|Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservatives|
10 November 2011
|Preceded by||Murdo Fraser|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for West of Scotland
3 May 2007
|Born||12 April 1959|
|Political party||Scottish Conservative Party|
Jackson Carlaw (born 12 April 1959) is a Conservative politician and a Member of the Scottish Parliament. He was defeated as a candidate for Eastwood in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 Scottish Parliament elections. He was however elected on the party list under Scotland's additional member system in 2007 and 2011 representing the West of Scotland region.
He worked for 25 years as a car salesman. He was joint head of FirstFord car dealership in the west of Scotland until it was placed into receivership in November 2002. He was also a director of Wylies (Automotive Services) until it went into administration in February 2003.
He joined the East Renfrewshire Conservatives in 1978. He was the Conservative candidate in the 1982 Queen's Park by-election, and in the 1983 general election in Pollok. He was Chairman of the Scottish Young Conservatives from 1984 to 1986, Chairman of Eastwood Conservatives from 1988 to 1992, and was Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservatives from 1992 to 1998. He was reappointed Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservatives in 2005. despite causing offence by telling racist jokes at the launch of the party manifesto.
In 2005, he was criticised for making a joke about Gordon Brown committing suicide.
In 2011, Carlaw stood as a candidate in the leadership election brought on by Annabel Goldie's resignation, but placed third behind Ruth Davidson and Murdo Fraser. Following the election, Carlaw was appointed to the post of deputy leader.
On January 28th 2014, in response to a proposal submitted by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to make the Golden Eagle a symbol of Scotland, Carlaw objected, likening the bird to a symbol of Nazi Germany and Roman imperialism.
- Tory who told racist jokes appointed deputy chairman of Scottish Tories, Paul Hutcheon, The Sunday Herald, 12 June 2005