GALLOWAY’S newest MSP, Conservative Alex Fergusson, has told The Galloway Gazette that he has no intention of putting his name forward for the party’s leadership contest in Scotland.
After the current Scottish Tory leader, Annabel Goldie, announced this week that she would be standing down in the autumn, Mr Fergusson said: “I don’t think at the age of 62 is the right age to be leading a political party.
“It’s time for the next generation to come into play. I have too many grey hairs!”
Mr Fergusson also took the time to spell out his hopes for the constituency during his five-year term in office.
He said: “I think it will be a challenging time for the west of the region. There will be a lot of focus on the Stranraer Harbour Waterfront and how that can be regenerated in a time of great economic difficulties. There is great potential there to release a lot of economic activity.
“The real focus for the next five years will be getting out of the recession and creating jobs. I will also be fighting to improve the physical infrastructure like the roads, and getting a rail link established.
“I also want to see superfast broadband brought to rural area as soon as possible. We have so many young people with bright ideas for IT and we must attract them here.
“I will be doing my very best to ensure that this constituency gets it’s fair share.”