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Margo MacDonald: Alex Neil's 'loyal and true friend'

25 April 2014 Last updated at 11:30 BST

Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil MSP has paid tribute to Margo MacDonald who died earlier this month at the age of 70.

An emotional Mr Neil spoke during a service to celebrate her life.

"For the last 41 years Margo MacDonald has been the flower of Scotland," he said.

"More importantly for me, she has been my loyal and true friend. I will miss her terribly. So will Scotland because Margo, you simply were the best."

Ms MacDonald had served as an independent MSP for Lothians.