Keith Brown (politician)

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Keith Brown
Keith Brown, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure (2).jpg
Minister for Housing and Transport
Assumed office
11 December 2010
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Stewart Stevenson
Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning
In office
12 February 2009 – 12 December 2010
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Maureen Watt
Succeeded by Angela Constance
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane
Ochil (2007-2011)
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Preceded by George Reid
Majority 3,609
Personal details
Born (1961-12-20) 20 December 1961 (age 52)
Political party Scottish National Party
Alma mater University of Dundee

Keith Brown (born 20 December 1961) is a Scottish politician and currently the Minister for Transport and Veterans in the Scottish Government.[1] As a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP), he was elected to the Scottish Parliament to represent the Ochil constituency at the 2007 election. In the 2011 election, Brown won re-election to the Scottish Parliament, representing the newly created Clackmannanshire and Dunblane constituency.

Early career[edit]

Born in Edinburgh, Brown attended Tynecastle High School in the city, before joining the Royal Marines and serving in the Falklands War.[2] Upon leaving the Marines he attended the University of Dundee where he joined the SNP, graduating in Politics in 1988.[3] He then went to work in local government administration.

He was the SNP candidate for the European Parliament for Lothians constituency in 1994, coming second with 53,324 votes.[4] Brown was then elected to represent Alva on Clackmannanshire Council in a by-election in 1996.[5] He became group leader in 1997, and then Leader of the Council after the SNP took control of Clackmannanshire in the 2003 elections.[3]


Brown was elected to the Scottish Parliament by Ochil constituency at the 2007 elections, increasing both absolute SNP vote and majority.[6]

He was appointed to be Convener of both the Parliament's Standards & Public Appointments Committee and Procedures Committee, and after overseeing their merger now convenes the new Standards, Procedures & Public Appointments Committee.[7]

In his maiden speech on the abolition of bridge tolls he declared that he still had an outstanding fine from the Skye Bridge protests of 1994.[8] He has been an opponent of the proposals for an overhead electricity line from Beauly to Denny, arguing for an underground alternative.[9] Brown has also been campaigning for Scotland football matches to be available on terrestrial television.[10]

In the first reshuffle of the SNP Government in 2009, Brown was appointed Minister for Schools and Skills.[11] In December 2010 he was appointed as Minster for Transport in the Scottish government.

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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
George Reid
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Ochil