Scotland politics

Gordon MP Malcolm Bruce to stand down at next election

Malcolm Bruce
Image caption Malcolm Bruce has represented Gordon since 1983

Malcolm Bruce, the Scottish Liberal Democrat president and long-serving MP for Gordon, is to stand down at the next election.

Sir Malcolm, who has been the constituency MP since 1983, said he still enjoyed what he does, but felt it was time for "something different".

He told BBC Scotland he would work his "socks off" until he steps down in 2015.

The politician said he had been thinking about it "for some time".

He was made a knight in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2012.

Sir Malcolm, 68, has been elected seven times for Gordon.

He said: "I believe it is right to stand down when I am still enjoying what I do and have energy for other things.

"Having a young family, I hope I can give them more time and attention.

"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."

'Worked tirelessly'

Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said: "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.

"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."

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