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12 May 1999: Winnie Ewing reconvenes the Scottish Parliament

Scottish Parliament

Winnie Ewing reconvened the Scottish Parliament for the first time in 292 years.

Dr Ewing became an SNP MSP in the first Holyrood elections. As the oldest member, she chaired the first meeting on 12 May 1999.

Opening the session, the 79-year-old said: "I want to start with the words that I have always wanted either to say or to hear someone else say - the Scottish Parliament, which adjourned on March 25, 1707, is hereby reconvened."

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