Sad goodbye to local politician

A dedicated local politician — who represented Newlands on Glasgow city council for 35 years — has died.

John Young went on to become a Scottish parliament list member for West of Scotland region in 1999, retiring four years later in 2003.

Previously, he was Glasgow city council leader as head of a minority Conservative administration.

Tributes came flooding in for the politician who died at 80-year-old last week, including one, from Glasgow city council’s leader.

GCC’s leader, Gordon Matheson, said: “John Young loved this city and served his fellow Glaswegians with great distinction.

“He was a true Glasgow patriot who was respected across the political divide and will be greatly missed by all of us”.

Current Conservative councillor for Pollokshields, David Meikle partly has Mr Young to thank for his political career, as he provided the reference for Mr Meikle to become an approved candidate.

He summed up Mr Young’s legacy by commenting that “he has earned his place in history by leading a Conservative administration in Glasgow”.

Lord Provost Bob Winter added: “John Young was a man of wit and wisdom who served his city well.

“He will be remembered for his sense of purpose”.

During his time in Holyrood, Young served as the Conservative deputy spokesperson on transport and environment and was an appointed member of the Scottish parliamentary corporate body.

Former colleague, Annabel Goldie, who was replaced as leader of the Scottish Conservatives by Ruth Davidson this week, said the dedicated Conservative, who had a reputation as a party moderniser, will be “sorely missed”.

She said: “He was a tremendous supporter of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

“He was much-liked and respected, both by his colleagues in the party and by many people outwith it, for his principled and hard-working contribution to public life.

“He was a prominent voice in Scottish politics and will be sorely missed”.

West of Scotland Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw added: “I was proud to know John throughout the 35 years I have been involved in politics.

“He was a committed and fine public representative at many levels and I pay tribute to his lifetime of service”.

Young’s wife Doris died before him but he leaves a son, Peter.