David Stewart (Scottish politician)

David John Stewart (born 5 May 1956) is a Scottish politician who has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Highlands and Islands region since 2007. A member of the Scottish Labour Party and Co-operative Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber from 1997 to 2005.

David Stewart

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Stewart in 2010
Scottish Labour Spokesperson for Eradication of Poverty and Inequality
In office
2 September 2019 – 28 April 2020
LeaderRichard Leonard
Preceded byElaine Smith
Succeeded byRhoda Grant
Convener of the Public Petitions Committee
In office
14 June 2011 – 17 May 2016
Presiding OfficerTricia Marwick
Preceded byRhona Brankin
Succeeded byJohann Lamont
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Highlands and Islands
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Member of Parliament
for Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
In office
1 May 1997 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1956-05-05) 5 May 1956 (age 64)
Political partyScottish Labour Co-operative
Spouse(s)Linda Stewart

Early political careerEdit

He stood unsuccessfully for the Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber constituency in Scotland in 1987 and 1992.[1] Before 1997, he had been a member of Labour's Scottish Executive Committee.

House of CommonsEdit

On 1 May 1997 he became the first Labour Member of Parliament for the Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber constituency in Scotland and was re-elected at the following election in 2001. During his time as an MP, he was a member of the Scottish Affairs and Work and Pensions Select Committees.[1] He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Alistair Darling, Secretary of State for Scotland 2003–2005. In 2005 the constituency was reformed to Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey and he stood for election but lost to Liberal Democrat candidate Danny Alexander.[2]

After WestminsterEdit

After leaving the Commons on 5 May 2005,[1] Stewart found employment in July 2005 as assistant director for rural affairs with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.[3]

Scottish ParliamentEdit

In May 2007 he returned to parliamentary life, this time to the Scottish Parliament as a list MSP for the Highlands and Islands electoral region.[4] In October 2008, the Labour Leader in the Scottish Parliament, Iain Gray, appointed him as the Chief Whip of the Labour Party in Holyrood.[5] In September 2019, he was made Labour's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Eradication of Poverty and Inequality under Richard Leonard.[6] In June 2020 he announced that he would stand down from Parliament at the next election.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Linda, who stood in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election as Labour Party candidate for the Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber constituency but failed to be elected.[8] They were both selected by party members to stand as Labour candidates in North of Scotland constituencies for the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "UK Parliament > MPs and Lords > Find MPs > Mr David Stewart". parliament.uk. Parliament of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Lib Dems gain new Inverness seat". BBC News. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Former Labour MP takes job with voluntary group". The Herald. 20 July 2005. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007-2011): Stewart, David MSP". www.parliament.scot. Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Scottish Labour's front bench team". BBC News. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Scottish Labour reshuffle as Sarah Boyack returns to frontline politics". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  7. ^ Ramage, Iain (9 June 2020). "Veteran Labour MSP David Stewart to retire at next election". STV News. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Election shows politics runs in the family". Herald (Glasgow). 1 May 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  9. ^ Ford, Laurence (13 October 2015). "Inverness husband and wife team in Holyrood election double act". The Inverness Courier. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
19972005
Constituency abolished