Jimmy pulls out of Holyrood race to return to sea

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Jimmy Buchan has stood down from his position as Scottish Conservative candidate for Banffshire & Buchan Coast at the 2011 Holyrood election.

Jimmy Buchan told the Buchanie that his decision had been one of the hardest he had ever had to make - but stressed he hadn’t given up on politics completely.

Having been unable to sell his vessel the Amity II, and being unwilling to take an uneconomical scrapping route, the local skipper said : “This has been an incredibly hard decision to make as I have been, and remain, committed to the Conservative cause.

“However, due to my responsibilities to my fishing business and to those who work with me I have to step aside as a candidate. I would like to thank my local association for all the support I have received and I will do all I can to work with my successor and the Party here in Scotland to deliver more Scottish Conservative MSPs in May.

“But never say never. Everything is about a moment in time and who knows, that time may come again in the future.”

A party spokesperson said: “Jimmy has taken this difficult decision in the need to concentrate on his fishing business and in the best interests of his employees. Jimmy will continue to do all he can to assist his successor and the Scottish Conservative Party. The process of selection of a new candidate for the seat will begin immediately.”

Speaking about Jimmy Buchan’s decision to stand down from his candidate’s position, Annabel Goldie MSP, Scottish Conservative Leader, said: “I am extremely sorry that Jimmy has had to make this decision. His talents will be missed but in life tough decisions have to be made.

“I am delighted that Jimmy will continue to fight for the Conservative cause and campaign with us in the Holyrood elections. He will be a great asset.

“I wish him and his crew well for the future – and look forward to seeing him on my travels in the weeks ahead.”

Banff and Buchan MSP and fellow candidate Stewart Stevenson said: “I wish Jimmy Buchan every success with his fishing interests. Working in the industry is always a challenge and I respect his need to focus on his contribution to it.”