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Scotland Tonight: A look back at the life of Margo MacDonald

Friends and colleagues Fiona Ross, Alex Neil and former First Minister Jack McConnell paid tribute to the veteran nationalist

Margo MacDonald: Fears unemployment 'timebomb'.
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The death of Margo MacDonald at the age of 70, after living for more than a decade with Parkinson’s disease, has robbed Scottish politics of one of its most influential and colourful characters.

The Lothians MSP spent 40 years in the public eye after winning a landmark victory for the SNP in the 1973 Glasgow Govan by-election.

After carving out a second career as a broadcaster, she returned to politics when the Scottish Parliament reconvened in 1999.

And though she split with the SNP soon afterwards, her personal profile carried her to three more election victories as an independent candidate.

Her tenacity in pursuit of difficult political causes culminated in her two efforts to introduce the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill at Holyrood, a cause which will now be taken on by Green MSP Patrick Harvie.

Friends and colleagues Fiona Ross, Alex Neil and former First Minister Jack McConnell paid tribute and shared their memories of Margo in a special edition of Scotland Tonight on Friday.

The programme also showed Margo MacDonald’s last interview on Scotland Tonight in September 2013, after the comedian Billy Connolly was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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