Presiding Officer and Labour MSP for the West Scotland Region, Ken Macintosh, has announced today that he will not stand in next year’s Scottish Parliamentary election.

 Scottish Labour leader, Richard Leonard, said: “Ken has been a great servant of the Scottish Labour Party, the Parliament and most important of all, the people. 

“An ardent supporter of devolution, and a member of the Parliament since 1999 his unstinting efforts as a Labour front bencher and over the last four years as the Presiding Officer have consistently made the case for the Parliament as a power for change. He is a kind and decent man with a strong sense of his own values. The Scottish Labour Party wishes him, Claire and the family well.”  

Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh with Joanne Lamont MSP and Clare Haughey MSP outside the Algonquin Hotel at the New York City Tartan Day Parade 2018 PHOTO Martin P McAdam

Main photo Fraser Bremner.