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Joanna Cherry QC has been MP for Edinburgh South West since May 2015. She is the Justice and Home Affairs Spokesperson for the SNP at Westminster and a member of the influential Joint House of Lords and Commons Committee on Human Rights and the Select Committee for the Future Relationship with the EU.

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COMMENT Joanna Cherry: MSPs hearing evidence on gender reform may be guilty of confirmation bias

I AM writing this column in Oxford where I have spent the last two days attending the celebrations surrounding a dear friend’s inaugural professorial lecture. It has been challenging for me because she is a social scientist working in the field of public health, which is outside of my professional comfort zone, but that is no bad thing. In fact, it has been a salutary reminder of the need for politicians to be humble and listen to people who know what they are talking about.

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