- This article is about the politician; for the fictional character Charlie Gordon, see Flowers for Algernon.
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Cathcart
29 September 2005 – 5 May 2011
|Preceded by||Mike Watson|
|Succeeded by||James Dornan|
28 October 1951 |
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
|Political party||Scottish Labour Party|
Gordon was elected to the Strathclyde Regional Council in 1987 and remained a councillor until 1996, when Strathclyde Regional Council was abolished. He was President of the P.O.L.I.S. Network (Promoting Operational Links for Integrated Services) of European Cities and Regions applying information technology to transport, from 1992 - 1995. In 1995 he was elected to the new Glasgow City Council where he was Roads Convenor and contributed to the demise of the city's homeless population through his tax policies. He was Chair of the new Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority from 1996 to 1999 and was elected Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council in 1997. In 1999, he became Leader of Glasgow City Council, an office which he held until 2005. As Leader of Glasgow City Council he announced a project to regenerate of the Clyde waterfront.
In 2005, following the resignation of Mike Watson as the MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, Charlie was selected as the candidate and on 29 September 2005 won the by-election by 2,405 votes from the SNP candidate Maire Whitehead. In the 2011 Scottish Election, Charlie lost his seat by 1,592 votes to SNP candidate James Dornan.
Gordon is also a trade unionist starting off in the Woodworkers’ Union before becoming a branch and district official in the National Union of Railwaymen/RMT. He is a former President of Glasgow Trades Council and is currently a member of the GMB union.
Gordon has two adult sons from his first marriage and a baby son, Calum, with his wife Emma.
- Re-Elect Charlie Gordon Website - 2011 Scottish Parliament Elections
- Official Website[dead link]
- Re-Elect Charlie Gordon Website - 2007 Scottish Parliament Elections
- £1B to Turn Clyde Fortunes, BBC News, 25 February 2002
- Scottish Parliament biography
- Cathcart by-election candidates[dead link]
- Will New MSP Charlie Still Be The Voice Of Glasgow?, Evening Times, 30 September 2005
- Newest MSP takes up Holyrood Post, BBC News, 5 October 2005
- Holyrood Week, Brian Currie
- Evening Times letters page
- Scotland: Lack of Enterprise, BBC News, 19 June 2006
|Leader of Glasgow City Council
|Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Cathcart