Aberdeenshire MSP loses battle with cancer


   By a Newsnet reporter

The SNP MSP for Aberdeen Donside has passed away after a battle with cancer, Brian Adam was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 as an MSP for North East Scotland.

In 2003, he won the constituency of Aberdeen North and successfully held it with an increased majority in 2007, and in the 2011 election, Mr Adam won the new seat of Aberdeen Donside following boundary changes to previous constituencies.

Mr Adam served as SNP Chief Whip from 2007 to 2011 before being appointed Minister for Parliamentary Business.

Mr Adam was born in 1948 in Newmill, Banffshire and was educated in the North East at Keith Grammar School. After graduating with a BSc in biochemistry at the University of Aberdeen he took an MSc in Clinical Pharmacology from the same institution.

After leaving University, Mr Adam started work with Glaxo in Montrose and continued his career at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was a Principal Biochemist.

He was first elected as an SNP representative to Aberdeen District Council where he represented Middlefield and Heathryfold from 1988 until 1996 and as an Aberdeen City Councillor from 1995 until 1999.

He lived in Aberdeen with his wife Dorothy with whom he raised four sons, a daughter and two grandchildren. In a statement his family said:

“Brian had a hard fought battle with cancer, but passed away peacefully during the night at home.

“We would like to thank Brian’s colleagues and constituents for their huge support over this challenging and sensitive period.

“The immediate family have all been informed of Brian’s passing and the funeral arrangements will be announced in the next few days. Until then we would be grateful if the press would respect our family’s privacy at this difficult time.”

Paying tribute to the Aberdeenshire MSP, First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond said:

“Brian was an exceptional MSP and was one of the crucial people who as chief whip sustained the minority government between 2007-2011. I was delighted to see him serve as a Minister in this Parliament.

“Of course his greatest service was to the people of Aberdeen for a quarter of a century – first as a Councillor and then as an MSP. I’m proud to say I’ve known and admired him over that entire period as an outstanding politician, a fine human being and a dear friend.

“My condolences go to Brian’s wife Dorothy and his five children – Neil, Jamie, Sarah, David, Alan– and the wider family at this very difficult time.”