Scottish Green MSPs are paying tribute following news of the death of Independent MSP Margo MacDonald.
Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian, said:
“Margo MacDonald was a one-off. Compassionate and brave, she was a role model for new and experienced politicians alike.
“Her no-nonsense approach was massively popular with the people in Lothian she represented so well. Regardless of party affiliations Margo’s star quality was indisputable. She will be much missed.”
Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow, added:
“I have felt deeply privileged to work with Margo MacDonald on many issues in my time as an MSP, particularly in recent years through forming the Green/Independent Group and working together on the Assisted Suicide Bill. I’ve always enjoyed the wit and sparkle she brought to debates in the Chamber, but she could also offer a formidable challenge when it was needed, and showed long term dedication to the causes she chose to work for.
“Margo won’t now see the culmination of two debates she was deeply involved in; the referendum on Scotland’s independence, and the Assisted Suicide Bill which she introduced last year. But as both these debates continue, I am certain that campaigners on all sides will recognise Margo MacDonald’s contribution to Scottish public life, her vibrancy and her passion. I know I’ll miss her every time I walk into the Chamber.”