Ken Macintosh elected new presiding officer in the Scottish Parliament
Macintosh will now serve in a politically neutral position
MSP KEN MACINTOSH has won the contest to serve as the presiding officer for the fifth term of the Scottish Parliament.
Macintosh saw off competition from Tories Murdo Fraser and John Scott, and colleagues Johann Lamont and Elaine Smith for the role to take on the role as the figurehead for the parliament.
Macintosh won after three rounds of voting by a clear 71 votes out of 128, ahead of Murdo Fraser in second with 31 votes and Johann Lamont in third with 26 votes.