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IN 1997, the newly elected Labour Government held a referendum on a Scottish Parliament. The vote was overwhelmingly in favour of a devolved parliament with tax varying powers and the Scottish Parliament opened 20 years ago with great fanfare. I was elected in 1999 as the constituency MSP for Coatbridge and Chryston and I will always consider it an honour and privilege to be the first MSP to serve my home town. The most satisfying part of being an MSP for me has been helping individual constituents with their problems and advocating for them. However, this can also be deeply frustrating when you cannot achieve the outcome constituents want. From the start, some major changes were immediately

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