Scots Tory Gavin Brown to quit as MSP

SCOTTISH Conservative finance spokesman Gavin Brown is to quit Holyrood at the 2016 election saying he needs a “fresh challenge”.

Gavin Brown: Set to quit. Picture: TSPL

The 40 year old politician, who leads for his party during Scottish government budget debates, has served as a Lothians list MSP since 2007.

Mr Brown said he will quit his role as Scottish Conservative finance spokesman with immediate effect due to his decision to leave Holyrood in 2016.

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Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser will take over Mr Brown’s frontbench role.

Mr Brown said: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the Scottish Parliament in the 2016 election and will stand down at that point.

“I will have served nine years by 2016 and would like to seek a fresh challenge going forward.

“Given that I will not seek re-election, I am standing down from my role as Scottish Conservative finance spokesman.

“This decision takes immediate effect. It has been a thoroughly fascinating role at a key time in Scottish politics.”