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Dave Thompson, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Announces Retirement

Dave Thompson, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has announced he will be standing down at the next Scottish election. Dave, an MSP since 2007, firstly as a Regional MSP for the Highlands and Islands from 2007 to 2011 and then as the constituency MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch since 2011, has formally notified the SNP’s National Executive Committee of his decision and a candidate will be sought to replace him with nominations open in June.

Dave Thomson MSP
Dave Thomson MSP

Dave said,

It has been a great privilege to serve as an MSP, firstly as a Regional MSP for the Highlands and Islands and then as a Constituency MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch. I joined the SNP in 1965, 50 years ago, and have gone through many ups, but mostly downs, until 8 years ago when I challenged the Highland Returning Officer in 2007(see link below) and forced a recount which led to me becoming the 47th SNP MSP, giving us a majority of one over Labour. This led to the first ever (minority) SNP government and to where we are today.”


Dave continued,

I am also particularly pleased that I broke new ground in 2011 by winning the former LibDem stronghold of Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch for the SNP for the first time with a majority of 4,995, paving the way for the recent spectacular Westminster victory for Ian Blackford, over an almost insurmountable Charles Kennedy.”


Dave concluded,

This has been a difficult decision but I believe that it is the right time for me to now hand over the baton to a younger candidate. The party has never been in a better position and I firmly believe that I will see independence in my lifetime. I will, of course, continue to be involved with the SNP and plan to spend more time helping to develop Christians for Independence, of which I am currently Convener. I will be 66 at the time of the Scottish election and still have many things I want to do if the Lord spares me. Indeed, I am quite excited about embarking on a new phase of my life when I step down from the Scottish Parliament and I am sure my skills and experience will be put to good use.



Dave challenging the Returning Officer – story on the BBC -“Grandfather was SNP election hero” – link:



Labour Ex MP a true Unionist

Brian  Donohoe, who lost his “safe” Labour seat to the SNP has said that he no longer needs to listen to constituents’ complaints and is looking forward  to telling them “F*** off”.

I take it from that comment that there will be no courteous handover of ongoing cases.

Mr Donohoe had a majority of 12007 (over the Tories) in May 2010;  Philippa Whitford of the SNP now has a majority of 13,598, while Mr Donohoe’s vote was 13410.

Tells you something.


Final thought

Placed a £10 bet on SNP gaining 50-59 seats – picked up £27.50.

They’ll see me next in April 2016