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Paul Martin (Scottish politician)

Paul Martin (born 17 March 1967) is a Scottish Labour Party politician, who served as Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Provan from 2011 until his defeat in 2016, and for Glasgow Springburn from 1999 to 2011. He is the son of The Baron Martin of Springburn, who was the Speaker of the House of Commons from 2000 to 2009.[1]

Paul Martin
Scottish Labour Parliamentary Business Manager
In office
November 2009 – 16 December 2014
LeaderIain Gray
Johann Lamont
Preceded byCathy Jamieson
Succeeded byJames Kelly
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Provan
Glasgow Springburn (1999–2011)
In office
6 May 1999 – 23 March 2016
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byIvan McKee
Majority2,079 (10.8%)
Personal details
Born (1967-03-17) 17 March 1967 (age 52)[citation needed]
Political partyLabour
RelationsMichael Martin (father)
Alma materBarmulloch College[citation needed]


Martin was born in 1967 in Glasgow, the son of Michael Martin, a future Labour MP and Speaker of the House of Commons, and Mary Martin. He was educated at All Saints Roman Catholic Secondary School[2] and Barmulloch College in Glasgow. Until being elected to the council, he worked in the construction industry.[citation needed]

At the age of 26, Martin became a Glasgow District Councillor for the Royston ward following a council by-election in December 1993.[3] He was vice-convenor of the Glasgow District Council Economic and Development Committee and was convenor of the North Area and the Youth Committees.[citation needed]

Scottish ParliamentEdit

Martin was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 1999 as MSP for Glasgow Springburn. He served as parliamentary aide to the Lord Advocate from 2001 to 2007 and to the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice from 2007 to 2009. Following the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, he was appointed as Scottish Labour's spokesperson for community safety,[4] and as parliamentary business manager in November 2009.

In 2016, Martin sought re-election to a fifth term in the Scottish Parliament but lost his seat to the Scottish National Party's Ivan McKee by 4,783 votes.[5] He has since taken up the role of general manager and collector at the Merchants House of Glasgow.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Martin is married and has two daughters.


  1. ^ Kirkup, James. "Michael Martin could be offered deal to step down and be replaced by his son". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. ^ "All Saints and winners". Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Royston (Regeneration): 24 Jun 2014: Scottish Parliament debates". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  4. ^ Press Association (18 May 2007). "Former minister returns to join Scottish shadow cabinet". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Glasgow Provan - Scottish Parliament constituency - Election 2016". Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Paul Martin". LinkedIn.

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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Provan
Succeeded by
Ivan McKee
Preceded by
Constituency created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Springburn
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished