23 Oct 2017
Scottish Conservative North East MSP Nanette Milne has announced she is to stand down at May’s Holyrood election.
The public health spokeswoman said she was retiring after spending more than 40 years in public service.
She joined the Conservatives in 1974, and was vice-chairwoman between 1989 and 1993.
She became an MSP in 2003, and was subsequently re-elected in 2007 and 2011.
Scottish Conservative North East MSP Nanette Milne said:
“It has been an honour and a privilege to represent my fellow North East citizens in the Scottish Parliament.
“As an MSP over the last 12 years, I am most proud of my behind-the-scenes work which I have undertaken as an MSP on behalf of my constituents.
“As the Scottish Conservative spokeswoman on public health and a member of the Parliament’s health and sport committee, I have spent a significant part of my time focused on health issues, which as a former medic I have found very rewarding.
“Looking to the future and the next Scottish Parliament, it is vital that Scotland has a strong opposition to the SNP and that other political voices are heard in the Scottish Parliament.
“I have been concerned for some time that central belt bias is emerging as dominant within Holyrood, and I fear the Scottish Parliament is rapidly becoming remote from our local issues and concerns.
“I would like to thank all those who have helped me over the years during my time as an MSP.
“It is my love for the north east and its people that has driven me as an MSP and as I now look towards my retirement I can look forward to having time to do the many other things I enjoy.”
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said:
“I’d like to thank Nanette for her commitment to public service and to the Conservative party.
“Her 40 years in politics have been a study of quiet determination to make things better and to deliver for people in the north east.
“I wish her and Alan all the very best for the future.”
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