Dennis Robertson (politician)
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Aberdeenshire West
5 May 2011
|Preceded by||new constituency|
|Born||14 August 1956|
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Religion||Church of Scotland|
Dennis Robertson is a Scottish politician, and has been an Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Aberdeenshire West since 2011, 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.
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.
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, after Robertson had started election campaigning.
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