Ken announces intention not to seek re-election

After much reflection, Ken has announced his intention not to seek re-election to the Scottish Parliament in May next year.

In an open letter to his constituents, Ken said “It has been an honour to represent the people of East Renfrewshire and the West of Scotland for the last two decades and I would thank you for the trust you have placed in me.”

Ken added: “The Scottish Parliament has delivered so much since 1999 and has grown in confidence and maturity, but there are clearly many challenges which lie ahead.

The privilege of being Presiding Officer in this, my now final, term is something I will never forget and I will continue to do what I can to support the Parliament and the hopes and ambitions it sustains for our democracy.”