Duncan Hamilton (politician)
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Highlands and Islands
6 May 1999 – 1 May 2003
|Born||1973 (age 41–42)
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
He writes a column for The Scotsman newspaper.
Hamilton attended Glasgow University, obtaining a first class MA in Modern History before attaining a LL.B at Edinburgh University. He also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In 1994, he won the World Debating Championship.
In the 1999 election he stood as a constituency candidate in Argyll and Bute, where he finished second behind Liberal Democrat George Lyon achieving the largest swing from the Liberal Democrats to the SNP.
Upon his election in 1999 he was the youngest Member of the Scottish Parliament. In Holyrood he was a shadow deputy spokesman for the SNP. He is also served as the SNP Deputy Health and Community Care spokesperson, and was a member of the Health and Community Care Committee.
- Shadow Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, May 1999 - September 2000
- Shadow Deputy Minister for Enterprise & Lifelong Learning, September 2000 - April 2003
In February 2002, he wrote an open letter to his Argyll and Bute constituency party in which he said he believed it was best for elected representatives to have "real life experience" outside politics.
He had been tipped to be one of the rising stars of the Scottish Parliament and was regarded as one of the SNP's most able politicians.