William Lynch Coffey (born 24 May 1958) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician. He has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley since 2011, and previously Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 2007 to 2011, before boundary changes.
|Member of the Scottish Parliament |
for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley
Kilmarnock and Loudoun (2007–11)
|Assumed office |
3 May 2007
|Preceded by||Margaret Jamieson|
|Born||24 May 1958|
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
Coffey studied at the University of Strathclyde where he obtained a degree in Computer Science. He subsequently worked as Software Development Manager and latterly as a Quality and Risk Manager with Learning and Teaching Scotland before his election to the Scottish Parliament. He has been a councillor on East Ayrshire Council.
He was first elected to Kilmarnock and Loudoun District Council in 1992 and subsequently to East Ayrshire Council (covering the Onthank ward in northern Kilmarnock) in 1999, 2003 and 2007 before retiring from local government at the 2012 Local Elections.
In 2017 Coffey was reported to Holyrood authorities for "inappropriate language" and "unsolicited attention" by a female civil servant. Coffey stated that he did not recognise such behaviour".
He is the brother of former Provost and Cllr. Danny Coffey who came within 1,210 votes of winning the Kilmarnock and Loudoun Holyrood constituency in 2003 and died on 26 February 2006. Their sister Helen held Danny's Altonhill, Hillhead & Longpark council ward in a by-election with an increased majority and a 5.6% swing from Labour, before both she and Willie were elected to the new multi-member Kilmarnock North ward in 2007.
Willie Coffey won the Kilmarnock and Loudoun seat for the SNP in May 2007 with a vote of 14,297 and a majority of 1,342. He serves on the Scottish Parliament's Audit Committee and has campaigned on numerous occasions to protect the Scotch whisky industry, particularly in his own area.
During his tenure as an MSP, Coffey has been a member of the following committees:
- Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee (30 March 2017 – 3 December 2020)
- Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee (3 September 2019 – 10 September 2019)
- Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee (6 September 2018 – 3 September 2019)
- Finance and Constitution Committee (29 September 2016 – 3 September 2019)
- Economy Jobs and Fair Work Committee (24 May 2018 – 6 September 2018)
- Equalities and Human Rights Committee (29 September 2016 – 30 March 2017)
- Equal Opportunities Committee (8 June 2016 – 29 September 2016)
- Finance Committee (8 June 2016 – 29 September 2016)
- European and External Relations Committee (18 September 2012 – 23 March 2016)
- Local Government and Regeneration Committee (27 November 2014 – 23 March 2016)
- Public Audit Committee (1 June 2011 – 27 November 2014)
- Public Audit Committee (11 December 2008 – 22 March 2011)
- Equal Opportunities Committee (26 February 2009 – 20 May 2010)
- Equal Opportunities Committee (26 June 2008 – 26 February 2009)
- Audit Committee (13 June 2007 – 10 December 2008)
- It’s Willie two jobs!, Kilmarnock Standard, 9 May 2007
- "MSP Monica Lennon claims she was 'groped' by senior male colleague". 5 November 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Scottish Parliamentary Eelection: 3 May 2007 Return of Constituency Members: Kilmarnock and Loudoun Constituency" (PDF). East Ayrshire Council. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
- 700 jobs go as Johnnie Walker's Kilmarnock plant is to shut, Kilmarnock Standard, 3 July 2009
- Willie Coffey, MSP: Diageo mustn't turn its back on 200-year history and tradition, Scotsman Whisky blog, 9 July 2009
- "Willie Coffey". www.parliament.scot.
- Scottish Parliament profiles of MSPs: Willie Coffey
- East Ayrshire Council profile
- SNP website profile
- TheyWorkForYou profile
| Member of the Scottish Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun
|New constituency|| Member of the Scottish Parliament for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley