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PremierLeague-News.Com - Alison Johnstone is likely to secure support from pro-independence MSPs, who make up a majority at Holyrood.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A Green MSP is expected to be a candidate to become the next Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament. It is understood Alison Johnstone, who represents the Lothians, will stand for the high-profile post later today. The Presiding Officer is effectively the chair of the Parliament and the equivalent of the Speaker in the House of Commons. The £112,919 a year post involves ensuring Holyrood debates and votes go ahead smoothly. Johnstone, an MSP since 2011, was initially not minded to go for the job but a Holyrood source said she has changed her mind. If elected, she would be the Parliament’s second female presiding officer after Tricia Marwick. Read More Related Articles Nicola Sturgeon sworn in as MSP by pledging allegiance to The Queen Read More Related Articles David Cameron to be grilled by MPs over lobbying activities for Greensill Capital A key issue facing the new PO will be ensuring Holyrood’s procedures are more family friendly. Retiring MSPs complained that issues such as a lack of virtual voting made it hard for them to juggle family and work commitments. With the SNP falling one short of a majority at the election, a Green MSP would leave Nicola Sturgeon's party and the opposition on 64 votes each. Sign up to our Politics newsletter Get all the top Scottish politics news sent straight to your Inbox by signing up to our Politics newsletter.
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