Friday, 13 May 2011
On Wednesday Tricia Marwick was appointed the first female Presiding Officer in the Scottish Parliament.
Tricia is the SNP SNP MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes and she defeated Hugh Henry (Labour) and Christine Grahame (SNP).
I remember meeting Tricia in 1999 when she was first selected as an SNP candidate for the 'new' Scottish Parliament. She was completely down to earth then and I doubt if she has changed.
On Wednesday's Newsnight Scotland a Labour ex-deputy presiding officer criticised the election of an SNP MSP to the position and other unionists MSPs don't like the idea that the SNP government, which now has a majority, 'is not willing to see the important office of presiding officer held by one of the opposition parties'. source
In line with parliamentary rulings, Tricia has resigned from the SNP for the duration of her presidency and will be supported by two deputies, John Scott (Tory) and Elaine Smith (Labour).
Good luck Tricia, it won't be an easy job. Ignore the criticism of others who say you'll not be capable of standing up to Alex Salmond. Anyone who can stand up to the giant distiller Diago is well equipped to handle any MSP.