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Former Lib Dem leader made a peer
Jim Wallace
Lord Wallace is looking forward to debating several issues
Scotland's former deputy first minister, Jim Wallace, has been appointed to the House of Lords.

He stepped down as an MSP in May, after serving in Scottish Politics for almost a quarter of a century.

Lord Wallace of Tankerness became MP for Orkney and Shetland in 1983, and joined the Scottish Parliament in 1999 as MSP for Orkney.

During that time he led the Liberal Democrats into government for the first time in more than half a century.

The former MSP for Orkney became deputy first minister under the Labour coalition administration, before stepping down as leader in a high in 2005, after his party achieved success in that year's General Election.

I shall be glad to meet up again with old friends and colleagues who are now also in what Disraeli called the 'Elysian Fields'
Lord Wallace of Tankerness

He said he was "honoured and delighted" on his appointment and was looking forward to starting work in the House of Lords.

"On issues such as the future of the British presence in Iraq, climate change, UK energy policy and the very fundamental Liberal issue of striking the balance between liberty and security in today's Britain, there will be opportunities to engage in debates which very much interest me," said Lord Wallace.

"And whilst I can honestly say that I have had very few regrets about leaving Westminster in 2001, I shall be glad to meet up again with old friends and colleagues who are now also in what Disraeli called the 'Elysian Fields'."

As deputy first minister, Lord Wallace covered Scotland's top job on several occasions, including stepping in following the death of Donald Dewar and the resignation of Henry McLeish.

As justice minister, he was forced to perform a series of u-turns, with plans to ban smacking, close Peterhead jail and open up children's hearings to over-16s all dropped.

His elevation to the House of Lords follows in the footsteps of predecessor Jo Grimond, who was made a peer after he retired from politics.


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