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Veteran Tory Bill Aitken to quit Scottish parliament

Bill Aitken
Bill Aitken served as a councillor before being elected to parliament

Veteran Tory politican Bill Aitken will quit the Scottish Parliament at next year's election, he has announced.

The Glasgow list MSP, who has served at Holyrood since 1999, said he would be 67 if he served another four-year term and it was now time to move on.

The former insurance worker and district court justice of the peace is his party's justice spokesman and convenes Holyrood's justice committee.

Mr Aitken also served as a Glasgow councillor for more than 20 years.

"I don't want to hang about," he said.

Mr Aitken added: "Once you've done all you can do, it's time to move on.

"I've firmly enjoyed my council service and parliamentary service. But it's time to go."

On his life after Holyrood, Mr Aitken raised the possibility of taking up golf or undertaking charity work.

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