John Farquhar Munro

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John Farquhar Munro
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Ross, Skye and Inverness West
In office
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by constituency abolished
Majority 3,486 (11.0%)
Personal details
Born (1934-08-26)26 August 1934
Glen Shiel, Lochalsh, Highland
Died 26 January 2014(2014-01-26) (aged 79)
Glen Shiel, Lochalsh, Highland
Political party Scottish Liberal Democrats

John Farquhar Munro (Gaelic: Iain Fearchar Rothach; 26 August 1934 – 26 January 2014) was a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician, and was the MSP for Ross, Skye and Inverness West from 1999 until his retirement in 2011.

Previously a crofter and a local councillor for 33 years, he was first elected to the Scottish Parliament at the 1999 election. Running against him for Labour was Donnie Munro, former member of the band Runrig, but Munro won by 1,539 votes.[1] He was one of three Lib-Dem MSPs to oppose his party's coalition with the Labour Party (along with Keith Raffan and Donald Gorrie) and has deviated from the Executive on a number of issues (such as land reform, on which he believes they are not moving quickly enough).

He was prominent within the parliament in opposing the Skye Bridge tolls, to the extent of threatening to resign from the Lib Dems if they were not removed. The tolls were abolished in December 2004.

As befitted one of the few native Gaelic speakers in the Scottish Parliament he co-sponsored (along with the Scottish National Party's Michael Russell) a bill to secure the language's status as being equal to English. He was angry when the Labour-Liberal Scottish Executive refused to back it.

He was re-elected to the Scottish Parliament at the 2003 election with an increased share of the vote.

After the 2007 election he was the oldest MSP in Holyrood. He stepped down as an MSP at the 2011 Scottish Parliament general election, at which time his constituency was abolished.[2]

In a surprise move Munro expressed support for Alex Salmond in the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections.[3]

He was a keen player and supporter of the sport of shinty, supporting local side Kinlochshiel.[2]

He died at his home on 26 January 2014.

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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Ross Skye and Inverness West
1999-2011
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished