THE Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Alison Johnstone, has said she will be away from Holyrood for a “few weeks” due to surgery.

In a post on Twitter/X, she said she hoped to return to work as normal “soon” and thanked those who had been looking after her.

She said: “Due to planned surgery, I’ll be away from the Parliament for a few weeks. Looking forward to being back at Holyrood soon.

The National:

“Thanks to the caring and professional NHS staff.”

It means the deputy presiding officers – Liam McArthur and Annabelle Ewing – will step in on her behalf.

It comes ahead of a key debate in Holyrood this afternoon calling for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza.

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Johnstone was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2011 as a member of the Scottish Greens.

However, when she assumed the role of Presiding Officer – a role with no party affiliation – she resigned her membership.