John Swinburne (Scottish politician)

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This article is about the founder of the Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party. For the U.S. Representative from New York, see John Swinburne (New York).
John Swinburne
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Central Scotland
In office
1 May 2003 – 3 May 2007
Personal details
Born (1930-07-04) 4 July 1930 (age 84)
Political party Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party

John Swinburne (born July 4, 1930 in Pennsylvania, but educated at Dalziel High School, Motherwell) is the founder of the Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party (SSCUP) and was that party's sole representative in the Scottish Parliament from 2003 until 2007.[1] He is also a director of Motherwell Football Club.

Swinburne has called for reintroduction of the 'Belt' or 'Tawse' into Scottish schools, expressing the opinion that corporal punishment would solve what he believes are endemic discipline problems. This statement was condemned by other MSPs and by the teaching union, the EIS.[2]

He lost his seat in the 2007 election.

In May, 2009, at age 78, Swinburne announced he was planning to stand in the Glasgow North East by-election, 2009.[3] He later withdrew from this election, due to "unforeseen circumstances".[4]


  1. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ "EIS rejects belt classroom call". BBC News. 7 June 2006. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "John Swinburne Confirms Candidacy for Glasgow By-election". News.STV.TV. 
  4. ^ "Greens launch by-election drive". BBC News. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2011.