21-year-old Scottish Green member becomes youngest-ever MSP

Ross Greer Credit: PA

The youngest-ever Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) has been elected for the Green Party.

Ross Greer is aged just 21, and has been a member of the Scottish Greens since he was 15.

He is also something of a political veteran already, having been part of the successful campaign to award 16 and 17-year-olds the chance to vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

He has also served as a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and contested the East Dunbartonshire constituency in last year's general election.

In a statement on the Scottish Young Greens website, the former Yes Scotland campaigner - who describes himself as "Christian, socialist and Green" - said:

I had always been an environmentalist since a young age but as my interest in politics grew, I began to realise that only the Scottish Green Party offered the practical solutions that I wanted, combining social justice and equality with sustainability and practical solutions to tackling climate change.

Ross Greer, MSP

After the referendum he worked for the Scottish Greens on strategy development, and is the party's spokesman on Europe and external affairs.