Scotland politics

Moore quits Scottish Lib Dem post

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Image caption Michael Moore has been deputy leader of the Scottish Lib Dems for seven years

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has quit as deputy leader of the Scottish Lib Dems, due to the pressures of being a cabinet minister.

Mr Moore, who has held the post for seven years, announced his departure to a meeting of Scottish delegates at the Liberal Democrat's UK conference.

An internal contest for a replacement saw only Jo Swinson nominated and she takes up the post immediately.

Mr Moore is the MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk.

He was elected to parliament in 1997.

Ms Swinson has been the Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire since 2005, when she entered parliament as its youngest member, aged 25.

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has been leader of the Liberal Democrats in Scotland for two years.

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