He later attended Edinburgh University (graduating with a Master of Arts in history in 1957) and Moray House College of Education, before working as a schoolteacher.
Born David Russell Johnston. 28 July 1932 – 27 July 2008), usually known as Russell Johnston, was a leading Scottish Liberal Democrat politician and was the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Party from 1974 to 1988. In 1995, the competition was renamed the John Smith Memorial Mace and is now run by the English-Speaking Union.
In October 1966, he proposed a bill of federal law in order to deal with the Scotland and Wales case.
Johnston was knighted in 1985. In the 1992 election, he made history by holding his seat with just 26% of the vote in a close four-way battle with Labour, the Scottish National Party, and the Conservatives.
At the time, this was the lowest ever winning percentage for a candidate, until being superseded by Belfast South at the 2015 election. Upon his retirement from the House of Commons in 1997, he was created a life peer as Baron Russell-Johnston of Minginish in Highland, changing his surname by deed poll to allow his forename to be incorporated into his title.
Obituary, guardian.co.uk, 29 July 2008.
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He was elected to the House of Commons and represented Inverness for the Liberal Party (1964-1983) and Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber as a Member of Parliament (Member of Parliament) for the Liberal Party (1983-1988) and for the Liberal Democrats (1988-1997). He also served as leader of the Scottish Liberal Party and as deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats (1988-1992).
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He was member of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly from 1985 to his death in 2008, leading the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE-Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) from 1994-1999, and sitting as the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 1999 until 2002.