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Sir Malcolm Bruce to stand down in 2015

September 2, 2013 1:05 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Sir Malcolm Bruce MP confirmed today that he is to stand down as an MPSir Malcolm BruceSir Malcolm Bruce at the General Election in May 2015.

Sir Malcolm was first elected as MP for Gordon in 1983, having previously contested North Angus and Mearns and West Aberdeenshire. He has been elected seven times for Gordon.

He was made a Privy Councillor in 2005 and was knighted in last year's Jubilee Birthday Honours. He recently celebrated 30 years as an MP.
Sir Malcolm commented:

"It will be strange not being a candidate for the first time in over 40 years but I believe it is right to stand down when I am still enjoying what I do and have energy for other things. I have spent ten years away from home in my time as an MP and, having a young family, I hope I can give them more time and attention.

"I joined the Liberal Party as a student because I did not believe that other parties championed Liberal values which represent the greatest political philosophy Britain,and especially Scotland, have given to the world.

"I am pleased to have played a part in delivering a Scottish Parliament. When I joined the party we had six MPs and a small national vote. It pleases me to have been part of a process that has seen the party grow to a truly national movement and a party of Government delivering policies I helped develop.

"This Parliament has been tough. Being in Government doesn't always make you popular. But we are a serious party. We have accepted responsibility to try and turn the economy round. We have cut taxes and boosted pensions. We have delivered more powers to Scotland.

"I believe people can see the difficult decisions we have taken are beginning to have a positive effect and I am confident that the party can do well at the next election. I look forward to working with my successor as Liberal Democrat candidate and ensuring that we return a hard working Liberal Democrat MP for the benefit of the people of Gordon."

Willie Rennie MSP, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, added:

"Sir Malcolm has represented his constituents in Gordon and the Scottish Liberal Democrats with distinction over the past 30 years. He has made a substantial contribution to Scottish and British politics over this period, not least as chair of the international development select committee.

"As a young Liberal Democrat I had the pleasure of working with Malcolm while he was leader of our party in Scotland. Despite being hugely busy he always found time to sit and talk, offer advice and tell us about his own experiences in the House of Commons. This was a pattern repeated after I became an MP, when he took the time to answer my questions.

"Malcolm has been a stalwart of our party over the past 30 years. He has worked tirelessly for his constituents since first elected I am certain he will continue to do so until his last day in office."

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes also paid tribute to her fellow parliamentarian:

"Malcolm has been a steady rock for me, particularly when I was newly elected to Holyrood. His extensive knowledge and sound advice have been invaluable to me. Indeed, not only to me, but to the thousands of constituents he has helped over the years.

"He has steered the Liberal Democrats through some difficult waters both in Scotland, the UK and here in the North East. Whatever the challenge he has kept firmly focussed on the goal to be achieved and argued the case strongly. The voters in Gordon have responded, and even when the national trend forecast he would lose his seat, he would be re-elected.

"He is rightly held in the highest regard by his constituents.
"His vision and determination have seen him gain the respect of colleagues and political foes. He will be a hard act to follow."