Douglas Crawford

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George Douglas Crawford, (1939–2002) was a Scottish politician and journalist, educated at Glasgow Academy and St Catharine's College, Cambridge before working as a journalist in London. He was an Industrial Correspondent for the Glasgow Herald newspaper from 1963 to 1966, and then worked as Head of Publications for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

A convinced believer in the benefits of Scottish independence he worked unofficially as an adviser and researcher to Winnie Ewing, whilst she was the sole Scottish National Party parliamentarian from 1967 till 1970. He also served as SNP Director of Communications in the late 1960s before becoming a Vice-Chairman of the party in the early 1970s.

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Perth and East Perthshire at the October 1974 election as the party increased its number of representatives from 7 to 11. Elected with a majority of 793, he was given the financial portfolio in the SNP Parliamentary grouping, but lost his seat at the 1979 election along with 8 of his colleagues. Although he garnered only 287 votes less than he had when elected, the Conservatives increased their vote by 3,609 to leave Crawford trailing by 3,103 votes.

Not long after his defeat he suffered a cerebral haemorrhage from which he recovered to contest the Perth and Kinross constituency in the 1983 election, but lost to Nicholas Fairbairn, the Conservative incumbent MP, who won with a 6,733 majority.

Crawford died in 2002. He was married (and later divorced from) journalist Joan Burnie, with whom he would have two children, with his son, Ewan at one stage working for former SNP leader John Swinney.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ian MacArthur
Member of Parliament for Perth & East Perthshire
October 19741979
Succeeded by
Bill Walker