Ewan Dale, Treasurer and Trustee, ME Association.
Sir Alex Fergusson, ex-MSP and an important ME campaigner, died on Tuesday 31st July, aged 69, following a short illness.
Elected to the first Holyrood parliament in 1999 as a Conservative South of Scotland List MSP, Alex, whose youngest son had M.E., joined with Labour MSP John McAllion in 2000 to set up the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on M.E.
Alex took over chair of the CPG after the 2003 election but had to step into the background in 2007 when he was chosen as Presiding Officer by MSPs.
Alex was a gentleman and farmer, with a disarming mix of bluff common sense and congeniality. He and his wife Merryn continued with M.E. campaigning even after their son largely recovered.
Merryn's book, “What Is Wrong With ME” (2012) told their experience of trying to get a diagnosis, recognition of disability and effective treatment. The family's loss will be shared by everyone who met Alex.
- BBC News: Former Holyrood presiding officer Sir Alex Fergusson dies
- Telegraph: Sir Alex Fergusson, Presiding Officer at the Scottish Parliament – obituary
- The Times Scotland: Obituary: Sir Alex Fergusson
Picture credit: Adam Elder/Scottish Parliament/PA