“I have confirmed to the Scottish Labour Party’s General Secretary, Brian Roy, that I will not be seeking re-selection as a candidate for another 5 year term in the Scottish Parliament.
“It has been an enormous privilege to serve as an MSP for Glasgow over the last four and a half years. For me, being an elected representative has been a privilege more than a personal ambition.
“It goes almost without saying that it’s been an exciting and challenging time in Scottish politics, representing Glasgow has been my highlight, but I am grateful for the other opportunities I have had too, particularly serving as Chair of the Trades Union Group of Labour MSPs since 2011 and especially to have had a small part in the campaign for equal marriage which was won in this Parliament.
“I am thankful first of all to my brilliant staff team as well as to many party members, parliamentary colleagues and former parliamentarians for their support and the encouragement that I have had, including from friends in other parties. I’m looking forward to finding new challenges in 2016 with real gratitude for the privilege and opportunity which I have had.
“My office team and I will continue to do our very best for the remainder of the term, and I will continue to support my friend, Kez Dugdale, as she leads the campaign for a strong team of Labour MSPs in the next Parliament. I will do everything I can to fully support her and her plan to renew the Scottish Labour Party.”