Alasdair Morgan

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Alasdair Morgan
Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party
In office
22 September 1990 – 1991
Leader Alex Salmond
Preceded by Alex Salmond
Succeeded by Jim Sillars
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South of Scotland
In office
1 May 2003 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by Michael Russell
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
In office
6 May 1999 – 1 May 2003
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by Alex Fergusson
Member of Parliament
for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
In office
1 May 1997 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Ian Lang
Succeeded by Peter Duncan
Personal details
Born (1945-04-21) 21 April 1945 (age 69)
Political party Scottish National Party
Profession Computer programmer
Website [1]

Alasdair Neil Morgan[1] (born 21 April 1945) is a Scottish politician. He was a Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for the South of Scotland region from 2003 to 2011, having previously been first MP from 1997 to 2001 and then MSP from 1999 to 2003 for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale . He has been a member of the SNP since 1974 and is currently an Electoral Commissioner.

Early life[edit]

He went to Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross and the University of Glasgow where he studied Mathematics, Politics and Economics gaing an MA. He gained a BA degree from the Open University. He became a computer project manager in Edinburgh. From 1971-4 he was a teacher of Maths at Linlithgow Academy and subsequently Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart. He was a Software Programmer at Shell from 1974-80. From 1980-4, he was a Systems Analyst at GE and a Computer Systems Team Leader at Fife Regional Council from 1984-6, moving to Lothian Regional Council in 1986, and West Lothian Council in 1996.

SNP career[edit]

He was elected National Treasurer in 1984, defeating the incumbent Mike Murgatroyd, which office he held until 1990 when he was elected Senior Vice Convener (depute leader) in the same election that saw Alex Salmond first elected as SNP leader. The next year (1991) he was defeated by Jim Sillars, but was elected as National Secreatry in 1992, which office he held until 1997. In that year he was elected as one of the SNP's vice presidents, which office he held until these positions were abolished in the party's constitutional reforms of 2003, to which he contributed.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He contested Tayside North in 1983, Dundee West in 1987 and Dumfries in 1992.

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale at Westminster, being elected at the 1997 general election and served for a time as leader of the SNP group in the House of Commons, but stepped down at the 2001 general election.

He stood for the Scottish Parliament and became a constituency member for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale, between 1999 and 2003. where he held a majority of 3201. In The 2003 election, he lost his constituency seat to Alex Fergusson of the Scottish Conservative Party, by just 99 votes. However he has held the Additional Member System seat since 2003. During this Parliament, Morgan held such positions as Chief Whip and Business Manager. Also he was Deputy Convener of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee. From May 2003 to September 2004 Morgan was the SNP's Scottish Parliamentary Group Convener.

In May 2007 Morgan became a Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and so was impartial while he was in the Presiding Officer's chair.

Alasdair Morgan retired as an MSP at the 2011 election. In May 2014 he was appointed as an Electoral Commissioner.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He is married with two daughters. He lives in Dunfermline in Fife.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ian Lang
Member of Parliament for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Succeeded by
Peter Duncan
Scottish Parliament
New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Succeeded by
Alex Fergusson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Alex Salmond
Senior Vice Convener (Depute Leader) of the Scottish National Party
Succeeded by
Jim Sillars