaker
The Scotsman

Andrew is the Scottish Political Correspondent for The Scotsman. He is based at the Scottish Parliament, where he also works for Scotland on Sunday. Prior to working for The Scotsman Andrew spent over two years as the political reporter for the Aberdeen Evening Express. Before arriving at Holyrood Andrew was a senior news reporter on the Leicester Mercury daily newspaper for three and a half years.

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David MaddoxDavid Maddox
The Scotsman

Award winning journalist David Maddox has been reporting on Scottish politics since January 2007. His newspaper career has involved most things from being arts editor in Shakespeare’s home town to digging up defence cuts in Portsmouth. Prior to becoming a journalist he worked as a cook for the Iona Community, studied Divinity at St Andrews and taught English in Romania, Lithuania and Italy.

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Eddie BarnesEddie Barnes
Scotland On Sunday

Eddie Barnes has been political editor of Scotland on Sunday since 2004 and has covered politics for the last decade. He now reports on Westminster but still lives in Glasgow, keeping track of developments in Scottish politics. He is also a regular pundit on STV and BBC politics programmes. He is married with two small children.

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Jennifer OmahonyJennifer O'Mahony
The Scotsman

Jennifer O'Mahony is a trainee at the Daily Telegraph and currently on loan to the Scotsman. She previously worked at The Nation magazine in the US and freelanced for The Guardian. She lives in Edinburgh and blogs about data and politics for the Steamie.

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Kenny FarquharsonKenny Farquharson
Scotland On Sunday

Kenny Farquharson is Dundonian and doesn’t care who knows it. A former Political Editor of Scotland on Sunday, the Daily Record and The Sunday Times Scotland, he has been shortlisted for The Orwell Prize and won Scottish Political Journalist of the Year. He was the first convenor of the Scottish Parliamentary Journalists’ Association. He is Deputy Editor of Scotland on Sunday.

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Scott MacnabScott Macnab

Scott joined The Scotsman after four years covering politics for the Press Association at the Scottish Parliament. He has previously worked for the Press and Journal, based in Aberdeen, and was a sportswriter for several years before moving across to cover news. He likes to relax away from the din of the Holyrood village by playing football (badly) and hill-walking. He lives in Edinburgh with his pet goldfish Jaws.

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Tom PeterkinTom Peterkin
Scotland on Sunday

Tom Peterkin’s first job was with D. C. Thomson in Dundee. He moved to the Scottish News Agency, then became Scotland on Sunday’s Health Correspondent. During seven years with the Daily Telegraph, he was Scottish Political Correspondent, Ireland Correspondent and worked in London. He is now Scottish Political Editor of Scotland on Sunday.

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Better NationBetter Nation

Better Nation, founded in 2010, is a collaborative blogspace built on a love of ideas, an essential optimism and an anoraky obsession with politics. Our focus, though not exclusively so, is Scotland - as it has been, as it stands now and as it could be at its best in the future. The editors - James Mackenzie, Jeff Breslin, Malcolm Harvey, Kate Higgins and Aidan Skinner - aim to be both thoughtful and topical, and we're particularly pleased when we manage to disagree about what a better nation would really look like. Which is often.

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Brian MonteithBrian Monteith
The Full Monty

Brian Monteith has never been easy to pigeon hole - hawkish on foreign policy, yet he founded Conservatives Against Apartheid; organiser of the No No referendum campaign, yet he advocates greater powers for Holyrood. Smoking Partagas cigars and hunting out Michelin star restaurants, he supports free trade with Cuba and rails against the state bullying against eating, smoking, drinking and fornicating. He served over six years in the Scottish Parliament as a Conservative MSP and nearly two as an Independent before leaving to be an international PR consultant - working in Africa, the Caribbean, Pakistan and most recently Tunisia.


Caron LindsayCaron Lindsay
Caron’s Musings

Caron Lindsay’s political involvement started with a detention for skipping school to go canvassing for Robert MacLennan in Caithness in 1983. After a spell in the East Midlands, where she helped Nick Clegg in his first election, she returned home to Scotland and was Vice Convener (Campaigns and Candidates) of the Scottish Liberal Democrats from 2005-2007. She started her blog, Caron’s Musings, in 2006 to while away the hours when it would have been rude to deliver leaflets. She was amazed that her collection of random observations and opinions was recently shortlisted for Liberal Democrat Blog of the Year.

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David TorranceDavid Torrance

David Torrance is an Edinburgh-based journalist, broadcaster and contemporary historian. Although he has blogged on and off over the years he decided to bite the bullet and start doing it properly via Mugwump, which he also contrived to plug a gap in the Scottish political blogging fraternity, as there was no one else blogging from a constructive Unionist perspective. David also reports on politics for STV, commentates on BBC Radio Scotland and writes for a range of websites and newspapers including the Scotsman, The Times and the Herald.


Joan McAlpineJoan McAlpine
The Scotsman

Joan McAlpine is author of Go Lassie Go, which was voted top media blog in the Scotblog awards. She is also a columnist with The Scotsman, a paper she recently returned to after a long absence. Joan was born in Gourock and studied Scottish History and Economic History at Glasgow University. She has commentated for several Scottish newspapers of note and held editing posts at a couple of them. She was elected as an SNP MSP for the South Of Scotland in the Scottish Parliament election of 2011.

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Kate HigginsKate Higgins

Kate Higgins blogs at A Burdz Eye View, casting her beady eye over all things topical, political and policy-related that ruffle her feathers. In a previous life, she’s been a legal trainee and a local authority councillor but has spent the last eleven years in a range of voluntary sector policy and campaign roles, noising up politicians to deliver on a range of social justice issues. Currently employed as policy manager at CHILDREN 1ST, all views here and elsewhere are her own. Kate is also a mammy, keen on blue gardens and swoons for obscure indie bands that are big on drums.

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Kezia DugdaleKezia Dugdale
Kezia Dugdale's Soapbox

Kezia Dugdale was elected as a Scottish Labour MSP for Lothian in the Holyrood election of 2011. Previosly she worked as a parliamentary assistant to Lord George Foulkes. A stalwart of the Edinburgh Party, Kezia Dugdale is also a blogger, writer and new media expert. With a degree in Law and a Masters in Social and Public Policy her main interests are in Education, Housing and Equality issues. Her political hero is Mo Mowlam.

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LabourHameLabourHame

LabourHame was established in the aftermath of Labour’s catastrophic defeat at the Scottish Parliament elections of May 2011. While the post-election post-mortem rumbled slowly on, LabourHame provided a platform for party members at all levels – Holyrood, Westminster, Strasbourg, the council chamber and, most importantly, the grassroots – to talk about what went wrong and about what is needed to revive Labour’s fortunes in Scotland. Contributions are encouraged from all spectrums of Scottish Labour – Old and New, left and right. We also publish occasional posts from non-party members, in the belief that wisdom is not confined to Labour’s own ranks.

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Pat KanePat Kane

Pat Kane (b.1964) is a musician, writer, consultant and activist. Author of The Play Ethic and the forthcoming Radical Animal, Pat is also one half of the Scottish pop-soul group Hue And Cry. Since campaigning with Jim Sillars in the late 80’s, he has been a consistent advocate for Scottish independence. Pat currently blogs on Scottish affairs at Thoughtland.

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Ruth DavidsonRuth Davidson
Scottish Conservatives

Ruth Davidson is a former journalist and broadcaster. Most of her career was spent with the BBC although she has also worked across commercial radio, in newspapers and in the independent sector. Ruth fought the Glasgow North East by-election for the Conservatives and in May 2011 she was elected as an MSP for Glasgow. A former Sunday School teacher and Territorial Army soldier, she enjoys hillwalking, kickboxing and watching Scotland at Hampden. Ruth lives with her partner and collie dog, Frankie.


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