Dundee Courier’s sports editor wins seat as MSP

Graeme Dey: opting for politics over sports page lay-outs

Sports journalist Graeme Dey is among the Scottish Nationalists elected to the Edinburgh parliament last Thursday.

Dey is a 30-year veteran of DC Thomson titles, having stepped down as sports editor of Dundee’s The Courier last year to concentrate on his candidacy for Holyrood.

He was swept to power with 58 per cent of the vote in the Angus South constituency, as the SNP became the first party to gain an overall majority in the Scottish parliament since it was reformed in 1999.

Dey told his old newspaper, “We ran a magnificent campaign and achieved a fantastic result. To be a first-time candidate and win with this size of majority is just incredible.”

Dey will be in good company when he takes his seat for the first time. His party leader, Alex Salmond has been known to dabble with the occasional horse racing column in Scottish papers, while another journalist, freelancer Joan McAlpine, who writes a weekly column for The Scotsman, finished in second place for the SNP in the South of Scotland regional list.


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