John Park (politician)

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John Park
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Mid Scotland and Fife
In office
3 May 2007 – 7 December 2012
Succeeded by Jayne Baxter
Personal details
Born (1973-09-14) 14 September 1973 (age 41)
Dunfermline, Fife
Political party Scottish Labour Party

John Park (born 14 September 1973) is a Scottish Labour Party politician and was elected a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region in May 2007. Park resigned his seat with effect from 7 December 2012 and is replaced by Jayne Baxter.


Park was formerly a trade union official working for Unite (formerly Amicus and the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union) and the Scottish TUC. He started working in Rosyth Dockyard in 1989 as an electrical apprentice. He became active in the Dockyard's influential trade unions during the Trident refitting campaign in the early 1990s. After becoming a shop steward he was elected the Dockyard's youngest ever full time trade union convenor in 1998.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Park was appointed the Labour Party's Skills spokesperson following the election of Wendy Alexander as leader in September 2007 and quickly established a campaign to increase the number of apprentices in Scotland. He was appointed in September 2008 to Iain Gray's Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Minister for Economy and Skills.[citation needed] Park resigned his seat on 7 December 2012, to take up a position with the Community trades union. He is replaced by the next available Labour candidate from the Mid Scotland and Fife list, Fife Councillor Jayne Baxter (Cowdenbeath).[1]


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