‘There’s work to do before I stand down’

Lindsay Roy MP has consistently backed protestors over the 'Methil Ming'
Lindsay Roy MP has consistently backed protestors over the 'Methil Ming'

Glenrothes and Central Fife Labour MP Lindsay Roy has announced that he will not be standing for parliament again and will retire at the General Election in 2015.

Mr Roy said: “I have spent more than four decades in public service, both in education and politics, but I have decided that I will stand down at the next election.”

The MP was rector at Inverkeithing High School for 19 years and had a short spell in a similar role at Kirkcaldy High School before entering politics, somewhat belatedly, in November 2008 when he was nominated for the seat following the untimely death of John MacDougall.

The SNP were strongly tipped to win the seat, but Mr Roy upset the odds and retained the seat for Labour. This success was followed by a victory in the 2010 General Election where he more than doubled his majority.

Mr Roy said: “Most people would count themselves fortunate to have one career where they get enormous job satisfaction – I have been privileged to have two. However, all good things must come to an end and I have decided it is time to stand down. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and friends, and I also want to renew a number of interests I have not had time to pursue.

“Although I have decided not to seek re-selection, I want to stress that I will maintain my commitment to do my best for all my constituents until a new Westminster representative is elected in 2015. There will be no winding down ahead of the General Election and I will continue to give this privileged position the input that it demands.”