Bill Aitken (politician)
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
6 May 1999 – 22 March 2011
15 April 1947 |
|Political party||Scottish Conservative Party|
Background, education and career
Aitken was born in Glasgow and educated at Allan Glen's School in the city. He worked in the Financial Services/Insurance Industry for 34 years (1965–1999). He is a supporter of Partick Thistle Football Club. His interests include sports, reading and foreign travel.
Following involvement in youth politics he was elected a Glasgow City Councillor in 1976 subsequently becoming the Convener of the Licensing Committee and Vice Convener of the Personnel Committee. He served as Leader of the Opposition for two terms prior to becoming MSP for Glasgow in 1999. He was also a District Court Judge (1985–2000), and is also a Justice of the Peace and a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the City of Glasgow (1993–present).
Following his election to the Scottish Parliament, he became Conservative Party Spokesman on Housing and Justice prior to becoming Chief Whip in 2003. He then became Scottish Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice and also the Convener of the Parliament’s Justice Committee. He was a trustee of the Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund.
In February 2011 he caused controversy when he suggested that a woman who was recently gang-raped in Glasgow may have been a prostitute, as the victim claimed that she was dragged from one side of the city centre to another, a location known for prostitution. On 21 February 2011 he resigned as Convenor of the Scottish Parliament justice committee in response to this controversy.
- http://www.heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/crime-courts/fury-as-tory-msp-asks-was-rape-victim-a-prostitute-1.1084922 Sunday Herald article
- http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/02/rape-street-lane-aitken Transcript of comments in New Statesman