Richard Simpson (politician)

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Richard Simpson
Richard Simpson.jpg
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Mid Scotland and Fife
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Ochil
In office
6 May 1999 – 1 May 2003
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by George Reid
Personal details
Born 22 October 1942 (age 71–72)
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Spouse(s) Christine Simpson
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Occupation Psychiatrist
Religion Church of Scotland[1]

Richard Simpson (born 1942, Edinburgh) is a Scottish Labour politician, and Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Ochil constituency from 1999 to 2003 and a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Mid-Scotland and Fife region as of the 2007 election. He is a member of Unite.

Medical career[edit]

Simpson was educated at Perth Academy, Trinity College Glenalmond, and the University of Edinburgh.[2]

A GP and psychiatrist prior to his election, Dr Simpson is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He was also a former associate member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons and a member of the faculty's working group on Prostate Cancer.

He was a founding member and Chair of the Strathcarron Hospice, Denny.

Between 2003 and 2007 he worked within Addiction medicine, first within Glasgow then as Consultant Psychiatrist in charge of the Drug Addiction Team of West Lothian.

Scottish Parliament[edit]

Simpson is the current Deputy Party Spokesperson on Health for the Labour Party. In the 2007 parliament he was the Labour lead on the Health and Wellbeing Committee and also Co-Convener of the Cross-Party Groups in the Scottish Parliament on Drug and Alcohol Misuse and on Mental Health, and a Member of the Cross-Party Groups in the Scottish Parliament on Epilepsy, Golf, Palestine, Tobacco Control and Visual Impairment.

Simpson's campaigns include 'Save Waterwatch', [3] the undergrounding of the electricity line from Beauly to Denny [4] and stop the running of night trains on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway line. [5][6][7] He was also central to the dropping of the SNP bid to allow local licensing boards to ban under 21 alcohol sales, stating that this would discriminate against young people who were responsible drinkers. [8]

Simpson was elected in 1999 as the first MSP for Ochil. He was made the deputy Justice minister when Jack McConnell became First Minister in 2001. As a Minister, Dr Simpson launched the Scotland's People genealogy web page in 2002.[9] He resigned in November 2002 after allegedly using the words "fascist bastards" in connection with striking firefighters. He admitted using the words but claimed that he was quoting a member of the public.[10]

Simpson was returned to the Scottish Parliament in 2007 as third on the Labour Regional list for Mid Scotland and Fife. At the election on May 5th 2011, he was once again returned to Holyrood as a regional MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Personal Information: Richard Simpson". Scottish Parliament website. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  3. ^ News. Save Waterwatch. Retrieved on 2011-03-18.
  4. ^ News. Stirling Before Pylons. Retrieved on 2011-02-16.
  5. ^ Night freight trains were always planned / News / Roundup / Articles / Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser. (2011-02-02). Retrieved on 2011-02-16.
  6. ^ Inquiry plea after night-train noise breaks health guideline – Herald Scotland | News | Transport & Environment. Herald Scotland (2010-08-17). Retrieved on 2011-02-16.
  7. ^ Broomridge Community Council – The Trains. Retrieved on 2011-02-16.
  8. ^ BBC News – Alcohol age rise plan rejected. (2010-09-29). Retrieved on 2011-02-16.
  9. ^ General Register Office for Scotland – Simpson launches new website for genealogy enthusiasts. Retrieved on 2011-02-16.
  10. ^ [2]

External links[edit]

Scottish Parliament
New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Ochil
Succeeded by
George Reid
Political offices
Preceded by
Iain Gray
Deputy Minister for Justice
Succeeded by
Hugh Henry