Dennis Robertson (politician)

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Dennis Robertson
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Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Aberdeenshire West
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded by new constituency
Majority 4,112 (14.2%)
Personal details
Born (1956-08-14) 14 August 1956 (age 58)[1]
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Anne
Religion Church of Scotland[1]

Dennis Robertson is a Scottish politician, and has been an Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Aberdeenshire West since 2011,[2] after defeating the Liberal Democrat incumbent, Mike Rumbles, by a majority of 4,112 votes. He is a member of the Scottish National Party. He is the first blind MSP to be elected to the Scottish Parliament.[3]


After an education at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh (1968-1974), and studying social work at Langside College (1981-1983), Robertson worked as a social worker in Greenock from 1979. In 1989 he joined the Guide Dogs for the Blind association based in Forfar, before joining North East Sensory Services in 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Robertson has been registered as blind since he was 11. Married to Anne, the couple had two daughters. Their daughter Caroline died in February 2011, from complications arising from anorexia,[4] after Robertson had started election campaigning.[3][5]


  1. ^ a b "Personal Information - MSPs : Scottish Parliament". 1956-08-14. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ Brocklehurst, Steven (2011-05-05). "Scottish election: As it happened". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Home | News | STV". News. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  4. ^ "BBC News - 'My anorexic daughter is now at peace'". 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  5. ^ "BBC News - MSP whose daughter died of eating disorder leads debate". 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-11-17.