|Clydebank and Milngavie
West of Scotland (2007-2011)
Central Scotland (1999-2003)
3 May 2007
|Convenor of SNP
Scottish Parliamentary Group
17 May 2007
|Preceded by||Stewart Stevenson|
11 November 1942 |
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
Brought up in the North of Glasgow, Paterson attended Possilpark Secondary School, before building up his own business Gil's Motor Factors. He served as a Scottish National Party (SNP) councillor in Strathclyde Regional Council and sat on the SNP's National Executive Committee, before being elected as one of five SNP MSPs for Central Scotland in the first election to the Scottish Parliament. During the first parliamentary term he sat on both the Local Government and Procedures committees in the Parliament.
Paterson lost his seat in Parliament when at the 2003 election only three SNP MSPs were returned for Central Scotland. He returned to running his business but stayed active in the SNP, becoming the party's Vice-Convenor in charge of Fundraising, a position he had held previously.
Paterson was one of the heaviest critics of the leadership style of John Swinney, and in the aftermath of the 2004 European election he openly called for Swinney's resignation, which happened shortly afterwards.
In 2006, Gil Paterson was selected to stand as candidate for the Clydebank and Milngavie Scottish Parliamentary constituency.
In the current session of the Scottish Parliament, Gil was elected as the SNP Group Convener. He is also a member of two Committees, 'European and External Relations' and 'Subordinate Legislation', the latter of which he is Deputy-Convener.
- Gil's Motor Factors web site
- Politics review: April to June; BBC News, 29 December 2004
- Senior nationalist makes public call for resignation of Swinney; Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2004