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Gordon John Lindhurst MSP is a Scottish politician who is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Member of Scottish Parliament for the Lothian region. He was first elected at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

Gordon Lindhurst

Convener of the Scottish Parliament Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee
Assumed office
14 June 2016
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Lothian
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Personal details
Political partyScottish Conservative Party
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
Heidelberg University


Lindhurst is an advocate from Edinburgh. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and completed his legal training with an Edinburgh law firm. He has also completed a master's degree in European law at Heidelberg University in Germany. Lindhurst supports a number of local Edinburgh charities and has also worked in central Romania with a locally based charity there which provides education and support for disadvantaged children.[1]

Political careerEdit

Lindhurst was the Conservative candidate for Linlithgow in the 1999 and 2003 Scottish Parliament elections, where he was not elected having finished third both times. He also stood in the 2001 general election in Linlithgow finishing third. Lindhurst stood again in Linlithgow in the 2005 by-election where he came fourth. In the 2015 United Kingdom general election he stood as a candidate in Edinburgh South West where he finished third, failing to be elected.[2]

In 2016 Scottish Parliament election he stood for the Edinburgh Pentlands constituency, finishing in second place.[3] Having missed out in the constituency section, he was instead elected for the Lothian regional list.[4]

Lindhurst is the Scottish Conservative spokesperson for legal affairs.[5] He is also the convenor of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee and a member of the Social Security Committee in the Scottish Parliament.[6][7]

Electoral historyEdit

Election Constituency Vote No. Vote % Elected Candidate Position
1999 Scottish Election Linlithgow 3,158 9.35 Mary Mulligan (LAB) 3rd
2001 General Election Linlithgow 2,836 9.0 Tam Dalyell (LAB) 3rd
2003 Scottish Election Linlithgow 3,059 11.07 Mary Mulligan (LAB) 3rd
2005 Livingston by-election Livingston 1,993 6.8 Jim Devine (LAB) 4th
2007 Scottish Election Edinburgh West 7,361 21.2 Margaret Smith (LIB DEM) 3rd
2011 Scottish Election Edinburgh Western 5,047 15.1 Colin Keir (SNP) 4th
2015 General Election Edinburgh South West 10,444 20.2 Joanna Cherry (SNP) 3rd
2016 Scottish Election Edinburgh Pentlands 10,725 32.2 Gordon MacDonald (SNP) 2nd


  1. ^ "Gordon Lindhurst selected for Edinburgh South West". Edinburgh Conservatives. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Election 2015: Edinburgh South West. Parliamentary constituency". 8 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Edinburgh Pentlands". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Election 2016: Lothian. Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. BBC. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Scottish Conservative appointments for new parliamentary term". Scottish Conservative Party. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Membership". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Gordon Lindhurst MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 23 June 2016.