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Richard Keen QC to become chairman of Scottish Tories
Richard Keen QC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, is to leave office in January to take over as chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party.
Mr Keen, who has served two terms since being elected Dean in 2007 – the longest period of any Dean in recent times – is reported to have been the personal choice of Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson, with the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron.
As chairman he will lead the party's management board, work with the UK party, and help develop political strategy.
A member of the bar in both Scotland and England, Mr Keen has appeared in many high profile cases, including the Lockerbie trial where he defended the acquitted accused Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah. He will continue in practice as a Queen's Counsel.
The arrangements for the election of a new Dean of Faculty will be announced at the Anniversary Meeting of the Faculty in January, when Mr Keen steps down.