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Scots LibDems Announce New Leader

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots LibDems Announce New Leader

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Former transport minister Tavish Scott has been elected leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

The Shetland MSP takes over from Nicol Stephen, who resigned last month, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Scott, latterly the party's spokesman for finance and sustainable growth, won a 59% share of the vote in a three-cornered contest.

His nearest rival, Ross Finnie, also a former minister, received 21.3% of the vote.

Mike Rumbles, the party's rural affairs spokesman, came third with 17.9%.

Following the election on August 26, Scott said he was determined to make his party a 'dominant presence on the political landscape'.

He described his election as a 'mandate for change' that locked in LibDem values.

'That's why we'll continue to make the case for protecting our environment, improving our public services and taking back our civil liberties,' he said.

Scott was transport minister in the LabourLibDem coalition administration that was in charge at Holyrood before the Scottish National Party's historic victory in May last year. …

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