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MSP Jamie McGrigor to stand down in 2016

20 Aug 2015

Scottish Conservative MSP Jamie McGrigor has announced he is to stand down at the 2016 Holyrood elections.

One of the few remaining MSPs who has served continuously since the Scottish Parliament was set up in 1999, he has decided to retire next year.

It brings to an end a long and successful career as a leading figure in the Scottish Parliament where he has served as a Scottish Conservative spokesman, presently for environment, fishing and external affairs.

Sir Jamie was also one of the first MSPs to successfully put through a Private Member’s Bill into law, as the driving force behind the establishment of the Scottish Register of Tartans.

He has brought a wealth of rural experience to the parliament, as a farmer of sheep and cattle, and the pioneer of a trout farm in Argyll.

Scottish Conservative MSP Jamie McGrigor said:

“After 16 years in the Scottish Parliament, I have reached retirement age and think it is now appropriate time to stand aside, especially as we have some young, very talented candidates in the Highlands & Islands region.

“I will be sad to go as serving as an MSP for the Highlands and Islands has been the privilege of a lifetime. I shall treasure many memories of people, places and events. Much has changed since I first took my seat in 1999, but the essentials remain the same.

“Politicians should always seek to represent the views and the feelings of their constituents, and I have always sought to bring the Highlands & Islands viewpoint to Edinburgh in everything I do. “I intend to keep representing Highland & Island views right up until my retirement next year, so that the Scottish Conservatives return their best election ever.

“Now more than ever, the Scottish Conservative voice needs to be heard, right across Scotland. After 17 years in the Parliament I am seeking new challenges where the knowledge and experience I have gained can be put to good purpose.”

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said:

“On behalf of everyone in the Scottish Conservative party, I want to thank Jamie for his dedication over the last 16 years both to our party and to the Scottish Parliament.” “Quite simply, for 16 years, Jamie has been a champion for the Highlands & Islands. But more than that, across Scotland, he has become a much-loved figure who has brought colour, humanity and warmth to public life.

“His brand of decent, principled politics has been a feature of the Scottish Parliament since its inception and I know politicians of all parties will miss him.
“I wish him the very best for the future and I thank him deeply for his many years of service.”

Notes to editors:
Below is a biography of Jamie McGrigor:
Jamie McGrigor, 65, has been a regional MSP for the Highlands & Islands since 1999 and is currently the Scottish Conservative Spokesman on the Environment, Fisheries, Climate Change, Europe & External Affairs. He is a member of the Scottish Parliament’s European & External Affairs Committee, Convenor of the Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Crofting and a member of numerous other Cross Party Groups.
Jamie lives in Argyll and is married with six children. He has a wide experience of countryside issues having farmed sheep and cattle for over 30 years and he also pioneered a trout farm in Argyll in the early 1970s. He has also worked in the financial and shipping sectors, both in Glasgow and London. He is also Chairman of the Loch Awe Improvement Association, a Patron of Marie Curie Cancer Care and President of the Highland Disabled Ramblers Association and Honorary President of the Clyde Fishermen’s Association and Honorary Vice-President of English-Speaking Union Scotland. He is also a Member of Her Majesty The Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland.
Jamie was educated at Cladich Primary School, By Dalmally, Argyll and Eton College, Windsor. He then attended Neuchatel University, Switzerland where he studied Commercial French. Jamie’s hobbies are fishing, music, drama and literature and he likes to spend as much time as possible with his wife and children.