The First Minister has paid tribute to Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone.
Mr Johnstone, who has served the north-east since the 90s, died aged 55 following a short illness, it was announced today.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am very sad to learn of Alex Johnstone’s passing. Holyrood has lost one of its most well-known and well-liked parliamentarians, and he will be sorely missed.
“Alex was of course one of the Scottish Parliament’s original 1999 intake, and he quickly established himself as a champion of the North East. He was never afraid to stand up robustly for the causes he believed in – but always did so with good humour and respect for his political opponents.
“I would like to offer my condolences to Alex’s wife Linda, his family and his friends, and hope that they find some comfort in the warm tributes being paid to him from across the political spectrum and beyond.”