Justice for Lamont

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ROXBURGH and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont has been appointed convener of Holyrood’s influential all-party Justice Committee.

It follows a vote of MSPs last week when the Conservative, who lives in Coldstream, was the unanimous choice to fill the vacancy following the recent resignation of his party colleague Bill Aitken.

Mr Lamont, who has been his party’s justice spokesman since 2007, said he was “honoured” by the appointment.

“The committee does a great deal of important work on a variety of laws that affect life in the Borders and across Scotland,” said Mr Lamont.

“As a former solicitor, I have a keen interest in ensuring our justice system works as effectively and fairly as possible. Legislation that comes out of the Scottish Parliament needs to serve the best interests of our society and I look forward to my role in shaping that legislation.”

Mr Aitken, a Glasgow MSP, resigned as convener after a newspaper reported comments he had apparently made that the victim of a rape in the city may have been a prostitute.

One of the rare breed of Tories elected to serve a constituency at Holyrood, Mr Lamont is only the ninth Conservative to become a committee convener since devolution in 1999.

On May 5, he will see re-election in the new Borders seat of Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.