Lamont elected Justice Committee convenor

Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont was appointed Convenor of Holyrood’s influential Justice Committee last week.

In doing so, Mr Lamont is only the ninth Conservative MSP to become a committee convenor since devolution in 1999. He was appointed to the Committee last Thursday after a unanimous motion by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.

Commenting after his appointment, Mr Lamont said: “I am honoured to have been elected as the Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee. The committee does a great deal of important work on a wide variety of laws that affect life in the Borders and across Scotland. As a former solicitor and my party’s justice spokesman, I have a keen interest in ensuring that our justice system works as effectively and fairly as possible.”