George Lyon (Scottish politician)
|Member of the European Parliament
4 June 2009
|Preceded by||Elspeth Attwooll|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Argyll and Bute
6 May 1999 – 3 May 2007
|Preceded by||New Parliament|
|Succeeded by||Jim Mather|
|Born||16 July 1956|
|Political party||Liberal Democrat|
George Lyon (born 16 July 1956 in Rothesay) is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician, and a Member of the European Parliament for Scotland, elected on 4 June 2009 when he took over from Elspeth Attwooll who retired after ten years as Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland. From 1999 to 2007 he was the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Argyll and Bute, and served as Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business between 2005 and 2007.
Lyon was previously a Vice-President, then President of the National Farmers Union of Scotland, joining the Liberal Democrats not long before he was first elected to the Scottish Parliament (to represent Argyll and Bute) at the 1999 election. He was re-elected in the 2003 Scottish Parliamentary Election. Following Nicol Stephen's election as party leader and succession as Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Lyon was appointed Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business in the Scottish Executive. He lost his seat in the 2007 election to Jim Mather of the Scottish National Party. He was elected as an MEP having been selected as the top-ranked Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for the Scotland region in January 2008, ahead of another former MSP, Euan Robson. He was the only new MEP from Scotland elected in 2009, and is the first MEP from the Highlands and Islands since Winnie Ewing.
Lyon was once a member of the Conservative Party.
- "George Lyon elected as new Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland". Retrieved 11 June 2009.
- "Just one new face in Scots MEPs line-up". Retrieved 11 June 2009.
|Member of the Scottish Parliament for Argyll and Bute
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