Marlyn Glen is not seeking re-election to the Scottish Parliament in 2011
2 September 2010
Marlyn Glen has announced her decision not to seek re-election to the Scottish Parliament in a letter to Labour Party members in North East Scotland.
The text of the letter reads,
"As the party prepares to select its candidates for another election for the Scottish Parliament next May, I wish to take this opportunity to inform you that I shall not be seeking re-election.
"Being your MSP is and will remain one of the greatest honours in my life but I have decided that the time has come for me to stand down to make way for others who will work for Dundee and the North East in the Parliament.
"I want to thank Labour Party members for their advice and conscientious work since 2003.
"Without your work, my public service would not have been possible and I make my decision with a deep sense of gratitude at the opportunity to serve those who elected me
"I must emphasise that between now and the 2011 dissolution of Parliament, I intend to continue representing the constituency to the best of my ability and will continue active campaigning
"I will continue to work to ensure that the highest possible number of Labour members are elected, from both the constituencies and the Regional list in North East Scotland.
"Politics is a never-ending pursuit for a fairer and better society, transforming ideals into achievements, and elected national office is just one particular aspect of politics, however important it may be.
" When I finally leave the Scottish Parliament next year, political activity will continue to play a central role in my future. In fact I intend, if anything, to increase my activism both locally and nationally.
"I look forward to your continuing support. "
Iain Gray, Labour leader in the Scottish Parliament , said,
"Marlyn has served the Labour Party, the people of Dundee and the Scottish Parliament with distinction.
"She has always had a passionate commitment to social justice, environmental issues and equal opportunities for all.
"Her work on the Scottish Women’s committee was a hallmark of her politics.
"On behalf of Labour at Holyrood I would like to wish her all the very best in the future as she steps down as an MSP."
Dr. Richard McCready, Constituency Secretary of the Dundee West Constituency Labour Party, said,
"I am sorry that Marlyn Glen is not seeking re-election.
"Marlyn has been an effective voice for the North-East and especially for Dundee.
"She has campaigned for social justice and equality in the Scottish Parliament.
"Over the last three years she has worked tirelessly to expose the failings and broken promises of the SNP Administration in Holyrood.
"I am sure that Marlyn will continue to campaign for social justice and equality in the future but I would like to wish her all the very best for the future."