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Daniel Johnson (Scottish politician)

Daniel Guy Johnson MSP is a Scottish politician who is a Scottish Labour Party Member of Scottish Parliament for the constituency of Edinburgh Southern.[1]

Daniel Johnson
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Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Edinburgh Southern
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded byJim Eadie
Personal details
Political partyScottish Labour Party


Early lifeEdit

Johnson was educated at Bonaly Primary School and Daniel Stewart's and Melville College.[2] He graduated from the University of St Andrews in philosophy and from the University of Strathclyde in management.

Johnson joined the Labour party at the age of 17, and his first job after leaving university was working as a constituency caseworker for Edinburgh South's MP Nigel Griffiths.[2] He later went on to work as a management consultant for Accenture.[3]

Prior to entering politics, Johnson became managing director of the Paper Tiger and Studio One group of shops. The group became the first independent retailer in Edinburgh to become an accredited Living Wage employer in 2015. [4]

Political careerEdit

In January 2014, he was selected by party members as a candidate for Edinburgh Southern at the 2016 election.[2]

Johnson was elected to Parliament in the Scottish Parliament elections of 2016. Winning Edinburgh Southern in 2016 gave Johnson the first Labour gain in Scotland since 2007 elections.

He became the education spokesperson for Scottish Labour in May 2016.[5] In December 2017, Johnson was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet as Justice Spokesperson.[6] He sits on the Justice Committee, as well as the Justice Sub-Committee on policing.

Personal lifeEdit

Johnson resides in the constituency with his wife and two daughters.

Johnson revealed to Scottish Parliament that he had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) later in life at the age of 35.[7] Commenting on the stigma towards ADHD and the prescription of treatments such as ritalin and adderall, he has argued that "[his] diagnosis of ADHD and with it a prescription [...] gave me the space and capacity to deal with the issues I had". He is believed to be the only politician in any UK parliament to be diagnosed with the condition at this time.


  1. ^ "Election 2016: Edinburgh Southern. Scottish Parliament constituency". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Paul Godzik Holyrood bid killed by businessman". Edinburgh Evening News. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
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