Murdo Fraser

Murdo MacKenzie Fraser (born 5 September 1965) is a Scottish politician who served as Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party from 2005 to 2011. He has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Mid Scotland and Fife region since 2001. Since May 2021, he has served as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery, shadowing Deputy First Minister John Swinney.[1]

Murdo Fraser
Official portrait of Murdo Fraser MSP (cropped).jpg
Official portrait, 2021
Deputy Convener of the Public Audit Committee
In office
20 June 2007 – 6 May 2016
Preceded byAndrew Welsh
Succeeded byAlison Harris
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party
In office
31 October 2005 – 10 November 2011
LeaderAnnabel Goldie
Ruth Davidson
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byJackson Carlaw
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Mid Scotland and Fife
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
10 August 2001
Scottish Conservative frontbench roles
2021–presentShadow Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery
2016–Feb 2020;
Aug 2020–2021
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance
Personal details
Born
Murdo MacKenzie Fraser

(1965-09-05) 5 September 1965 (age 57)
Inverness, Scotland
Political partyScottish Conservatives
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen
OccupationSolicitor
WebsiteOfficial Website

Early lifeEdit

Born in 1965, Fraser was educated at Inverness Royal Academy. He studied law at the University of Aberdeen, and was chairman of the Scottish Young Conservatives from 1989 to 1992. During this time, he said he had "appropriated" a plaque marking a TV lounge that had been named to honour Nelson Mandela, as a prank to annoy left-wing students. In 2016, Fraser said he returned the engraved "trophy" to students, although Aberdeen University Student Association disputes the claim.[2]

After undertaking a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies, he worked as a solicitor in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, latterly as an associate with Ketchen and Stevens WS in Edinburgh, specialising in commercial law.

Political careerEdit

At the 1999 Scottish Parliament election, Fraser was an unsuccessful candidate for North Tayside, as he was in 2003 and 2007. He stood unsuccessfully for the House of Commons at the 1997 general election in East Lothian and at the 2001 general election in North Tayside.

Fraser became an MSP in 2001, after the resignation of Nick Johnston, as next name on the Conservative Party's Mid Scotland and Fife list. He gained a list seat in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2016 and 2021, having lost to John Swinney on each occasion in the constituency vote. Previously the convenor of the Economy, Energy, and Tourism Committee, Fraser is a member of the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament.[3]

He became deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives in November 2005 when Annabel Goldie became leader. After the 2011 election, at which 15 Conservative MSPs were elected, Annabel Goldie triggered a leadership election by announcing that she would stand down in Autumn 2011.

In June 2014, Fraser spoke in favour of reconstituting the United Kingdom on a federal basis.[4]

Party leadership electionEdit

After being elected through the party list in 2011, he announced in August his decision to seek the leadership of the Scottish Conservative Party,[5] and launched his campaign on 4 September in Edinburgh. His launch plans included a commitment to further devolution to the Scottish Parliament from Westminster, as well as launching a new party to redefine the politics of Scotland, harnessing the support of the centre-right, but independent of the UK Conservative Party and with a new name and identity.[6] Fraser was unsuccessful in his attempt to be elected party leader, losing out to Ruth Davidson,[7] and following the election was succeeded as deputy leader by Jackson Carlaw.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Fraser lives with his wife and two children in Perthshire. He is a fan of Rangers Football Club.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hutcheon, Paul. "Douglas Ross announces new Scottish Conservatives team after shadow cabinet reshuffle". Daily Record. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Tory confesses, but mystery of Mandela plaque continues". The Scotsman. 9 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Murdo Fraser MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Scottish independence: Conservative MSP calls for a federal UK". BBC News. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  5. ^ MacNab, Scott (27 August 2011). "Murdo Fraser bids to become Scottish Tory leader". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Scottish Tory leadership favourite 'to split party'". BBC News. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Ruth Davidson elected new Scottish Conservative leader". BBC News. 4 November 2011.
  8. ^ "New leader Ruth Davidson announces front bench team". BBC News. 10 November 2011.
  9. ^ Cochrane, Angus (8 March 2021). "Murdo Fraser hit by backlash over Rangers jibe at Nicola Sturgeon". The National. Retrieved 12 March 2021.

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