Scotland is an inclusive and tolerant country.

We are home to all faiths, creeds and races.

For the most part our society works well for the many different peoples who live here.

But today’s revelations from a cross-party group of MSPs on Islamophobia provide a very different view.

Scottish Labour MSP Anas Sarwar, chair of the Scottish Parliament Cross-party Group on Tackling Islamophobia

The Holyrood inquiry found that 80 per cent of Muslims responding to a survey have had to deal with race hate incidents.

More than a third have had to deal with abuse at work and 90 per cent of respondents say they fear being on the receiving end of prejudice.

And it’s not just the stats that are a cause for concern. The stories of individuals who live in fear of expressing their faith through their clothes or facial hair shame our country.

These findings are simply shocking in modern Scotland.

We have come too far to let any part of our community be vilified or victimised by bigots.

Scottish Muslims play a vibrant and positive role in making our country a special place.

They are part of the fabric of our nation and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them.

The racists must not be allowed to win.

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Drug summits must deliver

Two drug summits in Glasgow this week promise much but could deliver little.

The hope is real progress will be made to help Scotland tackle its horrendous drug-death figures.

But there are understandable fears the events will succumb to petty politics and achieve nothing.

The Daily Record has led the way in the fight to reduce drug deaths in Scotland

The Daily Record has led the way in demands for a concerted approach to the problem and we hope both summits are a success.

We have found the Scottish Government to be open to ideas that would make a difference.

But Tory intransigence on the issue has been a real stumbling block to meaningful change.

So there is a real chance the families of drug death victims could be left bitterly disappointed at the end of the week.

It is vital that this does not happen and these summits are more than just talking shops.

It is time for the politicians to deliver.

Way to go, Jen

Jen Atkin on the night she won Miss Great Britain

Jen Atkin was dumped by her fiance because she was overweight.

Instead of feeling sorry for herself she got in shape and has just been crowned Miss Great Britain.

That’s some way to have the last laugh over your ex.