Colin Beattie

Colin Beattie (born 17 October 1951)[2] is the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Midlothian North and Musselburgh constituency since 2011. Prior to this role, he was a councillor and group leader of the SNP on Midlothian Council.

Colin Beattie

Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Assumed office
6 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1951-10-17) 17 October 1951 (age 69)
Political partyScottish National Party

Early careerEdit

For 23 years, Beattie worked as an international banker across the Middle East and Asia. He then decided after a period of working in London that he would return to living in Scotland with his wife, Lisa.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Beattie took an early retirement in 2006 to focus on being elected to Midlothian Council.[3] He was elected to represent Midlothian South in the 2007 Midlothian Council election[4] and was SNP group leader on the Council.[2]

Beattie won the newly created seat of Midlothian North and Musselburgh in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election with a majority of just under 3000 votes.[2][5] He retained his seat in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, with a majority of over 7,000 votes.[6] He was also the SNP National Treasurer from 2004-2020; he was defeated in the 2020 SNP internal elections by Douglas Chapman.[7]

He was selected unopposed as the SNP's candidate for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.[8]

Beattie was formally censured in 2013 by the Standards Commission for Scotland for breaching the Councillors’ code of Conduct for failing to register interest in property whilst a councillor.[9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

Beattie is married to former Midlothian Council leader Lisa Beattie.[11]


  1. ^ "Colin Beattie". Scottish National Party. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Reynolds, Rory (6 May 2011). "Beattie claims new seat with 'historic' win over Labour". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Colin Beattie MSP | Midlothian North & Musselburgh". Colin Beattie MSP | Midlothian North & Musselburgh. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Scottish Council Elections 2007 Results and Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  5. ^ "BBC News - Election 2011 - Scotland - Midlothian North & Musselburgh". BBC News. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Midlothian North and Musselburgh - Scottish Parliament constituency - Election 2016 - BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  7. ^ "HISTORY OF THE SNP | Aberdeen SNP". Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  8. ^ Jackson, Luke (13 November 2020). "Colin Beattie chosen as SNP election candidate". Midlothian View. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  9. ^ Standards Commission Scotland NEWS RELEASE - 18 June 2013 - MIDLOTHIAN HEARING - Councillor Lisa Beattie of MIDLOTHIAN COUNCIL and Mr Colin Beattie MSP (a Former Councillor in MIDLOTHIAN) Archived 24 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Swanson, Ian. "Property rebuke for married Midlothian politicians". Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  11. ^ Quinn, Kevin. "Midlothian North MSP self isolating after his wife is diagnosed with the coronavirus". Retrieved 28 March 2021.

External linksEdit

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