Glasgow & West Scotland

Former Conservative MSP John Young dies

John Young
Image caption John Young was a Conservative MSP between 1999 and 2003

Former Scottish Conservative MSP John Young has died at the age of 80.

Glasgow-born Mr Young worked in local politics before entering the Scottish Parliament as a list member for West of Scotland region in 1999.

Mr Young, who held the post of council leader between 1977 and 1979 after being elected a Glasgow councillor in 1961, retired as an MSP in 2003.

Scottish Conservatives Leader Annabel Goldie said he was a much-liked public figure and would be sorely missed.

She said: "He was a tremendous supporter of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party both as a councillor in Glasgow for many years, and as one of the new intake of MSPs in 1999.

"He was much-liked and respected, both by his colleagues in the party and by many people outwith it, for his principled and hard-working contribution to public life.

"He was a prominent voice in Scottish politics and will be sorely missed.

"Our thoughts are with his son Peter and his family."

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