I was saddened by the deaths of two former colleagues: Dunfermline Labour Councillor Mike Rumney and former leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, David McLetchie MSP. Both worked tirelessly for their constituents and parties.
Mike and I served together in Fife Council and on the board of FETA, the Forth Road Bridge operator. He was a committed hard-worker and an easy man to get along with.
David McLetchie and I were founding members of the Parliamentary steering group that produced the recently enacted High Hedges Bill. David was a sharp thinker and pleasant man, who married in our Abbey here in Dunfermline.
My thoughts go out to their families and friends at this difficult time.
The above was originally written for Bill’s Dunfermline Press column. This version may vary slightly.