Allan Wilson (Scottish politician)

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Allan Wilson
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Cunninghame North
In office
6 May 1999 – 3 May 2007
Preceded by New Parliament
Succeeded by Kenny Gibson
Personal details
Born (1954-08-05) 5 August 1954 (age 60)
Political party Scottish Labour Party

Allan Wilson (born 5 August 1954) is a former Labour Member of the Scottish Parliament. He represented Cunninghame North, a seat which he held between the inaugural Scottish Parliament general election in 1999 until 2007.

He was educated at Spier's school near Beith, Ayrshire, and worked as a trades union official with NUPE and UNISON until his election to the Scottish Parliament. He was a member of the Executive of the Scottish Labour Party from 1992 until 1999 and election agent for Brian Wilson.

He was Labour lead on the Scottish Parliament's Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee and also a member of the European Committee prior to becoming Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport in October 2000 and then Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development in November 2001 in the Scottish Executive. In October 2004 he was appointed Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning.

He is married, has two sons, and lives in Kilbirnie. He was a member of the Scottish Parliamentary football team, current holders of the four nations' Parliamentary Trophy (Parliamentary Shield) and Chairman of Kilbirnie Community Football Club comprising 15 teams and for over thirty years a former player, coach and manager of various Ayrshire juvenile, amateur and junior teams in the Scottish Junior Football Association, Scottish Amateur Football Association and the Scottish Football Association.

In the 2007 Scottish Parliament Election he lost his seat Cunninghame North to the Scottish National Party's Kenny Gibson, by only 48 votes in an election with over a thousand spoilt ballot papers, making it the most marginal seat in the country. Wilson originally wished to challenge the result via a recount but the Scottish Labour Party, following advice from their solicitors, did not proceed with an election petition on his behalf.[1] In the 2011 election, Wilson again stood against Gibson for the Cunninghame North seat, but this time lost more emphatically, with Gibson's majority increasing from 48 to 6,117.[2]

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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Cunninghame North
19992007
Succeeded by
Kenny Gibson
Political offices
Preceded by
Lewis Macdonald
Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Office Abolished
Preceded by
Rhona Brankin
Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Lewis Macdonald
Preceded by
Rhona Brankin
Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Elaine Murray
as Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport