The Long Goodbye

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The 2011-16 Scottish Parliament will be remembered for a long time – its place in history guaranteed by the passing of the Referendum Act and the first SNP majority administration. However, as we near the end of the session, a number of big hitting MSPs have already indicated their desire to stand down – even though we are still nearly a year out from the next elections. So, who will be lost to the Parliament after May 2016?

From the SNP ranks a number of MSPs will be standing down. The most famous of these is, of course, Alex Salmond, but there are a number of others who have recently announced their decision to stand aside. These include the environmental campaigner and Chair of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, Rob Gibson. He’s joined by fellow Highlander, Dave Thompson MSP. Both of these Highlands and Islands MSPs have…

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My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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