Alex Johnstone

Alexander Johnstone (31 July 1961 – 7 December 2016) was a Scottish Conservative and Unionist politician, and Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for North East Scotland from 1999 until his death in 2016.

Alex Johnstone
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
In office
6 May 1999  7 December 2016
Succeeded byBill Bowman
Personal details
Born(1961-07-31)31 July 1961
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died7 December 2016(2016-12-07) (aged 55)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyScottish Conservative Party
Spouse(s)Linda Anne Johnstone
ChildrenAlexander Johnstone (1983), Christine Watson (1987)

Political career

Johnstone had been Member of the Scottish Parliament for the North East Scotland electoral region since 1999. He fought the West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine constituency in the 2005 General Election, finishing second. He also finished second in Angus North and Mearns in the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections, but was re-elected as an additional member on the party list. He was the longest serving Conservative MSP of the Scottish Parliament and the last remaining Conservative MSP to have served continuously since the 1999 election. In Holyrood he had served as Chief Whip and rural affairs spokesman for the Scottish Conservative Party and Shadow Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change. In 2016, Johnstone was the party's spokesman for Housing, Transport and Infrastructure.[1] Johnstone was deputy convenor of the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament.[2]

In 2014, Alex Johnstone, and his colleague Nanette Milne, re-paid more than £12,000 to the Scottish Parliament after breaching office expenses rules.[3]

Johnstone, a Church of Scotland elder, made public comments against a proposal to let individual congregations select gay clergy for their church. He told the Press and Journal newspaper a move to allow gay clergy would "ultimately weaken" the church. Johnstone was one of 18 MSPs who voted against same-sex marriage when, in February 2014, the Scottish Parliament backed same-sex marriage.

Personal life

Johnstone was educated at Mackie Academy in Stonehaven before working as a dairy and arable farmer.[4] He married Linda in 1981 and they had two children.[4] He died of cancer on 7 December 2016.[4]


  1. "Scottish Conservative appointments for new parliamentary term". Scottish Conservative Party. Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  2. "Alex Johnstone MSP". Scottish Parliament. Archived from the original on 1 June 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  3. MSPs that claimed thousands too much in expenses named Archived 1 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Scottish Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone dies aged 55". BBC News. 7 December 2016. Archived from the original on 7 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.

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