Malcolm Chisholm to step down

Posted on 07/04/2014 by


Lesley Hinds to contest North and Leith


Popular Labour MSP and former health minister Malcolm Chisholm has confirmed that he will step down at the next Holyrood election. The member for North and Leith said that representing his local area for over twenty yeats has been the ‘greatest privilege of his life’.

It’s been known for some time that the former teacher – who has represented the constituency at both Holyrood and Westminster for over twenty years – has been planning to retire, and  he’s now officially confirmed that he will not contest the next Holyrood election.

Macolm Chisholm said:: “”Politicians sometimes say they want to spend more time with their family, and in this case it is true, as I have young grandchildren who play a big part in my life.

“I have served as the MP and then MSP for our area for over 20 years, and we’ve seen huge progress in that time but there is still a great deal more to do.

“I can think of nobody who is better placed than Lesley Hinds to campaign on the issues that matter to local people and hopefully to represent the constituency in the Scottish Parliament in due course.”

Inverleith councillor and former city Lord Provost Lesley Hinds has been selected to contest the Holyrood seat for Labour in 2016.

She said: “Malcolm Chisholm has been an outstanding public servant for our area, both as our MP and MSP, and we wish him a long and happy retirement when he steps down in 2016. I know he will be working hard every single day until then.”