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Re: Viscout Thurso
I have put this in "History of Caithness" under News from Caithness.
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Sent: Friday, June 30, 2000 6:43 PM
Subject: Viscout Thurso
> An article from this week's John O' Groats Journal about John Archibald
> Sinclair (Viscount Thurso);
> Maclennan set to step down as MSP
> Local MP Robert Maclennan, who has represented Caithness, Sutherland and
> latterly Easter Ross for 34 years, is to stand down at the next General
> Election. He made his announcement yesterday, pointing out that his role
> the House of Commons has changed since the establishment of the Scottish
> Parliament. Mr Maclennan, 64, a barrister, said his decision would give
> constituency the opportunity to elect someone with "fresh perspectives on
> what is in some ways a new job". Viscount Thurso, convener of the Liberal
> Democrats constituency party, paid tribute to the "exceptional dedication"
> with which the MP had served Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross at
> Westminster. News of Mr Maclennan's retirement came in a letter to the
> Liberal peer, who replied: "Almost every part of the constituency has
> benefited from your commitment to its well being. I know from personal
> experience of your remarkable advocacy and tenacity in pursuing the
> of all your constituents. You are a role model for any aspiring Member of
> Parliament." Viscount Thurso, who is being tipped as possible successor to
> Maclennan for the Liberal Democrat nomination, told Mr Maclennan he had
> played an important role in national politics.
> Mr Maclennan became an MP ion 1966 when he won Caithness and Sutherland
> the Labour Party, defeating the sitting MP George Mackie by just 64 votes.
> During the 1970s he served as a Junior Minister at the Department of
> and Consumer Protection. He defected from the Labour in the early 1980s
> during its years of turmoil to help form the Social Democrats and briefly
> the party following the resignation of Dr David Owen. When the SDP and
> Liberal Party merged to become the Liberal Democrats, Mr Maclennan
> subsequently became the part president.
> I have also ordered and received a book called "Caithness Remembered" a
> pictorial view of Caithness at the close of 1999, by North of Scotland
> Newspapers. Fred Sinclair of Old Pulteney, John Sinclair of Caithness
> and Don Sinclair, a pigeon trainer are featured.
> Enjoy Canada Day, Repeal of Proscription Day, and America's Independence
> Donald Sinclair (Indianapolis)
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