John Home Robertson
|John Home Robertson|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for East Lothian
6 May 1999 – 3 May 2007
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Succeeded by||Iain Gray|
|Member of Parliament
for East Lothian
Berwick and East Lothian (1978-1983)
26 October 1978 – 7 June 2001
|Preceded by||John Mackintosh|
|Succeeded by||Anne Picking|
5 December 1948 |
John David Home Robertson (born 5 December 1948) is a Labour politician in Scotland. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Berwick and East Lothian and East Lothian from 1978 to 2001 and a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for East Lothian from 1999 until 2007.
He was born at 18 Eglinton Crescent, Edinburgh, the son of John Wallace Robertson, Lieutenant-Colonel of the King's Own Scottish Borderers regiment, who assumed the additional surname in 1933, by Scottish Licence, of Home following his marriage that year to Helen Margaret (1905–1987), elder daughter and heiress of David William Milne-Home (1873–1918), of Wedderburn & Paxton, Berwickshire. John Home-Robertson was educated at Farleigh School in Hampshire, the Roman Catholic Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, and at the West of Scotland Agricultural College. In 1988, Home-Robertson placed his maternal family's historic home and grounds, Paxton House, in a Historic Buildings Preservation Trust, and opened it to the public. It is a Partner Gallery of the National Galleries of Scotland.
He was a member of Berwickshire District Council from 1974–78, and of the Borders NHS Health Board 1975-78. One of his Home forebears was a Member of the (original) Parliament of Scotland, for Berwickshire, in 1707 who opposed the Act of Union. As a delegate to the Labour Party Conference in 1976, Home-Robertson moved the resolution which committed the Party to devolution for Scotland, and throughout his career at Westminster he campaigned for the establishment of the Scottish Parliament. Home-Robertson was the successful Labour candidate at the Berwick and East Lothian by-election in 1978, following the death of Labour MP John P Mackintosh. He represented Berwick and East Lothian until the 1983 general election, when the constituency was abolished and he was elected for the new constituency of East Lothian. He was re-elected at subsequent general elections before standing down at the 2001 election, when he was replaced by Anne Picking.
At Westminster, Home-Robertson served on the Scottish Affairs (1979–83) and Defence (1990 -) Select Committees, and was Chairman of the Scottish Group of Labour M.P.s, 1982-83. He also spent time as Opposition Scottish Whip, 1983–84, as Labour's Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on: Agriculture (1984–87), Scottish Affairs (1987–88), Agricultural and Rural Affairs (1988 -), and on Food (1989 -). He was also Parliamentary Private Secretary to Dr Jack Cunningham at the Ministry of Agriculture and then at the Cabinet Office. He announced he would stand down from the Scottish Parliament at the May 2007 election, and the seat was taken by Iain Gray.