Sunday, 26 September 2010
Senior LibDem to Stand Down
After 12 years as an MSP in the Scottish Parliament, the ex-leader of the libdems has announced he is standing down at the election next May.
Nicol Stephen currently represents Aberdeen South and started his political career as a councillor with the old Grampian Regional Council in 1982 rising to deputy first minister with the labour/libdem pact from 2005 to 2007.
As Iain Macwirther said some years ago, 'The nearest thing to a scandal has been the revelation that he broke the Holyrood expenses rules by claiming accommodation allowance for a house jointly owned with his wife. Otherwise, he is so clean he squeaks'.
Since he relinquished the libdem leadership he's not been squeaking much so perhaps he thinks it's time to return to his old profession - the law.
Will he be missed? I doubt it. He was a mediocre performer during his spell as leader and often seemed uncomfortable in the post. Rumour is that he's jumping now because he knows the libdems will take a beating at the Scottish Parliament elections next May. Who will the libdems pick as the next candidate for Aberdeen South? Time will tell.