Richard Arkless

Richard Lambert Thomas Arkless (born 7 July 1975) is a Scottish National Party politician, who was elected as MP for Dumfries and Galloway at the 2015 UK general election.[1][2] He lost his seat at the following election in 2017.

Richard Arkless
Member of Parliament
for Dumfries and Galloway
In office
7 May 2015 – 3 May 2017
Preceded byRussell Brown
Succeeded byAlister Jack
Personal details
Born (1975-07-07) 7 July 1975 (age 45)
Stranraer, Scotland, UK
Political partyScottish National Party
Alma materGlasgow Caledonian University
University of Strathclyde

Background and educationEdit

Arkless was born in Stranraer in 1975.[3] He spent an early part of his childhood living in London.[3] He returned to Stranraer when he was eight years old.[3]

He received a BA in Financial Services from Glasgow Caledonian University and has an LLB from the University of Strathclyde.[4]

Political careerEdit

Arkless began to advocate Scottish independence after the 2007 Scottish Parliament election in which the SNP were elected as a minority government for the first time. After a year, he said the SNP were "doing a pretty good job". When the SNP won a majority in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, he said in a May 2015 interview with The National, "I began to really research the figures – the GDP and tax-take – and I was completely and utterly astonished. I couldn't believe that Scotland had a higher per capita GDP, and much higher per capita tax-take over each of the last thirty-five years. I was flabbergasted and asked myself why I had believed completely the opposite all my life without every trying to make it evidence based."[5]

Standing for the SNP at the 2015 United Kingdom general election, Arkless received 23,440 votes, 41.4% of those cast, winning with a majority of 6,514 votes.[2] He defeated Labour's Russell Brown, who had held the Dumfries and Galloway seat since its creation ten years prior in 2005.[6][7][8][9] His wife Anne worked as his personal assistant.[10] Arkless lost his seat in the UK 2017 general election to Conservative MP Alister Jack. He received 16,701 votes, 32.4% of those cast.[11] At the 2019 election, Arkless contested the Dumfries and Galloway seat again as the SNP candidate. He received 20,873 of the votes, 40.6% of those cast. He lost out to the Scottish Secretary, Alister Jack for a second time.

Business careerEdit

Arkless left his job as a solicitor to run an online business.[12]


  1. ^ "List of Members returned to Parliament at the General Election 2015 Scotland". The Edinburgh Gazette. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Haswell, Alex (8 May 2015). "UK Parliamentary Elections Results 2015 for the Dumfries and Galloway County". Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Your MP elect: Richard Arkless". itv News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ "My CV". Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  5. ^ Burns, Janice (30 May 2015). "Meet Your New Scottish MPs: #16 Richard Arkless Dumfries and Galloway". The National.
  6. ^ Jones, Philip N. (5 May 2005). "General Election–Dumfries and Galloway County Constituency–May 2005". Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Election 2005: Result: Dumfries and Galloway". BBC News. 6 May 2005. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  8. ^ Haswell, Alex (7 May 2010). "General Election – Dumfries and Galloway Constituency – May 2010". Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Election 2010: Dumfries & Galloway". BBC News. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  10. ^ Michael Wilkinson, Christopher Hope (29 June 2015). "One in five MPs employs a family member: the full list revealed". Daily Telegraph.
  11. ^ "Dumfries & Galloway parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Richard Arkless, Author at Business for Scotland". Business for Scotland.

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Russell Brown
Member of Parliament
for Dumfries and Galloway

Succeeded by
Alister Jack