Labour MSP to step down from Holyrood at the end of the week

3rd December, 2012 1:19 pm

Labour MSP John Park today announced that he will step down as a Member of the Scottish Parliament to take up a senior post in the trade union movement – as policy and strategy director of Community. He will leave Holyrood on December 7th.

As a list MSP, his place will be automatically filled by the next Labour candidate on the Mid Scotland and Fife list, Jayne Baxter.

Announcing his decision, Park said:

“Representing the people of Mid Scotland and Fife has been an enormous privilege and I am really grateful to have had that opportunity. I want to thank everyone who voted for me and Labour Party members for the support they have given me. This is a decision that I have not made lightly and I now have the opportunity to represent thousands of workers across the UK. I’ve tried to use my time in politics to make sure the issues important to working people – jobs, apprenticeships and a living wage – are centre stage. Now, as workers are under attack like never before, I am returning to my union roots to fight at the coal face.”

“I wish Johann – who has been a good friend to me and all my friends in the Labour group – the very best for the referendum and upcoming elections. I am a strong Labour supporter who loves my country, so will be campaigning shoulder to shoulder with them in the months and years ahead.

“I would also like to thank Holyrood officials and my own staff who are undoubtedly the most dedicated group of people I have ever met. Their support and assistance has been invaluable.”

  • Steven Syme

    Interesting…very interesting Another tremor in Scottish Labour’s tectonic plate. At which point though will we see an earthquake and huge splits between conscience and party policy….

    The reality of Independence is sinking into Labour slowly. Expect nothing left by the time the referendum appears in two years. Folk are leaving now to stand back from the inevitable implosion, and to reappear in a new, post-Indy Labour movement without having any of the current Scottish Labour manure hanging around their necks.

  • franwhi

    How come someone automatically gets the seat ? What if the people of Fife don’t want whatshername ?


  • Featured News Labour’s Syria tensions remain fraught despite free vote

    Labour’s Syria tensions remain fraught despite free vote

    Jeremy Corbyn has warned that “there is no hiding place” for Labour MPs who vote in favour of action against ISIS in Syria. The decision not to whip the vote has not made tensions over the issue in the Labour Party any less fraught, and tougher rhetoric on each side of the argument has seen stances toughen over the last 24 hours. Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn will tomorrow make the opposite argument to Corbyn from the despatch box. Benn, […]

    Read more →
  • News Weekly Survey: Oldham West and the EU referendum

    Weekly Survey: Oldham West and the EU referendum

    Thursday is polling day in the Oldham West and Royton by-election – the first proper electoral test Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has faced. Labour currently has a majority of over 14,000 in the seat, but UKIP are expected to put up a tough challenge. How confident are you about Labour’s chances? This week Labour launches their official campaign to keep Britain in the EU. 213 Labour MPs have signed up to support it, including Jeremy Corbyn and the entire Shadow […]

    Read more →
  • News More free votes ahead? Labour MPs put pressure on Greenwood over Heathrow

    More free votes ahead? Labour MPs put pressure on Greenwood over Heathrow

    David Cameron is reportedly within days of making a decision on airport expansion, with many expecting him to support a a third runway at Heathrow. This could cause a headache for the Tories, with Boris Johnson, Zac Goldsmith and several Cabinet ministers all opposed to expanding Heathrow’s capacity. However, it could spell trouble for Labour too: Harriet Harman backed the Heathrow expansion recommended by the Davies Report in July, but the party are now committed to examining the evidence again. […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Featured A free vote was always the best Corbyn could have hoped for

    A free vote was always the best Corbyn could have hoped for

    There’s a great Smiths track called ‘I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish’. Actually, I think all Smiths and Morrissey tracks are great, but that’s a column for another website. That phrase sums up the approach taken by Jeremy Corbyn to the Syria vote. Starting an unnecessary fight and then having to climb down. I don’t know if it is Jeremy himself strategising, or persons unidentified in his team, but they are progressively squandering the immense political capital that his big […]

    Read more →
  • Europe Featured News Alan Johnson to promise distinct Labour EU campaign

    Alan Johnson to promise distinct Labour EU campaign

    Alan Johnson will today launch the Labour Party’s official campaign to stay in the European Union, promising a distinct campaign that focuses on jobs, workers’ rights and national security. “The first duty of any government is to keep our country safe and I firmly believe that leaving the EU would fail that test,” the former Home Secretary will say at the launch in Birmingham. “From the European Arrest Warrant to cross-border data sharing on terrorists, the speed of our response […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends