After twenty years of service as an MSP Stewart Stevenson has announced he won’t be seeking re-election at the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.
Stewart’s announcement to retire from frontline politics follows the announcement yesterday from Michael Russell MSP who is also not seeking to be re-elected in the 2021 Holyrood elections.
Mr Stevenson was first elected to the Banff and Buchan Constituency in 2001 which was later re-boundaried to Banffshire and Buchan Coast. He served in the Scottish Government as Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change and Minister for Environment and Climate Change taking through Scotland’s world-leading Climate Change Act in 2009.
The North-east MSP has made over 820 parliamentary speeches, will have attended over 1,000 Parliamentary Committee meetings before retirement and held almost 1200 advice surgeries for constituents.
During his time as an MSP he campaigned for a new prison in Peterhead, protecting local jobs; championed the rebuilding of Chalmers Hospital and lobbied for significant investments to be made in Fraserburgh and Peterhead harbours.
Commenting on his announcement Stewart Stevenson MSP said
After joining the SNP in 1961 and being elected in 2001 it has been my honour and privilege to serve the people of Banffshire and Buchan Coast as their MSP for the last twenty years. I am incredibly proud over that time to have been a part of many positive changes, both large and small.
I will miss working with, and for, so many people in the Constituency, but for the year next I shall continue to work hard to represent the people of the North-east and I hope to say a personal thank you to the many people who have been part of my life over the years in both the Constituency and at Holyrood.
My leaving Parliament does not mean that I shall be leaving politics. Until Scotland can make its own decisions as a normal independent country, co-operating with friendly neighbours for moral causes, I shall continue to lend my efforts wherever and whenever I can.
In a letter to his constituency party members Mr Stevenson wrote