Local SNP MSP Adam Ingram has announced he will not be seeking re-election at the next Scottish Parliament election.
Mr Ingram, an MSP since the Scottish Parliament reconvened in 1999, has formally notified the SNP’s National Executive Committee of his decision and a candidate will be sought to replace him with nominations opening in June.
He said: “It has been a great privilege to serve as an MSP, firstly as a Regional MSP for the South of Scotland and then as a Constituency MSP for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley.
“I joined the SNP in 1983, at a time when the party’s current success was unforeseeable. I have been an elected member of the Parliament for 16 years, and in that time have enjoyed many firsts – being elected to the first Scottish Parliament for nearly 300 years, steering the passage of the first SNP Private Members Bill through the Parliament (Leasehold Casualties Act 2001), being appointed Minister for Children and Early Years from 2007 until 2011 during the SNPs first term in government and being the first SNP parliamentarian elected in Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley.
“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 be 65 at the time of the Scottish election and still have many things I want to do and look forward to embarking on a new phase of my life when I step down from the Scottish Parliament.”