Scotland politics

The MSPs retiring from Holyrood in May

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Image caption Some big Holyrood hitters are retiring from the Scottish Parliament in May

Scotland goes to the polls on 5 May to elect a new cohort of MSPs - and some of the current crop will be bowing out.

The retiring representatives include former first minister Alex Salmond, Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick and former Conservative party leader Annabel Goldie, along with a host of other front-bench figures.

Many of those choosing to leave were elected to the first Scottish Parliament in 1999.


Adam Ingram (SNP, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley)

Kenny MacAskill (SNP, Edinburgh Eastern)

Fiona McLeod (SNP, Strathkelvin and Bearsden)

Alex Salmond (SNP, Aberdeenshire East)

Malcolm Chisholm (Labour, Edinburgh Northern and Leith)

Hugh Henry (Labour, Renfrewshire South)

Duncan McNeil (Labour, Greenock and Inverclyde)

Richard Simpson (Labour, Mid Scotland and Fife)

Alex Fergusson (Conservative, Galloway and West Dumfries)

Annabel Goldie (Conservative, West of Scotland)

Jamie McGrigor (Conservative, Highlands and Islands)

Mary Scanlon (Conservative, Highlands and Islands)

Tricia Marwick (Presiding Officer, Mid Fife and Glenrothes)

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Image caption There are not many MSPs left from the first Scottish Parliament elected in 1999


Rob Gibson (SNP, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)

Richard Baker (Labour, North East Scotland) (resigned 2016, prior to election)

Nanette Milne (Conservative, North East Scotland)


Dave Thompson (SNP, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch)

Margaret McDougall (Labour, West of Scotland)

Gavin Brown (Conservative, Lothian)


Marco Biagi (SNP, Edinburgh Central)

Margaret Burgess (SNP, Cunninghame South)

Graeme Pearson (Labour, South of Scotland)

Drew Smith (Labour, Glasgow)

Cameron Buchanan (Conservative, Lothian) (replaced David McLetchie in 2013)

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