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13 January

On January 13 1915, Mary Slessor, missionary in West Africa and known to many as "Ma", died in Calabar.

Born the daughter of a shoemaker in Aberdeen, Slessor left her work in a Dundee jute mill to become a missionary. Her strong will and fierce defence of women's and children's rights led to many changes within West African society. She became an immensely popular and respected figure with the indigenous population in West Africa.

Keir Hardie

Today in 1893 James Keir Hardie founded the Independent Labour Party.

Born in Legbrannock, Lanarkshire, he was the country's first Labour MP, winning the West Ham constituency in the 1892 election. Although Hardie lost his seat in 1895, he regained a parliamentary position by winning Merthyr Tydfil in 1900. He served as Labour Party leader until 1910 when he was replaced by fellow Scot, George Barnes.

Today's recipe: a rich, warming wintry dish made with delicious Scottish game. Roasted venison with roasted beetroot, shallots and sweet potato mash.

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