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Gordon Jackson (politician)

(William) Gordon Jackson (born 5 August 1948) is a Scottish Labour Party politician and lawyer. He was the MSP for Glasgow Govan from 1999 to 2007.

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Gordon Jackson pictured at the SECC giving his candidate speech after losing the Glasgow Govan seat to Nicola Sturgeon.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Govan
In office
1999 – 2 April 2007
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byNicola Sturgeon
Personal details
BornWilliam Gordon Jackson
(1948-08-05) 5 August 1948 (age 70)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Anne Stevely
Alma materUniversity of St Andrews
ProfessionAdvocate

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Early lifeEdit

Jackson was educated at Ardrossan Academy and studied Law at the University of St Andrews. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1979 and served as an Advocate Depute from 1987 to 1990. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln's Inn) in 1989, and appointed Queen's Counsel in Scotland in 1990.

Political careerEdit

Jackson was elected to the Scottish Parliament in the 1999 election representing Glasgow Govan. Whilst serving as a member, he continued to undertake work at the Bar, provoking criticism in some quarters. He was reputedly nicknamed "Crackerjack", for repeatedly arriving at Parliament just before the 5pm vote; the name was a reference to the children's programme, Crackerjack, which famously started at 4.55pm.[1] He was defeated in the 2007 election by then-Scottish National Party Depute Leader Nicola Sturgeon.

Legal careerEdit

Jackson continues to practice at the Scottish Bar. He has been tipped to become a Senator of the College of Justice by the Sunday Herald. [2]

In 2016 he became Dean of the Faculty of Advocates. [3]

Personal lifeEdit

Jackson married Anne Stevely in 1972, with whom he has a son and two daughters. He is an Honorary Vice-President of English-Speaking Union Scotland.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Two jobs MSP vows to give up law". BBC News Online. 8 July 2006. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Male, white, middle class, privately educated, Edinburgh resident, New Club member ... is it time to change the face of the Scottish judiciary?". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.advocates.org.uk/faculty-of-advocates/governance/office-bearers
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Govan
19992007
Succeeded by
Nicola Sturgeon