Labour MSP Hugh Henry is to stand stand down from politics at next year’s Holyrood elections.
The Renfrewshire South MSP, who has been in politics for 32 years has told his constituency members that he will not be seeking their nomination to be the candidate for the 2016 Holyrood elections for Renfrewshire South.
He has been an MSP for the area since the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999.
Henry has served as the deputy health minister, deputy justice minister and education minister in the Labour Liberal Democrat coalition governments in the first two Parliaments.
Mr Henry said “By next year, I will have been an elected member for 32 years and I believe the time is right to make way for someone with more energy than I can muster.
“I took time over the summer to reflect following Labour’s devastating defeat in Scotland in the general election. That campaign and the referendum campaign the year before made me realise I could not continue at the pace at which I was going.
“I have had to accept that I would not be able to work locally to the high standards that I have set myself and the standards which my constituents and local party deserve and expect.”
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: “I’m sorry to see Hugh stand down but recognise the wonderful contribution he has made to the Labour movement.
“From his time as a local government leader to a Scottish minister to heading a parliamentary committee Hugh has made a huge contribution to Scottish public life.
“I hope he will remain a vocal campaigner on the issues that motivate all of us in the Scottish Labour, building a fairer Scotland.”