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David McLetchie is a Scottish politician. He graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Law in 1974. In 1979 he contested the Edinburgh Central seat for the Conservative Party, but lost to Robin Cook. Since 1999 he has been both a Member of the Scottish Parliament, and the leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland. Initially he was elected as an additional member for the Lothians, but at the 2003 election he won the first past the post seat of Edinburgh Pentlands.
In February 2005 sleaze allegations were made against him, for continuing to practice law while an MSP. It transpired that Tods Murray, the firm at which he was a partner, had advised the Royal Highland Showground, who oppose the expansion of Edinburgh Airport. McLetchie had previously signed a parliamentary motion against the plans. Similar allegations were made in relation to Murrayfield Stadium. He resigned his position at the firm on February 17, 2005.
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