MSP, North East Scotland
It is a great pleasure and a real privilege to be back in this chamber after an absence of five years. [ Interruption .] I know that I am appreciated by some. Over the past couple of weeks I have found being treated as a new boy in some ways and as an old hand in others an interesting experience. I do not think that I am betraying any confidences in saying this, but during this week’s...
The member cannot look at just that example. [ Interruption .] It is a fair point, but it cannot be taken in isolation. The most important aspect is the Scottish Government’s determination to control everything that goes on in local government. Some local authorities wanted to increase the council tax, and Mr Swinney did everything he could possibly do to stop them.
Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election
Also represented West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
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