John Farquhar Munro (Gaelic: Iain Fearchar Rothach; 26 August 1934 – 26 January 2014) was a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician, and was the MSP for Ross, Skye and Inverness West from 1999 until his retirement in 2011.
Previously a crofter and a local councillor for 33 years, he was first elected to the Scottish Parliament at the 1999 election. Running against him for Labour was Donnie Munro, former member of the band Runrig, but Munro won by 1,539 votes. He was one of three Lib-Dem MSPs to oppose his party's coalition with the Labour Party (along with Keith Raffan and Donald Gorrie) and has deviated from the Executive on a number of issues (such as land reform, on which he believes they are not moving quickly enough).
He was prominent within the parliament in opposing the Skye Bridge tolls, to the extent of threatening to resign from the Lib Dems if they were not removed. The tolls were abolished in December 2004.
As befitted one of the few native Gaelic speakers in the Scottish Parliament he co-sponsored (along with the Scottish National Party's Michael Russell) a bill to secure the language's status as being equal to English. He was angry when the Labour-Liberal Scottish Executive refused to back it.
He was re-elected to the Scottish Parliament at the 2003 election with an increased share of the vote.
After the 2007 election he was the oldest MSP in Holyrood. He stepped down as an MSP at the 2011 Scottish Parliament general election, at which time his constituency was abolished.
In a surprise move Munro expressed support for Alex Salmond in the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections.
He was a keen player and supporter of the sport of shinty, supporting local side Kinlochshiel.
He died at his home on 26 January 2014.
Tributes paid to ex MSP John Farquhar Munro after his death at home
Tributes have been paid to former Liberal Democrat MSP John Farquhar Munro.
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Sun, 26 Jan 2014 09:55:24 -0800
Mr Munro was one of the first MSPs to be elected to the Scottish parliament when it was established in 1999. Representing the former Ross, Skye and Inverness West constituency, he became the oldest MSP in Holyrood. He stepped down at the Scottish ...
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:00:00 -0800
Born: August 26, 1934; Died: January 26, 2014. JOHN Farquhar Munro, who has died aged 79, was a Highland crofter, local businessman and councillor who, only a few months before he became a pensioner in 1999, was elected as one of the first members ...
Herald Scotland (blog)
West Highland Free Press
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 07:56:15 -0800
John Farquhar Munro, crofter, businessman and politician, was an “outstanding champion” for the Highlands, its people and language. That was just one of the many tributes paid this week to the former councillor and MSP following his death, at home in ...
Liberal Democrat Voice
Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:37:30 -0800
John F and Charles K When Charles Kennedy was elected MP for the then Ross, Cromarty and Skye in 1983, John Farquhar Munro, the former MSP who died at the age of 79 on Sunday, was one of his key supporters. A friendship that would last more than ...
Mon, 04 Apr 2011 07:42:38 -0700
Veteran Liberal Democrat John Farquhar Munro has backed Alex Salmond for another term as first minister. He told the BBC the SNP leader was "the best man for the job", but insisted he was not endorsing the SNP. But Mr Munro said he remained a "strong ...
The Guardian (blog)
The Guardian (blog)
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:11:05 -0800
Ministers have lost a vote on pubs after Lib Dem and Tory rebels united with Labour to back a proposal to loosen the control of pub companies over pub landlords. (See 4.26pm.) Rachel Reeves, has said for the first time that Labour would clamp down on ...
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:56:15 -0800
He named MSPs who have served and died since the parliament was set up in 1999 – Donald Dewar, Bashir Ahmed, Donald Gorrie, David McLetchie, John Farquhar Munro, Margo MacDonald and Sam Galbraith. And Mr Salmond reflected on his time as the ...
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:40:23 -0800
“I remember John Farquhar Munro, who was an MSP at the same time as me, saying it's only when you stand down that you find out what people really think the issues are. And those were incredible words and I would recommend every single MP to actually ...
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