Grant Stott: Proud to call Margo MacDonald my pal

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I first met Margo when I was about 16 at a barbecue and I remember being more than a little starstruck at this very important woman who was “in politics” but, more importantly to me, also on Radio Forth.

I told her I wanted to work in radio and she spent time giving me advice and encouragement. I was impressed with her then and she continued to impress me over the years with her warmth, determination and compassion.

It wasn’t politics that made me admire Margo, it was her dedication to whatever cause she was fighting or campaigning for. She never took the soft option.

I saw her frequently at Easter Road and, most recently, a careers day at Flora Stevenson Primary, where she spent time with the children giving them advice. Typical Margo.

She once treated me to lunch at the parliament and I promised it would be my treat next time. I’ll never be able to repay that now, which I regret, but I’ll never regret having known her as I did and immensely proud I was able to call her my pal.

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