|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
15 May 2013
|Preceded by||Mark McDonald|
31 March 1964 |
Dijon, Côte-d'Or, France
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
Christian Allard is a French born Scottish politician, a member of the Scottish National Party and is a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the North East Scotland electoral region. He succeeded Mark McDonald after he resigned his list seat to contest the Aberdeen Donside by-election, 2013.
Christian Allard was born in 1964 in Dijon, France. He has worked in the fishing industry for over 30 years and first came to Scotland over 25 years ago, when he accepted the offer from a European seafood transport and logistics network (Tradimar/STEF) to open an office in Glasgow. After marrying a Scot, he later moved to the North East to work for a seafood exporting company.
Mr Allard has raised three daughters in Scotland, and also now has two grandchildren. He has also been working part-time as a constituency assistant to Dennis Robertson MSP, and was a key part of Mr Robertson’s successful 2011 campaign team in Aberdeenshire West.
Christian Allard joined the SNP almost a decade ago, and his belief that Scotland could and should be an independent country was shaped by his experiences in the fishing industry.
His swearing in to the Scottish Parliament was conducted in both English and French, the first time that the latter language has been used for the purpose.
- "BBC News - Newest MSP Christian Allard speaks in English and French at swearing in". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
- French Scot MSP honoured to represent North-East
- "French MSP Christian Allard sworn in at Holyrood". Daily Record. 1999-05-26. Retrieved 2013-05-16.