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Stewart Hosie MP (born 3 January 1963) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Dundee East since the 2005 general election.[1] He was Deputy Leader of the SNP from November 2014 to October 2016.[2] He was also the SNP's Parliamentary Group Deputy Leader and Economy spokesperson from May 2015, until he was succeeded in both positions by Kirsty Blackman in June 2017.

Stewart Hosie

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Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons
In office
8 May 2015 – 14 June 2017
LeaderAngus Robertson
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byKirsty Blackman
SNP Spokesperson for Economics
In office
20 May 2015 – 20 June 2017
LeaderAngus Robertson
Ian Blackford
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byKirsty Blackman
Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party
In office
14 November 2014 – 13 October 2016
LeaderNicola Sturgeon
Preceded byNicola Sturgeon
Succeeded byAngus Robertson
Member of Parliament
for Dundee East
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byIain Luke
Majority6,645 (15.4%)
Personal details
Born (1963-01-03) 3 January 1963 (age 56)
Dundee, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party
Spouse(s)Shona Robison (m 1997, div 2017) Serena Cowdy (m 2018)
Children1 daughter
Alma materAbertay University
WebsiteOfficial website


Born in Dundee, Stewart Hosie was educated at Brackens Primary School, Invertay Primary School Monifieth and Carnoustie High School. He then attended Dundee Institute of Technology where he gained a Higher Diploma in Computer Studies.[3] He worked in IT for 20 years and ran his own business.[3] From 1986–89 he was the SNP's first Youth Convener.[4] From 1999, he spent four years as the Party's National Secretary before being elected as the Organisation Convener in 2003.[4]

Political careerEdit

After his election to the House of Commons as the Member for Dundee East in 2005, Hosie was appointed the SNP Spokesperson for Home Affairs and Women, positions which he held until 2007.[5] He was also appointed SNP Spokesperson for the Treasury. In 2010 he was appointed Deputy Leader and Chief Whip of the SNP Westminster Group.[5] In the Commons, Hosie has become known for his outspoken criticism of the Welfare Reform Act 2012[6] as well as his interest in the Prudential Regulation Authority.[7] He sits on the Commons Treasury Select Committee.[5] Hosie is known for his support and representation of charities, most notably anti-sectarian charity Nil By Mouth,[5] children’s charity the Smart Play Network,[5] and humanitarian organisation Islamic Relief.[8] He is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Friends of the Baha’is.[9]

SNP Depute leadership bid, 2014Edit

Following defeat in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, Scottish National Party leader and First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond announced his resignation as SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland.[10] In the aftermath of his resignation, a leadership bid was launched, and SNP Depute leader Nicola Sturgeon stood down to stand for leader, triggering a Depute leader contest.[11][12]

The results of the election were announced at the SNP's Autumn conference on 14 November 2014, with Hosie polling 42.2%, Keith Brown on 34.2% and Angela Constance on 23.5% in the first round of the single transferable vote election. In the second round, Hosie was elected after getting 55.5% of votes following the elimination of Constance. Turnout was 55% of SNP members.[13]

Electoral historyEdit

First standing for election to the House of Commons at the 1992 general election in Kirkcaldy,[14] he later stood for both the Westminster and Scottish parliament. He contested Kirkcaldy again at the 1997 general election,[15] and also contested Kirkcaldy (Scottish Parliament constituency) at the 1999 Scottish Parliament election.[16] At the 2001 general election, he contested Dundee East and reduced Labour's majority from 9,961 votes at the previous election to 4,466 votes.[15] and was eventually elected on 2005 general election, gaining the seat from Labour.[17] Hosie retained the seat with an increased majority at the 2010 general election.[18]

Election Votes – Hosie % Vote – Hosie Elected Candidate % Hosie Majority
1992 general election[18] 8,761 22.5 Lewis Moonie (LAB)
1997 general election[15] 8,020 22.9 Lewis Moonie (LAB)
1999 Scottish Parliament election[16] 9,170 32.4 Marilyn Livingstone (LAB)
2001 general election[15] 10,169 31.4 Iain Luke (LAB)
2005 general election[17] 14,708 37.2 Stewart Hosie (SNP) 1.0
2010 general election[18] 15,350 37.8 Stewart Hosie (SNP) 4.5
2015 general election[19] 28,765 59.7 Stewart Hosie (SNP) 39.8
2017 general election 18,391 42.8 Stewart Hosie (SNP) 15.4

Personal lifeEdit

Hosie has 2 siblings. Hosie was married to Shona Robison, MSP for Dundee City East (Scottish Parliament constituency) and Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport. The couple have a daughter.[20]

In 2012, he suffered from a transient ischaemic attack (minor stroke), and was treated in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.[21] He is a supporter of Dundee United F.C..[4]

In May 2016, Hosie and Robison announced that they had separated.[22] This was followed by reports that Hosie had had an affair with Westminster-based freelance journalist Serena Cowdy.[23] On 22 May, Hosie announced his intention not to stand for re-election as Deputy Leader, due to "intense scrutiny" by the media of his private life, meaning that his term of office would end at the SNP's annual conference later in the year.[24]

In August 2018, Hosie married Serena Cowdy in Scotland.


  1. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2005 – Results – Dundee East".
  2. ^ "Angus Robertson named as SNP deputy leader". BBC News. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "stewarthosie". stewarthosie.
  4. ^ a b c "Democracy Live – Your representatives – Stewart Hosie".
  5. ^ a b c d e "Stewart Hosie MP". UK Parliament.
  6. ^ "Stewart Hosie SNP 'This Bedroom tax only works if the policy fails!'". YouTube.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Stewart Hosie – Depute Leader of the SNP".
  9. ^ "House of Commons – Register Of All-Party Groups as at 5 December 2013: Bahá'ís".
  10. ^ Severin Carrell. "Alex Salmond resigns as first minister after Scotland rejects independence". the Guardian.
  11. ^ "Scottish referendum: Nicola Sturgeon edges closer to SNP leadership following Alex Salmond's resignation". The Independent.
  12. ^ "BBC News – Scottish ministers 'back Sturgeon as next first minister'". BBC News.
  13. ^ "BBC News – SNP conference: Hosie elected SNP deputy leader". BBC News.
  14. ^ "UK General election results April 9th 1992 [Archive]".
  15. ^ a b c d "Kirkcaldy".
  16. ^ a b "Falkirk East to Livingston". 31 March 2011.
  17. ^ a b "UK General election results 2005 [Archive]".
  18. ^ a b c "UK General election results 2010 [Archive]".
  19. ^ "UK General election results 2015 [Archive]".
  20. ^[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "BBC News – SNP MP Stewart Hosie recovering after stroke". BBC News.
  22. ^ "SNP power couple Hosie and Robison split after nearly 20 years of marriage - The Courier".
  23. ^ Reporters, Telegraph (17 May 2016). "SNP MPs Stewart Hosie and Angus MacNeil split from wives over alleged affairs with same woman" – via
  24. ^ "SNP's Stewart Hosie to quit as deputy leader". BBC News. 22 May 2016.

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