Labour MSP Dr Richard Simpson to stand down at next election

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, Dr Richard Simpson has officially announced he is standing down at the 2016 Holyrood Election.

Labour’s Shadow Minister for Public Health was first elected in 1999 as a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Ochil constituency and re-elected in 2003 as a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Mid-Scotland and Fife region.

After winning his seat in 1999, he was made the deputy Justice Minister when Jack McConnell became First Minister in 2001. As a Minister, Dr Simpson launched the Scotland’s People genealogy web page in 2002.

In 2015, as a Shadow Minister for Health, Dr Simpson introduced a Member’s Bill in the Scottish Parliament to help change the culture towards alcohol in Scotland.

During his time in the Scottish Parliament, Dr Simpson’s campaigns also included ‘Save Waterwatch’, the undergrounding of the electricity line from Beauly to Denny and stop the running of night trains on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway line. He was also central to the dropping of the SNP bid to allow local licensing boards to ban under 21 alcohol sales, stating that this would discriminate against young people who were responsible drinkers.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP said:

“It has been an honour and privilege to have been a representative for constituents over three parliamentary terms; the first in the first Scottish Parliament between 1999-2003 as the constituency MSP for the newly formed Ochil seat and then twice as a regional MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife between 2007-2016

“Constituents can rest assured that my staff and I will continue to work hard on their behalf up until my retirement next year.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support during my time in the Scottish Parliament.”