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Scott still has contribution to make in Scottish politics

May 9, 2011 1:56 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting after the announcement that Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has stepped down as leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael said:

'Obviously the election result last week was disappointing for everyone associated with the Scottish Liberal Democrats and I am saddened that Tavish has resigned as leader in these circumstances. As a close colleague and a friend I have worked with Tavish for many years and I know this was not a decision that he took lightly. I was chair of his leadership campaign and since his election he fulfilled the high expectations I had of him in the role.

'Tavish provided strong leadership at what has been a difficult time for the party and I know that he is still held in extremely high regard by our activists and party members. I fully expect that Tavish's focus now will be on continuing to serve his constituents but I know he still has a substantial contribution to make in Scotland's national politics.'