THE National’s latest podcast episode will take you behind the scenes of the Scottish Parliament and the biggest stories of the week.

In our fourth episode, political reporters Abbi Garton-Crosbie and Steph Brawn discuss the fallout from Alex Salmond’s claim that gender reforms are a “daft ideology from somewhere else”.

Bringing you insight and analysis straight after First Minister’s Questions (FMQs) our journalists also discuss Douglas Ross’s contribution to the chamber this week, and the FM’s deployment of a quote from previous Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson over asking “gotcha” questions about trans people.

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Elsewhere, our reporters discuss the First Minister’s latest buffer zones summit where we spoke with Scottish Greens MSP Gillian Mackay, whose private members bill could lead to protest ban zones outside of women’s health clinics, potentially enforced by the police, as more details of the technicalities around the legislation and how it will work emerged.

And what about repeated UK Tory snubs to the Scottish Parliament? 

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt becomes the latest minister to reject an invitation to give evidence at a Holyrood committee. Is it contempt or a refusal to answer questions in any detail?

The show will be available to listen to on the Omny streaming platform, Spotify and The National’s website each Friday. You can hear Episode 4 below.