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Boyd set for House of Lords role
Colin Boyd QC
Colin Boyd said he was looking forward to his new role
Scotland's lord advocate has said he is looking forward to becoming a member of the House of Lords.

Colin Boyd QC, who was formally introduced to the House on Monday as Lord Boyd of Duncansby, said he was honoured by the appointment.

Opposition politicians said it would make the head of the prosecution service more political.

But Lord Boyd said he remained committed to the full-time role of lord advocate and his programme of reform.

Lord Boyd's title is taken from Duncansby Head in Caithness. He spent much of his childhood in Wick and went to school in the area.

It is a great honour, both personally and professionally, to be appointed to serve in the House of Lords
Colin Boyd
Lord Advocate

He wanted to reflect his fondness for Caithness and his happy memories of his childhood in the title.

Duncansby Head was a favourite spot for family outings and walks.

"It is a great honour, both personally and professionally, to be appointed to serve in the House of Lords," Lord Boyd said.

"I look forward to playing an effective role in policy-making for the UK, especially in relation to Scottish affairs."

'Scotland's interests'

Lord Boyd is head of the prosecution service and is also the Scottish Executive's senior legal adviser.

Opposition politicians criticised his appointment to the Lords when it was announced in April.

But Lord Boyd said: "I remain firmly committed to the full time role of lord advocate, leading the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, and seeing through the programme of reform I initiated four years ago.

"Appointment to the House of Lords is a natural extension of my duties as lord advocate and a development which will allow me to represent Scotland's interests at home and at UK level."

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