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|Member of the Scottish Parliament |
for North East Scotland
6 May 1999 - 7 December 2016
|Born||31 July 1961|
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
|Died||7 December 2016 (aged 55)|
|Political party||Scottish Conservative Party|
|Spouse(s)||Linda Anne Johnstone|
|Children||Alexander Johnstone (1983), Christine Watson (1987)|
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.
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. Johnstone was deputy convenor of the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament.
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.