George James Adam (born 8 June 1969) is a Scottish National Party politician, and is the Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Paisley constituency, first elected in 2011 and then again in 2016. He was appointed to Parliamentary Liaison Officer positioned in both sessions until September 2016. Adam was previously an SNP member of Renfrewshire Council from 2007 to 2012.
|Member of the Scottish Parliament |
|Assumed office |
6 May 2011
|Born||8 June 1969|
Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Residence||Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland|
Adam was born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He joined the SNP in his late teens and has been an active member in Paisley since the late 1980s. In 2003 Scottish Parliament election he stood as the Scottish National Party candidate in Paisley North but was not successful with labour holding the seat. He worked in the motor industry as a Corporate Sales Manager before being elected to the Paisley South Ward of Renfrewshire Council in 2007.
He won the newly drawn Paisley constituency in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, with a majority of 248. He served on the Scottish Parliament's Public Audit Committee, the Health and Sport Committee, the Education and Culture Committee and on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. On 1 October 2012 he was appointed as Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance.
Adam was Senior Whip for the Parliamentary Group of SNP MSPs but was promoted to Chief Whip in June 2018. He held the position of Parliamentary Liaison Officer (PLO) to the Cabinet Secretary Communities, Social Security and Equalities. As he is a member of the Social Security Committee, in September 2016 a decision was taken for him not to also act as an aide, to avoid potential conflict of interest.
Adam is the Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Multiple Sclerosis (MS), was the Co-Convenor of the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Fair Trade and is a member of the following CPG's - Adult Learning, Aviation, Carers and Epilepsy. He is also the patron for Disability Equality Scotland, a charity based in Alloa, that promotes full access and inclusion for disabled people in Scotland.
Adam is a passionate supporter of St Mirren F.C. In 2016, together with Gordon Scott, he led a fans takeover of the club. Adam chaired the St Mirren Independent Supporters Association (SMISA) which had signed up one thousand members by June, in order to bid for control of the club. He follows the Scotland national football team when he can.
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