Conservative group leader on Aberdeen City Council, Councillor Ross Thomson, has today responded to the announcement that North East MSP Nannette Milne MSP is to stand down at the Scottish Parliament election next year.

Councillor Ross Thomson said:

“Nanette has been a true champion for the North East in the Scottish Parliament since she was elected in 2003 and she has continuously battled against the prevailing central belt bias there to ensure that the voices of North East residents are heard.

“Nanette over the years has developed a real track record of representing her constituents and always putting their interests first. Often I have referred case work from constituents to Nanette who has always acted swiftly and achieved results for them. I have seen at first hand the power of work Nanette does behind the scenes to fight the North East's corner.

“I have seen how Nanette has campaigned with vigour on issues such as re-opening Kintore station, improvements to the Inveramsay bridge and joining me on the campaign against the Marischal Square project.”

“Nanette is a real friend and an invaluable mentor and I will always be grateful to her for her support and wisdom. Nanette has been a tremendous support and it was because of Nanette’s encouragement that I became more and more involved in the Conservative party.”

“I wish Nanette well in her retirement and I know she will enjoy the extra time in the garden. Although she will be standing down at the coming election I know she will continue to keep a close eye on national politics as well as a keen interest in the decisions of Aberdeen City Council.”

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