I hadn't heard of Jo Cox prior to her horrific murder. Now we all know what a brilliant MP she was: committed, dedicated and highly active in her constituency and further afield. She was killed doing, and for doing, the job she loved. Even in death, she protected her staff from her dreadful, hate-fuelled, racist murderer. Jo Cox was a remarkable woman and her achievements are now, rightly, well-known. I have no hesitation in nominating her as SR's person of the year for 2016.
Eileen Reid


Regenerating rustbelts and brownfields means creating new jobs and industries, but big companies’ capital too often goes overseas to tax havens. That leaves smaller companies with a challenge; and a man in Moray has a message that needs hearing. Bill Graham was technical director of the TI Group’s research laboratories at Hinxton Hall in Cambridge. When they closed, he moved to Moray, writing software, then promoting careers in industry. Bill left school at 16 and worked as a student colliery apprentice. He has a 1st class honours degree in mechanical engineering and an MSc, and skills from programming to manufacturing. With other colleagues and British Science Association support, he formed the T-Exchange, a community makerspace. From this came a series of projects and products, including a new type of 3D printer. 'So many successful large companies started with nothing more than a garage and a small group of people with imagination. New technologies of all kinds offer even greater possibilities today,' he says. 'The challenge is to sow and grow new plants rather feeding the old ones.' The T-Exchange is one of just five makerspaces across Scotland – but Bill’s work shows a way to a genuine Scottish manufacturing regeneration.
Howie Firth


I nominate Pauline Cafferkey for the courage and quiet dignity with which she confronted medical, and bureaucratic, ordeals.
James Aitchison


'The Wind and the Lion' was on TV with Sean Connery as the Berber chief Raisuli taking on Teddy Roosevelt: out of a Disraeli-Kipling pantomime with the White House going aff its heid. Roosevelt, though, had climbed the Rockies with John Muir. Connery in 1960: Hotspur in the BBC's 'Henry IV' moving like a viper. His aunt, Mrs Gemmill, was our home help, so we were fans from the start. In 2012 he sent a message to a Scots Independent lunch in Perth. Reflective, like his lucky-bag 'Being a Scot', he quoted the gentle C P Cafavy: 'Ithaka gave you the marvellous journey/ Without her you wouldn't have set out./ She has nothing left to give you now./ And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you./ Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,/ You'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean'.
Christopher Harvie


My nominee is the late Jo Cox, murdered as she went about her duties as MP for Batley and Spen. Since her tragic death I’ve seen her described as a pocket rocket, short in stature but long on personality, energy and commitment to others. In what was clearly a very busy life, she fitted in being a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. A tireless battler for her constituents, she was also a passionate supporter of humanitarian causes in Syria, Darfur and around the world, her vision local and global. Remembered by her friends and colleagues as always smiling, she seems also to have had a huge sense of fun. Even at the end, Jo Cox’s concern was for the safety of others. In a darkening and divided world, she remains a beacon of light, showing the way forward for all with the courage to pick up the torch.
Maggie Craig


An alternative person of the year should not be a public figure. We have had enough of discredited politicians, cheating sports ‘stars’ and junk ‘celebrities’. He or she should demonstrate admirable human qualities and give us hope for the future. My nomination is four-year-old Suzie McCash, the little girl from Tynemouth who saved her mother’s life when she had an allergic reaction and suffered respiratory arrest. Listening to the recording of Suzie’s call to emergency services (superbly handled by Northumbria police), and hearing her calmness and courage in responding to questions, was a touching and life-enhancing experience. Afterwards, when Suzie was widely praised and received an award, she was asked how she felt when the recording was played back to her. She paused for a moment and then said: 'I thought I sounded very Geordie’.
Walter Humes


One of the most enduring urban legends is that The Great Wall of China is visible from space. The truth is rather less exciting: The Wall is not even visible to the naked eye in a low earth orbit. Only time will tell whether Donald Trump’s border-spanning wall will be visible from space, or even if it will be built at all. One man who would be able to vouch for the visibility of fortifications from space, and would probably be able to provide photographic evidence on his incredibly popular social media accounts, is British Army air corps officer and ESA astronaut Tim Peake who was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 2016 birthday honours for his services to space research and scientific education after his blog and prolific media appearances inspired a new generation of astronauts to boldly go.
Josh Moir


My nomination goes to Italian surgeon Gino Strada. Born in 1948 near Milan, Strada began his career in Italy in the field of heart transplants and, up till 1994, he also worked in emergency traumatology in university hospitals in the USA as well as in Italy. By that time, he had gathered experience with the Red Cross in trouble spots around the globe from Pakistan through Ethiopia, Somalia and Peru, and then back to Afghanistan by way of Bosnia Herzegovina. It was then that he and a handful of like-minded collegues set up 'Emergency', an international association for the rehabilitation of the war-wounded and victims of landmines, a service provided free of charge and no questions asked. Strada himself brooks no humbug no matter who he’s dealing with, and when the going gets tough his fierce refusal to take sides, save against war itself, has often left his as the only hospital still functioning while others are forced to evacuate. Aside from having saved the lives of 6m wounded in 16 countries and providing them with prosthethic limbs, he has arguably prevented many of these 6m from turning to jihadism.
Donald Bathgate


My collective person of the year is all of the people who will never be nominated 'Person of the Year’. All the people who simply get up every morning and strive to get through it with their partners, spouses, children, colleagues, patients, clients, passengers, students, bosses, neighbours and all the others with whom they form complex relationships each day. My collective person of the year strives to achieve great everyday things in spite of the tireless efforts of those who would be named Person of the Year or Parliamentarian of the Year (north and south of the border), to make life as difficult as possible. My person of the year has learned to ignore the preening peacocks of our executives and legislatures and tries hard not to hear the pack of barking dogs that occupy our public offices in ever greater numbers. My collective person of the year gathers at the window, looking into the house '...from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again…’ powerless.
Ronnie Smith

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