Andrew Welsh (politician)

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Andrew Welsh
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Angus
In office
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by new constituency
Majority 8,243 (25.8%)
Member of the UK Parliament
for Angus
East Angus (1987–1997)
In office
11 June 1987 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Peter Fraser
Succeeded by Michael Weir
Member of the UK Parliament
for South Angus
In office
10 October 1974 – 3 May 1979
Preceded by Jock Bruce-Gardyne
Succeeded by Peter Fraser
Personal details
Born 19 April 1944 (aged 70)
Glasgow, Scotland
Political party Scottish National Party
Alma mater Glasgow University
Religion Church of Scotland

Andrew Paton Welsh DL (born 19 April 1944, in Glasgow)[1] is a Scottish politician. He was educated at Govan High School and Glasgow University.
Andrew Welsh was the Scottish National Party Member of Parliament (MP) for the House of Commons constituencies of South Angus from 1974 to 1979, East Angus from 1987 to 1997 and Angus from 1997 to 2001.

From 1984 until 1987, he served as the Provost of Angus, the leader of Angus District Council and served on the Governing Court of the University of Dundee. Before being re-elected to the House of Commons at the 1987 General Election, he worked as a Senior Lecturer in Business Administration at Arbroath College in Angus.

He subsequently served as the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Scottish Parliament constituency of Angus where he was the longest-serving member on the Scottish Parliament's Corporate Body until January 2006. Andrew Welsh retired as an MSP at the 2011 election.[2]

A fluent speaker of French and Chinese (clarification required), he is an elder of the Church of Scotland in Arbroath, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Previous positions[edit]

  • SNP spokesperson, local government, housing and education (1997–2005)
  • SNP chief whip (1989–1997)
  • SNP chief whip (1978–1979)
  • SNP deputy chief whip (1976–1977)
  • SNP spokesperson, agriculture (1976–1979)
  • SNP spokesperson, self-employed and small businesses (1975–1979)
  • SNP spokesperson, local government (1974–1978)
  • SNP spokesperson, housing (1974–1978)


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jock Bruce-Gardyne
Member of Parliament for South Angus
October 19741979
Succeeded by
Peter Fraser
Preceded by
Peter Fraser
Member of Parliament for East Angus
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Angus
Succeeded by
Michael Weir
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Angus
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished