Tributes paid to key figure in devolution
Church: Canon Kenyon Wright dies
Canon Kenyon Wright, who played a key role in the creation of the Scottish Parliament, has died aged 84.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Canon Kenyon Wright and my thoughts are with his family.
“He is a great loss to Scotland’s political, civic and religious 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