Stephen Flynn (Scottish politician)

Stephen Mark Flynn[1] (born 13 October 1988)[2] is a Scottish politician who has served as the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the House of Commons since December 2022. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberdeen South since the 2019 general election.[3]

Stephen Flynn
Official portrait, 2022
Leader of the Scottish National Party
in the House of Commons
Assumed office
6 December 2022
DeputyMhairi Black
LeaderNicola Sturgeon
Humza Yousaf
Preceded byIan Blackford
SNP Spokesperson for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the House of Commons
In office
1 February 2021 – 6 December 2022
LeaderIan Blackford
Preceded byDrew Hendry
Succeeded byAlan Brown (Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Member of Parliament
for Aberdeen South
Assumed office
12 December 2019
Preceded byRoss Thomson
Majority3,990 (8.7%)
Personal details
Stephen Mark Flynn

(1988-10-13) 13 October 1988 (age 35)
Dundee, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party
SpouseLynn Flynn
Alma materUniversity of Dundee

In December 2022, Flynn announced his intention to run in the election to succeed Ian Blackford as the SNP Westminster leader.[4] He defeated Alison Thewliss to become leader.[5]

Early life edit

Flynn was born in Dundee, and was schooled in both Brechin and Dundee. He studied at the University of Dundee, graduating with an undergraduate Master of Arts (MA Hons) in the study of history and politics, and an Master of Letters (MLitt) degree in the study of international politics and security studies.[6]

Political career edit

Flynn has worked as an assistant to Callum McCaig MP and in the office of Maureen Watt MSP in Aberdeen.[7][8]

Flynn was first elected to Aberdeen City Council for the Kincorth/Nigg/Cove Ward in 2015 and served as leader of the SNP group on Aberdeen City Council from 2016 till his election to Parliament in 2019.[9]

Flynn was elected as MP for Aberdeen South at the 2019 United Kingdom general election with 45% share of the vote.[10] Following his election, Flynn was appointed to the role of Shadow SNP Deputy Spokesperson (Treasury - Financial Secretary).[11] Flynn was promoted to the front bench in February 2021 as Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).[11]

SNP Westminster leader edit

Flynn at the SNP conference in 2022

Following Ian Blackford's announcement to stand down as the SNP Westminster Group Leader, Flynn succeeded him as leader following an election by fellow Scottish National Party MPs returning a 26-17 majority over the other candidate Alison Thewliss.[12][13][14][15]

Personal life edit

Flynn is married with two children.[16] Flynn has suffered from a serious condition called avascular necrosis since his teens and underwent surgery for it in 2020.[17]

References edit

  1. ^ "Members Sworn". 20 December 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  2. ^ Brunskill, Ian (19 March 2020). The Times guide to the House of Commons 2019 : the definitive record of Britain's historic 2019 General Election. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-00-839258-1. OCLC 1129682574.
  3. ^ "General Election 2019: Aberdeen South Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  4. ^ PA Media (5 December 2022). "Stephen Flynn announces candidacy for SNP leadership". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "Stephen Flynn elected as new SNP leader at Westminster". BBC News. 6 December 2022. Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  6. ^ "Getting to know you: Stephen Flynn". Holyrood. 2 December 2020. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  7. ^ Beattie, Kieran (16 March 2016). "Aberdeen's SNP council group announce new leader". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  8. ^ Rhodes, Mandy (19 December 2022). "Stephen Flynn: 'There was an expectation I would have to be in a wheelchair'". Holyrood. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  9. ^ Ewen, David (15 March 2013). "Aberdeen SNP group announces new leader". Evening Express. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  10. ^ Campsie, Alison (12 December 2019). "General Election 2019: SNP steal Ross Thomson's old Aberdeen South seat from Tories". The Scotsman. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Stephen Flynn". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  12. ^ "Ian Blackford to stand down as SNP leader at Westminster". BBC News. 1 December 2022. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  13. ^ Sim, Philip (6 December 2022). "Stephen Flynn elected as new SNP leader at Westminster". BBC News. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  14. ^ "Blackford denies being pushed out by SNP MPs". BBC News. 4 December 2022. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  15. ^ "Ian Blackford: Why has SNP Westminster chief stepped down?". BBC News. 1 December 2022. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  16. ^ Merson, Adele (1 December 2022). "Who is Stephen Flynn? The Aberdeen MP who is now SNP Westminster leader". The Press and Journal. Retrieved 1 February 2023.
  17. ^ Scott, Kevin (6 December 2022). "Stephen Flynn: Who is the SNP's new Westminster leader?". STV. Retrieved 7 December 2022.

External links edit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Aberdeen South

Party political offices
Preceded by Leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons