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Colin James Clark MP (born 20 May 1969) is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gordon[3] since 8 June 2017.[4] He unseated the former SNP leader and First Minister Alex Salmond by 2,607 votes.[5]

Colin Clark

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland
Assumed office
27 July 2019
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byIan Duncan
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
Assumed office
27 July 2019
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byGeorge Hollingbery
Member of Parliament
for Gordon
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byAlex Salmond
Majority2,607 (4.8%)
Personal details
Born
Colin James Clark[1]

(1969-05-20) 20 May 1969 (age 50)[2]
Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Philippa Jones (m. 2005)
ChildrenTwo sons
Alma materHeriot-Watt University

He had previously contested the East Aberdeenshire constituency at the 2016 Holyrood elections and finished second to the SNP's Gillian Martin with a 29.0% share of the vote. He was elected to Aberdeenshire Council in the 2016 by-election and re-elected in May 2017, shortly before the snap General Election in June where he was elected as a Member of Parliament for Gordon with 40.7% of the vote.[5]

He has owned businesses since his early 20s and worked in business and agriculture until his election to the House of Commons.[6]

He was educated at Turriff Academy, a comprehensive school and Heriot-Watt University.

In January 2019 was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). He also sat on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Backbench Committee.

On 27 July 2019, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland and a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in Boris Johnson's administration.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 27885". The Edinburgh Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 1076.
  2. ^ "Clark, Colin James". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  3. ^ "Colin Clark MP". UK Parliament.
  4. ^ "'Gordon giant-slayer' Colin Clark says Salmond thought he was "too big to fall" - Press and Journal".
  5. ^ a b Campsie, Alison (9 June 2017). "Alex Salmond loses his Gordon seat to Conservatives". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  6. ^ "About Colin Clark". Colin Clark MP.
  7. ^ "Colin Clark MP - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2019.

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