Margo MacDonald…Scottish politician who stood up for the rights of sex workers dies aged 70

Posted: 5 April, 2014 in Obituary
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margo macdonaldA flood of tributes from across the political and public spectrumhave been paid to the Scottish politician Margo MacDonald, who died on Friday aged 70 after a long, public struggle with Parkinson’s disease.From the moment she burst on to the scene with the SNP in the 70s to her bitter bust-up with the party and reinvention as a popular independent politician, she never relinquished her role as a political firebrand and maverick operator.

Serious yet charismatic, Ms MacDonald was hugely influential within the Scottish independence movement for more than 40 years.

She was also known for high-profile campaigns, from protecting female sex workers to legalising assisted suicide for the terminally ill – an issue which took on a deeply personal significance.

In fact she also stood up for workers in other adult industries, notably lap dancing.

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