Glenrothes MSP appointed presiding officer of Scottish Parliament

SCOTLAND’S parliament has appointed a Fife MSP to a top position.

Glenrothes SNP MSP Tricia Marwick has been elected as the new presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament.

The Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP won the five-year job in a ballot of Holyrood 129 members.

Ms Marwick saw off a challenge from party colleague Christine Grahame and former Labour minister Hugh Henry.

Mrs Marwick has worked as a public affairs officer for housing charity Shelter Scotland until her election, in 1999, as a list MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife.

She contested the Central Fife seat in subsequent elections, taking the constituency on the night of the SNP’s historic win in 2007.

Ms Marwick, who has previously served as SNP business manager, won the new seat of Mid Fife and Glenrothes in the 2011 Holyrood election.

Ms Marwick was also convener of the Scottish Parliament’s standards committee, but stood down in 2003, amid the fallout of a row involving former SNP MSP Dorothy-Grace Elder, who had made a complaint against her.