Tory MSP Donald Cameron to take up House of Lords seat

Donald Cameron
Donald Cameron

A Conservative MSP is standing down to take up a seat in the House of Lords.

Donald Cameron has served as a list member of the Scottish Parliament since 2016, representing the Highlands and Islands region.

He is to become a parliamentary undersecretary of state in the Scotland Office, the UK government has confirmed.

As the next Scottish Tory candidate on the Highlands and Islands list, Tim Eagle will now become an MSP.

King Charles approved the appointment on Friday and conferred a life peerage on Lord Cameron.

'Talented lawyer'

Lord Cameron said: "I am honoured to have been appointed as a UK government minister and to the House of Lords.

"As part of the Scotland Office team I look forward to continuing our work representing Scotland at the heart of Whitehall, upholding the devolution settlement, and ensuring Scotland continues to benefit from the UK government's ambitious levelling-up agenda."

Lord Cameron was an advocate, passing the bar in 2005.

Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland, said: "I welcome Donald Cameron's appointment at the Scotland Office.

"He is a talented lawyer as well as an experienced parliamentarian. I know Donald will do a great job helping us to deliver on the priorities of people in Scotland."