Tributes paid to key fig­ure in de­vo­lu­tion

Canon Keny­onWright dies

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News - BY PAULWARD

Canon Kenyon Wright, who­played a key role in the cre­ation of the Scot­tishPar­lia­ment, has died aged 84.

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon said: “Iamdeeply sad­dened by the death of Canon Keny­onWright and my thoughts are with his fam­ily.

“He is a great loss to Scot­land’s po­lit­i­cal, civi­can­dreli­gious com­mu­ni­ties. His in­put to the cre­ation of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment can­not be over­stated.

“His chair­man­ship of the Scot­tish Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion, which led to the cre­ation of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, was tes­ta­ment to his strength of char­ac­ter, tenac­ity and charisma.”

The for­mer Epis­co­palian priest was ex­ec­u­tive chair of the Scot­tish Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion from 1989 to 1999 and was a mem­ber of the con­sul­ta­tive steer­ing group on the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

He con­tin­ued to play a role in Scot­tish pol­i­tics and voiced con­cerns over grow­ing cen­tral­i­sa­tion and a re­stric­tion of the pow­ers of lo­cal coun­cils 10 years ago, and backed Yes in the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said Canon Wright died peace­fully at home on Wed­nes­day.

For­mer first min­is­ter Henry McLeish worked with Canon Wright on the steer­ing group and de­scribed the death as a “great loss to the na­tion”.

Cur­rent Scot­tish Labour leader Kezia Dug­dale of­fered her con­do­lences on be­half of the party.

“His in­put to the cre­ation of Holy­rood can­not be over­stated”

LINCH­PIN: Canon Kenyon Wright chaired the Scot­tish Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion

Lord Snowdon with Princess Mar­garet

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