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Paul Masterton (born 2 November 1985) is a Scottish Conservative Party politician. He was elected as Member of Parliament for East Renfrewshire in the 2017 General Election.[1]

Paul Masterton
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Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Member of Parliament
for East Renfrewshire
In office
9 June 2017 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byKirsten Oswald
Succeeded byElection in progress
Majority4,712 (8.8%)
Personal details
Born (1985-11-02) 2 November 1985 (age 34)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Dundee

Early lifeEdit

Masterton was born on 2 November 1985 in Edinburgh. He attended Buckstone Primary School and George Watson's College. He went on to graduate with a law degree from the University of Dundee in 2007.


After completing his Diploma in Legal Practice in 2008, Masterton obtained a traineeship with the law firm McGrigors, working in their Glasgow and Belfast offices. In 2010, Masterton became a newly qualified solicitor specialising in Pensions and long-term savings, continuing to work with McGrigors, latterly Pinsent Masons, for 9 years, until his election.

Masterton was Chairman of his local community council.


Before entering the UK Parliament, Masterton first stood in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election as the Scottish Conservative Party candidate for Paisley. He was unsuccessful, receiving 3,533 votes.[2]

In the 2017 General Election, Masterton was the Scottish Conservative Party candidate for East Renfrewshire. Masterton was successful, receiving 21,496 votes, defeating the SNP's Kirsten Oswald by 4,712 votes.[3]

In Parliament, Masterton is the Co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on British Jews and Surgical Mesh, and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Democratic Participation.[4] He is an active member of a number of other APPGs including those on Surrogacy, Pensions, Equitable Life, Post Offices and Single Parents.

Between September 2018 and March 2019 Masterton served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Ministerial Team at the Home Office. Masterton resigned his role on 13 March 2019 in order to vote against the Government and oppose the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a deal on 31 March 2019.[5]

As a former pensions solicitor, Masterton has been a vocal campaigner on pensions issues. In October 2018, he brought a 10 Minute Rule Bill to introduce a new form of pension scheme into the UK, known as Defined Collective Contribution. This followed the agreement between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union to establish such a scheme for Royal Mail workers in replacement of their final salary scheme. The Bill was adopted as Government policy and a consultation into Collective Defined Contribution Schemes was launched by the DWP in November 2018.[6]

In April 2019, Masterton led a debate highlighting the impact of the tapered annual allowance on senior clinical staff who were members of the NHS Pension Fund.[7] Masterton worked closely with the BMA and NHS Employers, successfully lobbying the Department for Health and Social Care, and the Treasury, to make changes to the Scheme and launch a review into the operation of the annual allowance taper.

On 12 December 2018, Masterton raised the death of a 13 year old constituent who committed suicide as a result of cyberbullying during Prime Minister's Questions.[8] Masterton has continued to campaign on the issues of self-harm and suicide prevention in young people, and successfully campaigned for the inclusion of a statutory duty of care on technology companies in the Government's Online Harms White Paper.[9]

Masterton voted Remain in the 2016 EU Referendum and has been a vocal supporter of securing a withdrawal agreement from the European Union, yet, he voted against the bill to prevent the UK from leaving the EU without a deal.[10]

Masterton is opposed to a second Scottish independence referendum.

In 2017 Masterton received a Christmas card describing him as a traitor because of his support of continued membership of the European Union in the 2016 referendum.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Masterton lives with his wife and two young children.


  1. ^ Reilly, Jonathon (9 June 2017). "Conservative candidate wins East Renfrewshire seat in General Election". Barrhead News.
  2. ^ "Scotland Election 2016". BBC News. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Conservative candidate wins East Renfrewshire seat in General Election". Barrhead News. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 6 June 2018: British Jews". The Committee Office House of Commons.
  5. ^ "Paul Masterton resigns after voting down no-deal Brexit". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  6. ^ Planner, Retirement (6 November 2018). "DWP launches consultation to legislate for CDC". Retirement Planner. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Scottish Pensions Update: Information and guidance - BMA Scotland Community - Blog - BMA Scotland Community - BMA - Connecting doctors". Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Calls to tackle cyberbullying following teen suicide". Tes. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Tech firms in UK to be legally required to protect users from harmful content". Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Business of the House — Consideration of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill — Requiring Prime Minister to Seek Delay to Withdrawal: Recent Votes".
  11. ^ Staff writer (21 November 2017). "Scottish Tory MP sent 'traitor' Christmas card over Brexit". BBC News. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
    See also:
    Swinford, Steven (14 November 2017). "The Brexit mutineers: At least 15 Tory MPs rebel against leave date with threat to join forces with Labour". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 August 2018.

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