Robert Brown (Scottish politician)
Cllr Robert Brown
|Member of the South Lanarkshire Council for Rutherglen South|
|Assumed office |
May 3, 2012
|Preceded by||Eileen Baxendale|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament|
6 May 1999 – 22 March 2011
|Preceded by||New position|
|Succeeded by||Anne McTaggart|
|Born||25 December 1947|
|Political party||Scottish Liberal Democrats|
|Alma mater||University of Aberdeen|
A graduate of University of Aberdeen, he was Depute Procurator Fiscal of Dumbarton 1972−1974 and has since been a partner and consultant with a Glasgow firm of solicitors. He was a Glasgow City Councillor (Liberal) for a few years in the 1970s and 1980s, and was Convener of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Policy Committee for much of the 1990s and 2000s. He was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999.
Following Nicol Stephen's election as party leader and succession as Deputy First Minister of Scotland in 2005, Brown was appointed Deputy Minister for Education and Young People in the Scottish Executive.
In May 2012, he was elected as a councillor for the Rutherglen South ward on South Lanarkshire Council, and retained the seat at the 2017 elections; being the only Liberal Democrat councillor in the council out of 64 seats. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency at the 2017 UK general election, losing his deposit after receiving only 4% of the vote.
Brown was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for service to Politics. He currently resides in Burnside, Rutherglen, in the South Side of Glasgow.
- "Council elections: SNP biggest party in Rutherglen and Cambuslang but Tory success is big talking point". Daily Record / Rutherglen Reformer. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
- Spooner, Murray (9 June 2017). "Labour takes Rutherglen and Hamilton West". Daily Record / Rutherglen Reformer. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
- "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 8.
- Robert Brown MSP[permanent dead link] Mini-site and biography on Glasgow Liberal Democrat Website
- Robert Brown MSP official biography at the Scottish Parliament website
- Robert Brown MSP Profile at site of Scottish Liberal Democrats
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