NORTH-EAST Labour MSP Richard Baker has announced he will not stand for re-election next year.
Mr Baker, who was first elected in 2003, said the last year had been momentous, with the Referendum, General Election and Labour’s leadership elections.
Mr Baker said he was disappointed not to have won the Scottish Labour deputy leadership in this summer’s contest.
He said: “I came so close so, yes, I was disappointed not to win as I would have loved the job.
“I enjoyed the campaign but it was a natural time to sit back and think about my next steps.
“The last three terms at Holyrood have been great and now I think it’s the right time to look for a new challenge.”
Mr Baker ruled out a return to politics in a different role.
He said: “I don’t expect to be standing for election any time soon.
“The future is wide open for me but I’m not intending to be a house husband just yet.
“I want to thank all those who have supported me for all the help and encouragement you have given me during my time in Parliament and I would like you to know just how much I appreciate it.”