|Member of the European Parliament
10 June 2004
|Preceded by||Neil MacCormick|
15 September 1973 |
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Alma mater||University of Leeds
Nottingham Trent University
Early life and career
He graduated from Nottingham Law School (a department of Nottingham Trent University) in 1996, and gained a Master's degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Natolin (class of 1994-1995). He also for one year taught English in India and worked with Scotland Europa  in Brussels.
Smith later moved to London where he qualified as a lawyer with commercial law firm Clifford Chance.
Prior to his election he worked on the SNP staff in Holyrood.
Smith was elected for the first time - as Scotland's youngest MEP - in the 2004 European Parliament election. He has since been re-elected twice at the 2009 European Parliament election, and 2014 European Parliament election.
He is Honorary President of both the youth wings of the SNP, the Young Scots for Independence and the Federation of Student Nationalists, as well as a member of the SNP's National Executive Committee.
In his first two terms in the European Parliament, Smith served as a full member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development winning the coveted Scottish Farmer Magazine award for "Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Agriculture" at the Highland Show in 2009.
Since his re-election in 2014, Smith serves as a full member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, remaining a voice in agriculture as alternate member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He is also a full member of both the Delegation for relations with the Arabian Peninsula, and the Delegation for relations with Iraq.
- Ian Hudghton MEP (SNP)