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by Staff reporter
21 November 2023
Scottish Parliament presiding officer announces health leave

Presiding officer Alison Johnstone, centre | Alamy

Scottish Parliament presiding officer announces health leave

The presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament has announced a weeks-long absence as she undergoes surgery.

Alison Johnstone has held the position since 2021, when she succeeded Ken Macintosh.

Today she revealed she is to take temporary leave on medical grounds.

The Lothian MSP said: "Due to planned surgery, I'll be away from the parliament for a few weeks.

"Looking forward to being back at Holyrood soon. Thanks to the caring and profession NHS staff."

The statement was posted on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Johnstone is supported by deputy presiding officers Annabelle Ewing and Liam McArthur.

 

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